Submissions Now Open: 2019 Regional Actors Showcase

Now in our 6th year, the New Mexico Film Foundation is going regional with its New Mexico Actors Showcase. The Actors Showcase is an opportunity for New Mexico’s great acting talent to present themselves to the public. And the showcase is meant to help actors raise the bar on their professionalism.

This is how it works: Actors will submit a 2 minute video audition using a monologue or a scene with a reader off camera. The use of video auditions is becoming a more popular way of casting, so it is important that actors know how to make a great video, including proper lighting, sound, setting, and of course their acting ability. Judging will be based on these qualities.

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Call for Nominations: Women's Films in National Film Registry

Women in Film & Video, Washington D.C. continues its multi-year initiative to have more women-made films included in the National Film Registry housed at the Library of Congress. Although women have been involved with movies since the movie camera was invented, their work is severely underrepresented in this national collection.

The Library of Congress maintains the National Film Registry to honor “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films” that are at least 10 years old at the time of their inclusion in the Registry. The selected films are “works of enduring significance to American Culture.” More information about the National Film Registry can be found here.

Public Nominations for 2018 will be accepted until September 15, 2018. You may recommend up to 50 titles per year through the Library of Congress’ online nomination form. To get you started on your 50 nominations we encourage you to include these women-made films:

BOYS DON’T CRY (1999) – written/directed by Kimberly Peirce
EVE’S BAYOU (1997) – written/directed by Kasi Lemmons
HE’S ONLY MISSING (1978) – written/directed/produced by Robin Smith
LOSING GROUND (1982) – written/directed by Kathleen Collins
LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000) – written/directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) – directed by Nora Ephron, screenplay co-written with David S. Ward and Jeff Arch
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG (1999) – written/directed/produced by Aviva Kempner

Nominate films here:


Ongoing Adult Classes for Professional Acting in Film, Television, Commerical & Voiceover

Offered in Santa Fe by Casting Director/Producer Sheryl Roberts. 

Date: Sunday Afternoons
Time: 2pm - 5 pm
Cost: $100 per 4 consecutive sessions

Contact Sheryl to discuss details 505-204-4708

Foundations of Acting with Chris Ranney and Ron Weisberg

Date: Saturdays September 8th - September 29th
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $200

Join Chris and Ron as they guide actors through the first 7 steps of acting.
 Training never ends. Every top actor will tell you that. You always have to go back to the foundations of acting.
Join Chris and Ron, who have a combined screen credit list of over 150 projects on camera, in this fundamental Sol class.
Grow immediately from POV techniques that will aid you in your development of powerful characters on the fly.
Ever wanted to nail a cold read to the wall, now's your chance!
Ever wondered how those big actors get such power out of their moments? Discover the art of listening and responding as your character and start booking. A guest director in the final class will add even more perspective to your work!
lass Size Limited to 12


Special "Tune up for Auditions Workshop" with Kathryn Brink, CSA

Date: Either Sat Sept 8 or Sun Sept 9
Time: 10:30am-4 pm at
Location: Far Horizon Studios
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Cost:  $115

Actors....are you really prepared for your auditions with Casting Directors? Do you usually nail the audition and get a callback?  Do you get callbacks but don't get cast? Perhaps it's time to tune up and feel you have all the tools you need to actually get CAST. Even actors that get cast have times when they definitely need to be better in tune with their own personal process and able to access their skills more easily, Auditioning is a unique part of acting and not necessarily in step with what you do in your classes. IF YOU FEEL YOU COULD USE A BRUSH UP THEN THIS IS THE WORKSHOP FOR YOU.

Contact Kathryn at for a reservation. Please include your headshot and resume.

TV & Film Acting Workshop for Working Actors

Sate: Tuesdays, September 10 - October 29
Time: 7pm-10 pm
Cost: $395/8 weeks ($350 for returning students)

Limited to 8 Actors


  • Develop confidence & competence in approaching any script, any role
  • Expand your moment to moment awareness
  • Deliver real, believable, finely nuanced performances in all conditions, from minimal/no rehearsal Film/TV shoots to the audition that gets you on set.

Leslie Fleming-Mitchell is a working actor and former L.A. acting coach whose credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, VEEP, House, Criminal Minds, Waco, The Kid, and Escape the Night. She coaches actors preparing for TV/Film roles; clients include Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy); Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild); Maya Stojan (Castle, Agents of Shield); Robert Wahlberg (The Departed); Laurene Landon (Sky). She’s taught at the esteemed Second City, L.A; The Film Workshops; Sonoma Academy; American School in Paris; U. Mass; Boston Film + Video Foundation; Kevin Fennessey Casting

To Register: 310.991.4162


Acting for Film: The Elements of Sacred Space

Date: Thursdays, September 13th thru January 3st
Time: 6:30pm -  9:30 pm
Where: Aux Dog Theater X-Space
Cost: $40 per class ($35 when you prepay for 4 classes)

Eb Lottimer’s groundbreaking acting class “The Elements of Sacred Space” is returning to Albuquerque! This is the longest running Film Acting class in the Southwest for a reason. Eb is a seasoned actor, director and producer who brings depth and illumination to the acting process.

Each class will be digitally captured to archive your work and progress.
You will be given a lead role in a film and sent the full script. Each week you will work on one of the three pivotal scenes the character experiences (we will choose those scenes together depending on what we are working on for you.) On the 4th week you will be given another script with the next lead role to workshop.

To sign up or for more information please contact Eb  at We will discuss where you are in your work and design a personal direction for you to achieve your creative dreams.


AMAW Foundations Course

Date: Mondays September 17-October 29
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: $450
AMAW Foundations is a 6-week acting class that meets once a week. The course introduces actors to the fundamentals of the AMAW philosophy and our way of working. A major shift takes place during this period – faster and more tangible than any other acting program. It is designed to quickly move you from an actor who “acts” to a person who learns to live truthfully and embody feeling.



Foundations of Improv with Steve Corona

Date: Tuesdays September 18th - October 23rd
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $275

Learn the basics of improv and how to apply it on set and in auditions.  The art of improv is more popular than ever and is quickly becoming mandatory training for actors everywhere. Add another skill to your resume and learn how to be a confident improvisor by taking this class.


Your Story on the Big Screen: Introduction to Screenwriting Class

Date: 6 Wednesdays starting September 19th
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Requirements/Cost: $129 for all 6 classes

Examine the nuts and bolts of effective storytelling for film by looking at a three-act structure, plot points, dialogue, beginnings and endings and character development. Learn structure theories with lectures and discussions and review examples of existing films. Most of the class time will be devoted to your work. Create an outline for an existing idea and complete the first few scenes of your screenplay which will be read aloud in class for feedback. 

Additional Information:  To register, go to or call 505-428-1676
Contact Name: Aaron Leventman
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Date: Tuesdays September 25th - November 13th
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: $350 for 8 week session

Work on acting technique for film and stage, audition skills, character development, script analysis, monologues and scene study.

For Information or to enroll:
Call: 505 690-4791

Acting 101 for Film and Television with Chris Ranney

Date: Wednesdays September 26th - November 14th
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $350

A favorite for all students! Sol Acting Academy's foundational class is the perfect primer for the exciting world of acting for film and television. If you are new to the craft or transitioning from theater to on-camera work, this class provides essential tools and information to jump start your career. All classes are on camera. 

We celebrate all of the great work done during the 9 weeks with a visit from an industry professional, who will watch your scene work and commercials.  We'll also have a Q & A session with our guest before class ends. Past guests include: Carissa Mitchell (Mitchell & Associates Talent), Kathryn Brink (Casting Director - Burning Bodhi, Odd Thomas, Frank, The Guest, In Plain Sight), and more.


NM Film Office Educational Speaker Series: Entertainment Law Basics

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Location: Joseph Montoya Building
1100 South Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

This topic will cover what you need to know in the entertainment industry to cover yourself. What are the basic contracts you should have and when do you need to go to an attorney?