|Gallimaufry Performin Arts
is pleased to announce
FUNdamentals of Improv Acting with
Saturday, June 11, 2011
“Melanie Chartoff gave the single best comedic performance
High School and College aged students are invited to take this amazing,
that I have ever seen onstage – EVER! What makes her so brilliant
is that she commits
to the TRUTH of the character.
If there is only one person I would want students to study from, it’s HER.
I want to learn from her!”- Steve Josephson, Artistic Director
workshop that is taught by television actress and comedienne
Melanie Chartoff (Rugrats, Newhart, Desperate Housewives, Fridays)
It is perfect for both
beginners and those who are already trained.
"It’s not about clever, competitive inventiveness. It’s about discovery
and playing ‘full-out’ from your unique,
personal perspective and
LAUGHING WHILE YOU LEARN." - Melanie Chartoff
FUNdamentals of Improv Acting
with Melanie Chartoff
Saturday, June 11, 2011
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
2nd Floor Community Room
1085 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
All Ages - High School and Above
Melanie Chartoff began her theatrical career while in high school in her hometown, New Haven, CT. At Yale University she appeared in The Threepenny Opera. After a role with the Children's Company at the prestigious Long Wharf Theatre, she parked her dreams of being a poetess/journalist, irrevocably smitten with acting. Melanie played every possible ingénue in northeastern summer stock theatres and at Adelphi University where she earned her BA in theatre arts. From there she worked her way to off-off-Broadway, to off-Broadway to Broadway itself in Via Galactica and Scapino with Jim Dale. She also performed in The Proposition, an improvisational musical revue with Jane Curtin, Fred Grandy and Josh Mostel and in Lovesong, a revue of famous love poems set to music.
In the late 70’s, between theatre engagements, Melanie moved her "stand up" act from New York’s famed Improv Club to the West Coast Club, while she guest starred on various television series. She appeared in Paramount Pictures’ American Hot Wax with Jay Leno and Fran Drescher, and co-starred in the ABC Telefilm, Can you Hear the Laughter about the late Freddie Prinze. She also won acclaim for her performance costarring with Dyan Cannon in Having It All, directed by Ed Zwick.
In 1979, Melanie landed the ABC sketch comedy series Fridays, where besides creating many late-night comedy characters, she was most noted as the series News Anchor. Fridays propelled Melanie’s television career that has now lasted over thirty years.
She created the memorable “Ms. Musso” on Fox TV's Parker Lewis Can't Lose, and appeared for many years as Bob Newhart’s love-starved psychiatrist on Newhart. Along with Fred Willard, she hosted 120 episodes of What’s Hot, What’s Not.
She has also appeared as a series regular and guest on many popular shows including, the series finale of Seinfeld, the '06 season finale of Desperate Housewives, ABC’s No Ordinary Family, as well as Ally McBeal, Wiseguy, Touched By An Angel and many, many more.
Ironically, Melanie is probably most noted for voicing Didi Pickles and Minka on Nickleodeon's Rugrats series. For almost fifteen years she has played the family matriarch on the television series, the feature films and the spin-off series, All Grown Up.
All along the way Melanie continued her theatre career. She received a Dramalogue Award for her portrayal of “Trina” in March of the Falsettos at the Huntington Hartford and played “Prudence” in Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy at the Coronet Theatre.
At the La Jolla Playhouse she created the role of “Mary Jane Wilkes” and four others for Des MacAnuff in Big River and she has also appeared at South Coast Repertory and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre.