Hollywood Acting Studio Trains Kapuso Stars

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Hollywood Acting Studio Trains Kapuso Stars


MANILA, Philippines -- In its continuing effort to give its stable of artists quality and worthwhile training to hone their talents and further their craft in the entertainment industry, GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) management pulled out all the stops to bring the expertise of an international acting studio in Hollywood right here in the Philippines.

Ron Burrus, master acting coach of the famed Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, visited Manila recently to specifically host an acting workshop for Filipino actors. GMA Artist Center talents were among the privileged few in attendance.

The Kapuso stars, along with veteran actors from other groups, who have been privileged to join the esteemed group of students under coach Burrus were Iza Calzado, Kris Bernal, Bela Padilla, Rocco Nacino, Bianca King, Enzo Pineda, Victor Aliwalas, Sarah Lahbati, Gino dela Pena, Ian Batherson, Sef Cadayona, Rita Iringan, Jayanne Bautista, Justine Ferrer, Diva Montelaba, Marvin Kiefer, Luane Dy, Gretchen Espina, Bodie Cruz, Stef Prescot, Steven Silva, and Stephanie Henares, among others.

These GMAAC talents now share the distinction with some Hollywood greats who have been tutored and trained under the Stella Adler school of acting. These Hollywood alumni include Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Benicio del Toro, Martin Sheen, Melanie Griffith and the late Marlon Brando, who is often considered the greatest actor of all time.

The week-long workshop was held last month in Arts in the City, Taguig. Burrus shared his expertise in on-camera acting to local stars, with character actor Nanding Josef of Tanghalang Pilipino serving as Filipino facilitator.

"Filipino actors are underused. They have more skills than what they are actually using. …

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