More action has been set into motion to conquer the diversity challenges in Hollywood and the film industry in general. During her history making Emmy award winning speech last year, Actress Viola Davis stated “Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” Like so many others in Hollywood, David E. Talbert shares the sentiment of Davis, but wanted to move from just media conversation to action confirmation.  
For that reason, Talbert is giving the next the next generation of minority actors, writers, directors and producers in major cities across the country an opportunity to break into Hollywood and see their dreams come true.

Fresh off the heels of two back to back much heralded runs of his Multi-City Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search in 2014 and 2015, David E. Talbert is launching the third installment of his Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search concurrently with the release of his highly anticipated movie, Almost Christmas, which hits theatres nationwide on Friday, November 11th.

“Based on the report by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, The need for more diversity in Hollywood is apparent," said Talbert. "It is my hope that my workshops will create a bigger talent pool and fully open cracked doors.”
Through hands-on instruction by David E. Talbert, participants will learn acting for stage and screen, techniques for auditions and cold reads, get advice for breaking into the industry and receive monologue/scene critiques. This year, special guest Damien McKay, Head of Casting at Universal Pictures (The Fast and Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Straight Outta Compton, Jurassic World, and Pitch Perfect) has teamed up with Talbert for the workshop tour to interact with students, observe scenes and monologues, and share invaluable insight on what it takes to be a working actor in Hollywood. As in years past, everyone who attends the workshop will receive a private one-on-one audition from Talbert for the chance to be cast in his upcoming stage play tour as well as his new feature film projects. The cast of Talbert's new film, Almost Christmas also includes three young actors who attended and auditioned for his Workshop Tour last year - Karl Bynes who attended the Philadelphia, PA workshop, Sulondia Hammond who attended the Atlanta, GA session and Teresa Sykes who attended in Chicago, IL. Sykes also has a starring role in Talbert’s latest theatrical stage production, Another Man Will, which will be released on DVD nationwide in January of 2017.
Perfect for the professional and the beginner, David E. Talbert's Actors Workshop & Talent Search gives attendees a chance to learn first-hand how to elevate their craft and get their foot firmly through the door of the entertainment industry. What makes David E. Talbert's Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search really unique is the ability for participants to be able to audition with an award winning Hollywood director with over twenty plus years in the business and to gain valuable insight from the Head of Casting for a major film studio.
David E. Talbert’s Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search kickoffed in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 1st   from 9 AM – 3 PM at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. After Chicago, the tour traveled to Dallas, TX on Sunday, October 2nd from 3 PM – 9 PM at The Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Inc., 1309 Canton Street, Dallas, TX 75202; New York on Saturday, October 15th  from 9 AM – 3 PM at The New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, New York, 10036; and will be in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 16th from 12 NOON – 6 PM at The Mayflower Hotel,  1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036.
The registration fee for the workshop is $279 per person. Workshop sessions will include the following topics: Acting for Stage and Screen, Audition Techniques and Monologue and Scene Study. Those interested in attending the workshop in their city should visit to receive full details on registration and location. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Reserve your seats today.
“This year, the lack of diversity in Hollywood was front and center in the minds of everyone," stated Talbert. "Although this has always existed, the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars made it more apparent than ever. I am, as I always have done, dedicated to training and equipping other African-Americans and all minorities who want to get into this industry. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, I am doing my part to make sure they have access to what I know.”

Soon after the workshop ends, Talbert prepares for his upcoming movie, Almost Christmas, which is set for nationwide release on November 11, 2016.  


Published by Judith Davis