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Date: Jun 19, 2007
Lainie Kazan Teaches Students the Art of Acting for Television and Film
Actress Returned to Hofstra as a Visiting Scholar
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Entertainer Lainie Kazan, a Hofstra alum whose acting credits include the popular movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding ” taught a summer course, Acting for Television and Film, as part of Hofstra University’s visiting scholar program.
Ms. Kazan taught the course with Dr. Nancy Kaplan, chair of the Audio/Video/Film department, and Professor Benjamin Moore of the Drama Department. The course focused on techniques used in acting for the camera, processes that differ from those used in stage acting, and extending the range of the student actor to include the electronic and film media.
The course was a full student participation course that also included rehearsal and production calls beyond class hours, scene studies and other appropriate projects with written critical evaluations by the instructors. "We are delighted that Lainie came back to Hofstra to work with our students,” said Dr. Kaplan. “She is the genuine article, a master at her craft, and we all had a blast working with her.”
Ms. Kazan received critical acclaim for her role in the blockbuster comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which has grossed more than $600 million worldwide and won the People's Choice Award. She reprised that role in CBS television series, "My Big Fat Greek Life." She has also received an Emmy Award nomination for "St. Elsewhere" and a Cable ACE Award nomination for "The Paper Chase."
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