I Directed a Triumphant Premiere of the New Opera “Lottie Silks”

As part of my duties on the faculty of Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO, for the past three years I have been the Stage Director of the Opera Libretto Workshop that takes place during our summer intensive. In 2017 I staged Act One of the original American folk opera Lottie Silks by composer Justus (Jay) Parrotta […]

Another Great Summer Intensive Teaching Public Performance Skills

As you may know, I am on the faculty at Western Colorado University, in the Graduate Creative Writing Program. For the last four years I have coached talented grad student creative writers (poets, genre novelists, and now screenwriters) on Public Performance presentation skills during the department’s summer intensive in beautiful Gunnison, CO. Each year I […]

Summer Teaching Successes in Colorado

2018 represents my third year as Professor Sellon, member of the faculty at Western State Colorado University’s graduate program in Creative Writing. For those who didn’t already know, WSCU has an extraordinary and intimate grad program for poets, genre novelists, and screenwriters. If you’re seeking an MA or MFA in any of these areas, you […]

Teaching Presentation Skills to Graduate Student Poets and Novelists

This was my second year as a member of the graduate creative writing faculty at Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison, Colorado.  I was first hired in 2016 by my Harvard classmate David Rothman, head of the program and of the poetry concentration, to teach a summer intensive on presentation skills to second-year grad student […]

Auditioning 101: The Audition Reader

Here’s another installment of my tips for aspiring actors series: Anytime you’re asked to perform a scene for an audition, the casting director or producer will provide a person to act as the Reader opposite you. The Reader may turn out to be an excellent actor, or in some unfortunate instances, a casting admin drafted […]

Auditioning 101: The Audition Monitor

I was at an appointment-only commercial audition recently where I was reminded that there are still plenty of actors out there who are getting in their own way even before they set foot into the audition room.  The audition was running late, and the monitor checking people in and collecting headshots had her hands full. […]

My eLearning Voiceovers Full Day Workshop at Learning Solutions 2011

Some good news!  Based on the success of the introductory eLearning voiceover sessions I offered at two eLearning Guild conferences in 2010, I’ve been asked to offer a full-day certificate program on the topic as part of the guild’s Learning Solutions 2011 conference.  I’ll be offering my workshop on Tuesday, March 22nd, from 8:30am-4:30pm at […]

My Voiceover Presentation Was a Hit!

I had a great time presenting my seminar about proper use of voiceovers in eLearning at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, Florida.  My audience was attentive and appreciative, and we had a great discussion.  Word of mouth and written feedback afterward was terrific–great to know my talk “hit the spot” with attendees!  […]