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This profile was last updated on 4/29/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Teacher

Phone: (310) ***-****  HQ Phone
Margie Haber Studios
971 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90069
United States

Company Description: Margie Haber Studios offers on-camera audition technique and cold reading workshops. With more than 25 years of experience, Haber is an internationally renowned...   more
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www.margiehaber.com, 29 April 2014 [cached]
Barbara Gannen
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Barbara Gannen teaches at the renowned Margie Haber Studio and is a Professor at Santa Monica College. Barbara has a BFA in Theater Arts from Ithaca College and an MA from Hunter College where she honed her directorial skills under the tutelage of Harold Clurman of the Group Theater. Barbara has worked as an actress, director, teacher, and acting coach in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
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In addition to her artistic and teaching endeavors, Barbara was the VP of Development for Bette Midler during which time the film Beaches was developed.
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Barbara has been a guest lecturer at AFI, USC, and UCLA's graduate Writing and Directing programs and a guest artist for AFTRA and SAG Conservatory Seminars. In 2008, Barbara directed John Pollono's Thicker Than Water to critical acclaim.
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In 2008, Barbara was honored by Women in Theater for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.
In 2011, Barbara worked with, actress Patricia Richardson (of the television series, "Home Improvement") on the iconic role of Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate - Cape Playhouse) for which Ms. Richardson received critical acclaim: "Thank you so much for sending me on my journey in the right direction and giving me some confidence which I really needed.
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In 2012, Barbara returned to New York to direct Lesley Karsten's Maestro, Why Don't You Play a Tango which received the following critical acclaim: "…Your performance brought to mind Julie Harris' portrayal of Emily Dickenson in "The Belle of Amherst".
Barbara ...
www.backstage.com, 27 Feb 2014 [cached]
Barbara Gannen
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Gannen teaches at the Margie Haber Studio (visit website for more info) and at Santa Monica College. She is located in the West Hollywood area and is available for private coaching.
WIT Red Carpet - 2008 Awardees
www.womenintheatre.com, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Barbara Gannen WIT Red Carpet - 2008 Awardees
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Barbara Gannen
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BARBARA GANNEN teaches at the renowned Margie Haber Studio and is a Professor at Santa Monica College. Barbara has a BFA in Theater Arts from Ithaca College and an MA from Hunter College where she honed her directorial skills under the tutelage of Harold Clurman of the Group Theater. Barbara has worked as an actress, director, teacher, and acting coach in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
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In addition to her artistic and teaching endeavors, Barbara was the VP of Development for Bette Midler during which time the film "BEACHES" was developed.
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Barbara has been a guest lecturer at AFI, USC, and UCLA's graduate Writing and Directing programs and taught seminars for AFTRA and SAG. Last fall Barbara directed John Pollono's "THICKER THAN WATER" to critical acclaim.
Advice and Tips for Actors
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Apparently this past weekend at an orientation session someone brought up my blog post and mentioned they would prefer not to attend classes with Barbara Gannen based on what they read. I learned that if you Google "Margie Haber Review" my website is one of the first few to come up (cool).
Margie told me over and over again that in the past few years how Barbara has changed, how Barbara has gone through things and is now a better teacher.
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At the time Barbara was the worst acting teacher I ever met. It's still true, as I haven't taken an acting class in a long time. Is she better now? It's possible. Did other people like her class? Probably.
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However, Barbara was already teaching for years and years when I attended the school. That was part of my problem, she felt stuck in her rut and obsessed with what was "right" and "wrong" with each scene.
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I was unfortunate to have Barbara Gannen as a teacher. She was, bar none, the worst acting teacher I have ever experienced. Let me explain. Every class (except one) was run the same way. The actors came in, were given a script to read and then sent out. A few minutes later the actors would come in and do the script in front of a camera. After everyone emoted we would take a short break and then watch the tape together. The first thing Barbara did after showing the tape was to ask the class if they had any opinions on the matter.
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After watching a tape of our audition Barbara would pause the tape and ask the class what was right and what was wrong. This was a class of people who had never acted before and certainly weren't being well paid for their opinion. So that was a waste of time. After the students had their say Barbara would announce what was "right" and "wrong" with these scenes. That sounds like a point four.
Point four, she had been using the same materials for the past half-decade (at that point) and had decided exactly how each scene should be done. I'm not saying that I'm such an amazing actor that I always take a piece someone's seen a billion times and blow their minds with a totally new rendition but there was no wiggle room. Often times she didn't actually know the source of the material. If it was a sit-com and you played it like a sit-com she'd tell you that you needed to pause dramatically at certain points because she seemed to think it was a drama. The process would then repeat.
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Even though I took this class years ago and everyone says horrible things about Barbara, I was shocked today to find out she still works at Margie Haber's.
At this point I could tell the story about how Barbara used "The Method" as she saw it to demand actors relive horrible memories and tragedies from their past for the benefit of a single pretend audition (where each person could only say one word) but I think I've made my point.
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www.backstage.com, 21 June 2012 [cached]
BARBARA GANNEN bgannen@hotmail.com
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Gannen teaches at the Margie Haber Studio (visit website for more info) and at Santa Monica College. She is located in the West Hollywood area and is available for private coaching.
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