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Ms. Susie Duff

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Screen Actors Guild Inc
5757 Wilshire Blvd. 7Th Fl
Los Angeles , California 90036
United States

Company Description: Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement,...   more
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High drama in Hollywood: Strikes ahead?, 1 Feb 2001 [cached]
Everyone's talking about it, worried about what it means for the industry, what it means for the city and what it means for them, personally, says Susie Duff, a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
The reason : At stake is from $ 250 million to $ 1 billion a month in income and services, as well as the movies-and-TV diet the rest of the US is fed from now through 2002.There is even serious talk that Hollywood could go all but dark this summer, holding serious implications for the state economy - already threatened with electricity shortages.
At issue is money, specifically the formulas by which writers are paid for cable and foreign TV.There are also disputes about what percentages writers deserve from Internet ventures, video, and DVD sales of their work, and about a slew of smaller issues, from creative rights and script reacquisition to how writers are credited.
It is the livelihood of rank-and-file union members like Ms. Duff, a Shakespearean-trained actress who must work half time in public relations to supplement her income from acting in small parts on TV, movies, and commercials.
If you think that I sweated it out for years, studying acting in dangerous neighborhoods on Manhattan's Lower East Side so I could be the spokeswoman for TidyBowl, think again, says Duff.
The local economy is bracing for what could be a major ripple effect beyond producers, writers, and actors to stunt men and members of other craft guilds - from electricians to carpenters, grips, and costumers.
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Susie Duff -Duff is an actor and director who has devoted a great deal of her time during the past nine years to work with the incarcerated youth at two local juvenile detention centers, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick and Camp Gonzales, through the improvisational acting program known as "Locked Up in Malibu."
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Suzie Duff -Duff is an actor and director who has devoted a great deal of her time during the past nine years to work with the incarcerated youth at two local juvenile detention centers, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick and Camp Gonzales, through the improvisational acting program known as "Locked Up in Malibu."
"As I'm driving down the canyon, ..., 25 Nov 2007 [cached]
"As I'm driving down the canyon, the fire's moving with me," said Corral Canyon resident Susie Duff.
Duff said she realized the fire was really close when a neighbor pounded on her door at 4:45 a.m. to tell her to get out.She just had time to grab the box of her son's childhood artwork and other sentimental items - which she hadn't yet unpacked after last month's evacuation - and run.
Duff decided to wait out the fire at the bottom of Corral Canyon in the upscale restaurant Beau Rivage, where the owners served evacuees free breakfast.
An actor and director, Duff said her Malibu home isn't a mansion, despite what people hear about the well-known seaside town.It's a one-room cabin with a loft.
"It ain't all Mel Gibson," she said of the community that is famous because of the movie stars who live there.
With the fate of her home unknown, Duff was nonetheless in high spirits.
"It's raining white ashes, but I'm looking at the ocean," she said, adding she felt blessed to be alive.
California Coastal Commission,City Council,Malibu Beaches, 30 Nov 2005 [cached]
Yet local actor and director Susie Duff believes in them, and has devoted the past seven years to help free them-on the inside.
Duff works with the incarcerated youth of the Los Angeles juvenile detention centers, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick and Camp Gonzalez, both located in the mountains of Malibu, teaching them classical improvisational acting technique and exercises.
"Because so many had such a tough break in their lives, they are very limited [in their options]," Duff said about her work with the teens in a recent telephone interview.
Yet, Duff said, quoting Lauren Bacall, " 'Imagination is the highest kite you can fly.' When you do the work on the inside, they can be free."
"It's bigger and badder than ever," Duff said of the upcoming production.
After each story is told, the improv troupe will take the stage and, with suggestions from the audience, "riff" on the tales, giving them back their story with their spin on it, with the eyes of a kid who is locked up," Duff said.
Although Duff is the teacher, she said the teens she worked with are so bright and quick, that "once they get the concept, they school me."
Her work done beforehand, the teens run the show from the "get go," Duff said.In addition to the performance, they do the introduction and host the question and answer session afterward.
"People are amazed by the discipline they have to do this," she said.
"[They] are working on a very sophisticated level here," she added, explaining that with improv, the actors are the writers, producers, directors, choreographers and the scenery.
"Improv is to the world of arts what extreme sports are to the athletics - the ultimate taking of responsibility of ones' self," Duff said.
The youth from Camp Kilpatrick have performed at the Malibu Stage Co. in prior years under the moniker, "Locked up in Malibu," doing improv as well as "slam" poetry.Duff worked with Malibu resident Susan Heyward, and, until his death in 2002, Heyward's producer-husband, Deke, mentoring and teaching poetry and acting skills to the youth.
Duff believes the therapeutic benefit of being able to express themselves through acting, especially improv, is too great to ignore.
"What you have to learn as an improviser is to get to the heart of conflict," she said."You also have to get into resolving conflict."
The number one rule in improv, Duff said, is "don't deny."
"To make it work you accept [what is said] and then add to it [in a positive way] to forward the story.You build the story," she explained.
Although Duff said the "kids locked up are master deniers," they "become on their feet, very adept at conflict resolution."
Duff receives no county funding to help with teaching the locked-up youth, although she does receive private donations.Her goal, she said, is to get other improv teachers to go into other camps around the country.But for that, funding is needed.
"What's the worse that can happen," she asked rhetorically, "that our kids get better?"
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