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MFA: Meditations for Actors

Find Your Light

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Project Description

Problem Solution

 

 

App Features

MFA Founders:

Both Gin and Alyssa are award-winning, international performers who have been lauded for their skilled and caring work as teaching artists. 

Gin Hammond holds an MFA in Acting from Harvard/Moscow Art Theater School, and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® - a physical approach to vocal training that combines classical voice training methods with variations of body work including yoga, bioenergetics, and much more. Gin works as an actor, director, writer and vocal and dialect coach.

www.ginhammond.com/

www.allthingsvoice.net

Alyssa Franks holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington as well as multiple teaching certifications in Yoga, Mindfulness and Integrative Alexander Technique. Alyssa has been practicing meditation for over a decade, almost as long as she’s been acting.

https://alyssakfranks.com/acting

www.movewhole.com

 

What People are Saying

"I get very bad anxiety, specifically before auditions, and this felt like it directly and specifically addressed that type of nervous energy." 

"The convenience of having an app on your phone that can provide such a short and powerful exercise is awesome. It gives you an excuse/ permission to take time for yourself.  "  

"I often feel caught up in the energy of the pre-performance buzz and this meditation really got to the heart of alleviating that, and focusing on breath and energy."

With Thanks To

Special Thanks to Maria Rojkova, Kiagen McGinnis, Derick Rodgers, Semaj Miller, Lori Dowe, Dan Weatbrook, Tara Vodihn, Hailey Henderson, Jeff Morelan, Christine Volden, Spencer Weisbroth, Kevin Varner, Andrew and Christine Brown McGinn, Tianna Mendez, Franco Barbaris, Ruchi Loomba, Rachel Taggart, Amy Shearer, Sarah Russell, Paula Wilson Nitka, Rochelle Rapaszky, Freehold Theater Lab/Studio,  SCORE, iFund Women, and everyone who participated in our focus group! 

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will I get my reward?
    • All rewards will be distributed after the close of the campaign. We promise to fulfill all rewards no later than February of 2022. 
  • What happens if you don't reach your goal?
    • We still get to keep the money we raise so rest assured that every penny counts! 
  • How else can I support MFA?
    • Share our crowdfunding page with two friends. Share it on your social media pages. Spread the word, spread the love. 
  • When will the app be available?
    • We hope to launch with the New Year! As someone on the inside circle, you'll get early access sometime in the middle of December...
  • Where will I be able to get the app?
    • Apple App Store and Google Play Store

 

 

Cody Haefner
11/27/2021
Tier III - Personalized Meditation
$50
meg mclynn
11/27/2021
Tier II - One Month of the MFA App
$25
Leah Adcock-Starr
11/26/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Ellen Abram
11/26/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Gregg Bowman
11/25/2021
Tier IV - Voice & Movement Workshop
$125
11/24/2021
Tier V - Personalized Warm-Ups
$225
Julie Wilson
11/23/2021
Tier III - Personalized Meditation
$50
Koo
11/23/2021
Tier II - One Month of the MFA App
$25
Jason Trevino
11/23/2021
Tier I - Hand-painted MFA Sticker
$15
Alyssa Franks
11/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$200
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

 

37 Supporters
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15.00 USD
Tier I - Hand-painted MFA Sticker

In addition to knowing you've contributed to a one-of-a-kind app that will help make the world a calmer place, this sticker is a beautiful reminder that you can always Find Your Light and that you are now part of a community that really gets you.

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13 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Tier II - One Month of the MFA App

-MFA Sticker*

-One Free Month of the MFA App (iPhones require iOS 14 or higher for offer code).  A gift of enlightenment and calm for yourself or for the favorite actor in your life.

 

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29 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Tier III - Personalized Meditation

- MFA Sticker*

- One Free Month of the App**

-Enjoy the unique gift of a Personalized Meditation!  We select a meditation especially tailored for you -- or for your favorite actor -- that will empower you to achieve your personal goals.  It's like having a best friend and a coach in your back pocket!

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17 Supporters
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125.00 USD
Tier IV - Voice & Movement Workshop

MFA Sticker*

-Three Free Months of the MFA App.**

-Personalized Meditation

-Elevate your artistry and add to your actor's toolbox with this exclusive pass to a voice and movement workshop with Alyssa and Gin.  Bring your acting to the next level using Fitzmaurice Voicework (TM), Integrative Alexander Technique, and more!  

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11 Supporters
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225.00 USD
Tier V - Personalized Warm-Ups

-MFA Sticker*

-Three Months Free of MFA App**

-Personalized Meditation

-Exclusive Access to the Voice and Movement Workshop

-PERSONALIZED PHYSICAL OR VOCAL WARM-UPS to give you an edge!  Your individualized warm-up will help you get in the zone so you can perform at your personal best.

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4 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Tier VI - Private Yoga/Alexander Classes

-MFA Sticker*

-Three Months MFA**

-Personalized Meditation

-Exclusive Access to the Voice & Movement Workshop

-Three Private Yoga or Alexander Lessons by Alyssa Franks of MoveWhole.Com.  Alyssa combines her passion and experience in movement, mindfulness, and Acting into Move Whole, the only studio offering artist-specific wellness practices - directly applied to the activities you care about most.  

"I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you." ~ John Cleese, actor 

"Of all the disciplines that form the actor training program, none is more vital, enriching, and transformative than the Alexander Technique. " ~ Harold Stone, Associate Director, Theatre Department, The Juilliard School, New York USA 

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0 Supporters
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750.00 USD
Tier VII - 1:1 McCorkle Casting

-MFA Sticker*

-Free Year of MFA App**

-Personalized Meditation

-Exclusive Access to the Voice & Movement Workshop

-Three Private Yoga or Alexander Technique Lessons 

-One-on-One SESSION WITH CASTING DIRECTOR JEFFREY DREISBACH OF McCORKLE CASTING LTD!  

Perfect your self-tape set-up with Jeffrey Dreisbach, host of the Casting Actors Cast podcast, and casting director and partner with the prestigious McCORKLE CASTING, LTD in New York City for over 10 years. 

Jeffrey began his performing career in New York accumulating Broadway, Film and Television credits for over 20 years. His last Broadway show, A Few Good men, (original cast) written by Aaron Sorkin was performed over 500 times.  

Jeffrey is the author of "Conversation Pieces out of the Studio, The Voice over Workshop for Professional Actors (Dog Ear Publishing 2011) and his podcast Casting Actors Cast has reached a worldwide audience with over 20+ thousand downloads (castingactorscast.com) and is simulcast on YouTube. McCorkle Casting Ltd. has cast over 50 Broadway productions, 65 Off Broadway, 62 feature film projects, 68 shows for television and hundreds of regional theatre credits. mccorklecasting.com 

Voted "Favorite Vocal Coach"

— 1st Annual Backstage Readers’ Choice Award

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1 Supporter
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

 

37 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
Tier I - Hand-painted MFA Sticker

In addition to knowing you've contributed to a one-of-a-kind app that will help make the world a calmer place, this sticker is a beautiful reminder that you can always Find Your Light and that you are now part of a community that really gets you.

237 Left
13 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Tier II - One Month of the MFA App

-MFA Sticker*

-One Free Month of the MFA App (iPhones require iOS 14 or higher for offer code).  A gift of enlightenment and calm for yourself or for the favorite actor in your life.

 

121 Left
29 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Tier III - Personalized Meditation

- MFA Sticker*

- One Free Month of the App**

-Enjoy the unique gift of a Personalized Meditation!  We select a meditation especially tailored for you -- or for your favorite actor -- that will empower you to achieve your personal goals.  It's like having a best friend and a coach in your back pocket!

33 Left
17 Supporters
Select this reward
125.00 USD
Tier IV - Voice & Movement Workshop

MFA Sticker*

-Three Free Months of the MFA App.**

-Personalized Meditation

-Elevate your artistry and add to your actor's toolbox with this exclusive pass to a voice and movement workshop with Alyssa and Gin.  Bring your acting to the next level using Fitzmaurice Voicework (TM), Integrative Alexander Technique, and more!  

39 Left
11 Supporters
Select this reward
225.00 USD
Tier V - Personalized Warm-Ups

-MFA Sticker*

-Three Months Free of MFA App**

-Personalized Meditation

-Exclusive Access to the Voice and Movement Workshop

-PERSONALIZED PHYSICAL OR VOCAL WARM-UPS to give you an edge!  Your individualized warm-up will help you get in the zone so you can perform at your personal best.

8 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Tier VI - Private Yoga/Alexander Classes

-MFA Sticker*

-Three Months MFA**

-Personalized Meditation

-Exclusive Access to the Voice & Movement Workshop

-Three Private Yoga or Alexander Lessons by Alyssa Franks of MoveWhole.Com.  Alyssa combines her passion and experience in movement, mindfulness, and Acting into Move Whole, the only studio offering artist-specific wellness practices - directly applied to the activities you care about most.  

"I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you." ~ John Cleese, actor 

"Of all the disciplines that form the actor training program, none is more vital, enriching, and transformative than the Alexander Technique. " ~ Harold Stone, Associate Director, Theatre Department, The Juilliard School, New York USA 

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
750.00 USD
Tier VII - 1:1 McCorkle Casting

-MFA Sticker*

-Free Year of MFA App**

-Personalized Meditation

-Exclusive Access to the Voice & Movement Workshop

-Three Private Yoga or Alexander Technique Lessons 

-One-on-One SESSION WITH CASTING DIRECTOR JEFFREY DREISBACH OF McCORKLE CASTING LTD!  

Perfect your self-tape set-up with Jeffrey Dreisbach, host of the Casting Actors Cast podcast, and casting director and partner with the prestigious McCORKLE CASTING, LTD in New York City for over 10 years. 

Jeffrey began his performing career in New York accumulating Broadway, Film and Television credits for over 20 years. His last Broadway show, A Few Good men, (original cast) written by Aaron Sorkin was performed over 500 times.  

Jeffrey is the author of "Conversation Pieces out of the Studio, The Voice over Workshop for Professional Actors (Dog Ear Publishing 2011) and his podcast Casting Actors Cast has reached a worldwide audience with over 20+ thousand downloads (castingactorscast.com) and is simulcast on YouTube. McCorkle Casting Ltd. has cast over 50 Broadway productions, 65 Off Broadway, 62 feature film projects, 68 shows for television and hundreds of regional theatre credits. mccorklecasting.com 

Voted "Favorite Vocal Coach"

— 1st Annual Backstage Readers’ Choice Award

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