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Get to know our  CHIEF CREATIVE ENGINEER:

HESTER SCHELL, MFA -

Creative Strategist & Arts Educator

Coaching – Consulting  –  Casting – Film Acting – Directing: Theatre and Media – Scriptwriting
Performing Arts Training – Visual Arts Workshops – Seminars
Weekend Retreats – Private Art Parties

Directed by Hester:

WORLD PREMIERE: SISTERS IN THE SNOW by Holly Johnson.
Fertile Ground Festival 2017.

C. 1545, Flanders

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel, the elder.

A tale of time travel and the power of art:  Two quarreling sisters vacation in Vienna in hopes of getting closer when one of them vanishes through a portal into Bruegel’s Dutch renaissance  painting “Hunters in the Snow.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Grayce and Alan Coyne in Bernard Slade's SAME TIME NEXT YEAR. Directed by Hester Schell. Photo Credit: Jim Messina

Rebecca Grayce and Alan Coyne in Bernard Slade’s SAME TIME NEXT YEAR. Directed by Hester Schell.
Photo Credit: Jim Messina


WINNER!  Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Comedy: ARTY Awards 2014
http://beniciaheraldonline.com/artys/

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR by Bernard Slade, Benicia Old Town Theatre Group. 50th Anniversary Production.
Tony Wade, Daily Republic:  …”packed with love, friendship, and surprisingly, values; connects on many levels. It elicited belly laughs and then moved north to the heart with poignant moments as well.  …the credit for that has to go to director Hester Schell” That instant payoff from theatergoers erupting into uncontrollable laughter after a setup and punch line  can’t be faked. We ate it up.”     

 

 

 

 

 

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Best of Show, SF Fringe Festival, 2013

Best of Show, SF Fringe Festival, 2013

WINNER:  Best of Fringe, 2013 SF
SINGULARITEEN
by Patrick Brennan.

Fringe Theater Fest.      “… well written, funny, and superbly directed.” Audience Reviewer
             “The direction was great… Pacing, vitally important …” Audience Reviewer                        “Amazing! Fantastic play, great directing and really, really great actors.” Audience Reviewer

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THE BIO – Writer, Director, Producer, Actor (SAG/AFTRA), Casting Director.

HESTER SCHELL, M.F.A. is an award-winning director, veteran acting teacher and recovering academic, who writes social good and environmental stewardship stories with roles for middle-aged women and seniors. Originally from Pennsylvania, she started out acting in New York City and evolved into a director after moving to the West Coast.

Schell is a sought after film acting teacher and coach. She is the author of the critically acclaimed volume,CASTING REVEALED: A Guide for Film Directors, now in it’s 2nd edition. Her column at Script Magazine focuses on acting and casting. Find Hester online at Facebook, LinkedIn and IMDb and IMDbPRO.HesterSchellBlackWhiteNEW

Hester completed principal casting on WEAPON OF CHOICE, a mixed martial arts feature film shot in the San Francisco Bay Area in the spring of 2013, casting over 26 speaking roles. Hester’s performing arts career began in kindergarten where she played the sugar plum fairy in the holiday pageant. Mom made her tutu. Her first summer after high school, Hester landed the coveted summer-stock intern spot at the Provincetown Playhouse where Eugene O’Neill’s plays were first produced. That fall, she moved to New York City to attend theatre school.  After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she trained and performed “Off-Off Broadway” with Terry SchreiberAfter moving to the West Coast, Hester starred in the Oregon premiers of Sam Shepard’s BURIED CHILD and  John Ford Noonan’s A COUPLA’ WHITE CHICKS SITTING ‘ROUND TALKIN’ winning best actress, produced by Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. She launched her directing and teaching career in Portland, directing several productions including Noel Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT and creating the drama program at a Portland high school.  She completed her Master’s of Fine Arts in directing earning highest honors and a nomination to the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
Hester arrived in the Bay Area after graduate school to teach film, theatre and acting,  full time at a large South Bay community college, earning tenure as full Professor of Theatre.  Serving as an adjudicator for the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), Hester joined the faculty as adjunct professor at Notre Dame de Namur University.  She is  in private practice, writing screenplays and a novel in Portland Oregon. Career highlights include several feature films, and touring England with internationally acclaimed puppet company Lunatique Fantastique.

EDUCATION -
Master of Fine Arts, Directing: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre:  Portland State University, OR
Conservatory Certificate: Trinity Square Repertory Conservatory, Providence, RI
Associates of Arts: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS -
The British Film Institute, University Film and Video Association, San Francisco State University, St. Mary’s College, Connecticut Screen Writers Association, SF Black Film Festival, Bay Area Women in Film and Media and San Francisco Indieclub.

TEACHER -
Private Practice, Film Acting Bay Area, SF School of Digital Filmmaking, Film Arts Foundation, various colleges and universities (tenured & adjunct), Art Institute San Francisco (Acting for Directors).

STAGE DIRECTOR –
Academic, professional/fringe. Provincetown Playwrights Fest, New England Russian Theatre Festival.

MEDIA:  WRITER/DIRECTOR, SHORTS -
Ju$T Under A Million, 2007.  Beverly Hills HD FF, cablecast on Hottv;
Blankets for Afghanistan, 2003. Free Speech TV.

BayAreaCastingLOGO

 

CASTING DIRECTOR– commercials/industrials, independent film  Bayareacasting.com

2nd Edition Now Available Everywhere.

2nd Edition Now Available Everywhere.

 

AUTHOR –Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors.
2nd edition. Routledge/Focal Press, 2016

2nd Edition Five-Star Reviews on Amazon!

1st Edition 5 Star Reviews on Amazon

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the links.

WEB SERIES:

ADVENTURESpostcardFRONT

Adventures in Staying Young:
Co-Creator, Writer, Producer, Show Runner

Favorites:
Mama’s Kitchen
Cooking Show Spoof:
Writer, Director, Shooter, Co-Producer

Jugglin’ with Joanie
Instructional:
Writer, Director, Shooter/Editor, Co-Producer

Parking Meter Mania
Topical Farce:
Writer, Director, Shooter, co-producer

Vicalis
Mock Commercial:
Writer, Director, Co-Producer

Short Films:

POISONpostcardFRONT

Poison by Elliott HayesDirector, Co-Producer.
World Premiere: WOMEN IN FILM/PDX  Whitsell Auditorium, September 2016.

JU$T UNDER A MILLION:  Short Film. Comedy. 2007.
WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR:
4 Hollywood producers search for the next big hit.
World Premiere, Film Festival Screening – Beverly Hills HD Film Festival.
Air Time: cablecast on Hottv.com

JU$T UNDER A MILLION press archive
JU$T UNDER A MILLION premiere

MUSIC VIDEOS

SHOOTER/EDITOR  Love is Like a Tractor by Larry Hosford
Trailer, COLONY COLLAPSE by Hester Schell

SHOOTER:  Band:  DreamCycle
Song: Real Roses, Driving With the Top Down
Location:  San Mateo County, Coastside, California

SHOOTER: DREAMCYCLE Gig: St. James’ Pub, Belmont, CA

ART DIRECTOR

FEATURE FILM: Never Enough: Money, Sex and Parking Garages in San Francisco
Trailer 1
Trailer 2

COMMERCIALS & TRAILER/PROMOS

PROMO Shooter/Editor  – Hamlet, Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Festival, 2013, Season 2

PROMO Shooter/Editor – Singularteen by Patrick M Brennan, SF FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2013,
Winner – BEST OF SHOWm, + 4 sold out awards

PROMO Shooter/Editor - The New England Russian Theatre Festival: Original play submission, “Cup of Coffee” a spoof on the works of Anton Chekov.

PROMO – Tokenz, 524 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

MORE SHORT FILMS

DIRECTOR/SHOOTER/EDITOR: PACIFIC PRAYER by Laine Sainte-Marie, 2013.

SHOOTER/EDITOR: AMERICA’S CUP TRIALS.  Short. 2012. San Francisco Bay

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER, DP, Blankets For Afghanistan, Documentary
Mud Pie Productions, El Granada, CA   For the American Friends Service Committee
Broadcast/Licensed: Free Speech TV.
Cable Cast: POSITIVE SPIN.  Various markets in California.

 

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