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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

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STAGE PLAYS: 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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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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ACTING RESUME

 

HESTER SCHELL, MFA
Actress, Puppeteer
SAG/AFTRA:  10071201
Age Range: 50-65

hester dot schell at gmail.com

Blue Eyes,
Blonde/Gray Hair

cell: (650) 726-5424

Size 16-18

 

REPRESENTATIVE ROLES / REGIONAL THEATRE  ___________________________________________

Inspector Elsa
SISTERS IN THE SNOW
Snow Storm Prods, Fertile Ground, 2017 Portland, OR

Lead Puppeteer
REFRAMING THE HOURGLASS
Lunatique Fantastique, San Francisco, CA

Lead Puppeteer  (children’s theatre)
Lunatique Fantastique, San Francisco, CA
THE WRAPPING PAPER CAPER

Lead Puppeteer  (children’s theatre)
Lunatique Fantastique, San Francisco, CA
CIRQUE DU CELERY

Aurora
SOUL’S RUST- Premiere
Bay One Act Fest. II, San Francisco, CA

The Voice
THE BODY ELECTRIC
Flint Center,  Cupertino,  CA

Kathy
ENTERTAINING MR. SLOAN
Laboratory Theatre, Salt Lake City

Marion
SAFE SEX: ON TIDY ENDINGS
Laboratory Theatre, Salt Lake City

Koruphaios
Euripides: HELEN
Utah Classic Greek Theatre Fest.

Marie Antoinette
THE QUEEN’S KNIGHT
Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette, MI

Esther
TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY
Willamette Rep. Co. – Port., OR

Rodeo
TALKING WITH…
Storefront Actors Theatre-Port., OR

Sheila
RELATIVELY SPEAKING
Art Paz Productions-Port., OR (now MILAGRO THEATRE)

Frau Kost
CABARET
Summer Rep. Onstage, Portland Civic Theatre

Lady Audley
LADY AUDLEY’S SECRET
Lewis & Clark Summer Rep.

Hannah Mae
A COUPLA’WHITE CHICKS, SITTING’ROUND TALKIN’
New Rose Theatre, Portland, OR

Kate Keller
THE MIRACLE WORKER
Theatre Workshop – Port., OR

Caitlin Thomas
DYLAN
Theatre Workshop – Port., OR

FILM/TELEVISION
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JULIE JULIE, festival short
Dr. Schreiber, principal            Liam Creigton, dir. (Best Short, Rochester FF)

PLANTING MELVIN, festival feature
Taylor, principal                        Kari Nevil, dir.  June Bug Films, SF

LOVE LIFE, festival short
Caretaker, principal              Nanci Gaglio, dir.  bigfatt productions,  SF

REWRITE OF YOUR LIFE, DV feature
Selna, principal          Lean Anton, dir.  Wolff Productions

YOUR GUARDIAN, festival feature  film
Mom, featured               Kari Nevil, dir.    June Bug Films, SF
starring, Chad Lowe and Irene Bedard

THIS IS NOT MY MOVIE, festival short
Ethel , feature         Sarah Mast, dir.  Crazy  8 Productions,  LA

ANCIENT MAIL, festival feature
Diotema, co-star                Mary Liz Productions,  SF

LOVE WILL BUILD A BRIDGE,
The Naomi and Wynona Judd Story     Mini Series Biker Chick             Bob Roth , dir.
NBC AJA Prods.  LA

WALLS OF SAND, feature film
Psychic Healerr, co-star                             Ginger Prods.  SF

MY LIFE AS A BABYSITTER, TV series
Twin’s Mom, featured bit                          Disney Prods.  LA

IT NEARLY WASN’T CHRISTMAS
Mary Jessup, principal)              Burt Brinkerhoff f, dir.
starring Charles Durning ,  In syndication        Sunrise Prod.s .  SLC

NORA’S CHRISTMAS GIFT, feature film
Yvonne, principal        Mike McLean, dir.
starring Celeste Holm ,  In syndication              Bonneville Prods.  SLC

INCIDENT  AT DARK RIVER, TV- MOW
Betty’s Friend, day player        Michael Pressman, dir.
starring Mike Farrell,  In Syndication    Mike Farrell Prods.   SLC

RADIO DAYS by Woody Allen, feature film
Featured bit               Rollins-Joffe  Prods.  NYC

THE PILLARS OF PORTLAND, TV series
Sandy, principal       ABC-TV

AMERICAN TABOO, feature film
Betsy , principal        Lustgarten Prods. OR
OSCAR Winner: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences:  Best Student Feature

INDUSTRIALS/PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (on camera) _______________________________

AMERICAN HISTORY SERIES       singer, Narrator                             Foothill College, Los Altos, CA

WINNING MAL -PRACTICE SUITS  Trial Attorney, Lead                  Training film, Oregon Bar Assoc.

PROVIDENCE HOSPITALS                       Nurse, Lead                          Training film, In-House

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE      Scientist, Lead                   Pace Language Institute

BUY OREGON FIRST,                                Lead                                        2 Campaigns  – KGW-TV 8 In-House

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE,                     Lead                                      TV campaign – KGW-TV 8 In-House

 

COMMERCIAL/VOICE OVER (partial list)  _________________________________________________________________________

Georgia-Pacific (V.O.)
Grantree Furniture(V.O.)
Jantzen Sportswear    (commercial)
Safeway Supermarkets
Utah Symphony Orchestra(V.O.)
Soloman Ski Equip, (V.O.)
Utah Ballet (model)
ZCMI Stores (commercial)
Utah Dept. of Transportation
Colony Collapse, radio theatre

EDUCATION _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Puppetry:       Jane Henson, Marty Robinson, Caroly Wilcox, Richard Termine, Liebe Wetzel  Mime:  Claude Kipnis Voice: Marion Harvey, Barbara Damashek

Directing:       Larry Arrick , Tom Markus, Chuck Morey

Acting:  Terry Schreiber, Larry Arrick, Suzanne Shepard

Master of Fine Arts/Directing
University of Utah,  Salt Lake City, with High Honors, 1991

B.A. / Theatre
Portland State  University, Portland, OR  With Honors, 1984

Certificate/ Acting
Trinity Square Repertory Conservatory, Providence, RI, 1979

A.A./Acting
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City ,974

SPECIAL SKILLS – Puppeteer; Looping; Dialects; Voice: Mezzo-Soprano; Acting Teacher; Workshop & Seminar Presenter; Director; Producer;
Active on  horses, bicycles, sailboats & in the driver’s seat. Experienced traveler, hiker & camper; Directing and Teaching resume & references on request.
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FILM FESTIVALS:
FILMS HESTER HAS WORKED ON WHICH SCREENED AT FESTIVALS

2018
Portland Underground Film Festival Official Selection
SANDWICHED (producer, writer, director)
Winner: Audience Award -  Shorts Program: Everything is Political These Days
Winner: Award of Recognition, BEST SHORTS COMPETITION

2016
Sundance Film Festival:  SWISS ARMY MAN (production assistant)
Winner: Audience award, Directing: “the Daniels”

2014
Action of Film International. WEAPON OF CHOICE, WINNER: Best Feature  (Casting Director)

2011
San Francisco Green Film Festival: Staged Reading of Original Work: Colony Collapse (writer)

2009
La Femme Film Festival   BAIT & SWITCH INVESTIGATIVE NEWS SATIRE (writer)

2009
Boston Independent Film Festival.  JULIE, JULIE (acting)
Rochester High Falls International Film Festival.  JULIE, JULIE (acting) Audience Award: Best Short

2008
Sacramento French Film Festival.  JULIE JULIE (actor)

2007
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival.  JUST UNDER A MILLION   (writer/producer/director/art director)

2007
Mill Valley Film Festival, California – Official Selection.  PRESQUE ISLE by Rob Nilsson

2005
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California, Official selection – PLANTING MELVIN  (acting).
Hearts and Minds Film Festival, Wilmington, DE – PLANTING MELVIN (acting) 2nd Place: Best Feature.
Moondance Film Festival, Finalist, San Francisco, CA - PLANTING MELVIN  (acting),
Breckinridge Film Festival, Official selection, San Francisco, CA  – PLANTING MELVIN  (acting)
California Independent Film Festival, Official selection – PLANTING MELVIN  (acting)
Breckenridege Film Festival, Colorado, Official Selection – PLANTING MELVIN  (acting)
California Independent Film Festival, Official Selection – PLANTING MELVIN  (acting
Napa/Sonoma Film & Music Institute, Featured Artist Series – PLANTING MELVIN  (acting)

2003
Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada – BLANKETS FOR AFGHANISTAN (producer, writer, director)
Distribution through Free Speech TV

2002
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California – YOUR GUARDIAN (acting)

2004
SF Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, San Francisco – LOVE LIFE (acting)

2002
Berkeley Film Festival – Best of Fest. – ULTIMATE REALITY – (script supervisor)

2002
Chill Valley Film Festival – ULTIMATE REALITY (script supervisor)

2000
Northern California Independent Film and Video Festival, THIS IS NOT MY MOVIE, Best Short (acting)

1995
Bay Area Women’s Film Festival, Berkeley, California – WALLS OF SAND (acting)

1983
Cannes Film Festival – AMERICAN TABOO (acting) Academy Award Winner, best student film 1982.

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