The SAG Foundation presents Directors on Acting: TV Comedy, live stream and archived for everyone.

Director, Jay Karas
Director, Jay Karas

Directors on Acting: TV Comedy
Tonight, July 12th:

Directors on Acting, a production of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, features a conversation with directors of television comedies discussing their approaches to working with actors. The panel will address techniques for communicating the director’s vision for a scene and the ways in which directors collaborate with performers to execute specific goals for the episode as a whole. Hear from distinguished directors about their process behind directing an episode of TV comedy and how the actor can best serve that process.

Tonight’s panelists:
Payman Benz, Key and Peele, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ryan Case, Modern Family, The Mindy Project
Nisha Ganatra, Transparent, Better Things
Jay Karas, Workaholics, Parks and Recreation

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The Director’s on Acting episode will be archived after the live event at


By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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