News and Feedback

Hi everyone,

This is page has been changed to the News and Feedback page.  This area will be dedicated to the news updates of former or current drop in actors and what they are up to in other areas of their lives.  The second part of this page will be for feedback on the drop in sessions or the drop in overall.



Below is a really nice e-mail I received from a film goer in Australia.
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From: "Victor Song"
Date:  Sat, 23 Sep 2006 21:34:59 +1000
Hi there
I am a really big fan of Henry Mah and his performance in 'Scary Movie 4' - it was hilarious!!
I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sending me an autograph please?
I really look forward to hearing from you soon.
Many thanks in advance
Victor Song

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From: "Dany Papineau"
Date:  Wed, 20 Sep 2006 07:58:26 -0700
Hi Everyone,
I have updated my website with the latest news. Montreal has been great so far, lots of stuff on the move. I have shot 2 short films since I have been back East and I got a small part on a Movie of the week about 2 weeks ago.
Locomotion has also re-optioned "2 Frogs" and new people are attached to the project. Grégoire Bédard, as a director, who is a talented filmmaker I did a short film with in Vancouver and David Uloth, as a co-writer, who is an amazing Montreal writer/director who I will be re-writing the feature film version with.
I hope you are all fine and see you around!

Liz McDowell was in Montreal November 2005 as part of the UN Climate Change Conference, and she sent a letter to the drop in  group regarding the youth summit there and the actions they are taking to address this global issue.  To view her letter, click here.

Greg Milne of Second Impact Entertainment and a drop in regular sent me the message below:

"Hey Henry,

I thought it’d be the right time to illustrate to you a little of the difference I’ve seen the drop-in make within the community here with my recent casting experiences. 

So as far as Without Light, at least 50% of my auditions were brought to me through your newsletter. 

Over 80% of the callbacks were out of the drop-in 
75% (6 of the 8 roles) were filled by drop-in actors 

It was very very apparent the difference that cold-reading practice had in their auditions, and just coupled with their natural talent, cuz let’s be fair, there is a lot of talent in that room. 

So whether you want to call any of that being a part, big or small, I definitely think that I – and they – owe you at least a little bit of thanks. 



DATE: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 10:30:50 -0800

Hi Henry!

I just wanted you too know that drop-in is one of the best things I've done in a very long time. It feels like family when I’m there and I MISS IT. I'm almost done with Improv and I'll be back to coming EVERY week really soon.

You should feel so proud about what you've started and, as I'm sure you know, you've not only given actors a place to do what they love, but you've brought people together and helped create friendships that impact peoples lives in such a positive way. It has done nothing less but enrich my life since my first session.

Thank you for doing what you do, and I'll see you and everybody very soon.




Message from Steven Holmberg in Halifax:


Glad to see the Jarvies return for another year.  It's funny how actors in Van take for granted all the opportunities they have to train and do workshops and take classes etc etc etc. 

Halifax basically has none.  I started teaching a class in Sept and continues, but I think I'm the only ongoing class in the city.  Periodically the main agency and the theatre company/school here run classes.  There are two drop in things I can think of and no cold reading series.  I thought of starting a CRS but went with the class.

I hope all of you are well and I'd love it if you could say a hi for me tomorrow night.

Take care and I'll drop in when I'm back in the fall.

Bye for now,

Steven Holmberg

Here's a really nice message from Thibault, who is a local director that used some of our drop in actors in his short film.

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From: Thibault Nieudan
Date:  Fri, 28 Jul 2006 08:02:58 +0000
Hey Henri!
Back in France I just wanted to say hi and thanks again for giving me the chance to meet you and all the amazing actors you are taking care of every week. You really have something precious there, a great community, you can be proud of you!
The second script we worked on at the director's session (the one where Ashley looses her baby) turned to life. You can see it and it's trailer on my website :     (click on THE FILM to see it - easy:)
I'm more than happy with all the energy and talent all the actors gave for this film, it was an great experience. Thanks to the dropin!
Have a great day and give a hug to everyone for me : )

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From: Jason Logan
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 10:58 AM
Subject: Award for Jason Logan
UBCP/ACTRA member Jason Logan won "Best Supporting Actor" award in the recent Vancouver Student Fim Festival for his role in "Grover's Mill".  Vancouver Film School graduate Paul St. Amand wrote and directed the 10-minute science fiction melodrama which co-starred Don Knoedel.

VFS cameraman Ian Whittlesey won "Best Cinematography" prize for lensing the black & white short in which H.G. Wells and Orson Welles encounter an extra-terrestrial from a flying saucer.


I am grateful that what I do at the drop in space makes a difference to people in our community.  I am also pleased that together we all make a difference to each other and the community at large.  Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for supporting the drop in space.  If you have anything you would like posted to this page, e-mail me at