Posts Tagged ‘Dana Lyn Baron’

More announcements…

September 12, 2013

The world premiere of LAKE ANNE, directed by John Frank Levey, is about to open at The Road Theatre Company on Friday, Sept. 20th. My understudy dates TBA.  Watch the traileHERE.

IN PASSING enjoyed an enthusiastic response at LA Shorts Fest on Sept. 9th in NoHo.

In Passing LA SHORTS FEST

Upcoming screenings: 

The Vancouver International Film Festival

Two Handers, for the most part” (international shorts)
  • Oct. 2, 9pm
  • Oct. 9, 10am
HATCHfest, details TBA  
Alan Miller LA SHORTS FEST 2013
Director/Writer Alan Miller
has been invited as one of their
10 Groundbreakers.
 
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My Latest Radio Spots for Gap…

March 21, 2013

Here’s a couple of radio spots from the most recent batch I did for GAP’s SPRING FRIENDS EVENT 2013:

Gap Spring Friends Event 2013 Promo

Gap Spring Friends Event 2013 Pandora spot

Thanks for listening!

A Bright & Shiny new Commercial Demo…

February 14, 2013

Take a listen to my newly refreshed Commercial VO demo.  I thank you kindly in advance for doing so.  Oh, and…

Happy V-Day & Presidents’ Day Weekend y’all!

DLB Commercial VO Demo

Seriously…I need an assistant.

May 12, 2011

Oh blog, how I’ve neglected thee!

It’s “funny”…

2011 has been a busy year.  Admittedly, it feels like much of it has been more process-oriented (aka “in progress”), and perhaps that’s why I’ve felt less inclined to check in here.  What?!  Like I only could post something when I had something to “brag” about?  When there was a solid “result” produced from my on-going professional & personal efforts and pursuits?

It’s the process that really counts, right?  The journey?  That’s what they say.  And that’s what I, intellectually, totally agree with, comprehend, etc, etc.

Yet I confess it’s a challenge at times — keeping the faith, keeping spirits up, doing what compels me on a day to day basis, and all that jazz.  I confess that sometimes, when I’m deep in the thick of the journey, and it seems like there’s a hell of a lot of time, energy, money, emotional investment going out, while it seems like nothing is coming back in…what can I say?  It starts to feel really hard, frustrating, and even (on a bad day?) hopeless.  All this “seeming”.  Even on the harder days, thankfully, deep down I’m able to maintain the belief that there are bigger forces at work.  And so, really…I really don’t have anything else to do except enjoy what I get to do each & every day.  As my friend Darrell says, “Fall into that…voluptuously”.  (Forgive my paraphrasing Darrell!)

Now the truth about this year so far is I have and continue to experience & accomplish a lot of cool stuff. For starters…

I now have the framework of my book, The Princess of Fakenham.  There’s still a long way to go, and I’ve been very distracted from that project for the last few months.  But it’s there…and I know it’s not going away.

I started dance class again — ballet specifically — after a very long absence from that world.  My body was so happy to be moving like that again!!  After a month back, my right big toe started feeling this intense pain, and I learned I have the beginning of some arthritis in the joint there.  Presumably from my 17 years of dancing, walking in high heels.  The pressure of all those eleves and releves in ballet are just a little too much for this bod of mine now.  So, rather too quickly, dance had to take a back seat again.  For a bit, anyway.  Maybe jazz, or even modern (hello barefoot!), will make my feet a little happier?  I won’t give up on it yet.  Thankfully, barefoot running makes my feet quite happy!

I started voice lessons again, too!  Opportunities started coming up recently that required singing, and I realized I really need to stop ignoring this other skill of mine.  I realized I not only wanted to brush up the technique but also reassemble an audition book that included not only the musical theatre stuff, but also rock/pop.  It’s been fun – albeit slow going – gathering songs to rock out to!  Eddie Sayegh and Steven Memel have helped & continue to help me get back on track.

Voice overs continue to keep me busy.  With my rockstar agents at VOX, I started off the year voice matching Robin Wright for the upcoming feature film MONEYBALL (also starring Brad Pitt).  That was a cool experience I’d never had before —  callback-to-work.  There were three of us.  We went in one at a time to meet & read for director Bennet Miller (Oscar nominated for CAPOTE).  And then I was chosen!  Went back in & recorded the scene.  A phone call with Brad driving in his car, and me/Robin on the phone with him.

I’ve recorded two spots (so far) for a Ragu campaign called “Mom’s the word on Dinner“.  You can watch/hear them here:

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=915783181065
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=915783620185

I did more ADR on yet another soap — DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  This just aired on May 6th.  I played a young mom in a safe-house where one of the characters used to live.  They hear me trying to soothe my crying baby in the hallway.  Maybe I’ll get a daytime Emmy nom?  Hm.  Probably not.  The post folks there were really fun to work with.  And I love the soaps, cuz whether you’re on or off camera they put you in a very cozy dressing room.

In April, the new MORTAL KOMBAT video game was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  I play Sonya Blade again.  It’s been getting fantastic reviews.  G4‘s X-Play gave the game 5 out of 5!

And this week I shot a commercial for Hartford Insurance which was so  much fun!  I had been craving being back on a set again.  And I couldn’t have been surrounded by a better group of people behind and in front of the cameras.  It’s a very amusing spot, and I had the pleasure of working with a wonderful actor — my hubby for the day – Andrew Burlinson, as well as Sarah Rush, who played our hard-selling, “kooky” and ultimately misleading real estate agent.  Patrick Sherman (of Caviar Content) directed.  Alyson Horn cast (she also cast me in my very 1st commercial for Guinness Beer in 2004).  I don’t know (yet) when they plan to air this.  It’ll start national cable, and then they have plans to go network.  Fingers crossed!

Did I mention the 1st audition for this was on my birthday?  April 28th.  Pretty awesome gift, I have to say.

This winter has also been about a lot of auditions (2 pilots, three features, and a couple already-on-the-air shows) that did not lead to bookings.  Several of these were first auditions with film & tv casting offices that had never met me before.  So…even though it was quite disappointing not to book the gigs, I know it’s all a good thing.  I want to be on these people’s radar.  And…now I am.  Seeds are being planted.

I was also seen for the first time at The Black Dahlia Theatre, which has been on my target list for some time.  They do tremendous work there, and I was thrilled to have been asked to return for the 2nd audition (aka “the callback” for the non-industry folks reading this).  Didn’t get this one either (big sigh).  But again, I’m so glad to have met Artistic Director Matt Shakman, Producer Gaalan Michaelson, Director Mark St. Amant and Writer Marco Ramirez during this audition process.  And I look forward to meeting them all again in the not-too-distant future.

Wasn’t I talking about process?  Oh yes.  I returned to The Antaeus Company in April to work with Armin Shimmerman in the Shakespeare Workout.  Awesome stuff!  Learned so much from him. Hello rhetoric!

And this month, I’ve returned to my theatre company The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) after an extended hiatus.

Have I mentioned writing makes my brain tired?  Well.  It does.  And on that note…I’m going to send my assistant out to get the dry cleaning so I can take a nap.

A girl can dream…

Circus Theatricals is on fire!

September 4, 2010

In theatre news…

Circus Theatricals (my company!) & John Farmanesh-Bocca’s Not Man Apart‘s co-production of TITUS REDUX is a hit at the Kirk Douglas Theatre! This limited engagement – starring Circus’ Jack Stehlin (Weeds) & Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives) – closes on Sept. 12th, so hurry on down to Culver City and catch it before it moves on to NYC…and points beyond.

Today this link appeared on CBS Los Angeles — http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/top-99-seat-theaters-in-l-a/

…naming Circus Theatricals as one of the top 5 99-seat theatres in Los Angeles!

Also, check out this great LA Times article from last Sunday’s ARTS section –

http://www.latimes.com/la-ca-0829-titus-redux-20100829,0,1342558.story

(Getting Out – the play I starred in during June & July – is even mentioned in there!)

OK. OK. Enough about that.  What is DLB up to?

Voice over is keeping me busy.  So hurrah for that!

And not to be too vague or anything, but I’m finally moving forward on a long-gestating personal project that – God willing – will end up on the big screen in the not too terribly distant future. (I’ve waited 11 years as it is to get this baby on its feet.  I think I can be patient awhile longer.)

I’m also so excited to start Shakespeare Workout at The Antaeus Co. next week.  The 1st month will be spent working with director Bart DeLorenzo!  Hello Hamlet, King Lear & Twelfth Night!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  I’m outta here.

Getting Out Extended into July!

July 1, 2010

Yes, that’s right folks.  The play I’ve been immersed in since December has added two more performances in July, so if you couldn’t make it in June, you’re in luck!

We’re still running in rep with the mainstage show — the Ovation recommended More Lies About Jerzy — which has also been extended through the end of July.

Here’s the scoop (and mark your calendars):

GETTING OUT

Sunday, July 11 at 7PM

Sunday, July 18 at 7PM

Still at the beautiful, historic Hayworth Theatre near downtown.  Right next to La Fonda, where you can either chow down before the show OR get drunk after.  YOU decide!

For tickets, go to:  http://circustheatricals.com/tickets.html

Or call: 323.960.7788  

(industry comps available)

Check LA Stage Alliance, too (http://www.lastagealliance.com/lastagetixcalendar.asp?ShowList=4627)

…that’s where you may find 1/2 price tix.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Went in for the 2nd time this year to Producers over at HOUSE, M.D.  A juicy Guest Star role (think Sophie’s Choice).  Probably the best audition of my life (certainly makes up for not booking it).  How exhilerated was I to know I ROCKED it for the great Director Dan Attias, Producer Katie Jacobs, Writer Eli Attie, and, of course, the lovely casting ladies – Amy Lippens, Stephanie Laffin & Janelle Scuderi.  That was fun!

What else?

Right after Getting Out closes, we’re goin’ down to San Diego.  It’ll be a mix of long-overdue R&R and some hearty networking.   Staying out in the “countryside” with the cousins for a few days…then downtown at my Grandpa’s condo in the sky during the madness that is ComiCon.

At least with my newly acquired boxing skills, I can defend myself properly in Hall H.  In fact, if I see that Wonder Woman bee-atch, I think I’ll definitely punch her in the face.

Awwwwww….I’m just kiddin!

where was I?

May 7, 2010

Hello again.  Figured I’d check in. Since I last wrote, there’s been some activity here & there.

My CRIMINAL MINDS episode aired on Wednesday eve (aka Cinco de Mayo).  Hurrah!  If you blinked, you missed my mug (but damn, I looked good for those 1.5 seconds!), but you definitely heard me a heck of lot through that Teaser.  🙂

A couple weeks ago, they brought me in to do ADR.  A page of new stuff!  That was fun.  But sometimes I wish I didn’t know what I was doin’ in front of the mic, ya know?  I mean, I was in and out of that recording stage in 20 minutes!!!  Sure sure, I made the post people very happy for giving them a little extra time to eat their lunch.  But I have so much fun…I just wanna do MORE of it, ya know?

Speaking of fun…I seem to be coming up for more voice match gigs.  Now, that’s pretty cool, too.  Did Amy Poehler for a spot back in December.  And had a callback to match her BFF for a Dreamworks Animation project.  (so close, but alas, no cigar).  And turned in a (I think) good “stab” at Julia Roberts for the upcoming Eat, Pray, Love.

Next week, I’m going back to The Young & the Restless to do another off-camera u-5 for them.  Now, this is a cool way to do voice over — from a recording booth on the soundstage, I get to do the scene LIVE with the actors who are on camera.  (Look ma! I’m really acting!)   Good times, good times.

And last but not least, I am in on-going rehearsals for GETTING OUT (become a fan on Facebook).

The opening is finally in sight!  We’re playing on Sunday nights through June (7pm.  starting May 30th, Opening Night June 6th) at the fabulous Hayworth Theatre downtown! Come on down and see me tackle my 1st lead role in a gorgeous play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Marsha Norman!  Directed by Robert Cicchini.  And co-starring members of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Don’t miss this very limited run!

Ok.  That’s enough for now.

Network Primetime Debut on Criminal Minds!

March 22, 2010

I shot my role on CRIMINAL MINDS last Friday!!!  This was my 1st job on network primetime, and I had a BLAST !  The episode (“…A Thousand Words”) was directed by the wonderful ROSEMARY RODGRIGUEZ, and written by one of the coolest people I’ve met, Executive Producer, EDWARD ALLEN BERNERO.

Ya know, I always wondered what casting office would be able to stake claim to “casting Dana Lyn Baron in her 1st role in primetime” (I know I keep repeating that word.  So sue me…I LOVE saying it!).  A HUGE thanks to APRIL WEBSTER & ASSOCIATES, and specifically SCOTT DAVID & ERICA SILVERMAN.

From the audition to the table read to shooting — the Criminal Minds cast & crew was just awesome!  So welcoming & supportive.

My only wish is that it didn’t all go by so fast.

‘Til the next adventure…

there I am -- Police Dispatcher Two -- in my lovely lil' station

on the homepage of The Actors Network

Um…ok…so I’ve slacked off on the News Updates…

February 19, 2010

Where did the time go?  Yeah, I feel like a broken record when I ask that question BUT, I continue to ask it anyway.  My last posting was in MAY 2009 for goodness sakes!  What was I doing then?

(pardon me while I go back and read my last post.  ok.  I’m back.)

Wow…um…ok.  Well, at the end of June, I finished my successful run in Circus Theatricals Festival of One Act Plays. My hilarious one-act LUNCH-O-LUTION (with the wonderful Vanessa Waters) was a hit with audiences.

Summer was spent re-energizing with a road trip up the coast to Cambria.

The Fall brought me to Paris & the South of France for two glorious weeks.

In November, I shot a commercial for Charter Communications called “WAREHOUSE” (currently running in in the northeast, southeast, & central states)   Click on the title to check it out!

On December 1st, I became a first-time aunt to Maya Paige Baron!

Other fun times in December…

  • did a voice-match job for Amy Poehler on a VITAMIN WATER campaign pitch.
  • started rehearsals for Marsha Norman’s beautiful play GETTING OUT – the next production for Circus Theatricals at THE HAYWORTH THEATRE (where The Women had it’s successful 3 month run!).  Yours truly is playing her first leading role!  I’m being directed by the fabulous Robert Cicchini, and surrounded by a wonderful cast (including Courtney Munch, who’s playing my younger, violent self).

Playing/preparing for this role has led me to something I’ve always wanted to do hardcore – Boxing!  For two months, I’m training 2 hours, 3 days a week at Fortune’s Gym on Sunset Blvd. with Jesse Reid (trainer of 30 champions!).  Running and/or hiking on my off days.  I’m thrilled with the mental, emotional & physical transformation it’s created!  I’ve got just a couple more weeks to go before I let the preparation “cook” for the part.  (hmm…maybe if a movie studio was paying for it I’d keep going?  It’s brutal yet adrenaline-inducing punishment on the body.)

So that’s “it” for the time being.  I’ll try to keep more on top of these updates.  I just don’t know where the time goes sometimes.

Ha!

It’s May! What’s going on in Dana’s world now?

May 21, 2009

For starters, DREAM DATE, the film I shot in NYC last spring, is currently in the SHORT FILM CORNER at the 2009 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.  Award winning, Sundance filmmaker RENE ALBERTA is over there with Producer/Editor DANIEL SHAW schmoozing it up!  A few weeks ago, the film had it’s premiere screening right here in Los Angeles (at the W Hotel Westwood) as part of FILM INDEPENDENT’S CINEMA LOUNGE.

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CIRCUS THEATRICALS in association with THE ODYSSEY THEATRE presents the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble in The Circus Theatricals 14th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays.

Running May 22-June 28.

I am part of Evening A:  Fridays at 8pm  May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26

For Tickets ($15):  323.960.7846 or www.circustheatricals.com

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And in other news, I am quite happy to have my hubby, ADAM FINER, back in Los Angeles after he spent a month in Davenport, Iowa, line producing MEGAFAULT for The Asylum & SciFi Channel. (that’s BRUCE DAVISON with Adam in the photo above!)