I performed at this dinner theater complex in Orlando, Florida, from about 1997 to the about 2006. The director, Laurel Clark, I had met several years before where she performed with me in Divorce Court series. She remembered me and gave me an audition to enter the ensemble troupe. Very talented actors. Most of them also worked at other theaters, Disney and Universal theme parks. I was much older than most of them. The shows were scripted but actors would improvise off script and then return to the spine of the story. Very good training. I worked my way up to doing 17 characters in about 13 different shows. I was picked to do a month long USO tour in Europe, performing a comedy play to military families in several countries, including Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as two cruise line gigs, and cross country casino shows….I remember one show in Orlando where Sinbad the comedian was in the audience with his family, and we asked him to participate in the part of the show with audience interaction, he did, and was gracious afterwards and took a picture with us…several actors have gone on to other successful endeavors from Sleuths, including noted Hollywood actors, published children’s poet, Broadway, Vegas magician, TV personalities. and the New York acting scene.
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Jon is an award winning actor, screenwriter and playwright. His films include Luc Besson’s The Family with Robert De Niro, Run with Eric Roberts, and recently Big Time Adolescence with Jon Cryer. He received best actor award in Sisyphus’ Supper at the Take Two Film Festival in New York City, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival. His TV credits include The Blacklist, and Law & Order SVU. Jon is also the co-producer/actor in 50 To Death, and award winning web series about three boomers jousting with the 21st Century. His New York theater credits include George Tabori’s Mein Kampf, and Imagine Dat! a solo show about Jimmy Durante, and regionally in Over The River and Through The Woods, and Breaking Legs. Among his writing credits, his screenplay, Who Wants To Marry My Husband, was produced and distributed as a feature film by Echelon Entertainment Group. He also co-wrote with Letty Serra, the eleven times awarded screenplay, Say Nothing, about the untold story of Italian incarceration in an American concentration camp in Maryland during World War Two, and won three screenplay awards for his thriller feature script, Sparks. His sci-fi comedy musical Alien Adventure The Adventure won four awards at the Midtown International Theatre Festival In New York City. Weekly, Jon teaches the Improvisation Workshop at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory in New York City. Prior to acting, Jon served as a naval officer, taught undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, was a research psychologist for the government, and had a private practice in clinical psychology. He has a PhD in experimental and organizational psychology, and a postdoc PhD. in clinical psychology. Jon also consults as an executive presentation coach with Harrison Monarth, a New York Times best-selling author and owner of Gurumaker.
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