Hollywood acting coach preps Dubai hopefuls

Michelle Danner, an acting coach from Los Angeles, was in Dubai over the weekend conducting workshops.

Powered by automated translation

DUBAI // Michelle Danner tells her students there is nothing glamorous about honing the talent that has helped Gerard Butler become Hollywood's go-to beefcake or Penélope Cruz play a pirate.

The Hollywood acting coach, in Dubai over the weekend to conduct four acting workshops that wrap up today, has worked with these stars as well as Christian Slater, Zooey Deschanel and James Franco.

MORE UAE NEWS: Our pick of today's top local news stories

Last Updated: June 12, 2011

Dubai World hired private detectives to track down alleged embezzler Company's anti-fraud department reveals it hired investigators to track down employee turned fugituve accused of embezzlement, Michael Bryan Smith. Read article

Potential new GCC additions may be received warily: poll People living in GCC countries are not that interested in adding new countries, a new survey has found. Read article

Taxi driver found murdered in his car Young Bangladeshi driver found strangled and stabbed to death in his taxi in al Ain. Read article

Construction site waste sparks anger over flat tyres Dubai residents say they are concerned about the expense of tyre punctures near construction sites. Read article

The 14 members in the workshop included a Brazilian singer seeking to improve her stage persona, a South African flight attendant looking for her big break, and a 22-year-old Canadian who seized the opportunity to pursue his acting dream while in the country visiting his parents.

"If you see something that makes you cry, write it down," Ms Danner, 48, told them. "You forget what gets you there, what takes you to that place, and sometimes what gives you emotion is the memory of something that took place 20 years ago."

Kanchan Kulkarni, a 39-year-old Indian expatriate who owns a real estate business, dreams of becoming a full-time actress.

"These classes teach you how to not overact, and how to really create those emotions when you need them," she said.

"It helps not having to learn things the hard way by going to a bad audition."