Script reading: SAG-AFTRA actors read material by NWSG members

Geoff Miller introduces the script reading event, featuring SAG-AFTRA actors and NWSG screenwriters.
Guild President Geof Miller introduces the script reading event, featuring SAG-AFTRA actors reading material by NWSG screenwriters.

Members of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild had the pleasure of hearing portions of their screenplays brought to life by professional actors, in an event co-sponsored by the Seattle SAG-AFTRA chapter.

Held March 12 at the Eclectic Theater, the event featured script excerpts from a broad range of genres, and was followed by a question-and-answer session with the screenwriters.

While screenwriting programs such as Final Draft have a text-to-speech feature that allows you to assign different voices to the characters in your script, there is no substitute to hearing your script read by professional actors. That’s why the NWSG teamed up with SAG-AFTRA, not only for the benefit of some of our screenwriters, but also to provide the opportunity for actors to exercise their skills, and demonstrate their range should any of the featured projects move forward to production.

The NWSG members whose scripts were featured:

LAST STOP by Michael Walker – directed by Bill Murray
LITTLE BANDITS by Michael Di Martino – directed by Craig Packard
THE ELEPHANT ROOM by Tom Kennedy – directed by George Thomas Jr.
TAKEN AWAY by Kate Calamatta – Long Tran
TUESDAY NIGHT POKER by Adam Sheridan – directed by Bill Murray
THE WAY DOWN by Jeffry Smith – directed by Long Tran
DELUSIONAL (PONZI) by Dick McCormick – directed by Craig Packard
SUPER GEEKS by Mark Robyn – directed by George Thomas Jr.

This is one example of the types of events the NWSG will sponsor throughout the year. If you’re active on social media, like our Facebook page, connect with us on Twitter, or get on our email list (see the right panel to subscribe).


2 comments on “Script reading: SAG-AFTRA actors read material by NWSG members

  1. Enjoyed attending this event. You get a good sense of how your dialogue sounds, whether or not it flows naturally, etc. Makes me want to follow the advice given by more experienced screenwriters: read your own work aloud–it’s easier that way to find unnecessary words.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Ben. As you note, there’s no substitute for hearing dialogue read aloud, especially by professional actors. We hope to do more events like these in the future.

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