Professional Actor.RESUME I began acting in France as a child under the guidance of my uncle then heading a national theatre company in France. Watching my uncle Andre Benichou direct and perform in countless classical and contemporary French, English and American plays was one of my favorite pastimes and completely revolutionized my childhood. He was my first acting teacher. It had a profound and lasting influence on me and greatly opened my mind. I moved to New York City with my brother Pascal Benichou in 1978. I became a student of Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen (see her book, Respect for Acting), and stayed with them until ’86. I was made an honorary member of the famous Actors Studio in 1981, which gave me the opportunity to observe and work with Lee Strasberg and studio members.
I began to work in the New York theater and started working in film and television. In 1980, I became the national on-the-air regular host for TELEFRANCE USA, a national cable network show devoted to French cultural programming. It paved the way to doing commercial work and voice overs. I also joined Screen Actors Guild that year.
While pursuing an acting career and getting as much experience as possible, I also attended New York University film school and started coaching and directing. I also decided to study with famous dialect coach Alice Hermes and took on the difficult task to rid myself of my French accent in an effort to open my range as an actor. I moved to California in 1986 after landing a role on PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ, a pilot for CBS. It opened the way to various roles in soaps, series, and movies and I continued a successful pursuit of commercial and voice-over work. I founded the Hollywood Actors Studio in 1989.
Currently I am dedicated to making Hollywood Actors Studio one of the best places in Hollywood for actors to learn, hone and explore their craft. The studio is a safe environment for artistic discoveries, growth and development.
Multimedia Director-French Localization…RESUME Being 100% bilingual and after attending New York University Film School, I began to accept various directing projects for stage, video and television. More recently as the CD Roms keeps expanding I was asked to direct and do voices projects for the European markets. I would cast and localize in French, German & English various CD Rom and narration projects for big companies such as BRODERBUND, INC. (WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SAN DIEGO). Please view resume. Currently I direct and cast voice sessions for Films and TV shows as well as CD ROM’s. Some companies I am currently or have recently worked for include Broderbund Inc, Random House Inc. My work can be heard in movies such as Picture Perfect, Excess Baggage, Night Falls On Manhattan, American Pop, Lorca, Switchback, etc. for the French video markets. I recently dubbed several movies ‘voicing’ Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis and Andy Garcia. I am available and you can email me or call me at (310) 205-9219 24 HOUR VOICE MAIL.
Acting coach: Coaching came at a very important time in my life when I was not only searching for new avenues to express myself but needed to redefine myself in relationship to acting. The truth is that I never intended to teach acting, it pursued me. It started when I would get requests from actor friends to coach them for important roles they would be auditioning for and them booking those jobs: contracts on soap operas, films, etc. The Hollywood Actors Studio was born in 1989. I have an enormous commitment to people being self-expressed. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARTICLE
Acting, Self-expression, Public Speaking workshop leader. We started co-leading intensive weekend workshops in Santa Barbara, California. This was so successful that it led us to establish a solid program of acting workshops in Southern California. The demand for high quality self-expression and public speaking coaching began to attract professionals from all walks of life and backgrounds. We now teach a wide range of skills related to self-expression, self-confidence, communication and public speaking.
We coach executives, lawyers, teachers, therapists, students, politicians, public speakers, producers, directors, and professionals of all types interested in breaking new ground and expanding on already acquired skills.
Eric Stone is the author of several publications and articles on the craft of acting. All works are available and can be ordered from this website.