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Mark Lipsey, Danny Aiello and Joshua Coates and The Belle and Acting Coach/Director Mel Williams

 TBR -New York, NY – During a recent visit to the Big Apple, industry heavy hitters, and a few members of the “Dream Team” including, Director Joshua Coates, Producer Mark Lipsky, Apostle Veryl Howard, Dave Housel, and Sheilah Belle “The Belle” were among a list of invited guests to stop by a small theater company to check out some of the countries newest and up and coming talent for a couple of projects the team is working together on.

Performing on the THEATER FOR A NEW GENERATION Annual Showcase, more than 25 to 30 actors wrapped up an eight week Actors training course with Acting Coach/Director Mel Williams.  For their final exam the students were paired off and acted out short plays and scenes from various major productions, including The Pledge”  “A Different Moon,” and “The Elephant Man.”

Their range of emotional depth and connecting with the audience was truly the result of working with Williams.

A couple of the actors are now being considered for a role in the upcoming movie production of “FOR THING IS THE KINGDOM.’


The Belle talks with some of the actors from Tfang and Renee of the hit TV Show the MOB WIVES,

Dr. Howard and Apostle Veryl Howard

 THEATER FOR A NEW GENERATION (TFANG) is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to bringing great stories by the most exciting storytellers – past and present – to life. We strongly believe that the actor brings an immeasurable and unique history to the writer’s lines, and we want our shows to arouse, provoke and inspire our diverse community.

About Mel Williams

Mel Williams has been directing and training actors for the professional stage for over 40 years. His own training began in 1967 at The Neighborhood Playhouse where he trained under Sanford Meisner. The next year he interned with Lee Strasburg at The Actor’s Studio. Over the years, Mel has acted and directed in outstanding regional theaters in the country, including Freedom Theater, The Arden Theater, InterAct, and The Drama Guild in Philadelphia; The Arena in Washington, D.C.; The Opry House in White River Junction, VT; and The Globe in Boston.

Mel relocated to New York City in the 1990s and began his directing career at LaMama Theaters under the guiding eye of Ellen Stewart. It was at LaMama’s that Mel directed three plays, including the awarding winning KEEP BACK 200FT. Other directing assignments included ZOO STORY and LINE at Lincoln Center, DUTCHMAN at StageEast, CORNER WARS at 47 St. Theater, and A SOLDIER’S PLAY at The Paul Robeson Theater.