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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
November 1, 2010
For immediate release

Learn more about Michigan's film industry at free workshop

Learn more about the television and film industry and how it’s reaching into Michigan at a workshop Saturday, Nov. 6, with film and television actor Steve Blackwood. Presented by Jackson Community College and Spring Arbor University, the workshop runs from 12 noon till 4 p.m. in the Michael Baughman Theatre, Potter Center and is free to all JCC and SAU students, staff and faculty.

After 10 years on “Days of our Lives,” Steve Blackwood is now living in Beverly Hills -- Beverly Hills, Michigan. The 53-year-old actor returned to his native state in June, 30 years after leaving for the bright lights of Broadway. So far, he has landed small roles in three movies filmed in Michigan -- "Cedar Rapids," "MOOZ-lum" and "Oogie Loves in the Big Balloon Adventure" -- as well as a key part last month in the play "Boeing-Boeing" at Meadow Brook Theatre.

“I was scared to death of moving back,” says Blackwood, who’s also been teaching acting classes. “But I'm doing stuff I never would have done in L.A.”

In the mid-1970s, he studied theater and English at Oakland University. But, at that time, Michigan didn't offer many opportunities to work in the film and TV business. Blackwood spent many years in New York before heading to Hollywood in 1990. Coming home has paid off, with 35 auditions in two months.” (from