Investor market specialist Knight Knox starts 70th buy-to-let scheme

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Investor market specialist Knight Knox starts 70th buy-to-let scheme previous nextLand & New HomesInvestor market specialist Knight Knox starts 70th buy-to-let schemeLatest site marks fast rise of northern build-to-rent investor-focused companyThe Negotiator19th December 201601,403 Views Buy-to-let specialist for the private investor market Knight Knox has launched its 70th development just a few weeks reporting a turnover of £15.5 million, £2 million more than last year. It also now employs 65 staff and is expecting to hire more soon.Knights Knox works with developments in the north of England including Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool and has been one of the companies to help drive the ‘northern powerhouse’ property market revival in recent years, particularly in Manchester.It is in this city that urban re-development arrived first and is where the new-build market has expanded fastest, helped in part by Asian investor interest. Knight Knox recently took its seminars-based marketing machine to Hong Kong, for example.The latest offering by the Manchester based company bolsters its Yorkshire portfolio with the launch of Palatine Gardens, a premium residential development in Sheffield.The £5.4 million scheme, on Roscoe Road, transforms a former industrial site in the city centre, providing 54 new apartments, studios and duplex penthouses.Construction at Palatine Gardens is due to begin in early 2017 with completion expected in Q2 of 2018. The apartments, designed by Coda Studios, are available to buy-to-let investors for purchase now.The development will be let and managed by Intus Lettings, while Crossbow Ventures Ltd will act as the and new homes private investor market Knight Knox buy-to-let developments December 19, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

NAEA ‘surprise’ at 250% money laundering supervision fee rise

first_imgEstate agent are to face a significant rise in the supervision fees they pay HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).From May 1 this year all estate agencies with a turnover of more than £5,000 must pay £300 a year to be registered for money laundering supervision, while those with a turnover under £5,000 must pay £180 a year.The current annual fee is £130. HMRC says the rise is needed to fund more staff to track down agents who are not compliant with the UK’s money laundering regulations, and to increase the level of education and training.“While we welcome the increased resources from HMRC to tackle the issues around anti-money laundering, we are somewhat surprised at the significant uplift in fees in the region of 250%, particularly at a time when the industry is beleaguered by additional legislation,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark.“However, we look forward to seeing more enforcement activity as a result of the increase.”The fee increases, which apply to all businesses required to register under money laundering regulations including estate agents, accountants and banks, are on top of several other charges levied by HMRC.This includes a £40 fee per employee to check them for any relevant criminal convictions.As well as the HMRC, the Home Office is currently conducting an aggressive campaign to remind agents to submit Suspicious Activity Reports via its ‘Flag it Up’ campaign. Of the nearly 500,000 SARs filed last year, most were provided by banks and only a small percentage offered up by estate agents.For information about money laundering and your obligations, click here.Mark Hayward HMRC NAEA anti money laundering flag it up April 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » NAEA ‘surprise’ at 250% money laundering supervision fee rise previous nextRegulation & LawNAEA ‘surprise’ at 250% money laundering supervision fee riseHMRC is to raise the annual fees it charges agents to be part of its money laundering supervision scheme from May 1st this year.Nigel Lewis5th April 201901,355 Viewslast_img read more

Kenya: World Leaders to Consider Dangers of Using Armed Guards on Board Vessels

first_img View post tag: vessels Kenya: World Leaders to Consider Dangers of Using Armed Guards on Board Vessels View post tag: consider View post tag: board Back to overview,Home naval-today Kenya: World Leaders to Consider Dangers of Using Armed Guards on Board Vessels View post tag: using January 6, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Dangers View post tag: Guards View post tag: leaderscenter_img Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Kenya Share this article View post tag: ON View post tag: Armed View post tag: world View post tag: News by topic Marine safety concern, BCB International, has warned world leaders to consider the dangers of using armed guards on board vessels, which may have tragic and unintended consequences.The leaders are due to meet next month in Kenya at an anti-piracy conference.Some commentators believed that the use of armed personnel could spark a dangerous escalation of violence, the company said.BCB International’s marine projects manager, Jonathan Delf, said: “We call on world leaders to consider, in detail, the potential dangers associated with the use of armed guards on commercial ships. With lethal armed guards comes increased responsibility for the lives of a ship’s crew. “Ultimately the use of lethal force should be selected as a ‘last resort’ because it could lead to an escalation of violence, which can have tragic unintended consequences. “Indeed, in his evidence to the Commons’ Foreign Affairs Select Committee the respected Dr McCafferty, head of counter-terrorism and UK operational policy at the UK Ministry of Defence, said; ‘Like everywhere else, the more guns there are around, although there is a deterrent effect, you also have the increased opportunity or potential for the wrong people to be shot.’”“We believe that new non-lethal protective measures like air pressurised launchers can help to create a layered and proportional defence around a vulnerable vessel. In a situation where a piracy attack is imminent, responsible shipping companies should use these new non-lethal measures first in an attempt to ward off the pirates before resorting to guns because it will show they acted reasonably and proportionally,” he concluded.UK-based BCB has been a prime contractor to the UK Ministry of Defence and the Marine Industry for over 50 years.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 06, 2012; Image: seasecuritylast_img read more

CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert Visits USS Wasp

first_img View post tag: Naval CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert Visits USS Wasp View post tag: Adm. Back to overview,Home naval-today CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert Visits USS Wasp Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited USS Wasp (LHD 1) to witness, first hand, the on-going Bold Alligator 2012 (BA12) amphibious exercise and to speak with Sailors and Marines, Feb. 4.BA12 is the largest joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise the East Coast has seen in the last 10 years. The exercise is being held to revitalize the partnership of the Navy and Marine Corps while observing amphibious capabilities in the fleet and their contribution to naval operations.“For you, war fighting is first and I want you to be ready,” Greenert said to an audience of Sailors and Marines in Wasp’s hanger bay during an all hands call. “My job is to provide you with the tools to enable you to do that.”BA12 is the culmination of years of individual unit training from various fleet assets brought together to accomplish various littoral missions and assess overall readiness. Assets involved include two submarines, 25 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines covering the full spectrum of subsurface, surface, ground and air capabilities.While onboard BA12’s command and control flagship, the CNO was briefed by senior leadership about the strategies, tactics and learning opportunities that have and continue to develop from the 14-day exercise, which includes forces from eight other nations.The areas being tested and evaluated by BA12 are the proficiency and efficiency of the amphibious fleet on forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Greenert said due to the ever-changing battle environments and mission requirements of our nation’s military, amphibious forces are receiving more attention and resources to meet those challenges.“We’re putting in place a support ship called a mobile landing platform,” Greenert said, which would augment the aging Marine transport grey-hulls currently in service. “We are supporting the next LHA (America-class), so we’re all in for these big decks… We’re all in for amphibious operations.”Greenert said amphibious operations are a high priority of the Navy-Marine Corps team and continue to gain importance.Greenert ate lunch with Sailors and Marines in the Stinger’s Nest and then toured Wasp speaking with crewmembers from the bridge to engineering spaces to the galley.Following his tour CNO met a sea of green and blue in the hangar bay to address the entire crew and give them a current snapshot of where the fleet is at from his perspective. CNO discussed the Navy’s Sailing Directions and highlighted the importance of the strategic maritime crossroads before opening the meeting up to questions from the crew about any topics of interest or concerns.After spending nearly an hour addressing the sea of green and blue’s questions ranging from perform-to-serve to the future of amphibious operations, Greenert thanked all the Sailors and Marines for their participation in BA12 and their service and commitment to the Navy and the nation.“I want to thank you all very much for what you’re doing,” Greenert said.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 08, 2012; Image: navy Training & Education February 8, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Jonathancenter_img View post tag: visits View post tag: CNO View post tag: Greenert View post tag: USS Share this article View post tag: Wasp View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the 8th District congressional candidate Dr. Richard Moss (R) has formally committed to joining the “Freedom Caucus”?  …the “Freedom Caucus” is a conservative bloc within the Republican Caucus in Congress? …some people are saying that this political move by Dr. Moss will generated some good support for him against the current 8th District Congressman?IS IT TRUE Dr. Richard Moss claim that 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon (R) family now lives in Washington, DC is really getting political traction?  …Dr. Moss claims that last year Congressman Bucshon sold his expensive family home in Newburgh and purchased a new family home in the Washington, DC area?  …Congressman Bucshon also has a condo in Newburgh which he calls his official residence? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] IS IT TRUE the City of Evansville don’t have a revenue problem but they do have a spending problem? EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or ourFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE the best way for Evansville City Council to balance the budget is make budget cuts not increase taxes? IS IT TRUE that the Evansville City Council seems to be providing protection for the Vanderburgh County Council from a political perspective when it comes to raising the Local Option Income Tax hike by $8 Million per year?…this move is bordering on political suicide to run interference for the County Council who should be forced to vote on a tax increase on the people they were elected to serve?IS IT TRUE the cries of TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION are getting louder and they could easily be eliminated if the Vanderburgh County Council would be forced to put up or shut up by the all too willing to take a political bullet to the gut by the Evansville City Council that is hell bent on self-destruction on the tax increase?IS IT TRUE Mole #3 tells us that in spite of the assertions that all of the proposed Local Option Income Tax dollars will be used for public safety equipment, raises and health insurance only may not be totally truthful?  …could the real truth be that the some of the proposed Local Option Income Tax dollars will be quietly earmarked to expand the Vanderburgh County jail? …maybe the City is taking this issue on because the majority of criminals are from the City and the County doesn’t want to pay for the criminal habits of City dwellers?…on the other hand the City Council may just be going through a bout of hubris?IS IT TRUE that the Gallup rankings on community exercise are out and to many people’s surprise greater Evansville is doing much better after sinking to the bottom of the barrel less than 10 years ago?…Evansville is the highest ranking city in the State of Indiana for community exercise with a national ranking of #125?…other metro areas checked in at #162 (Indianapolis), #168 (Fort Wayne), and #160 (South Bend)?…Evansville checks in at second in Indiana on healthy eating behind only South Bend at #117 in the nation?…when it comes to overall well-being (the criteria that Evansville was dead last in the country for just 7 years ago), River City is up to #145 from #189 (last) a short time ago?…Evansville trails both Fort Wayne and South Bend in overall well-being but came up ahead of Indianapolis who at #164 is sinking toward the bottom 10 nationwide?…the City County Observer would like to thank and congratulate all those who have altered their lifestyles to get us out of the cellar for well-being?…we also must consider that we were wrong to make fun of the silly chicken fat video that Mayor Winnecke and his supporters made?…we attribute the positive changes to the chicken fat video inspiring the populace to exercise more and eat less?…speaking of eating less it is Fall Festival week so go enjoy yourselves and do the chicken fat dance next week to get rid of that fat?IS IT TRUE that the top ten cities nationwide for exercise are Boulder, CO; Fort Collins, CO; San Luis Obispo, CA; Greely, CO; Santa Rosa, CA; Honolulu, Hilton Head, SC; Anchorage, AK; Clarksville, TN; and Chico, CA respectively?…seven of these cities are in states where marijuana is legal?…the bottom ten cities for exercise are Roanoke, VA; Rockford, IL; Gulfport, MS; Spartansburg, SC; Buffalo, NY; Toledo, OH; Montgomery, AL; Cedar Rapids, IA; Akron, OH; and Hickory, NC?…not a one of these cities that fight exercise like a cat fights a bath has legalized marijuana?…if you want to blame something on the legalization of dope, then blame the exercise craze because these results correlate too well not to have some relevance? Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel its time for the taxpayers of this community to start holding our public officials accountable for their bad business decisions concerning tax increases? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.last_img read more


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Wake up, bakery employers!

first_imgD ear employers, are you looking for workers who are skilled, physically fit, intelligent, selfless, ambitious and prepared to wait for advancement? Should they be adaptable, loyal, prepared to work long hours for low pay, educate themselves, train themselves and have little or no social life? If so, you need a baker – and you will have to go back 50 years in time to find him or her.The answer to this problem is that employers seem to know best. And that is the problem – there are too many experts who mostly know what they need, not what the employee/student/trainee needs.A few weeks ago, I was approached by a head-hunter, who told me that there are lots of jobs out there to fill. “We need new product development specialists, troubleshooters and technicians; employers are screaming out for them – how many can you supply?” he asked. “None,” I said, “they are spoken for.””What must we do?” he asked. I replied: “You must be prepared to talk to schools; improve bakers’ ’image’ out there and tell them about these jobs; work with colleges to improve the incoming stock of young people; and be prepared to wait a while for them to arrive.”So why am I not surprised not to hear from him again? There are those of you who just want to pick the plums, whereas men of vision plant trees – and seldom see the fruit.Why do most of the students/trainees come into the baking industry? The schools careers teachers send them because they think they cannot do anything else. Improved image is the key; most young people with a passion for food think “chef”, because chefs on TV dominate the channels and talk with enthusiasm about their food. What do bakers do? Well, we put some old person with a savoy piping bag on TV once every 10 years.Wake up, employers, your image is of an industry that works long hours, offers low pay and poor training – and now, HSE thinks we are at high risk from dust-related illness. This is what the intelligent kids are told about us. Young people need an industry with a vision of the future, which is prepared to invest in their education and training, wherever it is taking place.They need: school liaison via DVDs, giving a balanced view of the industry’s opportunities and promoting a new image; support with studies, time off and guaranteed attendance at an education unit to gain a qualification; sponsorship via scholarships; a career path; and a qualification that is respected by the industry and reflects both its needs and the needs of the student.The ragged remnants of colleges and those members of the baking industry with vision are banding together to create a plan for the future of bakery education and training. It hopes to put forward the needs of the wider industry and must have represented views from all sectors.You will soon be able to contact the Alliance for Bakery Students and Training and offer to help with a joined-up long-term strategy to make our industry a place where young people will want to work. nlast_img read more

Eric Krasno And Scott Metzger Deliver Intimate Duo Show In New York City [Full Audio]

first_imgOn Tuesday night, fan-favorite Brooklyn-based guitarists Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) came together for an intimate duo show a New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall.The show saw the two guitarists share vocal duties and switch back and forth between acoustic and electric guitars. The setlist for the evening featured a selection of songs from Krasno’s 2016 solo LP, Blood From A Stone (“Jezebel”, “Please Ya”, “Unconditional Love”), some songs written by Krasno for other artists (like Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s “Calling Out To You”), and more.You can listen to full audio of Eric Krasno and Scott Metzger’s duo show at the Rockwood below, taped, transferred, and uploaded by Eric McRoberts.Eric Krasno & Scott Metzger – 8/21/18 – Full Audio<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Next up for both of these guitarists is a trip to LOCKN’ in Arrington, VA this weekend, where Krasno will rejoin his old Lettuce cohorts for a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band and Metzger will perform with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as Chris Harford‘s Band of Changes. On Friday, August 31st, Eric Krasno will return to the Rockwood for an Eric Krasno & Friends Unplugged performance.For a full list of Krasno’s upcoming tour dates, head here. For a full list of Metzger’s upcoming shows, head here.Setlist: Eric Krasno & Scott Metzger | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY | 8/21/18Jezebel, I Knew The Bride [Nick Lowe], Please Ya, I’m Living Good [Louis Williams], That’s All Right [Jimmy Rogers], Halfway To Georgia, These Arms of Mine [Otis Redding], Calling Out To You, When I Was Young [The Wood Brothers], Love Is Strong, Unconditional LoveYou can catch Scott Metzger at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place simultaneously at three fan-favorite Williamsburg, Brooklyn venues on Saturday, September 29th. Scott Metzger will perform a very special set along with Cory Henry (Funk Apostles), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note), and Skerik at this year’s fourth-annual event.The one-of-a-kind event puts the focus on the artists, channelling the spirit of New Orleans Jazz Fest by night by curating unique collaborations, tributes, and passion projects for an unforgettable day of music. To check out the full artist and band lineups, or to grab your tickets today, head to the event website.***TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW***last_img read more

Former Blink-182 Guitarist Tom DeLonge To Bring His Paranormal Truther Career To TV With New TBS Series

first_imgFormer Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge is really going all-in on his relatively new career as a paranormal truther. DeLonge has focused more on non-musical ventures since parting ways with his former band back in 2015, which ironically included releasing new solo material in addition to co-writing and releasing a handful of novels under the banner of Strange Times. Now, it appears that DeLong’s expertise in extraterrestrial life and paranormal activity is strong enough that cable network channel TBS is bringing his ideas to the small screen with a new TV series which already has the green light to begin development.The forthcoming series has yet to receive an official title, but it the pilot is being written and executive produced by Aaron Karo, with Tom DeLonge, Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Russell Binder also joining the project as executive producers. “This is a dream I’ve had for over 10 years and it’s finally a reality,” DeLonge mentioned with the show’s announcement on Monday. “All the stories and themes I work on are meant to be shared through multiple mediums and on different platforms — film, TV, books, music and so on.”DeLonge also went on to explain how he hopes the new series will help establish more opportunities and maybe even a potential Marvel-esque entertainment franchise for his steadily growing sci-fi empire, which began as a website called “Strange Times”. The cast of characters found within the “Strange Times” book series are actually inspired by some of the “degenerate skateboarders” who DeLonge grew up with. It was that same skateboarding scene which ultimately helped a young Tom find his way into the punk-rock music world, and eventually lead to him join up with Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus. DeLonge also sounded hopeful that punk and new wave bands including New Order, Depeche Mode, the Queers, Bad Religion, and The Cure would join in on the fun with inclusion into the network show’s soundtrack.“I don’t like working on one-offs,” Tom DeLonge continued. “One reason I created ‘To The Stars‘ was to be able to build dynamic and rich worlds for everyone — whether you’re visual and prefer graphic novels and film or an avid reader who likes to pore over every detail and imagine the world on your own.”Blink-182, on the other hand, just wrapped up their 2018 Las Vegas “Kings of the Weekend residency at the Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater back on November 17th. In other Blink-182 news, Twitter recently melted down over differing opinions of how to pronounce the band’s name.[H/T Variety]last_img read more

Undergrads act up

first_imgOn a recent bitter January morning, Marcus Stern encouraged a group of Harvard undergraduates to experiment with citrus.“What would happen,” he asked them, “if you stuck an orange under each armpit?”The whimsical suggestion had real implications for the 20 young women and men who have chosen to forgo a midwinter vacation and return to campus for a new kind of intense study.Stern, associate director of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University (the A.R.T. Institute), was teaching a drama class, one designed to help the budding actors create a new character, using changes in voice and body positions that would render them unrecognizable. The orange experiment, he said, could lead to “physical adjustments” that they could incorporate later, without the aid of the fruit, into their transformations.“The goal is to get them comfortable with fully transforming their voices and bodies so they can get closer to creating characters that are completely different from themselves,” Stern said, so they can act more “freely, impulsively, spontaneously.”Using a deep register for her voice and sharp hand gestures, one undergraduate took on the role of a pope. Another portrayed a woman confined to a wheelchair.“Go a little higher, softer, more nasal,” Stern coached Emily Hecht ’11, urging her to change the pitch of her voice to help make her character, a vulnerable and emotionally troubled young woman, more believable.The undergraduates are part of a new immersion program, a collaboration among the A.R.T. Institute, the Office for the Arts, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC). During the three-week intensive workshop, they are learning a wide range of dramatic techniques and various aspects of acting. The curriculum includes workshops on comedic scenes, intensive study with a dialect coach, improvisation classes, and even seminars on the business of being an actor.Students work with participants and faculty at the A.R.T. Institute, as well as prominent guest lecturers. Jim True-Frost, famous for his role on the HBO series “The Wire,” led a seminar on acting for the camera, and well-known director and Harvard alumnus David Hammond recently conducted a Shakespeare workshop.“It has been very exciting for us to be able to show the undergraduates that in the graduate school it’s a much more in-depth, intensive approach to acting,” said the institute’s director Scott Zigler, who designed the new program’s curriculum.While A.R.T. Institute faculty currently teach undergraduate classes as part of the Harvard College curriculum, for those students considering a graduate degree in acting or pursuing the craft directly out of college, said Zigler, the intensive course really gives them a look at the “nuts and bolts of the profession.”The American Repertory Theater’s artistic director, Diane Paulus ’88, is the driving force behind the new collaboration.In step with her commitment to the organization’s mission of “expanding the boundaries of theater” is Paulus’ intense desire for a broader engagement with the University. As a Harvard undergraduate, her love of the dramatic arts was shaped by her own experience with the A.R.T. Since taking on the directorship in 2008, she has been working closely with students across campus.“Central to my goals and my new leadership at the A.R.T. is to reinvigorate the A.R.T.’s connection with the University and in particular the undergraduates,” said Paulus, who met with members of the HRDC her first day on the job to discuss how to forge a stronger relationship with students. When Paulus realized the opportunity at hand with the new winter break, a plan for the immersion program took shape.Paulus said the three-week intensive gives “undergraduates the opportunity to immerse and experience themselves in graduate-level training through our curriculum that we traditionally offer to the institute students. … When I was a Harvard undergraduate, I would have jumped at this opportunity.“We are really saying we are here, we are an important pedagogical resource for Harvard University, and this is a particular way we can offer our faculty, training, and expertise to the broader student body.”Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts, who helped coordinate the housing for students returning to campus for the program, said the new initiative is an example of Paulus’ effort to create a “deeper, more integrated community among undergraduates, institute students, professional staff at the A.R.T., and other University departments. The attitude and tone of things is very ‘can do.’ It’s very exciting.”In a further collaboration, Megan also helped secure the undergraduate Agassiz Theatre for the Tennessee Williams play “Stairs to the Roof,” being produced by the A.R.T. Institute. Harvard alumnus Mike Donahue ’05 will direct the production (Feb. 4-6), which will also include three of the workshop’s undergraduate students in its cast.Hecht, an English concentrator with a secondary focus in dramatic arts, got hooked at age 6 with the role of a witch in a half-hour version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” and is currently planning a career in acting or music.“This is a taste of what real intense conservatory work might be like,” she said. It offers “the kind of intense technique work that is really helpful if you are thinking about going into the professional [entertainment] world.”For Leverett House senior Carolyn Holding, who intends to pursue acting and is weighing graduate school with a move to New York City after graduation, the workshop has been an important part of her Harvard education.She’s learned “how much there is [to acting],” she said, “and how little I know.”last_img read more