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Coach to stars

When Hollywood luminaries like Harrison Ford and Samuel L. Jackson sing your praises, people take notice. Hats off, then, to Buffalo native Tom Todoroff, a producer, actor and acting coach who has been called "the best all you need is T.T.," by Jackson. Or, as Ford reassures, "Tommy knows what he's doing."

Todoroff also has trained such actors as Liam Neeson, Peter O'Toole, Claire Danes and Bob Hoskins and has studios in 10 cities and five countries, plus a weekly Monday night class in Manhattan. He's taking time from his busy schedule to return home to direct an open class for the local theater and film community at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus. Amherst. Bring a 1- to 2-minute monologue or brief audition material and you may be chosen from the audience for some one-on-one coaching by Todoroff. Or just show up to watch the free event. To participate, though, you must email More info is at

-- Toni Ruberto