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December 2, 2015

 

Royce is very proud of his father, Eric Sparks, for his recent good news! Details below:

 

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Eric Slocum Sparks to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Mr. Sparks is an attorney practicing in Tucson since 1987, specializing in debtor bankruptcy law and business reorganizations. Before opening his own firm in 1990, Mr. Sparks served as general counsel to several corporations, such as the Wilson Companies, GHR Energy Corporation, Bayou Asphalt Corp., and corporate counsel to Tenneco Inc. in Houston.

Additionally, Mr. Sparks has served as an international advocate for sustainable wildlife and habitat management. Mr. Sparks has contributed extensively to conservation and resource projects, boards and committees, including Water for Wildlife Foundation and Safari Club International. Mr. Sparks also has served as Legal Committee Vice Chairman of Safari Club International (1999-2009), the Safari Club International Museum, Boys and Girls Club of Tucson Board of Directors (1994-1999), Golden Eagle Firearms Corporation Board of Directors, and the Water for Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors (1987-1997), among others. Mr. Sparks’ enthusiasm for year-round outdoors activities is shared by his friends and family.  

Mr. Sparks is a member of the Pima County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. Mr. Sparks has received numerous awards and recognition for his community service, including a Special Recognition from the State Bar of Arizona and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for pro bono services in consumer cases (2008), and was named Pima County Bar Association’s Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney (2005). A popular public speaker, Mr. Sparks has taught classes and made presentations on various aspects of the legal profession.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Sparks earned his Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School in 1972, ranking eighth in his class. He also received a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Business School in Government Policy and Management. He has been appointed for a five-year term, effective Jan. 18, 2016, to replace outgoing Commissioner Robert Mansell, whose term is expiring.

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New speaking date announced!

November 30, 2015

 

Royce has been invited to speak at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's Intersections Conference on research in performance in London this coming winter!
 

Royce will be presenting on research in performance and theories from the behavioural sciences and skeptical thinking. The question: Are the most current forms of research in performance today simply fads of preference, rather than strong investigations into what is reliable?
 

For more information click here.

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New speaking date announced!

November 25, 2015

 

Royce has been invited to speak at the Stanislavski Centre/University of California Riverside's international Stanislavski symposium in London this coming spring!
 

Royce will be presenting on Stanislavski and findings from cognitive psychology, neuroscience and other branches of the behavioural sciences. The question: Is Stanislavski relevant for the current needs of professional actors in today's industry?
 

For more information click here.

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Paris relief project

November 14, 2015
 

In response to last night's horrendous events, Royce has created a website that he hopes will bring some comfort to any afflicted Parisian of any nationality. 
 

The project is called Open Doors for Paris, and connects people living in Paris with hosts around Europe who offer a spare room or couch for free. Parisians have an opportunity to spend a few days outside of the city in a warm, supportive environment to help them heal and process. 
 

Royce is currently the one one managing the project, and would welcome any help. You can find out more here

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Royce featured in Contacts 2016!

October 10, 2015

 

Contacts is an annual practical handbook for any members of the entertainment industry that includes information on agents, casting directors, training, festivals and much more. They do themselves no disservice when they they label themselves as the 'essential' industry handbook.
 

Flip to page 173, and you'll find Royce has been given a beautiful full page. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             For more information, and to get your copy, click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Letter from WaterAid

September 30, 2015
 

Royce received this lovely letter from WaterAid:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The letter is in relation to Royce's London Acting Experience, an annual training intensive for professional actors, which is also a benefit for a charity doing important and relevant work in the world.  2015's intensive raised £650.00 for WaterAid, who already vital work was compounded greatly by the Nepalese earthquakes earlier in 2015. 

 

For more information about the London Acting Experience, click here. To find out more about Royce's outreach projects, click here.