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August 15, 2013

'It feels like home'

Former 'Days of our Lives' star relocates to Newburyport

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Moving on

Blackwood and his wife had always said that if Bart were ever written off the show, “We would go back to a place where they change the seasons.”

So with that in mind, they headed east. They tried Connecticut first, due to its proximity to New York, but it wasn’t the right fit and they ended up moving to Blackwood’s home state, where he could take advantage of tax incentives for movies and be close to his parents. He filmed six movies while he was there, including “Machine Gun Preacher,” “Cedar Rapids” and “Beyond the Mask,” and taught acting classes at Oakland University and Hillsdale College.

“It gave me a training ground as a teacher,” he said.

After Michigan’s tax incentives fell victim to budget cuts, the Blackwoods decided to go farther east, and that’s how they ended up in Newburyport, which isn’t too far from Karen’s hometown of Nashua, N.H.

In addition to Saturday’s seminar, Blackwood is teaching a cold reading workshop at the Marblehead Little Theatre on Sept. 7 and an on-camera workshop at Endicott College in Beverly in November. He also has a new guidebook out for actors, “The Steve Blackwood Sessions,” which is available on Amazon.com.

His goal is to eventually form a “master class of well-trained actors,” a group similar to one he created in Michigan that would help each other get work, perform staged readings and perhaps even create their own online series.

Of course, because resurrecting the dead is a common practice on soap operas, Blackwood hasn’t entirely closed the chapter on Bart.

“I’d love to fly in and do a story line where Bart’s evil twin, Bert, comes back to wreak havoc on the Bradys,” he said.

If you go

What: “Cold Reading Technique,” a seminar with actor Steve Blackwood

When: Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Actors Studio, The Tannery Marketplace, Mill 1, Suite 5, 50 Water St., Newburyport

How much: $65

Registration and more information: 978-465-1229 or marc@newburyportacting.org

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