Back in 2009, after Self-Management for Actors classes (which met on Thursdays), we started going out after class, and on the third Thursday of the month (if there were five Thursdays that month), we’d just take the week OFF from class and spend the whole class time (7pm ’til whenever they hauled our asses out of the joint) celebrating our collective awesomosity.

This was also a great chance for class folks to bring non-SMFA-ers to meet up, connect, sing karaoke, break into spontaneous dance parties.

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Welp, even though class doesn’t meet weekly anymore, there are still four months each year in which there are five Thursdays, and therefore, we take those four Thursdays to celebrate our collective awesomeosity, meet alumni’s friends and fam, and sing karaoke while breaking into spontaneous dance parties.

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We also do business.

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Decide to collaborate on indie productions.

Create partnerships.

(Some folks create babies.)

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So… the next TTT is coming up, and the location is Boardwalk 11.

Bless their bones for being awesome when 100 of our closest friends descend upon the joint, ready to have a blast.

Wanna join us? Show up!

It’s that easy.

7pm = quiet enough to talk and eat and be chill. 9pm = still early enough to get your name in for some singing. 11p = crazy dance party time with no chance of getting to sing unless you count “singing along” as singing. 1am = we’ll see you in the parking lot, deciding which drivethru gets our latenight pre-hangover meal business.

No RSVP necessary… just come! Wanna be sure we’re gonna be there? Check your calendar. Does this month have five Thursdays? We’ll see you on Thirsty Third Thursday at Boardwalk 11. Woo HOO!


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  1. Georgia Goodman September 27, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Does Thirsty Third Thursday happen at the same venue every time please?


  2. Bonnie Gillespie October 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hiya Georgia! Yes! Thus far (several years), Boardwalk 11 has always been our spot. 🙂 You can always call/text Keith to be sure, sure, sure, on any specific TTT day. XO

  3. Sam Buti October 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    May people who may have never taken your classes or workshops (outside of the your guest appearances to the Chicago Actors in Film Meet-Up) join the happy hour? If so, is there someone I may specifically contact on the night of the event? I’d love to join.

    Thank you for your time, Bonnie.


  4. Bonnie Gillespie October 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Absolutely, Sam! It’s a great way to get to know folks and we *always* welcome cool people. You just have to be willing to jump in, say hello, and start connecting! We arrive by 7pm to greet the early folks who like it a little quieter, but we’re there ’til the very end, usually, and you can always call or text Keith at 323.397.7576 to be sure we’re still there, if you’re showing up on the late side. Usually, folks have no trouble finding us, because we’re the big, friendly, table-hopping crowd filled with on-brand folks who love meeting new people. 🙂 We’re usually talking business *and* having a lot of laughs.

    Looking forward to welcoming you on the 17th! 😀

  5. Bonnie Gillespie January 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    YES! We are *on* for 1/16/14… so be sure you join us! GREAT fun! <3

  6. Mike Rips January 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    What time does Third Thursday run till? I know it starts by 7 for the early folks. I’ve been looking forward to stopping by. I’m shooting in Santa Monica this Thursday till 9:30pm. Not sure if thats too late or still allows me to come meet some folks! Hope so.

  7. Terri Ganey January 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Bonnie!!! You are too cool!!! I love this!
    Can we plan on joining you in July of 2014?
    1- You are on my bucket list of people to meet 🙂
    2- I’ll be in CA this summer!

    I tend to be a bit of a planner. It drives my hubby nuts. What are ya gonna do?

    I would love to meet you & your awesome awesomosity!!!


  8. Bonnie Gillespie January 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Mike — We’ve left as early as 11pm (shocking, but it has happened) but are usually there ’til they toss us out. You can always text Keith at 323.397.7576 to be sure we’re still at it on the 16th when you wrap. Excited to jam with you!

    Terri — Definitely! We haven’t missed a TTT yet, so I see no reason we won’t be there on the 17th of July as well. I’m excited you’re coming through town and I think it’s great that you and your hubs balance each other out with your various approaches to managing your schedules. 😉 Keith and I are like that too.

    When he misplaces something he says, “I’m sure it’s *somewhere*…” and he doesn’t stress. I go nuts. Ha!

    See you this summer!

  9. Kristel Elling May 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    I have tried to read all your articles and I find it very useful. Thank you so much for doing what you are doing.
    I would love to join you and your lovely group tonight.

    See you soon.


  10. Kristel Elling May 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    I have tried to read all your articles and I find them very useful. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
    I very much would love to meet and your group tonight.

    See you soon.


  11. Bonnie Gillespie June 2, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Kristel, it was so nice to meet you at May’s TTT! 😀 Here’s to July’s… and beyond!

  12. Frank Sinclair June 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    I haven’t taken an SMFA class yet, but I’d love to come meet you all at your next gathering. Will that be in July?

  13. Bonnie Gillespie June 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Yes! July 17th! See you there and then, Frank. Hooray!

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  15. Mike January 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I’m just getting started and value your expertise. Do you think Carolyne Barry, Anthony Meindl or Lesley Kahn would be best for me right now? Thanks!

  16. Kalina Vanska March 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Ninjas,

    when and where is your upcoming Thirsty Thursday?
    Would love to finally meet with you in person. And sing my heart out:-)


  17. Bonnie Gillespie March 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hiya Mike — As always, AUDIT AUDIT AUDIT. The only way to know for sure which craft coach is the right fit is to see for yourself how it feels to be in their world, experiencing their teaching style. Good luck!

    Hello Kalina — As always, it’s in any month with five Thursdays. So… (checking calendar) that would be April 16th! And the location is above in this very blog post (and in several comments above yours, since it has been asked by others as well). 😀 Cannot wait to jam with you! Rock on!

  18. Leah Breit April 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    I’m under 21. Can I still come?


  19. Bon April 11, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Leah, Boardwalk 11 is a 21+ club, I’m afraid! I hope you’ll join us when they decide you’re old enough… and ’til then, we’ll have other gatherings that are all-ages. 😀 Rock on!


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