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ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
WITH VETERAN SOAP STAR OF ALL MY CHILDREN, ALAN DYSERT
6 - Week Class
Starting Next Week: Thursdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Alan Dysert, best known in the United States as "Sean Cudahy" on ABC-TV’s top-rated soap opera, All My Children, was a full contract player for five years, performing in over 500 episodes.

Alan’s portrayal of this character put him on the cover of "People Magazine" and made him a very much in demand guest on such national shows as Regis and Kathie Lee, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Merv Griffin Show and The Mike Douglas Show as well as all the major talk shows at ABC affiliates across the United States. The shows Alan did for All My Children are still playing in many countries outside the U.S.

Not restricting his career to soap opera, he has appeared in national commercials, prime time television, and film. Alan was cast in two feature films last year and has served as Executive Producer on four other feature films. Alan also directs commercials and produces music videos.

Alan trains actors and performers in many cities including Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis and others. In Nashville, he has made notable contributions as the acting coach to the country music stars. He prepares recording artists for their music videos and consults their record companies on television projects and performance development.

In these workshops, Alan focuses on the realities of acting in front of a camera whether it is for a film, a soap opera, a situation comedy, a commercial or a music video.

As acting for the camera is very different from acting for the stage, it is essential that anyone wishing to pursue a career as an actor learns the hows and whys of acting for the various mediums and forums.

Alan brings years of practical experience as a working actor to these workshops designed to educate students regarding realistic and usable approaches to acting and the business of acting.

He encourages frequent performance in front of the camera for all students, to help them learn to feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Having spent twelve years in Los Angeles, six years in New York and a great deal of time in Chicago and Nashville, Alan knows or knows how to find out the answers to most questions about getting started in the business as well as finding work in all of the major markets.

Class sizes are kept small to allow for more personal attention.

Students work with scripts from films, soap operas, sitcoms-coms and commercials as well as participate in improvisation exercises. His approach not only enhances the seasoned talents’ performance with additional training, but also provides those with little or no acting experience a non-threatening environment in which to acquire initial practice and beginning skills to prepare them for future performance in front of the camera.

THE TOTAL COST FOR THE SIX-WEEK SESSION IS $195.

Six Thursdays. (missed classes can be made up).

Please contact The Actor's School at 615-500-7661 for reservations or send an email to: alan@actorsschoolusa.com


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ONGOING 6-WEEK SESSIONS FOR KIDS!
FILM and TV ACTING PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGES 8 TO 12 YEARS OLD
Start Any Time! Every Tuesday from 4:30-6:00 pm


I am looking for young actors that really want to learn what acting is all about and hopefully learn how to get paid to use the skills they learn. There will be assignments and memorization work. The class will be fun, but there will be very low tolerance for any student that distracts others from their work. The hope is that this group of young actors will continue to study together after the first six weeks. I want this to build into a class for young actors wishing to pursue acting as a possible future career. As these young actors get older they will be able to move into the professional teen class that is already in place.

SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED:

· Audition Skills
· Memorization Techniques
· Focus and Concentration Exercises
· Scene Work
· Monologues
· Set Etiquette
· Introduction to Improvisation

The parents will be brought into the program for the beginning of the first session and most of the last session. In the last session, we will discuss the business side of acting and how to get the students involved in the film and television projects that are being produced in Tennessee.

This will be an after-school program on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm
The classes will be set up in 6-week session. Any missed classes can be made up.

Can Start Any Week.

Class fee: $195 every 6 weeks.

To sign up, please call 615-500-7661 or email Alan Dysert at: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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ONGOING 6-WEEK SESSIONS FOR TEENS!
PROFESSIONAL FILM and TV ACTING PROGRAM FOR TEEN ACTORS
Start Any Time! Every Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm


I am looking for teen actors that really want to learn what acting is all about and hopefully learn how to get paid to use the skills they learn. There will be assignments and memorization work. The class will be fun, but there will be very low tolerance for any student that distracts others from their work. The hope is that this group of teen actors will continue to study together after the first six weeks. I want this to build into a class for teen actors wishing to pursue acting as a possible future career.

SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED:

· Audition Skills
· Memorization techniques
· Focus and Concentration exercises
· Scene Study
· Monologues
· Set Etiquette
· Introduction to Improvisation

We will discuss the business side of acting and how to get the students involved in the film and television projects that are being produced in Tennessee.

This will be an after-school program on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm.
The classes will be set up in 6-week sessions. Any missed classes can be made up.

Can Start Any Week.

The class fee will be $195 each 6 weeks.

To sign up, please call 615-500-7661 or email Alan Dysert at: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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FIND YOUR CHARACTER VOICES FOR ANIMATION AND AUDIOBOOKS!
Saturday, Nov. 1st 9:00 to 4:00


Character Voice Development for Audiobooks and Animation.

Find out what it's like to be a character voice actor! Learn from Joe Loesch an award winning character voice actor and one of the busiest voice actor's in the business. This workshop will be a real eye opener! You'll build your confidence every step of the way! Learn what ADR and looping is all about as you replace cartoon voices from a scene from the movie "CARS"! Discover the range of your voice and find characters hidden within. Learn to determine how a character voice should sound based on photos and/or illustrations. Discover how characters are built on attitude. Find out how narrators go from character to character and back to narrator when sharing a fascinating story. Your confidence level will skyrocket on this day! Guaranteed to be one of your most enjoyable days ever!

Joe Loesch is an award-winning producer, author, teacher, actor, model, and voice-over talent. Born in St. Louis, Joe moved to Los Angeles when he was twelve. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse under the direction of the late Agnes Morehead of Bewitched fame. Joe was nominated 'Spoken Word' Producer of the Year by AFIM Indy Awards. He has won multiple Silver Microphone and Crystal Jade awards. He won the Early Childhood News Directors Choice award. His "Abraham Lincoln Logues" book with audio was voted as a top ten children's book by Chicago Parent Magazine and is now available at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC. Starring in dozens of TV commercials, Joe has endorsed Sun Sweet Prunes with Barbara Mandrell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Toyota, Philips Magnavox, and many more. Joe and his wife, Lori, currently own and operate, Readio Theatre, LLC, an audiobook production company in Nashville, TN.

Cost: $247

Call 615-500-7661 for more information or email Alan Dysert at alan@actorsschoolusa.com


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NASHVILLE'S TOP FILM CASTING DIRECTOR, JO DOSTER
WEEKEND WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS
Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 1st & 2nd from 1:00 to 4:30


Jo Doster, Nashville's preeminent casting director, is having a weekend workshop and you don't want to miss it! Jo cast the newest Nicole Kidman movie, "STOKER", as well as "Country Strong" starring Gweneth Paltrow & Tim McGraw. She has also completed casting for the films Black & White Blues, and A Pure Country Gift. She has won an Artios® Award for People vs. Larry Flynt, and was nominated for October Sky. Her other films include: The Last Castle, Crazy in Alabama, The Thin Red Line, A Family Thing, A Time To Kill, The Long Walk Home, and Continental Divide among many others.

The Actor's School is very fortunate that she has agreed to do two days of casting workshops.

If you want this kind of exposure and training, don’t wait too long to sign up. The spots will go very quickly. Payment for the workshop will need to be received one week prior to the workshops.

TOTAL COST: $185 for the two-day workshop

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com
www.ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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INTRODUCTION TO VOICE-OVERS
Thursday, November 6th from 6:00 to 9:30pm


How Does This Business Work?

Am I Cut Out For Voice-Overs?

Can I Work From Home?


Discover if a career in "Voice-Overs" is a right for you. Spend a Saturday morning in the studio with Joe Loesch. The Actor’s School is proud to present this 3-hour course, designed to give you a complete overview of this fascinating industry. Learn industry terminology. Experience an actual voice-over recording session. Work with actual voice scripts in the recording booth. This class is limited to just 10 students in order to give you more attention. You will actually record in the studio. This will be a fun and informative class!

The class will be held at Joe's studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.
Please park on the opposite side of the street.

Joe is an award winning narrator and audiobook producer for many top publishers such as, Harper Collins, Zondervan Publishing, Topics Entertainment, Thomas Nelson, eChristian Publishing, Toy Box Productions, Pacific Press, Readio Theatre, Audible.com, Lampo Press and more. He received a nomination for Spoken Word Producer of the year by the AFIM for his production of 'The Alamo - A Line In The Sand.' As a voice actor he has recorded dozens of award winning AudioBooks. Check out Joe's titles at NewWayToRead.com.

Limited to 9 students

Class fee: $125

Call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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TV WORKSHOP FOR KIDS AND ADULTS with L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR TY HARMAN
Saturday and Sunday November 8th and 9th



Ty Harman has worked in various facets of the entertainment industry his entire career. Ty started in the business as an actor getting his SAG card at age 18 and was a member of the Sunday Company of the Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings. Ty transitioned behind the scenes first associate producing Cynthia Heimel's hit play A GIRLS GUIDE TO CHAOS starring Debra Jo Rupp and Ricki Lake at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles. Ty was also a development executive for Kim Basinger's Mighty Wind Production which was based at warner Bros.

Ty had the opportunity to learn the talent agency business from the legendary Ed Limato and became a talent agent at ICM. At ICM Ty’s clients included Kiefer Sutherland, Dana Delany, Alfre Woodard, Annabeth Gish, Rebecca DeMornay, Ron White, Carrot Top and many others.

Looking for a more creative endeavor, Ty became a casting executive at the Fox Network working on such shows as 90210, MELROSE PLACE, ALLY MCBEAL and The X FILES as well as over 100 pilots. Ty has also been a casting executive at Universal Television and TNT where he headed up the series television casting department.

As an independent casting director, Ty’s feature credits include AMERICAN PIE: BANDCAMP, THE SANDLOT 2 & 3 and BLOWING SMOKE. His Television credits include HBO's award winning mini-series GENERATION KILL, the Worlds AIDS Day MOW TRANSIT and the television series SHAKE IT UP, CRASH & BERNSTEIN, LIV & MADDIE and ZENDAYA’S new Disney Channel series SUPER AWESOME KASEY. Ty is also a casting consultant for NICKELODEON and is currently doing a nation wide search for the next big NICK STAR! His additional television credits include WAREHOUSE 13, ALPHAS, MALIBU COUNTRY, THE GAME, GIRLFRIENDS and too many pilots to mention.

Ty is passionate about educating actors and teaches all over the country. He is a grateful member of the Television Academy and the Casting Society of America.

Morning Group (KIDS): 9-12 both days | Afternoon Group (ADULTS): 1:30-4:30 Saturday and 1:00-4:00 Sunday

Your Career Investment: $195.00

To register please call 615-500-7661 or email: alan@actorsschoolusa.com


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COMMERCIAL VOICE ACTING with JOE LOESCH!
Saturday, Nov. 15th, 9am to 4pm


I used to be afraid of sharks! The bullies kicked sand in my face at the beach. The other guys were the cool guys. They got all the girls. Then I discovered voice-overs! Now look who's laughing! Today, those guys want to be me! I ate my vegetables and did my tongue-twisters. I practised until I was blue in the face. After many commercial spots, cartoon shows, audiobooks, dozens of awards, and the-girl-of-my-dreams later, they all think I'm the cool cat on the block! At least now when I go to the beach, my vacation is paid for! I did it!...You can too!

Seriously, Voice-Overs is a fun and exciting business! Maybe my story doesn't quite read like the one above, but I can tell you, it can be a very rewarding and lucrative business in deed!

Join me on this special Saturday and see what the life of a voice actor is like. We'll record commercial spots. You'll learn to make the microphone your friend. We'll discuss union and non-union jobs. Do you need an agent to get work? Find out how your demo becomes your calling card! You'll get a real workout on this day, plus you'll keep your audio clips.

Location: Joe's Studio - 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville, TN 37211

Price: $247

Call 615-500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com to reserve your space.


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MASTERING THE AUDITION WORKSHOP: MASTERING THE AUDITION PROCESS
with REGINA MOORE OF MOORE CASTING
Saturday, November 15th from 9:00am to 4:00pm


You'll learn advanced audition techniques, scene work, improvisation, while learning what Casting Directors and Talent Agents really have to say."

"It can be difficult to relax when the actor walks through the casting door," says Moore. "This workshop helps each actor shed their fears and get comfortable as the casting room process is revealed." Come see it from the Casting Director's perspective. Regina offers her knowledge in a nurturing and positive manner creating a comfort zone for actors to excel. Regina relates to the actor regardless of whether they are a beginner or a professional. As an instructor, she is known for her ability to recognize potential and encouraging the growing actor with her straight forward, no nonsense approach.

Regina Moore has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. First an actress, Regina is now a casting director in the areas of film, television, commercials, print, music videos, and live performances. She is, without a doubt, the busiest casting director in this region. She casts feature films, TV pilots, commercials, music videos and all other areas of on-camera performance. This is a rare opportunity to be one of a small group to study and audition for this very in-demand talent specialist in an intimate and informal atmosphere.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

· Advanced audition techniques
· Scene work
· Improvisation
· How casting directors and talent agents communicate
· Important relationships for performers
· Learning who you are professionally
· Promotional materials and marketing yourself
· First impressions
· Evaluations

Saturday, November 15th from 9:00am to 4:00pm

CLASS WILL BE AT REGINA'S CASTING OFFICE

PRICE: $145.00

Please email Alan Dysert at alan@actorsschoolusa.com or call (615) 500-7661.


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HALF PRICE SPECIAL!
CAREER BUILDING CLASS FOR ACTORS
Saturday, November 15th from 4:00 to 6:30


Alan Dysert will teach this informative and essential class for all actors. Your acting career is half craft and half business. If you don’t have both sides covered, your chances of succeeding are greatly decreased.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

Marketing yourself in Nashville · Marketing yourself in Atlanta, Memphis, Wilmington, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York & Chicago · Your front door image/evaluation · Contracts · Actors Unions · Residuals and Profit Participation · Network Contracts · Agents and Managers · Investors for your career · Tax considerations

SPECIAL HALF OFF PRICE ONLY $25! (Regularly $50)

To make a reservation please call Alan Dysert at: (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

www.ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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ACTING IN COMMERCIALS with ALAN DYSERT
Two Sundays, Nov. 16th and 23rd 4:00pm to 6:30pm



This 2-session workshop will be very comprehensive. We'll look at commercials and commercial acting styles with lots of on-camera commercial work.

>> GET YOURSELF NOTICED! <<

The second session is a private taping session in which we will make a DVD of all members of the class. It will be sent to 7 agents and 7 casting directors.

Actors in the United States make more money from commercials than in all movies and television combined. This is an area where you really need to know what you are doing. Being a good actor isn't enough. Commercials are a different game. The competition is skilled. Winging it won't get you there.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
·Commercial Forms ·Acting Styles in Commercials ·Character Spokesperson ·Interviews and Auditions ·Getting Booked ·One-Liners ·Voice-Over ·Relationship to the Camera ·Product Handling

Registration Fee: $135

Call Alan Dysert at 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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SCENE STUDY WITH LA CASTING DIRECTOR, RICKI MASLAR
Saturday & Sunday Nov. 22nd and 23rd
Mornings 9-12 both days | 1:30-4:30 Saturday and 1:00-4:00 Sunday


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There will be two groups of sixteen students only. One group will be in morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The other group will be in afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The morning sessions will be from 9am to 12pm both days and the afternoon sessions will be 1:30-4:30 on Saturday and 1:00-4:00 on Sunday.

If you want this kind of exposure and training, don’t wait too long to sign up. The spots will go very quickly. Payment for the workshop will need to be received one week prior to the workshops.

ABOUT RICKI MASLAR, CSA
Ricki G. Maslar is a respected entertainment executive and a member of CSA (Casting Society Of America). She is a successful casting director and producer with over thirty five years’ experience in the entertainment industry. She has held a variety of positions as an agent, casting director, manager, teacher, and producer. As a casting director Maslar has had the opportunity to work on studio and independent features with credits that include Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, The Bronx Bull, Under the Bed, The Line and Dahmer. She is currently working with Michael Mendelsohn at Patriot Pictures, Arnold Rifkin at Cheyenne Productions in casting several new productions. Her actor-friendly philosophy has earned her high praise from actors and colleagues alike, yet Maslar says she is simply living and working by the ‘golden rule.’ She was recently honored by the TMA. She was nominated for the Feature Film Casting Director of the Year. Maslar has had the privilege of casting well over 100 films. When Maslar is not casting or producing, she is mentoring up and coming talent through her workshops. Teaching has always been a passion for Maslar who has been doing so for over fifteen years in Canada and North America. Her workshop presentation offers actors valuable insight about the entertainment industry – yet another extension of her commitment to actors.

TOTAL COST: $195 for the two-day workshop

Saturday & Sunday May 31st and June 1st

Morning Group: 9-12 both days | Afternoon Group: 1:30-4:30 Saturday and 1:00-4:00 Sunday

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com
www.ActorsSchoolUSA.com


MORNING COMEDY CLASS for TEENS with L.A. ACTOR SEAN WHALEN
Saturday, Dec. 6th from 10am - 1pm and Sunday, Dec. 7th from 9:30am-12:30pm


You can't do comedy if you are self-conscious about how you look. Imagine if Jim Carrey wanted to look handsome all the time on camera? You need to embrace your silly side. Sean will play some improv games, facial expression games, body movement games all designed to let kids get out of their heads and embrace being goofy and ready for comedy.

Comedy acting is still acting. The strongest comedy comes from the same rules that dramatic ones do. Conflict, intention, obstacles, specific choices, and the life that happened before the scene being fully realized. Sean makes sure the kids aren't just "surface" acting but finding the emotional truth beneath each scene. When this is taken care of, the scene is fuller, therefore funnier.

Sean helps "choreograph" a scene like a dance instructor does. What are the beats? What are they doing in each line (teasing, begging, cajoling, manipulating,etc.)? What does that mean to them?

Lastly, Sean makes sure the kids know what the writers intent is for the scene. What needs to be learned about the character? How does the story move forward? Where are the jokes (Set ups, punch-lines, awkward pauses, etc.)? All of this helps to fully understand the scene while not losing your truthful acting.

Then, like a dance piece, the actor gets out of head, "lets it go", and it all comes together and flows.

SEAN WHALEN is a working actor, writer, and producer with over 25 years of experience in Hollywood. He has worked in literally every type of genre in entertainment: large studio movies, small independent films, comedy TV, dramatic TV, Soap Operas, children’s shows, commercials, etc. Being involved in the business from all sides has given Sean a wealth of knowledge that he is excited to share with new actors trying to expand their knowledge so they can have a long career in show business.

SEAN'S CREDITS INCLUDE:
A World Without Superheroes - Jersey Boys - Castle (TV Series) - Revenge (TV Series) - Criminal Minds - The Bold and the Beautiful - Lost - Wizards of Waverly Place - Halloween II - Hannah Montana - Cold Case - The Suite Life of Zack and Cody - The Closer - Life As We Know It - The Young and the Restless - Scrubs - NYPD Blue - Star Trek: Enterprise - Less Than Perfect - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Spin City - Special Unit 2 - Charlie’s Angels - Just Shoot Me! - Nash Bridges - La Femme Nikita - Men in Black - Twister - The Cable Guy - Waterworld - Batman Returns - Friends - Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation

SEAN WHALEN'S career began with commercials appearing in comedic spots for Little Ceasar’s Pizza, TJ Maxx, and many others. His most acclaimed commercial was the first GOT MILK? commercial directed by Michael Bay.

His first major film role was in PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS directed by Wes Craven. Other films include, TWISTER, NEVER BEEN KISSED, JURY DUTY, THAT THING YOU DO, MEN IN BLACK, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, WATERWORLD, BATMAN RETURNS, and HALLOWEEN II. He has appeared in independent features as well including HATCHET 3, LAID TO REST, PYTHON, ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE, THE FP. and THE JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood.

Television offered many comedic and dramatic roles in shows such as FRIENDS, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, REVENGE, NYPD BLUE, MY WIFE AND KIDS, JUST SHOOT ME, NOWHERE MAN, LOST, and JUST SHOOT ME. He’s worked on shows for Disney and Nickelodeon including HANNAH MONTANA, THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, and had a recurring on UNFABULOUS with Emma Roberts.

Sean has written several comedy screenplays (one which is currently being produced by Brett Ratner and Jeff Nathanson), TV Pilots, done punch up work on several Disney cartoons, and a couple of short films. One, TURKEY.CAKE. a comedy he wrote and directed won the Rehobeth beach film festival.

Being a character actor, Sean has worked in every entertainment genre imaginable in lower to higher budget productions. Because of this, he understands the craft of acting like no other and understands what directors and producers need to tell their stories.

Your Career Investment: $165.00

Call 615-500-7661 for more information or email Alan Dysert at: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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AFTERNOON ADULT IMPROV COMEDY with L.A. ACTOR SEAN WHALEN
Saturday, Dec. 6th from 2:30 to 6:30 and Sunday, Dec. 7th from 1:30 to 4:30


You can’t do comedy if you are self-conscious about how you look. Imagine if Jim Carrey wanted to look handsome all the time on camera? You need to embrace your silly side. Sean will play some improv games, facial expression games, body movement games all designed to let kids get out of their heads and embrace being goofy and ready for comedy..

Comedy acting is still acting. The strongest comedy comes from the same rules that dramatic ones do. Conflict, intention, obstacles, specific choices, and the life that happened before the scene being fully realized. Sean makes sure the kids aren't just "surface" acting but finding the emotional truth beneath each scene. When this is taken care of, the scene is fuller, therefore funnier.

Sean helps "choreograph" a scene like a dance instructor does. What are the beats? What are they doing in each line (teasing, begging, cajoling, manipulating,etc.)? What does that mean to them?

Lastly, Sean makes sure the kids know what the writers intent is for the scene. What needs to be learned about the character? How does the story move forward? Where are the jokes (Set ups, punch-lines, awkward pauses, etc.)? All of this helps to fully understand the scene while not losing your truthful acting.

SEAN WHALEN is a working actor, writer, and producer with over 25 years of experience in Hollywood. He has worked in literally every type of genre in entertainment: large studio movies, small independent films, comedy TV, dramatic TV, Soap Operas, children’s shows, commercials, etc. Being involved in the business from all sides has given Sean a wealth of knowledge that he is excited to share with new actors trying to expand their knowledge so they can have a long career in show business.

SEAN'S CREDITS INCLUDE:
A World Without Superheroes - Jersey Boys - Castle (TV Series) - Revenge (TV Series) - Criminal Minds - The Bold and the Beautiful - Lost - Wizards of Waverly Place - Halloween II - Hannah Montana - Cold Case - The Suite Life of Zack and Cody - The Closer - Life As We Know It - The Young and the Restless - Scrubs - NYPD Blue - Star Trek: Enterprise - Less Than Perfect - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Spin City - Special Unit 2 - Charlie’s Angels - Just Shoot Me! - Nash Bridges - La Femme Nikita - Men in Black - Twister - The Cable Guy - Waterworld - Batman Returns - Friends - Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation

SEAN WHALEN'S career began with commercials appearing in comedic spots for Little Ceasar’s Pizza, TJ Maxx, and many others. His most acclaimed commercial was the first GOT MILK? commercial directed by Michael Bay.

His first major film role was in PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS directed by Wes Craven. Other films include, TWISTER, NEVER BEEN KISSED, JURY DUTY, THAT THING YOU DO, MEN IN BLACK, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, WATERWORLD, BATMAN RETURNS, and HALLOWEEN II. He has appeared in independent features as well including HATCHET 3, LAID TO REST, PYTHON, ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE, THE FP. and THE JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood.

Television offered many comedic and dramatic roles in shows such as FRIENDS, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, REVENGE, NYPD BLUE, MY WIFE AND KIDS, JUST SHOOT ME, NOWHERE MAN, LOST, and JUST SHOOT ME. He’s worked on shows for Disney and Nickelodeon including HANNAH MONTANA, THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, and had a recurring on UNFABULOUS with Emma Roberts.

Sean has written several comedy screenplays (one which is currently being produced by Brett Ratner and Jeff Nathanson), TV Pilots, done punch up work on several Disney cartoons, and a couple of short films. One, TURKEY.CAKE. a comedy he wrote and directed won the Rehobeth beach film festival.

Being a character actor, Sean has worked in every entertainment genre imaginable in lower to higher budget productions. Because of this, he understands the craft of acting like no other and understands what directors and producers need to tell their stories.

Your Career Investment: $195.00

Call 615-500-7661 for more information or email Alan Dysert at: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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SCENE STUDY with PRODUCER of the JUST FINISHED FEATURE FILM, "MY MANY SONS", BRAD WILSON
Saturday & Sunday, December 13th & 14th – Morning & Afternoon Groups


BRAD WILSON - MOONGLOW FILMS

Brad Wilson has just launched a new film production company in Los Angeles called Moonglow Films with three other film veterans... Fabio, who has been seen recently on Old Spice commercials, Justin Moritt, production manager and line producer of some of Hollywood's most successful films ever - and talented screenwriter Carol Miller. Moonglow will be producing original screenplays and television shows.

BRAD WILSON HAS CAST OVER 80 OF OUR STUDENTS IN HIS MOVIES

The Actor's School is proud to offer this special workshop with a film producer who has worked with some of the greatest actors in the world. These actors include: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tommy Lee Jones, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Glenn Close and many others.

Brad, along with Alan Dysert, produced "Becoming Jesse Tate". This film was shot entirely in the Franklin area. Over 50 of Alan's students were cast in this film. Brad, along with Alan Dysert, produced the feature film "THE GRIFT". Over thirty of Alan's students worked on this film. They also produced "The Ghost Club", "One of Them", and "Undercover Kids".

There will be two groups of fifteen students. One group will be in morning sessions . The other group will be in afternoon sessions. The morning sessions will be from 9am to 1pm both days and the afternoon sessions will be from 2:30pm to 6:30pm both days.

The spots will go quickly so please don't wait until the last minute to sign up. Payments for the workshop will need to be in one week prior to the workshop.

TOTAL COST: $195 for the two-day workshop

Morning Group: 9:00 to 1:00 | Afternoon Group: 2:30 to 6:30

To make a reservation please call Alan Dysert at: 615-500-7661 or email: alan@actorsschoolusa.com.

ABOUT BRAD WILSON

In 1985, after sixteen years in radio broadcasting in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area, Brad Wilson moved to New York to operate actor ROBERT DUVALL'S PRODUCTION COMPANY. This began an eleven year alliance with Duvall encompassing eighteen feature films, among them: "COLORS" with Sean Penn, "DAYS OF THUNDER" with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, "FALLING DOWN" with Michael Douglas and the critically acclaimed "WRESTLING EARNEST HEMINGWAY" with Richard Harris and Shirley MacLaine.

Brad also worked with Robert Duvall on some of his most memorable television roles, including the CBS miniseries "LONESOME DOVE" and the HBO epic "STALIN" shot in location in Moscow, for which Duvall won the Golden Globe for Best Actor.

In 1992, Wilson and Duvall decided to expand the scope of their production company by bolstering project development and broadening Duvall's role to include directing and producing. The formation of "BUTCHERS RUN FILMS" was announced the following June with offices in Hollywood and Wilson as the company's Vice President of Development and Production. Wilson became the creative force behind the initiation, development, packaging and production of their theatrical motion pictures. The significance of the forty years of movie making experience between them proved effective and soon they had compiled a formidable slate of potential projects. After only two months, the company had closed a deal with United Artists to make "A FAMILY THING" based on an original idea from Duvall and scripted by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson. The film was released in February 1996 and Wilson was awarded a Humanitas Certificate for his work as co-producer on the movie.

Brad acquired the rights to "EICHMANN IN MY HANDS", based on the highly acclaimed autobiography by Peter Malkin. After Wilson sold the idea of the story about the Israeli agent who captured the chief Nazi executioner under Hitler, Emmy winner Lionel Chetwynd was hired to write the script "THE MAN WHO CAPTURED EICHMANN" which aired on TNT in 1996 with Duvall as Adolph Eichmann.

Duvall's "THE APOSTLE," developed by Wilson, went into production in 1997 and was released the following year. The critically acclaimed film received numerous awards, including an Academy Award acting nomination for Duvall. In December of 1995, Brad left BUTCHERS RUN FILMS to become Vice President of Production of "GREYSTONE FILMS", a newly formed division of GREYSTONE COMMUNICATIONS, which had been enjoying tremendous success in television production.

After developing a variety of theatrical and made for television filmsat GREYSTONE, Wilson produced their first feature production, "LUNKER LAKE." This family film inspired the creation of "INSIDE OUTDOORS," a weekly television show for TNN, on which Wilson served as Executive Producer. Wilson was responsible for teaming GREYSTONE with the Dutch production company, SHOOTING STAR, as co-producers of the film "LEFT LUGGAGE". Jeroen Krabbe's directorial debut starred Isabella Rossellini and Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell. Brad served as Co-Executive Producer on the film, which premiered at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, returning home with four honors.

Brad currently serves as Vice President of Development and Production as well as a producing partner for HEMISPHERE ENTERTAINMENT, a Hollywood California based independent production company established in 1990.

Brad now feels a greater sense of opportunity, a renewed commitment to excellence and a deeper enthusiasm about the possibilities of future projects than ever before. "DON'T LET GO", a film based on an idea by Wilson which he produced, was shot on location in Porterville, California in the summer of 2000 and stars Academy Award nominee Katharine Ross". THE GHOST CLUB" a family film shot on location in South Carolina was released in December 2003. His latest released films include the suspense thriller "ONE OF THEM" and the family film "UNDERCOVER KIDS", and "THE GRIFT".

Brad and his partners have developed and are producing a new faith based TV drama series called "BELIEVERS AMONG US." The first four episodes are airing on TBN, SKY ANGEL, CORNERSTONE NETWORK, FAITH TV and TCT NETWORK. Already the series has won the prestigious 2005 Telly Award and the 2005 Aurora Award.

His films have won awards at the Berlin Film Festival, The America Cinema Foundation, The Chicago Film Critics Association, Emden International Film Festival, Nederlands Film Festival, Westchester New York International Film Festival, Stony Brook Film Festival and The Santa Clarita International Film Festival.

Brad is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a charter member of the National Radio Hall of Fame of Texas. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


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THE AUDIOBOOK WORKSHOP with JOE LOESCH
Saturday, January 10th from 10am to 5pm

A Billion Dollar Business!


Learn about the world of Audiobooks from Award Winning Voice Actor, Spoken Word Producer & Author, Joe Loesch.

Discover the techniques that win auditions and what is required in this long form reading industry. Joe has been producing and narrating audiobooks for 25 years. His experience will guide you through the process and quite possibly to your first audiobook project.You'll be reading from your favorite books, which you'll bring to the workshop. We'll work with novels, self help, fiction, non-fiction, children's books and history. You'll learn how to make your character stand apart from the narrator. Develop your character's attitude! Learn how to find work within the publishing world and how to market yourself as an audiobook personality.

Joe Loesch has produced hundreds of audiobooks for authors such as, Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, Jimmy Carter, Zig Ziglar, Robert Schuller, Jon Acuff, Dave Ramsey and many others. For publishing companies such as, HarperCollins, Thomas Nelson, Pacific Press, University Press, Zondervan, Guideposts, Mission Audio, Oasis Audio, Toy Box Productions, Dalmation Press, Ideals Publications, Warner Brothers and dozens of others. Joe owns his own line of audiobooks under Readio Theatre, LLC. You can check out his line of audiobooks at NewWayToRead.com

We'll record live in the workshop and you'll be coached by one of the busiest spoken word producers in the industry! The audio you record on this day is yours to keep! Plus, everyone goes home with one of Joe's award winning audiobooks!

Class Fee: $247

Location: Joe's Digital Home Studio 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211

Call 615-500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com to reserve your space.


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THE ACTOR'S SCHOOL OPENS NEW SCHOOL IN BOWLING GREEN, KY!

NEW! ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 2-DAY WORKSHOP
with VETERAN SOAP STAR OF ALL MY CHILDREN, ALAN DYSERT
Saturday, Date: TBA from 10:00-2:00 and Sunday, Date: TBA from 1:00-5:00
The New SKyPAC - Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center


In this workshop, Alan focuses on the realities of acting in front of a camera whether it is for a film, a soap opera, a situation comedy, a commercial or a music video. As acting for the camera is very different from acting for the stage, it is essential that anyone wishing to pursue a career as an actor learn the hows and whys of acting for the various mediums. Students work with scripts from films, sitcoms, soap operas and commercials as well as participate in improvisation exercises.

Alan Dysert, best known in the United States as "Sean Cudahy" on ABC-TV’s top-rated soap opera, All My Children, was a full contract player for five years, performing in over 500 episodes. Alan’s portrayal of this character put him on the cover of "People Magazine" and made him a very much in demand guest on such national shows as Regis and Kathie Lee, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Merv Griffin Show and The Mike Douglas Show as well as all the major talk shows at ABC affiliates across the United States. The shows Alan did for All My Children are still playing in many countries outside the U.S. Not restricting his career to soap opera, he has appeared in national commercials, prime time television, and film. Alan was cast in two feature films last year and has served as Executive Producer on four other feature films. Alan also directs commercials and produces music videos.

Alan brings years of practical experience as a working actor and film producer to these workshops designed to educate students regarding realistic and usable approaches to acting and the business of acting. He uses frequent performance in front of the camera for all students to help them become more comfortable and relaxed with the on-camera process. Having spent twelve years in Los Angeles, six years in New York and a great deal of time in Chicago and Nashville, Alan teaches his students how to get started in the business as well as finding work in all of the major markets.

Alan trains actors and performers in many cities including Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis and others. In Nashville, he has made notable contributions as the acting coach to the country music stars. He prepares recording artists for their music videos and consults their record companies on television projects and performance development.

Alan’s approach not only enhances the seasoned talent’s performance with additional training, but also provides those with little or no acting experience a non-threatening environment for acquiring the skills that will prepare them for future performance in front of the camera.

Saturday, Date: TBA from 10:00-2:00 and Sunday, Date: TBA from 1:00-5:00
Classes will be held at The New SKyPAC - Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

Total cost for the weekend workshop: $175

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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2-DAY HOSTING CLASS with TV HOST LANCE SMITH
Monday and Tuesday Evening, DATE: TBA - 6:30 to 9:30


Day One:
• Finding Your Own Voice
• Killing the Fear
• The Art of Inflection
• Presentations Big and Small
• Public Speaking and Audience vs the Camera

Day Two:
• Teleprompter: the basics and more
• Elements of Production
• Different Stages Require Different Presenters
• The Business of Entertainment… What to do next
• Group Workshop/Brainstorm

“If you’re considering a career in front of the camera either as a host or commercial actor, I encourage you to take this class. I’ve spent over 15 years working as a television host and actor. Along the way, I’ve made a lot of the right moves and few wrong turns. I’ll share with you the details of my path and highlight the way the business works today. Together we’ll examine your current set of skills and, no matter what level you’re on, take you higher. I don’t want to just teach you how to host. Instead, I want you to discover your voice within.

Each class will be 3 hours long, with each student performing multiple times. We’ll cater to strengths and weaknesses, working at the comfort level of the individual. Prior to the dates scheduled I’ll be in communication with a questionnaire so we can hit the ground running. I hope to see you there.”

ABOUT LANCE SMITH
Lance Smith is most widely known as the “face of CMT”. A Nashville native, Smith spent nearly a decade hosting a variety of programs for Country Music Television, most notably CMT’s Top 20 Countdown. Aside from counting down videos each week, Lance also interviewed many of today’s biggest stars. During his time on the MTV Network Smith also found himself acting on the big screen in comedies like “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and “Delta Farce”. Continuing his television hosting career, Lance hosted season one of The Weather Channel’s “Weathering Disaster” before landing at the anchor desk of the morning infotainment show “The Daily Buzz”.

$95 for 1 day - $170 for both days

To make a reservation please call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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THE ACTOR AND DIRECTOR: CREATING THE CHARACTER
with Director Ralph E. Portillo
Weekend Workshop - DATE: TBA, Morning & Afternoon Groups


Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award nominee Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten, Mario Lopez, John Savage, Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, Nick Cassavettes, Jeremy London, Bo Hopkins, Billy Burke, Maury Chaulkin, Corey Haim, Alan Dysert, and Jason Hervey are but a few of the many talented actors who have worked under Ralph’s direction.

Ralph brings to the table extensive experience working with actors in all aspects of the profession from live theatre to television and film. His thorough knowledge and experience of the filmmaking process is a benefit to anyone who works with him. His love, enjoyment, and respect of the craft is contagious.

His films have won awards at the New York Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, The Flagstaff International Film Festival, The Charleston International Film Festival, and The Foursite Film Festival. He has also been the recipient of the Cindy Award, Telly Awards, Aurora Award, Millenium Award, the Davey Awards and the Accolade Awards.

Ralph is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

There will be two groups of fifteen students. One group will be in morning sessions Sat & Sun. The other group will be afternoon sessions on Sat. & Sun. The morning sessions will be from 9am to 1pm both days and the afternoon sessions will be from 2:30pm to 6:30pm both days.

Payments for the workshop will need to be received four days prior to the workshop.

TOTAL COST: $195 for the 2-day workshop.

DATE: TBA

AM Group: 9:30 - 1:00 | PM Group: 2:30 - 6:30

To make a reservation please call Alan Dysert at: (615) 500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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SEAL THE DEAL...GET THE JOB!
2-DAY WORKSHOP With HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER JAMIE ELLIOTT
Saturday & Sunday - DATE: TBA


MAKE AN IMPRESSION, GET THE CALLBACK, BOOK THE PART!

Learn from successful Hollywood Casting Director and Producer, Jamie Elliot, everything you need to know to make a lasting impression in the audition process with casting directors, getting the call back and booking the part.

ABOUT JAMIE ELLIOTT
Ms. Elliott began her career in the film industry as a casting director, eventually founding her own Hollywood casting agency. Within 3 years SUPERIOR CASTING became one of the leading casting companies that major producers, studios and networks turned to. During her years in casting Ms. Elliott was responsible for casting over 400 television commercials, feature films and commercials.

In 1990 Ms Elliott sold her highly lucrative casting business and co-founded HEMISPHERE ENTERTAINMENT with partner Ralph Portillo. She and Mr. Portillo became the creative force behind the initiation, development, packaging and production of their theatrical, network and cable motion pictures.

In addition to being actively involved in development and production of HEMISPHERE projects, Ms. Elliott oversees the operation of the corporation, which have included numerous films in which she has been producer.

Saturday & Sunday - DATE: TBA

9:00 to 1:00 and 2:30 to 6:30

TOTAL COST: $185 for the 2-day workshop.

To sign up for the class please call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.

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SINGER-SONGWRITER WORKSHOP with JANE BACH
Two Monday Evenings, DATE: TBA from 7 to 9pm


Jane Bach has been teaching this workshop in Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles for the past eight years to critical acclaim. She was born and raised in New York City and move to Nashville in 1982 to pursue a career and songwriting and was quickly signed to a publishing deal.

In a career that has spanned over 30 years with cuts by such notable artists as Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Reba McEntire, Jodee Messina, Collin Raye and many many others, as well as TV placements, Jane brings her expertise in the crafting of a great song and her understanding of the music business to a new level for anyone interested in becoming a better writer. With Matraca Berg, she wrote the number one song "The Last One to Know" recorded by Reba McEntire (Billboard, Cashbox) and the number one song, "Just Enough Love" for Ray Price (Billboard Independent Chart). She has been nominated for a Viewers Choice award, a Grammy award, and a People's Choice award as well as earning multiple ASCAP awards.

Jane has had hit singles (among them, "Dare to Dream" for Jodie Messina) in this country as well as in Great Britain, France, Holland, Canada Japan and South America. A well-respected writer, teacher and producer, Jane is a member of in NSAU, Songwriters Guild of America and LA Women in Music.

Now signed to an LA publisher, working out of Nashville and Los Angeles, she's writing for TV as well as working with numerous young pop/rock and country artists. She works with Australian pop superstar, Nikki Webster and has travelled to Australia numerous times to work with Aussie singer/songwriters including Mandi Jarry Australian Idol Cosima DaVito. Jane's home base is in Nashville where she lives with her former Washington Redskin Gary Bach.

Cost: $125.00

Two Monday Evenings, DATE: TBA from 7 to 9pm

To sign up for the class please call Alan Dysert at: (615) 500-7661 or send an email: Brittney@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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AN INTRODUCTION TO IMPROV COMEDY with SPROCKET IMPROV
with BARRY McALISTER and CINDY CARTER
Tuesday Evening, DATE: TBA from 7:00 to 9:00pm


SPROCKET IMPROV - with Barry McAlister and Cindy Carter... two long-time area improv favorites!

You’ve seen it on TV, and you’ve been hearing about others doing it- so why not jump in and give it a try! Come play and have fun with Improv Comedy, in this one-night introduction to the art form that helps people be more efficient at work, gets the creative mind going, AND is great free-flowing FUN!

The class will explore the basics of thinking quickly on your feet, the fundamentals of playing improv games, and the underlying mindset behind doing long form improv. This workshop is a great introduction to the basics that can help you get a taste improv and learn some of the fun uses it offers. Actors will pick up fundamental tips on better auditions and performances, presenters can get an edge on making that big pitch, and uptight sticks-in-the-mud will loosen up and have a great evening of free-form fun!

SPROCKET IMPROV is Nashville’s newest improv company, formed by Barry McAlister and Cindy Carter - two of the areas most seasoned improvisers. Barry will be teaching the May workshop.

Barry McAlister is a long-time actor and entertainer who has studied at Chicago’s The Second City- best known for his improv character work and for his fun roles in videos and commerial, such as “the dead guy” in Joe Diffie’s “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox” and the dancing hunchback in KT Oslin’s “Come Next Monday.” He also hosted “Frightmare Theater” on Nashville TV, and produced the family stage show “Juniper Junction.”


Cindy Carter is an actress and improviser who has performed with many regional improv groups such as "Capitol City Improv", "Glue", "Happy Nowhere" and "Improv Nashville". She is also the co-founder and former artistic director for "Music City Improv." Cindy has studied improv at Chicago's Second City and Annoyance theaters. When Cindy isn't pursuing her improv passion, she is hard at work as a Tennessee AP award winning and 5-time Emmy nominated journalist for Fox 17 News.

SPROCKET Improv is Nashville's premier improv company, performing local shows in Nashville, teaching improv classes, and conducting corporate and event workshops.

TOTAL COST: $45

Tuesday Evening, DATE: TBA from 7:00 to 9:00pm

To make a reservation please call Alan Dysert at: (615) 500-7661 or send an email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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AUDITION WORKSHOP with L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR, SHERIE HERNANDEZ
Saturday & Sunday, Date: TBA


Greenstein/Daniel is one of the busiest offices in LA and especially during this time of year. An associate at Greenstein/Daniel Casting, Sherie Hernandez casts numerous series such as "Hot in Cleveland", "Working Class" and has just finished a stint on "How I Met Your Mother".

Sherie Hernandez has been with Greenstein/Daniel for over three years and previously worked at other top LA casting offices such as Lieberman/Patton, Allison Jones and Stiner/Block. Prior shows she's worked on are “10 Things I Hate About You”, ”Kath & Kim”, ”Rita Rocks” and ”Melrose Place”. In addition, she has been casting director to an AFI short film written and directed by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, the web series ”Dial *” for Universal Media Studios that stars AnnaLynne McCord and various spec shorts and other web series.

This is the very first time Sherie has come to The Actor's School, so the spots will go very quickly. If you desire this kind of quality training -and exposure to a casting director who works at the highest levels, do not wait to sign up… call or email to reserve your spot today!

TOTAL COST: $195 for the two-day workshop

Saturday and Sunday, Date: TBA.

Morning Group
Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Sunday: 9am – 11:30am

Afternoon Group
Saturday: 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday: 12:30pm – 3pm

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED ACTING WITH THEATRE ARTIST SARA SHARPE
Intermediate/Advanced Acting with theatre artist Sara Sharpe
Date TBA, Sunday Evenings from 7-9pm Six-Week Class


Class will conclude with an informal performance for an invited audience. (During regular class time.)

Delve into the craft of acting with theatre artist Sara Sharpe. This class offers serious and in depth actor training for intermediate and advanced students in a supportive learning environment, using both scene study and monologue formats (as well as improvisation). This course offers sophisticated work on truthful interaction in relation to script analysis. Students should be prepared to do some work outside of class.

Class/rehearsal time will be devoted to the usual suspects: vocal training and movement, emotional memory, sensory memory, circumstance, objective, obstacle, and script analysis. Additionally, students should be prepared to take their individual work a step further. "The work of an actor, " according to Sara, "is sacred. Actors have the ability to tell the stories that most need to be told and to give voice to the voiceless." Learning to put your attention on something more important that the success or failure of your own performance leads, inevitably, to your best performance. For the serious student only; come prepared to push yourself.

ABOUT SARA SHARPE

"Sara Sharpe is at the very core of vital dramatic activism, powerfully forging theatrical experiences on global human issues with pure spiritual conscience."
Andy Van Roon
Film Nashville


“I met Actor/Activist Sara Sharpe while performing at a function for my friend, Actor/Director Sean Penn, in 2002. I have since been fortunate enough to have assisted her, in a small way, with her passion of educating artists about how to inform the public about vital social and political issues. One only has to see her in performances such as ‘The Exonerated’ to understand that this is a very special human being.”
Respectfully, Arthur Godfrey, Singer/Songwriter

“It is refreshing to meet an artist/activist such as Sara Sharpe; she is a visionary who believes in the power of theatre to inform public debate about relevant social issues. In viewing events produced by Sara at BroadAxe, we are not merely entertained, but enlightened, challenged and motivated to take social or political action. The Nashville theatre community is blessed with her presence and is stronger because of her artistry.”
Keith Martin
ARTS Action Research
Charlotte, North Carolina


Sara is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of the BroadAxe Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. (Best New Theatre Company, 2001 Nashville Scene).

Nashville audiences will remember Sara as Karla in Steve Earle's 2002 world premier of Karla. (2002 Tennie award, Best Actress) Sara’s other favorite roles include Sunny Jacobs in The Exonerated, Mae in Maria Irene Fornes' Mud, and Rebecca in Breakfast with Arty (Nashville Film Festival, 2000). Additional credits include Vinegar Tom, Conversations in a Time of Terror (co-author, director), and Heathen Valley.

Sara is also the creator of FESTIVE REVOLUTION: Art and Activism in the Twenty-first Century, a not for-profit organization dedicated to helping artists mobilize their art and their fan base for social and political change through ongoing educational programs and activities.

FAIRVIEW, Sara's long awaited documentary/docudrama debuted at the Dark Horse Theatre on March 26, 2007 and is currently in pre-production to complete filming.

Sara has spent three summers with the New York State Defenders Association as a communications coach for the Basic Trial Skills Institute. Most recently she launched SHARPE COMMUNICATIONS offering presentation coaching (applying the disciplines of the theatrical stage to the public arena) for lawyers, executives, artists, politicians, and anyone involved in public speaking.

www.sharpecommunication.com

DATE: TBA, Sunday evenings for 6 weeks
TIME: 7-9pm
TOTAL COST: $195

To sign up for the class please call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING Steve Horswill-Johnston
Overview Of Filmmaking And The Creation Of Your Own Short Film
Dates TBA – 7:00 to 9:00 pm (6 Tuesdays)


You may have the creativity and motivation, but do you have the ability to make a short film? This is the ideal introduction to the reality of filmmaking for people who need to balance their interest with work or other commitments. The course is for students with little or no filmmaking experience who want to learn a basic understanding of the entire film creation process. Each student will work in a team to produce their own short film.

Over six-sessions the course covers the basic aspects of filmmaking, including; story and script development, pre-production planning, shot-lists and storyboarding, directing, lighting and editing. The class will also tour a working studio in Nashville.

Taught by local producer and actor Steve Horswill-Johnston, students will gain an understanding of the process of making films.

ABOUT STEVE HORSWILL-JOHNSTON

Total cost for the six-week course: $295 (plus a $30 materials fee)
Date: TBA - 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: The Actors School
To register, call The Actors School 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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DON'T CHOKE WHEN IT COUNTS!
THE MENTAL GAME with Pro Stuntman and Performance Consultant BRIAN HITE, M.S.
Date: TBA from 10am to 1pm


This training focuses on the mental aspects of performance and the development of mental toughness skills that are crucial to performing under pressure. Have you ever felt distracted, nervous, fearful, un-confident, or distracted by negative thoughts leading up to or during the audition process? These are all very typical reactions to stressful situations that affect every actor, every time he or she steps in front of a casting director, producer, and/or director. They are the completely expected and natural effects of performing under evaluation with important outcomes and nothing to be ashamed of. What really matters is how the actor has prepared himself or herself to handle those reactions.

To really be prepared, you must:
• Learn to maintain confidence in the face of a business in which rejection is the rule rather than the exception.
• Learn to sustain attention when there are so many distractions pulling your focus in multiple directions, both during an audition and on set.
• Develop and experience a sense of calmness, composure, and flow in the face of challenges and obstacles, knowing that you have the preparation and skills to thrive under any circumstance and in any situation, whether during auditions or on set.

Our training puts deliberate focus on the performance of auditions, where mental and emotional challenges are encountered, but provides a structure by which the same skills can be applied to any performance. We give you an opportunity to build the mental toughness approach that is a requirement in the nerve-racking career that you passionately pursue. We instruct you on how to develop and make mental toughness skills your own and then provide practical application of them to every aspect of your world. We are Avid Performance Consultants, and have taught this area of expertise to many domains of elite performance including athletics, performing arts, test taking, and emergency services. We, specifically, optimize our clients’ performance by effectively enhancing their confidence, perceptions, energy, and motivation before, during, and after an event and through the most difficult challenges of their careers. In addition, and possibly most importantly, we have personally experienced the very real demands of performing under pressure, believe without an ounce of doubt, that our accomplishments are largely due to the focus and control that mental training techniques have provided us over the course of our careers. We encourage you to come to learn new skills… come to learn from people who have actually applied these tools and skills.

THE PERSONAL BENEFITS TO YOU WILL BE:
• Performance that is consistent under pressure
• More confidence to rise to the occasion
• Development of focus amidst distractions
• Maintaining calm & composure in the face of challenges

THE CLASS IS DESIGNED TO BENEFIT STUDENTS BY:
• Being based on a proven structured approach to mental skill development
• Providing opportunities to personalize the mental skills techniques
• Guiding you through the application of learned skills in real-world situations

AVID PERFORMANCE CONSULTANTS HAVE EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES OF:
• Working with athletes, soldiers, and performing artists
• Personally applying mental skills to elite level swimming, stunts, and every aspect of our lives
• Learning from our vast experience teaching and applying these skills at all levels of performance

ABOUT BRIAN HITE, M.S.
Brian holds a Master's degree in Sport Psychology, and in addition to being a stunt coordinator, Brian has performed stunts in television shows and films such as Castle, Hawaii Five-O, Numbers, 24, General Hospital, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Voyager, The Last Godfather, Twilight, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Fast and the Furious 3, Green Hornet, Children of the Corn: Dweller, The Big Bang, The Island, The Mimic 2, and many, many others.

Date: TBA from 10am to 1pm

TOTAL COST: $195 for the two-day workshop

To make a reservation please call Alan Dysert at: (615) 500-7661 or send an email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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“THE NEW “90210” & "WITHOUT A TRACE” CASTING DIRECTOR, LONNIE HAMERMAN'S
AUDITION WORKSHOP - Saturday & Sunday, Date: TBA

Lonnie’s TV casting director credits include the comedy series “Monk” for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and the syndicated series, “The Spies”. Ms. Hamerman has cast several independent features including, most recently, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”, which premiered to sold out audiences at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Last year she worked on the Universal Studios feature, “The Perfect Man”, starring Hilary Duff. Currently, Lonnie was casting the CBS series, “Without A Trace” for three seasons. Her latest project has been casting on “ The New 90210”series. Yes, they are going to do it again.

Lonnie also cast the new J.J. Abrams Pilot. J.J. Abrams is the creative force behind “Lost” and he directed “Mission Impossible 3”.

Lonnie is currently casting a new pilot for superstar producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("CSI: Miami", "Cold Case", "CSI: NY", "Without a Trace", "National Treasure: Book of Secrets", "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", "National Treasure", "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Black Hawk Down", "Pearl Harbor", "Remember the Titans", "Gone in Sixty Seconds", "Enemy of the State", "Armageddon", "Con Air", "The Rock", "Bad Boys", "Days of Thunder", and more).

There will be two groups of fifteen students only. One group will be in morning sessions Saturday and Sunday. The other group will be in afternoon sessions Saturday and Sunday. The morning sessions will be from 9am to 1pm both days and the afternoon sessions will be from 2:30 to 6:30 both days.

If you want this kind of exposure and training, don’t wait too long to sign up. The spots will go very quickly. Payment for the workshop will need to be received one week prior to the workshops.

TOTAL COST: $175 for the two-day workshop
Weekend Workshop - Date: TBA

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 send an email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.


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MUSICAL THEATRE: VOCAL WORKSHOP with JULIE FORESTER
Two Mondays, DATE: TBA from 6:30-9:30 pm


These group classes will focus on the basic understanding of Acting Lyric through Song. I will pass on the fundamental technique an aspiring Musical Theatre performer will need as it applies to where they are at in their journey. We will tackle basic Musical Theatre audition technique, but will concentrate mainly on getting to the Heart and Truth of the character each student chooses in regards to their piece. I will spend time on helping bridge the gap that can exist between Monologue or Lyric and Singing, so that each character comes to Life.

We will also focus on fundamental vocal performance technique. The foundation of the voice is related to Breath, Control and Support. I will pass on a variety instrumental exercises and practices that will insure a Long and Healthy vocal life.

We will have an accompanist at the classes.

ABOUT JULIE FORESTER

Julie Forester, from Houston, TX currently has a writing deal with Starstruck Entertainment Texoma Ten Music Publishing in Nashville. She has released 2 EPs currently for sale. Her EP "Dance With Me" has received rave reviews in the UK magazine "Maverick" and BOTH albums received high praise in the "Music City News". Julie has been featured as "Artist Of The Week" on LOCM digital radio a number of times and can currently be heard on International & National radio on Brady Seals (of Little Texas) produced artist, David Bradley's smash radio single "Soak It Up" and artist Coles Whalen's album "The Whistle Stop Road".

Julie just finished a summer tour where she opened for such artists as Phil Vassar, Josh Gracin & Lee Brice and now continues to play as a solo artist locally and on the road with the "The Nashville Songbirds". Last fall she toured Ireland and Scotland with Irish sensation Colm Kirwan, and Can U Duet's Joey & Rory. In the UK her single "Feelin The Fall" was released to UK Country Radio and peaked at #16 on the HOTDISC Country Charts. She has also toured Europe playing "Eva Cassidy" in a musical play about her life and on the West End stage in the Olivier Award winning production of "Ragtime" in London, England. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from New York University in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Education.

Two Mondays, DATE: TBA from 6:30-9:30 pm

Class Fee: $125

Call Alan Dysert at 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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FOR KIDS ONLY: ACTING IN COMMERCIALS with ALAN DYSERT
Two Fridays 4:30 to 6:30

This 2-session workshop will be very comprehensive look at commercials and commercial acting styles with lots of on-camera commercial work.

>> GET YOURSELF NOTICED <<
In the second class we will make a videotape of all members of the class and it will be sent to five agents and five casting directors.

Actors in the United States make more money from commercials than in all movies and television combined. This is an area where you really need to know what you're doing. Being a good actor isn't enough. Commercials are a different game. The competition is skilled. Winging it won't get you there.



TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
·Commercial Forms
·Acting Styles in Commercials
·Character Spokesperson
·Interviews and Auditions
·Getting Booked
·One-Liners
·Voice-Over
·Relationship to the Camera
·Product Handling

THERE WILL BE NO MORE THAN TWELVE ACTORS IN THE CLASS

REGISTRATION FEE: $135

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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STUDENTS CAN START ANY TUESDAY - 11am to 1 pm
ALAN DYSERT’S DAYTIME 6-WEEK ACTING CLASS FOR FILM & TELEVISION

Alan works with all levels of performers from beginners to the most advanced. The daytime class provides a scheduling opportunity for students to receive the same instruction as the evening classes. The next six-week session begins on Tuesday, October 29th from 11am to 1pm.
Everything done in class is recorded on video so students can review their work at home. Alan has used this teaching method for many years and it has really paid off for his students who are working every day on film, television, commercials, music videos and stage. Students work with scripts from films, soap operas, sit-coms and commercials as well as participate in improvisation exercises.

Alan's approach not only enhances the seasoned talents’ performance with additional training, but also provides those with little or no acting experience a non-threatening environment in which to acquire initial practice and beginning skills to prepare them for future performance in front of the camera.

The only thing a student needs to bring is a blank VHS videotape.

The total cost for the six-week class is $195.00.

Six Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm (Start any Tuesday).

To make a reservation call (615) 500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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Two Monday Classes from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, DATE: TO BE ANNOUNCED
CAREERS IN THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY with Luke Gambill


Luke Gambill is the Creative Director and Producer for Brentwood-Benson Music and its worship label, GreatWorshipSongs.com. His daily life is driven with developing new songs and projects while, depending on project needs, operating as A&R director, producer, arranger and orchestrator. Prior to Brentwood-Benson, Luke was Creative Manager/A&R for Integrity Music’s Worship Resources Division while also traveling as a clinician and touring musician for Integrity’s Seminars4Worship events held across the country. His education includes Southeastern University (B.A. in Music), Liberty University (M.A. in Religion with emphasis in Worship Studies), Integrity Worship Institute (Cert. Worship Studies) and Berklee College of Music (Music Industry). Multiple Dove nominations and awards have been received through his creative input and involvement. Through the years, Luke has worked in several aspects of the Christian Music Industry: copyright, touring, marketing, and creative. Luke and his family are actively involved at Thompson Station Baptist Church.


CAREERS IN THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
What are they, Who are they, Where are they, Why are they?

Have you ever dreamed of using your talents and gifts in the Christian music industry? Not sure what positions are available? Ever wondered what A&R means and what this guy does? And an engineer conducts a train – but what is a Recording Engineer and a Mix Engineer? Today’s Christian music industry contains many positions – some are experience and education specific, but some can be learned hands on. During this two-hour workshop, Luke will share with us the many various career aspects of the industry.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
· What careers are available?
· Is there certain training required?
· What are the challenges of being a session singer/player?
· I’m not a singer or player, are there careers for me?
· Should I do an internship?
· What’s more valid: what you know vs. who you know?
· Where can I find potential job listings?

DATE: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Cost: $70
Call Alan Dysert at 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com


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TV HOSTING BOOTCAMP with LESLEY SURDI
Monday, Date TBA from 6:30 to 9:30


This TV hosting bootcamp intensive is all about taking the basic skills of hosting to the next level. All levels are encouraged to attend but be ready to think on your feet and dodge curve balls. We’ll start with quick exercises to get your brains thinking like a host. You will then be paired up for more co-hosting practice as well as learn how to use the Telepromter. For the grand finale you will write your own copy, perform it like a real audition, and then Lesley will sit down with you and watch your tape back and give you feedback. Ten to fifteen minutes will be dedicated to each student to watch their tape back, discuss the next steps, and go over any headshot or resume material you may have. This class is great for actors too, it will help strengthen your commercial auditions!

Come prepared to work hard, have fun, learn, and ask questions. This is a class you won’t want to miss!

ABOUT LESLEY SURDI
Lesley Surdi has been called “Giuliana Rancic meets Tina Fey, but 10x better” and her former mentors have said “Lesley is fun and spunky and brings life to anything she’s Hosting. She has great confidence, no matter what the topic and she has an even better delivery.” Upon graduating from Indiana University, Lesley set her sights on Los Angeles. Initially she wanted to be an actress but quickly found her personality was better suited for TV hosting.

After doing the red carpet circuit in LA she landed a gig in 2009 hosting the web series DIGITS in New York City. The following spring she went to Austin, TX to interview up and coming singer/songwriters at South by Southwest. She then spent that summer in LA hosting for Alan Mruvka’s fashion & beauty website thelooktv.com, where she spotted celebrity trends.

In 2011 she landed a dream job with mobile channel True Country. Lesley delivered the latest in country music news through both green screen work and live backstage interviews, with artists such as Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Zac Brown, Emmylou Harris, and Thomson Square. In early 2012 Lesley fulfilled another lifelong dream with entertainment news site, Velvetv, hosting the pre-show red carpet and celebrity arrivals at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

After spending 7 years in Los Angeles she made a leap of faith and moved to Nashville, TN in the Fall of 2012. In just one year there she’s signed with several agencies; auditioned for hit TV shows such as ABC’s Nashville, Lifetime Network’s Army Wives, and the CW’s Vampire Diaries; hosted a fashion segment for Playtex and Forever 21; and was the head of Extras Casting for the feature film, Anyone’s Ghost starring Tim Meadows.

After coaching Lacey Owen (country star Jake Owen’s wife) for an upcoming project it clicked that she had a lot of wisdom to impart on those going down the same path as her. Lesley was fortunate to have several mentors in this business who made her the host she is today. Whether in the trenches or behind the scenes Lesley is taking Nashville by storm.

To find out more about Lesley Surdi, visit her website at www.lesleysurdi.com

< Monday, Date TBA from 6:30 to 9:30

Class Fee: $90

To sign up for the class please email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

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