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MASTERING THE AUDITION WORKSHOP: MASTERING THE AUDITION PROCESS
with REGINA MOORE OF MOORE CASTING
Saturday, August 8th 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

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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Thurs. Nights - ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
with VETERAN SOAP STAR OF ALL MY CHILDREN, ALAN DYSERT
5-Week Class Starting Next Week. Thursday Evenings - 7:00 to 9:00


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, 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 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.

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.

Class sizes are kept small to allow for greater personal attention. Students work with scripts from films, sit-coms, soap operas and commercials as well as participate in improvisation exercises.

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.

Alan’s advanced acting class is on Wednesday nights. The first time he works with a student, he usually bring them into the Thursday night class.

$195 per 5-week session

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


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


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.
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SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED:.
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· Audition Skills.
· Memorization Techniques.
· Focus and Concentration Exercises.
· Scene Work.
· Monologues.
· Set Etiquette.
· Introduction to Improvisation.
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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..
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The classes will be set up in 5-week session. Any missed classes can be made up.

$195 per 5-week session

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


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ONGOING 5-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 5-week sessions. Any missed classes can be made up.

Can Start Any Week.

The class fee will be $195 each 5 weeks.

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


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ACTING IN COMMERCIALS with ALAN DYSERT
Two Saturdays, August 1st and 8th from 3:00pm to 5:30pm



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: $145

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


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THE AUDIOBOOK WORKSHOP with JOE LOESCH
Saturday, August 8th 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: $275

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

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


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FILMING YOUR OWN AUDITIONS with JOSHUA JOHNSON
Monday, August 10th, 6:30 - 9:30


Technology is changing the way Film/TV industry professionals handle auditions and casting. With the advances in technology, actors are often asked to self-tape their own auditions and submit the video auditions to their agent or casting director without ever stepping foot into a casting office. This is great because it allows actors to audition for roles around the country, however, this brings with it the added stress of handling all the technical aspect of filming your audition. Knowing the basics required to successfully film, edit, and submit your video audition will not only save you time and frustration, but will also help represent you in a more professional manner.

This workshop will focus on the technical aspect of filming your video auditions. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on expensive equipment to create great results. The camera is only as good as the person operating it. We will focus on the basics of what is required to successfully complete a video audition taping from start to finish. This workshop will cover the step-by-step process from setup to sending the final product to an agent or casting director. This includes proper Setup, operating your camera, lighting, editing terminology and techniques, and submitting the audition via the Internet.

TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED:

Setup
Lighting (Natural, 2-point/3-point lighting) Key, Fill, and Back light, Color Temperature (3,2K or 5,6K)
Camera placement
Actor Placement
Off camera Actor(Reader) Placement
Backdrop/background
Framing

Camera Settings
Modes: Auto and Manual
White balance/Color Temperature (3,2K or 5,6K)
Aperture(F/Stop)
Auto focus and Manual focus
ISO
File format - common compression formats: .MOV, .MP4, . AVI, etc
Resolution - standards HD, SD, 480, 720, 1080p
Working with the internal mic on your camera
Optional external mic.

Post-Production
Editing software
Importing
Editing
Common editing terms

Submitting via the Internet
Email
WeTransfer
HighTail (formally YouSendIt)

Purchasing Equipment
Camera
Lights
Backdrop
Editing software

ABOUT JOSHUA JOHNSON
Joshua Johnson is a videographer, photographer, sound engineer, and actor. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science: Audio Production/Engineering with a minor in Mass Communications from MTSU's highly respected Recording Industry Program (RIM). In 2008, he started Capture Productions Photography. It was not long after entering the world of professional photography that Joshua decided to branch out and include videography as a part of his profession. As a videographer/editor, Joshua's work includes shooting/editing web series, product promo videos, demo reels, video auditions, and he is currently finishing up post-production on a film titled "The Senator", a film written and directed by Alan Dysert.

$65.00

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


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TV WORKSHOP FOR KIDS AND ADULTS with L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR TY HARMAN
Saturday and Sunday August 15th and 16th



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, August 22nd, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Voice-Overs is a fun and exciting business! 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.

Joe approaches the learning process with humor and understanding, making this experience fun and motivating. In this full day of wide-ranging sessions, it’s not so much like instruction, more like a team of friends working with their mentor. As a new or emerging voice actor, you’ll not only learn more tricks of our trade, you’ll gain new perspective to help energize your VO career!

Participants from past sessions attest to the tremendous value you’ll get from this career-changing event. In just one day, the rest of your life can be more rewarding, more interesting, and yes, more fun as you learn to pursue your own, personal VO career strategy!

- PUMP UP your voice over confidence
- BUILD your voice acting, marketing & business skills
- WORK OUT at the mic with coaching & playback
- MAKE NEW FRIENDS with other aspiring voice talent
- STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION for voice over success

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

Price: $275

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


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SCENE STUDY CLASS with LA CASTING DIRECTOR, RICKI MASLAR, CSA
CHOOSE MORNING OR AFTERNOON GROUP
Saturday & Sunday September 19th and 20th


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.

Morning Group: 9:00am to 12:00pm both days

Afternoon Group: 1:30-4:30 Saturday and 1:00-4:00 Sunday

Class fee: $195

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


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JOE'S V/O PRO CLINIC - THE ADVANCED VOICE ACTORS WORKSHOP
Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 to 5:00


This All-Day Advanced VOICE OVER WORKSHOP with Joe Loesch, Award Winning Voice Actor and Spoken Word Producer will re-ignite your voice over career! - If you're a working VO actor who wants to book more work, don't miss this fantastic all-day class to learn what you'll need to shine in all of your voice over auditions!

Throughout this day, Joe will be concentrating on TV and radio commercials as well as character reads and promos. He will primarily focus on script analysis and getting to know your best voice and your best reads, and how to "find yourself" in the copy. He will also work on reading with and off of other actors, acquiring the skills to quickly problem solve confusing copy/muddled direction and other common issues that actors will face in voice over auditions.

Joe Loesch is the founder of Booth Camp a popular touring voice over workshop presented by EdgeStudio.com. In his years of teaching, he has turned out many full-time voice actors. He also teaches voice over classes in a continuing effort to find and develop new talent. In addition to commercials, he has cast for audiobooks, Looney Tunes Sound-Books, narrations, book and game promos, and the award winning Little Kids Adventure Bible! With this background, as well as his previous years of employment with an automotive syndicated advertising company, he produced over thirty-thousand radio and television commercial soundtracks.

Your Career Investment: $275

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


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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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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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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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AUDITIONING FOR THE CAMERA WITH ROBIN DAUGHERTY
Monday Evenings, DATE: TBA from 7:00 to 9:00


For the past 25 years, Robin Daugherty has been taping auditions and coaching actors at talent agencies, production companies, and casting agencies, in Minneapolis, New York, and Nashville, as well as having some very famous private clients. (He has done this over 10,000 times…)

Each year, Robin organizes a panel at the Nashville Film Festival, discussing the “Art of Auditioning.” A Nashville native, Robin’s acting adventure started at the age of 6, with an appearance at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, which his uncle John had started a year earlier. That same year, Robin was hired on as a recurring cast member on the “Romper Room” kids’ show. At age 11, Robin became a member of the Tom Tichenor Marionette Troupe, and at 14, he received a Young Filmmaker’s Commendation from the Sinking Creek Film Festival, which evolved into today’s Nashville Film Festival. Since then, Robin has worked in many areas of film, television, and theatre production. Currently, Robin can be seen in a handful of TV commercials, a Thompson Square music video, the pilot episode of Lesley Surdi’s new sitcom, GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED, episode 304 of ABC’s NASHVILLE, as well as the films CHASING GHOSTS and PATERNITY LEAVE, both due out in 2015. Robin has studied at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Your Career Investment: $175.00


To sign up for the class please 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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HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE THAT STARS YOU with BOB GIORDANO
Starts TBA – 7:00 to 9:00 pm - 3 Wednesday Evenings


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon did it with "Good Will Hunting". Lena Dunham did it with "Tiny Furniture". Brit Marling did it with "Another Earth". Quentin Tarrantino did it with "Reservoir Dogs". All these actors wrote scripts for themselves that won festivals, acclaim and awards! You can learn how to do it, too, in this four week course. Topics will include developing and writing a script that is right for you, along with an overview of how to get it made. Tired of trying to convince others that you're right for a part? Create a part that is perfect for you!

TOPICS COVERED
* Designing the right script
* Structure that works
* Breaking the rules to get attention
* Writing, producing, and what to do with your film

ABOUT BOB GIORDANO
Bob has served as President of the 600-member Tennessee Screenwriters Association. He has won several prestigious screenwriting contests and is developing several project with LA producers and writers. Bob has written local and national television ads and has taught screenwriting at Watkins College.

Total cost for the three-session course: $180

To sign up for the class please email: 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.

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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