Actor's School USA
TV Star, Actor, Director, Producer - Alan Dysert has over 30 years in the entertainment industry. He has helped over 3,000 students reach their potential.

Services: Classes and Workshops

The Actor's School offers classes and workshops with Alan Dysert and other respected instructors from many professions including film, music, and other entertainment industries. Small class sizes allow the student maximum attention and an intimate learning environment. From commercial to film to voice-overs, find a class here that will improve your skills and take you to the next level!

5-Week Class Starting Next Week.
Thursday Evenings
7:00 to 9:00
$195 per 5-week session

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.

Call The Actors School (615) 500-7661 or email:



alan suit sm1 Tuesday Afternoons   ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR KIDS!
Start Any Time! Every Tuesday
4:30 to 6:00
$195 per 5-week session

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.


· 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.

The classes will be set up in 5-week session. Any missed classes can be made up.

Class fee: $195 every 5 weeks.

To register please email Alan Dysert:



alan suit sm1 Thurs. Afternoons   ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR TEENS!
Start Any Time!
Every Thursday
4:30-6:00 pm
Missed classes can be made up.
$195 per 5-week session

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 five weeks. I want this to build into a class for teen actors wishing to pursue acting as a possible future career.


· 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.

To register please email Alan Dysert at: or call (615) 500-7661.



Becky5 8/7   8/21  Monday Evenings   WRITING AND MAKING YOUR OWN SHORT FILM with REBECCA GEORGE Three Monday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00

Short filmmaking is a very specific art form to master. In this three-session workshop, you will learn how to write your own short film and the steps you must take after it is written in order to bring your idea from page to screen.

The first two sessions will focus on the writing, from fundamental screenplay structure to how to make your story idea work in short film format, how to develop your characters and their arcs in a succinct amount of time, and how to grab the audience’s attention.

The third session will focus on what to do once you’ve finalized your short film script – how to create a budget, hire crew, the ins and outs of pre-production, production, and post production, and what to do with your short film after you’ve filmed it. Students who take this workshop will leave having written a fully developed short script and will have the tools and knowledge required to turn that script into a short film of their own.

Rebecca George is a writer, director, and producer. She has written many feature film scripts, short films, and stage plays. To date, she has directed four short films (Hi Mitch, Lockdown, Ten Count, and Charlie’s Calling). She also produced Lockdown, which was an official selection and Audience Award winner of the NYLA Film Festival in 2014, and co-produced Ten Count and Charlie’s Calling. In October 2016, her short film Ten Count was an official selection of the Laughlin International Film Festival. Other writing awards include a feature film screenplay placing in the top 25% in the Screenwriting Expo 5 Competition as well as placing as a finalist in the Screenplay Expo Competition in 2006. She is currently writing, directing, and producing here in the Nashville area.

To sign up for the three-session class, email Alan Dysert at or call (615) 500-7661




Joe Loesch

9am to 4pm
The class will be held at Joe’s digital studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.
Your Career Investment: $295

Students must have already taken Joe’s “Investigating Voice Over” class or have had past VO experience.

– DEVELOP your voice over career strategy
– PUMP UP your voice over confidence
– WORK OUT at the mic with coaching & immediate feedback
– STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION for your voice over success

Joe has been traveling the US with Booth Camp for Edge Studio and continues to do so in 2017. This all day commercial workshop is designed to prepare you for your voice over career. Learn how to make the microphone your friend. Learn how to develop your skills and gain confidence. Learn how to set up your home studio for the audition process and how to market yourself through social media. Record and receive constructive criticism. Keep what you record in class and receive an evaluation for the work you’ve done and what your next steps may be in voice over. This all day workshop will give you the perspective you’ve been searching for.

Call 615-500-7661 or send an email to: to reserve your space.



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

Two-Day Workshop: $195


L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR TY HARMAN has been involved in the following projects:

Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix); Detroiters (Comedy Central); AP Bio (NBC); The Real O’Neals (ABC); Man Seeking Woman (FXX); Generation Kill (HBO); and The Game (BET); KC Undercover (Disney Channel); School of Rock (Nickelodeon): Live and Maddie (Disney Channel); Crash and Bernstein (Disney Channel)

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 nationwide 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.

To register please call 615-500-7661 or email:



Robin 2015 2016 med 8/29   Tuesday Evening<br>AUDITIONING FOR THE CAMERA with ROBIN DAUGHERTY
6:30 to 9:00
Ages 10+ – Class Limit: 10
Price: $75

Be prepared to work fast, and learn a lot in the process! In this workshop, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade to “up your game” in the unavoidable world of auditioning. You’ll work with a short audition script, provided by email a couple of days in advance.

This class will teach you how to make your auditions come alive. It will address Film/TV auditions, cold reads, and commercial auditions, in the format of getting an audition script, rehearsing it, taping it, getting a critique, and taping it again.

For the past 30 years, Robin Daugherty has been taping auditions and coaching actors at talent agencies, production companies, and casting agencies, in Minneapolis, New York, and Nashville (“over 15,000 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 the youngest member ever 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 starring in a handful of TV commercials, the pilot episode of Lesley Surdi’s new sitcom, GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED, several web series, episode 102 of BORN AGAIN VIRGIN on TVOne , episodes 304 and 402 of ABC’s NASHVILLE, as well as the films CHANGING HEARTS (2002), CHASING GHOSTS (2015), PATERNITY LEAVE (2015), REMEMBER THE GOAL (2016), and WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH GERALD? (2016). In the summer of 2015, Robin won the Best Actor award at the 48-Hour Film Festival for the short film, WHEN TO END. In spring of 2016, he received the Best Supporting Actor award at the 54-Hour Film Festival for the short THE ASSASSINATION OF KELLY CLARKSON. Robin studied TV/Film Acting at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

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



JoeLoesch 8/31   Thursday Evening <br> INVESTIGATING VOICE OVERS with JOE LOESCH

6:00 to 9:00









This is a 3-hour workshop designed to give you an overview of the voice-over/voice-acting industry. You’ll learn how this industry works. How to work from your home studio, about agents, unions, demos, and financial possibilities.

Find out if you have what it takes to be successful as a voice actor. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and record copy on mic and be coached by award-winning voice actor and spoken-word producer, Joe Loesch!
The class will be held at Joe’s studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.
JOE LOESCH 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,, 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 class will be held at Joe’s studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.

Click here for more info and a map to Joe’s studio.

Call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: email:



hollyallenweb2 9/2  Saturday <br> ACTORS BOOTCAMP with CASTING DIRECTOR, HOLLY ALLEN
10:00am to 5:00pm

This fun intensive class is all about Doing, Doing, Doing!

No lecturing, No homework, No watching tapes back, No long feedback sessions.

Those things are valuable, but this class is EXPERIENTIAL and all about DOING scripts and PRACTICING auditions!

After some fun warm-up games you will be given a number and assigned one of four stations where you will work with a partner or on your own on either commercials, industrials, or film/tv scenes before performing them on camera.

Holly will give you direction, coaching, and feedback on each of the pieces you perform helping you to discover and refine the strongest choices. If you want to stay on your feet, shake things up, work on 3-4 different types of material, and practice your skills for the camera then this is the workshop for you!

Holly Allen is a freelance Casting Director, Acting Teacher, and Creativity Coach, based in Chicago and Nashville. She has been casting for over 15 years and continues to work on commercials, industrials, and independent film projects. Her indie film casting credits include: Wind, Chasing Ghosts, Deadline, and No Regrets. She has cast nearly a thousand commercials and industrials. In Chicago she runs sessions for Paskal Rudnicke Casting who casts for television series, commercials, industrials, and feature films.

Although she loves casting, her adoration for teaching may take the lead. She began teaching in grad school where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She has taught at universities, colleges, independent acting schools, and in private lessons for almost 20 years. She has been conducting workshops for The Actor’s School for many years now and loves helping actors achieve their goals!

Being a professionally trained performer herself for over 20 years, she has a vast knowledge of the technique of acting and also the challenges and obstacles that actors face in their career. She strives to create a fun, safe environment in all her workshops where she will also challenge you and push you to grow. She encourages mistakes, taking risks, and empowers you to trust yourself and your creative instincts. This is a fantastic class to explore, experiment, do the work, and leave with more knowledge, tools, and confidence.

Each student will have the opportunity to work on-camera with detailed direction and feedback. She also gives each student a 4-page handout with tons of tips, advice, local acting websites, books to read, union info, and local agency information.

What Students Are Saying:

“Holly created such a warm, comfortable, and open work environment focusing on the individual needs of each student. As a result, I was able to take risks and grow immensely as an artist. Her positive energy and encouraging spirit is contagious! This class is not to be missed!” – Mary F.

“I really appreciated your positive and encouraging approach, and it’s so helpful to learn what works, and doesn’t, from a casting director.” – Rachel I.

“Your class was brilliant and has by far been my greatest learning experience. I will highly recommend your class to others.” – Janel S

“I LOVED Holly’s class on Saturday…she is the perfect combination of honesty, knowledge, and encouragement and is empowering to actors. I learned so much and can’t wait to apply the things I received from her. It’s obvious that she is genuinely passionate about teaching and helping actors reach their potential.” – Kate S.

“Thank you for your truthfulness and kind words of wisdom – it’s definitely a different breed!” – Susan J.

“Thank you for the invaluable auditioning techniques you taught us on Saturday. I have an audition on Monday and I plan to incorporate many of them. The class has already boosted my confidence ten-fold.” – Missy W.

To find out more about Holly Allen visit her website at

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



joeheadshot 9/23   Saturday   GROWING YOUR VOICE OVER BUSINESS with JOE LOESCH

9am to 1pm

Your Career Investment: $195

Location: Joe’s Digital Studio 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville, TN 37211

Okay you’ve launched your small business, you’re auditioning, you’re making contacts but nothing is happening. What to do now? There’s a lot more to voice acting than you realized, but Joe can put it in simple terms for you and guide you to your next steps. If you find networking, social media and new technology to be minding boggling, we’ll iron it all out for you on this day!

This class is good for all working actor’s who take their business seriously. What should you be doing to further your career? Are you waiting for your agent to do it for you?

​Sign up today, and lets get this show on the road!

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



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