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!

alan suit sm1 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
$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@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 

alan suit sm1 Tuesday Afternoons   ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR KIDS!
FILM and TV ACTING PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGES 8 TO 12 YEARS OLD
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.

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.

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@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 

alan suit sm1 Thurs. Afternoons   ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR TEENS!
PROFESSIONAL FILM and TV ACTING PROGRAM FOR TEEN ACTORS
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.

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.

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

 

 

BradWilson2016 200x300 12/9 and 10   SCENE STUDY with BRAD WILSON, <br>PRODUCER of the FEATURE FILM, MY MANY SONS
Two Sessions to Choose From!
Morning Session: 9:00 to 1:00
Afternoon Session: 2:30 to 6:30
$195 for the two-day workshop

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”.

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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.

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

In 1985 Brad Wilson began an eleven year alliance with Academy Award winning actor Robert Duvall, operating ROBERT DUVALL PRODUCTIONS in New York. This alliance encompassed 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 ERNEST HEMINGWAY with Richard Harris and Shirley MacLaine.

Wilson also worked with 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 the formation of BUTCHERS RUN FILMS was announced in Hollywood and Wilson as the company’s Vice President of Development and Production. 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.

Mr. Wilson 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.

In December of 1995, Mr. Wilson became Vice President of Production of GREYSTONE FILMS. There 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. The film LEFT LUGGAGE marked Jeroen Krabbe’s directorial debut and starred Isabella Rossellini and Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell. Mr. Wilson served as Co-Executive Producer on the film, which premiered at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival and took home four honors.

In 2000 Mr. Wilson became Vice President of Development and Production and a producing partner at HEMISPHERE ENTERTAINMENT and produced a slate of films including THE GHOST CLUB starring Britt Robinson filmed on location in South Carolina and released in December 2003. His suspense thriller ONE OF THEM and the family film UNDERCOVER KIDS enjoyed successful releases. THE GRIFT a 1940s period film was shot on location in Tennessee and released in 2007 by SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT. SET APART starring Richard Roundtree and John Schneider was released in September 2009 by PROVIDENT/SONY FILMS. ANGELS LOVE DONUTS with The Crosswise Players filmed in Dallas and BECOMING JESSE TATE with Amanda Waters and Bailey Ann Borders filmed in Nashville were both released in 2010 by BMG. THREE BLIND SAINTS, filmed on location in Kansas City, was released in 2012. His film SLIP TUMBLE & SLIDE starring Katharine Ross and Scott Wilson was released in 2015, Wilson recently completed the family film CHRISTMAS ON SALVATION STREET, which was released November 2014. MY MANY SONS, based on the life of the most winning basketball coach no one knew, Don Meyer, was filmed in Nashville and was released in 2016.

Mr. Wilson also co-founded POWER IN FAITH and helped develop and produce the critically acclaimed TV drama series called BELIEVERS AMONG US. The first four episodes continue to air on TBN, SKY ANGEL, CORNERSTONE NETWORK, FAITH TV, and TCT NETWORK. The series has won two prestigious Telly Awards, the Aurora Award, two Davey Awards and the Millennium Award.

His films have won awards at the Berlin Film Festival, The American 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.

Mr. Wilson is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a charter member of the National Radio Hall of Fame of Texas.

Brad is partnered in HIGHER PURPOSE ENTERTAINMENT with Casey Bond.

 

 

6:30 – 9:30
$65.00

joshheadshot 12/11   Monday   FILMING YOUR OWN AUDITIONS with JOSHUA JOHNSONTechnology 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.

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

 

 

JoeLoesch 12/14   Thursday Evening <br> INVESTIGATING VOICE OVERS with JOE LOESCH

6:00 to 9:00

$125
 

* DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES FOR VOICE ACTING?

* WORK OUT AT THE MIC WITH COACHING AND PLAYBACK

* LEARN HOW THE VOICE OVER INDUSTRY WORKS

* NETWORK WITH OTHER ASPIRING VOICE ACTORS

* PUMP UP YOUR CONFIDENCE AND VOICE OVER SKILLS

* STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION FOR VO SUCCESS

 

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, 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.The 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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 

alan suit sm 1 12/16 and 12/23   2 Day ACTING IN COMMERCIALS Workshop<br>THE MOST LUCRATIVE OF MARKETS FOR ACTORS with ALAN DYSERTA 2-Saturday class
10:00 to Noon

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! <<

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

THE SECOND SESSION is A PRIVATE FINAL TAPING SESSION — or students can be taped on a day that works better for them than if needed.

SIX AGENTS AND SIX CASTING DIRECTORS WILL SEE THE FINAL DVD.

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

 

 

alan suit sm1 12/17   Sunday <br> CAREER BUILDING CLASS FOR ACTORS4:00 to 6:00
$45

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

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

 

 

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

Two-Day Workshop: $195

TyHarman 1/6 and 7   TV WORKSHOP FOR KIDS & ADULTS with L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR TY HARMAN

For 20 years, Award Winning Casting Director Ty Harman has cast a wide variety of projects, ranging from drama and comedy series and pilots to features and miniseries. Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix), AP Bio (NBC Mid- Season 2018), Generation Kill (HBO) and Warehouse 13 (Syfy) are some of the primetime programming Ty has worked on. Kids series include K.C. Undercover, Liv & Maddie, Shake It Up, Crash & Bernstein and the Emmy Award Winning School of Rock.

For this event, Ty will share his experience in television, delving into the world of episodic and pilot casting. This will be a conversation about the business side of acting, preparing and researching for roles, audition techniques, finding confidence and making choices, work ethics, keeping busy and creating original content, maintaining relationships, what to expect and how to prepare for episodic and pilot season, pitfalls to avoid, what do after booking a job, and much more. Also, we will cover the value of being word perfect, how to bring to life the writer’s intent while making it your own, and ways to transition great improvisation and theatre experience into the acting style of film and television. And, of course, questions are welcomed and encouraged.

Each session will start with warm ups and extensive exercise work and game playing to relax, engage and help each actor to begin to build a technique that can be used to put that actor’s unique stamp on the text being worked on during the scene work portion of class.

Scene work will consist of prepared one on one scenes with a reader to help better train for real world conditions. All work will be done in a supportive, classroom setting with other actors as the audience so that everyone can participate and learn from any adjustments or feedback. You will receive customized notes and feedback, and then run selected sections again to incorporate the educational instruction.

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

Disclaimer: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. As such, when this class is over, Ty will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other promotional materials.  Thank you and appreciate your understanding.

 

 

joeheadshot 1/13   Saturday<br>CHARACTER VOICES FOR AUDIOBOOKS, ANIMATION, VIDEO GAMES & ANIME!10:00 to 5:00
Location: Joe’s Digital Studio, 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville
Cost: $295

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

– Learn from an Award Winning Character Voice Actor & Spoken Word Producer

– Find out what a day in the life a character voice actors is like

– Record in class, get immediate feedback and keep what you record

– Learn how to market your new skill and how to get yourself in the marketplace
 
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.

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

 

 


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