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.

 

 

hollyallenweb2 4/28   Saturday <br> ACTORS BOOTCAMP with CASTING DIRECTOR, HOLLY ALLEN
10:00am to 5:00pm
$145

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 hollyallenonline.com.

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

 

 

joeloesch2 2018 5/3   Thursday Evening <br>INVESTIGATING VOICE OVERS with JOE LOESCH <br>

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

 

 

gillianarnold 5/5 and 6   Sat. & Sun<br>WORKING WITH THE DIRECTOR with DIRECTOR/PRODUCER GILLIAN ARNOLDSaturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00

$195 for the two-day workshop

This workshop is an intense weekend of working with the director.

TOPICS COVERED:
*Finding and working with subtext
*Emotional preparation
*Triggers
*Building a character through actions.

ABOUT GILLIAN ARNOLD – Acting Coach / Director
Since directing primetime drama at 23, Gillian has developed, directed and series produced some of the highest rated television production brands in the world including NEIGHBOURS, HOME AND AWAY, BIG BROTHER & SINGAPORE IDOL.

Her credits also include international expertise, directing the first Pan Asian women’s talk show, as well as setting up Asia’s first English speaking drama, training actors, writers, and directors. On returning to Australia, she developed and produced possibly the world’s first daily interactive drama GOING HOME, written, shot and aired on the same day, 5 days a week.

She is known as the actors’ director and has worked with such well-known people as Josh Lawson (House of Lies) , Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3), Alan Dale (The Practice), Ng Chin Han (The Dark Night, Contagion) Ben Mendelson (Bloodline, The Dark Knight Rises).

Gillian has a feature film in development is currently scheduled to direct a new TV series set in Nashville in late 2018.

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

 

 

Becky5 5/6   3 Sunday Evenings   WRITING AND MAKING YOUR OWN SHORT FILM with REBECCA GEORGE Three Monday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00
$195

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 alan@actorsschoolusa.com or call (615) 500-7661

 

 

ROBIN DAUGHERTY cropped for web 228x300 5/8   Tuesday Evening<br>AUDITIONING FOR THE CAMERA   LEVEL I   with ROBIN DAUGHERTY
6:30 to 9:00
Ages 10+ – Class Limit: 10
Price: $75

Come in to this class ready to improve your auditioning knowledge and skills! In this workshop, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade, to “up your game” in the unavoidable world of auditioning. After the always-informative Q&A period, where we’ll access your current level of audition readiness, you’ll work on camera with a short audition script, provided via email a couple of days in advance (or bring your own!).

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.

ABOUT ROBIN DAUGHERTY
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…”). For several years, Robin organized a yearly panel at the Nashville Film Festival entitled “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, music videos (Thompson Square, Ryan Follese, Rivers and Rust), 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), WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH GERALD? (2016), and COUNTRY MUSIC (2018). 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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 

Joe has produced many projects for these clients over the years. He has found his niche and he’s happy to share what he knows with you. Join Joe for this fun-filled Master Class and learn how to find your character voice!
CHAR LOGOs 5/12   Saturday<br>CHARACTER VOICES FOR AUDIOBOOKS, ANIMATION, VIDEO GAMES & ANIME!
9:30 to 4:30
Location: Joe’s Digital Studio, 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville
Cost: $295

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

Find Your Character Voice with Award-Winning Voice Actor, Joe Loesch – Discover That Voice Within – Get Immediate Feedback – Have Fun! – Perform With Other Voice Actors – Go Home With New Voices

joeheadshot 5/12   Saturday<br>CHARACTER VOICES FOR AUDIOBOOKS, ANIMATION, VIDEO GAMES & ANIME!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 actors in the business. His extensive character voice work with Disney, Baby Looney Tunes, PBS Kids, Dalmation Press, the video game, “Titanic Adventure Out Of Time” and Dave Ramsey’s, “Junior’s Adventures”, assures you that you are learning from true a professional. This workshop will be a real eye opener and will provide you with more fun than you’ve had in a long while.

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

 

 

6:30 – 9:30
$65.00

JoshJohnson 5/14   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

 

 


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