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!

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 4/14 and 15   Sat. & Sun<br> 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:

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.



joeloesch1 2018 4/14   Saturday <br>AUDIOBOOKS: A $2 BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESSSaturday, December 2nd from 9:30 to 4:30
Location: 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
Your Career Investment: $295

AudioBooks are the ultimate long-form narration, but it takes specialized skills to pull it off. Find what it takes to become a professional audiobook narrator. Joe will help you to learn what voice acting skills you’ll need for this two billion dollar plus business. You’ll learn how to have fun and grow your voice-over career at the same time. Joe has produced hundreds of audiobooks and narrated many of them himself. ​Learn from one of the very best our industry has to offer.

Students who have had at least one class with Joe or previous voice-over experience are preferred for this workshop.

Learn techniques that win auditions and what’s required in this long form reading industry. Joe has been producing and narrating audiobooks for over 20 years. His experience will guide you through the process and quite possibly to your first audio book project. You will record reading from your favorite books which you’ll bring to the workshop. Work with novels, self-help, fiction, nonfiction, 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

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



houston 4/21   Saturday<br>STUDIO SINGING 101 by PRODUCER P.T. HOUSTON
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Studio singing is quite different from live performing. Learn the techniques the pros use to achieve excellent vocals. This class will be held in a recording studio where we will cover how to use proper mic placement, headphone position, vocal coaching and more . Each student will be able to record 1 song with top producer P.T. Houston. You can provide your own song or choose from our abundant catalog.

Houston is a seasoned recording engineer/producer who has spent the last 12 years in the trenches recording songs for the hit songwriters in Nashville. Houston is one of the top tracking engineers in town, and his clients trust him to get the sound they need so their songs can be pitched to stars like Tim McGraw, Lady A, Rascal Flats and many others. In music row’s fast paced and demanding recording environment, Houston has honed his skills and is a master at creating demos that sound like records. His recordings have also helped several up and coming artists land their record deals. His background also includes recording in LA and New York, as well as touring the world as lead guitarist with legendary country star, Freddy Fender. He has played guitar for Randy Meisner from the Eagles, as well as Billy Swan, and Phil Everly from the Everly Brothers. He offers extraordinary backing vocals for his clients, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion when needed. He is multi-talented and has a keen ear for getting the best performance out of the artist. Clients credit “Off the Row” and Houston for getting the best tracks in town, definitely Nashville’s best kept secret.

To make a reservation call (615) 500-7661 send an email:



hollyallenweb2 4/28   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:



gillianarnold 4/28 and 29   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.

*Finding and working with subtext
*Emotional preparation
*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:



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!
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



JFHS 300x300 1 150x150 TBA   Monday Evening   IMPROV FOR ACTORS with JOHN FRAZIER
7:00pm – 9:00pm


Improvisation is a must-have for any actor. This workshop will offer participants the ability to become more comfortable with performing improvisation. The class will consist of warmups, improv games and acting scenes, all based on suggestions from your classmates. You will have more confident auditions, better scene study and a great addition to your acting resume.

This workshop has a class size limit. Beginner and intermediate levels are welcome!!

JOHN FRAZIER has been teaching and performing improv for almost 25 years.  He has performed with ComedySportz and Act It Up! John has led numerous workshops for corporate clients and even songwriters here in Nashville.

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



DATE: TBA – Destin, FL
$195 for this weekend workshop!

Taught by former “All My Children” Star Alan Dysert founder & artistic director of The Actor’s School – Over 20 years as the MOST SUCCESSFUL school for acting for film & TV in the southeast.

Students have appeared in hundreds of movies,TV shows & national commercials.

Past Students Include: Miley Cyrus, Chord Overstreet (GLEE), Annie Thurman (Hunger Games), Claire Engler (Disney A.N.T. Farm), Patrick Johnson (USA’S Necessary Roughness), Rachel DiPillo (NBC’S CHICAGO MED.), Casey Bond (MoneyBall).


To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email:




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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, sit-coms, 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.

Classes will be held at The New SKyPAC – Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email:



SteveHorswill Johnson2 1 INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING STEVE HORSWILL JOHNSTON   Overview Of Filmmaking And The Creation Of Your Own Short Film

DATE: TBA – Six Tuesday Evenings
7:00 to 9:00
$295 (plus a $30 materials fee)

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.

Steve has more than twenty years experience as a television/film producer, radio broadcaster, and communications executive in Los Angeles and here in Nashville. He currently is an executive producer at the international headquarters of The United Methodist Church.

Prior to arriving in Nashville, Steve earned his Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Film Production from San Diego State University and attended the graduate program at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) school of cinematic arts. While attending film school he wrote and produced programs for San Diego public television (KCET), worked on “Simon & Simon” television series and was a radio broadcaster in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets. He has worked on several feature films, including “Pontiac Moon” and “That Thing You Do”. Recently, he was co-producer, writer, and acted in “Becoming Jesse Tate”, a feature filmed in the Nashville area. Steve has produced over 30 short films.

Steve was producer of The United Methodist Church’s first $20 million dollar national television advertising campaign for 8 years and produced over 15 national commercials.

For producing, writing, and directing Steve has received two national Telly Awards, six Axiem Awards for Absolute Excellence in Electronic Media and numerous “Addy” Gold Awards for advertising.

To register, call The Actors School 615-500-7661 or email:



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