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!
THE ACTOR’S SCHOOL NEW SCHOOL IN BOWLING GREEN, KY!
NEW! ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 2-DAY WORKSHOP
with VETERAN SOAP STAR OF ALL MY CHILDREN, ALAN DYSERT

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Saturday, Date: TBA
10:00-2:00

Sunday, Date: TBA
1:00-5:00

$175

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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 

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.

ABOUT STEVE HORSWILL-JOHNSTON:
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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com.

 

 

image screenwriting HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE THAT STARS YOU with BOB GIORDANOStarts DATE: TBA – 3 Wednesday Evenings
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Total cost for the three-session course: $180

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.

To sign up for the class please call 615-500-7661 or email: alan@actorsschoolusa.com

 

 

skoff3 DATE TBA   VETERAN HOLLYWOOD CASTING DIRECTOR MELISSA SKOFF<br> TEACHES YOU HOW TO BOOK THE JOBTOTAL COST: $195 for the two-day workshop

Saturday and Sunday DATE: TBA

Morning Group 9-1 | Afternoon Group 2:30-6:30

Melissa Skoff is a Veteran Casting Director with 100+ feature & TV credits to her name and is also an established Acting Coach who teaches one of the top ongoing Cold Reading and Audition Technique Classes in Hollywood.

Melissa’s career began at Warner Bros. where she cast features and TV. She became an Executive at Warner Bros. Television casting such hit series as “The Dukes of Hazzard” along with many other TV pilots, series and movies. She was also the Sr. Executive in Charge of Talent and Casting for Fox Broadcasting’s “Fox Night at the Movies” division where she gave big opportunities early in their careers to some of today’s biggest stars including Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Bryan Cranston, and Paul Reiser. She

also discovered Catherine Bell and cast her in the hit series, JAG.

Additionally, she helped the early careers of such stars as George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Spade, to name a few. She was also named one of Hollywood’s Top 20 Television Casting Directors and has been featured in numerous books and publications including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and even in overseas magazines.

Melissa was a Talent Producer on a sketch comedy pilot presentation called “The Mens’ Room, Associate Producer/Casting Director on the family Xmas film “Elf Man” and Co-Producer /Casting Director on a new film called “The Mule”. She also just completed work on “China Bigfoot: The Legend of Yeren”, “The Perfect Wave” which is a Christian, surfing movie based on a true story, and “The Wonder” which has an international cast including Karl Urban, Toni Collette and Willow Shields from “The Hunger Games”.

Melissa is currently casting several projects including a feature to be shot in So. Africa and an animated project, She has some very interesting projects lining up for this year as well!

Melissa has been a successful Acting Coach for almost as long as she’s been casting. She holds a degree from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television and studied acting from top Hollywood coaches, allowing her to create a method on how to get the job that works! She will cast each student in a scene and will give you the answers to the quiz as to how to create the most effective auditions that can get you the job. Ultimately, no actor books a job who doesn’t impress the producers, directors, studio

& network execs whose projects depend on hiring the best cast available. Having cast and directed thousands of actors, Melissa will show you how to set yourself apart from the others!

The Actor’s School is very fortunate that she has agreed to do two days of casting workshops. There will be two groups of sixteen students only. One group will be in morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The other group will be in afternoon sessions on 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.

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

 

 

seanwhalen2014 zpsefb9286d1 Date: TBA   AFTERNOON COMEDY CLASS for ADULTS with L.A. ACTOR SEAN WHALEN

Saturday Afternoon, Date: TBA
2:30 to 6:30

Sunday Afternoon, Date: TBA
1:30 to 4:30

$195.00 for this 2-day event

You can’t do comedy if you are self-conscious about how you look. Imagine if Jim Carrey wanted to look handsome all the time on camera? You need to embrace your silly side. Sean will play some improv games, facial expression games, body movement games all designed to let kids get out of their heads and embrace being goofy and ready for comedy.

Comedy acting is still acting. The strongest comedy comes from the same rules that dramatic ones do. Conflict, intention, obstacles, specific choices, and the life that happened before the scene being fully realized. Sean makes sure the kids aren’t just “surface” acting but finding the emotional truth beneath each scene. When this is taken care of, the scene is fuller, therefore funnier.

Sean helps “choreograph” a scene like a dance instructor does. What are the beats? What are they doing in each line (teasing, begging, cajoling, manipulating,etc.)? What does that mean to them?

Lastly, Sean makes sure you know what the writers intent is for the scene. What needs to be learned about the character? How does the story move forward? Where are the jokes (Set ups, punch-lines, awkward pauses, etc.)? All of this helps to fully understand the scene while not losing your truthful acting.

Sean Whalen is a working actor, writer, and producer with over 25 years of experience in Hollywood. He has worked in literally every type of genre in entertainment: large studio movies, small independent films, comedy TV, dramatic TV, Soap Operas, children’s shows, commercials, etc. Being involved in the business from all sides has given Sean a wealth of knowledge that he is excited to share with new actors trying to expand their knowledge so they can have a long career in show business.

Sean’s credits include…
A World Without Superheroes – Jersey Boys – Castle (TV Series)- Revenge (TV Series) – Criminal Minds – The Bold and the Beautiful – Lost – Wizards of Waverly Place Halloween II – Hannah Montana – Cold Case – The Suite Life of Zack and Cody – The Closer – Life As We Know It – The Young and the Restless – Scrubs – NYPD Blue – Star Trek: Enterprise – Less Than Perfect – Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – Spin City – Special Unit 2 – Charlie’s Angels – Just Shoot Me! – Nash Bridges – La Femme Nikita – Men in Black – Twister – The Cable Guy – Waterworld – Batman Returns – Friends – Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation

His first major film role was in PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS directed by Wes Craven. Other films include, TWISTER, NEVER BEEN KISSED, JURY DUTY, THAT THING YOU DO, MEN IN BLACK, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, WATERWORLD, BATMAN RETURNS, and HALLOWEEN II. He has appeared in independent features as well including HATCHET 3, LAID TO REST, PYTHON, ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE, THE FP. and THE JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood.

Television offered many comedic and dramatic roles in shows such as FRIENDS, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, REVENGE, NYPD BLUE, MY WIFE AND KIDS, NOWHERE MAN, LOST, and JUST SHOOT ME. He’s worked on shows for Disney and Nickelodeon including HANNAH MONTANA, THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, and had a recurring on UNFABULOUS with Emma Roberts.

Sean has written several comedy screenplays (one which is currently being produced by Brett Ratner and Jeff Nathanson), TV Pilots, done punch up work on several Disney cartoons, and a couple of short films. One, TURKEY.CAKE. a comedy he wrote and directed won the Rehobeth beach film festival.

Being a character actor, Sean has worked in every entertainment genre imaginable in lower to higher budget productions. Because of this, he understands the craft of acting like no other and understands what directors and producers need to tell their stories.

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

 

 

seanwhalen2014 zpsefb9286d1 Date: TBA   COMEDY CLASS for KIDS with L.A. ACTOR SEAN WHALEN
Saturday Morning, Date: TBA
10am to 1pm

Sunday Morning, Date: TBA
9am to Noon

$165.00 for this 2-day event

You can’t do comedy if you are self-conscious about how you look. Imagine if Jim Carrey wanted to look handsome all the time on camera? You need to embrace your silly side. Sean will play some improv games, facial expression games, body movement games all designed to let kids get out of their heads and embrace being goofy and ready for comedy.

Comedy acting is still acting. The strongest comedy comes from the same rules that dramatic ones do. Conflict, intention, obstacles, specific choices, and the life that happened before the scene being fully realized. Sean makes sure the kids aren’t just “surface” acting but finding the emotional truth beneath each scene. When this is taken care of, the scene is fuller, therefore funnier.

Sean helps “choreograph” a scene like a dance instructor does. What are the beats? What are they doing in each line (teasing, begging, cajoling, manipulating,etc.)? What does that mean to them?

Lastly, Sean makes sure you know what the writers intent is for the scene. What needs to be learned about the character? How does the story move forward? Where are the jokes (Set ups, punch-lines, awkward pauses, etc.)? All of this helps to fully understand the scene while not losing your truthful acting.

Sean Whalen is a working actor, writer, and producer with over 25 years of experience in Hollywood. He has worked in literally every type of genre in entertainment: large studio movies, small independent films, comedy TV, dramatic TV, Soap Operas, children’s shows, commercials, etc. Being involved in the business from all sides has given Sean a wealth of knowledge that he is excited to share with new actors trying to expand their knowledge so they can have a long career in show business.

Sean’s credits include…
A World Without Superheroes – Jersey Boys – Castle (TV Series)- Revenge (TV Series) – Criminal Minds – The Bold and the Beautiful – Lost – Wizards of Waverly Place Halloween II – Hannah Montana – Cold Case – The Suite Life of Zack and Cody – The Closer – Life As We Know It – The Young and the Restless – Scrubs – NYPD Blue – Star Trek: Enterprise – Less Than Perfect – Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – Spin City – Special Unit 2 – Charlie’s Angels – Just Shoot Me! – Nash Bridges – La Femme Nikita – Men in Black – Twister – The Cable Guy – Waterworld – Batman Returns – Friends – Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation

His first major film role was in PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS directed by Wes Craven. Other films include, TWISTER, NEVER BEEN KISSED, JURY DUTY, THAT THING YOU DO, MEN IN BLACK, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, WATERWORLD, BATMAN RETURNS, and HALLOWEEN II. He has appeared in independent features as well including HATCHET 3, LAID TO REST, PYTHON, ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE, THE FP. and THE JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood.

Television offered many comedic and dramatic roles in shows such as FRIENDS, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, REVENGE, NYPD BLUE, MY WIFE AND KIDS, NOWHERE MAN, LOST, and JUST SHOOT ME. He’s worked on shows for Disney and Nickelodeon including HANNAH MONTANA, THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, and had a recurring on UNFABULOUS with Emma Roberts.

Sean has written several comedy screenplays (one which is currently being produced by Brett Ratner and Jeff Nathanson), TV Pilots, done punch up work on several Disney cartoons, and a couple of short films. One, TURKEY.CAKE. a comedy he wrote and directed won the Rehobeth beach film festival.

Being a character actor, Sean has worked in every entertainment genre imaginable in lower to higher budget productions. Because of this, he understands the craft of acting like no other and understands what directors and producers need to tell their stories.

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

 

 

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