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!

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

 

 

BradWilson2016 200x300 3/2 and 3   MORNING and AFTERNOON SCENE STUDY with BRAD WILSON, PRODUCER of the FEATURE FILM, MY MANY SONS, THE MEANEST MAN IN TEXAS, REBEL and many more.
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 is an award-winning film producer being involved with the production of 40 feature films and television projects to date. His latest film, “The Meanest Man In Texas” was released in 2017 is garnering awards and nominations from Film Festivals around the country.

BRAD WILSON HAS CAST OVER 300 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 – PRODUCER

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 with HIGHER PURPOSE ENTERTAINMENT with Casey Bond.

 

 

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