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!
HollyAllen2020 208x300 7/20/2024   Saturday 10 to 2   $125  TAKING DIRECTION with FILM/TV SIDES WORKSHOP with HOLLY ALLEN

This workshop will focus on your flexibility as an actor using film and television sides.

You will be given short scenes and monologues from films and TV series and be directed to perform them in several different ways. You will have a chance to play with the material, use your creativity, and push the boundaries of what is possible in your acting. It can be easy to get stuck in one reading of the material when you prep for an audition, this class will shake things up, improve your flexibility, and show you what you are capable of. If you would like to bring in a short monologue or other material to work on you are welcome to, but there will be scripts given out in the beginning of class. This is a fun and challenging workshop for actors at any level of experience.

– Script & Character Analysis
– Listening & Interpreting Direction
– Being Flexible
– Owning Your Choices
– Taking Bigger Risks
– Opening Up Emotionally
– Working with a Partner or Reader
– Creating Higher Stakes
– Empowering Yourself

Holly Allen is a freelance casting director and acting coach. She was the in-house Casting Director for the Nashville production company, Film House, for 13 years where she cast over a thousand commercials and industrials using mostly Nashville actors. She spent 7 years in Chicago casting for commercials, industrials, and independent film projects before moving back to Middle TN. Her indie film casting credits include: SconesWhen Icarus FellChasing GhostsDeadline, and No Regrets

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 24 years. She has been conducting workshops for The Actor’s School for over 15 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 careers. 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.

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

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