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!

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:

dysert2022 sm 1 Mon. or Thurs.   ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR TEENS!

Start Any Time!
Every Monday or Thursday Afternoon – Your Choice!
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.


· 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: or call (615) 500-7661.

Allen Holly 12/10  Saturday <br>  ACTORS BOOTCAMP  with CASTING DIRECTOR, HOLLY ALLEN

Your Career Investment: $125

10:00 to 2:00 (No lunch break.)


This fun intensive workshop is all about practicing AUDITIONING for commercials and TV/Film!

You will rotate between working on audition copy for commercials and short sides for film/tv. Holly will give you direction, coaching, and feedback on each of the pieces you perform helping you to discover and refine the strongest choices.

This is a fantastic workshop to explore, experiment, do the work, and leave with more knowledge, tools, and confidence.

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 has spent 20 years in the entertainment industry as a casting director, professional actor, and acting coach. Her passion is now focused on teaching, coaching, and mentoring actors with all the wisdom and experience she has gleaned from being on both sides of the camera. She has worked in the South East as well as Chicago, casting nearly a thousand commercials and a handful of independent films over the course of her career. Her acting work has spanned every genre from stage to on-camera to voice-overs. She has master level communication skills training in addition to advanced creativity coach training from her studies in Chicago. She also studied at Steppenwolf’s prestigious actor training program in addition to her MFA in Theatre.

Holly is currently finishing up casting the leads for an existential comedy short film out of Chicago that shoots in July in Michigan.

Holly loves working with actors of all levels whether you are a working professional wanting to stay limber or you are returning to the craft after a long period away or you are simply trying out a new creative endeavor! As a professionally trained performer herself, she has 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, supportive, brave environment in all her workshops where she will challenge you to grow.

What Students Are Saying:

“That was an AWESOME class! Holly is a great instructor! She was so helpful and insightful. You really learn a lot from her. I highly recommend Holly’s class to anyone in acting, from beginners to working pros.” – Steve 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.

“Thanks for your guidance! You create a safe and fun environment for actors and your suggestions on self-adjusting were a huge help. I’m on check avail for a commercial, which I don’t think would have happened if it wasn’t for your class.” – Andrew T.

“What a great experience today was and I am so grateful for your time and expertise. Thank you for sharing your talent in such a positive and mindful way.” – Tiffany F.

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:


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!

Location: Joe’s Digital Studio, 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville

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

Characters 12/10   Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00   $395<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

MelindaEisnaugleNEWphoto 260x300 12/13   Tuesday Evening 7 to 9   $59 <br> MEET THE AGENTS SERIES: MELINDA EISNAUGLE

As The Avenue Agency’s director and agent, Melinda Eisnaugle is booking actors in movies, tv series, commercials, print work, etc., throughout the southeastern region. The Avenue has been in business for over 15 years and has offices in Nashville and Atlanta. Creating long-standing relationships with her talent, national casting directors, producers, directors, and ad agents alike, Melinda is going to share with you what you won’t ever see as a working talent – behind the scenes of the industry!

Every talent has a question they are scared to ask, but this class will give you a safe place to get answers without judgment or embarrassment.

Need to tape an audition that will get you booked on the job? Now is your chance to learn how to simplify the technical so you can focus more on your craft!

Do you know what a casting director or agent is looking for when you audition?

Get the inside scoop on what catches our eye, and nail your next big audition!

Does the idea of a cold read turn your stomach? Melinda can give you a simplified process to help you take the fear out of the cold read! Learn how to quickly dissect a character to hone in on what matters most!

For over 15 years, Melinda Eisnaugle has been booking and managing talent in the southeast, Los Angeles, New York, and internationally. Her journey in entertainment started as a child talent and gives her the advantage of understanding the full scope of what a talent needs in order to be successful in today’s market. Coupled with her experience as a booking agent, Melinda has insights that will give you an edge. Find out how to get on your agent’s A list to get the audition!

This workshop will also dispel myths about agents. Learn what to expect from your agency – and what your agent should be able to expect from you! Find out what an agent does day to day. Find out answers to your questions direct from the source . Position yourself to be your agent’s FIRST call and build a thriving career!

The Avenue Agency is a full-service SAG-AFTRA franchised booking agency with offices in Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA. The Avenue’s talent are booking projects in Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. What are talent & clients saying about working with The Avenue?

“I’m so impressed with how first class the whole experience with The Avenue is!”

“Thank you for representing great talent. You have no idea how happy I am when I get to hire one of your talent, [it makes] my job so easy . . .” -Jennifer Bonior, producer & director

“When the one in charge [on set] asks who my agency is and I say The Avenue, there is always a positive response and words of how highly they think of you.” -Kerrye Lebovitz, actress

“I just wanted to say you rock. Seriously. You have good talent and you handle your business the way it should be handled.” -Chad Kinkle, director

“I’ve been using The Avenue for over 10 years. [Melinda] knows her talent really well, which is extremely helpful when I’m casting.” -Holly Allen, Casting Director

“We want to thank you for all you do. We couldn’t ask for a better agent . . . and friend.” -Jaeson Morris, Parent of child actors

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

steve2021 small 12/17   BEYOND THE AUDITION   MAKING YOUR SCENES WORK  <br> by EMMY WINNING DIRECTOR, STEVE HORSWILL JOHNSTON <br>Saturday, December 17th from 1:00 to 5:00   $195

A brand new acting workshop offered by Steve Horswill-Johnston!

Words are everything and nothing to an actor. A script is filled with words, but it’s when you begin to feel the words you take a major leap.

Emmy-winning director Steve Horswill-Johnston will help you begin to think beyond the audition to learn the four elements in every scene:


Actors will have a chance to be directed in a scene by Mr. Horswill-Johnston. Steve will teach and walk you through those elements in a safe and fun environment. Students will do scene work together and discuss the elements that help us feel what’s behind the words. Steve will offer helpful guidance after every scene.

Steve Horswill-Johnston is a four-time winning Nashville director. His work includes both narrative film as well as directing fortune 500 brand image films and TV commercials for Amazon, Grand Hyatt, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ritz-Carlton, The United Methodist Church (HQ), and many others. He has directed and produced more than 50 films and produced and wrote two feature films. He also works as a consultant with DreamWorks in Gendale, CA.

Steve is the owner of both HJ Films and Nashville Aerial, specializing in ground and aerial cinematography. His company was recently chosen to lead the drone team for the 2021 CMT Awards. Steve is also a SAG actor who understands the acting craft.

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

6:30 – 9:30 | $89.00

josh2019 240x300 12/19    Monday   HOW to SELF TAPE AUDITIONS with JOSHUA JOHNSON

Technology 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.


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

Camera Settings
Modes: Auto and Manual
White balance/Color Temperature (3,2K or 5,6K)
Auto focus and Manual focus
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.

Editing software
Common editing terms

Submitting via the Internet
HighTail (formally YouSendIt)

Purchasing Equipment
Editing software

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 or text 615-500-7661 or email

Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00.
The class will be held at Joe’s digital studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.
Your Career Investment: $395 (Limited to 6 seats)

booth40 1/7/2023   All Day Saturday!<br>COMMERCIAL/NARRATION VOICE OVER WORKSHOP with JOE LOESCH


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

– DEVELOP your voice over career strategy

– PUMP UP your voice over confidence

– WORK OUT at the mic with coaching and immediate feedback

– STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION for your voice over success

This all-day commercial/narration workshop is designed to prepare you for your voice-over career. Learn how to make the microphone your friend. Develop your skills and gain confidence. How to set up your home studio for the audition process, and how to market yourself properly through social media.

​Record and receive constructive criticism. Keep what you record in class and receive an evaluation for the work you’ve done and what your next steps may be in voice over. This all-day workshop will give you the perspective you’ve been searching for.

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



Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00
Total Cost: $195

This weekend class is designed to help you learn and hone practical skills & techniques for working in front of the camera. What happens when everything you learned and practiced gets changed just before the scene or even after the first take? How do you keep character continuity when scenes are chopped and changed and shot out of sequence? Why is it important to be able to know where you need to be technically and physically in relation to the camera? What is emotional alignment?

When working on camera, the smallest, most subtle movement of facial muscles can speak volumes when seen through the camera lens, thus knowledge and control of your facial expressions are extremely important. You may be asked to do a scene in a way that doesn’t work for you, or you may be asked to “be bigger” or to “take it down a notch” and then be handed a prop to work with that wasn’t there originally. It is essential to be able to incorporate these kinds of directions, as well as to know how to think on your feet and roll with the unexpected changes and distractions of being in a fluid “on set” environment. The skills and techniques covered in this series will give you an opportunity to work with different types of direction, blocking and props to assist you in becoming more experienced and prepared to flow with the spontaneity and detours that can (and often do!) occur on set.

* How to express character ideas to the director
* Ways to accept and incorporate direction without losing focus or performance
* Controlling facial expressions and voice levels
* Coverage & understanding the various camera angles and shots
* Eye lines & focus
* Blocking & hitting your marks
* Working with real props and how to incorporate them into your scenes and dialogue
* Actor continuity
* On-set etiquette

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:



10:00 to 4:00
Location: 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
Your Career Investment: $395

audiobooks 1/28/23   Saturday <br>AUDIOBOOKS: A $4 BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

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 and a half billion dollar 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:



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