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.

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:



steve2021 small 1/28/2023   BEYOND THE AUDITION   MAKING YOUR SCENES WORK  <br> by EMMY WINNING DIRECTOR, STEVE HORSWILL JOHNSTON <br>Saturday,  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:

RobinD2021 e1636337744924 1/31/2023   Tuesday Evening   <br>TALENT TREK‘S TALENT SCOUT   “MEET THE AGENTS” with ROBIN DAUGHERTY

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: 10+
Cost: $59

Hear what Talent Trek looks for in new talent. You will also have the opportunity to read for Robin Daugherty in the class.

Robin Daugherty, an independent Talent Scout for the Talent Trek Agency, is instrumental in finding new talent for the agency’s “Acting and New Faces Division”. Robin is also a well established actor at Talent Trek.

Over the years, Robin has taped thousands of auditions for the agency, so he knows exactly how your auditions need to look and sound.

Talent Trek Agency is a full service SAG/AFTRA agency with four offices in the Southeast. Founded in 1983, Talent Trek is co-owned by Charlotte Dennison and Juanell Walker, who operate the Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Asheville, NC offices.

The Nashville office is managed by Evelyn Foster, the Head Agent, and Robin Daugherty is the Assistant and Talent Scout.

Talent Trek Agency has worked as a team player with Casting Directors, Producers, actors and models for nearly four decades. Talent Trek is a leading choice for reliability, and for providing the best principal performers in the business.

treklogo 1/31/2023   Tuesday Evening   <br>TALENT TREK‘S TALENT SCOUT   “MEET THE AGENTS” with ROBIN DAUGHERTY


FEATURES: Avenger: Endgame, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Wild Rose, Dark Waters, The Blind Side, All Saints, Stoker, Logan Lucky, The Identical, The Last Castle, The Green Mile, Get on Up, The Longest Ride, Boulevard, Warrior Road, 11 Seconds, A Pure Country Gift, How to Eat Fried Worms, Big Momma’s House II, Talladega Nights, Big Fish, Cold Mountain, Crackerjack, Chasing Ghosts, The Blind Side, Halloween II, Two Weeks, Walk the Line, Blacksnake Moan, Runaway Jury, Elizabethtown, Castaway, 28 Days, A Walk to Remember, and many others.

TELEVISION: The Walking Dead, House of Cards, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Legacies, Stranger Things, The Oval, Nashville, Still the King, Queen Sugar, Mr. Mercedes, Dynasty, Macgyver, Ozark, The Resident, Quarry, Your Worst Nightmare, Born Again Virgin, Powers, Sleepy Hollow, Constantine, Under The Dome, Revolution, Rectify, Banshee, Devious Maids, Army Wives, CSI: New Orleans, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Unsolved Mysteries, Sins and Secrets, Snapped, and many, many others…

COMMERCIALS: Coca Cola, DenTek, Hard Rock Café, Stone Mountain,, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Smithfield Meats, Biltmore House, Expedia, Sensa, Belk’s, Verizon, Alabama Power, Alltel, American Express, Dollywood, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan, Dr. Pepper, ESPN, Food City, etc.

For the past 30 years, Robin Daugherty has been coaching and taping actors of all ages both privately, and at talent agencies, production companies, and casting agencies, in Minneapolis, New York, and Nashville.

Robin’s credits include TV’s NASHVILLE, BORN AGAIN VIRGIN, and STRANGER HEARTS, various music videos, numerous commercials, as well as the feature films NASHVILLE (Robert Altman), CHANGING HEARTS, CHASING GHOSTS, PATERNITY LEAVE, REMEMBER THE GOAL, WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH GERALD?, and the critically acclaimed WILD ROSE. Currently, Robin can be seen being tackled by Kevin Byard on the Tennessee Titans Covid vaccine PSA.

A Nashville native, Robin’s acting adventure started at the age of 5, with an appearance at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, founded by his family. That same year, Robin was hired on as a recurring cast member on the “Romper Room” kids’ show. At age 11, Robin became the youngest member ever of the Tom Tichenor Marionette Troupe (at the Nashville Public Library), and at 14, he received a Young Filmmaker’s Commendation from the Sinking Creek Film Festival, which evolved into today’s Nashville Film Festival. Since then, Robin has worked in many areas of film, television, Internet, and theatre production. Robin studied TV/Film Acting at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

To sign up for the class please call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to:

MelindaEisnaugleNEWphoto 260x300 2/4/2023   Saturday from 10am to 6pm with 1 hr Lunch Break <br>THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ACTING with MELINDA EISNAUGLE



Are you getting auditions? Want to convert more of them into bookings? You’ve learned how to develop a character; how to analyze a scene; how to light & edit your self tapes . . . why aren’t you booking more? Your auditions are not translating to your audience. The answer, PSYCHOLOGY!

In this class, The Avenue Agency’s agent Melinda Eisnaugle, will walk you through the simple steps of helping your audition translate and get you back on the fast track to booking more work using some simple psychological principles!

We will explore the basic human emotions that cross all cultures and how you can trigger those emotions in your audience.

We will take all the good work you’ve done for your character and razor focus it through the lens of psychology. Students will work on scenes with Melinda and their peers to ensure their character’s intent is clear and engaging.

Actors will go home with new tools in their kit to nail 2022 auditions and build their careers. Get back to the basics – back to your career – and back to booking!

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



6:30 to 9:00pm – Cost: $175 – Six students per class.




IVO 2/9/23   Thursday Evening <br>INVESTIGATING VOICE OVERS with JOE LOESCHThis workshop is designed to give you an overview of the voice-over/voice-acting industry. You’ll learn how this industry works. How to work from your home studio, about agents, unions, demos, and financial possibilities.

Find out if you have what it takes to be successful as a voice actor. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and record copy on mic and be coached by award-winning voice actor and spoken-word producer, Joe Loesch!

The class will be held at Joe’s studio:
5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.

JOE LOESCH is an award-winning narrator and audiobook producer for many top publishers such as, Harper Collins, Zondervan Publishing, Topics Entertainment, Thomas Nelson, eChristian Publishing, Toy Box Productions, Pacific Press, Readio Theatre,, Lampo Press and more. He received a nomination for Spoken Word Producer of the year by the AFIM for his production of ‘The Alamo – A Line In The Sand.’ As a voice actor, he has recorded dozens of award-winning AudioBooks. Check out Joe’s titles at

Click here for more info and a map to Joe’s studio.


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CHAR LOGOs 2/18/23   Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00   $395<br>CHARACTER VOICES FOR AUDIOBOOKS, ANIMATION, VIDEO GAMES & ANIME!

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 2/18/23   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

6:30 – 9:30 | $89.00

josh2019 240x300 2/20/2023    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

Holly 2023 sm 2/25/23   Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00   INTRO TO COMMERCIAL ACTING WITH HOLLY LINK <br>Your Career Investment: $89   10 Student Max

This class is meant to prepare students for commercial auditions which have unique challenges compared to film and theater. We will discuss acting styles, looks, as well as tips and secrets to make actors stand out from their competition. We will use a variety of scripts to teach students how to approach every possible script scenario. Each student will have a lot of on-camera time, followed by an evaluation and class discussion of what works and doesn’t.

In addition to performing in musicals, voiceovers, and improv-based shows, Holly Link has starred in television commercials and corporate films for 30 years. Some of her commercial clients include the Fox Family Channel, The WB Network, Target, Northwest Airlines, MTV, National Camera, Black Bear Casino, Jackpot Junction Casino, Grand Casino, Iowa Safety Bureau, Golden Plump Chicken, Famous Footwear, and Fiber Choice. Some of her corporate film clients include Best Buy, Arctic Cat, Securian Financial Services, 3-M, McDonald’s, Marshall Fields, Regis Corporation, California Education, Cerec Dental, Anti-Sexual Harassment and Fred Badiyan Productions.

Here are a few examples of Holly’s commercial work: and

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