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!

alan suit sm1 Thurs. Nights   ACTING FOR THE CAMERA with VETERAN SOAP STAR OF ALL MY CHILDREN, ALAN DYSERT
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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 

alan suit sm1 Mon. or Thurs.   ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR TEENS!
PROFESSIONAL FILM and TV ACTING PROGRAM FOR TEEN ACTORS
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.

SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED:

· 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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com or call (615) 500-7661.

quinngorte web Starting Next Week   ON CAMERA ACTING CLASS for KIDS with ACTRESS QUINN GORTE

This class is for kids ages 7 to 11.
Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:30
Class Fee: $155 for 4 sessions.

This is an ongoing class so students can make up any missed classes. Students never lose a class when they are not able to make a class.

Quinn was born outside of Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when she was nine. Soon after the move, Quinn caught the acting/triple-threat bug and has been thoroughly enjoying every chance God has given her to pursue her passion for acting.

Quinn graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Journalism and enjoys using her degree to create content.

Quinn started training with Alan Dysert 11 years ago and since then has studied with many of the best teachers in the business. She has a true love and calling for working with children. You can see Quinn in her latest film, Remember the Goal, on Amazon. You can find some of Quinn’s other credits on IMDB.

To reserve a space, please email: alan@actorsschoolusa.com or text Alan at (615) 500-7661.

 

 

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)

BoothCamp 1/15   Saturday<br>BOOTH CAMP   ALL DAY 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: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com to reserve your space.

 

 

%name 1/15   Saturday 10:00 to 12:00 <br> CAREER BUILDING CLASS FOR ACTORS

Your Career Investment: $55

“This is my favorite class to teach because it is the most overlooked part of an actor’s career” – Alan Dysert

Alan Dysert will teach this informative and essential class for all actors.

Your acting career is half craft and half business. If you don’t have both sides covered, your chances of succeeding are greatly reduced.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

· Marketing yourself in Nashville
· Marketing yourself in Atlanta, Memphis, Wilmington, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago
· Your front door image/evaluation
· Contracts
· Actors Unions
· Residuals and Profit Participation
· Network Contracts
· Agents and Managers
· Investors for your career
· Tax considerations

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

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

* DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES FOR VOICE ACTING?

* WORK OUT AT THE MIC WITH COACHING AND PLAYBACK

* LEARN HOW THE VOICE OVER INDUSTRY WORKS

* NETWORK WITH OTHER ASPIRING VOICE ACTORS

* PUMP UP YOUR CONFIDENCE AND VOICE OVER SKILLS

* STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION FOR VO SUCCESS

IVO 1/20   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, Audible.com, 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 NewWayToRead.com.

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

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

Call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

Allen Holly 1/22   Saturday <br>  ACTORS BOOTCAMP  with CASTING DIRECTOR, HOLLY ALLEN


Your Career Investment: $125

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


NO CASTING DIRECTOR HAS CAST MORE OF OUR STUDENTS.


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 hollyallenonline.com.

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

6:30 – 9:30 | $89.00

josh2019 240x300 1/24   Monday   HOW to SELF TAPE AUDITIONS with JOSHUA JOHNSONTechnology 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.

TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED:

Setup
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
Backdrop/background
Framing

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

Post-Production
Editing software
Importing
Editing
Common editing terms

Submitting via the Internet
Email
WeTransfer
HighTail (formally YouSendIt)

Purchasing Equipment
Camera
Lights
Backdrop
Editing software

ABOUT JOSHUA JOHNSON
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 615-500-7661 or email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

karissawheeler sm 2/26  Saturday   ACTORS OF FAITH CLASS with KARISSA WHEELER

1:00 to 5:00

Price for the 4-hour class: $95

In this class, students will participate in a scene study of scripts from faith-based films and discuss their relationship to the greater narrative of the Gospel.

KARISSA WHEELER is a Nashville and New York-based actor with a passion for using her gifts to tell stories of redemption that inspire lives. Graduating magna cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a BA in Theatre (Honors), a BA in English, and a minor in Dance, Karissa moved to New York City to continue acting training at Michael Howard Studios in Manhattan. There, she was blessed to find a community of believers through The Hang NYC, a ministry for artists in the City, who not only encouraged her artistically but also spiritually.

Karissa loves exploring the intersection of her identity as a Christ-follower and as an artist, analyzing how artistry can be used as a ministry. Ultimately, she hopes that the stories she brings to life can be used to bless other people and bring glory to God, the greatest artist of all!

Film and television credits: Faith-based films- The Least of These, I’m Not Ashamed: The Rachel Scott Story, The Song / Lifeway’s Experiencing the Bible, Nashville, The Messiah / Upcoming: Confessions of a Working Class Girl (2022)

Her most favorite theatrical credits include: Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Katherine Minola (The Taming of the Shrew), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Kim MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie), and Lucy (Avenue Q).

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

 

 

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

 

 

  • DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES FOR VOICE ACTING?
  • WORK OUT AT THE MIC WITH COACHING AND PLAYBACK
  • LEARN HOW THE VOICE OVER INDUSTRY WORKS
  • NETWORK WITH OTHER ASPIRING VOICE ACTORS
  • PUMP UP YOUR CONFIDENCE AND VOICE OVER SKILLS
  • STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION FOR VO SUCCESS

IVO 1/27   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, Audible.com, 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 NewWayToRead.com.

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

 

Call (615) 500-7661 or send an email to: email: Alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

 


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