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 Thursdays    ONGOING 5 WEEK SESSIONS FOR TEENS!

Start Any Time!
Every Thursday Afternoon
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.

6:30 – 9:30 | $89.00

josh2019 240x300 6/17/2024     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

MelindaEisnaugleNEWphoto 260x300 6/22/2024   Saturday from 9am to 5pm with 1 hr Lunch Break <br>CRAFT A BELIEVABLE CHARACTER 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.

RobinD2021 e1636337744924 6/25/2024   Tuesday Evening <br> TALENT TREK‘S TALENT SCOUT   “MEET THE AGENTS” w/ 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 6/25/2024   Tuesday Evening <br> TALENT TREK‘S TALENT SCOUT   “MEET THE AGENTS” w/ 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 over 30 years, Robin Daugherty has been taping auditions and coaching actors at talent agencies, production companies, and casting agencies, in Atlanta, New York, Minneapolis, and Nashville.

A Nashville native, Robin started acting at the age of 6, with an appearance at his uncle’s Barn Dinner Theatre. That same year, Robin was enlisted as a recurring cast member on THE ROMPER ROOM educational children’s show. At age 11, Robin became a member of the popular Tom Tichenor Marionette Troupe, and at 16, for his short, TV MIXUP, he received a Young Filmmaker’s Commendation from the Sinking Creek Film Festival, which evolved into today’s Nashville International Film Festival. Since then, Robin has worked in many areas of film, television, and theatre production.

Currently, Robin can be seen in TV commercials, music videos, the sitcom BORN AGAIN VIRGIN on TVOne , ABC’s NASHVILLE, the limited series STRANGER HEARTS, as well as the feature films CHANGING HEARTS, CHASING GHOSTS, PATERNITY LEAVE, REMEMBER THE GOAL, WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH GERALD?, and the critically acclaimed British film, WILD ROSE, alongside Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley.

Over the years, Robin has been mentored by Giancarolo Esposito, Leslie Jordan, Jason Marsden, Michelle Williams, Lucille Ball, Lily Tomlin, and Joan Rivers. 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:

This commercial and short-form narration workshop is conducted by Joe Loesch, an award-winning voice actor and demo producer.

Joe hails from Los Angeles but now calls Nashville home.

Prospective buyers want voice actors who can sound conversational. We’ll work with single scripts and double scripts and even end the day with a satirical group participation game show. You’ll learn to make the microphone your friend while building your confidence.

Become more articulate, less distracted, and lose that nervousness in Joe’s Saturday workshop.

Joe’s professional studio is NASA-technology-protected. No virus lives here! Feel Free To Breathe!

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



karissawheeler sm 6/29/2024   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:



VO40 7/11/24   Thursday Evening  INVESTIGATING VOICE OVERS with JOE LOESCH  6:30 to 9:00pm – Cost: $175 – Six students per class.







This 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


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

Discover the voices within you and put them to work! If you’re interested in creating voices for animation,

video games, anime, and even audiobooks, this workshop is meant for you.

Be a part of our live looping session as we replace voices from the movie CARS.

This workshop will break down barriers and help you to excel in any area of VoiceOver.

Joe’s studio is NASA-technology-protected. No virus lives here! Feel Free To Breathe!

Location: Joe’s Digital Studio, 5532 Maplesong Dr. Nashville, TN 37211

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

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

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

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