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!

Four Monday Evenings from 7:00 to 9:00
Total Cost: $195

This class package is a 4-week intensive series 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:



ROBIN DAUGHERTY theatrical hs 240x300 3/31   Tuesday Evening   ACTING FOR FILM & TV (AFTER 40) with ROBIN DAUGHERTY
6:30 to 9:30
Class Limit: 12
Price: $75

For those of you who once were actors, but put that dream aside to “do life,” or for those who are interested in a new, potentially lucrative hobby, this special workshop is designed to provide a comfortable, open environment for actors of “a certain age.” I will cover the same material as in my regular Auditioning for the Camera class (script analysis, on-camera technique, getting an agent, headshot/resume preparation), with particular focus on current acting opportunities in the Southeast for actors 40 and older. There is plenty of time for Q&A, and each of you will have the opportunity to get up on your feet and in front of the camera, for individual 1-on-1 instruction (with short scripts sent to you in advance). Atlanta is the world’s #1 film and television production center, so now is the chance to dust off your talent, jump back into the game, and get that dream going again, and make some extra money having fun!

For the past 30 years, Robin Daugherty has been taping auditions and coaching actors at talent agencies, production companies, and casting agencies, in Minneapolis, New York, and Nashville. For several years, he organized a yearly panel at the Nashville Film Festival entitled “The Art of Auditioning.” A Nashville native, Robin’s acting adventure started at the age of 6, and he has worked in many areas of film, television, and theatre ever since. Robin has appeared in a number of TV commercials, music videos, web series, the sitcom BORN AGAIN VIRGIN on TVOne , ABC’s NASHVILLE, as well as the films CHANGING HEARTS (2002), CHASING GHOSTS (2015), PATERNITY LEAVE (2015), REMEMBER THE GOAL (2016), WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH GERALD? (2016), and WILD ROSE (2018). He recently received the Best Actor award at the 48-Hour Film Festival for the short film, WHEN TO END, as well as the Best Supporting Actor award at the 54-Hour Film Festival. 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:



joeloesch2 2018 4/2   Thursday Evening <br>INVESTIGATING VOICE OVERS with JOE LOESCH <br>

6:00 to 9:00










This is a 3-hour workshop 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 class will be held at Joe’s studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.

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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!
9:30 to 4:30
Location: Joe’s Digital Studio, 5532 Maplesong Drive, Nashville
Cost: $295

NOTE: 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

joeheadshot 4/4   Saturday<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.

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9:30am to 4:30pm
The class will be held at Joe’s digital studio: 5532 Maplesong Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.
Your Career Investment: $295

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



DATE: TBA – Destin, FL
$195 for this weekend workshop!

Taught by former “All My Children” Star Alan Dysert founder & artistic director of The Actor’s School – Over 20 years as the MOST SUCCESSFUL school for acting for film & TV in the southeast.

Students have appeared in hundreds of movies,TV shows & national commercials.

Past Students Include: Miley Cyrus, Chord Overstreet (GLEE), Annie Thurman (Hunger Games), Claire Engler (Disney A.N.T. Farm), Patrick Johnson (USA’S Necessary Roughness), Rachel DiPillo (NBC’S CHICAGO MED.), Casey Bond (MoneyBall).


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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. Students work with scripts from films, sit-coms, soap operas and commercials as well as participate in improvisation exercises.

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, and 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 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.

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.

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.

Classes will be held at The New SKyPAC – Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

To make a reservation call 615-500-7661 or email:



SteveHorswill Johnson2 1 INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING STEVE HORSWILL JOHNSTON   Overview Of Filmmaking And The Creation Of Your Own Short Film

DATE: TBA – Six Tuesday Evenings
7:00 to 9:00
$295 (plus a $30 materials fee)

You may have the creativity and motivation, but do you have the ability to make a short film? This is the ideal introduction to the reality of filmmaking for people who need to balance their interest with work or other commitments. The course is for students with little or no filmmaking experience who want to learn a basic understanding of the entire film creation process.Each student will work in a team to produce their own short film.

Over six-sessions the course covers the basic aspects of filmmaking, including; story and script development, pre-production planning, shot-lists and storyboarding, directing, lighting and editing.
The class will also tour a working studio in Nashville.

Taught by local producer and actor Steve Horswill-Johnston, students will gain an understanding of the process of making films.

Steve has more than twenty years experience as a television/film producer, radio broadcaster, and communications executive in Los Angeles and here in Nashville. He currently is an executive producer at the international headquarters of The United Methodist Church.

Prior to arriving in Nashville, Steve earned his Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Film Production from San Diego State University and attended the graduate program at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) school of cinematic arts. While attending film school he wrote and produced programs for San Diego public television (KCET), worked on “Simon & Simon” television series and was a radio broadcaster in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets. He has worked on several feature films, including “Pontiac Moon” and “That Thing You Do”. Recently, he was co-producer, writer, and acted in “Becoming Jesse Tate”, a feature filmed in the Nashville area. Steve has produced over 30 short films.

Steve was producer of The United Methodist Church’s first $20 million dollar national television advertising campaign for 8 years and produced over 15 national commercials.

For producing, writing, and directing Steve has received two national Telly Awards, six Axiem Awards for Absolute Excellence in Electronic Media and numerous “Addy” Gold Awards for advertising.

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



image screenwriting HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE THAT STARS YOU with BOB GIORDANOStarts DATE: TBA – 3 Wednesday Evenings
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Total cost for the three-session course: $180

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon did it with “Good Will Hunting”. Lena Dunham did it with “Tiny Furniture”. Brit Marling did it with “Another Earth”. Quentin Tarrantino did it with “Reservoir Dogs”. All these actors wrote scripts for themselves that won festivals, acclaim and awards! You can learn how to do it, too, in this four week course. Topics will include developing and writing a script that is right for you, along with an overview of how to get it made. Tired of trying to convince others that you’re right for a part? Create a part that is perfect for you!

* Designing the right script
* Structure that works
* Breaking the rules to get attention
* Writing, producing, and what to do with your film

Bob has served as President of the 600-member Tennessee Screenwriters Association. He has won several prestigious screenwriting contests and is developing several project with LA producers and writers. Bob has written local and national television ads and has taught screenwriting at Watkins College.

To sign up for the class please call 615-500-7661 or email:




Saturday and Sunday DATE: TBA

Morning Group 9-1 | Afternoon Group 2:30-6:30

Melissa Skoff is a Veteran Casting Director with 100+ feature & TV credits to her name and is also an established Acting Coach who teaches one of the top ongoing Cold Reading and Audition Technique Classes in Hollywood.

Melissa’s career began at Warner Bros. where she cast features and TV. She became an Executive at Warner Bros. Television casting such hit series as “The Dukes of Hazzard” along with many other TV pilots, series and movies. She was also the Sr. Executive in Charge of Talent and Casting for Fox Broadcasting’s “Fox Night at the Movies” division where she gave big opportunities early in their careers to some of today’s biggest stars including Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Bryan Cranston, and Paul Reiser. She

also discovered Catherine Bell and cast her in the hit series, JAG.

Additionally, she helped the early careers of such stars as George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Spade, to name a few. She was also named one of Hollywood’s Top 20 Television Casting Directors and has been featured in numerous books and publications including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and even in overseas magazines.

Melissa was a Talent Producer on a sketch comedy pilot presentation called “The Mens’ Room, Associate Producer/Casting Director on the family Xmas film “Elf Man” and Co-Producer /Casting Director on a new film called “The Mule”. She also just completed work on “China Bigfoot: The Legend of Yeren”, “The Perfect Wave” which is a Christian, surfing movie based on a true story, and “The Wonder” which has an international cast including Karl Urban, Toni Collette and Willow Shields from “The Hunger Games”.

Melissa is currently casting several projects including a feature to be shot in So. Africa and an animated project, She has some very interesting projects lining up for this year as well!

Melissa has been a successful Acting Coach for almost as long as she’s been casting. She holds a degree from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television and studied acting from top Hollywood coaches, allowing her to create a method on how to get the job that works! She will cast each student in a scene and will give you the answers to the quiz as to how to create the most effective auditions that can get you the job. Ultimately, no actor books a job who doesn’t impress the producers, directors, studio

& network execs whose projects depend on hiring the best cast available. Having cast and directed thousands of actors, Melissa will show you how to set yourself apart from the others!

The Actor’s School is very fortunate that she has agreed to do two days of casting workshops. There will be two groups of sixteen students only. One group will be in morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The other group will be in afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The morning sessions will be from 9am to 1pm both days and the afternoon sessions will be from 2:30 to 6:30 both days.

If you want this kind of exposure and training, don’t wait too long to sign up. The spots will go very quickly. Payment for the workshop will need to be received one week prior to the workshops.

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



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