We are always looking to offer classes that are helpful and needed in the Atlanta market. Ted has a tremendous amount of experience to bring to bear in this arena and he is gracious enough to share the fruits of that experience with us. As we schedule new classes our goal is to have offerings that are affordable and relevant. Ted is in town more often these days and so while the bulk of our classes have traditionally happened in a big summer session, we are opening up classes throughout the year as there is demand. Below you will find descriptions of classes we've done in the past, or ones we hope to do in the future. Drop us a line if there is something you are particularly interested in so we know what ya'll are looking for. We are here for you.
From the Ground Up: Building a Scene
During the year, Ted has been able to offer a new and exciting scene study class where he takes students from beginning to end in preparing a scene. Each student is individually cast in a role and goes through the entire process from first read to linking the scene together beat by beat. It is a process unique to Ted and very helpful for students who want an in depth grasp at the full work it takes to get a scene on its feet. This process takes around 8 class periods over the course of a few months.
The Summer Session
For the last three summers, Ted has put on a two week, intensive summer session. These typically include a variety of classes to choose from (see below) and usually, due to demand, require several offerings of each class. In addition to the classes, there is lecture where Ted presents his philosophy of "preparing to work ... not audition" to start the session and a symposium with industry leaders from the Atlanta market (actors, agents, and casting directors) to wrap it up. These exciting offerings are included in the price of a class during the summer session.
This class is either a drama or a comedy workshop where students are cast in roles from that genre. Also separate classes are held for new and returning students and are held in two parts.
Part l: Actors receive materials in advance and arrive PREPARED TO WORK, with appropriate wardrobe and grooming. Actors will be directed in scene OFF BOOK, having used process to prepare presented in PREPARE TO WORK, NOT AUDITION SEMINAR. Actors will be directed in scene and given adjustments and learn most effective manner to take direction. Also, Assessment of Effectiveness of each actors’ preparation, how to improve it, along with defining what can take your work to the next level will be covered. We will focus on “Working SMART, staying OPEN.”
PART ll: Actors will be taped One-On-One with SAME SCENE they performed in PART l - incorporating adjustments and notes they were given. Group will view playback of each actor’s work together, and additional specific notes and adjustments will be given from Ted, followed by a brief Q & A and wrap up.
Know Your Type
The “Know Your Type” workshop is structured to help actors better understand how to apply themselves in the critical phases of the acting profession…from defining which projects and roles are best suited for you…to mastering areas including best headshot selections, reel selections, and submission targets.
--You will receive in advance, a brief survey and instructions on how to prepare for the workshop.
--This class will include for the first time, a quick rundown of HOW TO SELF TAPE & SELF SUBMIT PROFESSIONALLY!
--Self Taping Do’s and Don’ts.
--Projects and Roles to look out for and target.
Every actor, whether the beginner who needs professional guidance and direction…to the experienced actor who may need to fine-tune what may or may not be working in becoming a more successful working actor…should take this workshop!
Smaller Role, Bigger Challenge
--Specificly Tailored for Atlanta Market
--How to land the auditions you most often and most likely will get
--Understand how "Simple does not mean easy!!!
--Applies all the tools of PREPARE TO WORK Seminar
--RECOMMENDATION: most effective and practical as a compliment to any of the genre workshops
Specifically structured with particular focus on smaller roles - often the most difficult roles to cast and to audition for, yet the most often obtained auditions by experienced actors who are "non-stars"; "local casting"; and actors just beginning to build their careers. This class is the perfect compliment to any of the other classes being offered. It is highly recommended that actors enroll in not only this class but also in one of the other classes in order to most strongly reinforce the process that leads to great work NO MATTER WHAT THE SIZE of the role. Mastering the Basics is when the great work comes; from leading roles to one-liners.
Ted offers classes geared specifically for teens. Usually there will be both a teen drama and a teen comedy workshop. Actors receive materials in advance and arrive PREPARED TO WORK, with appropriate wardrobe and grooming. Actors will be directed in scene OFF BOOK, having used process to prepare presented in PREPARE TO WORK, NOT AUDITION SEMINAR. Actors will be given adjustments and learn how to most effectively take direction. Also, Assessment of Effectiveness of each actors’ preparation, how to improve it, along with defining what can take your work to the next level will be covered. How to’s for “Working SMART and Staying OPEN”