Frequently Asked Questions


General Information


Q: How big are the classes?
A: Class size varies -- generally they are between 15 - 20 students.

Q: How long are the classes?
A: Classes run between 3 and 4 hours.

Q: How long are individual work sessions?
A: Individual work sessions are at least 15 minutes.

Q: Will I work in every class?
A: Absolutely! Every actor is given the opportunity to perform at least once in each and every class.

Q: Can I take both classes?
A: Of course! Students often enroll in both.

Q: Do you have classes for beginners?
A: Classes accommodate all performance levels -- beginners as well as seasoned veterans.

Q: Do you offer children's classes?
A: Acting and Singing Performance classes are for students 17 or older.
A: Children age 5 to 16 may schedule Private Coaching Sessions.

Q: Do you teach privately?
A: Certainly. Many established performers schedule Private Coaching Sessions
A: to prepare TV, film and stage roles or auditions.

Q: How much do they cost?
A: Call 310 281 7116 to obtain a rate schedule.

Q: Where should I park?
A: Classes always begin on time!

A: Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time for parking.
A: There is usually free parking available behind the public pool on Lexington
A: between Cole and Cahuenga. (see map)

A: Please do not park at the meters in front of the theater.
A: You will have to disrupt class in order to add more money.



The Audit


Q: Am I required to perform during the audit?
A: Performance is not required, but is highly recommended. Active participation will give you a
A: hands- on feel for the class; and allow a more accurate evaluation of your performance level.

Q: What should I perform for my audit?
A: Acting Class candidates should prepare a monologue of any style, or from any period,
A: approximately three minutes in length.

A: Those auditing Singing Performance should prepare a song approximately three
A: minutes in length. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key -- the accompanist
A: will not transpose. You may also sing a cappella or accompany yourself on guitar.



Acting Class


Q: Will you assign material and/or scene partners?
A: Not at first. It's important to see what sort of material you are drawn to. I will, however,
A: be happy to suggest material should you need assistance.

Q: Can I bring in my audition material?
A: Please do. This will provide a great opportunity to put up the scene with a partner
A: and receive valuable feedback.



Singing Performance


Q: Will there be an accompanist available?
A: Yes, there will. Mr. John Dickson is one of the finest pianists in Los Angeles and an exceptional sight-reader. This is a great opportunity to work with a truly accomplished musician.

Q: Can I sing duets or perform scenes from musicals?
A: Students frequently prepare material for upccoming auditions. Many hone in on a specific list of appropriate roles and use other classmates to assist with preparation.

Q: Do you work with all musical genres like pop, rock or country?
A: Of course. The class includes musical theater performers, recording artists, cabaret performers, music video performers and actors who are working to improve their singing performance techniques.

Q: Do you give voice lessons?
A: No. The Singing Performance Class focuses on acting techniques for singers and does not address vocal technique. I do, however, recommend the following vocal coaches:

Mike Goodrich Vocal Studio
818 766 3030

John Henny
626 403 7121

Both Mike Goodrich and John Henry teach the Seth Riggs' Speech Level Singing Techniques. This technique has assisted over 100 Grammy Award winners and
countless Broadway stars, including many Tony Award recipients.