Sarah Jane Kelly
"I heard of ’The Actors Green Room’ via an email my Australian agent sent me. Ever since signing up a few weeks ago I have been receiving regular emails regarding the success of some your students. I have been here for 7 weeks now and am half way through my journey here in LA and so far it hasn’t been what I would say successful or productive; in terms of auditions and such. I came here by request of my manager and it’s been hard for a girl who has never been to LA (let alone to the USA), that doesn’t know anyone and has just graduated from drama school (NIDA) and has no credits. At the start of trip I had been doing the best I could; auditing classes, borrowing sides from my housemate (at the time) and learning them even if they were not for an audition and watching videos on Youtube with great acting coaches. But because I wasn’t hearing from anyone about any opportunities to audition, I slowly started to slip into having bad days where I didn’t want to go outside and do anything at all. I’m finding this place sucks the soul of an artist if you’re not being kept busy or being inspired. Finally to wrap up, after speaking to Jeff and doing what I thought was a good session with a Casting Director; I walked away really appreciating the resources that you provide at The Actors Green Room. I want to thank you for getting me off my backside with your frankness and encouraging me to start being productive again so that the rest of my time here will be a little more successful than the first half. I want to walk away from here with names and have at least planted seeds for the next time I return. As you quoted in that email, 'If you build it, it will come'."
"I took my first intensive at AGR Los Angeles yesterday. It was every bit as good as you claimed it would be. I told Jeff, 'you are as good as your press.' The orientation was very thorough, which I appreciated as an AGR newbie. Jeff was incredibly considerate and attentive. No one else does that at workshops these days.The Q&A was very relaxed and intimate and outside in your zen garden. With the small class size, everyone gets to connect with the Casting Director. The reading process was seamless, the reader was on top of his game; the video quality was great. The Casting Director was truly involved in every reading - I could tell from the extent of her comments to each actor. I liked being able to watch the other class members work over video -- it's like sitting in on an audition. Other workshops often have you reading in front of the rest of the class, but I think there are many drawbacks to that, not the least of which is you are sitting in the room until you have to read, and then besides the casting director, you have an audience of your peers, which is distracting. And, I really appreciate the fact that you supply the sides -- I spend more time working on my scene and less time looking for something appropriate for the casting director. I will definitely be back, and I will definitely spread the word about AGR Los Angeles. Thanks for a wonderful workshop."
"Thanks again for an extremely positive experience! The Casting Director was outstanding. AGR Los Angeles is great! I gained a great deal of respect and admiration for both Jennifer and Jeff for running an extremely professional program. The program started on time and I appreciate punctuality. It was well worth my travel from Oklahoma City and I will definitely return to AGR LA to receive more invaluable training. Thanks again for a wonderful, relaxing and exciting educational experience!"
"It was great to meet you and the AGR LA team last night at the workshop! I've done a lot of workshops in NYC and LA and yours was one of the most beneficial. You and your team were warm, welcoming, and professional. The Q & A with the Casting Director was insightful. The scene reading experience was fun and extremely useful. To have the scene afterwards is invaluable! And the best part was that the workshop size was intimate and diverse."
"I've been going to different casting director workshops over the years here in LA, and many times it's felt incredibly impersonal and not like the real world, with multi-week classroom formats, thirty people in class, etc. When I tried a workshop at the Actor's Green Room, I was immediately impressed with how there were only eight people per class, the Q&A was brief but informative, and everyone had one-on-one attention like in a real audition to "show your stuff." It was a refreshing experience and truly shifted my attitude towards casting director workshops. Jen Rudolph and company know their stuff and after meeting with Jen, I'm really excited about the next phase of my career. It's about time AGR came to the west coast and I'm happy to have them here!"
Jonathan Kelis Phillips
"Just wanted to thank you for bringing the awesomeness of AGR to the West Coast! I had an absolute blast meeting the casting director at last night's workshop! She was so smart, insightful, funny, and generous with each of us, that our group continued to discuss and explore her comments and re-directs amongst ourselves after our individual sessions! Jeff was an amazing host, and put us all at ease, while discussing our individual work with care and precision. The atmosphere of working among supportive peers is such a relief, and Jeff's sharp, frank analysis of our work was the baseline. Being able to watch other people's work on the video monitor, not to mention having a recording of our own work to download, creates a safe place to make concrete strides, based on very specific feedback. This was a perfect way to start my year."
"While I was out in Los Angeles, I knew I had to get in at AGR. I took an awesome class today with a casting director. She was incredible! I also got to meet Jeff Mitchell too who is nailing it. Such a nice guy! The space is beyond what I could've imagined. Thank you for bringing AGR to this coast!"
"Thank you so much for a wonderful time at my intensive last week! I had great fun in the room and with my AGR reader and camera operator. It was also nice to hang out with a small group of actors before and after our reads; few other workshop communities create that intimacy and safe space so quickly and easily. Lastly, it was a pleasure to chat with Jeff following my read. I'm stoked to return to AGR soon enough."
Alicia St. Louis
"I had such a great experience at the Intensive, learned a ton from the casting director and will definitely be coming back soon! The zen feel of the AGR is so different from that of any other workshop I've done in LA so far. So supportive, so warm and such a positive energy! I want to hang out there more often!"