from actor to creator
with Jessica Blank and Jen Rudolph
Date: Sunday, July 8th 2018
Date: Sunday, July 15th 2018
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Cost: FREE (Can attend any or all sections of this FREE class!)
Limited to 60 students
Ages 18+ only
Do you want to walk into auditions and workshops giving off the irresistibly attractive energy of an empowered artist in their creative flow? Are you sick of waiting for someone to give you a job and just want to work? Are you tired of grasping for control of your own creative path and ready to take the reins? Have you been hearing the "make your own work" refrain everywhere but don't know where to get started? I have one message for you: you can do it. I've done it, and I've shepherded countless clients, students and collaborators through the process.
I believe that every actor should make their own work--whether you are interested in pursuing professional writing/directing/producing or not. As actors, we're primarily interpreters of other people's work, and that can lead easily to creative disempowerment: we think we need to get hired in order to create, how the work gets made is totally mysterious, and we wind up waiting for a permission slip to live our own full artistic lives. But it doesn't have to be that way. Making your own work transforms all of that--and revolutionizes your relationship to your own process and career as an actor. (Not to mention- it totally shifts your energy in ways that make you way more attractive to casting directors and reps).
The shift from actor to creator is first and foremost a shift in perspective--from feeling like you have to get hired, accepted, or approved in order to create, to being totally in charge of your own artistic output. Making this shift requires shifts in self-concept, expansion of creative courage, and the practice of new creative habits. This class will lay out why making your own work is crucial to your success as an actor (hint: it's not just about exposure!), break down the false assumptions that make us feel disempowered as actors, and show you concrete ways to immediately shift those assumptions and take the reins of your creative career. We will talk about how to tap into creative flow in ways that will transform your relationship to the business and make you exponentially more attractive to casting directors, directors, and producers--fast. In one evening, this class will radically shift your mindset and approach so you can stop waiting for "permission" to act and create. You will leave this class inspired, empowered, activated, and in charge of your own creative life.
In this class, we get into the nuts and bolts you need to know in order to make your own work. We will break down "how the sausage gets made" for every scripted medium--webseries, short film, feature film, plays, solo work, and TV. We will talk about the basic structures of each character-based story form, how they are built, and how work in each form actually gets made--with an eye toward making those processes accessible to you as a creator and helping you understand how your role as an actor fits in to each medium. I'll answer all your questions about how to make work that you can act in, how to position your own role(s) so that you can both get your project made and act in it, financing, fundraising, how to get indie work off the ground, differences in accessibility between forms, and more.
In this class, you'll gain a powerful foundation for storytelling that's grounded in what you already know about story as an actor. As actors, you have intuitive understandings about certain aspects of story that can take professional writers lifetimes to learn. In my approach, the heart of all story structure is character--and I can teach you how quick shifts in perspective can maximize everything you already understand about character so you can apply it to creating entire works. In this class, I'll introduce you to tools to use what you already know to start building story in theater, film, and episodic forms. Character-Based Story Structure--my foolproof methodology tested over more than fifteen years writing, directing and acting in film, TV, and theater, and nearly ten years coaching writers, screenwriters and creators--starts with what you already know about story to build out how to create a script from the ground up--even if you've never written before.
Wait List Policy
If a class is sold out, you can sign up for a spot on the wait list.
If a spot opens, the wait list is notified via email and the spot is sold on a first come, first served basis.
If you do not get the spot, you do not need to rejoin the wait list.
We do not offer refunds, but we do offer credit. Cancellations must be made 7 days or more in advance of a class, event, or intensive in order to receive a credit. You can cancel the class online in our booking system or via email.
Unless otherwise noted, if you cancel within 7 days of the class, event, or intensive due to sickness or industry related work, we require a doctor's note or proof of work in order to issue a credit. Please note: You will not be able to schedule a make up date if you miss one week of a multi week class! Please only register if you can make all of the class dates.
Cancellations within 24 business hours of the class, event, or intensive and/or no-shows will NOT be credited under any circumstance. For example, if your class is on Sunday, you must cancel before the end of business on Friday.
Our Classes/Events are NOT job interviews, auditions or employment opportunities. The presence of an industry professional is in no way a promise of employment. The Actor's Green Room does not attempt to procure or promise employment, we are strictly an educational experience.
Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she is author of THE EXONERATED, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. THE EXONERATED won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards; it has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of the year." It was made into an award-winning movie adapted by Jessica and Erik, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Their documentary play AFTERMATH, directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, toured internationally for two years and was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Their new play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC (based on the writings of Lester Bangs), under commission at CTG, was workshopped at the Public Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse and recently completed a sold-out run at the Kirk Douglas Theater and South Coast Rep, with Erik starring and Jessica directing.
Jennifer has always had a passion for helping actors succeed. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a casting director under the tutelage of Jeff Mitchell and eventually became a partner at Mitchell/Rudolph Casting. Jennifer has cast over 40 films and television shows and has helped start the careers of such actors as Michelle Monaghan, Kate Bosworth and Ian Somerhalder, While a casting director, Jennifer began teaching audition technique classes and from there created The Actor's Green Room - the #1 home for actors professionally and holistically. She believes that every actor has an organic spark that if nurtured properly can become something amazing. To quote FIELD OF DREAMS, "If you build it, they will come." Jennifer also meets with actors for Career Consultations. For more information, click here.