Current and Upcoming Classes and Workshops

On-Going Scene Study Class- NEW DAY AND TIME!

The on-going scene study class has been in session since last summer, and the actors attending have been making great strides by coming weekly and getting regular training that keeps them sharp and ready to audition. We’d love to add some more class members to the group! We work on a new scene twice a month, doing a cold read one week and an on camera blocked out interpretation of the scene the following week. We discuss and explore various acting methods, work on character development, and focus on the needs of each actor and what they want to work on as well (like monologue work, improv for commercials and/or film, commercials, etc.)

Date: Wednesdays, On-going basis, can begin at any time, Ages: 12+

Time: 6:15pm-8:30pm

Cost: $100/4 session block, 15% discount offered for purchasing 2+ blocks at a time

Location: Contact for Location Details

The Actor’s Foundation Workshop Series

This workshop is comprised of three sections- Physical Connectivity, Emotional Connectivity, and Intelletual Connectivity. Each section is three weeks long, making the workshop a total of 9 weeks. It is based upon the principle that having a strong foundation in each of these key areas of performance, will enable the actor to then culminate those tools to create emotionally alive and truthful characters in their auditions and performances. Physical Connectivity focuses on how the voice and body play a large role in creating believable characters. Emotional Connectivity focuses on how to access and harness your own emotions in a safe way so that you can use them to connect with your character. Intellectual Connectiviy teaches the actor how to use a combination of their imaginations, research, and the text to understand and break down the script. As the saying goes, you have to crawl before you walk, and The Actor’s Foundation Workshop Series covers the three key areas that any actor must develop in order to become well-trained and ready for regular auditioning and performing. It helps to develop their confidence as an actor by providing them with a tool kit that they can use each time they have the opportunity to create a character for film, television, and the stage.

 

Dates: TBA

Time: 6:30pm - 9pm

Ages: 13 and up

Cost: $350 ($100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot, remainder due by first class)

Location: Contact for Location Details

Improvisation and Commercial One Day Workshop

Improvisation is an extremely important skill for actors to be able to handle with ease. Actors are asked regularly to do an additional take on their taped auditions that incorporates improv and is their own “take” on the scene. Commercial auditions are largely improv based and only sometimes use scripted dialogue. Additionally, humor is an important element to many advertising campaigns, and clients like actors to have comedic timing and to be able to improv with ease and believability. In this workshop, I will work with actors on how to use their improvisation skills in practical application in both auditioning and performance and will also help them to feel more emboldened to make strong choices that will help them to stand out. We will also work on how to bring commercials to life by working on various types of commercial styles and with various types of copy so that actors can work on being natural and themselves on camera when delivering commercial dialogue. The workshop is open to students ages 8+  because children and adults are frequently paired up in commercial auditions, and it is important for all ages to be able to work together and for kids to learn how to have fun and to be themselves while also recognizing the professionalism required of them on a set. 

Date: Saturday, May 11th 

Time: 11am-5pm

Ages: 8 and up

Cost: $85

Location: 2906 Mustang Meadow Lane, Manvel, TX 77578

Movie Making Summer Camp

Join me in this fun and creative workshop designed to teach students some of the fundamentals of movie making! We will begin by writing our story/script, then, we will shoot the movie, edit it, and screen it all by the end of the week! Students will get the opportunity to work both in front of and behind the camera. They will learn how to come up with a concept, the logistics of bringing that concept to life on camera, will get to work on their improv skills, learn how to edit their movie, and it all leads up to screening of the movie for parents and friends that want to attend! Each student will get the chance to act, work with the camera, lights, and sound, and have input in music and post-production decisions. They’ll also learn on set terminology that will help them to feel more prepared when they are on set of any production. All students will get a DVD or digital copy of the workshop movie that they can have to show family and friends! And as a bonus, it will be posted on my YouTube page for them to share with their friends as well!

Dates: 2 Sessions: 

Monday, June 10th - Thursday, June 13th  OR Tuesday, July 16th-  Friday July 19th 

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Ages: 9-17 (exceptions considered on a case by case basis)

Cost: $225 ($50 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot, remainder due by first class), cost of camp includes a provided lunch

Location: 2906 Mustang Meadow Lane, Manvel, TX 77578 (location subject to change)

The Audition Process Seminar

This seminar centers on how to approach an audition from start to finish. My goal is to prepare you and/or your child to tape or audition live no matter how much prep time you have and no matter how big or small the role or project. Each student will get hands on training on camera. We will address how to read a breakdown and use it to your advantage, how to understand and analyze a scene and create a character quickly while still making strong choices, how to separate yourself from the rest, how to practice at home with or without help, and more! Parents are encouraged to stay and participate and learn how they can help their child.  

Dates: TBA

Time: 10am-4pm

Ages: 13+ for teens and adults and Ages 6-12 for kids and pre-teens

Cost: $125 per student (this allows for entry for one parent per student, lunch provided)

Location: Contact for Location Details

Finding the Funny: Comedy Workshop

This super fun workshop will be a great way for students to develop their comedy skills! Comedy actually has a lot more rules and structure to it than a lot of people realize. During this workshop, students will learn how to find the comedic punchlines in scenes, how to develop characters for comedy, and how to find their own unique comedic style. Through different exercises each week, we will brainstorm ideas that will be developed into a comedic performance. The skills the students learn will help them identify and bring out the comedy in all sorts of genres from Disney type scripts to dark, black comedic films, to television sitcoms. The 8 week course will culminate with a performance of the actor’s chosen comedic act on the final night that friends and family can attend.

Dates: TBA

Time: 6:45pm-9pm 

Ages: 13 and up

Cost: $250

Location:Contact for Location Details

How to Become a YouTube ‘Star’

YouTube is one of, if not the, most up and coming platforms for entertainment. If you have a child, I’m sure they are consumed by watching YouTube at some point during their day or week. And who doesn’t want to have their own channel with thousands of subscribers tuning in to see what you have to say about the latest video game or movie?! Or maybe you want to make your very own movies and are tired of waiting on show business to cast you- why not just cast yourself! This workshop will teach students how to start their own YouTube channel, create banners, intros, outros, how to maximize your search engine optimization and use key words to draw in more viewers, and more! If you’ve ever wanted to start your own channel but weren’t sure how to get started and how to build a following, this is the perfect workshop for you! YouTube is a great way to use your love of performing and being on camera and leverage it into a small business or to gain recognition from a larger audience that may one day help you in clinching another on camera role! Get started on your career now and stop waiting around for someone to cast you! Put yourself in the starring role and begin building your social media presence by registering for this new and exciting workshop today!

Date: TBA

Time: 3pm-5:30pm

Ages: 7-16

Cost: $175

Location: Contact for Location Details

***Some out of class work will be required, students must be able to start a google account or use an existing one, use of some external resources will also be suggested that may incur an additional $5-$10 fee (if student uses Fiverr to create a banner), use of a personal laptop or tablet is ideal but not required.***

How to Make Your Acting Hobby a Career

Many actors find that they want to take their love of performing to the next professional level. This seminar is designed to help you determine what goals you have for your acting career and to create a plan that we can put in motion immediately, Each student will get personalized advice on how to determine their “type” so they can market themselves effectively, how to increase the amount of auditions they’re getting, how to be a professional on and off set, and much more! We will focus on developing you as your own business and “brand” and we’ll identify any weak spots that can be stengthened in order to reach the goals you set for yourself.

Dates: TBA

Time: 6:45pm-9:15pm

Ages: 13 and Up, Parents of Younger Child Actors Are Welcome (but please leave any children under age 10 at home as this is a business lecture)

Cost: $50

Location: Contact for Location Details

The Actor's Foundation Workshop for Kids and Pre-teens

This camp will be a kid-size version of the one offered to teens and adults. Since it is intensive in nature, it will be a great summer class for kids and pre-teens who want to immerse themselves in learning how to become better actors and who are looking to build their skills to work professionally. This will be a great camp for young actors of all levels as it focuses on the building blocks that every actor should know, no matter their age!

Dates:TBA

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Ages: 7-12

Cost: $300 ($100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot, remainder due by first class)

Location: Contact for Location Details

Workshops Coming Soon!

The Actor's Showcase- An opportunity for actors to workshop a scene and commercial that they will have the opportunity to perform in front of local casting directors and agencies to get feedback on how they can improve and also to help meet their goals of getting representation or an increase in auditions. 

Beginning Voice Acting- This workshop will be a great way for actors interested in voice acting (that includes radio commercials, characters in cartoons, voice-overs for companies and commercials and audio book narrators) to dip their toes in the water to see if they are interested in pursuing more opportunities in voice over acting. They will learn how to use their voices to create different characters, to broaden their vocal range for better marketability, and how to set up their own in home voiceover studio. 

TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:

EMAIL: ALYSSIA DODSON AT alyssiad@gmail.com OR CALL: 512-775-8282

On-Going Scene Study Class for Teens and Adults

My on-going scene study class has been in session for almost a year, and the actors attending have been making great strides by coming weekly and getting regular training that keeps them sharp and ready to audition. We’d love to add some more class members to the group! We work on a new scene twice a month, doing a cold read one week and an on camera blocked out interpretation of the scene the following week. We discuss and explore various acting methods, work on character development, and focus on the needs of each actor and what they want to work on as well. ***See below for additional info on class payment options***

Date: Mondays, On-going basis, can begin at any time, Ages: 12+

Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm

Cost: $100/4 session block, 15% discount offered for purchasing 2+ blocks at a time

Location: Contact for Location Details

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