CAROLYNE BARRY'S COMMERCIAL ACTING WORKSHOPS
In her 30-plus years in the commercial business, Barry has appeared in more than 400 national television commercials, and she's been an acting coach for the past 19 years. Barry and her staff of coaches teach 12 separate commercial workshops, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced acting and commercial technique, improvisation workshops, an agent's showcase tape, beginning acting workshops, and a class on "creating your physical package" for commercial/theatrical auditions. Classes are between eight and 12 weeks long; fees vary from $345-$455. Class sizes are limited, and an interview is required. Barry also accepts private students on a very limited basis. www.carolynebarry.com. (323) 654-2212.
TERRY BERLAND'S COMMERCIAL WORKSHOP
"The commercial is actually the purest form of film," Berland told Back Stage West. "It tells a story and evokes an emotion in a very short time." Berland should know: She's been casting commercials for 22 years, co-authored Breaking Into Commercials from Penguin USA, and is now called on nationally to teach commercial acting. In L.A., she offers a six-week on-camera commercial workshop, limited to 14 students, for $350, as well as a "weekend boot camp." In her workshops, Berland wants actors to "learn on-camera how to create dimensions in this one-minute commercial medium." (310) 571-4141.
CASH ON COMMERCIALS
Susan Cash, a familiar commercial face (Hughes Market commercials), offers a six-hour class for beginners. The class covers how to market yourself, auditions, selling with believability, and discovering your commercial type. Classes also include scene work. She also offers private coaching. (818) 808-4960.
CRAIG COLVIN & JORDANA CAPRA
With their Commercial Audition Technique, Colvin and Capra teach "every aspect" of the commercial process, from concept to airing. All students work on camera every class. Students are taught what goes on behind the scenes. (818) 762-1900 or (323) 848-8285.
DONOVAN & HARDWICK CASTING COMMERCIAL CLASS
Busy film, television, theatre, and commercial casting directors Michael Donovan and Jeff Hardwick teach a three-week commercial technique class alongside Marjorie Bowman, another commercial CD. Classes are small and taught on-camera. Donovan, whose background is as an actor/director, also offers private coaching both commercially and theatrically. Hardwick was an agent at LA Talent for four years, then moved to Cunningham, Escott and Dipene. www.donovanandhardwick.com. (310) 657-2820.
MEGAN FOLEY'S COMMERCIAL INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
Foley offers a one-day commercial workshop that covers all aspects of the audition. It takes place one Saturday every month and is limited to 10 students. It includes on-camera work and feedback from instructors Foley and Chuck Marra. Cost is $150. (818) 755-9384.
HEY, I SAW YOUR COMMERCIAL!
Michael Pointer, who has been a working actor for 16 years and has appeared in more than 100 commercials, teaches an ongoing, on-camera commercial workshop, Hey, I Saw Your Commercial, for adults (18 and over). Pointer said that his students "learn more in four weeks than in most eight- to 12-week courses." A free career counseling hotline is available to his students. A four-week course is $120, and a free audit is permitted. (626) 791-2590.
ORANGE COUNTY COMMERCIAL ACTING WORKSHOP
Ron Michaelson, a working actor for 20 years, teaches beginning and advanced on-camera commercial classes. The school, based in Tustin, also offers an improv class, a cold reading technique class, and scene study for film and TV. Private coaching is also available for kids and teens. Audits are allowed. www.occaw.com. (714) 832-1895.
ALEXIA ROBINSON'S WORKSHOP FOR ACTORS
Robinson—with 20 years of industry experience and Roy London's tutelage under her belt—offers Saturday commercial workshops for adults, kids, and teens in N. Hollywood. She said that 80 percent of her workshop referrals come from agents, managers, casting directors, and former students, and her semi-private classes are limited to eight students. All her workshops are for beginner and intermediate levels. The workshop culminates with an industry day for students to be seen by top industry professionals. Robinson also offers a three-week intensive for adults, and a four-week workshop for kids and teens. Private coaching for theatrical auditions is available by referral only. Said Robinson, "Passion and discipline are the keys to success." (818) 716-5399.
This studio teaches commercial acting workshops for children and teens. Dinah Kessler, a former casting director and talent agent, has developed what she described as a "program geared to giving actors all the necessary tools for a long and successful commercial acting career." Kessler also emphasized that she individually tapes students' on-camera work. Classes include on-camera work, audition technique, improv, cold reading, script analysis, and marketing advice. It's $250 for five weeks. firstname.lastname@example.org. (323) 651-1131.