The Friday Night Salons at The Acting Center are an entertaining and artistic way to spend a Friday night in Hollywood!
On March 21st we had another amazing night of entertainment. There were performers who did Stand-up, Scenes, Monologues, Music, Song and Improv. Our latest 101 class got up to do improve and they rocked the house!
The performers were, Liu Xiaoliu, Michael Lerman, Stephanie Scholz, Makenna Timm, Paul Connor, Avihai Yaffe, Tayla Holborow, Brett Wagner, Kayla Baity, Clariza Pierce, Tom Ayres, Jason Chacon, Alexander, Tamra Meskimen and Host Elvis Winterbottom.
“Jim is ‘Meskerising’ in his multiple-personality, one-man show deftly directed by Tait Ruppert. Famous stars past and present crowd the stage, magically conjured by the silly, singular Meskimen, a vocal magician who pulls characters out of his head — and even more amazing, like Penn & Teller, Jim shows us how he does it.
Go see Meskimen’s Show, and who knows? You may even see yourself…”
– Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre
Jimpressions is an evening of celebrity impressions, improv and cultural subversion by actor/comedian Jim Meskimen, the voice of Jibjab.com’s viral hits. You’ve heard him do impressions on Letterman, the Tonight Show, The Boondocks and countless animated shows, now see what happens when he really cuts loose. Directed by Tait Ruppert.
Emmy Award Winning actress and Acting Center student Cady McClain has joined the cast of The Young & The Restless on CBS, which has been daytime’s number one drama for an unprecedented 27 years.
Having previously starred in All My Children and As the World Turns, both of which landed her with Emmy awards, Cady will be taking over the series regular role of Kelly on The Young & The Restless. Both the press and fans are already discussing the writers’ big plans in store for Cady’s character whose rumored love interest will be the legendary Jack Abbott.
Cady has worked extensively in film, television, and theater as an actress but also as a writer, producer and director. Her enthusiasm for performance carries over to music where she has recorded two albums.
Cady credits The Acting Center with saving her as an actor, “I was on the verge of quitting because I was finding acting so painful using my old method-based technique. The exercises liberate you to find your own, unique expression using your imagination, not someone else’s idea of what is ‘right.’ Now I love acting more than I ever have.”
The most effective commercial workshops in LA by one of the most successful commercial actors in Hollywood. In the last year alone, Eric has booked over 36 spots! Including campaigns for Bud Light and Gillette Fusion ProGlide. What is the secret to his success?
In this class you will:
Find out what Casting Directors are really looking for
Identify the secrets to the different “types” of commercials
Discover The Acting Center Technique and how it applies to this genre
Practice auditions and call-backs in a realistic setting
Learn to look at commercials from an artistic point of view
Get the best way to promote and build your Casting Director and Agent relationships and land more auditions
Eliminate confusions and complexities to booking and shooting
This is a 2-week intensive, May 12 - May 22, 2014.
Classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights for two weeks 7-10 pm at The Acting Center in Hollywood.
On Friday February 21st we held another fun evening of improv, stand-up comedy, songs and monologues. The Acting Center’s Friday Night Salon! Camille Solari tried out some of her pregnant woman stand-up. Josh Grondon , Stephanie Scholz & Chris Null did some amazing original music. Emily Davenport, William Tyler and Nathaniel Bell did three wonderful monologues and The Acting Centers Improv students and teachers, Michael Lerman, Taylor Meskimen, Alicia Knight, Makenna Timm, Stephanie Scholz and Tamra Meskmen did some killer Improv. It was another creativity unleashed evening at The Acting Center!
The next one will be on March 21st.
On November 1st one of the founders of The Acting Center, Tamra Meskimen, delivered a 101 Improv workshop at the Cal Lutheran 2013 Arts and Learning Symposium titled Conversations, Connections, Critical Thinking. She delivered the workshop to a group of arts educators who really loved it and saw how they could incorporate improv and non evaluation into what they teach.
Here is what they had to say: “Really practical and I loved the safe environment you created to practice these skills in. Lots of fun!”
“We can use a lot of these techniques to augment LAUSDs 2nd Step Program.”
“Loved the tie to education and how it directly benefits teachers and how to practically implement it in our teaching.”
The keynote speaker for the symposium was Acting Center student Jim Meskimen.
This summer vacation, rock your acting skills! 2 week summer camp cost $495.00
The two week camp includes the Acting Center’s revolutionary technique: Improv, Scene Study, Performance skills, Character and emotion development, Show for family and friends. July 7th-18th with a show on Friday the 18th at 6:30pm. Mon – Fri. Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm. Ages 10 -16.
3 week summer camp cost 695.00. Extend the two week camp to three weeks! Audition basics, Mock auditions in front of a camera, Cold reading, secrets of how to audition for types of commercials. Includes two week camp schedule with one extra week, July 21st – 25th. Mon – Fri. Time 9:30am to – 3:30pm. Ages: 10 -16
Young Actors Career Camp! Space is limited. Sign up now (323)962-210
At The Acting Center
5514 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 Parking and entrance through the gate.
Starring two Acting Center students, Jeff Larson and Gino Montesinos (the co producer Erika Solsten-Larson is doing privates with David Paladino as well), this Los Angeles based project, “Adopted” follows Kofi (Brian Flaccus), a confused, adopted 16-year-old boy from South Africa, who finds his way to a recently married young American couple that are expecting an infant adopted child. This show follows this family in new stages of life that none of them are ready for which involves two recently married parents forced into giving their new high school son a sex talk, even though they are but 6 years older than him.
This television dramedy is extremely clever and witty. The production’s cast and crew started out small until the script started getting passed around to some of the actors listed above. Doug Jones was one of the first name talent to jump on board with Adopted and the rest followed suit.
The talented writer and producer duo of Jeff Larson and Erika Solsten-Larson are continuing to impress LA with their productions and were recently listed in HQ Magazine as the newest up-and-coming couple to watch in the film industry.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has partnered with Adopted and its crew. The foundation has agreed and been cleared to release every episode on their website and social media sites to share closely with the adoption community a show that seems “close to home.”