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Mar 15

Eric Matheny Gives World Famous Commercial Seminar

On March 14th Co Founder of the Acting Center Eric Matheny gave his world famous Commercial Seminar! Eric has booked hundreds of spots, and has great insight into the art of commercials. Eric made it really fun and informative. You know a commercial is really a short story.

Mar 15

Student Spotlight – Jim Meskimen – Impress Me

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The Acting Center is proud to congratulate our very own Jim Meskimen, who will next be seen in the Rainn Wilson-produced series Impress Me, on Pop TV,
formerly TV Guide Network.


Created and produced by Meskimen, along with writer-director Ben Shelton, and Ross Marquand (new The Walking Dead series regular Aaron), the half-hour scripted comedy centers on two celebrity impressionists who are trying to quit doing impressions and become dramatic actors. The result: total chaos.

Among cameos from Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Josh Groban and “Weird Al” Yankovic, are fellow Acting Center students Erika Christensen, Beth Riesgraf, Tamra Meskimen, Taylor Meskimen and Tom Ayers.

“This show is about more than two talented celebrity impressionists. It’s about how hard (and hilarious) it can be to follow your heart, even when the cards are stacked against you,” Wilson said. “Soul Pancake birthed this baby online, and Pop’s savvy creative team is bold enough to bring it to TV.”

Viewers can find Pop on their cable box by going to and using their zip code locator in order to watch every episode, starting March 18th.

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Mar 15

How to Audition

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Mar 15

Nancy Cartwright

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Find out from seasoned professionals in
The Acting Center’s “Inside the Industry Professional Series”

The Acting Center would like to welcome you to our Inside the Industry Professional Series where we speak with top professionals in their fields about their career successes, how they broke out or were discovered, secrets of their career longevity and much more.  

Hosted by America’s Got Talent star,  Jim Meskimen.

An interview with Emmy Award winning actress, Nancy Cartwright, who is best known as the voice of spike-headed underachiever Bart Simpson.

 … The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009
it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series.

Spend an afternoon with Nancy as she is interviewed on the stage of The Acting Center by actor Jim Meskimen, and relates her experiences of nearly 3 decades of working in film and television. Her work includes various characters from the Simpsons; Bart, Ralph, Nelson, Todd Flanders and others in the town of Springfield. In addition, Nancy has portrayed Chuckie in the cable series Rugrats, Rufus the Naked Mole Rat in Kim Possible, Todd on Disney’s The Replacements and many others.


Enjoy previous Inside the Industry interviews:
Marion Ross

Feb 15

VO Seminar by Veteran Artist Jim Meskimen a Smash!

Veteran Voice- Over artist and master comedian Jim Meskimen delivered a fantastic Voice-Over seminar on Feb 28th at The Acting Center. It was educational as well as entertaining! Jim went over some great tips and successful things he has done to build his VO career. It was very inspiring to all.

Jan 15

First Salon of 2015 a Hit According to Facebook!

The First Salon of 2015 was a hit according to Facebook! We had performances of some wonderful monologues and scenes by our students and our TAC Improvisers as well!

Jim Meskimen hosted the evening and performed improv as he does so well! The next one will be on February 13th. Our Valentines Day show!

Jan 15

Demo Scene: Michael Klaumann-Anna Easteden


Jan 15

Jennifer Vazquez – Website Release, Music Video Release!

Jennifer Vazquez, former Acting Center student just launched her new website AND will be releasing her latest music video “Getting Out Of My Own Way” on January 28th!

Fifteen-time ASCAPlu$ Award Winner Jennifer Vazquez is an infectious triple threat: inspirational singer/songwriter, vibrant musician and illustrious performer. Her sound and energy resonates three fold with pop, folk-rock and country audiences worldwide. Two of her songs – including her new single “Getting Out Of My Own Way,” produced by Ron Zabrocki – are featured in the hit HBO comedy, “Sleeping With The Fishes,” starring Golden Globe Winner, Gina Rodriguez (CW’s “Jane the Virgin”), along with Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”/”Devious Maids”).


Dec 14

Scene Study: Kelly Stadum


Nov 14

Student Spotlight – Nicolas Suter

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Acting Center student Nicolas Suter is a working actor. He is also 14 years old. Every time we turn around we are seeing his face in national commercials for brands such as Twix, Comcast and Walmart. We caught up with Nicolas and asked him about the Acting for Young Adults class and how it’s helped him get his career off to a running start.


Q) You have been studying at The Acting Center for over three years. What do you enjoy the most about the class?

A) I enjoy how creative it lets me be, and how much I can be myself… whatever that is on that particular day. It’s also nice to have a place where what you create doesn’t matter; you can go in that class and just feel free to let loose.

Q) What have you learned from The Acting Center that you use in auditions and on set?

A) I have learned how to break down characters, using the script as well as the character breakdown the director gives me. I’ve also learned how to use the script to convey the feelings and emotions of the character and not just say the words.

I also realized how to focus in my auditions. Sometimes when you go into the room, people are talking and whispering to each other, coffee mugs are flying all over the place and the casting director is talking at 1000 MPH. It can be easy to get distracted, but The Acting Center taught me that it’s best to simply be yourself, calm down, not rush yourself, and then go into character. Even if you’re doing it very slowly, if that’s how you feel the character is doing it, then that’s how you do it. Go at your OWN pace.

Q) What is the most valuable thing you have discovered at The Acting Center?

A) I’ve learned I can be whoever I want to be, however I want to be, wherever I want to be. I’m able to walk into an audition room, with confidence that I’m going to be the character in my own way. I’m not anxious about “doing it wrong,” or that “someone else did it better,” or having any “demons in your head,” is truly quite empowering.

Q) What would you say to other young actors looking for a great class?

A) The Acting Center is an awesome place where you can study acting, and do it how YOU want to do it. It’s one of the most fun, exhilarating, and simple techniques and classes. At every audition I’ve ever booked, I used The Acting Center’s technique down to the letter!

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