CLASSES & SCHEDULES
"HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU"
Our overall goal is to prepare the serious actor with the skills and training to be competitive in a competitive industry, to get the proper representation and industry contacts and to consistently book significant work.
Within the last 27 years of our existence, we’re proud of our reputation for attracting the industry’s best instructors and preparing focused, motivated students who go on to enjoy significant careers. We are educators first and foremost. When I founded this school, I listened to students who had studied elsewhere – what they liked and didn’t like. I incorporated their needs within our philosophy of creating an institution that directly addressed the specific needs of the individual professional actor. Making this the priority over the economic maximization of enrolling masses of students in “feel good classes” has held us in good stead and allows us to maintain a personal relationship with an actor that continues often for many years.
What happens in class is important; what sustains the student after class is when the true value of a class becomes evident and we make sure the two connect.
Our business model works. We are pleased to have many working actors that we have taught tell us that we are responsible for the success of their career.
Alison Franck, Kenan Moran & Cynthia Katz:
• Tuesdays, 7:00p - 9:30p • August 5, 12, 19 & 26; September 2 & 9.
The most powerful commercial program offered in New York: in the first third of the course, you will be trained by top commercial casting director Alison Franck of Liz Lewis Casting. The second third you will continue to be trained by an award winning Director of Commercials Kenan Moran. The last third of the class you will be trained by high-powered Agent Cynthia Katz of Gotham Talent Agency. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $525.00
Dan Schachner & Brandon Williams:
• Thursdays, 7:00p - 9:30p • August 14, 21 & 28; September 4, 11 & 18.
Being a TV host is the hottest venue for actors and we're the only acting school that offers a class in it. Conducted by Brandon Williams who has been a TV-Host & On-Camera personality for 15+ years & the star of Stay-at-Home Dad and Dan Schachner, TV-Host for HGTV’s hit show “Curb Appeal” and on-air personality . This program is hands-on and on-camera: just how to act as an on-camera host vs. other on-air talent - taped on-camera. How to conduct interviews; work with co-hosts; hitting the mark while reading copy, extensive teleprompter practice; how to audition for a TV host; viewing TV host reels; where to find work. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. Final class also includes audition with an agent from the TV-Hosting Division at Don Buchwald and Assocs. $595.00
ON-CAMERA FILM INTENSIVE
• Next Offered: Fall 2014
This hands-on course is conducted by award-winning Director Chip Hourihan. Chip won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Frozen River which was nominated for two Academy Awards. This course focuses on bridging the gap between theatre and film. Students work on scripts appropriate for them, exploring scene, subtext and character development. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. Includes a 2-minute professionally shot & edited DVD of selected film scene for uploading to personal website, Facebook, Youtube, etc. $550.00
ADVANCED FILM PROGRAM
• All roles cast. In pre-production. Next offered 2015.
Want to be the lead in a professionally directed movie written specifically for you? In the Advanced Film Program, students will star in and shoot an independent short film, written specifically for the participating actors, produced by Scott Powers Studios and directed by award-winning filmmaker Chip Hourihan, complete with a professional paid crew. This is not a student movie. The film is aggressively submitted to the appropriate film festivals. In addition, you attend the gala premiere of the movie attended by agents and casting directors. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $5,000 Leads. Appropriate tuition for supporting & multiple dayplayer roles. $2,000 - $3,500
4-WEEK WEB SERIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
• Thursdays, 7:00p - 9:30p • Sold Out, In Session
Web Series are becoming the next big thing in entertainment. Entertainment websites are starving for new, fresh content. Why not supply them with it and boost your career at the same time? Learn the do’s and don’ts of creating your own web based series, write short form for short attention spans, how to shoot it cheaply and effectively, self promotion, web series social media; Learn how to sell it and who to sell it to and also How to monetize your web series. Last class features a special guest top digital agent and pitch him your idea. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $395.00
Scott Powers, in addition to his corporate responsibilities, is an actor, model, hand model, stand-up comic and is regularly seen in print ads and commercials. Mr. Powers is the author of the just published book, "Here's Looking at You": The Actor's Guide to Commercial Print. Scott is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA. In each of these organizations he has held either elected or appointed positions, including the Board of Directors of AFTRA.
He is the former Vice President of the Professional Comedians Association, a voting member of the Academy Awards (The Emmys), the International Film & TV Festival and is listed in "Who's Who."
Scott is also President of CaribCom. Inc., an advertising agency specializing in hotel advertising/ representation in the Caribbean. Previously, Scott was a former "large agency man," having worked at Young & Rubicam; Foote, Cone & Belding, etc.
He has a B.S. degree in Communication Arts from Ithaca College and an M.B.A. degree in Marketing from Farleigh Dickinson University and is a member of Mensa.
A resident of Manhattan, in his spare moments, Scott enjoys skiing and is an avid international river runner.
Film/TV Actor, Faculty: Green Screen & Telepromter
In more than 25 years as a professional union actor in NYC, Robert Fass has enjoyed success in an unusually wide range of disciplines, including all facets of corporate industrials, training and special events. Beyond his abilities as an actor and presenter, he is a speechwriter and presentation coach for performers and business executives alike and has worked as a creative director and writer for most of the major corporate marketing and production firms in New York.
On stage, Robert starred with Theodore Bikel and Jesse Eisenberg in the hit off-Broadway production of The Gathering. Other credits include leading roles in Stars at Soho Rep; The Night That Roger… at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater; Dent at Hartford Stage (opposite Isabel Keating); and The Kids at Mile Square Theatre. He co-founded the long-running improvisational theatre company Some Assembly Required, where (in addition to performing in clubs, colleges and theaters around the country) he helped design and facilitate creative workshops for Fortune 500 business clients.
Robert is a veteran of countless commercials and corporate industrials (both live and video), is an Audie-winning audio book narrator. He was heard weekly for 11 years on the InTouch network reading The New Yorker magazine to 4 million blind and visually impaired listeners. He trained with Uta Hagen.
Award Winning Improv-Actor, Faculty: Improv
Joe Schiappa is a writer/performer based in New York City. He is a recent winner of the Sierra Mist Creative Lab. He recently wrote for MTV’s Silent Library.
He has worked as a theatre director specializing in developing shows that have gone Off Broadway, to the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen in 2003 and 2007 and the Strip in the Las Vegas.
Backstage has called Joe’s work, “hilarious”.
Joe trained with the Second City Training Center and Shira Piven of The Piven Theatre. He currently performs and teaches sketch and improv at The People’s Improv Theatre in New York City.
Award Winning Feature Film Director, Faculty: Film
Chip Hourihan is one of the leading producer/directors currently working in New York's independent film world, and has produced seven independent dramatic features over the past nine years. He produced the feature film Frozen River, which received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two 2009 Academy Awards, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress. Frozen River also received two Gotham Independent Film Awards (including a Best Film award for Hourihan) and was nominated for seven Independent Spirit Awards (including a Best Feature Film nomination for Hourihan), taking home two.
Among his other films, Hourihan produced Mind the Gap, winner of the Special Jury Award for Narrative Feature at South by Southwest, which was released theatrically, broadcast, and distributed by Showtime in 2004.
Hourihan has five feature projects currently in development as a producer. These films include Whaling City, a contemporary drama set in the world of commercial fishing in New Bedford, MA. Whaling City was the winner of both a screenplay award and a $100,000 production grant from the Sloan Foundation, and was a selection for the Independent Feature Project's prestigious No Borders program. Hourihan's other film projects include Temporary Hero, a coming-of-age story set on Nantucket during the summer of the first moon landing, The Dying Game, a contemporary dark comedy to be shot in the New York area, and a new comedic project to be shot in New York City with Writer/Director Eric Schaeffer, with whom Hourihan collaborated on Mind the Gap.
As a director, Hourihan wrote, produced, and directed the multiple award-winning film Glissando, which Variety called "a small gem deserving wider exposure… a striking debut for talented helmer-scripter Chip Hourihan." The film received a great number of Best Feature, Best First Feature, and Best Actor awards on the film festival circuit. Hourihan's next project as a writer/director will be angry candy, a story of sex, drugs, and modern poetry set in Somerville, MA in the late 1980s. angry candy was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist in 2009, and this script is currently being workshopped with students in the Film Scene Study program. Hourihan is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University with degrees in English and Architecture.
Talent Manager: TTA
Jenevieve Brewer recently made the transition from long-time agent (About Face) to manager, merging with Marianne Leone at Marianne represent award winning talent across the board in Film, Television, Commercials, Voice Over and Theater.
TV-Hosting and Web Series Development
Brandon has been a TV-Host & On-Camera personality for 15+ Years. His hosting and writing have been recognized nation-wide. View Brandon's Website, Production Company & Reels by clicking the links below.
A little more about Brandon:
Brandon Williams is a quadruple-threat. As an actor, he's performed on and off-Broadway, was a series regular on Spike's Kill Point, and has guest starred on Law and Order, Ugly Betty, and Third Watch. Brandon wrote and hosted the hit travel show We Live Here for Fine Living Network. Brandon's secret weapon is songwriting and vocals which he's used as part of his act during his 13 years as a stand-up comedian performing in New York and nationally and appearing twice on Conan O'Brien. Brandon is also a dad to two young boys, with another on the way.
Agent: Henderson Hogan Agency, Faculty: Primetime TV
Thompson is the newest agent at the fabulous agency and is now representing actors for film, TV, and theater.
This office has clients on Broadway (Sister Act, Newsies, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, EVITA , Anything Goes, Mary Poppins), film (Joyful Noise, What Maisie Knew, The Séance, Fugly, Surviving Family, Darkroom, and Something in the Water), TV (Boardwalk Empire, Gossip Girl, Damages, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest and Smash...) and many regional theaters. Thompson prefers comedic monologues.
Agent: Gotham Talent Agency, Faculty: Commercial Agent
Cynthia Katz has been a theatrical agent for close to 30 years. She started her career at Abrams Artists as an assistant then establishing the children’s division. She moved on to Carson-Adler Agency working with teens and young adults. She joined The Artist’s Group East heading the New York office first as an agent and then a partner.
In 2009 she was conscripted to start Gotham Talent Agency.
Gotham is both a theatrical and commercial agency. Some current projects include a series regular on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”, recurring roles on “The Good Wife” and “Reckless”, guest stars on “Elementary”, “Unforgettable” and “Person of Interest”. Recent theater includes “ Romeo and Juliet”, “After Midnight”,“Matilda”, “Peter and the Starcatchers”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Scandalous”,“Common Pursuit” and “Cyrano” on Broadway. “Evita”, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, “Phantom” and “Anything Goes” on tour and numerous regional theater productions.
Commercial Director, Faculty: Commercials
Kenan Moran began his career as a puppeteer at Jim Henson Productions. From there, Kenan entered the great director's incubator that is the Promo/Graphics department at MTV. In addition to doing broadcast promo work at MTV, Kenan has directed promos for Comedy Central's The Daily Show, CMT, HBO, Nickelodeon and TV Land.
As a commercial director, Kenan has collaborated with such brands as Adidas, Bud Light, Comcast, McDonald's and Nintendo.
Kenan Moran's work has been honored at the Clios, the AICP/MOMA show, BDA/Promax, the Cable Ace and Peabody Awards.
Casting Dir.: Liz Lewis Casting, Faculty: Commercials
Now at Liz Lewis Casting Partners for over two years, Alison casts for commercials, voice-overs, film, TV as well as musicals. Her current projects include: National Tours of Hello Dolly starring Sally Struthers, Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Man of La Mancha, plus tons of commercials, voice-overs and several films. Recent projects include: tons of commercials and voice-overs, National tours of Hair, Dreamgirls, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Gloryana at The Public (reading and workshop), the TV series Peter Rabbit and A Moment in Time, the new John Denver songbook musical, off-Broadway play, It's Just Sex, which is currently running.
Alison was the Resident Casting Director for Paper Mill Playhouse for 10 years, where she cast over 50 productions, including the Broadway transfer of I'm Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Regional: Pirates! (Goodspeed/Paper Mill), Hairspray, and Les Misérables (North Shore) and 2007's mini-tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TUTS/Paper Mill Playhouse/North Shore/TOTS).
Casting Associate, Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Susanne has been working in casting for over 5 years. She has worked with talented casting directors such as Ellen Chenoweth, Avy Kaufman, Francine Maisler, Lora Kennedy, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond and most recently, Twinkie Bryd and on films such as HBO’s “The Normal Heart”, Academy Award nominated “The Blind Side”, “Moneyball” and “Argo”.
She is a member of the Casting Society of America.
Our 176th Forum Since 1987!
The 2014 TV Forum: “This is our 176th Forum in the past 27 years! There are more than 20 productions that are currently shooting here in New York. Get your piece of the pie, and eat it too, with this panel of 3 top TV Casting Directors & 2 powerful agents. Panel discussion, Q&A, go-see live, interview 1-on-1, written feedback from 5 Top Industry. Includes 3 days of free coaching + video greeting prior to the forum.
When: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Scott Powers Studios, 135 West 29th Street, Suite 404, New York, NY 10001
Registration: Only $145
Forum includes: Panel discussion, Q&A, live “Go-See”, interview 1-on-1, 5 pages of written feedback. 3 Days of Free coaching & video greeting prior to the evening.
* No refunds - cancellations prior to 7.23 can be used towards a future forum within 6 months.
Our free Friday Lunch Bunches are popular actor-friendly events held most Friday afternoons at our Studios. They are our give-back to the acting community that has supported us for many years.
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CHECK OUT THE LAST ADDITION TO OUR SCHOOL'S CURRICULUM, SCOTT POWERS' MUST READ BOOK:
Here's Looking at You
The Actor's Guide to Commercial Print
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Here's what some people are saying about Here's Looking at You:
"A must-read ... first-rate "how-to" guide. I can't say enough about what any level of performer can gain from Powers' ideas."
Amelia David, Columnist, Back Stage
"Scott's knowledge of the commercial print industry is invaluable. His book should be part of every library."
Gary Bertalovitz, Agent; Images Model Management
"Essential for any working actor seeking further employment."
"Your book is fabulous! I have learned so much already that I have been able to implement on my go-sees. And it's amazing how often I use it to reinforce something that is still quite new to me!"
Alta Morice, Actress/Model
"Thank you for writing such a splendid book ... it saved me a small fortune! Now thanks to you, I have a Bible of the industry."
Ronny Duffy Wolfson, Actress/Model
"Your splendid book has explained everything! It's very enlightening and so easy to understand - your writing style is indeed a delight to read. I just want to thank you for creating such a valuable, informative book. It was a job well done!"
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4-WEEK COMMERCIAL PRINT SUPER INTENSIVE
• Saturdays, 10:00a - 2:00p • September 6, 13, 20 & 27 + 3 "Field Trips" TBA.
More performers are working print models and funding their acting careers because of this program than all other courses combined. You’ll receive the professionally proven skills that take others years to learn which can be applied to all aspects of a performer’s career, and, most importantly, how to apply the skills to get the job. Get on the fast track and learn from the person who literally wrote the book on Commercial Print. $425.00
Cesar Rocha & Karyn Casl:
4-WEEK TELSEY + CO. PRIMETIME TV INTENSIVE
• Sundays, 6:00p - 8:30p • July 27; August 3 & 10 [double session].
Launch a successful career in New York Primetime TV shows under the guidance of David Vaccari & Karyn Casl of Telsey + Co., one of New York’s biggest Casting Houses. Students work on-camera with original scripts from each genre of current primetime TV with playback and notes. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $395.00
IMPROV TECHNIQUE FOR COMMERCIALS, FILM & TV AUDITIONS
• Next offered: Fall 2014
Every agent and casting director demands solid improv skills from their actors. This on-camera program goes beyond the traditional improv class and gives the actor a discrete set of improv skills to audition for commercials, then film then primetime all within the context of scenes and character development. The most unique and comprehensive program of its kind in New York. If you’re nervous in front of the camera, need more confidence on auditions and want to sharpen your acting skills, this program is for you. Includes Green Screen AND location work. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $395.00
TELEPROMPTER / EARPROMPTER / GREEN SCREEN
• Thursdays, 7:00p - 9:30p • Next Offered Fall 2014
The three most important “money skills” you can have – and more castings require them. Hands-on training w/ teleprompter, earprompter and green screen state-of-the-art equipment. “The Triple Threat for the Digital Age.” Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. Final class includes audition with Casting Director Carol Nadell, Selective Casting. $625.00
4-WEEK AUDITION TECHNIQUE / MONOLOGUES / COLD READINGS
• Mondays, 7:00p - 9:30p • August 4, 11, 16 & 25
One of the most imperative essentials of becoming a successful actor is to ace the audition process. This course will teach you how to overcome the pressure at hand and nail the perfect monologue, sides and cold readings. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. Last session includes an audition with a top Casting Director. Instructor Jenevieve Brewer is the Talent Manager at Terrific Talent Management. $395.00
Due to unforeseen commitments, the School reserves the right to replace an Instructor with another Instructor of equal stature and qualifications.
All class/Forum times/dates subject to change. Scroll down to see Instructor Bios.
Alison Franck, Kenan Moran & Cynthia Katz:
ADVANCED ON-CAMERA COMMERCIAL INTENSIVE
• Wednesdays, 7:00p - 9:30p • September 17 & 24; October 1, 8, 15 & 22.
For those who have completed the basic Course or the equivalent elsewhere. An update and in depth version of the most powerful commercial program offered in New York: in the first third of the course, you will be trained by top commercial casting director Alison Franck of Liz Lewis Casting. The second third you will continue to be trained by Award Winning Director of Commercials Kenan Moran. The last third of the class you will be trained by high-powered Agent Cynthia Katz of Gotham Talent Agency. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $550.00
FILM & TV AUDITION MASTER CLASS
• Sundays, 3:00p - 5:30p; 6:00p - 8:30p • August 17 & 24
Announcing professional-level four-week on-camera “boot camp” intensive taught by Casting Director Susanne Scheel! Formerly with Paramount Pictures, Susanne is on the east coast casting feature films and shows for companies such as HBO. Work with film scripts Susanne chooses specifically for you and film scripts that you would like to do, Adjusting acting for various shots. Plus the insiders’ secrets of a Casting Director’s office, The gentle art of pursuing – and not stalking – a Casting Director, where to find the work – and roles – most actors don’t know about yet and positioning yourself to the industry for principal roles. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review. $395.00
2014 TELEVISION FORUM
• Wednesday, 7:00p - 10:00p • July 30th, 2014
The 2014 TV Forum: “This is our 176th Forum in the past 27 years! There are more than 20 productions that are currently shooting here in New York. Get your piece of the pie, and eat it too, with this panel of 3 top TV Casting Directors & 2 powerful agents. Panel discussion, Q&A, go-see live, interview 1-on-1, written feedback from 5 Top Industry. Includes 3 days of free coaching + video greeting prior to the forum. $145 For more information click here
THE INSIDER'S THEATRE TRAINING FROM THE AUDITION
TO THE CALLBACK - TO THE STAGE
• Saturdays, 2:30p - 5:00p • September 20 & 27: October 4, 11 &18 + a "Field Trip" after last class for students and a guest to My Big Gay Italian Wedding for a backstage tour, show and meet & greet the cast afterwards [an added $160 value]
Scene study and total immersion in the casting and theatrical process, seen and unseen. A unique course not offered anywhere else. Taught by writer/director/producer Anthony Wilkinson, you will learn the in's and out's of the theatrical world: How to respond the right way to casting calls. The tips and tricks on how to submit and stand out. Developing your comedic and dramatic theatrical audition monologues. Developing sides. Now that you've got the part: a.) staging, b.) timing & pace, c.) backstage etiquette.How to get your Equity card and WHEN. 2 tickets to Anthony's show: My Big Gay Italian Funeral [$150.00 value].
Anthony will also seek volunteers from class to help run auditions for his shows, including readers and monitors. Every student’s work is recorded every week on DVD and uploaded to DropBox to download to each student’s computer for review.
Anthony's productions have helped more than 200 actors get their Equity card. During the course of the class, Anthony may have the opportunity to call you in to audition for one of the shows. If booked, even for only one show, you will become eligible to get your Equity card. $450.00