GUEST TEACHER | Learn to own the character, all the way from audition to set.
Practice techniques to make each audition rich with specificity. You’ll get equipped with tools and learn how to transfer and use these tools on set in higher stakes scenarios.
*250 deposit is required to guarantee your slot. Non-refundable, but transferable to a friend.
Conversations with Athena
What was a difficult challenge for you as an actor?
Trusting my instincts on camera.
What was a crazy or silly moment on set?
My knee pads story! This was when I realized an actor can always ask for what they need on set to get the work done.
What is the most important quality or skill for an actor in the audition room?
Authenticity. Be yourself! Everyone else is taken.
What is the main thing you wish you knew then but that you only understand now?
There is no right way to do a scene.
What frustrates you as an actor in the current climate of filmmaking or of the business at large? How has this affected you directly?
Not enough roles for actors of color. We need diverse characters of different abilities, genders, orientations, and nationalities. The lack of opportunity has often discouraged me and kept me “small.”
What moment or experience as an artist do you feel most proud of?
The ah-ha moments! Like every time I help an actor break through a scene, or every time I work and can see a genuine connection to the character and circumstances.
Who do you really look up to in your field and why?
I look up to my resilient friends in the business. They are the people you’ll sit next to on the subway, and you don’t know their names, but they are incredibly gifted storytellers who never give up. They’re the artists who decide to keep going despite the odds.
Athena Colón is a bilingual, native New York actress and teaching artist.
Athena has worked as an independent teacher and coach in New York City for 10+ years. She has trained with me for several years as a coach, and when I prepare actors for screen tests, I frequently add her to the process—including for coaching sessions with Halle Bailey (The Little Mermaid) and Jakhara Smith (Nos4A2).
While earning her BFA in Theater from Long Island University–C.W. Post, she co-created a Suzuki-based performance, Third Child, which toured Italy, the Czech Republic, and New York City. Her recent TV credits include: Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G., CBS’s Bull, Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl, New Amsterdam, Jessica Jones, and Law & Order: SVU. When she’s not acting on stage or film, Athena teaches acting and conducts theater workshops in NYC to over five hundred youth annually. She proudly collaborates with the Theater Development Fund, Family Life Theater, DreamYard, Repertorio Español, and Manhattan Theater Club.
Athena is a super strong coach who will draw out your confidence and (re)energize your work. Actors just adore her laser-focused, energetic coaching! Athena‘s classes are totally invigorating. They’re also super fun and incredibly informative—she gives ALL the insider, behind-the-scenes knowledge you’ll really want to know when you head to set! Athena has been around the block on so many TV sets. I really, really love for working artists to teach each other.
Who is this class good for?
Anyone who wants to learn new tools for playing roles that are genuine and not merely indicated. This class is good for actors who want to strengthen their understanding of what it’s like to work on set in the real world.
What you get
- On-set vocabulary
- Learn to trust your instincts
- Make specific physical choices
- Learn to stay flexible
In every class, you will receive individualized coaching and filming of your scenes.
OWNING THE CHARACTER
- How to use character breakdown and synopsis
- How to use techniques to create an honest character
- How to use improv to prepare
- Delivering strong character choices
SHOW ME FIRST, TELL ME LATER
- Behavior, physical activity, and environment
- Inner monologue and subtext
- Differences between wide and close-up shots
- Taking direction and keeping it fresh
- Self-direction on set
- Playing opposite choices
- Best practices for self-tape auditions
WORKING ON SET
- Study casting director’s point-of-view
- Real world experience working on a professional set
- Trusting your acting instincts and getting the job done
Full disclosure—please note that we do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired for any project that we might direct or cast. We do guarantee my supportive honesty and my open sharing of knowledge. We teach and coach because we enjoy supporting actors as they develop their process of working within the audition room. We seek to build their knowledge about the business of auditioning.