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Class size: Limited to 8 students
Prerequisites: Alumni only
Location: Union Square, New York City
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Class content

Adrian reveals time-tested knowledge about what’s worked for him in auditions and on set throughout his extensive career. 

Get a no-nonsense look at what is expected of professional actors, from the audition to set. Adrian has  famously played the comedic sidekick to Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Will Smith, and Zach Galifinakis. 



  • How to take risks in auditions
  • The Do’s and Don’ts for auditioning in film/TV
  • Understanding what is really at stake
  • Understanding the realities of the business
  • How to access timeless performances in a limited amount of time


  • Bring in a scene of your choice, 2-page max.
  • Bring your questions about working on set to class!

What you get

Adrian will coach your self-selected comedy or drama scenes.

About Adrian

Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez is an actor, writer, director, and producer with over 100 film and TV credits, including a series regular role on NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption. Some in casting have called Adrian “the sidekick to the stars,” as evidenced by his work over the years—Will Smith’s sidekick in Focus (Warner Bros.), Ben Stiller’s sidekick in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Will Ferrell’s sidekick in Casa de mi Padre (Lionsgate), and Zach Galifanakis’ sidekick in It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Focus Features).


Working with Adrian will encourage you to go further in trusting your choices as an actor in both drama and comedy. Adrian has managed to build a very successful career by being himself. He’s a committed and truthful stage and film actor who has recently crossed over to direct his own film, taking his career by the reins once again.

Studio guarantee

Full disclosure — please note that we do not guarantee that actors in these classes or workshops will be hired for any project that we might direct, produce, or cast. We teach and coach because we enjoy supporting and nurturing actors as you develop your personal process for auditioning, working and creating your own work.