NOVEMBER 2020

GUEST TEACHER | Learn what it takes for actors to go from audition to screen tests to filming.

Develop your love of auditioning by learning from someone who’s gone through it all: background, co-stars, guest stars, series regulars. Work on scenes in class and pick up more ways of viewing your choices and coloring your work as an actor.

Class size: Limited to 8 students.
Prerequisites: Alumni only
Location: Online
$500*
*$300 deposit is required to guarantee your slot. Non-refundable, but transferable to a friend.

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Conversations with Michelle

Note from Michelle:

I LOVE AUDITIONING.

Because I’m 100 years old, I’ve gone through it all. I’ve done background, co-stars, guest stars, series regulars. I’ve been replaced, and I’ve been the actor that replaced someone.

Every time I audition, I do something afterwards that gives me more art in my life. Go to a museum, go to the movies, watch a great series, etc. I ask, what can I do to absorb more ways of viewing my choices, to color my work as an actor?

The process is just a learning a curve—you just didn’t get that one thing, but there will be another one. And maybe that one role wouldn’t have been good for me anyway, or I would have missed the chance to go for another one that I will thrive in.

I don’t need to teach you how to act. I’m here to support you getting the jobs you want and owning the space and time in auditions so you can do the work you know you can do.

About Michelle

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd is an actor known for her prolific work in TV.

Michelle Hurd can currently be seen starring opposite Patrick Stewart in CBS All Access’ smash hit series Star Trek: Picard.

Hurd can soon be seen in Justin Simien’s Bad Hair, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

In addition to her explosive performance as Shepherd on NBC’s hit drama, Blindspot, Hurd is also known for and her recurring role on Hawaii Five-O, Starz’s hit horror comedy Ash Vs. Evil Dead, the Marvel Universe series Daredevil and Jessica Jones (as DA Samantha Reyes), and the A&E summer series The Glades ( as Colleen Manus). Other television credits include: Younger, Devious Maids, 90210, Witches of East End, How To Get Away With Murder, Bosc, Mysteries of Laura, Pretty Little Liars, Raising Hope, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU (as Det. Jeffries), Gossip Girl, ER, Bones, According To Jim, Law & Order, Smith, Skin, Leap Years, Charmed, The O.C., Kevin Hill, The Practice and Another World.

Other film credits include Being Frank opposite Jim Gaffigan, Be Afraid, We Don’t Belong Here (alongside Catherine Keener and Maya Rudolph), Search Engines, Within The Dark, Girl Most Likely (with Kristen Wiig), Random Hearts, Personals, Double Parked, Wolf, and King of New York.

Hurd is a proud alumnus of NYC’s premiere artist community at Westbeth.

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HEIDI’S ENDORSEMENT

I’ve known Michelle for years and never fallen short of feeling energized and completely inspired in her presence. She cares deeply for the success of the actor, and knows that the secret is linked to inner confidence. She is so honest and freely shares her professional experiences as she teaches. Michelle is a very passionate and vocal advocate for actors, from auditions to sets to SAG-AFTRA advocacy. Oh yes, and she LOVES auditioning. Really!

Who is this class good for?

This class is good for alumni actors who want to a cultivate a love of auditioning and get nonjudgmental feedback about their strengths, their type, and what they reveal about themselves in the audition room. If you’re seasoned, this is an honest assessment of how to get you playing harder. If you’re newer, it’s going to light a fire!

Class content

WEEK 1 Cold Readings

 

  • Cold reads challenge your comfort in the audition room.
  • What happens to you physically and emotionally?
  • Do you trust yourself? Do you know who you are?

 

WEEK 2 Know Who You Are

 

  • How will I tell this story?
  • Let’s check your mindset.
  • Did I enjoy myself doing it vs. am I worrying if the CD enjoys it?

 

WEEK 3 Callbacks and Screentests

 

  • We realize now that we’re supposed to be here—that’s why we have the callback.
  • What kinds of questions should I ask?  
  • How can I interpret notes from the casting director + others during the session?
  • What can I expect in high level screentests?

 

WEEK 4 Rolling Up On Set

 

  • Importance of being prepared (any size role)
  • What to expect on set: the pace, the basic set-up
  • Cheat Sheet for prep 
  • Cheat Sheet for on-set 
  • How to have one job lead to the next…hear how being a small role in a pilot shifted to being offered a Recurring Role in the same show!

Reviews

Bryce Townsend

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It made me feel more active, and reminded me that there’s joy and a responsibility to liberate myself in each scene. I won’t just do the scene to prove I can act and that I’m competent; I will strive to have a personal and intimate experience of each scene.

Dominique Salerno

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I think it was great to get such insight from a working actor. She’s so warm and lovely!

Anne Stockton

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Michelle is terrific! So sharp – funny- insightful – great comments and seems to instantly know how to help with adjustments/ direction. Excellent class!

Michelle generously shared so many of her own experiences about how she negotiated various situations that she encountered- fascinating to hear from an actress with her stature in the business. (She is a role model in being brave!!) I was so impressed with Michelle’s ability to quickly analyze a scene and offer adjustments.

Cecilia Cereijido-Bloche

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I’m really enjoying the class – particularly the business and “conduct” advice Michelle gives. She talks a lot about how to make herself feel empowered in auditions and on set, and her ability to do that is clearly something that has opened doors for her.

Studio guarantee

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.