STUDIO TEACHER | Make choices inside the camera frame that tell the story.
This 3-week online class guides you towards using the camera to your advantage! Learn physicality for the camera, work the beats, bring the internal monologue to life, and practice self-tape techniques.
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, teaching artist, and acting coach.
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, and DreamYard.
Athena is a super strong coach who will draw out your confidence and (re)energize your work. Heidi includes Athena in the prep process for actors in screen tests and role prep (i.e.Hallie Bailey is starring as Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid!) 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.
This class is for actors of all experience levels who want to express their authenticity on camera using technique and instinct. No matter where you are in your process, this coaching series is designed to up-level your work, strengthen your self-tapes, and tackle your personal challenges.
Athena’s class is good for:
Acting on camera is fun! Athena takes a high-energy approach and encourages actors to embrace a sense of play because that’s where freedom lies.
Hone in on making specific choices so you can feel at ease and prepared for any audition or on-set experience. Learn how to design your eyelines, how to work with a reader, and how to play in order to free up the scene. Develop your technical self-tape skills as well as your acting choices. Go beyond what you think you can do on camera.
The STUDIO [ONLINE] CLASSES are uniquely designed.
Online classes are fresh, new classes…different from the in-person studio classes.
[ONLINE] classes include:
Athena was a wonderful teacher, just the right amount of support and tough love. 🙂 I really appreciated her insights as a working actor and her real world acting/audition experiences. She did a great job of getting me to change and expand my thinking about the way I prepare and shoot self-tapes. I’m really glad I took this class.
I always love working with Athena. I always learn so much more than I ever expect and am so uplifted and inspired.
I learned a lot about inner monologue. How to use it, what to say and how it can really transform my acting. Eyelines were very helpful because they made the scenes more realistic as if there were really people there that I was acting with. Athena helped me become aware of my nervous ticks and physicality during the scenes. Sometime I would do odd things that I was unaware of and this class helped to fix that.
Had a great experience. Learned so much. Took so many notes. I enjoyed getting to know Athena and really get her feedback. She’s hilarious! I’m obsessed.
This class was the highlight of my week! Athena created a safe and supportive space where I felt free to play and explore. I now feel more comfortable with self tapes (I was really terrified of them before) and it was really fun to connect with fellow artists again.
1) This class is perfect for quarantine because its less about acting and more about the technicalities of framing yourself on a self tape which is surprisingly hard info to find in one spot!
2) Athena is a legend.
3) Athena is hysterical.
I learned incredible gems about eyelines, inner monologue, and how to best frame myself to accomplish the best self-tape.
I feel much more confident now that I’ve taken Athena’s class. I have learned to give myself more time in preparation for auditions and to focus on being “camera ready” long before I get in place for the shot.
Athena has lots of golden nuggets! She’s like your super cool big sister who is actually nice to you. I think what rings loudest in my head is to slow down, take my time.
Athena is just fantastic. I also got a lot out of her co-star workshop, and her combination of hard work, practicality, lightness toward the industry, and pleasure in the process make me very happy to work and learn.
I just wanted to let you know that I am having the time of my life taking your classes! Throughout this quarantine and pandemic I have had a hard time finding the drive and ambition I normally have, but your studio’s classes have really brought it back. For that I am forever grateful.
My top three general insights from class are to play around more and have more fun, embody the role in the scene with more physicality even if it’s a subtle movement or weight shift, and to always have a strong arch with beats by starting the scene one way and finishing it another.
I have already changed the way I approach self-tapes in general- Setting up everything first, giving myself enough time to get focused before and best of all, learning how to ENJOY and look forward to the process. I also learned how to trust myself more and surrender to moment confidently.
The class was fantastic. It has made me realize what I need to work on and what I need to do during self tapes.
Class with Athena is always so much fun.
Athena is amazing, she brought her trained eye and open heart for each of us despite the class being online. The last class as casting directors was not only fun but also educational. THANK YOU BOTH!
I look at sides with excitement; eager to break them down and find all the hidden gems of the scene whereas before it was daunting and confusing.
I definitely feel Athena armed me with tools that I can directly refer to in the future for auditions. It was a a wealth of knowledge and the class opened my eyes to how in control we can be with our self tapes and the choices we make.
I am so much more aware of the camera now and have a whole new appreciation for the deep thought processes that take place in the prep work. I am excited to start applying the script analysis and camera use skills to my next self-tape. Seriously, this is probably the best class I have taken since graduating from conservatory. Insightful, grounded, and practical- not generalized read/adjust/read/next! Thank you so much.
I got to know how terrific a coach Athena is when she helped me work on a pilot audition. She partners with you to find the truth and nuances of the scene and character, while also making sure the best of you is captured. Her work is rich and nuanced and fully supports the individual process.
I walked out of my audition feeling whole and happy and confident that I brought my best! Thank you for your coaching! It was SO valuable. In one short hour, you were able to break down the scene and help me fortify a strong emotional prep for a major audition.
Athena was brilliant at helping break down the moments in the scene and bring in more sides in the character along with the circumstances and reality of the world of the film. I felt confident and ready to work in the room, and trusted the work we’d done. The audition went great and I was able to do my best work.
It is so important to walk into a room feeling so prepared that you can deliver in any situation. Athena gets to the bottom of a text quickly. She recognizes your strengths to bring out a variety of colors and tactics to tell the story. I felt free working with her and really allowed myself to take risks in the audition room.
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.