Class Info

Our philosophy: The best training an actor can have is working. One performance is like a thousand rehearsals. What you gain in confidence, knowledge, and ability from being on set is worth a thousand-fold the rehearsal process. Acting comes from the Latin meaning “to do”. Only by doing it can we get better.

What we focus on in Audition Technique is THE AUDITION.

What we focus on in Scene Study is THE CRAFT.

What we focus on in Improv is LIVING IN THE MOMENT.

What we focus on in Commercial Technique is BOOKING THE JOB.

What we focus on in Voice Over is FINDING YOUR VOICE.

What we focus on in Social Media is FINDING YOU

What we focus on in Musical Theatre is Vocal, Dance, Theatrical TECHNIQUE

Our classes are comprehensive, taught by industry professionals and geared for the auditioning, working actor.

THE WORK IS EVERYTHING.

Class Descriptions

Gray Studios offers classes for actors from ages 4 through 100. We offer 7 levels of classes to accommodate every actor:

Film & Tv Audition Technique:

Preschool Classes: This is our class of introduction to pro training where we work with children ages 4-6 who cannot read yet. We work on lines, memorization skills, fidgeting, on camera training, slating and an intro to the more advanced classes. Once able to read-they should move up to the kid class. If your child is under this age group they would need to audition. Taught by the GS Team.

Kid classes- Age 6 (reading) If they read younger they can be in this group, we work on lines, comedy-drama, cold read, and on camera classes-film and tv training. We work on advanced material-they would actually audition for-how to book the job. We prepare them for the teen classes and the very competitive environment out there. Still fidgeting, eye contact and auditioning skills are needed in this age group. Taught by the GS Team.

Teen Classes: ages 9-11/12-The 12 year olds in this age group are a delicate balance, the more immature 12 year old in this class that isn’t ready for the big kid who may say a swear word or audition for super risqué material. This would be the interim class for that 12 year old not ready to age up or the mom not ready for that. This is a highly advanced film and tv class of comedy, drama, cold read and on camera training. They should be skilled and ready to work. Taught by David Gray and the GS Team.

Young adult classes: film/tv class-age 12-16-This is the class for the very advanced auditioning actor. We are known for the fierceness of this age group. If you are a 12 year old in this class you are GOOD. please not the material in this class can be risqué as that is what is on the breakdowns and we work with real material. Comedy, drama, cold read and on camera training. Advanced actors only. Taught by David Gray and GS Team.

Adult classes:-Age 17-adult- If you are 17 and not ready for adult classes quite yet- you are more than welcome in our young adult program. Nobody 18 is welcome in the young adult classes. The adult film and tv classes are for experienced actors only-we do welcome beginners but be ready to LEARN from the BEST. Comedy, drama, cold read and on camera training from David Gray and Curt Mega.

Scene Study Classes:

Ages 9-12:- This is a class where if you love to learn how to develop a character this is where you want to be. We break down a scene to every part. Monologues from film. You will work on a scene from film or theatre and not put it away until you get it right, You will cry your eyes out and laugh until it hurts. John Posey is one of the best method actors of all time. Taught by John Posey

Ages 13-17: Same as above but a little deeper-Taught by John Posey

Ages 18 plus:-The deepest. Taught by John Posey

Improv:

Ages 7+: This class will focus on using the tools of “Yes…And”, finding the “game” of the scene by using the building blocks of Who, What and Where.

Ages 11+: This class will focus on comedic character and story creation by making strong, smart, unique choices in scenes, taking chances, adding to the scene, building characters/scenes using the tools of “Yes…And”, finding the “game” of the scene by using the building blocks of Who, What, Where, all while staying present in the moment and reacting truthfully in imaginary circumstances, aimed specifically for auditioning film and TV actors.

Ages 18+:  This class will focus on comedic character and story creation by making strong, smart, unique choices in scenes, taking chances, adding to the scene, building characters/scenes using the tools of “Yes…And”, finding the “game” of the scene by using the building blocks of Who, What, Where, all while staying present in the moment and reacting truthfully in imaginary circumstances, aimed specifically for auditioning film and TV actors.

Commercial:

Ages 5-8-This class will instruct students on all aspects of commercial auditioning, including personality questions, reaction auditions, how to isolate action choices, one-liners, getting the most out of cue cards, multi-person copy (exploring and fleshing out a scene), and commercial improv.

Ages 9-16-This class will instruct students on all aspects of commercial auditioning, including personality questions, reaction auditions, how to isolate action choices, one-liners, getting the most out of cue cards, multi-person copy (exploring and fleshing out a scene), and commercial improv.

Ages 17-Once a month workshop (sometimes people from out of town other age groups join) This class will instruct students on all aspects of commercial auditioning, including personality questions, reaction auditions, how to isolate action choices, one-liners, getting the most out of cue cards, multi-person copy (exploring and fleshing out a scene), and commercial improv.

Voice Over-Once a month workshop ending in animation and VO clips you can use for your actors access like mini demo reels or you can use to submit for an agent! We also make demo reels! Taught by John Mitchell & Ogie Banks

Social Media: Once a month workshop focusing on Exploring the questions of…

  • What story do you want to tell?
  • What makes your story unique?
  • How are you going to actually be able to tell it?
  • How will you get people to listen?

PRE-PRODUCTION 

  • Concept
  • Outlining
  • Tone
  • Intention
  • Logline
  • The Pitch

PRODUCTION

  • Intro to cinematography
  • Intro to sound
  • Intro to lighting

POST-PRODUCTION

  • Intro to editing
  • Intro to sound/music

DISTRIBUTION

  • Finding your platform through social media
  • Engaging your audience
  • Growing your audience

Musical Theatre- Gray Studios Broadway is led by Kim Whalen & Shanelle Gray-Both broadway veterans. Shanelle having originated Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. Who better to lead your children in song and dance? GSOB is the only theatre company in the Valley to pay to nominate their actors in the Valley Theatre awards and were nominees for best play, best director and best actor in a children’s musical-taking home the best actor award. With our killer directors, musical directors and choreographers, your kids learn how to take over the stage and put on a show you will not forget.

Tuition Policies

Please see Atlanta for rates at that location as they are different!!!!

Tuition Policies

Tuition is due on the 1st of every month, regardless of whether there is a class on the 1st or if the 1st falls on a weekend. Payments may be mailed to make the deadline. If tuition is not made by the first of the month a late fee applies, if special circumstances are needed or you need a payment plan, we are willing to work with you to pay on the 1st and 15th of a month.

30 Day notice of cancellation policy: The studio has a 30 day notice of cancellation policy for all classes-although we are a month to month program-if you do not state in writing that this is the only month you will take, the studio will assume you are an on going student and the 30 day notice policy will apply. A 30 day notice from the 1st of the month will apply. If you are unable to give a 30 day notice a $150 cancellation fee for LA or OC classes for any class $300 and above or a $100 cancellation fee for any class $200-$300. In Atlanta or out of state, a $100 cancellation fee applies. 

Sign up policy: If you call the studio and enroll for a month and that month comes around and you cancel or move to a different month, the cancellation fee also applies. 

Payment Policy:

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover personal checks, and cash.
  • A 3% fee will be added to Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Amex transactions
  • Credit card information must be provided at the time of the booking for all students without a credit card on file.

Cancellation Policy for Privates

  • Minimum four (4) hour cancellation notice by telephone or email on the day of the session for all coaching appointments.
  • Penalty for failure to provide minimum four (4) hour notice – 1/2 charge for missed session at rate indicated above on the credit card provided to Gray Studios- if check or cash was to be paid-payment of 1/2 will be due. You will receive an invoice via email.
  • There are no make-up classes for missed Privates.

Checks should be made payable to “Gray Studios.” Post-dated checks are accepted and will be deposited on the 1st. Checks for the next month can be brought to the last class of the current month and left with the Gray Studios on-site representative.

A $25 bounce check fee will be applied to all bounced checks.