Film & TV Audition Technique

KIDS: AGES 6-8 Reading**
PRESCHOOL: ages 4-6 Non-reading**

What we focus on in this class is THE AUDITION. Actors need to get work and can only do so through the art of auditioning. Therefore, the audition is everything. Students work on improv, comedy, drama, on-tape, reader style, and cold reads, rotating on a weekly basis throughout the month.  Students receive new scenes each week, 2-3 days before class. All scenes are pulled from shows/film that are currently being cast or will be original material in the vein of what that age group would realistically go out for theatrically.  Our classes should be treated as an “audition” with students arriving at class with lines memorized and “off book” (with the exception of cold read week). This class is focused on preparing actors for the audition room by getting them to discover and make strong, unique choices, break down material very quickly and be able to OWN any audition they walk into. Curriculum consists of a rotating curriculum of comedy, drama, cold reads, reader styles and on tape work.

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David Barry Gray (Owner/Master Instructor) A longtime student of acting, David Gray grew up on and around the stages of New York City. He is a Graduate of NYC’s High School of Performing Arts. He studied extensively after high school, with his prime mentor Anthony Abeson. He also attended H.B. Studios where he had the pleasure of studying with such teachers (and actors) as Herbert Bergoff, Carol Rosenfeld, Bill Hickey, and Uta Hagen. As an actor, David performed on and off Broadway. Most notable was his critically acclaimed portrayal of Rodolpho in the Tony Award Winning production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The John Houseman Theater, Playwrights Horizons and many other venues in NYC. He is a company member at South Coast Repertory Theater in Orange County, California. He has appeared in several feature films working with Academy Award Winning directors Oliver Stone in Nixon, and Anthony Minghella in Mr.Wonderful, as well the feature films One Good Cop, S.F.W., Mutiny, Dead Presidents, Lawn Dogs, Cops And Robbersons, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and Soldier Boyz. He has been a regular on three network series: Fox’s  21 Jump Street,  NBC’s  Dream Street, and NBC’s  The Client. David most recently played Todd Palin in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Game Change.  He is thrilled to be teaching alongside his wife, and love of his life Shanelle Gray. See a complete list of David’s credits on IMDB.

Curt Mega (Lead Instructor) Curt is a Los Angeles based actor, writer, improviser, and singer from Dallas, Tx, best known for his four season recurring role as Nick the Warbler on Fox’s hit show Glee. He led the Warblers in Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl and toured with the Glee cast for the 2011 Glee Live International Tour. Recent TV credits include The Get (CBS Pilot starring Brad Garrett & Amy Brenneman), NCIS: LA on CBS, Code Black on CBS, Crazy Ex Girlfriend on CW, Game Shakers on Nickelodeon and Switched at Birth opposite Breaking Bad’s R.J. Mitte on ABC Family/Freeform. He was recently seen in the comedy feature film Spare Change with Park’s & Recreation’s Jim O’Heir from the producers of Orange is the New Black, his own original digital comedy series Buffering, a recurring role in the workplace digital comedy series Brian Remus, Science Genius! from Relativity Media, recurring roles on Inside the Extras Studio with Barry Bostwick and Alexander Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party. He was most recently seen onstage in Los Angeles and Chicago as the leading role in the world premiere of the new comedy musical Spies are Forever! (By Tin Can Brothers/TalkFine). Theatre credits include the 2014 Ovation Award-nominated Les Miserables at Cathy Rigby’s La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Damn Yankees with Richard Kind at Casa Mañana Theatre and the regional debut of The Light in the Piazza at Theatre Three in Dallas, Tx. He toured the country in the original sketch comedy show The JoMoShow, was company member of Second City’s TMI The Show sketch comedy troupe, and can be seen in various comedy shorts on the inter-webs! Curt is a writer, producer, director and is currently working on his own directional debut with the upcoming horror/thriller feature POV. See a complete list of Curt’s credits on IMDB.

Anthony Ocasio (Lead Instructor) Anthony Ocasio began acting at an early age on the stages of Chicago, appearing in various plays in theatres such asThe Diary of Ann Frank, Grease, and Juvie.  He moved to Los Angeles at 18 to continue his theatrical education at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and was fortunate to train with two Second City veterans for two years.  He booked his first television role on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, followed a few years later by a role in a World War II feature film Fortress.  Anthony has spent the last 10 years mentoring with David and Shanelle Gray, and training the youngest Gray Studios LA students.

Kenton Duty (Lead Instructor) Most recently, Kenton wrapped production in a lead role in the indie films Little Savages, produced and starred in the indie film Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code. Two other recent films are Silver Bells and Contest. Kenton’s past TV credits include one of the stars on the Disney Channel hit series Shake It Up as the hilarious character of “Gunther.” He also had a recurring role on the last season of the hit ABC series Lost, in the role of “Young Jacob.” Kenton guest-starred on the new ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat and Tim Allen’s comedy Last Man Standing. In addition, he has also appeared in several sketches on The Tonight Show. He has guest-starred on such shows as Cold Case and recurred on several episodes of Ctrl. Kenton performed in a starring role in the Lifetime television movie Christmas in Paradise. His motion picture credits include a lead role opposite Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver in Crazy on the Outside, and he was the American lead role in the overseas hit film My Name Is Kahn. Kenton also plays the lead role, opposite Sean Astin, in the indie film Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea. Look for him in the upcoming feature film Crowning Jules and Deadly Mistakes! See a complete list of Kenton’s credits on IMDB.