Actors Annex

Actors Annex

“Actors make great writers because they understand process. There’s a direct parallel between an actor making choices to articulate character and a writer making decisions about a character’s in a story. Actors tend to do well as writers due to their access to scripts and reading experience, and their headstart on the 10,000 hours, as Malcolm Gladwell would say, from the parallel process applied from acting to writing.”
-Writers Boot Camp founder Jeffrey Gordon

Scene Circus and Table Read Series

Our monthly Scene Circus on our stage in LA is usually the second Thursday of the month. We invite actors to read three to five page scenes written by our professional members, who benefit greatly by seeing their work come to life.

When a script reaches a certain stage of development, we produce a Table Read to give the writer a better idea of what is and isn’t working with their project. Hearing the dialogue, seeing how an audience of their peers reacts to the material – these are all invaluable to the writer.

If you’d like to be considered for the monthly Scene Circus or occasional Table Read, please send your headshot/resume to: actorsannex@writersbootcamp.com.

Please include your personal contact info (phone numbers, e-mail and snail-mail address), as well as who referred you to us. We’ll keep you in mind for future readings and other actor-related events.

Actors Annex

Watch the schedule for events under the Actors Annex banner designed to assist and empower the actors in our community. Past speakers reflecting the unique challenges as an actor, from addressing your craft, business issues, extending opportunity and developing your own material, have included Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz, Nia Vardalos, Top Agency Reps and our recent Pavilion Event on the important topic of “Attracting Representation.”

Educational Opportunities

If you’re an actor with aspirations to become a double or triple threat (i.e. an Actor/Writer, Actor/Writer/Director, etc.), we have a variety of ways to support you in that quest. Most actors have the unique ability to immerse themselves in the stages of development necessary to create something entertaining and resonant. There’s a parallel process at work between acting and writing. More specifically, actors …

  • Are good with dialogue and adept at creating “recognizable human behavior.”
  • Understand the importance of seeking out professional, paid instruction.”
  • Often have flexible day job situations, giving them more time to write.”
  • Are on the front lines of the industry, constantly creating new vehicles for themselves.”
  • Understand the importance of long-term career development.”
  • Are intuitive about collaboration.”
  • Know how to generate “hot character choices” — which translate into what we call Character Conceits.”
  • Are on the front lines of the industry, know what’s going on around town and have an intuitive understanding of the business due to their relationship with peers who are actively working.

All of our sessionwork is designed to accommodate busy people with full-time jobs. 10 hours per week, outside of class, is the minimum time requirement. Actors usually have no problem meeting that because you know how to budget your time and prioritize.

If you’re an actor, or in an acting group, and you’d like develop something on the page, as opposed to just reading it, then give us a call at 310/998-1199. One of our staff members will be glad to direct you towards the right path. Depending upon your experience and goals, you may be even eligible for Professional Membership and our Work Study Initiative.

If your career takes off and you find yourself out of town for a period of time, you needn’t worry: we never punish people for getting work. As long as there’s earnest, advance communication, we’re always willing to work with you towards the long-term, full development of your project and, ultimately, your career. This business may be fickle – but we’re not.

Noteworthy Writers Boot Camp Actor/Writer Alums include:

Hank Azaria, Jason Bateman, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Zooey Deschanel, Tate Donovan, Mark, Feuerstein, Josh Gad, Bryce, Dallas Howard, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Nestor Carbonel, John Henson, Jennifer Grey, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Rob Morrow, Michael O’Keefe, Anthony LaPaglia, Samantha Mathis, Laurie Metcalf, Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Sinbad Octavia Spencer, Mark Valley, Steven Weber, Peter Weller, Rita Wilson, Moon Zappa and Daphne Zuniga.

OUR MENTORS & STAFF

Our team will empower you to be an authority of your own material as you learn by analogy from fellow writers.
Cory
Cory

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Cory Stone studied Business Management at San Jose State University with a focus in Radio, Television & Film....

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Sarah
Sarah

An accomplished independent filmmaker, having owned her own boutique digital media production company, with five feature films and numerous documentaries distributed, Sarah moved from Philly...

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Brad
Brad

A native New Yorker with a background in theater and performance, Brad has spent over a decade writing, working with and learning from playwrights, TV...

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