JANUARY – APRIL: Complete “Shadow Power” Series ($105 savings)


The three-month pass gives you access to three of our 2016 courses at a BIG discount.


NOTE: These cycles have already concluded. To see our upcoming schedule of acting class cycles, please visit HERE.

In the first quarter of 2017, our topic will be “Shadow Power” and this Complete Series Pass allows you to take all three courses (each course runs four weeks) for $450, a savings of $105 compared to booking each class individually. Here’s a summary of the classes. Please note: the final week of each cycle actors are expected to perform their scenes for the entire StoryAtlas studio, comprised of alumni, auditors and guests, when they will receive an evaluation of their work. Each of the courses is taught by Hunter Lee Hughes (director, Guys Reading Poems).

January: “From Dream to Screen: Channeling your Dreamworld into your Acting Work”

As actors, we often reach back decades to draw upon psychological forces within us that powerfully align with characters we’re developing. And this can be extremely effective. But what about our dreams? Dreams are powerful clues in the mystery of our own psyche that may be integrated into creative work by identifying key images in your dreams, then creatively applying them to scene work.

Sunday, January 8th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 15th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 22nd, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 29th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (final performance for entire StoryAtlas studio)

To book this course as an individual class, book here.

February: We will take off the month of February due to Hunter’s trip to Washington, D.C. for the AWP Conference and the D.C. Independent Film Festival.

March: “Hero Worship: Don’t Dream it, Be It…In Character”

Most people think only the undesirable parts of their personality reside in the unseen shadow of the personality. This is not true. Think of the teenage boy who looks up to a professional athlete. Or the young woman who deeply admires the poise of a First Lady. Oftentimes, these youngsters are projecting out their own good qualities that they are not yet able to integrate into their personality. As actors, we do this as well in the form of hero worship and sometimes the heroes we admire hold the keys to untapped positive potential within us. It’s great to have heroes. But it’s even more important to learn what those folks can teach us about the gold within ourselves, that can then be used to help us create more three-dimensional characters.

Sunday, March 5th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 12th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 19th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 26th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 2nd, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (final performance for entire StoryAtlas studio).

To book this course as an individual class, book here.

April: “Dark Side Rising”

Most of us walk around completely suppressing or ignoring the existence of our Shadow, our very own dark side made up of the rejected parts of ourselves and our life experiences that we don’t want to taint the picture we’ve painted to the world at large…and to ourselves and our loved ones. We admit that other people have have real emotional turmoil under the surface – crude people in traffic, that loser in our family that can’t make much of himself, “those” people who have political views that are antithetical to our own. But…”I’m in the light, a seeker, an artist. I’m above all this dark side stuff, right?” Wrong.

As human beings, we all have a Shadow. It’s a powerful part of our personality that our conscious mind – by its very nature – seeks to thwart. The world – and our personality – might quickly devolve into chaos if we allowed our Shadow Selves to sit at the throne of our inner life. However, that suppression comes at a price and the Shadow will exert itself one way or another – a sudden outburst, important papers lost, a slip of the tongue at an inopportune moment. The good news is that for creative people, and especially for actors, the Shadow provides an incredible amount of imagery and energy to revitalize our creative work. And this month, we’re going to tap into that Shadow Self and use it…to transform our creative work.

Sunday, April 9th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 16th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 23rd, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 30th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 7th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (guest night with industry guests TBD).

To book this course as an individual class, book here.

The location for all courses is: Hyperion Arts Complex, 2306 Hyperion, Los Angeles, CA 90027

StoryAtlas is committed to empowering content creators by developing your skills, expanding your network and applying your talents to the current media landscape. Our four to five-week cycles of acting class are focused and add useful tools to your process as an actor, while culminating the class with the challenge of performing material for the entire StoryAtlas studio and receiving feedback.  The StoryAtlas experience allows you to add tools to your process as an actor as we intensely develop scenes and unearth hidden blocks and potential, while the final week provides an opportunity to face a more high-pressure situation that resembles the world you must face as a working actor.


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