AUGUST: Genre Focus: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense – Starts August 6th!


Our five-week cycles of acting class are focused and add useful tools to your process as an actor, while culminating with the challenge of performing for the entire StoryAtlas studio. This month, we examine the specific challenges when working in the mystery/suspense genre. How do you embody the tone of the film while maintaining a truthful performance?


“Ladies with an attitude. Fellas that were in the mood….” Of course, we all known the origin of that lyric and, indeed, many of the characters populating neo-noir/mystery films seem to possess a star quality unique to this genre. Whether a femme fatale or tough guy, these larger than life characters can border on the iconic, so how do we create that as actors without becoming a stereotype or, worse, an unintentional parody of a “cool cat”?

In this four week cycle, you’ll receive a scene from a mystery/thriller/suspense piece. We’ll develop the scene through rehearsals and exercises aimed at supporting you within this fascinating genre. The fifth week, we’ll perform the scenes for an audience comprised of the entire StoryAtlas studio, including alumni, auditors and guests and every actor will receive an evaluation of their work. The class is taught by Hunter Lee Hughes, whose award-winning mindbender feature film Guys Reading Poems won raves from film critics.

Sunday, August 6th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 13th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 20th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 27th , 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

We will take off Sunday, September 3rd in honor of Labor Day.

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

Location: Hyperion Arts Complex, 2306 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

If you’d like to make arrangements to pay by cash or check, please email

“Genre Focus: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense” is part one of our three-part “Summer Series.” Be sure to check out Part 1: Tactics and Part 2: From Dream to Scene – Channeling your Dreamworld into your Acting Work. To book the entire “Summer Series” and save $100, click here.


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