Genre Focus: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense – June 5th Acting Cycle

$200.00 $180.00

Our four-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?


NOTE: This cycle has already concluded. To see our upcoming schedule of acting class cycles, please click HERE.

“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 fourth 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 (director, Guys Reading Poems).

Sunday, June 5th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 12th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 19, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 26th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (final performance for entire StoryAtlas studio)

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

Want to audit for free? You can audit the final performance night for each of our class cycles. In 2016, our StoryAtlas Open House nights are: January 24, February 21, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 20 and December 18.  Email to set it up.


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