One surefire way to make sure you’re not pigeonholed into stereotypical roles – or unsatisfying ones – is to create your own content. But examining a role – even a role that closely mirrors your own life experience – requires a new way of thinking about character.
The very thinking that helps you see “the big picture” as a content creator can then make it difficult to return to the acting without being “in your head.” Whether it’s the burden of the vantage point of a writer or the difficult responsibilities of producing your own material, actors have additional challenges when taking their own ideas from script to screen. And yet, completing a long-term project that you conceived, hatched, nurtured and released to the world can be extremely satisfying. Sometimes, it even changes the course of your career.
In this four-week workshop, we’ll empower you on your path as a complete content creator by helping you to develop an original monologue or scene. The first two weeks, we’ll focus intently on developing your material. The third week, you’ll start to explore what it’s like to play the role you’ve designed. The final week, we’ll perform all the monologues and scenes for the entire class, and you’ll have an opportunity to bring in other actors (if you’ve chosen to write a scene) to perform the scene for the studio.
We’ll meet Tuesday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at a private residence in West Hollywood (address provided upon registration).
Tuesday, September 12th – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19th – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26th – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3rd – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The class is taught by Hunter Lee Hughes, whose first venture into content creation was the acclaimed multi-media one-man show Fate of the Monarchs. He went on to write the play The Sermons of John Bradley, the dark comedy short film Winner Takes All, the comedy web television series Dumbass Filmmakers! and, most recently, the award-winning feature film Guys Reading Poems. He also spent five years as the writer’s assistant to legendary screenwriter Mardik Martin and eight years as a story analyst for Paramount Classics/Vantage.