Calendar of Events
Upcoming classes & events from Charlie Holliday and the Mosaic Acting Studio

There's a big difference between the Academic world and the Professional world of acting . . . Not that one is better than the other; they simply have different objectives. 

Classes at the Mosaic Acting Academy come from what I've learned from more than forty years as a professional actor in Movies, Television, Theatre, and Commercials, as well as from the several years I spent teaching Acting and Directing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Most classes are limited to twelve students, high school age and above.  The classes are very "hands on," and every student works in every class.  You learn to act by acting, not reading about it!  It's also a lot more fun!  Here's what we offer . .

Ongoing Classes:

Improv Class - every Tuesday, 7:30 - 10:00 pm.  Improvisation is a skill every actor needs to have. Join us for a fun time! You do not need any experience. $10 per class or $25/month if paid by PayPal. Contact Charlie to enroll.

Advanced Scene Study - This class is open only to those who have taken the Mosaic Acting and/or the Uta Hagen classes, or by special permission from Charlie..

Other Classes and Events:

The Mosaic Acting System - Developed by my dear friend the late Jeremy Whelan, this is my "Master Class,"  and some of it's techniques are incorporated into all my other classes.  The Mosaic Acting System is usually presented as a weekend intensive, although I occasionally do it as an eight week class with a showcase at the end.  It's also the most fun an actor can have!

Acting for Camera Technique - What works on stage doesn't necessarily work in front of the camera.  In this class we focus on the differences between acting for the stage and acting for the camera - finding the light, hitting the mark, working the close-up and more.  The students say,"It's just like being on the set." 

Alpha Cold-reading Technique - Again, auditioning for a movie or TV show is very different than auditioning for stage.  For example, I've had dozens and dozens of movie and TV auditions, and I've never once been asked to do a monologue.  It just isn't the way it's done.  The key to working in movies and TV is to become a good cold reader.  I'll teach you how.

 Auditioning for Commercials Technique - Commercials aren't always artistically satisfying, but where else can you work for one day and make $20,000, unless you are a star?  Landing a national commercial can do that for you, but again, it's all in the audition process, and that's what we cover in this class.

A Challenge for the Actor - This ten week class is based on the Ten Objective Exercises from Uta Hagen's wonderful books "Respect For Acting" and "A Challenge For The Actor."  It is usually held only once per year.

Advanced Character Technique • (Currently on hiatus) Charlie Holliday conducts this challenging class, held one  evening per week from 7:00 to 10 PM.  We work mostly on two-person scenes using the techniques of the Mosaic Acting System and the teachings of Uta Hagen. We prefer that you have taken one or both of these classes prior to enrollment. • The class will works in four week cycles, and will be scheduled whenever there are a minimum of 8 students ready to enroll. 

I haven't offered this class in a long time!
Commercials aren't always artistically satisfying, but boy do they pay the bills!
(Voted Sacramento's Outstanding Training Resource for Actors) 


                       Winning the Commercial Audition  


Registrations are now being accepted for this popular series to be held at the  
(Directions provided upon enrollment)
Learn from someone who has appeared in more than three dozen National Commercials! Nothing in show business, including movies, costs more money to make, minute for minute, than a national commercial. And nothing pays better! Members of the Screen Actors Guild earn more each year from commercials than from movies and television combined. This class is appropriate for middle-school ages and above, and will cover all the aspects of the commercial audition, from getting the call from the agent or casting director, to the right headshot, copy analysis, working with cue cards, teleprompter, the call-back, and  more.
Tuition: $300 (students who have taken this class may repeat for $200) This very popular class usually fills quickly, so to ensure a space register on line with your credit card or PayPal now (3% service charge) click below
or you may call 916-588-2699.