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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. 

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Sure, you get cast in local stuff shot by your friends, but what happens when you have to audition for the Hollywood movies when they come to Northern California?  Can you do an "L.A." audition?  
(Voted Sacramento's Outstanding Training Resource for Actors) 

MAY 11 - JUNE 8
(No Class May 25)

Charlie Holliday has had more than one hundred major movie and TV auditions.  Come learn the techniques that have him landed dozens of roles.  
There are two skills an actor must learn in order to work in movies and TV - Cold Reading and Improvisation.  Unlike Theater auditions, which often request monologues, Movie and TV auditions don't generally use prepared memorized material. In this class you will learn a technique of the Mosaic Acting System that allows you to use the subjective mind to quickly create a character with depth and substance, rather than just trying to "learn the words". These same tools can then be used to create a character for Screen, Stage or any type of performance. As the class progresses, we cover cold reading and audition techniques, as well as scene and monologue work. As the class size is limited to a minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 new students, pre-registration by the Monday before the class is required. This class will be presented on 4 Saturdays from 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM. Tuition is $300, and includes an audio CD. (Repeat fee for prior students of this class - $200)  

To Register now with your credit card or PayPal (3% surcharge) click below or call Charlie at 916-588-2699 for other payment options.

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