Aug 202013

Basics of the Acting Biz; the Georgia Aspiring Actors Workshop

This 6-hour workshop meets:

10–4pm, Saturday, August 24, 2013 2 spots left!


Are you a natural ham? A compulsive cut-up? A genuine character? Then learn how to turn your inner diva into extra dough with the Basics of the Biz; the Georgia Aspiring Actors Workshop. In this one-day symposium, well-known local actors Jason MacDonald of The Vampire Diaries, Catherine Dyer of The Blind Side, Claire Bronson of Army Wives and Scott Poythress of One Tree Hill and Drop Dead Diva will teach you what agents want, what makes a good (or bad) headshot, what casting directors are looking for, how to get work, and more!

The Georgia movie business raked in billions last year! (Here is just a sampling of the movies and TV series filmed or filming nearby: Wanderlust with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd; Footloose with Dennis Quad, Fast Five with Vin Diesel, The Blind Side, Zombieland, Life As We Know It, Due Date, Halloween 2, Drop Dead Diva, The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries to name a few!) This means Atlanta needs actors! And to help meet that need is the The Basics of the Biz! This unique workshop presented by these four well-known professional actors culminates in an enlightening Q & A session, and enrollees will receive insights, advice and practical how-to’s for finding work in the burgeoning film industry here in Georgia.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to look for casting calls
  • Where to find quality acting teachers
  • What legitimate talent agents are looking for in local actors
  • The do’s and don’ts of the all-important headshot
  • The role of casting directors and how to get their attention

SIGN UP BELOW! (or call 678-661-7080 to enroll over the phone!)

Seminar meets 10–4pm, Saturday, August 24

Cost $150 for this valuable 1-day workshop.

Cost $150 for this 1-day seminar that meets Saturday, August 24, 10–4p.m. .

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You’ve finally made the decision to follow a dream of being a actor, or you just want to do some extra work, or want to be a supportive stage mom or dad for your talented child, but have no clue how to start. This Basics of the Biz seminar has been perfected just for you. This four-hour session is taught by four successfully working actors: Jason MacDonald, Catherine Dyer, Scott Poythress and Claire Bronson. But, don’t just take our word for it, go to the consummate industry authority, type in any of the above names and see for yourself.

These acting coaches will provide a positive environment to discuss how to start your career in this rapidly growing industry in Atlanta. Drama Inc. will teach you exactly what steps to take to achieve agent representation, employment and much more. Basics of the Biz will save you a lot of time and frustration and give you pertinent and valuable information as you forge your way in Atlanta’s entertainment industry.

You’ve read the articles, you’ve seen the trucks, trailers and lights all over Atlanta, maybe you’ve even had a Hollywood star sighting in your own neighborhood. There are currently 4 major film/television studios here with more on the way. In 2012 alone the state of GA garnered upwards of 3 billion dollars from the entertainment industry. Yes, billion. Thanks to generous tax incentives, this industry is coming to Atlanta (the Hollywood of the South) – and staying — which means more work for actors.

Here is MORE of what you’ll learn in this workshop:

  • Learn how the industry works
  • Find out what agents do and what they want
  • Headshots, how to choose the right photographer
  • Extra work, how to get it and should you do it?
  • Discover which classes/instructors are best for you


“Catherine and Jason played my parents in the film ‘Restitution’ – I learned so much from being on set with them. They are two of my favorite actors!”
Luke Donaldson, Actor, age 9

“I now have an agent and am auditioning for TV and Film because of Jason and Catherine. They guided me through every step of the process”
Johnny Land, Actor

“Catherine Dyer is one of Atlanta’s finest acting coaches”
Mark Cardiff, Actor

“Jason MacDonald brings so much experience to the classroom. His years of TV, Film, Commercial and Theatre work make him a great teacher”
Marie Watson, Educator

“There is nothing like the Dyer-MacDonald team in Atlanta. They are in their own stratosphere in terms of talent and ability.”
Heather Weston, Director

Instructor Bios:

Catherine Dyer has built an impressive resume on both sides of the camera. As an actress she has worked in feature films with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She played Mrs Smith opposite Sandra Bullock in the Oscar winning film The Blind Side, went toe-to-toe with Demi Moore as Sylvia in The Joneses, and shared the screen with Jennifer Lopez in What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Soon, Catherine will be seen playing the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action thriller Ten, as well as with Jake Gylenhall in David O. Russell’s Nailed. On television, Catherine has had recurring roles on Lifetime’s hit series Army Wives and the USA network’s Golden-Globe nominated Necessary Roughness. Her many guest-star appearances include Drop Dead Diva, House of Payne, The Gates, Past Life and Party of Five. Catherine spent seven years as Supervising Producer of A&E’s Biography, which garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2003.

Jason MacDonald made his professional acting debut on the soap opera Another World and he appeared on every New York based soap including As The World Turns, All My Children, The Guiding Light and as Principal Fletcher on One Life To Live. Jason’s New York stage work includes LaMama, Circle in the Square, Lincoln Center and opposite Frank Langella in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Tempest. Jason has worked extensively in commercials, industrials, print and voice over for twenty years. Feature film credits include Life As We Know It, The Family That Preys and The Joneses. Television credits include Necessary Roughness, Drop Dead Diva, House of Payne, Single Ladies, Magic City, Criminal Behavior and as Grayson Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries.

Since 2009, Claire Bronson has worked on over 75 films, TV shows, commercials, print campaigns, industrials and voice-overs. She’s had projects at the Sundance Film Festival since 2007, including the upcoming film A.C.O.D. with Adam Scott and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She’s also shared the big screen with Steve Harvey in the runaway hit Think Like a Man. Starting off with a bang last year, she played opposite Lauren Ambrose in the TV mini-series Coma. Some of her favorite recurring television roles have been playing the impassioned Rachel Miller on Lifetime’s beloved Army Wives and the ill- fated mayor’s wife, Janie Kendall, on Alan Ball’s show Banshee for Cinemax. You can also catch her in past episodes of Drop Dead Diva, Necessary Roughness, and Reed Between the Lines . . . and watch for her in the Sundance Channel hit Rectify and ABC’s new pilot The Returned.

Scott Poythress has contributed to both east- and west-coast to stages, independent films, industrials, commercials, video games, television and star-studded studio films like What To Expect When Youʼre Expecting. In 2010, he worked with producers in Victoria, Australia, to voice 7 characters including the lead in the award-winning adventure video game, Jolly Rover. He has appeared on episodes of Revolution, One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, The Game and Necessary Roughness. You can also catch him in the ʼ07 Sundance film festival favorite and Atlanta-lensed independent horror film, The Signal, which received the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award nomination in 2008. Heʼll soon be seen on the big screen again in Atom Egoyanʼs Devilʼs Knot alongside Colin Firth and Stephen Moyer.

The Drama Inc. Location:

drama inc.

The acting classes are held at the Drama Inc. Studio at

650 Hamilton Ave Suite I
Atlanta, GA 30312
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Our Atlanta creative writing students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the occasional escapee from the nearest black hole.

SIGN UP BELOW! (or call 678-661-7080 to enroll over the phone)

Cost $150 for this 6-hour seminar that meets Saturday, August 24, 10–4p.m. .

Credit-Card Users, after clicking the above button, look for the “Pay with debit or credit card as a PayPal guest” link under “Don’t have a PayPal account?” at the bottom right of the screen.
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confirming your seat.
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