Kids on Camera; Young Actors Program of Atlanta


This is a 6-week course that meets Saturdays June 22–July 27, 2013
10–noon (ages 7–11) and
12:30–2:30 (ages 12–16)


Whether in theater or film, this course provides the essential basics for the young actor, the demand for which is increasing as filming in Atlanta becomes more and more popular. Based in the celebrated acting techniques of famous performers, this series of classes will get kids comfortable acting on camera in a supportive, fun and encouraging atmosphere. The training is also geared to getting the young actor ready to audition for some of the many spots available in the numerous movies and TV series that are shot locally.

In this course the student will:

  • Perform acting exercises and games
  • Perform TV and film scenes with classmates
  • Receive encouraging feedback
  • Learn to express through character behavior
  • Learn to work with others
  • Develop and focus creativity
  • Strengthen self-esteen and trust
  • Physical and Mental relaxation techniques


“[Instructor] Suzanne created an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie in her class that enabled us to not only share our writing, but to comfortably offer earnest critiques of our classmates’ writing without fear of rebuke or resentment. Her encouragement to find my own “voice” in my writing has been immeasurable.” Kathleen Shearer

I have now taken four classes from Suzanne, most of them in creative nonfiction. Under her guidance, my writing has reached levels I never imagined and won praise from my readers. Suzanne is remarkably insightful and her teaching style invigorating. She exposes her students to new ideas and fills them with creative energy. Above all I find her teaching style to be nurturing. Suzanne has not given me rules to follow but instead helped me find my own unique voice. The writing process, once painful and intimidating to me, is now fun and creative. It is not an overstatement to say that Suzanne’s guidance has been life-altering for me. Louis Cahill

Suzanne has a knack for understanding a writer’s individual style and helping him or her refine it rather than redefine it according to her own standards. Jamie Hughes

Suzanne is a master of the art of constructive criticism, able to ferret out a writer’s weaknesses without sacrificing kindness or compassion. I actually wanted to revise again and again for her, because she was so certain that I could reach new heights each time that I grew to believe it too. Alison Auerbach


SIGN UP! Here for kids 7–10
Class meets 10–noon Saturdays, June 22–July 27

SIGN UP! Here for kids 11–16
Class meets 12:30–2:30 Saturdays, June 22–July 27

Cost $295 for this 6-week course.

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Instructor Bio:

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 on USA Network. 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.

The Shocking Real Life Learning Center Location:

We are located in the historic Virginia Highlands artsy community in Atlanta, Georgia at 695 Pylant St., Atlanta, GA, 30306! Click HERE for directions from your location to our space!

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Virginia Highlands area. 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.