Classes and Workshops
We are acting coaches based in the Austin, Texas area.

We have an aggressive program to give you immediate, practical experience in film acting. We spend less time lecturing and more time finding scenes for you to hone your skills on. We support you in every aspect of the business, from making you a better actor to helping you understand the market and do better at auditions to getting a good headshot.

Start anytime. Take one workshop or several. No need to start at the first of the month because each workshop stands on its own. Just let us know before you come so we can prepare scenes and partners for you. All workshops at B&A Casting 5700 Manchaca Suite 450 (Corner of Stassney and Manchaca in Cherry Creek Center...facing Stassney across from Dairy Queen).

Everything about Film Acting, including AUDITIONS, PROPS, BLOCKING, EMOTIONAL COMMITMENT, and SHOW BIZ ADVICE. TEENS AND UP ONLY PLEASE. Our two camera set up gives you time to work on two or more scenes every session...drama, comedy, sit com, horror, classics, love scenes, monologues, extreme characters, etc. Taught by a 40 year professional with 80 principal role credits in film and television plus hundreds of commercial credits. 30 YEARS AS AN ACTING COACH. We believe in helping you experience the Joy of Acting while you build the skills you need for a career. Directors, Writers, Agents, and Casting Directors are occasionally invited to check out the talent.

$40 each, 3 for $100 (taken within the month) each additional $30.

EMAIL: marcoperella@austin.rr.com PHONE: 512-280-8766 (home) 512-507 3301 (cell).

Current Workshop Schedule:

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017

AUDITION PRACTICE FEATURED IN EVERY WORKSHOP! LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN JOIN US!

NOTE: ALL WORKSHOPS FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER QUALIFY FOR DISCOUNTS...3 for $100 and each additional $30. All workshops on THURSDAYS (6:30-9:30).

CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHEDULE. TAKE ANY CLASS ANYTIME IN ANY COMBINATION THAT SUITS YOU. JUST TELL ME WHEN. ALL DISCOUNTS WORK FOR WHATEVER DAYS as long as workshops are taken within the calendar month.

OUR LOCATION!: 5700 MANCHACA SUITE 450 (at Stassney in the Cherry Creek Center...last door on the southwest corner of the mall. Well-lit, plenty of parking...across from the Dairy Queen facing Stassney.

NOVEMBER WORKSHOP THEMES:

THURSDAY NOV 2 (6:30-9:30): SOUL AND INSPIRATION...a special treat for All Soul's Day...scenes that celebrate our better nature. If this is too lofty a goal for you, wait until next week!

THURSDAY NOV 9 (6:30-9:30): VICTIMS AND VILLAINS...the devious and the deceived, the hammer and the nail, Godzilla and Bambi...

THURSDAY NOV 16 (6:30-9:30) CANCELLED: BASICS OF COMEDY...a how-to examination of comic timing, facial reaction, language facility, comic character development and pace. All in the pursuit of that Holy Comic Grail...the Big Laugh.

No workshop on NOV 23...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

THURSDAY NOV 30 (6:30-9:30): WEIRD SCENE CELEBRATION...I did this last year and it was a hit...I give you the strangest, weirdest scenes I can find and let you get truly ODD. Not just an indulgence, this is a useful exercise in pushing your limits and taking risks. GET BRAVE AND GET STRANGE!

DECEMBER WORKSHOP THEMES:

THURSDAY DEC 7 (6:30-9:30): WAR MOVIES...because it's Pearl Harbor Day . Some of the best movies of all time are set against the backdrop of War...with scenes from movies like CASABLANCA, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, COLD MOUNTAIN, and ZERO DARK THIRTY.

THURSDAY DEC 14 (6:30-9:30): BASICS OF COMEDY...a how-to examination of comic timing, facial reation, language facility, comic character development and pace. All in the pursuit of that Comic Holy Grail...The Big Laugh. (NOTE: THIS REPLACES THE CANCELLED WORKSHOP ON NOVEMBER 16)

THURSDAY DEC 21 (6:30-9:30): COACH'S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE CHALLENGE...what? You never performed a monologue while bobbing for apples before? Well...it won't be exactly that but who knows? There may also be cookies...

CONTACT:
marcoperella@austin.rr.com
cell 512 507 3301

    THURSDAYS NOVEMBER 2,9,16,30 (6:30-9:30) & THURSDAYS DEC. 7,14,21 (6:30-9:30)


FOCUS
There are 4 main skills that a film actor must master:
CONVERSATION, CONFLICT, LOVE AND COMEDY.

Each role...no matter what the character type... requires 1 or more of these skills in some combination.
You have to learn how to be CASUAL and true to life...the lines have to be thrown away like in a casual conversation.
You have to learn how to FIGHT.
You have to be able to FEEL AND EXPRESS LOVE.
And the hardest of all...you have to learn how to BE FUNNY. How to either land or react to the punchline and live the comic situation.


DETAILS
We offer on-camera training for all the basics of film acting. We emphasize preparation for auditioning and working in the industry. To this end we give you as much actual acting work as possible...each actor gets multiple scenes per class in every genre: drama, comedy, love scenes, characters, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, sit com and period pieces.

Each month we work on monologues, blocking, props, specific audition skills, script analysis and preparation.

Scenes are taped on sd cards for home viewing on your computer. (You must provide your own sd card)

Taught by a working actor with 80+ principal roles in film and TV and over 30 years experience as a coach.
Recent work includes principal roles in the films BOYHOOD, MY ALL AMERICAN, THE DEVILS CANDY and THE TELLER AND THE TRUTH. TV series THE SON, THE LEFTOVERS and AMERICAN CRIME.

TO SIGN UP CONTACT:

marcoperella@austin.rr.com
512 507 3301 cell


PRIVATE SESSIONS...AUDITION TAPES
We are available for private lessons on request. We charge $40 for an hour session. We can also help you put your audition on tape if you need to mail something out for $40.

    email: marcoperella@austin.rr.com cell 512 507 3301


We also offer Commercial Audition Classes and Private Lessons.

We offer coaching and camera to prepare your audition tape.


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