New Website

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website: http://houghtontalent.com

We will continue to post all new blogs on the new website blog page.

New Houghton Website



Some of the producers of the Backstreet Boys are looking to create another “boyband”,  featuring young boys, ages 12-19 that can sing and dance. They will be holding auditions on Saturday, April 19th between 11 am & 6 pm  by appointment only, in Covington, GA. No walk-ins will be accepted under any circumstances. 

Boy Band



Bernstein, Johnson, Guy, McBride & Howell Named 2013 WIFTA Honorees

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – September 30, 2013 – Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), Georgia’s premiere organization dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video, and other screen-media announced today the 2013 honorees of their Anniversary Gala Awards. Those to be honored include:

Industry Trailblazer Award – Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, Breaking Bad & Rectify

Creative Excellence Award – Jasmine Guy, Vampire Diaries & A Different World

The Georgian Award – Maria Howell, Revolution

The Georgian Award – Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead

Outstanding Contribution, Organization Award – The Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Contribution, Individual Award – Jennifer Brett, Access Atlanta

The awards will be presented during the WIFTA Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony, which is WIFTA’s primary fundraising vehicle. The proceeds of the Gala will enable WIFTA to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year.

“We are extremely proud to award Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, Jasmine Guy, Melissa McBride, Maria Howell, Jennifer Brett and The Alliance Theatre with WIFTA’s highest honor in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the film, television and entertainment industry,” says Cheryl Jenkins, WIFTA president. 

In addition to the awards ceremony, the fundraising event will also include a screening of the video created via the WIFTA PSA & Mentorship Program, distribution of the WIFTA Tuition scholarship, dinner and a silent auction. Plus, WIFTA will also use the evening as a platform to showcase some of the talent from other entertainment industry disciplines. The night’s musical entertainment will include Neo-soul band Vintage Nation, country crooner Julie Gribble, the Georgia State University Faculty Jazz Trio and mixer extraordinaire DJ Mello. Contemporary dance company Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company and the hilariously funny improv troupe Village Theatre will also be featured entertainment acts during the event. The proceeds of the Gala will enable WIFTA to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year.

The WIFTA 39th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony, which is being sponsored in part by GWCC and Oz Magazine and Projections, Inc., will be held on October 20, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom (bldg B) starting at 7:30pm. GWCC is located at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA. The event is open to the public. Those interested in participating in the event–as a sponsor, silent auction donor or attendee–should visit http://www.WIFTA.org/Gala (or click here) for the most up to date information on related to the event. Tickets are currently on sale: $125 for WIFTA members and $165 for non-members.

About Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are the Executive Producers behind two of the most talked about TV shows today–Breaking Bad and Rectify; both of which were shot in Georgia. Breaking Bad has been nominated for, and won, Emmy and other awards; Rectify, just released in 2013, is already following suit with a TCA Award nomination under its belt already. Clearly, the pair knows how to make good TV…and they’re sure to see repeat success with their third show, also shooting in Georgia: Halt & Catch Fire. While certainly notable for his television credits, Johnson is also the Producer / Executive Producer behind several unforgettable movies. The short list of his most memorable films include: Rain Man, The Notebook, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, My Sister’s Keeper, What Lies Beneath, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. With the girth of work that this duo has contributed to the entertainment industry and the successes of those works, it’s clear why WIFTA has chosen Bernstein and Johnston as its 2013 Industry Trailblazer Award recipients.

About Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy danced her way into the heart of America with at the start of her career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. While in New York, Guy starred on Broadway in original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack as well as reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago. After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the pivotal role of “Whitley Gilbert” on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Living Single. Her most recent TV role as “Grams” on the popular series Vampire Diaries can be seen on the CW Network.

In addition to her impressive list on on-screen and on-stage cast mates, Guy has worked extensively in theater behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Miss Evers’ Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Colored Museum, The Fourposter, The Nacirema Society, Broke-ology and Fool For Love; her most recent theatrical projects include God of Carnage at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, which is where she also directed the world premiere of the opera celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream.

About Melissa McBride

A veteran commercial, voice and television actress, Melissa McBride began her acting career shortly after college. She made her prime-time network television debut guest-starring on Matlock opposite the late Andy Griffith in a two-part special.

Additional credits include The Mist, directed by Frank Darabon; the festival award-winning film Lost Crossing, directed by Eric Blue; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, directed by Peter Care and produced by Jody Foster. For television. McBride’s appearances include Dawson’s Creek, Walker Texas Ranger, Profiler and American Gothic; the television movies Living Proof with Harry Conick, Jr., Pirates of Silicon Valley with Noah Wyle; and A Season In Purgatory based on the book written by Dominick Dunne, with Patrick Dempsey; along with numerous television commercials.

In the music scene, McBride played “Lucy, the messed up dressed up waitrrss’ opposite Martin Sheen in Diamond Rio’s music video “It’s All In Your Head.” She was the voice double for Anne Bancroft in the 2008 animated feature Diego.
In addition to her on-camera and voice acting, McBride has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.

About Maria Howell

Maria Howell stars as Grace in NBC’s “Revolution.” Howell is an actor, singer and voiceover artist. She is often remembered as the choir soloist from the movie “The Color Purple” but has certainly gone on to make her mark as an accomplished performer since then. As an actress, Howell has appeared in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Meet The Browns and House of Payne. Her other television credits include Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, Vampire Diaries, Past Life, Detroit 1-8-7, as well as the acclaimed theatrical release The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. She worked alongside Mario Van Peebles and Wendy Raquel Robinson in the series The Game, on Queen Latifah’s Single Ladies, and on USA’s hit show Necessary Roughness. Most recently, she played Cameron Diaz’s doctor in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and the role of “Mrs. Easle” in the movie Firelight, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Throughout her career, she has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia, Howell relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and performed weekly at Sambuca Jazz Cafe for nine consecutive years–from 2002 to its closing in December 2010. She and pianist Bill Wilson held the distinction of being the longest-running act at the Atlanta location. Howell has released several CD recordings, with the most recent release titled “Reflections,” a retrospective collection.

About Jennifer Brett

Jennifer Brett is an accomplished journalist that has been keeping Atlanta in-the-know about what’s happening in the Atlanta entertainment industry for years. She shares her “insider information” via her Access Atlanta column, appropriately named The Buzz. Brett, a unique journalist, is known for dividing her attention equally to covering the major Hollywood studio films that are shooting in or have ties to Georgia as well as the independent productions that are shot here.

About The Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre has become the lead producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people. They not only produce world-class work on stage, they also have one of the most successful and respected acting education programs in the country. The Alliance Theatre is a community of artists, administrators and business and civic leaders devoted to theatre arts and arts eduction. The people behind the Alliance Theatre include a dedicated staff , a generous volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and countless artists and instructors working to put the best theatre in the world on the stage every day.







Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), a 501c-3 Georgia non-profit, is a member-based professional organization affiliated with other Women In Film chapters around the world. Since our inception in 1974, the Atlanta chapter has proudly had a membership community of multi-generational and culturally diverse professionals, which include producers, directors, actors, entertainment attorneys, camera and sound technicians, film editors, graphic design artists, make-up artists, wardrobe specialists, screenwriters, talent agents and casting directors. Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, television, video, and other screen based media by offering opportunities for media makers to connect, create, champion and inspire.





with David Patrick Green

Take control over your career!

Actor Power is a single-day event featuring David Patrick Green, professional actor, and founder of HackHollywood.com. At Actor Power, you will learn the exact strategies you need to find your on-screen success.

David has recurred on five major series including Smallville, ER, Battlestar Galactica and Covert Affairs. With his 10+ years working in TV/Film and backed by an MBA from the University of Southern California, David has created the only complete and easy to follow acting career program.

For the first time in Atlanta, he will show you the system that allowed him to go from unemployable actor to working whenever and wherever he wants.

At this event, you will learn:

  • The Five Steps you need to go from struggling amateur to respected working professional
  • How to shift your mindset from one of confusion and desperation to total clarity and control
  • A complete and easy-to-follow system for acting career success
  • Examples of how working actors around the world are using these steps to
    accelerate and take control over their own acting careers

Take advantage of the amazing surge in production spending right here in
Atlanta and get ahead of the competition by signing up today!

WHEN: Saturday November 2nd, 10:00-6:00

WHERE: Georgia Shakespeare

    Conant Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Oglethorpe University

    4484 Peachtree Rd., N.E.

    Atlanta, GA 30319  

COST: $150, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 11th. For questions or additional information and to reserve your spot contact Allen O’Reilly at 404.504.3401 or via email at allen@gashakespeare.com. Space will fill up quickly, so register today!




“In just a few discussions with David, I am convinced that the very practical advice he provides willassure my opportunities for real success in the Film/T.V market”. -Allen O’Reilly actor

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Fulton Country to cut funding for the arts

Below is a letter from the Fulton County Arts Council that talent and industry professionals may find interesting. Please feel free to share.


As you may have recently read in last Sunday’s AJC, Fulton County is in a dire financial situation, looking at a possible $115m deficit.  I am reaching out to you to make you aware that as a part of a proposed resolution to this deficit, the current Interim County Manager has proposed a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture.  Long story short…We need your help!  As someone who is either in the arts or has a strong appreciation for what art and culture means for this community, our Fulton County Commissioners MUST hear from you! 


     Over the past five years our budget has been cut an average of 14-20% annually, and since 2001 has been cut over one million dollars. Though these were difficult for the Arts in Fulton County, the cuts were proportionately aligned with all other departments within the County budget.  At this juncture, however, a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture is in the County Manager’s top three recommendations!


    Our plea to you, as someone who is connected to arts and culture in this community, is for you, your staff, board, attendees and friends to IMMEDIATELY let your Commissioner know of their concern.  To let our voices be heard, we ask everyone who wants this to continue to be a healthy cultural community to do one or all of the following:


1)      Call your Commissioner and simply state that you are very concerned and not in favor of there being any cuts in the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Phone numbers are below


2)       Send an email to your Commissioner stating that art and culture is an important part of the quality of life for those of us who live, work and play in Fulton County and that you urge them not to support the County Manager’s recommendation to cut the budget for the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Email Addresses of Commissioners are below:


District 1 (At Large)     Chairman John Eaves                                                                                                  
Email: john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov


District 2 (At Large)  Commissioner Robb Pitts
Email: robb.pitts@fultoncountyga.gov


District 3  Commissioner Liz Hausmann
Email: liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov


District 4  Commissioner Tom Lowe
Email: tom.lowe@fultoncountyga.gov


District 5   Commissioner Emma Darnell
Email: emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov


District 6    Commissioner Joan Garner
Email: joan.garner@fultoncountyga.gov


District 7   Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards
Email: commissioner.edwards@fultoncountyga.gov


3)      Attend the Board of Commissioners meeting (Wednesday, August 21st at 10:00AM) where this issue will be discussed and voice your concern during the public comment section. The meeting will be held at the Fulton County Govt. Complex, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia.  At this called meeting, they are scheduled to introduce the recent recommendations to the full Board.  Your presence is critical and extremely necessary to ensure we maintain a healthy Arts environment throughout Fulton County.

Note:  If you are an arts organization, please be prepared to share the impact of your organization (i.e. number of employees, number of attendees…especially if you can break those numbers down to number of seniors, youth/children, etc.)


     We are encouraging all in attendance to wear green so our presence can be easily recognized by the BOC.


    The Department of Arts and Culture, as well as the Fulton County Arts Council thanks you in advance.  This will be our only chance to communicate to the Commissioners the importance of Arts and Culture in our surrounding communities.


    Our thanks, in advance, for all you have and will continue to contribute to  Arts and Culture.  Please ACT TODAY to help stop this action by the Commission and allow Fulton County’s quality of life for families, children, seniors and artists remain alive and vibrant!


Warm regards,


The Fulton County Arts Council     


Scene Study with Regina Moore/Moore Casting, LLC

DATE: August 24th, 2013 (Hosted by Alan Dysert)

PLACE: Offices of Moore Casting – 417 Welshwood Drive, Suite 109 Nashville, TN  37211

TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Price: $135

Many actors want the opportunity to ask questions and spend time with casting professionals so they can get an idea of what is expected.

Breaking down the audition process by focusing on the scene is vital.

This workshop is about working scripts, knowing what questions to ask, helping the actor find out who they are and about being able to understand their character.

We will be spending time working Film and Television scripts while including the element of improv allowing the actor exploration beyond the words on the page.

The purpose of the workshop is to build confidence in making choices and realizing that will come with stepping away from what feels safe and relying on one’s individual unique strengths.

Spend the day with Regina Moore identifying what makes you unique as an actor.

This class is limited to a certain number of students and is filling up quick.

Go to www.moorecasting.com for more details, click on workshops.





The Improv School of Atlanta is unveiling a brand new improv acting class next week and here are 7 things you need to know it:


1. Class is 8-weeks long, from 7:30pm-10:00pm  // beginning next Tuesday (8/13) // $200 (check/cash)


2. This is like no other improv class you can take in the city of Atlanta. Instructor Ian Covell blends his 18 years of experience in both improvisation and the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique and focuses on how the richest laughs in a scene are discovered, not manufactured.


3. This class is a mixed-skill levels class. Think about it more like a fitness class and you’ll have people from different levels of fitness working out with you! You’ll have opportunities to be inspired by and to be inspirational towards your fellow students. Max capacity is 10 students and spaces fill up fast.


4. This class is about bringing YOU, the actor, fully present and aware to every scene, every moment, every time.


5. Improvisers don’t have to learn any lines, but you do have to be a good storyteller. Improv can make you a better actor and writer! Trust me, you already know more about this than you think you do!  


6. You will work hard in this class, but you’ll also have FUN and experience great rewards. Improv is a process that will make you a better at your career, your art, or just being human!


7. Every 8-week class ends with a graduation show in front of a live audience! 



At Improv School of Atlanta, we’re serious about comedy! Email: improvschoolatl@gmail.com to register for classes or ask questions. 



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Be sure to check out The Miracle Worker, directed by Houghton’s own Michael Cole and starring Houghton actors Tasia Grant as “Annie Sullivan”, Rose Bianco as “Mrs. Kate Keller” and Steven Reddington as “James Keller”, among other talented actors such as Bill Symanski as “Captain Keller” and introducing Charlotte Lyda as “Helen Keller”.  The show runs for 3 weekends, from August 17th – September 1st.  Tickets can be purchased at www.trp-atl.com.


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    yourACT Acting Studios Atlanta

“Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade.  With it, it becomes creation.”


Bette Davis


Ongoing Classes

On-Camera & Voice-Over


MONDAYS – Film/TV Audition

Taught by Bob Harter with Julie Still & B. Todd Johnston





Strengthen your skills and explore your creativity with other experienced actors. Film and TV has definitely come to Georgia! This means our audition skills have to be sharp and ready to go for those last minute castings. Cold reading is a skill every actor should have. In this class, we’ll work on different styles of reads each night, so whether it’s dramatic or comedic–episodic, sitcom or feature film, you can go in the room with confidence. Don’t fear that last minute script. Have fun and enjoy your audition.



THURSDAYS – Voice-Over Master Class

Taught by Debra Nelson



This on-going voiceover workout will keep you ready for any type of copy, from high-energy auto sales to those tough medical reads.

Great for anyone who wants to keep their skills polished and sharp.

Must have VO demo on agent’s website, or completed an Intermediate level VO class. Class limited to 12.





Standup Comedy
with Josh Harris


Ever dreamed of sending huge crowds into fits of laughter, having killer stage presence, and knowing what it takes to make money being funny? Now’s your chance! 

Nationally acclaimed comedian Josh Harris from NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes, and Dave FM’s Atlanta’s Funniest Person Finalist shows you how to “find your funny” in this 8-week stand-up comedy class!




Total Memorization
Taught by B. Todd Johnston


Actors have to memorize lines. It’s part of our job. Do you dread this task? Are you mystified by the process and wish you knew a better way?

This workshop gives you specific tools that make memorizing fun and exciting. You will improve your cold read skills, develop your acting instincts, and increase your confidence in auditions.



Haber Film/TV Audition Intensive
Taught by Della Cole


This Intensive course is designed for trained actors who have some audition experience.


As professional actors, we often audition and work on projects that don’t necessarily challenge the full spectrum of our talents. You may be comfortable with industrials, commercials, and voice-over but fall apart when you audition for a film. With the increase of film and television coming to Georgia, now more than ever, Atlanta talent needs to be ready for Hollywood auditions.

In this Intensive, using the “Haber Audition Technique”, actors work with film and television scripts, learning how to nail the audition in a limited amount of time. The focus is on the nuts and bolts of breaking down a scene, including relationship, intention, history, opening and closing beats, core and masking. Using the skills you learn will greatly improve your audition skills. This valuable cold-reading technique works.





Hypnosis and NLP Workshop for Actors
With Leigh Ann Ledbetter and Tony Kyprios



A playful experiential workshop designed by and presented by US based hypnotist Leigh Ann Ledbetter and Australian hypnotist and Master NLP practitioner and trainer Tony Kyprios that includes hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) specifically tailored for actors.

Experience a new slant on techniques and tools that are designed to empower and shift personal limitations while expanding possibilities and potential. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about creating desired outcomes in an intimate small group setting.





Scott Hilley Medical Fund Benefit

At The Sketchworks Theatre



You’ve heard him as The Reverend on Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies” and he’s voiced hundreds of commercials. You’ve seen him on stage and screen. 

Now the talented Scott Hilley needs your help. He’s been recovering from a stroke he had last year and has been having additional medical issues. Well, the bills are mounting up. We’d like to give him a hand – more than mere applause. We need to help Scott regain his health and vibrancy.

Your generosity will allow him to do just that. Let’s get Scott back on track, so he can continue to entertain us with Bugs, Yosemite Sam, and Porky, and make us all laugh our derrieres off.


Sunday, August 18

2:00 pm
Sketchworks Comedy Theatre

This star-studded party features Laughing Matters and Dan Thurmon. The many special guests include Gwen Hughes, Rob Cleveland, Melanie Frady, Barry Stoltze & Scott Hilley!

There will be raffle prizes and a silent auction as well!


Get tickets – $25.


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If you are unable to attend the benefit party, please consider making a donation instead – or as well


If you are unable to attend the benefit party, please consider making a donation instead – or as well!

Our Mission

Create, Connect, Commit


We are serving the community providing excellent acting classes for adults, kids & teens,and producing & presenting quality multimedia showcases.


We are creating the right environment to connect people’s dreams with reality— communicating with humor, honesty, and commitment.




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yourACT Acting Studios Atl;anta 3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA  30079  404-499-9996


Instant Memory Systems has a new website. Click the link below to visit it.



Get Scene’s next workshop will involve Big Picture casting director Jen Kelley! Great opportunity to audition and get notes from one of the main casting directors in the southeast. There’s no such thing as getting in front of the people who cast you too often! Sign up at the link below! http://getsceneatl.com/sign-up/




Drama Inc.

Drama Inc. invites you to join us this Sunday (7/28) from 11:00-5:00 for our new Audition Technique Workshop with Brian Beegle of Stillwell Casting!


In this workshop you’ll learn what to do before, during and after an audition from the Drama Inc. team then take that newly acquired knowledge & audition for Brian who will give direction, notes & invaluable advice!


This is an excellent opportunity to meet this busy Casting Director & learn first hand what CD’s are looking for in the audition room.


To reserve your spot please do 2 things:

  • please email us (info@dramainc.net) whether you pay online or at the door to let us know you’re coming!


Drama Inc.

650 Hamilton Ave. Ste. I, Atlanta, GA 30312





Workshop with Chase Paris

Drama Inc. will be holding a workshop with Chase Paris this weekend!


Sunday, July, 14th

1:00pm-5:00pm – $100.00

9:00am-12:00pm – KIDS 7-18 yrs. $100.00-part of this will be a Q&A with Chase & parents.


Scenes will be provided & everyone will get a chance to work with Chase!


Reserve at – info@dramainc.net


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Chez Studio will host Steve Coulter as our featured workshop instructor this August! Steve is a founding member of the Chez Studio program and has always been committed towards assisting talent to work at their fullest potential. (See Steve’s bio and IMDB attached)

When is it?
Saturday August 3rd & Sunday August 4th

What will the two days cover?
Auditioning for Film and Television:

Auditioning for film and television is not mysterious. Directors and producers are looking for very specific things. And there are simple and specific actions an actor can take to prepare for that audition. Actors will be taken through the entire audition process, with particular attention paid to self-taping. They’ll learn how to prepare for the audition, what to do once they walk into the room or are put on tape, how to manage nervousness, and most of all, how to actually enjoy the process.

Where will it be?
Buckhead area – Atlanta, GA
Address will be given to students when their registration and payment are confirmed

How will the classes work?
Each student will be placed in a Group that best accommodates their availability and ours. Both Groups will meet both Saturday AND Sunday.

Group A – Saturday (8/3): 10:00AM – 1:00PM ; Sunday (8/4): 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Group B – Saturday (8/3): 2:00PM – 5:00PM ; Sunday (8/4): 10:00AM – 1:00PM

How do I sign-up?
STEP 1: Register
Send an email to workshops@chezgroup.com with your:

Name, Age Range, Gender, and Preferred Group (A or B)
* If available, please also attach a current Headshot and Resume

STEP 2: Pay – $160 per student
Follow this link to securely save your seat in this class via PayPal


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email workshops@chezgroup.com

Chez Studio will be hosting weekend workshops every month for Atlanta’s professional and aspiring talent. Our goal has always been to inspire and build the careers of Georgia’s talent.

Join us in this exciting time in the Georgia Film Industry!

Steve Coutler IMDB:

Steve Coulter Bio:
Steve is an Atlanta-based actor, writer, and director. He has appeared in The Hunger Games, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, in Jayne Mansfield’s Car opposite Robert Duvall (directed by Billy Bob Thornton), with Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in Arthur Newman, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Firelight, opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., and with Denzel Washington in Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis. He appears in A.C.O.D. with Adam Scott, Jessica Alba and Amy Poehler, which premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival. He can be seen this summer in James Wan’s The Conjuring, and has a lead role in Wan’s Insidious Chapter 2, which opens this fall. Most recently, he was in Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He will also be appearing in Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner in 2014. Steve has a regular role in the Cinemax/HBO series, Banshee.

Steve was the head writer and executive story editor for both of Tyler Perry’s television series, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, where he supervised over 100 episodes and won two consecutive NAACP IMAGE Awards for Best Comedy Series. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Etiquette Man, selected by the Sundance Channel and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. His screenplay, Keesha’s House, won the $100,000 Southeastern Media Award at the Atlanta Film Festival. He is currently developing the original series, The Land We Love, with Shay Bentley Griffin.


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Spring into Summer Specials


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For a limited time we are offering
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July 13th and 14th, 2013

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June 1st – July 31st, 2013

This is the perfect time to update your shots
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Don’t need new shots? Refer a friend and receive a free basic enhancement of your choice!!!

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Kids & Teens eNews June/July 2013


August 24th

Our 4-month Summer session will have its Grand Finale Saturday, August 24th, when the parents will join us in the Theatre from 10am – noon for the kids and from 1-3pm for the teens to view the young actors performing improv and scenes live onstage, as well as watching their taped scenes or monologues on the widescreen! 

Rick Estimond of Hot Shot Kids/Teens will be there to watch our kids and answer questions for them and their parents.

Kitty Bundy of Presence Models & Talent will be giving critique and feedback to our teens.

We are very proud of these students and know you’ll want to be there to watch your child or teen, and to listen to the agent’s feedback.  Don’t miss it!

Please Note: Because this is a live performance, we ask that you leave small children at home if possible.


Mark your calendar!

We will have a “Business of Acting Seminar” for parents during regular class hours Saturday, July 13 covering headshots, resume’s, agents, auditions, and more.  You’ll be given materials to take home with you. 

Bob Harter or Della Cole will be in the lobby explaining these subjects and answering your questions about how to best support your child or teen in their pursuit of an acting career, if that is their goal.  Even if you or your child or teen are not sure at this point in their training, this is valuable info just in case they decide later to seek representation and begin auditioning.


You will soon be receiving a short survey from us.  Please take a minute to respond.  Your feedback has always helped us improve our classes. 

Share with the subscribers to our Newsletter how your training at yourACT has benefitted you as a parent, and what it has done for your child or teen.

What auditions, acting gigs, insights and experiences have you gained that you can share to encourage and enlighten others? 

yourACT actors are having an impact on the Atlanta entertainment & advertising industries and the community.  Thanks for your participation. 


  Agent Visit Aug 24


  Business of Acting July 13


  Fall Session Sept 7



Because Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, we WILL be having class Saturday, July 6th.

If you will be out of town, please let the instructors know so they can provide your child or teen with any scripts they may need for the following Saturday.  You can email or call to let us know. 



Taught by Debra Nelson

4th to 8th Graders

1-3pm Saturdays

August 3, 10, 17, 24


About Debra

Debra Nelson is a veteran talent with over 25 years of experience on camera, on stage and in the recording studio.  Publix, Coca Cola, IBM, the Georgia Lottery, Mayfield Ice Cream, Ford Motor Company, AT&T and Nationwide Insurance are just a few of the companies that make hers the voice of choice for their commercials. In addition to commercials, she lends her voice to narration projects, promos, prompts and books on tape.

Behind the scenes, Debra has served locally as member-at-large of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists as well as President and National Board Member of the Screen Actors Guild representing the Georgia Branch. Currently she serves on the National Board of the now merged SAG-AFTRA entertainment union representing the Atlanta Local.


With Della Cole

Can’t do a class or prefer to work individually?

Della coaches privately for VO whether it’s  coaching to learn the technique of delivery or creating your own personal demo. Coaching for VO training is $60 an hour. Coaching and recording your demo is $75/hour plus a one time fee of $100 for the audio engineer to mix the tracks with sound effects and music.  The time needed varies depending on the student’s ability and motivation.

We get a lot of referrals and inquiries from agents about children and teens for voice-over demos.  This can be a great thing for them to add to their resume’.  It’s not easy, but it can be a lot of fun.

If you are interested in booking time for voice-over instruction with Della, call 11:30a – 3:30p Mon – Thurs.  404-499-9996.

Phone: 404-499-9996
Website:  www.youract.tv
Email: dellabob@youract.tv


            yourACT Acting Studios Atlanta
June/July 2013


Come see what’s going on at yourACT!

Training, workshops, events, and castings!

Let your career take off this Summer!


All classes meet 7-10pm


On-Camera Courses:

Wed, July 24, 31, and Aug 7


Thurs, June 27 – Aug 22, skips July 4


Tues, July 23 – Sept 10


Mondays – For Advanced Actors only
Voice-Over Courses:

Tues, Aug 6, 13, 20


Wed, July 31 – Sept 18


TBD – Call 404-499-9996 for dates.


Mondays – Advanced, by instructor approval only


Special Workshops:




Mon, July 8 – Aug 26

$295 or two payments of $147.50








1-5pm Saturday, July 20 ONE DAY ONLY


Limited to 12.

Scott Hilley Medical Fund Benefit

2pm Sunday, August 18 at Sketchworks Theatre


You’ve heard him as The Reverend on Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies” and he’s voiced hundreds of commercials. You’ve seen him on stage and screen. 

Now the talented Scott Hilley needs your help. He’s been recovering from a stroke he had last year and has been having additional medical issues. Well, the bills are mounting up. We’d like to give him a hand – more than mere applause. We need to help Scott regain his health and vibrancy.


Get tickets ($25) or make a donation.



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You will soon be receiving a survey for you to let us and everyone else who gets the yourACT email Newsletter know about how your training at yourACT has benefitted you.  What auditions, acting gigs, insights and experiences you have gained that you can share to encourage and enlighten others!  Please take the time to respond to this brief questionnaire so we can add you to the growing list of yourACT actors who are having an impact on the Atlanta entertainment, advertising, and corporate community.



Drama Inc

Houghton’s own JASON MACDONALD & CATHERINE DYER have opened Drama Inc. Classes/Seminars include: ‘On Camera Basics’, ‘Working Actor Workshop’, ‘Setiquette’ and ‘Kids on Camera.’

On Saturday June 22nd from 6-8pm, casting director Chase Paris will host a two hour Q&A.

For more info check out dramainc.net


Tripp & Tyler head to Chicago


We will be performing next week alongside the Katydids at the Just For Laughs festival in Chicago (June 12-13). If you’re in town, come see us (here’s how). If not, come to town (here’s how).


Coming soon: A series of six spots that we created for Verizon FiOS. 


This is probably our most requested video of all time for us, and for various reason we had to wait a while to post it. Well, here it is.

Click here or on the image above to watch it.

IF YOU ENJOYED IT…can you help us spread it around? Twitter, Reddit, Facebook…even LinkedIn. Bottom Line: Sharing is caring.

Because you’re on our mailing list, here’s a video just for you…and no one else.
It’s private on YouTube, so don’t bother trying to share this link.

Tripp and Tyler

Tripp and Tyler on YouTube

To see all of our other videos, head over to our YouTube channel. And while you’re there, make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss our videos in the future.


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Be on the lookout for TROUBLE IN THE PLATE which will begin shooting in August. The film features Houghton actors Vince Pisani, Caitlin Smith, Adam Boyer, Michael Cole, and Gary Smith!


Get Scene workshop with Rhavynn Drummer

Rhavynn Drummer, the casting director for Tyler Perry Studios, will be attending one of Get Scene’s workshops June 12 7-10pm. You can sign up here. http://getsceneatl.com/events/199/


Kids/Teens Intensives

Creative Studios of Atalanta is holding intensives for kids and teens. 5 days; 9-5; all classes geared toward film and television with working industry professionals.  Film/TV. Classes include:


Film/TV Audition, On Camera Performance, Meisner for Film, Improv for film,  Commercials, Voice Over, Teleprompter, Hosting etc.


Guest Instructors include:

Chase Paris (Casting Director, Revolution)

Rhavynn Drummer (Casting Director, Tyler Perry Studios)

Megan Hayes (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

Eaddy Mays (Teen Wolf, The Blind Side)

Rob Pralgo (Vampire Diaries, Army Wives, Revolution)

Cedric Pendleton (The Sheild, House of Payne)

Christiana Pullara (Host 11 Alive’s Atlanta and Company)

George Pierre (Casting Director, Teen Wolf)

Randall Taylor (Anchorman 2, The Watsons Go to Birmingham)

Tom Thon (Prisoner, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds)

Vince Pisani (Banshee, American (Pie) Revolution)

Adam Drescher (Drop Dead Diva, Boston Public)

Bob Carter (Dragonball Z, Samurai 7)

Ken Feinberg (Star Trek Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Film Director)


And More!

Bonus Guest for the Alpharetta Camp: Joey Paul Jensen (Casting Director: Soul Surfer, That’s So Raven, Corey in the House)


3 sessions to choose from:


Session 1 June 10-14 Midtown/Atlantic Station


Session 2 July 8-12 Midtown/Atlantic Station


Alpharetta Session July 22-26



Optional showcase: Film a commercial and a scene/short and then we screen it at a movie theater with guest agents and casting directors.


Discount Code:  Use Discount Code Houghton to receive $50 off summer intensive.



ElleQ Workshop

Our very own NADEJ BAILEY will be a guest speaker at the ElleQ Summer workshop. If you’re interested in attending, click the following link for more info and to register.




Margie Haber Intensives

Margie Haber IntensivesImage


Class for 4-6 year olds.

Actor KAREN CEESAY, will be holding another class at yourACT for 4-6 year olds. The class will be held on SAT/SUN June 22 & 23 from 10A-noon.


Click the link for registration: http://youract.tv/4to6.html


The :04 Pitch

The :04 Pitch


Sketchworks Camps

Sketchworks Camps