PERFORMING SOLO CLASS
Instructors: Susan Leslie & Parker Mills
Friday mornings, 10am-1pm
Everyone has a story. What's yours?
Take control of your own career and develop material that exemplifies, expands, and showcases the depth of your personal journey.
Performing Solo challenges each artist to find their truth through personal storytelling. You will not only discover where your story lives in you but will also be given the tools to turn it into a dramatically compelling solo piece.
Your story is workshopped, developed, and class culminates in a performance for family, friends, and special guests. Students leaves with a high definition video they can post to YouTube, social media, etc. You will also have a story you can expand into a solo show, a short, or screenplay.
The skills you learn in Performing Solo can be applied to help strengthen all areas of your acting work, because once you can effectively tell your own story, you can tell anyone's.
New Class: February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13
Class Show: March 21
Note: This class is very actor-schedule-friendly. Because you work on individual pieces, it is easy to work around auditions.
Cost: $400 for 5 classes, 1 Private Session, 1 performance night, and Performance Video.
Susan has acted in over 100 film and TV projects. She has acted opposite Oscar winners: Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank, among others. In voice-over, Susan was worked on 4 of the top 10 grossing films of all time, including Avatar, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3. In theater, she earned an Ovation Award (Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife), Ovation Nomination (Yellow), LA Weekly Award (Yellow), and a Garland Award (Yellow) through her many roles with writer/director Del Shores.
Susan has 10 years of experience as a script coordinator, editor, web-content writer, reviewer, writing contributor for The Weekenders, as well as the book, “Virgin Territory”. Her acclaimed One-Woman Play, This Is Your Wake-Up Call earned rave reviews in Los Angeles and the East Coast. Susan was also a regular writer/performer in PRT’s essay and storytelling show, Pen to Paper as well as "Word Now" and "Rant and Rave".
She is a graduate of the UCLA, School of Theater, Film, and Television and has studied with Uta Hagen and Howard Fine. Susan loves helping her Performing Solo students find their “story” through truth and humor!
Parker is an actor and writer, who has been performing his own material for nearly 20 years, including his acclaimed solo show, “Take My Life… Please”. His adaptation of Roald Dahl’s, “James and the Giant Peach”, has received productions in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Parker was also the co-creator of “That is SO Fake”, a Television concept optioned by Sony Television.No stranger to the many “Storytelling Nights” in the Los Angeles area, his solo performance home is “Rant and Rave” at Rogue Machine Theatre, where he is a regular writer/performer and company member.
As an actor, Parker was recently seen at the Chromolume Theatre playing "Ned Weeks" in "The Normal Heart". Other stage credits include "Breeders" at Rogue Machine, "Take Me Out" at the Celebration Theatre, and "Death of a Salesman" at Interact. Film, TV, and Web credits include "Malcolm in the Middle", "Lunarcy", "Outer Space Astronauts" and "Twitter/Facebook IRL"... A more comprehensive list of his acting credits can be found on his website
"An AMAZING class. I loved it so much, I took it TWICE!" - Suzanne Dodd
"As a writer, this class was so instrumental in helping me as an actor." - Peter Schiavelli
"The experience created a sea of change and transformation in my life as a writer and performer." - Anna Thea Bogdanovich