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Veleka Gray Shreveport Actors Class

Bossier City, LA­

"From Stage to Screen -- Transitioning from Theatre to Film"

Wherever you are in your career, a master teacher coming to Shreveport on Saturday, January 7th, can help you gain proficiency in your craft at an accelerated rate. Tackle the basics in the morning and advanced training in the afternoon. The morning class from 10 to 2 is for actors eight years old and up. The afternoon course for more experienced actors is from 2:30 to 6:30 and limited to actors age fourteen and up.


- The fundamentals of Actors Studio Method Acting

- How to overcome nervousness and shyness

- The do's and don'ts of auditioning for the movies

- How to put your best foot forward when meeting agents, casting directors, and film personnel

- Essential production terms such as the meaning of "boom" and "key light"

- How to slate and hit your marks

- Projection of voice and personality

- How to respond emotionally to scene partners

- How to focus your attention so outside influences don't distract you

You'll have fun performing with scripts for commercials and films that we provide, then see your acting on TV at the end of the class.


- The Four Steps to your creative center

- How to be In The Moment and transform yourself into an authentic character.

- How to assume a posture of friendly confidence

- How to break down scenes at auditions

- All-important cold-reading skills with "Scoop and Shoot"

- On-camera tips and techniques

- How to project stage presence

- How to attract an agent or manager

- How to network at auditions

- How to shine in interviews and callbacks

In addition:

- Bring your questions and concerns and get answers

- Bring your resume and head shot for suggestions for improvement

As in the morning class, actors work with scripts of commercials and films that we provide. Then see your acting on TV at the end of the day.


Acting coach Veleka Gray is an accomplished stage and screen actress who was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004. She learned her craft from Bobby Lewis, one of the founders of the famed Actors Studio, and she has over twenty years experience in nurturing and promoting the careers of over twelve hundred students in collegiate, corporate, and private venues.

For fifteen years Ms. Gray starred in eight different roles in six soap operas, including "The Young & The Restless," "As the World Turns," "Love of Life," "Somerset," "How to Survive a Marriage," and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing," as well as guest star appearances in prime time shows such as "Divorce Court" and "The Mod Squad." She was also a judge for the Emmy awards for fifteen years and was televised presenting the award for Best Director during her stint on "Love of Life."

In addition to her roles in daytime drama, Ms. Gray has had leads in four films, twenty-seven plays, and hundreds of commercials. After working nearly daily on the five soaps taped in New York, she often performed at night on or off Broadway, and for six years she penned celebrity articles and a bi-weekly personal advice column, "Veleka Advises," for "Soap Opera Digest."

Ms. Gray transitioned smoothly from theatre to film and television and will teach others to do the same in these two unique workshops to prepare the beginner and enhance the knowledge of the more experienced actor.


Presented by The HURD Casting Network.

Classes will convene at 2030 Line Avenue in Shreveport.
Each four-hour session is $75. If actors who take the morning session are at least fourteen years old and wish to return for the afternoon class, they may attend both sessions at a special rate of $125.

For reservations and to make a deposit, phone Tara Duncil at (318) 573-0039 or e-mail her at If you would prefer to use a credit card to pay for your classes, we accept PayPal.


These were written by students at Ms. Gray's last workshop on 12/3/05:

"You can learn a lot of significant things from a real proven actress."
- Buddy Blaum

"Fabulous intro without a second (for me) feeling lost, uncomfortable. I really enjoyed how the workshop "flowed."
- Cloe Carbine
"It would be fun to do this with your friends."
- Hillary Connell

"It gives you a chance to really break from your shell and love what you are doing."
- Tasha Marchese
"I saw improvement in students during the course of this one class."
- Johnny Rock

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