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Your chance to be in a TV pilot!

Veleka G.

The Actors Alliance is developing a pilot for television, and you are invited to join us!

To have an important role on the show, you must enroll in the classes starting next week that will enhance and evolve your acting skills.  The cast needs to be confident and ready to perform when we go into production.

Here are comments from actors who starred in our last production:

★ "I truly enjoyed myself during filming today. Veleka, I want to thank you for taking your time to be such a devoted teacher. I have progressed in just a matter of 6 weeks! Everyone on set today was so professional and polite. Can’t wait to view the finished product! ♥"
- Alison Rutherford, New Orleans

★ "Kudos to Crew and staff on the set. Outstanding work ...... Love y'all"
- Samuel Bolds, Gretna

★ "Today was a great experience. I learn so much every time I get the privilege of being in front of the camera and taking direction from a skilled director. Thank you to everyone from Veleka on down for everything you did."
- Tom Bubrig, Mandeville

★ "Veleka, thank you for this priceless experience! It was a pleasure. Hollywood here we come. :)"
- Allie Moff, New Orleans

★ "I loved everything about this class :) Veleka, you go above and beyond to teach your students, and your passion to help us succeed is without a doubt seen. This was such a comfortable environment and I met so many amazing people who I am happy to call new friends :)"
- Sarah Miller Wilkinson, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

★ "Had a fabulous time today... I didn't want it to end!"
- Kristina Kingston, Mandeville

★ "Veleka, you are such an amazing teacher and friend. You have given me opportunity I never saw coming. Your six week course has taught me more than any University would have ever taught me in 4 years and I am grateful for you. Not only did you teach us about acting, you taught us all about the business of acting, which is equally important."
- Kenya Galespie Jefferson, Byram, Mississippi

The Actors Alliance classes are unique in the business.  Actors practice the craft in class, then go on set to get real-world experience.  We pool our talent, intelligence, and resources.  A collective always has a better chance than an individual, which is why the Pilgrim Fathers came here together... why the pioneers traveled West together.  Working as a community, The Actors Alliance makes it happen!

If you want to be part of this exciting new adventure and save $25 off the cost of tuition, send me a $50 deposit made out to Veleka Gray before the semester starts on May 21, and your tuition will be $275 instead of $300.  It's $300 at the door.  Just send me an e-mail for the mailing address.  Then e-mail me after you have mailed your check or money order with the name of the city that's best for you, and I'll e-mail you back with what you can do to prepare for your first class.


Students of The Actors Alliance are given the opportunity to...

★ Train with the top acting coach in Louisiana

★ Showcase for top industry guests in the sixth and final week of each semester

★ Network with other actors, casting directors, producers, and filmmakers on a private Facebook page, created just for members of The Actors Alliance

★ Get the seasoning needed to create personal charisma and star quality

★ Have first crack at auditions for The Actors Alliance Productions and get referred to filmmakers doing other projects


• Metairie - Monday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting May 21

• Baton Rouge - Wednesday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting May 23

• Covington - Thursday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting May 24

Tuition for each semester is $275 with a $50 deposit paid in advance, or $300 at the door.  Mature actors age 14 and up may enroll.  

You can study acting for film until the cows come home, but until you are performing in front of a camera, you won't get the feel for the work or the necessary experience.  Doing the work and then seeing yourself on camera is essential, and that's one more thing that studying with The Actors Alliance offers you.


Veleka Gray, a native of New Orleans, is a professional actress, educator, writer, director, casting director, and award-winning producer with credits in film, television, and Broadway.

She has shared the stage or screen with luminaries such as Sigourney Weaver, Joel Crothers, Ted Danson, Jobeth Williams, Ron Harper, Madeline Kahn, Elliot Gould, Dana Delany, Jameson Parker, Rue McClanahan, Armand Assante, Lisa Loring, Gerald McRaney, Michael Cole, Bo Svenson, Jack Cassidy, Woody Brown, Eileen Fulton, Larry Bryggman, Diana Douglas, Keir Dullea, Andrea Evans, Chandler Harben, Anthony Herrera, Fawne Harriman, Terry Lester, Gene Bua, and Margaret Colin among many others.

Since returning to New Orleans in 2000, Veleka has been cast in six films, including the features “Flag of My Father,” “Flood Streets,” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” which wrapped at the end of September, plus the short “Fingers,” which is now in film festivals.  She played the infamous Judge White in “Blood in The Grass” last April, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at the UNO Film Festival.

Veleka is a judge in real life for film and television shows.  For seventeen years she has been chosen as a judge for the National Emmy Awards.  And she is frequently asked to be a contest judge, hostess, or moderator for such industry events as the Mississippi International Film Festival, the Ozone Film Festival, tthe UNO Film Festival, and the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering.

She is now casting films as well.  After casting two films with her students, “Reunion” and “For Better, For Worse,” she cast “Vigorsol Mystery,” a short film for an Italian production company, in March.

As a coach, Veleka has trained actors for twenty-five years in New York, San Francisco, at the College of DuPage in Chicago, and, since 2000, all over Louisiana.  In addition to the continuing classes she teaches weekly in Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Covington, she brings her workshops to Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette, and Jackson, MS.

She sold her first screenplay to Columbia and is currently studying screenplay writing with to make a career move into writing for motion picture production.

In January, 2009, she added producing to her curriculum vitae. Her first credit behind the camera was as executive producer of the award-winning short film “Halfway,” which was shown at the New Orleans Film Festival in October. She was the writer/director of her own student film “Reunion,” also shot in October.

In 2010, Veleka was executive producer for a short shot for a Lionsgate contest.  Her fourth stint as executive producer and screenwriter was for the award-winning short “Achtung!” submitted to the 2010 48 Hour Film Project.

She has been Executive Producer of five films and has written the screenplay for four of those.  She is currently completing production of "For Better, For Worse," starring students of The Actors Alliance to help them acquire excellent scenes for their demo reels.  She started principal photography for her third class film, "Cabin Fever," the first of May.

Collaborating with colleagues in her professional organizations, such as Women in Film and Television, PSA, and the Louisiana Filmmakers Meetup, Veleka is developing other projects, including a pilot for a television series.  She is a member of MENSA, is vested by more than ten years of credits in both Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, and was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004.


Call 504-812-3379 or e-mail

Students accepted must be fourteen or older.  Once registered, students are expected to attend all classes or make them up in the same semester.  All deposits and tuition are non-refundable.

Being an actor is about making acting a regular part of your life.  Join the actors in The Actors Alliance and network with the finest talent in the South.  You'll learn how to fulfill your dreams and make great friends who share your dreams.

Transform your acting from good to great with new, fun skills today and be in our exciting new pilot!

"Great acting is a science...
Learn how at The Actors Alliance"

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