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Audition Technique class starting the week of 11/5

Veleka G.

Are you confident that you can break down the script when you have an audition?

Do you know how to make interesting choices for your character?

Can you make adjustments fluidly and with ease when the casting director asks for something you didn't bring into the room?

If you're not sure, you need The Actors Alliance course starting on 11/5. Any casting director or agent will tell you that you shouldn't be reading for any substantial roles until you know what you're doing.

No one is born a star. A star is created by dint of hard work, solid training, and tenacity.


Each week the actors will practice one aspect of advanced technique and judge for themselves how well they are mastering their craft by watching their work on camera.

☆ 1st CLASS: a review of cold reading, audition etiquette, and how well you take direction to see what you need to learn; assignments for scene work

☆ 2nd CLASS: learning how to make interesting choices; basic script analysis on a scene; tips on memorizing lines

☆ 3rd CLASS: working with a reader when it's your close-up while maintaining energy and focus; improv

☆ 4th CLASS: how to move on set using the method dancers use, handling props, and how to hit your marks exactly every time for continuity

☆ 5th CLASS: putting it all together in a performance

☆ 6th CLASS: showcase your skills for an agent


• Metairie - Monday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting November 5
• Baton Rouge - Wednesday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting November 7
• Covington - Thursday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting November 8

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

Call 504-812-3379 or e-mail to find out how to register.


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

☆ Train with the top acting coach in Louisiana

☆ Be cast in the latest The Actors Alliance film project

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

☆ Network with other actors on private Facebook pages, created just for members of The Actors Alliance

☆ Get the seasoning needed to manifest personal charisma and star quality

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


"Thanks to you I am a more confident, headstrong, and determined actress. I am even more confident in everyday life :) Before I joined your class I thought this was such an impossible and silly dream to go for. You've made me feel like I can really do this. So ultimately, you've changed my life, for the better. There's nothing I can do to repay you for that."
~ Sarah Wilkinson, Biloxi, MS

"I wanted to thank you for teaching me. Thank you for introducing me to people who share my passion. Thank you for making me get out of my comfort zone. Thanks for taking time to visit. You have touched my life and made it better for my family and me."
~ William Gil, Berwick, LA

"Veleka, I am still on cloud 9 from my audition yesterday evening. I brought you into that audition with me (you didn't know you were there, did you?), and the producer told me that I blew her away. She showed me the goose bumps on her arms. She could not believe that was my first ever audition. She said that I was one of 3 that she was considering for the part, and if I didn't get it, it would have nothing to do with my acting capabilities. I love you, Veleka, and could NOT have done it without you!"
~ Sabrita Gordon, Picayune, MS

"You are the most valuable resource in the region for aspiring film actors. (And you can quote me on that.)"
~ Tony Fennelly, New Orleans, LA


Television star and Emmy judge Veleka Gray has shared the stage or screen with scores of luminaries, including Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, Dana Delany, Jobeth Williams, Elliot Gould, Rue McClanahan, Armand Assante, and Michael Cole, 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 releases in 2013. She was also cast in the short films "Television2" and "Fingers," plus she played Judge White in "Blood in The Grass," for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at the UNO Film Festival.

She is now screenwriting, casting, and producing films as well. She has been Executive Producer of five films and has written the screenplay for four of those. After writing and casting two shorts with her students in The Actors Alliance, "Reunion" and "For Better, For Worse," she cast "The House of Vigorsol Mystery" for an Italian production company in March, just before starting principal photography on "Cabin Fever."

"For Better, For Worse" was selected to be shown at the Mississippi International Film Festival in Jackson on October 27th.

Veleka has been coaching actors for the past 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 classes she teaches weekly in Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Covington, she brings her coaching to Lafayette, Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria, Louisiana, and to Hattiesburg and Jackson, Mississippi.

Veleka's productions star students of The Actors Alliance to help them acquire experience, leading roles for their résumés, and excellent scenes for their demo reels. She's in preproduction for both a television pilot titled "Making The Grade" and for a horror film she will be shooting in the winter.

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. 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 teenagers 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 of The Actors Alliance and network with the finest talent in the South. You'll learn how to fulfill your goals and make lifetime friends who share your passion for acting and making movies.

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

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