Improve Your Craft

The Nancy Hayes Acting Studio is designed for all levels of actors and will include a variety of classes aimed not only at technique, but also for the actor to gain a greater understanding of the entertainment and film industry as a business. It is essential for the actor to continue to further their training and technique, however combined with the knowledge-base and history of the industry – whether it is learning what happens on the other side of the camera or how to best promote oneself – one can better understand how to best succeed within the industry.

If you have any questions about which class is most appropriate for you, please email:

(Please note classes are not an audition or employment opportunity).

“BOTH SIDES OF THE CAMERA” taught by Nancy Hayes and Jeanette Pavini

Monday nights
6pm – 8pm
The first class is Monday April 29th
Class size limited to 12 @ $100 per actor
This is only a portion of what we will cover in the class.

  • Resume/headshot critique

  • Preparation from the minute you get an audition notice to the booking and shoot.  What you need to know and what to expect.

  • Other ways to use your skills in the business beyond commercials, film and industrials.

  • Behind the scenes: what you don’t see or know about.

  • And……all of your questions.

Nancy has been casting films, commercial, print and VO in the Bay Area for 30+ years.  Jeanette Pavini is a commercial actress and consumer news reporter.  She has also been in the business 30+ years.  Together they will share their knowledge from both sides of the camera.

Here is a link to Nancy’s imdb link

Jeanette info

to sign up, email 

Audition Workshop for Young Actors (ages 8-16) with Katie Cronin

Saturday, May 4th Class (1 Spot Available) - Next Class Saturday, May 18th
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM last 15 minutes is a Q & A for parents with any questions about our classes or the acting industry.
Limit: 14 Students
$100 for one class

This is an ongoing auditioning workshop for young actors. This class can be taken often to help young actors hone their skills and keep improving in between auditions. It is also geared for young actors who are new and curious about the industry. We are introducing and strengthening their skills to be better prepared when they go to auditions.

All students are given selected scripts to fit them individually from actual auditions at Nancy Hayes Casting and featured films. In addition to the script work they will learn the basics of improv skills used in many auditions.

Each child will go through the many types of auditions in front of the camera: The slate, camera techniques, cold reads, prepared scripts, and improv. We will practice taking direction and improve upon their listening skills. Taking the kids step by step through typical auditions helps remove the anxiety of these first auditions and replace it with fun and confidence. We want more than anything that the kids have fun while learning because when it comes down to it acting is fun!

To sign up for this class, email Katie:
We will email you a Paypal payment request upon receipt of enrollment form for the full payment.
* There is no refund after 48 hours before the class begins

Katie Cronin is a San Francisco casting director and commercial actress veteran. Katie has studied acting at ACT, and with Jean Shelton. Katie has cast national and international commercials as well as film and theater, and has worked as a casting director for over twenty ye




6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Limit: 8 Students


New to the Industry? New to on-camera auditions? This three-session workshop will answer your questions about the industry in the Bay Area in a comfortable and welcoming setting, as well as build confidence and improve your skill set. Patricia will cover “cold reads”, basics of on camera auditions, improv auditions and what makes a good headshot and resume. 

Patricia Cotter is an Emmy Award winner, who has run casting sessions at Nancy Hayes Casting for years, as well as worked professionally as an actor and writer in Los Angeles and New York. 

The session includes a Q and A session Katie Cronin – long time casting director.

Acting For Camera Essentials With Bruce Williams

No Classes are scheduled at this time

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Limit: 8 Students
$400 for Six classes

This informative and confidence-building professional on-camera acting course explores the essential elements of commercial and film acting.  Areas of study include various on-camera techniques, character analysis, script/commercial copy analysis, relaxation technique, and much, much more. 

The course includes commercial and film monologue work that is taped and reviewed in class by the instructor. If you have never studied acting and are wanting to get started or even if you are looking for a practical brush-up class, this is the class for you.

Bruce Williams has been a professional actor for  over 40 years.  As a member of SAG/ AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association, he has performed in numerous commercials, industrials and television productions and has extensive theater experience as well.  He has been a faculty and core company member at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), acting in more than 44 main stage productions since 1975.  He has also appeared on several other West Coast stages including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Magic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, The Eureka Theater, TheatreWorks, The Marines Memorial Theater, and many others. For 12 years he was the director of the Studio ACT and Summer Training Congress professional training programs at ACT, also teaching and directing extensively in the Master of Fine Arts program. He has also taught on a regular basis at Notre Dame de Namur University, Santa Clara University, the University of Hawaii, the Nancy Hayes Acting Studio, the Berkeley Digital Film Institute, Stanford University, and the Academy of Art University. Bruce is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Theatre Bay Area and has a private practice teaching acting technique for the stage and camera.

Nancy Hayes Casting
401 Francisco Street
San Francisco 94133

Acting For Camera – Advanced with George Maguire & Jaime Lucero

Limit: 10 students
$350 for six classes

Designed for all levels, this class will explore further elements of camera techniques involving scenes for both commercial and film. Youwant the job, now what do you do to prepare for that day when a director says “Action”. This will be a “how-to” class on both the audition but equally the memorized final product of a scene within the context of film. We will also explore the creation of “speed reels” and their vital importance in the world of casting today. From audition to job, this class is both a brush up and also way of working class for the actor – young and older.

 To sign up for this class, complete enrollment form.
We will email you a Paypal payment request upon receipt of enrollment form for the full payment.
* There is no refund after 48 hours before the class begins

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