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:
classes@hayescasting.com

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


ACTING FOR CAMERA – ADVANCED with George Maguire & Jaime Lucero

Tuesday’s - 7/18, 7/25, 8/1,  8/8, 8/15 & 8/22
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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

Location: 
Nancy Hayes Casting
400 Treat Ave. Suite E
San Francisco 94110
Click here for Map and Parking Info


On Camera Acting with Patricia Cotter

Monday Evenings
July 24th, 31st & August 7th
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Limit: 8 Students
$300

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 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.  She will cover “cold reads”, basics of on camera auditions, improv auditions and what makes a good headshot and resume.

The session includes a Q and A session with Nancy Hayes or Katie Cronin – long time casting directors.

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

Location:
Nancy Hayes Casting
400 Treat Ave. Suite E
San Francisco 94110
Click here for Map and Parking Info


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


Saturday Morning
Date: August 5th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM last 20 minutes is a Q & A for parents with any questions about our classes or the acting industry.
Limit: 16 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, 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

Location:
Nancy Hayes Casting
400 Treat Ave. Suite E
San Francisco 94110
Click here for Map and Parking Info

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 sixteen years.


Acting for Camera Essentials with Bruce Williams

Next Class - Thursdays - 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Limit: 8 Students
$350 for Seven 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.

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

Location:
Nancy Hayes Casting
400 Treat Ave. Suite E
San Francisco 94110
Click here for Map and Parking Info

Bruce Williams has been a professional actor for 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.


Improv with Patricia Cotter

Monday Evenings
TBD
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Limit: 10 Students
$300

80% of On Camera Auditions are improvisation.  Directors ask for actors with improv experience!  Casting Directors look for Improvisation experience on actor’s resumes. This three-session workshop (taught by Groundling Theatre Alum, Patricia Cotter) covers the basics you need to know to feel confident and comfortable at your next improv audition. The class will focus on the concepts of “Yes, and…”, thinking on your feet, maintaining eye contact and connecting with your scene partner.  Actors will be up on their feet from the first class. The goal is to learn, have fun and build this important skill set. 

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

Location:
Nancy Hayes Casting
400 Treat Ave. Suite E
San Francisco 94110
Click here for Map and Parking Info


Teen Acting Workshop with Katie Cronin

Date: TBD
10:00 PM - 1:00 PM last 20 minutes is a Q & A for parents with any questions about our classes or the acting industry.
Limit: 12 Students
$100 for one class

The class is geared for young actors with experience as well as for actors who are new and curious about the industry. We will introduce and strengthen skills so that each actor will be prepared when they go to auditions. We will focus on more advanced scenes and more "character" based improv games. The goal of the workshop is to help each actor lean to risk more and to get more comfortable taking chances. The class allows the young actors to bond and to grow together (making that risk taking a little less scary!)

The young actors will learn the basics of improv skills used in many auditions.

Each young actor 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 young actors 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, 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

Location:
Nancy Hayes Casting
400 Treat Ave. Suite E
San Francisco 94110
Click here for Map and Parking Info

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 sixteen years.