Ellen Gerstein offers a dynamic actor’s workshop for individuals seeking on-camera training. Located in Los Angeles. Also, acting classes can be obtained virtually/ online.
Watch Ellen on John Solari’s show The Method Actor Speaks where she discusses the craft of acting and script analysis. Part 1 and Part 2.
Ellen is a lifetime member and judge at The Actors Studio. A member of the Alliance of Women Directors and LA Film Team. She is privileged to be a judge for the Roy W Dean Film Grant and for The Film Consortium San Diego and SD Film Awards
To teach a person and watch them open up and grow and take chances and risks, and have fun, is such a gift – a gift to the teacher as well as the student. When I was very young I taught horseback riding. I had the ability to draw someone out, to give them the belief in themselves. Connecting people with their own will is quite rewarding. Naturally I took these experiences and applied them to teaching acting. I love to light someone’s fire and ignite their passion. My love for acting is contagious.
In my class, there is a lot to learn, all very important. Strong choices are a must. Tell the truth. Be specific. Work through any inhibitions, and be fearless. Trusting yourself is learned, when one can get that, it helps them connect to their power. Spontaneity is key. Relaxation is a must for actors. Relaxation makes it possible to be totally available to yourself with what is going on in the moment and your emotions. One must be fully in the moment. Like an onion skin unwrapping, there is a process of creating one’s privacy – this is key to the work.
A student must be in a safe environment so they can take risks, and not be self conscious. My classroom is a no judgment zone. Develop professional skills from the start; show up, on time, prepared, and work hard. I am there for each student 100%.
- script analysis
- moment before
- auditioning skills
- the art of listening
- structured improvs
- scene study
- constructive critiques