I am writing to share my experience running The Actors Gym, an ongoing workshop for working writers and actors that meets on Monday nights at the Asylum Theatre in Hollywood, because I take great pride in the work we do there every week.
The Gym is a unique community. Unlike many “classes” in LA, it’s not a place to perform or score career points. Rather, it’s a place where you are encouraged to take risks, where you’re allowed to make mistakes, where you’re free to explore and work on your craft and get honest, challenging feedback from colleagues invested in helping you succeed, a place where you’ll be pushed to go further and dig deeper than you ever dreamed possible.
For the actors, that might mean working on scene study, cold readings, monologues, or your one man show, whatever you decide you need to focus your energy and talent on. You can also use the Gym to work on all the auditions you’ll be getting this pilot season.
For the writers, you can bring in pages and hear them read out loud by strong actors invested in helping you uncover the work you’ve done. You can dig into story and structure. You can practice pitching, looking at both the writing of the individual pitch or how you are “in the room” or both.
In the Gym, each member focuses on what they want to focus on. Your time there is your own to work on what you choose to work on. And I work with any member who wants guidance in making those choices.
And after you work, you decide whether you want to hear feedback from your colleagues or not. It’s your time, your work, and your decision.
And possibly more important than what happens on stage, the Gym is a wonderful, supportive community of actors and writers who come together every week to lift each other up, not tear each other down. Being part of a community like the Gym can make a big difference when you live and work in Los Angeles.
If you are already familiar with Bobby Moresco’s Actors Gym, then I’m sure all of this sounds familiar, as the Monday Night group is an off-shoot of the Gym that meets with Bobby on Saturdays.
The Gym costs $100 a month. We meet every Monday night at 7:30 in the Asylum Theatre just west of Vine on Santa Monica Blvd.
Please feel welcome to come by, check it out and see for yourself if the Gym is the right place for you to continue working on your craft while you pursue your career. Just let me know when to expect you.
Look forward to seeing you.
Director of Development