ABOUT THE CLASS

Everyone has a story. What's yours? 

Have a story to tell or a one-person show idea? Performing Solo challenges each artist to find their truth through personal or fictional storytelling. Actors will not only discover where the stories live in them but will also be given the tools to turn them into dramatically compelling solo pieces.

 

Your story is workshopped and developed into a monologue, based on a theme and culminates in a performance for family and friends. Every student will leave this class with a high definition video they can post on YouTube and social media, as well as, a piece they can expand into a solo show or short film.

 

In an ever-changing entertainment market, take control of your own career and develop material that exemplifies, expands, and showcases the depth of your personal journey. The skills you learn in Performing Solo can be applied to help strengthen all areas of your acting work, because once you can effectively tell your own story, you can tell anyone’s.

 

Trying to get booked at one of the many storytelling nights in town? Or are you already booked and freaking out? We also do private storytelling coaching – performance, writing, structure, notes!

ABOUT THE TEACHERS

PARKER MILLS

Parker is an actor and writer, who has been performing his own material for nearly 20 years, including his acclaimed solo show, “Take My Life… Please”. His adaptation of Roald Dahl’s, “James and the Giant Peach”, has received productions in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Parker was also the co-creator of “That is SO Fake”, a Television concept optioned by Sony Television.No stranger to the many “Storytelling Nights” in the Los Angeles area, his solo performance home is “Rant and Rave” at Rogue Machine Theatre, where he is a regular writer/performer and company member.

As an actor, Parker was recently seen at the Chromolume Theatre playing "Ned Weeks" in "The Normal Heart". Other stage credits include "Breeders" at Rogue Machine, "Take Me Out" at the Celebration Theatre, and "Death of a Salesman" at Interact. Film, TV, and Web credits include "Malcolm in the Middle", "Lunarcy", "Outer Space Astronauts" and "Twitter/Facebook IRL"... A more comprehensive list of his acting credits can be found on his website parkermillsactor.com

SUSAN LESLIE

Susan has acted in over 100 film and TV projects. She has acted opposite Oscar winners:  Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank, among others. In voice-over, Susan was worked on 4 of the top 10 grossing films of all time, including Avatar, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3. In theater, she has earned an Ovation Award (Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewive), Ovation Nomination (Yellow), LA Weekly Award (Yellow), and a Garland Award (Yellow) through her many roles with writer/director Del Shores.

 

Susan has 10 years of experience as a script coordinator, editor, web-content writer, reviewer, writing contributor for The Weekenders, as well as the book, “Virgin Territory”. Her acclaimed One-Woman Play, This Is Your Wake-Up Call earned rave reviews in Los Angeles and the East Coast. Susan was also a regular writer/performer in PRT’s essay and storytelling show, Pen to Paper as well as "Word Now" and "Rant and Rave".

 

Working with children is one of her great loves she and has taught acting technique for teens (age 12-18) at Andromeda Studios and scene study and monologues scenes study (age 9-18) at Deborah Gibson’s Electric Youth.

 

She is a graduate of the UCLA, School of Theater, Film, and Television and has studied in the Los Angeles Master Classes with the late-great Uta Hagen and the current-great, Howard Fine.

Susan loves helping her Performing Solo students find their “story” through truth and humor!