WOULD YOU LIKE TO...
• Work on specific songs or monologues with which you're currently auditioning?
• Find fresh, unique, new audition material? work on those last-minute callback sides or music?
• Make the leap from callbacks to booking work?
• Learn how to treat your career like a business
• Discover your type and discuss a personal marketing campaign
• Improve your resume and promotional materials
• Discuss agent representation and learn how and where to start looking
Gary John is available for one-on-one sessions specifically tailored to your needs. He knows “both sides of the table” having been both a performer and director.
He enjoys helping actors and directors invigorate their careers no matter what level they are at. With his wealth of personal resource materials, he can guide you in finding that song, monologue or performance piece that will get you noticed. He will show you how to navigate the business, “direct” your own career and help you to be a more confident performer.
Sessions are affordable and location is flexible. Contact Gary John to get your career on track! Last minute appointments accommodated, when possible.
“Gary John, I got the part of The Queen of Hearts in ‘WONDERLAND’!! Thank you for the guidance!”
Karen Mason, NYC
“I was just talking to my husband this morning, saying, ‘Remember when Gary John helped me with my GODSPELL audition back in 2008?’ Wow... I cannot believe I haven't contacted you and told you THANK YOU. You're amazing.”
Lindsay Mendez, NYC
“Hey GJ! Just had a callback tonight...so our prep worked. All went very well. Thanks again for getting me into a great place with this material. So helpful!"
Michael Halling, NYC
“Hey Gary John....great news! I got it! I booked ‘Light in the Piazza!’ I am on cloud nine! I thank you, I thank you, I thank you! It is because of you and our sessions I got this."
Bruce Rebold, NYC
“Thanks for the coaching today. It was what I had hoped for times 10! Looking forward to the next time.”
Mark Lanham, NYC
“Thank you for such a great coaching! The tools and energy you brought were exactly what I was looking for (along with a little kick in the pants). Looking forward to next time.”
Nicole Tori, NYC
Gary John has given workshops and seminars in universities and theatre schools nationally and is available for a guest artist position in your theatre program! He especially enjoys encouraging young actors and exposing them to the importance of both craft and marketing.
THE “BUSINESS” OF SHOW BUSINESS: Being positive and proactive as a performer
This "round table" overview will be a chance to hear about and discuss "the nuts and bolts" of a career in theatre. What are the important things to consider when preparing for a theatrical career and how does one approach it? Where and how do you start after leaving the “safety net” of school? What will the differences be? How to assess your type and market yourself that way. How to improve the look and content of your auditions. How to conduct yourself as a confident businessperson. What about agents, managers and the unions? When and how do you need them? Learn how to build momentum in your career with short-term and long-range goals. What works and what doesn't on your headshot and resume. No related topic is off limits if it affects your career!
MOCK AUDITION SEMINAR: Feedback for the Performer
This practical workshop gets performers on their feet! Mock auditions (musical and/or dramatic) are conducted as if in a professional situation. Each audition is critiqued in an insightful, nurturing way with input from the participants, as well. Performers get to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. All questions are answered and suggestions made to improve the actor’s confidence and professionalism. This workshop helps the performer learn and understand the unique art of auditioning!
COLD READINGS SEMINAR: Improve Audition Technique
A practical workshop that gives actors an opportunity to make fast decisions. Scenes or monologues will be provided and the actors are given a few minutes to look them over before delivering them in front of the group. Critique will be given to help the actor understand what choices worked and which did not. A discussion of swift text analysis and the importance of making bold decisions will follow. This scenario prepares the actor for the typical audition where the play is new or unknown and sides are not available in advance!
ACTING AND IMPROVISATION: A Spontaneous Approach
An “on your feet” opportunity! Actors get to utilize different techniques though the art of improvisation. Practical exercises and theatre games are assigned and explored in solo and group situations. A chance to hone some basic acting techniques while being guided though a range of emotions, obstacles and settings. Performers are given freedom to explore their craft while learning to react spontaneously and get in tune with their instrument. Constructive criticism will follow the actors’ work with further opportunity to use the feedback in the second half of the session.
Gary John collaborates with students in a fun, positive and energetic way. He enjoys helping young performers develop a sense of confidence in their work, auditions and career. He is flexible in tailoring workshops that will fit the time constraint, curriculum and budget of your program.
Workshops are affordable and can be one-day, two-day or one week in length. They may be also created in tandem with a directorial project. Contact Gary John to discuss your program needs and scheduling.
GROUP WORKSHOPS TAUGHT INCLUDE:
Actors Connection (NYC) • "Broadway Bound" (NYC) • Cerro Coso College (CA) • Doane College (NE) • Hofstra University (NY) • Junior Tours (NYC) • New Dance Group (NYC) • New York University (NYC) • Theatre Arts Center (NY) • Stagedoor Manor (NY) •
University at Buffalo (NY) • University of Findlay (OH)) • California University (PA) • University of New Mexico • University of Pennsylvania • Trollwood Performing Arts School (ND)