When you walk into that audition, you want a lead role. Not only do you want a lead, you want to be convincing, inspiring, funny, dramatic...you don't just want to be good, you want to be remarkable - the character and person everyone talks about and remembers.
You audition for shows but don't get the roles you want. Sometimes you get a couple of lines or a "featured" part but it's not enough. You want better roles. You want your time in the spotlight. You want the chance to shine. Each time you miss out you ask yourself - "How can I get better if I'm NEVER given the opportunity?"
Rejection is hard. No one wants to be a "walk-on." You know with experience, training, and feedback you could be as remarkable as the person named on the cast list. We understand, we've been there.
Perhaps you are considering studying acting or musical theater on the University level. You need to attend a really good school. You need to get the best training possible for the experience to fulfill your dreams.
When it comes to an audition, your "resume" isn't important. What matters is what you can do in a THREE MINUTE audition. An audition that can change the entire course of your life.
You don't have to dread the call-back list, cast list, being constantly relegated to the role of a walk-on or miss the shot of attending one of the best schools.
We will give you tools, techniques, and skills that give you REAL training in obtaining the roles you want and the performance opportunities you dream of!
It's time to stop feeling like a stage decoration! Get the skills to give the performances you always knew you were capable of delivering!
"Working with Richard was an incredible experience. His understanding of Shakespeare is phenomenal and he challenged my understanding of my characters, in both contemporary and classical monologues, to give them far more color and depth. Working with him is an opportunity you will not want to miss out on!"
Ryan Wagner - Musical Theater Major - Western Michigan University
THE CLASS: Following the principles created in The Gordon Hunt Acting Workshop, Richard teaches actors that they need to take responsibility for their own work. There are too many directors in film and Television (even stage!) that are more consumed with the technical aspects of production and don’t have a language to talk to actors. To that end, everyone is asked after they work how they felt it went so they can develop an outside sense of their work as well as an inside sense. Every class starts with core acting exercises that develop the craft of acting or auditioning skills. The bulk of the class is spent in the performance of fully memorized and rehearsed scenes or monologues, followed by a critique and maybe a reworking of the scene or monologue. This class is for serious high school students and adults. It should be noted, observing - with a skillful instructor, can be as beneficial as actual performance of a monologue or scene. Depending upon class size, not every student will present every week.
Richard Gilbert-Hill has been a working actor since 1976 when he got his first job in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1977 he graduated from Eastern Michigan University and went on to become an original member of the Court Theatre Company which began its inaugural season that same year. In 1985, he was a member of the Young Company at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario, Canada. During the second season with the Young Company, he first began to teach high school and college students Shakespeare and Voice and Speech, as part of a three-month tour. After moving to Los Angeles in 1987, he taught Voice and Speech at the Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, California. He also began a 30-year relationship with Gordon Hunt and his Acting Workshop, first as a student and then as full acting instructor. He worked with the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival as a Guest Artist, playing Benedick in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. He has also been a member of the Mechanicals Theatre Company in Los Angeles (Rhinoceros, 12 Angry Men, Twelfth Night, The Elephant Man). He has Guest Starred on many television shows including Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Seventh Heaven, and Third Rock From the Sun. He is also a produced writer for television (Renegade, Highlander, The Perfect Nanny).
Currently, Richard is teaching weekly classes in Voice and Breath and Muscularity (Language Production). Since the passing of Gordon Hunt in 2016, he has teamed up with Gordon’s daughter, Helen Hunt, and continues teaching the Gordon Hunt Acting Workshop.
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