The Audition Lab with James Eckhouse

Dive Deep and Find Your Audition Power

How can we grab hold of those few minutes in an audition, connect to the material and the reader, ‘own the room,’ and dazzle with our work? 

You’ve studied and trained. Now let James show you how to use what you already know so that all your training and all your talent shine through in the audition room.

With a wealth of experience on both sides of the camera and his in-the-trenches perspective, James knows how imperative it is to bring your own unique voice to the work. In this 8 week Audition Lab you will re-forge your connection to your authentic self so that you can audition with a vibrant spontaneity and a deep sense of truth. Under James’ guidance you will soup-up your acting engine in order to work at your deepest level and be powerfully present.

James creates a revitalizing and safe space for working actors to turn their time in the audition room into a successful and even joyous experience. His commitment to a deep exploration of the work is what distinguishes him as a successful teacher and exciting collaborator.

The Audition Lab addresses your work before, during, and after your audition, including preparation, waiting room maintenance, managing nerves, working on camera, connecting with any reader, taking adjustments, etc. It explores ways in which to do your boldest, most personal, and specific work in the room. The class includes several on-camera sessions, a variety of scene work, Meisner exercises, and highly focused ‘prompts’ that get you grounded and present.

Together you will tap into your distinct and highly personal point of view, hone your process, fire up your confidence so you can walk into any room and take command of your audition, and achieve the success you deserve.

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.




With over 30 years’ experience as an actor, director, and teacher, James Eckhouse maintains a passion for the craft and a deep respect for each individual’s unique process. His commitment to a deep exploration of the work is what distinguishes him as a successful teacher and wonderful collaborator. He creates a safe and highly creative space in which to recharge your powerful and unique voice, both in the audition experience and beyond.

You will work with material you bring in as well as scripts from other sources. You’ll be on camera for many of the classes, and collaborate with a strong group of actors, under James’ expert guidance.

This is a class for working actors who are auditioning regularly. 

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.

Class Details
Teacher: James Eckhouse Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr, Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Dates: April 16 – June 11, 2017. Sundays 10:30am – 1:30pm (no class on May 28) Requirements: By application or invitation only. For actors who are auditioning consistently. There are no make ups for this 8 week class. (Cancellation Policy)
Duration: 8 Weeks Cost: 2 installments of $310. $620 for the entire 8 week program.
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    James’ distinguished career as an actor and director in film, television, and theater has spanned more than thirty years. He has acted in well over a hundred films and TV shows and has performed on and Off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Most recently he starred on Broadway opposite Bryan Cranston in the Tony Award winning drama, ALL THE WAY and in the PBS film, MURDER OF A PRESIDENT. He is best known to TV audiences playing Jim Walsh on the original BEVERLEY HILLS 90210. His directing career has included several hours of episodic television including the award winning ABC drama, ONCE AND AGAIN  and the documentary PROTECTING THE POSSIBILITIES, that won a CINE Golden Eagle award. In Los Angeles theater, he has directed plays at ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, THE MATRIX, INSIDE THE FORD, BOSTON COURT, and THE FALCON.

    Savoring the opportunity to teach throughout his career, James has led acting workshops at several studios in LA and at many universities including UC SAN DIEGOS, CAL STATE FULLERTON, STEVENS COLLEGE, and THE LICOLN CENTER INSTITUTE. James began his training at CHICAGO’S SECOND CITY and received a BFA in drama from THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL.

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