Are you tired of waiting for the Industry to come to you? Constantly feel like you can’t be seen for the roles you are right for? Now is the time to take control of your career, expand the scope of your artistry, and forge your own career by creating your own work.
The role of the actor starts the day you arrive on set and concludes when you finish shooting. But there is a much richer, collaborative, creative world out there that actors can be a part of if they just start exploring the creation and execution of their own content. Writing for Actors opens the door to that world: Come learn how to be an actor who creates work.
It’s time to actualize your creative ideas and dive into the process of writing.
For Actors, Writers + Directors.
BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.
THE ACTOR AS WRITER
WRITE. CREATE. ACT. COMMAND.
Actors are storytellers by nature; your instincts for character, story, relationships, and intention are inherent in what you do every day. You have an ear for dialogue and you’re sensitive to the human experience. What better foundation is there for writing?
Writing for Actors is an eight-week writing class, taught by working writer and actor, Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, that guides you through the process of writing material by and for yourself in a language that you instinctively understand. Olivia will give you the tools to find your story, sharpen it to an undeniable point, and write it so that your unique voice is heard.
Each class offers fundamental lessons of storytelling from which your screenplay, pilot, or web-series will emerge and evolve. And as it does, your written work will be read aloud, workshopped, and explored. And best of all, our Master Teachers will bring the depth of their incredible careers to make your story better.
This class gives you a full writers’ tool kit for the creation of dynamic, entertaining, and driven dramatic work. You will leave with two workshopped five-minute scenes, and one fully workshopped ten-minute scene, short film, web pilot, or ten-page project of your choosing.
The Industry has changed. It’s not enough to just be an actor. It’s not enough to wait for permission to act. You must be a creator. You must be a leader. You must make work for yourself. You must be heard.
Class 1: CRAFTING STORY.
Class 2: SCENE PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPPING.
Class 3: CHARACTER AND CHARACTER DYNAMICS.
Class 4: CHARACTER MAPS AND STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS.
Class 5: PRESENTATIONS AND PROJECT PITCHES.
Class 6: FIRST DRAFT AND ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS.
Class 7: SECOND DRAFT PRESENTATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL MENTORSHIP.
Class 8: FINAL PRESENTATIONS!
- Olivia Cuartero-BriggsTeacher
Olivia Cuartero-Briggs is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, currently enjoying a career writing and developing for both television and comic books. Briggs earned a bachelors degree with honors from Oberlin College, and an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. Recent credits include staff writer for THE ARRANGEMENT on E!, writer/consultant for E! Marketing, writer/creator of the PEAKED IN HIGH SCHOOL web series, writers’ assistant on CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS on CBS, and writer of RONNIE’S CABINET, winner of the Thespis Theater Festival prize for Best Original Play. Other awards include The Flint Film Festival’s Best Screenplay Award, The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award, and in 2014 Briggs was a finalist for the Austin Film Festival’s AMC One-Hour Pilot competition. Briggs currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, and her first comic book series will be hitting shelves this spring!
What Actors are Saying
Olivia goes above and beyond. She not only taught me how to act and communicate effectively but also fostered greater self-confidence and self-awareness. Her caring and effective approach to teaching helped me develop skills that have served me in every facet of my life.
Olivia has a special way of anticipating your goals as an artist. She sees where you want to go, and will help you get there. Feedback, goal-setting, motivation, re-tooling, it's like having a whole team of support on your side, just through her. Olivia helped to shape how I approach not only acting but many aspects of my life.
The best months of my life are the ones where I was fortunate enough to learn under Olivia. Being a teacher is not an easy job, but her ability to connect with her students, help them understand their roles and become their parts is amazing. I am so grateful for all that Olivia has taught me!
Olivia brings an actor's unique perspective to all projects—writing, directing, and performing. She is grounded in experience; can easily decipher and find life in diverse texts; and possesses a thorough, practical understanding of language. While sometimes hard, Olivia expects the best from you. The thing is, she knows how to get it.
Olivia Cuartero-Briggs has the experience of being a writer writing NOW - she’s been in a writers' room and has a commanding understanding of all stages of TV and film writing. Olivia clearly explains the different structures of TV, film - broadcast and cable. She guides you to grow your spark of an idea into a premise , to a logline, to a pitch, to a script.
I was so inspired hearing Olivia talk about the industry as a writer. Her work with us was so simple yet detailed, that I'm now realizing reading scripts and breaking them down is actually fun and doesn't have to be a chore. I was missing so many things that I used to write off as unimportant for my character. It's ALL important. This whole studio makes the work fun again, whereas before, it was just tedious! So much "yes." Thank you!