VIRTUAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Wickline Acting Studio now hosts special events and classes via Zoom so you can engage and learn from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned for more events!

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

LIVE ZOOM AUDITION TECHNIQUE

a Workshop with Expert Casting Director, Mel Mack

INSTRUCTOR: Mel Mack, of NY's House Casting

PLATFORM: Zoom

FEE: $69

DATE: Monday, August 17th

TIME: 6pm - 8:30pm (includes a short break)

AGE: 18 +

MAX: 15 students

About This Class

Zoom auditions were definitely NOT part of any acting studio or college curriculum we know of, was it part of yours? 

 

Yeah, we guessed not.

 

Zoom auditions will be the norm until at least the beginning of 2021, if not somehow become a part of how our industry will change forever. 

 

And here’s the thing… every Casting Director expects you to know how to use Zoom to audition. It’s assumed that you’ll just “know best practices,” without having any direction - a camera is a camera, right?

 

Wrong.

 

Auditioning on Zoom is it’s own beast. You’re dealing with your own set up, having to wait on the inevitable camera-swap delay (or even worse, Gallery View), and ooof then your cat jumps in the frame. Of course. 

 

Do you feel like you’re back in the old days of beginning to audition, again, where you’re just lacking confidence and feeling nervous because auditioning over Zoom has so many more variables than showing up for your appointment? 

 

Not feeling confident about best practices in any audition space is going to be the first impression you make with the Casting Team and it makes you come off as amateur, rather than professional. 

 

We know you’re a Pro, so we’re here to help!

Kathy has invited guest expert and CD, Mel Mack, to teach a Live Zoom Audition Technique workshop so you can stop sucking in your Zoom auditions and start booking again.

 

In the workshop, Mel will share: 

  • #1 Mistake Actors are currently making in Zoom auditions

  • The Do’s and Don’t of Zoom Auditioning - everything you need to know

  • How to Schmooze the room --- without actually Schmoozing 

  • Tips on how to set your at-home audition space with Zoom for the best “look” 

  • Mock Live Zoom Audition

  • Q&A

 

Mel started as an Actor and then moved into Casting and has seen tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of auditions over the years. She has been supporting her community of Actors transition online. We are very excited to host her for this upcoming workshop! 

Before the event, you will be emailed an easy link to this workshop allowing for quick entry to the Zoom workshop.

BONUS! Talent who joins the workshop will receive…

  • An additional discount code to use for any one of Mel’s upcoming classes 

  • A PDF from Mel that includes tips from her book, “101 Acting Tips.”

About Mel Mack

Mel Mack has works in the entertainment in NYC and L.A.and sees over 20,000 actors a year in the audition room. She loves helping actors find connection, choices and timing and knows what works in the audition room. 


Mel is a loved and respected Casting Associate and Acting Coach who has  worked on hundreds of National and Regional commercials! Mel works with some of the best industry leaders in the business and is a renowned name in the business. 


Mel is also a Backstage Expert, contributing regularly, drawing from her expertise in the casting business. Coaching actors is Mel’s passion. Mel coaches actors on film/tv, nationally and internationally, including Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” Jack Ryan, Sweetbitter, The Path, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, 24: The Legacy, Gotham, The Detour, Difficult People, Shades of Blue, Show Me A Hero, Broad City, and many, many more! Mel has worked with renowned artists such as Damian Lewis, Jamie Chung, Eva Longoria, Madonna, Mark Harmon, Megan Mullally, Michael Weatherly, Paget Brewster, Corin Nemic, Amy Madigan & many others.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

ACTING FOR CAMERA

For Talent Age 12 through Adult!

INSTRUCTOR: Karen Scioli

PLATFORM: Zoom

FEE: $99

DATE: Thursday, August 20th and 27th

TIME: 3pm - approx.4:30/5pm via Zoom

AGE: 12 through Adult!

MAX ENROLLMENT: 10 Students

About This Class

This is a great course for talent just starting out in the industry or for theater talent transitioning to on-camera! 

 

The focus of this class will be on on-camera auditioning skills and acting for commercials and short film (including corporate).  Philadelphia is primarily a market for commercials, corporate and independent films.   

 

Each week, students will work on-camera performing real scripts. Talent will be taught auditioning skills, and how to tap into your own personality to bring each script their own feel.  This course is a lot of fun, and boasts a very supportive setting in a small class environment (capped at 10).

 

Wickline Casting is fortunate to have this stellar instructor to offer such a widely sought and rarely offered course.

Scripts will be distributed in advance of each class. Students will receive a recorded link of their performances each week. Classes will contain short breaks.

About Karen Scioli

Karen Scioli has been a celebrated TV, radio, film and theatre actor for over 30 years, in front and behind the cameras. An Emmy award winning actor for her popular role as channel 3’s late night horror host, Stella from Saturday Night Dead (1984-1990), Karen is also known for her comedy character of Rere DiNucci, the South Philly hairdresser who starred on WOGL’s The Breakfast Club for 7 years and was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Karen was Production Coordinator for the TV show COPS for 2 years (41 shows), and ten years for Curt Crane Productions, a commercial film and video company that produced national commercials. She teaches The Actor’s Journey - Adult Acting Classes currently in Haddon Heights and is the Artistic Director of Encore Senior Theatre Company.

Testimonials

"A.J. enjoyed the virtual class for commercials with Karen Scioli. She was kind, warm and inviting, everyone could feel comfortable in her virtual class. The verbal exercises were a good tip on what to do before an audition and reminders to smile and relax!"     Jen R.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

VOICE & SPEECH

INSTRUCTOR: Susanne Sulby

PLATFORM: Zoom

FEE: $69

DATE: Tuesday, September 1st

TIME: 4pm - approx. 5:30pm via Zoom

AGE: 18 +

About This Class

This is a fast paced practical introduction to discovering your voice, becoming aware of habits that might keep you from being cast and building your overall awareness and confidence in the audition room, on set, stage, or in the boardroom. You will leave with new awareness and practical exercises to build your skills and overcome roadblocks.


We will teach fundamentals of voice and speech and will even have a chance to work individually with some actors to see the practical application.
 
Class exercises will include articulation and vowel pronunciation, rhythm and inflection, and learning about how tension affects performance and speech.
 
You are a working actor, but are you tending to your voice? Taking it for granted? Are you giving your voice the training it deserves? Expose your tendencies and identify regionalism (many have this!) in this highly supportive class environment.

 

Susanne is available for private coaching for acting and voice/speech.

About Susanne Sulby

    Susanne Sulby has been teaching and acting for over 30 years. She is currently dialect coaching an HBO series in the Philadelphia area. Other recent projects include 21 Bridges with Chadwick Bosman, JK Simmons and Sienna Miller.
    Her Teaching and Acting career began at the University of the Arts in 1986 and over the years has included numerous performing arts companies and institutions of higher learning. Ms. Sulby has performed in dozens of plays, on camera and in voice over throughout the years.
    Additionally, Ms. Sulby has maintained a private practice of coaching acting, dialect, accent reduction and corporate training for the past 30 years. Utilizing skills from the theatrical world along with training from internationally known corporate coaches like Anthony Robbins and Landmark Worldwide. Ms. Sulby helps her clients gain skills in public speaking, leadership, and creativity as they would apply to the work environment.     She served as Dialect coach for Jacki Weaver (Academy Nominee) in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell. Other dialect coaching credits include 1776 at the Ford’s Theatre directed by Peter Flynn, dialect coach for Razaaq Adoti (Amastad, Blackhawk Down) on ‘Cover’ directed by Bill Duke (Predator, X  Men), among others.
Her teaching philosophy for both Acting and Voice is to create a safe and exploratory environment and give her students the tools to ask more of themselves. 

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

STAND UP COMEDY SEMINAR

For Gigs and Presentations

INSTRUCTOR: Vince Valentine

PLATFORM: Zoom

FEE: $69

DATE: Thursday, August 27th 

TIME: 7pm - approx. 8:30pm via Zoom

AGE: 18 +

About This Class

They say you should be on stage doing Stand Up Comedy...

But how? Where? Open Mics? Take A Class?

Tell Jokes to Yourself in your bathroom mirror?

You Want Answers?! We Got Answers!

Vince Valentine, Stand Up Comedian, Producer, Booker, Ongoing Stand Up Comedy Instructor in Delaware Valley and Star of Broadway’s longest running One Person Show, “Defending The Caveman”, guides you through all the in’s and out’s on your journey to Stand Up Comedy.

 

What will this Seminar cover?

• How to Write a Joke

• Seeing The World Through a Comics Eye

• Why a Joke DOESN’T work

• Comedy for All Ages

• Connecting with an audience

• Dealing with Stage Fright

• Getting booked on a show

• Difference between Bookers, and Producers

• Open Mics .. Helpful or Harmful

• Starting out - Tools Needed

• Industry Terms

• Avoiding Pitfalls

• Q& A

About Vince Valentine

A Philadelphia native, Vince Valentine has been performing and touring nationally in the one man, Broadway hit “Defending the Caveman” since 2003. It is the longest running One Person show in Broadway history, has been translated into over 50 languages and produced all over the world. He has worked with Philadelphia Stand Up legends such as Joe Conklin, Big Daddy Graham, along with National Touring Comedians Mike Vecchione, Joe DeRosa and Julia Scotti.

Vince has starred as Christopher and toured throughout the United States in “The Soapranos”, an interactive parody of the HBO TV series. He has also starred in “Joey and Maria’s Italian Wedding”.

He co created and stars in the Red Hat production of ‘The GodFather and Friends’, and ‘Sleeping with The Seven Fishes’, both live interactive comedy/ variety shows.

After being selected from 1,500 actors, then as one of five finalists for NBC10′s “Best Summer Gig Ever, Traffic Contest”. He made a guest appearance on “NBC 10! Live” as a panel guest. 

Vince has appeared in the independent film that he co-wrote and starred in, “Shut Up And Eat.”, was a finalist in Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR’s “Philly’s Last Comic Standing” and appeared in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival as a member of the Sketch Comedy Troupe “Skitzoids”.

Vince uses his writing, performing and production abilities for custom and personalized stand up, improv and sketch shows for clients such as The Philadelphia Union League, ABCO HVAC, and various Rotary, FOP, PBA organizations.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

BRANDING 101: Acting, Spokesperson and Hosting Work

INSTRUCTOR: Rich Henkels

PLATFORM: Zoom

FEE: $36

DATE: Check back for the next session!

TIME: 4pm - approx. 5pm via Zoom

AGE: 18 +

MAX ENROLLMENT: 20 Students

About This Class

How important is your “Brand” and how do you find it?

 

“Branding” isn’t just important, it’s essential to success as an Actor/Spokesperson or Host.

 

After signing up, we’ll send you some prep work to do prior to the class so that we can get the most out of an information packed 60 minute (approximate length) class!

 

In a fun and utterly engaging Zoom call hosted by Rich Henkels, we will drill into all of the following:

  • The importance of brand and authenticity, 

    • beginners and experienced performers alike need to find, establish and work on their brand

    • How do you see yourself? How do others see you? What do you want others to see?

  • How do you make your brand memorable when you first meet an industry professional, Casting Director, Agent or Manager?

    • it's about how you look, how you are and how you come across

    • Your brand is genuine and authentic

  • How to make your brand apparent when you are auditioning

    • Choices you make

    • Understanding a script and how it impacts presentation of your brand

  • What tools do you need at your disposal to make a professional and lasting impression

    • More than just a "head shot"

 

In this class you'll "perform" right out of the gate. We'll build from that, using immediate feedback on your "authentic" look, demeanor and personality, to strengthen your conviction or help you change course if needed. We will use all the tools provided by Zoom technology to open your eyes and ears to who you are and what your brand may be!

Interactive and fast-paced, this class will help you learn through and with others. And, you’ll help others get their arms around their brand, all of which leads to greater confidence in your own perspective and the making of stronger choices while auditioning!

About Rich Henkels

An Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, Rich Henkels knows well the trail to success in the media, TV, modeling and business world. In a career that spans 35 years, he’s hosted, anchored, produced or contributed to countless TV news, sports, and special programming directly for NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN and CNN and/or their affiliates. For years, Rich was an effective and energetic presence as a host of the MDA and Children’s Miracle Network telethons.

In addition, Rich enjoys a lucrative business career, perfecting his presentation and spokesperson skills selling technology to CEO and VP level executives at F-500 and other companies. 

Testimonials

"I would recommend Branding 101 with Rich Henkels to anyone. Not only is Rich a personable and welcoming host, but he has Branding down to a science!  Each class member's individual feedback on your Brand is invaluable. There's nothing more instructive than seeing yourself and your classmates on-camera for the entirety of the exercise."     Jacque Temple

"Rich Henkels' level of knowledge was on point. He's a veteran of the business who is also in our shoes as an actor. I loved everything about Rich’s level of energy, performance and management." Jared Swain

"I enjoyed how Rich created an interactive and relaxed learning space for us." Unissa Cruse

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

THE ACTING INDUSTRY: An Introductory Seminar

INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Wickline, Casting Director

PLATFORM: Zoom

FEE: $49

DATE: Check back for the next session!

TIME: TBD

AGE: 18 + (can be a parent of a minor)

About This Class

This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Casting Director Kathy Wickline!

Join Kathy in her Zoom Seminar and learn solid and safe ways to begin your journey into the acting industry. This is a rarely offered opportunity to learn direct from a Casting Director. 
 

What will this Seminar cover?

 

  • Type of Acting Projects in Philly area market

  • How a Production Works in relationship to Acting

  • Difference between Casting Directors, Agents and Managers 

  • Mature Actors

  • Freelancing

  • Where to Get Leads for Acting Work

  • Starting out - Tools Needed

  • Preparation for Voice Over Work 

  • Preparation for an On-Camera Audition

  • Avoiding Pitfalls 

  • Understanding Non-Union Acting Contracts; Usage & Terms Made Simple

  • Q& A 

After Registering: You will receive a link to the Zoom Class a day or two before. Check your email!

 

An alternative to this Zoom class... Check out Kathy’s one-on-one Private Consultation for a more in depth mentoring on your journey.

About Kathy Wickline, CSA

When it comes to the world of casting, Kathy Wickline is nothing short of a Philadelphia institution. With over 25 years of professional experience in the biz, Kathy has truly seen it all. Her passion for helping aspiring talent break into the industry has allowed Kathy to foster the careers of countless young actors. Her resume truly speaks for itself, ranging from hit network programming, feature films, to commercials. She holds over 10,000 credits. 


In addition to working as a casting director, Kathy also spent five years as a top agent in Philly for both actors and models. Today, she uses her vast knowledge and wide network to help young actors find their way in the business. By training actors and models in how to achieve their goals, Kathy hopes to add them to her own talent pool and cast them in future projects. 

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. 

Kathy Wickline Casting

1080 North Delaware Avenue Suite 501 

Philadelphia, PA 19125

(215) 739-9952

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