An acting school is shaping the next generation of sitcom actors with a program that prepares students for auditions and live audiences.
The Actors Comedy Studio (ACS), located at 7461 Beverly Blvd., is dedicated to fine-tuning the skills needed for working on a television sitcom.
“What makes this program so unique is that it’s the only school in the country that focuses on purely sitcom acting, using both multi-camera and single-camera techniques,” says Rudy Solis, an ACS student turned outreach officer.
Solis swears by the program because “it’s both comprehensive and challenging.
“The result was great. It made me feel like my chances at an audition were much better.”
Better than improv
If you think this is just another comedy-improv group, think again. Solis says ACS founders, Gunnar Rohrbacher and Lauren Bertoni, claim the school is a counterpoint to improv training.
“The main thing Gunnar and Lauren push is that improv, while fantastic, is itself an acting technique, and doesn’t prepare you to stand in front of a casting director or work in front of a live audience; this program does with students writing and acting just as they would on a real sitcom.”
ACS offers on-going classes where actors can enroll as needed; the 10-week sitcom essentials provides “the most comprehensive course available,” says Solis.
For more information, visit actorscomedystudio.com.