Directing the Actor Lab

Taught by AWD Founder and USC Professor Jennifer Warren, this six-month course meets for monthly sessions (currently virtually). Topics covered include in-depth scene breakdowns, rehearsal exercises and techniques, and playable direction and adjustments for actors. 

Throughout the lab each of the participating directors will choose a scene from an established screenplay, cast it, and hold a rehearsal during class where they receive feedback in preparation for shooting their scene outside of class. The last class will be a screening of all 12 scenes, which will be critiqued by the class and an invited guest director.

Apply to the AWD Directing the Actor Lab

Submissions are currently closed.

Auditing classes

There is limited seating for AWD members to audit these classes. Information can be found on each class’s calendar page. 

2021 class dates and times are as follows:
March 25: 7-10:30pm PST
April 22: 7-11:00pm PST 
May 27: 7-10:30pm PST
June 24: 7-10:30pm PST (NOTE: Class date/time might change)
July 22: 4-7:30pm PST 
August 10th: 5-8pm PST

2021 Lab Participants

AWD Directors selected for the 2021 lab are Kryzz GautierAshley BrimEmily LererNatalie CookTomeka WinborneHeather Hawthorne DoyleSoma HelmiMichelle SalcedoJessica PetelleStacy AdamskiLaura D’Antoni, and Bonnie Foster.