The Actor's Director: Part 3 -- A Creative Workshop for Directors, Actors, and Writers

April 8, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

The Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Actor's Director: Part 3
A Creative Workshop for Directors, Actors, and Writers

Taught by actor/director Sheryl Lee and
actor/writer/director Gary Hershberger

10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 8th, 2017

The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre
The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts
3131 South Figueroa Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089

This workshop is a follow-up to the workshops previously taught at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in January & March 2017, and we are bringing it back by popular demand. Participation in the previous workshops is not required for this one day workshop. Early registration is recommended to reserve a space.

By special arrangement from the School of Cinematic Arts, the Workshop costs $65.00 per participant.

To Register, e-mail:

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About the Actor’s Director Workshop: Part 3

There is that rare breed of Director that just “knows” how to get the best out of the actor -- giving them a sense of freedom, inspiring courage, and bringing clarity. The challenge in collaborative storytelling is learning to speak the same language, and finding ways to bring out the best in each other.

Taught by two established artists with decades in the business, actor/director Sheryl Lee and actor/writer/director Gary Hershberger discovered that there was an opportunity for growth in the way actors and directors think about each other, how they explore the process, and in turn how they have conversations about the craft.

This workshop opens up deeper understanding of how artists can interact with each other, and move from controlling a performance… to finding the moment-to-moment truth together. We will explore creative techniques such as staying present, the magic of silence, the art of connecting, the power of vulnerability -- learning to understand not only the intentions of a script, but the language of the heart.

About the Instructors


Sheryl Lee has had a long and adventurous career as an actress in theater, film and television. Her credits include David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Backbeat, Winter’s Bone, One Tree Hill, Dirty Sexy Money, Love Letters and Salomé with Al Pacino. She has taught the “Directing The Actor” class at UCLA and works privately with actors, directors and writers offering creative guidance and support. Sheryl is grateful to have collaborated with many wonderful artists who helped mentor and inspire her along the way, and enjoys teaching all levels of students, passing along her wisdom of experience.


A professional actor, writer and director for over thirty years, with dozens of film and television credits such as Six Feet Under, Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, Sneakers, and Twin Peaks, Gary knows his way around a productive and effective set.

He has worked with such greats as Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Naomi Watts, Peter Falk, and many others. Gary, a produced screenwriter, is now in active development for his inspirational sports drama Late in the Season, produced by Jim Schmidt and Gabrielle Evans-Fields.

How to Register

This workshop requires a registration fee of $65.00 and is open exclusively to USC Students of all majors. Space is limited. Payment will be processed via PayPal. In order to register and to send a non-refundable deposit, e-mail:



We recommend parking at the Shrine West Parking garage located at the intersection of West 32nd Street & Shrine Place, or Parking Structure D, which can be reached via USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the gate. Metered street parking is also available along 32nd street.

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