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Gary John is available for one-on-one sessions specifically tailored to your needs. He knows “both sides of the table” having been both a performer and director.
He enjoys helping actors and directors invigorate their careers no matter what level they are at. With his wealth of personal resource materials, he can guide you in finding that song, monologue or performance piece that will get you noticed. He will show you how to navigate the business, “direct” your own career and help you to be a more confident performer.
Sessions are affordable and location is flexible. Contact Gary John to get your career on track! Last minute appointments accommodated, when possible.
“Gary John: I got the part of The Queen of Hearts in ‘WONDERLAND’!! Thank you for the guidance! Because of our work on the audition sides, I was able to make some really fun and surprising choices! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”
"Hey Gary John... great news! I got it! I booked "Light in the Piazza!" I am on cloud nine! I thank you, I thank you, I thank you! It is because of you and our sessions, I got this. I really appreciate your hard work with me and getting me ready... I am so excited!
"Hi Gary John!
I wanted to let you know that I got the La Jolla Playhouse job!! The audition was a little terrifying because it was in front of the entire creative team, but I felt really great when I left and got the call later on that day! I wanted to thank you so much for helping me prepare and feeling very comfortable with the sides. All of your coaching has been such a lesson in script and character analysis and how to really break down sides. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!!
"Hey GJ! Just had a callback tonight...so our prep worked. All went very well. Thanks again for getting me into a great place with this material. So helpful! I can't wait to work with you on a show too."
"Thank you so much for coaching me on my callback material. Because of your encouragement, attention to detail and insight into the character, I was able to go in completely prepared and with total confidence, and I booked the gig! I couldn't have done it without you; I can't thank you enough!"
“Just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful session. It was great to finally meet you, and get down to business. Your advice and expertise have proved invaluable.”
“I really appreciate all of your suggestions and help! I am amazed at how coming at material from a story and brand perspective has been so fruitful. Working with you and your fabulous library of material has reminded me of how I used to look for songs—do I connect with what is being communicated? That is so important and now I feel that my book is being filled songs that resonate with me. Thank you.”
“Gary John, thanks to our private coaching lessons I have a clear idea of who I am as an actor. I am more confident at my auditions and more present in my performances. Working with you has given me the freedom to grow in my craft and my career. All my dreams feel possible now! Thank you so very much.”
“I found our music review very inspiring and exciting. It's fun to feel like I have the opportunity to create myself in this way. Thank you!”
Gary John has given workshops and seminars in universities and theatre schools nationally and is available for a guest artist position in your theatre program! He especially enjoys encouraging young actors and exposing them to the importance of both craft and marketing.
THE “BUSINESS” OF SHOW BUSINESS: Being positive and proactive as a performer
This "round table" overview will be a chance to hear about and discuss "the nuts and bolts" of a career in theatre. What are the important things to consider when preparing for a theatrical career and how does one approach it? Where and how do you start after leaving the “safety net” of school? What will the differences be? How to assess your type and market yourself that way. How to improve the look and content of your auditions. How to conduct yourself as a confident businessperson. What about agents, managers and the unions? When and how do you need them? Learn how to build momentum in your career with short-term and long-range goals. What works and what doesn't on your headshot and resume. No related topic is off limits if it affects your career!
MOCK AUDITION SEMINAR: Feedback for the Performer
This practical workshop gets performers on their feet! Mock auditions (musical and/or dramatic) are conducted as if in a professional situation. Each audition is critiqued in an insightful, nurturing way with input from the participants, as well. Performers get to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. All questions are answered and suggestions made to improve the actor’s confidence and professionalism. This workshop helps the performer learn and understand the unique art of auditioning!
COLD READINGS SEMINAR: Improve Audition Technique
A practical workshop that gives actors an opportunity to make fast decisions. Scenes or monologues will be provided and the actors are given a few minutes to look them over before delivering them in front of the group. Critique will be given to help the actor understand what choices worked and which did not. A discussion of swift text analysis and the importance of making bold decisions will follow. This scenario prepares the actor for the typical audition where the play is new or unknown and sides are not available in advance!
ACTING AND IMPROVISATION: A Spontaneous Approach
An “on your feet” opportunity! Actors get to utilize different techniques though the art of improvisation. Practical exercises and theatre games are assigned and explored in solo and group situations. A chance to hone some basic acting techniques while being guided though a range of emotions, obstacles and settings. Performers are given freedom to explore their craft while learning to react spontaneously and get in tune with their instrument. Constructive criticism will follow the actors’ work with further opportunity to use the feedback in the second half of the session.
Gary John collaborates with students in a fun, positive and energetic way. He enjoys helping young performers develop a sense of confidence in their work, auditions and career. He is flexible in tailoring workshops that will fit the time constraint, curriculum and budget of your program.
Workshops are affordable and can be one-day, two-day or one week in length. They may be also created in tandem with a directorial project. Contact Gary John to discuss your program needs and scheduling.
GROUP WORKSHOPS TAUGHT INCLUDE:
Actors Connection (NYC) • "Broadway Bound" (NYC)
“Gary John La Rosa is again directing and choreographing, and his expert hand and unerring sense of style energizes the entire proceedings.”
Naomi Siegel – The Item