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Acting for Directors

Starts April 10

6 sessions: Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 7–9pm

This course provides both novice and experienced directors with insight to the acting craft and how actors approach productions. It includes casting, script analysis, rehearsals, improvisation, and scene study. Participants are expected to act in some basic scenes and work with guest actors. The end goal is that directors learn how to gain an actor’s trust and achieve compelling performances.

Tuition: $235 regular/$175 member/$130 low-income

bill-cooper-head-shotBill Cooper has been involved with the video, television, and film business primarily as an actor for over 35 years. He has a degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud (MN) State University and studied acting at The Actors Studio in Minneapolis. Bill’s acting credits include 25 short and feature films, over 200 television commercials and hundreds of industrial, corporate, print, and voice-over projects.

Along with acting, Bill is a poducer/director of commercials, corporate presentations, educational videos, documentaries and narrative films. His latest feature film Betta Fish is in post-production and will be released in 2019. His first feature Hunting Buddies was distributed by FilmWorks Entertainment in California and can be purchased in a variety of places including amazon.com.

Bill began conducting acting workshops and coaching 15 years ago and has found it extremely rewarding and a natural extension of his creative and technical connection to storytelling.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




April 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
May 15, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
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6 sessions: Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 7–9pm