Nick Hoffa is an American actor, performance coach and director. Highlights from a full TV resume include Scandal, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, and a recurring role on Justified. The list of national commercials include spots for Google, Kia, Progressive, and Hallmark. Several years ago Nick started Wheelhouse Acting, an acting workshop for seasoned professionals in Los Angeles. Nick also hosts Eyeline, a podcast that gets up in the brains of Hollywood actors. Nick directed and produced the hit LA stage show, I Made Out With Him Anyway. IMOWHA’s web series, which Nick directed, was featured on Blip.tv. He also directed the short films Maja and Ike and Bagels, the latter of which ran on the festival circuit. Previously, Nick was Artistic Director of the Imagination Theater Company for five years and directed the sketch show Martini’s for Dinner at the Elephant Theater. He is originally from the East Coast, growing up in Western Mass and attending Wesleyan University where he met his wife, the TV blogger Meredith Hoffa. Nick moved from Boston to LA via San Francisco, where he trained at Full Circle and at American Conservatory Theatre. They have two kids. Full Bio »
Learn directly from Nick Hoffa, Actor (recently Scandal, Justified, Castle), Performance Coach, and Host of Eyeline, a podcast that gets up in the brains of Hollywood actors.
You can’t perform to your potential if you are in the dark about your skills. Every other art form values breaking down that artistic skill into its component parts. For some reason, acting resists this, relying instead on vague language like, were you in the moment? Or were you in your head?
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, your host Nick Hoffa will guide you through a questionnaire on the most common acting issues. After taking the questionnaire, you’ll have a concrete list of your strengths and weaknesses. Armed with this info, you will be able to audition better, perform how you want on set, take the right kinds of classes and spend time fixing past stubborn mistakes. Take control of your career and stop waiting for others to tell you how it went!
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When he’s not acting on TV, your host Nick Hoffa spends his time talking with working actors about their struggles and triumphs. He runs Wheelhouse Acting, a Los Angeles workshop for seasoned Hollywood actors and also hosts Eyeline, a podcast featuring conversations with Emmy and Oscar nominated folks as well as workhorses all over your TV. From these conversations, Nick has learned there is no one right way to do this, that success comes when you are honest with yourself about what works and what doesn't, and he is here exclusively with Stage 32 to share that knowledge with you.
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“[He] made me fall in love with acting again…in the end you walk away knowing your skills and trusting that you can take a ride with your instincts, even in an audition. Amazing confidence builder.”
"Working with Nick Hoffa is a joy. His ability to help you focus your own process as an artist/technician is wonderful. No rhetoric or therapy - no cliche. His practical experience as an actor, his instinct as a director, and his prowess as a teacher give every class immediate value that translates in the real world."
“I have this whole other area of my work that I didn't even know existed before."
"I just loosened up and tried things"
"I am almost immediately found that auditioning was easier, it was more fun, and I was more successful at it."
"But then there are things that challenge you and then there are strengths you didn't know you had."
Learn directly from Jessica Sitomer, International Entertainment Industry Speaker, Career Coach, and Author, as well as Producer of three TV shows, actress, produced writer and development associate! Episodic season is around the corner, and if you don’t already have an agent or manager, now is the time to strike! Easier said than done, right? What if we told you there was a proven strategy for finding and obtaining legitimate representation no matter your creative discipline? In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jessica Sitomer will reveal that, through interviewing agents and having her own representation through the years, there is a strategy for getting agents! Stage 32 is thrilled to bring back Jessica Sitomer to teach! Jessica consistently receives 100% satisfaction ratings on her webinars and classes (see reviews below!) and has a knack for providing excellent, immediately useful information in a genuine and easy to implement way. You will leave the webinar knowing: What type of client are you? The three ways Agents categorize their clients (you may not like the one you fall under). Three questions an Agent wants to know before taking you on. 4-step strategy for getting an Agent. How to rock episodic season with an in-depth plan. How to meet more people. Your host Jessica Sitomer is a world traveled speaker and panel moderator who has coached thousands of people worldwide, and is proud to see her clients’ names on almost every TV show and film she sees. Simultaneously, Jessica works as a professional in the entertainment industry, on shows for ABC, Nickelodeon, Showtime, MTV, and had her writing produced by an Emmy Award winning producer. She is here at Stage 32 to pass on her knowledge and experience of working with thousands of people, just like you, to make your journey a comfortable ride.
In Stage 32's continued effort to democratize the industry, we have partnered with Female Voices Rock for another thrilling virtual event to shine the light on women in the entertainment industry. On March 8, International Women's Day, some of the industry's female leaders came together to host an inspiring webcast celebrating women in entertainment. The panel features four powerhouse female voices of entertainment, including: Robyn Watson - VP of Corporate Comms, Gannett & Board President of Women in Film & Television, Atlanta (WIFTA) Kimberley Browning - Catalyst Content Festival, Head of Programming Amanda Toney - Stage 32, Managing Director Catherine Delaloye - Female Voices Rock, Founder & Executive Director Please note: This panel will be hosted on Zoom Webinar and you will receive your link to log in the morning of the panel.
This is an interactive virtual 2-part class with Jeff and a small group of sketch comedy writers 10 spots available - 6 spots remain! Short form comedy sketch content has helped propel the careers of some of the top creatives we see in film and TV today like Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrel and many more. A quick laugh is one of the best ways for you to endear yourself to a fellow creative or a decision maker looking to produce or buy your work. Having a quick-wit shows that you have the comedic chops to entertain an audience in long form, which is why you see so many people trying their hand at sketch comedy on You Tube, Instagram, Tik Tok, in comedy troops and more. The opportunities are plentiful! But, how do you know if a sketch you write is funny? How do you know if the joke you envision will hit the right mark? It takes a lot of practice - and within that practice there will be some good and some bad sketches. Not every joke is going to hit, but the more you get the hang of how to write sketches the funnier they will become. And, as you know, sometimes writing can be insular so it's important that you get feedback from fellow comedy lovers to help you improve your work and get it to hit. We are here to help you with that support. We are giving you the opportunity to work directly with one of the top sketch comedy artists in the game right now, Jeff Galante. Jeff is an actor/comedian/writer is based out of the Groundlings Theater where he is a senior performer and teacher. He has sold pilots to NBC, A&E and has worked with SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, WARNER BROS., WANDA SYKES', NATIONAL LAMPOON, 2 BROKE GIRLS and many more. In an exclusive 2-part interactive class Jeff will teach you all the fundamentals about writing sketch comedy. After your first class you will be assigned to write your own sketch based off of what you've learned. Then, in the next class, Jeff and your group will table read each other's sketches and you will get invaluable insight on how you can continually improve your sketch! You will not find access like this anywhere else except through Stage 32! This class is limited so make sure to sign up today! Some Praise About Jeff's Previous Class "Great host, great info, long time interest in the topic with no practical knowledge so this was so much fun!"- Jeremy S. "I loved everything about it. I wish it was longer." - Gayle R. "Excellent information, excellent presenter - authentic and hard-working" -Scott T. "I liked the specificity and the real world, scenarios and brutally honest information about the business." - Roger C.
Learn Commercial Acting to Help Catapult Your Career! It's impossible to watch television today without getting a catchy commercial actor stuck in your head. Actors like Flo from Progressive, Jake from State Farm and Lily from AT&T have won the hearts of audiences nationally (and sometimes internationally!) for their stand-out personalities and senses of humor...and they're laughing all the way to the bank. Not only is commercial acting lucrative, but commercials can help you catapult your career. "Lily" is now going to be in DEADPOOL 3, "Jake" is in the Netflix show GET SMART and "Flo" is in the Netflix film GIRLFRIEND'S DAY. It pays for you to break in with commercials, now, doesn't it? So, where do you even start? Don't worry, we'll teach you how. Rachel Paulson has grown up in a family of Hollywood royalty. She and her sisters, Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson (AMERICAN CRIME STORY, OCEAN'S 8) and Liz Paulson (SVP of Casting for FOX) have worked together for decades to learn every aspect of acting and casting and how to put yourself in the best position to stand out and book the job. Over her career, Rachel has worked on both sides of acting - both as a casting director as well as talent. You can find her on Hulu's GOOD KISSER, and in the Go Magazine series DATING ZOE. Rachel has earned a living through commercial and endorsement deals and is working exclusively with the Stage 32 acting community to mentor you on how you can do the same for your career! You will have the opportunity to work in an intimate setting with Rachel in an extended 2-1/2 HOUR INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP. You will walk away from this class with all the tools you need to break into commercial acting, including the tools you need, how to find representation, how to audition and etiquette.
Learn directly from Dan Lenard, a 30+ year veteran of professional voice work, recognized industry expert, known as “The Home Studio Master,” who specializes in home voice over studio recording and Vice President of Technical Standards for the World-Voices Organization! It is becoming the industry standard for voice actors to record their voice tracks, on their own, in their own home or “personal” recording studio to be able to find work. More and more, agents and producers are insisting on voice actors recording their own material to audition, and there is a massive amount of non-commercial work available if you can produce it yourself in your own “personal” or home studio. One of the most perplexing and confusing question beginners ask is: “What’s the best microphone for voice over?” With so many models and types to choose from, what’s best for YOU? In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Dan Lenard will personally guide you through the maze of misconceptions about microphones used to record voice over! Drawing from his 30+ years in the professional voice over business, Dan will give you a breakdown all of the different models and uses of voice over microphones! He will discuss the different types of microphones, how they work, what each are for, how to pick one for yourself, and most importantly, HOW to use them. This is the information you need to finally stop worrying about "What’s The Best Microphone For Voice Over?” and start working on the most important part of voice over... YOU! You will leave this webinar with a comprehensive knowledge of exactly the right microphone you need in your arsenal to take the next step in your voice over career!
If you’re a writer, producer or other aspiring creative with hopes of one day actually getting behind the camera and directing your own project, taking the first step can be daunting. Where do you even start? And how can you be sure you know what you need to in order to take that plunge? Now you can under the guidance of Oscar-nominated director/producer Rick Rosenthal. Over the course of 9 weeks, Rick will guide you through actually prepping, shooting and editing your first project as a director in a supportive and encouraging environment - best of all? You can do all of this in the comfort of your own home. Even better? You don’t need any special equipment to participate. All you need is a cell phone that records video, a computer, and editing software that you will download for free. You will leave this lab with real world, valuable practice in putting a project together, and the knowledge and skills to direct the next project on your own. Rick Rosenthal is an Oscar and Emmy nominated director/producer and the CEO of Whitewater Films, which is known for many feature film hits that have premiered at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, and more. Through his film directing background, Rick has directed the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, John Lithgow, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Along with his credits directing films, Rick has also worked as a producer on Amazon’s Emmy-winning series TRANSPARENT for the first three seasons, along with directing and producing credits on countless other shows. When Rick launched Whitewater Films as a production company, he committed to helping up-and-coming filmmakers and offering them the advice and assistance he never had. Furthering his drive to give back and educate burgeoning filmmakers, Rick also served as the chair of the Directing Program at the American Film Institute. Through his decades-long career Rick has become well versed in diverse genres of filmmaking and has specialized in educating and empowering new voices, which he is bringing directly to the Stage 32 community. Through this lab, you will have the opportunity to prep, shoot, and edit two scenes from a script that Rick will provide you. You will learn camera placement, camera movement, blocking a scene, all from different points of view--single character, multiple character, and omniscient. Rick will bring in a special guest editor to teach you the basics of editing a scene through the free software DaVinci Resolve, which is quickly becoming an industry standard. Through Rick's mentorship, you will walk away confident to take these skills and apply them to your own directing project, whether that's a short film, feature film, or web series. PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 students and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a practiced director and expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good. Payment plans are available - please contact Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information WHAT TO EXPECT This lab is designed for writers, producers, or other aspiring creatives interested in becoming a director and looking for actionable skills, practice, and guidance to make this transition. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar. ***Only 10 Spots Available*** This class will consist of six weekly sessions. There will be an additional week where you will sign up for an extensive one-on-one mentoring session with Rick. In addition to the lessons where Rick teaches the class, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session as well as multiple chances to speak with him directly about your specific project. Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV project development process. To see the full directing lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".