How to Audition for Single and Multi-Camera Sitcoms

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Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher

Webinar hosted by: Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher

Actor, Acting Coach at Actors Comedy Studio!

Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher was recently voted LA’s Favorite Scripted Comedy Coach in the Backstage Reader’s Choice Poll and was also mentioned as one of the best Audition Technique teachers in the city, as well as a favorite On-Camera instructor for his Acting for Sitcoms Program. Before launching ACS, Gunnar spent a decade teaching On-Camera Audition Technique classes in multiple venues throughout Los Angeles. Prior to teaching TV & Film Acting, Gunnar taught Improvisation and Sketch Writing for an additional 10 years. With every aspect of Comedic Instruction under his belt, Gunnar carved a niche for himself in LA’s vast teaching landscape as the “go to” Sitcom Coach. Gunnar is an alumnus of the acclaimed ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood, where he was a member of the Main Company. He taught all levels of improv, beginning through advanced for many years. In addition, Gunnar created and taught sketch writing courses and directed the school’s performance labs. He was also the Director of ACME’s Sunday Company of up and coming talent. He designed and exclusively taught the “Acting for Animators” program for Disney’s Animation Studio and was a Character Consultant on two of Disney’s feature films; Meet The Robinsons and Bolt. He consulted for Klasky Csupo Animation Studios (Rugrats) and wrote animation for Dreamworks/Steven Speilberg (Toonsylvania) as well as Sony Animation Studios (Megababies) and was a freelance writer for Comedy Central’s The Man Show. He teaches performance and writing workshops at various comedy festivals and private acting studios around the country. Of note, he’s been a Guest Instructor at Groundlings, CalArts and the LAComedyFest. Additionally, he taught Acting for Television/Film and Comedy Improv at the accredited New York Film Academy on their Universal Studios Campus. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Multi-camera sitcoms are becoming more popular. Live callbacks are becoming increasingly rare. Your only shot might be a digital recording of your first take. If you don’t know how to “crush it” in the frame and work with shot composition, your chances of booking the job decrease dramatically. There is a difference between auditioning for single & multi-camera comedies, and if you know the differences between the two, you give yourself an extra leg up on the competition and increase your chances of booking the job.

There's not one simple trick to becoming an excellent auditioning actor. It takes practice and knowledge of how to interpret sides properly, scale your performance accurately and work with your sides with grace and confidence. But the single skill of being able to adjust how you perform for a single vs. multi-camera will help you “crush” that audition you’ve been practicing for.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher will explain the differences between auditioning for a single camera and a multi-camera sitcom clearly and help you practice the nuanced but extremely important distinction. You will learn how to incorporate the difference into your audition, how to avoid the most common mistakes actors make in the room and how to use the technical aspects of auditioning to blow your competition out of the water!

Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is one of Hollywood’s best-known acting coaches. He is the founder of Actors Comedy Studio, and is also a highly regarded writer, director, producer and actor within Hollywood’s comedy scene, earning acclaim and rave reviews for more than twenty years.

Simply put, Gunnar’s credentials for teaching comedic acting are unmatched - learn from the best on Stage 32!


"Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher’s class is for any actor searching for knowledge, confidence and a greater version of themselves." - Allie Grant (Weeds Series Regular, Suburgatory Series Regular)

"Gunnar has the experience and the know how to teach you your own strengths. He gives you an edge in this industry by refining what you do best. This isn’t an “acting methodology.” It’s a training ground for brilliance." - Byrne Offutt (Castle, Law & Order: LA, Justified, Kickin’ It, The Young and the Restless, etc.)

"Gunnar is one of the most gifted comedic actors, writers and teachers you can find anywhere. You have to be funny to teach funny and Gunnar is. I’ve never met a person more generous with his ideas and time." - Erin Ehrlich (Executive Producer/Director MTV’s Awkward)


 

What You'll Learn

The 5 Differences Between Single and Multi-Camera Sitcoms

Differences Between Sitcom Joke Structure

  • 6 elements of single cam jokes
  • 5 elements of multi cam jokes

Your Vocal Performance

  • 5 things about your vocal performance no one has ever told you about

Targeting Your Voice

  • 6 tips to help you with the reader and the room
  • Bonus: A practice tip to help refine targeting your voice

Cold Reading

  • What should you know about cold readings?
  • 5 things you should know to become a master cold reader

The Ever-Present Fourth Wall

  • 7 essential tips to incorporate the fourth wall

The Power of Punctuation for Your Performance

  • 5 examples to pay attention to script dialogue to give your best performance

Shot Composition and How it Affects You

  • 4 tips to appear best in the frame.

Q&A with Gunnar

About Your Instructor

Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher was recently voted LA’s Favorite Scripted Comedy Coach in the Backstage Reader’s Choice Poll and was also mentioned as one of the best Audition Technique teachers in the city, as well as a favorite On-Camera instructor for his Acting for Sitcoms Program.

Before launching ACS, Gunnar spent a decade teaching On-Camera Audition Technique classes in multiple venues throughout Los Angeles. Prior to teaching TV & Film Acting, Gunnar taught Improvisation and Sketch Writing for an additional 10 years. With every aspect of Comedic Instruction under his belt, Gunnar carved a niche for himself in LA’s vast teaching landscape as the “go to” Sitcom Coach.

Gunnar is an alumnus of the acclaimed ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood, where he was a member of the Main Company. He taught all levels of improv, beginning through advanced for many years. In addition, Gunnar created and taught sketch writing courses and directed the school’s performance labs. He was also the Director of ACME’s Sunday Company of up and coming talent.

He designed and exclusively taught the “Acting for Animators” program for Disney’s Animation Studio and was a Character Consultant on two of Disney’s feature films; Meet The Robinsons and Bolt. He consulted for Klasky Csupo Animation Studios (Rugrats) and wrote animation for Dreamworks/Steven Speilberg (Toonsylvania) as well as Sony Animation Studios (Megababies) and was a freelance writer for Comedy Central’s The Man Show. He teaches performance and writing workshops at various comedy festivals and private acting studios around the country. Of note, he’s been a Guest Instructor at Groundlings, CalArts and the LAComedyFest. Additionally, he taught Acting for Television/Film and Comedy Improv at the accredited New York Film Academy on their Universal Studios Campus.

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"I love working with Gunnar. He empowers me to make strong, creative choices while still honoring my own unique voice. He also knows the business, its trends and what is needed when I walk into a room. I don’t audition without him!" - Elaine Hendrix (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll FX Network, Parent Trap, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Superstar, Two and a Half Men, etc.)

"I have known, worked with, been directed by and laughed with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher for over fifteen years. There is no one in the business of comedy with more chops, skills, and range of experience. He not only knows funny, he is funny, and he can teach funny. Here’s your challenge: do you have what it takes to listen to him and get your butt moving? Because his ability to spot and nurture talent is matched only by his desire to see everyone succeed and that, my friends, in this town, is the rarest combination of all." - Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, General Hospital, Cougar Town, The Middle, Anger Management, etc.)

"Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher’s class is for any actor searching for knowledge, confidence and a greater version of themselves." - Allie Grant (Weeds Series Regular, Suburgatory Series Regular)

"Gunnar has the experience and the know how to teach you your own strengths. He gives you an edge in this industry by refining what you do best. This isn’t an “acting methodology.” It’s a training ground for brilliance." - Byrne Offutt (Castle, Law & Order: LA, Justified, Kickin’ It, The Young and the Restless, etc.)

"Gunnar is one of the most gifted comedic actors, writers and teachers you can find anywhere. You have to be funny to teach funny and Gunnar is. I’ve never met a person more generous with his ideas and time." - Erin Ehrlich (Executive Producer/Director MTV’s Awkward)

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