2. Do you allow audits?
No, we do not allow audits. It is our belief that auditors and observers
change the dynamic of a class. We have found that the benefits of not allowing
audits far outweigh the drawbacks as the vast majority of our students appreciate
our ‘no audits’ policy. For those interested in joining the studio, we first review the work of every potential student for proper class placement. That can be achieved through submission of a demo reel or audition tape through our contact page, or by calling the studio at (323) 933-7133 to set up a private coaching with Michael. Students that enroll in a class after the initial
meeting will commit to a minimum of four consecutive classes.
3. What material do you use for class?
Michael’s master class focuses on primarily contemporary American
Theatre. The audition technique classes utilize current, high-quality material from
Film and Television. Our belief is that the actor is as good as the material he or she
is challenged by.
4. What type of students do we look for at M.W.S.?
We look for passionate students with a strong work ethic, a willingness to
examine their weaknesses and improve upon them, and a commitment to learn and
6. Can I go directly into the Master class?
Yes, given Michael’s approval. For more information call the studio.
7. What if I book work and have to miss class?
As we coach many working actors and are in the business of helping actors
book roles, we are pleased to give credit towards a future class when our clients
must be absent for an acting job. For full details please see our class policies email
or call the studio.
8. What are the expectations for rehearsal and homework time?
As long as it takes the actor to personalize the material and make strong choices
and apply the technique fully. Lines must be memorized as if you were auditioning
for a job that you wanted. We believe that when an actor is thoroughly prepared,
it is easier to see their strengths and weaknesses and give them the best possible
feedback and coaching.
For the master class we encourage students to work with their partner a minimum
of 4 hours in addition to any individual work they do on a script. It is also
imperative that students incorporate and apply the notes from the previous week
into the rehearsal process.
10. How do I schedule a make-up for a missed class due to paid acting work?
There is no need to schedule a make-up as credit from missed classes are
simply applied to the next session’s tuition. For full details on make up policy, see
the class policies email or call the studio.
12. How do you choose your coaches?
All coaches at the studio have been approved and trained by Michael Woolson.
Michael keeps constant contact with all coaches and tracks students progress
moving them up to more advanced classes as they are ready.
13. Where are your coachings held?
Michael’s Coachings are held at the coaching space at Michael’s home at
1040 S La Jolla Ave Los Angeles, CA 90035. If you are working with another coach,
and you are confused about where to go, check the confirmation email, or call the
studio at (323) 933-7133 to clarify.
15. Can I take more than 1 class a week?
If students are approved by the instructor, then they are permitted to take
more than one class per week. If you are eligible to take 2 classes, the second class
will be half price.
16. I am on the waitlist, how long before I can join class?
Time spent on the waiting list varies based on the class and the time of year.
If you are currently on the waiting list and you haven’t heard from us in a couple of
months, please feel free to call us and check in on your status.
17. What do I do if I need a coaching A.S.A.P. and I can’t get ahold of anyone at the office?
Call the studio and the answering machine will direct you towards a contact
number for immediate help. Please use this number as a time-sensitive last-resort