Acting & Comedy Workshops

Courses listed below take place at Weist-Barron Studios

35 West 45th St. NYC, NY

Call Weist Barron at 212-840-7025 to enroll.

ACTING FOR FILM/TV - 6 Tuesdays, April 1 – May 6, 2014 – 6:30-9:30pm – Weist Barron Studios, NYC

On-Camera Scene Work for the Serious Actor

Develop and explore your on-camera presence in scene work and exercises specifically created for film and television. For theatre trained actors, it’s the perfect way to learn how to hone your performances for the camera.  With all the new media possibilities in addition to network TV and films, discover that you can nail your auditions and feel confident with your on-camera skills. Acting experience/training or interview with the instructor required.

Please go to for more information and call 212-840-7025 to enroll.

6 Tuesdays – April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 2014 from 6:30-9:30pm.

$325.  Weist Barron Alumni $275.


ACTING IN SITCOMS - 4 Thursdays, April 3 – 24, 2014, 6:30-9:30pm – Weist Barron Studios, NYC

Funny Is Only the Beginning

Sit-Com looks like a lot of fun, right? And it is, if you are confident in what you’re doing.   By the end of this on-camera course you’ll learn how to master The Rules of Comedy, find the jokes in a script, and create believable/funny characters, as well as physical humor. Most of all you’ll have fun learning how to be funny!  Like the blast Maggie as “Mary Contardi” had screaming at Jerry Seinfeld for not calling after their date 3 years earlier.  LOL!

Please go to for more information and call 212-840-7025 to enroll.

4 Thursdays, April 3, 20, 17, 24, 2014 from 6:30-9:30pm

$250.  Weist Barron Alumni $225.



“It’s only a few lines, what’s the big deal?”

That’s what you might ask yourself when you get your audition script for a co-starring role on TV or a day player in a film, right?  But, once you get to the audition, if you haven’t prepared properly, you feel lost and unsure about how to deliver such a seemingly simple scene.  The Under-5 Workshop will give you a solid technique for preparing for those short scenes.  Learn how to create your character’s world, while still serving the script, with 5 lines or less.  Films are filled with these short scenes, as well as primetime and daytime TV co-starring roles. Be prepared.  Get the confidence you need to Nail those Under-5′s!
Dates to be announced 
35 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

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Explore the World of Acting. Whether you’re just starting out or you want to brush up on the fundamentals of acting, this fun, challenging, and supportive workshop is for you!  You’ll connect to that part of yourself where you are freely creative and are able to use your imagination and emotions.  Employing exercises from Stephen Book’s “Improvisation Technique”, you’ll learn how to create new choices when your brain is telling you there is nothing more to do. You’ll gain an understanding of the basics of acting like relationships, objectives, emotional connection, conflict, character development, discovery, and moment-to-moment listening and honesty.



Gain Audition Confidence in this ON-CAMERA class. Auditioning is unlike any other “job interview” in the world.  Discover how to authentically be yourself in the face of the fragmenting stress that this situation can create.  Switch your perspective to “owning the room” and “hosting the meeting” between you and the other project collaborators, the casting directors, producers, directors etc.  Gain practical, technical acting skills that will provide you with the confidence to be creative and have fun in your auditions. Mock auditions will be videotaped and reviewed in class.  ON-CAMERA CLASS.  Limited class size.



Interview Technique Free from Anxiety

Do you feel powerful, authentic, and relaxed at your interviews with agents, producers, and casting directors? Or do you engage in self-defeating and victim-producing behavior that doesn’t result in many callbacks or bookings? Lose the victim, have fun, and be responsible for your meetings!

In this course, you will learn how to take charge of the interview situation by engaging in the exercises and techniques taught by Stephen Book in his book “The Actor Takes A Meeting”. Along the way, you’ll also learn some terrific acting exercises that will help you improvise with your scripted scenes and be present to your feelings, surroundings, & others.



Champions Studios, 257 West 39th St., Floor 14, NYC, NY 10016.  $45 for 3 hours of group coaching; 6 actor minimum, 8 maximum.

Brush up on your monologues with Maggie Reed’s precise and productive coaching.  Whether you need help with the comedy, the script analysis, the beats, or whatever you may need, Maggie will help you find the necessary keys to help you feel creative and confident.  Everyone will work at this session.  Your monologue must be memorized.  You may pay by cash on the day.  Or, if you want to pay by Paypal or credit card, click here.  Scroll down to the Paypal “Other Payment Options” button.  Type in $45.  Click on the “Buy Now” button.  Paypal will then direct you from there to either use your Paypal account or to pay by credit card.

Please call Maggie to confirm your enrollment.  201-370-1744.



On-camera scene work for those who take their comedy training seriously

Bring more humor into all of your acting in this advanced on-camera course that takes the Rules of Comedy beyond the basics into believable characters and funny situations. You’ll experience a burst of confidence taking the physical comedy skills and comedic techniques learned in the basic SitCom workshop into hilarious scene work from current situation comedies. Basic SitCom workshop experience or an interview with the instructor is required. Please go for more information and call 212-840-7025 to enroll.

$250. $200 for Weist Barron alumni



Maggie Reed holds an MFA in Acting from Cornell University and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Teaching and privately coaching actors in Comedy, TV, Film, and Theater since 2001, Maggie is an award-winning professional actor and international acting coach.  Her acting students have appeared in American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, The Wolf of Wall Street, Footloose, Men in Black 2, The Rabbit Hole, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, Mildred Pierce, The Carrie Diaries, Orange is the New Black, Pan Am, etc. Most recently she played a kiss-ass, bomb-weilding, ex-CIA agent in the pilot, Burn the Ocean, a loving mom to a boxer in the soon-to-be-released feature film, Break My Face on the Eternal Sunshine, and Maggie Biederhof to Kate Winslet’s Mildred Pierce on HBO and has been on all of the Law and Order shows, as well as many other primetime TV shows like Seinfeld, Spin City,Star Trek TNG, The Golden Girls, etc.  Maggie portrayed the long-running contract role of Shannon O’Hara McKechnie on As The World Turns. She toured the USA with John Houseman’s classical theater troupe, The Acting Company, played leading roles at many of the country’s regional theatres, and starred in her award-winning role as Kate Sullivan in Other People’s Money, and as Vivian Leigh in Austin Pendelton’s Orson’s Shadow at The Barrow Street Theatre, NYC.  Her one-woman show, Passing, in which she created 14 different characters, recently played to sold-out houses in Manhattan.

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