Instructor

Jeff Witzke

Immersion Plus

Immersion Plus

By John Rosenfeld Studios

7-Week Course; Thursday, August 3rd-  September 14th 2023 – 5pm-9pm (PST)

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  • Over 7 million students

The key to working consistently as an actor is the mastery of many skills:  understanding text (aka text analysis), knowing what questions to ask, recognizing how YOU can best serve the story, and having a clear understanding of the way the business actually works. You will tackle a variety of genres and learn how to quickly analyze a script. You’ll be introduced to different tools and methods and start to discover which work best for you. It’s a true immersion in process, helping actors deepen their understanding of not only text and genre, but also themselves.   Great acting cannot depend on how you are feeling that day.  This is the course that will help you have control of your craft and your business.

WEEK 1:

  • A comprehensive look at your own business: Are you set up for success?
  • Scene work on a multi-camera comedy– no genre exposes a lack of specificity more than multi-cam.
  • Introduction to text analysis; starting the process of looking at the page differently.
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WEEK 2: 

  • Introduction to “in the moment” exercises. Work on a Comedy and a “Dramedy”. Introduction to personalization
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WEEK 3:

  • Introduction to repetition exercise is introduced
  • Work two scenes from a Drama.

The next 4 weeks explore how the JRS style works for them by diving into different genres. Each week builds off the one before, as we break down even more skills and perspectives needed to be a working actor in Hollywood.

WEEK 4 – AUDITIONS

– Each actor is assigned a Self-Tape audition.

– We watch and explore what works, what doesn’t, and work the material to find the version that makes them POP.

WEEK 5 – UNLOCKING STORY

– After a week of rehearsing a new scene, we analyze it to finding the keys to unlock the characters, stakes and relationships that brings the story to life.

WEEK 6 – WORDS AND P.O.V.

– What better way to learn point of view than with a scene written by Aaron Sorkin.

– We rise to the challenge and intelligence… and learning all those words is just the start!

WEEK 7 – VIDEO PROJECT  (A JRS Exclusive Exercise)

– Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

.We explore how a detailed review and exploration of someone else’s performance might inform, transform and expand our own. 

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

– Each week we touch on an aspect of our acting as “commerce” and talk about the categories and castings we find ourselves in and see if we can narrow down not only how the industry “buys” and sees us, but how we see ourselves.

Investment

 $945 USD |  7 Weeks 

About Jeff Witzke

Jeff has worked in the Los Angeles entertainment industry for over thirty years.   A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, he attended DePaul University’s Theater School and graduated from Michigan State University with honors.

In Hollywood he has acted in everything from commercials, to scripted television (Marvel’s Runaways, The Goldbergs, Jane The Virgin, The Office, Big Bang Theory), as well as award winning Los Angeles theater productions.

When it comes to feature films, he has been directed by Jodie Foster, Jay Roach, Adam McKay and Jason Reitman, to name a few.  He has worked with, watched and learned from actors such as George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Rosemarie DeWitt and Aaron Eckhart.  Jeff also has the unique honor of being in almost every Jason Reitman film (including all of his short films).

In his spare time – when not walking his dog Edison with his husband, Jeff loves to create silly and fun online content with friend, write scripts, and nap whenever humanly possible.

About John Rosenfeld Studios

JOHN ROSENFELD has been one of the top acting teachers in Los Angeles for many years. He works with a range of actors, from Academy Award-winners like Mahershala Ali and Jared Leto, comedy geniuses like Randall Park, dramatic series leads like Alycia Debnam-Carey and Paige Spara, blockbuster stars like Paula Patton, stand-ups like Eric Andre and Adam, and up-and-coming actors new to Los Angeles. He also helped a young Margot Robbie get her start here, and he is looking forward to partnering with you to help Australians find their footing in LA. 

John understands the transition to acting in Los Angeles comes with a steep learning curve. He received his MFA in Acting from UNC Chapel Hill, where he first began teaching. When he made the move to LA, however, he realized how much he didn’t learn in grad school that was necessary to survive and thrive here. Not only is there a specific acting aesthetic in LA, but the expectations of actors are highly elevated: they must be able to fully understand any text and genre, absorb notes quickly, bring a specific version of the story, all while being present, truthful, and personal. 

Through trial and error, John built his own process and has dedicated his studio to helping actors find theirs. He believes in all methodologies but does not have an allegiance to any specific one. With JRS, he created a place where the method is tailored to the actor, not the other way around.

John’s approach is holistic. His classes not only teach you how to break down a script, think as your character, adjust quickly while making strong choices, and find the process that works best for you, but also explore your individuality as an actor. You’ll learn how you are perceived, how to play into or against type, how to access new points of view quickly, and how to find choices that pop on you specifically. By working on currently casting projects to develop a comprehension of all genres and text, John makes sure you are prepared for the challenges of acting in Los Angeles.In an industry that requires you to do so many things simultaneously, John Rosenfeld Studios gives you the tools to work as effectively and efficiently as possible, with the goal of cultivating the constitution of a happy working actor.

Immersion Plus

By John Rosenfeld Studios

Investment: $945 USD |  7 Weeks

Frequently Asked..

We accept the following payment methods: Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and Afterpay.

Each class will be defined as Beginner, Intermediate or Professional, for this reason, we do request a self tape or showreel upon booking. This evidence will need to be supplied upon registering-please read the specific class requirements before booking. Any questions please use our contact form and we will reach out to you in a timely manner.

All of our online classes are suitable for fluent English-speaking students only. Each class will be defined as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. For this reason, we request a self-tape or showreel upon booking. This evidence will need to be supplied before registering-please read the specific class requirements before booking. Any questions please use our contact form and we will reach out to you in a timely manner.

Our classes are carried out using Zoom so you need to make sure you computer is Zoom compatible and tested- (Voice-Video). Please make sure you have a good fixed internet connection.

All zoom’s are recorded for quality control. If any student misses a class, we will give them a private link to access.

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