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"Clayton pinpoints specific, immediate artistic goals, and offers proactive, holistic feedback that keeps you rising to meet those goals."

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Clayton B. Hodges is an actor, teacher and coach based in Los Angeles. In addition to coaching private clients, Clayton is currently Adjunct Faculty at the LEAP Program of Saint Mary's College of California. Most recently, he was Adjunct Faculty at New York Film Academy (Los Angeles), teaching multiple courses in the Acting, Voice/Speech and Liberal Arts Departments. He has also recently provided workshops to UCLA Professional Programs, the Young Actors Camp and Theatre Tulsa. Past teaching credits include: the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA-Los Angeles); the Young Conservatory at the American Conservatory Theatre; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's Bay Area Shakespeare Camps; the Hun School of Princeton, NJ, and the University of San Francisco.
(Extensive CV available on request.)

Other Classes/Workshops/Master Classes:

  • Play Practice-A workshop designed for theatre-trained actors to brush up their skills. This theatre acting "work-out group" features a new play every session. We delve into a structural and dramaturgical discussion of the play and work on scenes, with reminder on the Stanislavski basics. Requires previous training or acting experience (3 hours)
  • Business of Acting- An informal conversation about the ins and outs of working in the business. Focusing on the organizational, networking and planning techniques, I wake up young actors to the realities of the "business" side of show business. I can also better prepare them for the hard work needed offstage and re-adjusting the illusion of making it. (1 hour)
  • Acting Master Class-Often going back to basic questions that Stanislavski asked of himself can yield amazing results. This scene class will work through beat-by-beat with a few participants' scenes to increase attention to detail and better exemplify specific character choices and the demands of the text. Requires participants who want to work in class to have a 2 person 5 minute scene prepared. (2-3 hours)
  • Audition Techniques-Partially run as an actual audition, this class identifies the common mistakes that Actors make at theatre auditions which sabotage their chances at a callback or booking the job. We will also go over tips and tools of the trade that distinguish amazing audition performances from average ones as well as differentiate them from traditional onstage performances. This can be modified for Beginning to Advanced levels. Requires participants to have 1-2 contemporary monologues prepared, 2 minutes or less. (2 hours)
  • Acting Graduate School Audition Workshop/Coaching-I can walk the students through the process of applying, auditioning and getting into Graduate Schools. Depending on the interest of the students, we can focus on audition preparation, question and answer about grad schools in general, or related topics. Can be offered to a small group or individuals. (Hours vary, based on interest and needs)
  • Accent Reduction/Dialect Acquisition-Using his extensive voice and speech training, Clayton will help you to become aware of your voice in order to bring vocal habits under your control. Uses IPA and audio recordings. (Hours vary, based on interest and needs)
  • Shakespeare's Metrical Art/First Folio Workshop- A master class that unlocks the underlying power of Shakespeare's poetry for better Acting. Using the First Folio as a guide, we delve into a deeper understanding of the methods of printing during the 16th century, how actors used the limited printed materials for maximum acting impact, and how using the method of "Dropping In" can translate the power of the poetry and imagery into actable choices. Suggested but not required to have participants have 2-3 minute Shakespeare monologue prepared. Copies of the Applause Edition (facsimile) of the First Folio and Shakespeare Lexicons are suggested for this workshop. Recommended for Advanced Intermediate-Advanced students with previous Shakespeare Experience (3 hours)