Acting for the Camera—The Practical Experience w/ Randy Kovitz

In this workshop actors will experience the on-set techniques of shooting a scene in a professional setting.

This workshop will meet for four sessions over two weeks. Take all four or sign up for one two day session (no single sessions will be booked).

The first day (Monday) of each week will consist of scene work and coaching. Each student will be paired with a partner, you will work on your scene and take it away to memorize for the next day. On Tuesday, we will shoot each scene in the standard Hollywood shooting style — a master and coverage — culminating in close-ups. You will experience the pace, pressure and protocol of a professional shoot, learn how to calibrate your performance for the rhythm of the process and adjust your work for different sized shots.

The material we shoot will be online for your review after the workshop, though it will not be usable for reels.

Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays, Jan. 29 & 30 and Feb. 12 & 13
Times: 7 – 10 pm
Cost: $250.00 (or $130.00 each week if you choose not to take the whole workshop.)
Location: Mosser Casting, 3583 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Maximum 10 students — sign up soon, as this course will fill quickly.

Before registering, email Randy at [email protected] to ensure that this is the right workshop for your experience/skill level.



kovitz_9704Randy  Kovitz (IMDB) has worked onstage (on and off Broadway and in regional theater) and on both sides of the camera in New York, Los Angeles and in-between for more than 30 years. His work spans years and genres, from Hill Street Blues to Parks and Recreation to The Fault In Our Stars.

Always involved in the national scene, Randy is the rare actor who books roles on network series in L.A. and New York via self tape auditions from Pittsburgh. He recently shot a role in the upcoming Netflix series Z: The Beginning of Everything with Christina Ricci and appeared in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for Barebones Productions, at the New Hazlett Theater, Death of a Salesman at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and The Hard Problem at Quantum Theater.

Other work includes the Will Smith film, Concussion, and a guest star role in the Kevin Bacon series, The Following, and the upcoming film, For Entertainment Purposes Only. His performance as Otto Frank in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank was lauded by critics and audiences alike.

Behind the camera, he has staged fights with Sean Penn on Saturday Night Live, served as Raul Julia’s double in the fencing scenes in The Addams Family, and doubled for Robert Englund in the horror thriller Kantemir. He also coached actors’ performances for Lifetime’s Any Day Now, Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas and the A&E pilot, Those Who Kill. Most recently he stunt co-ordinated for the WGN series Outsiders.

Randy is also an award-winning director, with recent awards for both his short film Lightweight and 17 Days for Moment Media. His Steeltown Film Factory-award-winning script The Beat Goes On  is starting the festival circuit in 2017. He currently teaches Acting for the Camera at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, where he recently directed a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He has also taught directing for Point Park University’s Cinema Department. In the past, he has taught and done workshops for the drama programs at the Yale School of Drama, NYU and SUNY Purchase.

Randy is a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity.