Top Actor Instructors
Mary Lou Belli
Director | Producer
Thank you Mary Lou!
A very special “Thank You!” to our first Spotlight Series guest at Top Actor Studio: two time Emmy award-winning director Mary Lou Belli.
From actress, to sitcom director, to directing 1-hour episodic’s, Mary Lou is at the top of her game. Her insights and words of wisdom were priceless!
Here’s a little takeaway from Mary Lou at the onset of our Spotlight: “You should always research who you are about to meet”. For those of you who will have the privilege of crossing paths with the delightful Mary Lou, don’t forget to study her immense body of work: Mary Lou’s IMDb
Spotlight Series Testimonial
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Valuable insights to help you navigate your career with confidence!
Learn to compete and stand out in the newest casting trend: Self Tapes.
Nothing beats live feedback and redirects to hone your craft!
Whether it's honing a new skill, career coaching, or preparing for a big audition, we've got you covered!
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Q: How do I start training?
A: You can search by type of class or by instructor. Once you find your desired class topic and instructor, simply click the “BOOK” button. You will be directed to our booking calendar where you can select the date and time of your class that works best for your schedule. After you pay for your class, you will receive a direct link to log in to your virtual classroom, along with any class specific instructions. When your date/time arrives, simply click the login link and let the learning begin!
Q: What is the difference between a Self-Tape Class and a Live Performance Class?
A: In the Self-Tape classes, you will pre-record your performance and submit it to your instructor prior to your scheduled class. During your virtual class, performances will be played back (by your instructor) one at a time, for all participants to view. Notes and constructive feedback will be given after each video. In the Live Performance Classes, you will be doing your performance live during the virtual class. Your instructor will give notes and redirects as needed.
Q: Will my progress be tracked?
A: Yes! Once you book your first class, a student card is created that all instructors will be able to see when you join their class. Each teacher will track your progress so no matter what class you take, or when, you’ll pick up where you left off!
Q: Why can I only book classes 1 week in advance?
A: All instructors at Top Actor Studio are working professionals. As working artists, their schedule fluctuates from week to week. On the bright side, you’re training with performers who are actually working!
Q: What if I don’t have a professional camera to self tape?
A: You can use the video feature on your phone. Just be sure to turn it sideways for optimal playback! See our “Self Tape Tips” for more help.
Q: Who are the teachers at Top Actor Studio?
A: We have partnered with working professionals from Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, South Africa and London currently working in the entertainment industry who have a desire to share their knowledge and talents with students. Take a look!
Q: What if the class I want to take is always full or not offered on a day that works for my schedule?
A: Let us know! We want your feedback so we can help create the best training experience for everyone! While we can’t make any guarantees, we will always do our best to offer a plethora of training options! firstname.lastname@example.org