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Atlanta Actor Lands Role In Film by Answering Phone at 12:30am


Glenn Magee, an actor who trains at The Actor's Scene in Atlanta GA, is one of the stars in Camille Brown's thriller The Nth Ward. Get it today on amazon.
If you’ve ever gotten a phone call at or after midnight you know the anxious feeling that comes with hearing that ringtone. Your first thought is probably something like “Who is calling me this late?”

That’s exactly what went through Atlanta Actor Glenn Magee’s mind when he got the call about a role in the film The Nth Ward at 12:30am. “I almost didn’t answer it”, says Glenn.

It’s a good thing he did answer it though!

The highly anticipated thriller The Nth Ward stars TAS Student Glenn Magee as Mayor Wilton. The film is based on events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and arrives right at the 12th anniversary of the natural disaster that devastated New Orleans in 2005. Ironically the film also arrives as two more devastating hurricanes hit the United States – Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida.

We recently sat down with Glenn to ask him a few questions about his involvement with The Nth Ward film and insights he has gained from his experiences with acting. Follow our interview with the clips below to learn more about this exciting film and to gather some insights for your own career as an actor from Glenn’s experience.


“How do you prepare for something like that?”


“Especially for people in my age category which is…old! There’s always a story to be told.” Glenn Magee


Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the recent weather events and Hurricane Katrina.

Written By Dana Rice, TAS Media Director


Looking to jumpstart your acting career? Read How To Get Noticed By Film/TV Industry Professionals In Atlanta






Acting is Life



People and communicating with them is a lifelong mission.  NON-NEGOTIABLE.  The Actors Scene believes that being intentional with how you listen, react and respond to one another will benefit you not only on-stage and in front of a camera, but with any role you fulfill!  Acting is a great springboard for LIFE!!!  Whether interviewing for a college scholarship or job, whether going on a first date or keeping that date to live with as a spouse forever, or sharing your dreams with the world, it is all about PEOPLE selling their idea, and receiving others’ ideas.  They want to hear YOU and see an AUTHENTIC version of you, and they want to be heard…just as you do.  Most of us do one really well, but not the other.  That’s where acting training comes in.  Allow TAS to help develop the tools you’ve already been given!shakespeare stage quote

  • Make steady eye contact
  • Speak with confidence and sincerity
  • Remove nervous ticks and fidgets that can distract from your message
  • Learn how to creatively express your ideas!
  • Listen to another person – TRULY listen and observe them – and our connections will grow
  • Encourage others whether you lead or support, because you will do both in Life

Shakespeare understood that we were all “merely players” in this world, but he also already understood HOW MANY roles we will fill in our lifetime.  However, so many of us end up walking in a muted version of ourselves because of shyness, strong accents, feeling misunderstood, being misunderstood, fear of speaking in public, simple things like not understanding social cues…and the big one: not understanding the power and gifts we already carry within us!!  How much more effective we are when we know who we are, and use our voice, face & body to show off our personality and share our vision passionately!

So whether you end up being an accountant, actor, mommy, car salesman, husband, teacher, model, singer, producer, preacher, salon owner, designer, trash man or maybe even an acting coach… the art of communicating with confidence and poise is a skill you will need in Life.  Make the conscious choice to invest in your communication style!  Ready to try out Basic Acting Classes at The Actor’s Scene? Click here to register or call us to schedule a FREE Audit at 770-904-6646

TAS Talent Spotlight: Shanelle St. Cyr-Moore

It is no secret that there are a lot of very talented young actors who train at The Actor’s Scene, but there are some pretty talented parents at TAS as well! We caught up with TAS Mom, Shanelle St. Cyr-Moore, to talk about her children’s book series and upcoming film as well as her experience as a parent at TAS. Her daughter, Jaxon (aka Jax), has trained at TAS for a year and a half and is represented by The People Store in Atlanta and The Abram’s Artist Agency in LA.

Watch the video below to see what helpful insights and advice she has for other parents of child actors.


Guess what? Shanelle mentioned that her daughter’s first coach at The Actor’s Scene was Coach Vivi Sawyer. You can catch Vivi in the movie Baby Driver with Jamie Foxx (In theaters June 28, 2017)!

Do you have a child who is interested in acting? Are YOU interested in acting for yourself? We have classes for ages 4-101 in Buford, Cumming, and Dacula. Visit for info on classes and our curriculum. Also be sure to LIKE us on Facebook  for the latest news and happenings at The Actor’s Scene!

On Set Smarts

New Seminar Just Announced! On Saturday, July 22nd The Actor’s Scene will host On Set Smarts – You Can Act, Now What? with noted Atlanta Acting Coach Richard Hempton.

This seminar will prepare the actors for the real world demands of a set. From the lowest budget indie to the highest budget blockbuster and everything in between, each set operates with a set of rules, language and crew that can make navigating and using one’s time on set a challenge.

Time is the most valuable thing on set and how an actor uses their time and the time of others is noticed. Crafty? Blues? Pinks? Ones? The world of film and television has its own language and the actor will learn what they should know to keep up with the conversation and stay on time.

What do professional directors, producers, casting directors, writers, crew and veteran actors wish every actor who steps foot on set knew? The information in this seminar is directly from members of IATSE, SAG/AFTRA, DGA, CSA, PGA and WGAe.

We will present in detail and discuss:

TV vs Movies and Union vs Non Union – The differences in each type of set.
Language – the lingo and slang you hear

Safety and Set etiquette

Departments – What does everyone do

Camera direction and How things are shot

Make up and How to handle “down time”

Post production and what actors do after wrap

To register for this MUST ATTEND seminar, visit or call 770-904-6646.

Seminars are always more fun with a friend! Invite a friend and share the love!


Red Carpets Don’t Just Happen…

Ready to train? Visit The Actor’s Scene at or call 770-904-6646.

And don’t worry, we have SKYPE coaching available for those outside of Atlanta!

Specifically Geared Toward Actors: Alexander Technique Class


Coach Richard Hempton’s unique approach to Alexander Technique is geared specifically for actors. This class will help in developing real and unique physical characters, connecting emotionally to a script though active decisions about tension and movement as well as help to reduce nervous habits that appear in every actor.

The Alexander Technique offers a clear and measured look into the basic principles that govern human movement. Learners will engage the body and mind to reduce tension in daily activities. The mind and body combination makes this training important for actors. The techniques can be applied through rehearsal routines, performances and even the lessening of nervous tension in auditions. We will focus on presence, performance anxiety, movement, speaking voice, connecting mind, emotions, and body. Each lesson will incorporate reading and discussion, hands-on guidance, as well as activities to illustrate Alexander concepts. This class requires a serious commitment from each learner.

Please respond soon as class size is limited. You should submit a 60 second or less taped monologue of your choice to as your audition for this class. All auditions should be submitted no later than April 30th.

8 Week Class
Class Day & Time: Sundays, 5-7p
Class Dates: May 7-June 25th
Cost: $199 for all 8 Weeks
Class Age: 11-17 yrs old

Sleepless and 24 Legacy Actor, Drew Sheer: TAS Talent Spotlight


You’ve seen him on the big screen in Sleepless with Jamie Foxx and T.I. and on the hit Fox series – 24 Legacy, but we’ve seen him in the taping room and in coaching sessions at The Actor’s Scene! We recently had a conversation with Drew Sheer about his work and how he ended up being on some of the biggest shows out right now. Here’s what he had to say…

When and how did you get started with The Actor’s Scene?


You have an interesting story about how you got into acting. Will you share it with our readers?

When I was 26, I had a divorce. I started working out and training regularly. I was asked over and over again if I was an actor. I’d reply, “No just a landscaper”. So I tried it and got nominations right away.


An acting career can be tough. What keeps you going even in tough times?


Drew, is there even just 1 more thing you can say that will help other actors?


Follow Drew on IMDB 

LIKE Sheer Outdoor Havens on Facebook

Have you seen Sleepless? Tell us your reaction to the movie in a comment below!

Coach Jonna Johnson At Black Women Film Summit

Jonna Johnson, Acting Coach
Jonna Johnson, Featured Acting Coach of the 20th Anniversary Black Women Film Summit

The Actor’s Scene’s very own Coach Jonna Johnson shared her coaching expertise with youth attendees at the 20th Anniversary of the Black Women Film Summit which was held in Atlanta, GA recently. It was obvious from the enthusiasm of the young actors that Coach Jonna is a favorite at these events. Many asked questions about exercises and experiences with her from the previous year’s summit as well. The students were also eager to share with her their accomplishments in acting since her last workshop. Commercials, music videos, and films were among the projects they mentioned having worked on.


After the introductions and project shout outs, it was time to


Did you know you could warm up your imagination? Well you can and actors have to! Imaginative work doesn’t just happen, you have to warm it up!


True to her energetic coaching style, Coach Jonna had the young actors up and on their feet for a large part of the workshop. She engaged them in warm up excercises, focus games and role plays.


Anyone who has studied with Coach Jonna knows how supportive she is of her students and that she promotes them at every possible opportunity. This event was no different! She invited TAS Student Tyler Hibbard to assist her in the workshop by leading a focus game called Distractors.


One would think that after a full day as one of the featured coaches for the Black Women Film Summit Coach Jonna would be ready for a break, but NOT COACH JONNA! She headed right back to The Actor’s Scene afterwards for more coaching! Interested in being coached by the best? Visit or call 770-904-6646 to enroll in one of our summer camps or even private coaching. See you soon!

Summer Camps For Young Actors!

And here’s 1 more reason to REGISTER today – ALL Camps are on Sale 15% Off for the next 8 days – now through Feb 28th! 

Ages 4-7 Click here to REGISTER for Summer Camps

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