We are very excited to announce that auteur KAMALA LOPEZ, whose movie credentials include I <3 Huckabees, 24, The Burning Season etc., has joined our new feature 6 ROUNDS OF CHLOE as an ACTRESS and ASSOCIATE PRODUCER and will be in Houston in February to shoot the film, directed by Stanislavski instructor Trisha Ray.
Ms. Lopez is not only a revered actress and former writing and producing partner of Ben Affleck, she is also a documentary filmmaker and an activist, who has been a speaker at the United Nations.
Below, you can watch her speak at the U.N. about her documentary Equal means Equal in which she analyzed the systemic inequalities that women have been subjected to across multiple lens – domestic violence, rape, the pay gap, rates of incarceration etc.
2017 has been a creative year at Next Actor Studio. Our very talented Film students have worked extra hard to complete their film projects, notwithstanding the damages they suffered from #HurricaneHarvey. We are so proud to announce that #2018 will push in with the FIRST CUT screenings of two of our student short films before they are submitted to film festivals around the globe. Incidentally, the First Cut event, started in 2008, led to launch the studio's Niff Houston Film Festival in 2015.
LUCKY NOW by co-directors DENKA WANGDI (screenwriter), MANNY GHIDAN (editor) and MONICA MANSY (lead actress) and WHO AM I by writer-director-lead actor HARINATH V. will be screened to their cast, crew and invited guests.
Lucky Now is a collaboration of our alum such as Jose Garcia in sound, and co-stars Josh Rahman, Kellie Hay, Sahrish Agha, Cindy Serrano and Andi Cook.
Stay tuned for updates on public screenings of the films.
Next Actor ALUM MEERA NANDLAL and JOSH RAHMAN flaunt their awards for Best Actor and Best Actress at Niff Houston Film Festival that concluded on Saturday, October 28 in Houston after a vibrant 4-day event in October, organized and hosted by Next Actor Studio.
ORPHAN TRAIN series and film, directed by Stanislavki Instructor Trisha Ray, based on a screenplay by Brian Stewart, canned the final pick up shots in October with Rice Owls Footballer JOSH RAHMAN and Kid Actors RIANNA WECK, JAKOB TURPIN, JOSHUA DIXON, RISHUL SEWKARE, ANGELINA LEE, ARIANA LEE, CAMARON JONES and ARON JONES.
The film and series will release together in 2018. Stay tuned. The film also stars actress MAHIE GILL, ANDREA GUASCH of Disney and several Next Actor Alum. Follow its facebook and twitter page at @otrainfilm.
Next Actor Film A Curry on an American Plate, starring Rick Fox (He Got Game) and Charlie O'Connell (The Bachelor, Dude, Where's my Car), Andrea Guasch (Disney High School Musical), alongside several Next Actor Alum such as Bud Patel, Meera Nandlal, Alex Goel, Sean Vida, Paige Medina and others will screen as part of Niff Houston International Film Festival on Wed, Oct 25 @ 8pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Mason Park, Katy. The film is directed by San Banarje, written by San Banarje and Trisha Ray and produced in collaboration with KK Production. For tickets & other info, visit niffhouston.org
Next Actor Screenwriting, Filmmaking and Acting Students team up to make a short film Lucky Now as part of the school film project. Filmmaking students DENKA WANGDI, MANNY GHIDAN and MONICA MANSY are co-directing the short Lucky Now based on a screenplay written by Denka. Monica, who is also a Stanislavski Method Acting Student stars in the film as a young mother coping with the loss of her only child. She is supported by Stanislavski Actors KELLIE HARPER HAY, JOSH RAHMAN, ANDI COOK, CINDY SERRANO and SAHRISH AGHA in various roles. Manny will be editing the film.
We are excited to welcome our very own Stanislavski Student ALEXANDRA CADENA as the new instructor for our Kids and Teens.
Alex recently graduated from the prestigious Yale University with Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Theatre Studies and is currently doing her internship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, while continuing taking her Stanislavski Method Acting Classes in the evening at Next Actor Studio, where she has been a member for the past few years, whenever she would be in Houston on holidays.
Previously, Alex directed the musical 'Under' in New York that played at several festivals.
This year, Alex debuted as a producer in a short film titled Dream Girl, that will be screened at the upcoming 'Niff Houston International Film Festival' in October. Alex also acted in this short that was shot in New Haven with several other Yale Alumni.
There cannot be a better teacher for the kids to learn from than this bright, intelligent, energetic scientist and artist who has proper film acting training from the best film acting studio in Houston (Next Actor Studio) and theatre training from the same Ivy League school that produced Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster.
Due to Hurricane Harvey, several of our classes from August 25 have been rescheduled. Please check our calendar page for the revised start dates of Sept. classes for kids, teens and screenwriting classes. Editing classes have been pushed back to October. Students who will miss the class due to evacuation or for water in their area, are able to make up on later dates. We appreciate your patience and understanding that helped us to coordinate such changes at a short notice. Please be safe and stay dry. We will continue to update our changes via twitter handle @nextactorstudio.
We are very proud of our young method acting student ALEXANDRA GOEL, who has recently cleared the very tough emotional audition and booked the lead role in the SAG-AFTRA feature film 6 Rounds of Chloe where she will be seen with several named actors and stars. Principal photography begins in December.
This weekend our young filmmaking students JR West, Jose Garcia, Peter Kralowetz and Courtney Guess complete the first leg of casting for their short film THE OTHER ROOM based on the screenplay by our screenwriting student Jose Garcia. Proud of both our film students and our acting students who did a great job with the auditions. Stay tuned to find out who got cast in this horror short and follow their journey when they start shooting in September.
Next Actor Stanislavski Student and Rice Owls Footballer JOSH RAHMAN is seen in the starring role of a soldier in the USC Short film THE ART OF WAR by Director Cal Etcheverry. Josh debuted as Navy SEAL Roberts in the Season One of Orphan Train Series. Josh is currently studying pre-med at Rice, following the footsteps of his medical parents, but his heart is in acting.Follow this news on our facebook and Instagram page.
We are extremely proud to announce that Next Actor Alum THADA CATALON will present her film Created Equal, starring none other than LaBamba Star Lou Diamond Phillips, at the upcoming San Antonio Film Festival on Saturday, August 5 @ 3:30 pm. Screening will be followed by Q and A.
Thada had started her acting career at Next Actor Studio and soon moved on to screenwriting and directed her first short "An Academic Affair" which went on to screen at many film festivals. Thada who was the first recipient of the inaugural Houston Filmmaker Grant, holds three academic degrees, including a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
For info on tickets and the film, visit www.createdequalmovie.com.
Next Actor Stanislavski Student ROMARIO SOLIS was the best actor at the 3rd Annual Niff Houston International Film Festival in 2017, where films from all over the world were judged for the festival that takes place in Houston in October each year. Bilingual student Romario was handpicked from a beginners' class by Stanislavski Instructor Trisha Ray to audition for the lead role of David in her then casting film Orphan Train. Watching him work his scenes in class, Trisha felt he could be trusted to carry the role in Spanish, playing a Mexican orphan who stands up against the unjust Yatze (San Banarje). Out of several experienced actors who auditioned for the part, Romario, who had never acted before, was chosen to carry the film alongside a big star Mahie Gill and be part of location shoots that sprawled across Texas. While editing, the producers decided to make a series out of the film and the role of David was extended and Romario proved his dedication and commitment to the project by giving another good performance. Currently Romario is finishing Orphan Train and also writing a script with his classmate Erik Foster to shoot sometime in 2017. Follow the news on our facebook and Instagram page.
We are excited to announce that NAS Screenwriting Student and Author ESTHER LUM won the highest award in the category, Platinum Remi for her screenplay Kidnapped in Kathmandu at the recently wrapped Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. Click here to read an excerpt of Esther's interview with Woodlands Online.
Boat Angel Family Films & Next Actor Films/Lake Camp Productions' film and series Orphan Train revealed its first look to cast and crew on Tuesday, April 11. The film and series, both created by Brian Stewart, stars Mahie Gill, Andrea Guasch, San Banarje, Christian Bhalla, Zoie Steen and introduced Next Actor Students Romario Solis and Josh Rahman in lead roles. Romario received the award for best actor in 2016 Niff Houston International Film Festival.
Long-time Student of Acting, Screenwriting, Filmmaking and Editing Department at Next Actor Film School, MEERA NANDLAL joins Channel CW39 as the host of the morning show Eye Opener, first filling in for Maggie Flecknoe who was in vacation during Christmas, and then alongside Maggie, to do her little cuts for SuperBowl LI in Houston and now going LIVE every Friday from 5-8 AM. Meera is also the lead actress in Director San Banarje's comedy feature A Curry on An American Plate that's currently making its screenings around the nation.
Next Actor Alum and Space Enthusiast, actress, writer, artist MARIA SUAREZ was only 6 when she first met her favorite actor EDDIE REDMAYNE in New York and gifted him a picture with a note on the back that Redmayne received happily, saying "It's the greatest thing ever," and adding "I'm not gonna read it aloud, in case there's something personal in it." The next year, 7 year old Maria went on to win Wired UK's Hawking Competition and got a chance to meet the Oscar winning actor for the second time when she went to London to ask Prof. Stephen Hawking a question in person. According to her grandmother, former ABC 13 journalist and producer Ms. Charlotte Aguilar, the two encounters with the British actor motivated this extremely talented and bright kid to take up acting more seriously and she joined Next Actor Studio to guide her through this journey. We all at the studio wish her luck and hope to see her get her break very soon.
Disney Actress ANDREA GUASCH will return to Houston in February to join the cast of Boat Angel/Next Actor Series ORPHAN TRAIN as Satellite Specialist JANETTE FALLROY, a character recently created by writer Brian Stewart. The Spanish-American actress, whose agent Katrina Bayonas discovered Penelope Cruz, will be seen next in Wim Wenders' Submergence, with Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and BAFTA winner James McAvoy and San Banarje's A Curry on An American Plate, starring Rick Fox and Charlie O'Connell. Follow our social for on-set pictures.
Big Congratulations to Stanislavski Method Acting Student MONICA MANSY on successfully booking an important role in the docudrama Reagan: From Movie Star to President that aired on Reelz in November. For her role, Monica transformed to a 1930 look to portray the President's secretary. Monica was also recently seen as FBI Agent Melinda in the pilot episode of the Next Actor/Boat Angel series Orphan Train that premiered in October at Niff Houston.
Next Actor Screenwriting, Directing and Acting alum Richard Finger (Forbes, Huffington Post) Alum Richard Finger's debut feature Sex, Marriage and Infidelity is now available on Amazon and iTunes. The film, produced by Next Actor Studio, Lake Camp Productions & Ariadne Films, stars a number of Hollywood celebrities such as Charlie O'Connell, Shannon Tweed, Sophie Simmons alongside Houston/NASAlum who are now LA residents such as Caroline Tudor and John-Michael Carlton among others. Check out the interview of actress Caroline Tudor with KHOU Channel 11's Debra Duncan on 'Great Day Houston' by clicking here.
Next Actor Feature Film The Shadow Behind You was shot in Galveston, Conroe and Houston with an entire cast of Next Actor Alum, most of who made their debut as actors. The feature is available for viewing on amazon.com. The dark, psychological thriller is not appropriate for children. You may visit the website here.
Next Actor Stanislavski Method Student Christian Bhalla made his feature film debut as a lead with Hollywood star & Lakers' Rick Fox (in picture) in 2015. Christian started as a pre-teen student and his talent and dedication got him approved to the Adult Intense Stanislavski Classes where he continued to get challenged with intense, cerebral scripts. In 2016 Christian got accepted into the famous Strasberg Institute where he got the opportunity to meet and model for International Soccer star David Beckham and Singer Posh Spice's photographer son Brooklyn. Back in Houston, Christian, now 16, is currently working as a lead in the series Orphan Train based on the film of the same name. He is also cast in the upcoming feature 6 Rounds of Chloe, to be directed by his Orphan Train director and instructor Trisha Ray.
After her talent was tapped in her first English language film by Next Actor Studio, A Curry on An American Plate's lead actress and Spanish Disney star Andrea Guasch gets cast in legendary director Wim Wenders' new movie SUBMERGENCE, starring 2016 Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (Atonement). We are very proud of Andrea who is a force to watch.
We hold weekly on-camera classes for kids, pre-teens and teens, who wish to participate in an exciting program, learning the various aspects of on-camera acting while having fun creating characters through exercises. Blocking and disblocking, movements and stillness, different methods, improvisation exercises, audition techniques and much more. Teens/Pre-teens classes are held on Saturdays from 5 - 7 PM (regular). Experiences teens are eligible to join adult classes on Saturdays @ 11 AM - 1 PM. Kids classes are held on Fridays at 5 - 6:30 PM and Saturdays 3:30 - 5 PM. Enrollment ongoing. Register Online.
NiFF Houston International Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2016 edition that will be held in a 5-day festivity at River Oaks Theatre and Next Actor Screening Room from Oct 12 - 16. Last year, the festival brought together filmmakers and producers from around the world to present their films and speak at the awards gala. Next Actor Students worked behind the scene to make this festival one to look forward to. Submission is live on filmfreeway and withoutabox, as well as Niff online at www.niffhouston.org.
Next Actor students Romario Solis, Johnny Goode, Charles Cavin and Alex Lopez do a great job in lead and supporting roles in the action-packed Christian-themed feature film Orphan Train,written by Brian Stewart (Artisse) and directed by Trisha Ray (Stanislavski Class Instructor) in Marfa, Big Bend, Galveston, Houston and Mexico. The film's main crew also consists of Next Actor Alum. Join the film's facebook page and twitter (@otrainfilm) for updates.
Congrats to Actor Brionne Davis of the 2015 NiFF Houston International Film Festival's award-winning short Narcissist (dir. Eric Casaccio), on making it to the Oscars with his starring role in the 2016 Academy Awards Nominated Film Embrace of the Serpent.
Next Actor Student JUNIPER JAIRALA has her acting hands full with her roles in several upcoming features of the studio. A Cornell University graduate in mechanical engineering and masters of science in aerospace engineering and bio-astronautics from Colorado, Juniper currently works for NASA as an aerospace engineer by day and a professional fire-dancer at two Houston fire troupes by night.Earlier, Juniper was cast in supporting roles in our Christian film ARTISSE and our psychological thriller THE SHADOW BEHIND YOU. Both her films are screening at Niff Houston Int'l Film Festival on Oct 14 and 15 in Houston. Details and tickets : www.niffhouston.org
Next Actor Student and Huffington Post contributor Richard Finger will have his debut writing-directing feature film Sex, Marriage and Infidelity screened at the 2015 NIFF Houston International Film Festival, alongside eminent filmmakers from Argentina, Angola, France, Spain, Iran etc. Earlier the film received three nominations for Dramedy-Romance, Cinematography (San Banarje) and Direction (Finger) at the 2015 Bare Bones International Film Festival. Stay tuned for festival schedule and news.
Actor Charlie O'Connell (Bachelor, Dude Where's My Car) was recently in Houston, shooting his scenes for our latest feature, when he received a big surprise on the set that caught him completely by surprise. Click here to see his reaction right after he talks about his role, acting style, preparation method for staying busy in Hollywood.
Actor and LA Lakers' RICK FOX brought to Houston stacks of notes for his role as Robert, a novelist who is fighting cancer in our upcoming film. Rick started building layers for his character from the time he got the script in his hand, using Stanislavski technique. Prior to shooting, the popular NBA star used the twitter as his character Robert, which confused many of his followers who could not understand that it was not Rick, but Robert tweeting. Click to view Rick Fox talk about preparing for the role.
"This Woody Allen style comedy will make you laugh, cry, and in some cases, scream," reviews Examiner, about the feature film Sex, Marriage and Infidelity, written and directed by our screenwriting and acting student Richard Finger and starring Charlie O'Connell, Richard Finger & Brooke Pascoe. During a packed cast and crew private screening in Houston, Houston Chronicle reviewed the film as a 'Woody Allenish comedy'. The film, produced by Trisha Ray and San Banarje and made possible by Next Actor alumni who worked tirelessly as cast and crew in New York and Houston, will get a festival premiere in April at the Bare Bones Film and Music Festival.
Next Actor Short Comedy PHYSIOTHERAPY will screen at the 2014 Gulf Coast Film Festival. The film is about a socialite whose life is altered after an accident. The film was shot in 2013 in Houston with Next Actor alumni as a prelude to the feature film THE SHADOW BEHIND YOU. Screening is on Sept 21 at Courtyard Houston NASA/Clear Lake during the short film program.
Grammy winner DAVID KAHNE joins the team of our last feature SMINY as music composer. Mr Kahne won Grammy for Tony Bennett's Album of the Year and is the current personal producer of the legendary Sir Paul McCartney. He has also produced music for movies such as Vanilla Sky, The Beach, The Armstrong Lie etc.
Sophie Simmons, daughter of Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS and former supermodel Shannon Tweed, talks to EXTRA TV in an exclusive interview about our new Next Actor Studio comedy feature in which she acted. Click here for a preview and stay tuned for the entire interview to air soon.
Check out Next Actor Studio Alumnus GRANT GOODMAN in This Must be the Place, out on DVD now. Grant plays Tommy and sings the title song with Academy Award winner Sean Penn under the direction of Cannes Film Festival's Palm d'or nominated Paolo Sorrentino. The movie also stars Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. If you missed the movie at the theatres, you can now catch it on DVD and support this very young and talented actor.
Filmmaking & Screenwriting Classes for Adults and Pre-Teens/Teens
Filmmaking Session for Teens/Pre-Teens starting Tuesdays, Aug 22 @ 5:30 - 7:30 PM, and for Adults on Thursdays, Aug 24 @ 7 - 9 PM. Screenwriting Session begins Fridays for teens and adults. Students will be able to work creatively with visual art, watch movies and shoot their shorts and scenes. Click for for complete details on the program.
On-Camera Basic and Intermediate Acting Classes for Adults
On-Camera Acting Classes in Houston for Adults are held on Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings for Beginner Adults. Non-Beginner Students can benefit from our Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening on-camera method-acting classes. Click for full schedule and curriculum.
Stanislavski Method Classes for All Levels
Stanislavski Method Acting Workshops for Film and TV are available on Mondays & Saturdays for beginners, Tuesdays for intermediates and Wednesdays and Saturdays for non-beginners and intense actors. Click for Info on Method Acting. Teenagers with intensive acting background and maturity may join this session with approval.
On-Camera Acting Classes for Kids & Teens/Pre-Teens
Kids' Acting Classes are back on Saturdays at 3:30 - 5PM and Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6 PM. Call 713 532 2867 for details. The next kids' workshops on Fridays will be held from Aug 11 at 5:30 - 7 PM. Teens & Pre-Teens' Acting Classes are held on Saturday evenings, starting July 15 from 5:15 - 7:15 PM. Advanced Teens are eligible for certain classes with Adults. Click for full schedule and curriculum.
Voice Acting Workshops
Every Friday, starting Aug 4 - Sept 8 @ 7:30 - 9:30 PM, VOICE WORKSHOPS will help students speak clearly for film, commercials, narration, voice-overs etc. Learn to work with teleprompter. Foreign students can benefit from our accent reduction classes. Click for full schedule and curriculum.
Shakespeare Acting Classes
A brand new on-camera Shakespeare Acting Class starts on Tuesdays at our Houston studio. Learn to deliver soliloquis and work with the through line of action of scenes and plays, while understanding movement, gestures, intentions and voice, Click for full schedule and curriculum.