Career Month 2017

Registration is required for all events.

Please note, CTG Going Pro Career Fair on 4/8 and Acting Through the Art of Auditioning with Donna Lynne Champlin on 4/11 have special RSVP requirements. See below for reservation details.


Immersive Theatre Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
What is immersive theatre? Get to know the new wave as Annie Lesser (The ABC Project) and company guide you through the craze that is igniting theatre from fringe festivals to Broadway.

Out on Screen Tuesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
A panel discussion and Q&A exploring the struggles, complexity and triumphs gay actors and actresses face in navigating a successful career in mainstream Hollywood. When to come out (or stay in) the closet, the pitfalls and advantages of being authentically true to yourself while also serving the character and the story, typecasting and discrimination, and how the public coming-out of well-known actors has changed the landscape, not only in Hollywood, but in the minds and hearts of audiences. SDA Industry Liaison and Adjunct Faculty Dan Shaner will moderate a panel of esteemed gay and lesbian working professionals including Michelle C. Bonilla, Jonathan Slavin, Vincent Rodriguez III, Dan Bucatinsky, Tammara Billik.

Making Your Way in Comedy Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
In this panel discussion, we’ll hear from actors, writers and executives currently working in comedy about their pathways to achieve their current success, the state of professional comedy today and advice for the comedy of tomorrow. SDA alumna and faculty member Kirstin Eggers will lead this lively panel.

Practical Casting Workshop Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
Explore the world of auditioning for projects in L.A. with casting director and SDA alumna Jennifer Ricchiazzi.

From Student to Industry Insider Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
SDA alumna and talent agent Louise Abnee Keshaviah (Gersh Agency) will lead a panel discussion exploring diverse career opportunities available to SDA graduates.

Auditioning for Musical Theatre Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
A practical workshop exploring the do’s and don’ts of auditioning for musical theatre with Craig Holzberg (Avalon Artists). Come with a prepared song!

Headshots Workshop Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
This workshop gives one casting director’s opinion of what makes a fantastic and memorable headshot. Casting director Carol Lefko shares the importance of dressing for success, where to shoot your headshot, what works best on a computer screen and more.

Working Actors Panel Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
What does it take to sustain a career as a working actor? How do actors tackle getting representation, making contacts and landing jobs once they leave school? How to cultivate relationships and convince decision-makers to hire you? When do you know you’ve “made it”? The mystery of being a well-known actor in Hollywood but not being a household name. These and many other questions will be explored in a lively panel discussion and Q&A with a diverse group of television and film performers including, Justina Machado, Timothy Omundson, Rebecca Metz, Manny Montana and Rob Mayes. Bring your questions!

Practical Casting Workshop Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
The secrets of auditioning for film and television revealed by two of the most successful women in casting in Hollywood, SDA Board Members Donna Isaacson and Denise Chamian.

Monetizing Self-Created Content on YouTube, Snapchat and Other Social Media Platforms Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m. Location: MCC 107
This informative discussion and Q&A will include agents, casting directors, social media influencers and actors that have turned their hard work into opportunities. Where to start, what to create and how to navigate the rapidly exploding social media machine will be front and center. If you’ve got a great piece of (short) material, bring it along for viewing!

CTG Going Pro Career Fair Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Location: East Los Angeles College Performing & Fine Arts Complex
Join Center Theatre Group and a cluster of LA’s best known theatres for a day-long festival of panels, discussions and workshops designed specifically for theatre and dramatic arts students in all disciplines. Learn more.

RSVP via email at with your name, school and year (CURRENT COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ONLY, PLEASE), and which workshops you’d like to attend (IF ANY).

Spotlight@SDA: Q&A with Grant Heslov Monday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Location: Cammilleri Hall
Academy Award-winner and SDA alumnus Grant Heslov is noted for his work as a director, producer, writer and actor. Co-founder of Smokehouse Pictures (a production company Heslov and longtime partner and collaborator George Clooney formed in 2006), his work in front and behind the camera includes Argo, The Monuments Men, August: Osage County, The Ides of March, Good Night and Good Luck, The Birdcage, True Lies and many more.

Acting Through the Art of Auditioning with Donna Lynne Champlin Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Location: Cammilleri Hall
Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) draws from her decades of professional experience on Broadway, in television and film to break down the dichotomy of an audition using her signature sense of humor and the Socratic method.

RSVP for this special Visions & Voices event.

Acting for the Camera with Michael Chiklis Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Location: PED 207
Award-winning actor Michael Chiklis will lead an observed practical workshop focused on developing on-camera acting techniques, set etiquette and more.

Auditioning for Film/TV Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. Location: PED 207
Join industry giants and SDA Board Members Warren Zavala and Brad Fuller for a lively discussion about the career of an actor in Hollywood.

The Art of The Pitch Friday, April 14, at 4 p.m. (New Time) Location: PED 207
Pitching your script or idea is an art form. Join SDA alumnus and writer/creator Tim Dowling in a frank discussion on what makes a successful pitch — what to prepare, how to prepare and what to be ready to change once you’re in the room.