to The Actor's Establishment

I am elated to share this experience with you and offer you some insight on the makings of TAE. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an educator. From New York City to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, it has taken hard work, years of training and exploration, ups and downs, stresses and celebrations, and a constant passion for arts education, in making TAE become a reality. 


Over the past several years I have thought a lot about this endeavor, now realized as The Actor's Establishment. What I never imagined is that our world would look the way it does in its current state. This pandemic has certainly caused added stress and tension within our families and in our country and I cannot help but think that the arts has done more than it's part to help people escape from the monotony of day to day isolation. It's because of this isolation and a need to do more, that I began working on the conceptualization for The Actor's Establishment. I was teaching an online script analysis workshop, to give my mind something positive to focus on, as well as the creative outlet I so desperately needed when one of the actors in the workshop said to me, "more people need to be doing this kind of work. We need teachers and directors in Los Angeles that ask these kinds of questions and make us actors think more." And so it began. 


TAE is an exploratory idea I have had for a while now. It's a combination between an acting company and an acting studio. My goal for TAE is to build an ensemble of actors, passionate and driven by exciting and invigorating work, who are collaborative and eager to learn and train with each other, from each other and through each each other. I believe that actors have the ability to feed each other inspiration and at TAE, my hope is that together we will create an environment of learning conducive to each actor's needs. The workshops, sessions, and coaching TAE offers is open to anyone. I am a firm believer in quality and technical acting training and in creating TAE I want the training to always be at the forefront of what we do. However, with that said, in the training there must be an element of exploration, discovery, and humanity. 


Starting something is never easy. It's downright frightening to be honest. Whether it's a research paper, the first lyric of a new song, memorization, a relationship, a move to a new city, or a new job, we all have those moments of fear and self doubt. I have seen the fear and doubt within actors for so many years and I think the conversation needs to be had that acting isn't just about technique or hitting the mark each time. It's about the self. The mind, the body, and the soul. 

Stella Adler said "The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."

Understanding your authentic self along with a comprehension of human behavior is a strong element of TAE's mission. We absolutely teach solid fundamental technique, but what TAE integrates into their teachings is understanding the "why" within the text and our own lives, compassion for oneself, and a respect for working through the process. The Actor's Establishment doesn't just offer actors technique, we create an atmosphere for actors to establish who they are as artists and regain their connection to the work.


I look forward to working with you soon, 


Jason James

what we do

The Actor's Establishment (TAE) was developed as a space for actors to harness their work and to freely express their own creative interpretations. TAE's mission is simple, It's All About Returning To The Work.


TAE creates an environment for actors’ exploration of their individual training needs through sharing knowledge and insight from master teachers in the art of acting. TAE’s focus is on the fundamental core techniques integrated with a deep understanding of script and text analysis, allowing the discovery of circumstances, relationships, and intentions. 


Unlike so many other instructional offerings, TAE does not teach one specific method or technique but rather offers a myriad of workshops taught by professional experts trained in a wide range of specific skills. This approach accompanied by qualified instructors allows actors to choose workshops they connect with most while giving them the opportunity to explore new disciplines and vast possibilities. TAE is continually motivated by giving each actor a platform to expand their abilities, discover new avenues of growth, and find or reconnect with the artist within.


TAE is breaking the barriers of arts education and training by helping actors take control of their careers through the return to drama’s classic roots and the calling to dig deeper.


With sessions and workshops ready for your enrollment, come see for yourself why The Actor’s Establishment was created and designed for you. It’s time to get back to the work! 


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our training

Come learn among the best at The Actor's Establishment. No matter which workshop or masterclass you choose, you’re well on your way to exceptional training that will provide you with the tools you need in order to succeed.





February 9 - April 29

Movement & Analysis Intensive
Understanding Shakespeare
The Business of Acting 


July 6 - August 10

The Audition


Sept. 2 - Dec. 9

Acting & Scene Study
The Business of Acting

All Workshops, MasterClasses, and Coachings will be virtual/online until further notice. Zoom links are sent out the day before your workshop or session via email. 

Acting & Scene Study
Script & Text Analysis
Movement for the Actor

The Business of Acting
w/ Justin Key

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Justin Key is an actor, author, content creator, and speaker based in Los Angeles, CA.

I have studied acting in Memphis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He is extremely fortunate to call this his career having been in LA for 14 years. Acting has been the most challenging, enjoyable, and fulfilling ride of his life.

Justin's Latest Project - Mama Knows Best, is a comedic audiobook and visual series based on the conversations between a southern mom and her son narrated by Mad TV's Debra Wilson and Justin. Currently being pitched as an animated TV series to networks and streaming platforms.

Justin is a Top 40 Under 40 recipient, and a Black Enterprise Magazine 2019 Man of Distinction. Also, he's a math nerd, entrepreneurship geek, and speaker fanatic, and HBCU advocate.

Saturday, October 16, 2021
12pm - 3pm PST



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Actors will focus on effective collaboration, efficient rehearsal practices, and bringing truth to each performance through analysis, by pursuing text driven, strong, specific actions and intentions, in an approach suitable for each actor. Workshop will cover multiple scenes and/or monologue. 

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New Session Begins September 2



Actors will interpret and discuss analytical approaches to a given text to enhance and hone a performance on stage. Actors will identify the elements of analysis, structure and form, historical and societal conflicts, and how these analytical approaches can impact courageous and bold choices. This workshop will culminate in a reading of a full play. 

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This four-week course will offer experiential introductions to a selection of popular movement-for-the-actor training methods, including Laban Movement Analysis, The Viewpoints, Grotowski Technique, and Commedia dell'Arte. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and kinesthetic exploration, learners will come away from the course with an embodied understanding of the history, theory, and potential applications in performance of each method.

Registration Closed

New Session Begins September 2