We help actors, directors, and writers grow in their craft through authenticity, vulnerability, and truthfulness. Discover the most important aspect of filmmaking and performance....


... the relationship and communication between directors and actors. 

"...so many times we hear in casting how the actors appreciate working with an Actor's director.  It's a win-win for actors and directors to collaborate... thank you Gary and Sheryl!"

                                                     --Victoria Burrows, Casting Director (Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of                                                                                                                                 the Ring, Flight, Cast Away)

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee

With a long and adventurous career as an actress in theater, film and television, her credits include David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Backbeat, Winter’s Bone, One Tree Hill, Dirty Sexy Money, Love Letters and Salomé with Al Pacino. She teaches the “Directing The Actor” class to directors and actors at UCLA.

Gary Hershberger

A professional actor, writer and director for over thirty years, with dozens of film and television credits such as Six Feet Under, Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, Sneakers, Twin Peaks, and the recent Faith, Hope, and Love and Magic Max, Gary knows his way around a productive and effective set.

As actors, we fear directors.

As directors, we don’t understand actors.










The Actor's Director Workshop 

is a live Workshop designed to help you unlock creative techniques that will help you perform at your best. 


Directors, Actors, and Writers in a workshop - together.













Are you finding the freedom and power you want when the director says "Action?"

Is the makeup artist the only one telling you the last take was good?

Does the audition waiting room give you the willies?

Are you nervous about discussing your choices with your director?

Tired of hearing yet another "No"?

Have you lost the joy of acting?


The Actor's Director Workshop opens up deeper understanding of how artists connect with each other to find the moment-to-moment truth in storytelling. Learn to understand not only the intentions of a script, but...  


...the language of the heart.

  •  Discover Your Emotional Keys 

  •  Fueling a Performance

  •  Dive Deeper into your Characters and Subtext

  •  The Magic of Silence

  • Become Aware of your Surroundings

  •  The Power of Vulnerability

  •  Learn how a Director's Vision Enhances your Work

  •  Freeing your Imagination to discover your best work (play!) 



This is not a lecture hall with 200 people. It’s an intimate workshop where you’ll know everyone’s name within 15 minutes, as we gently push you out of your comfort zone. You will have the opportunity to bring in your own work, and we will work on it together. We welcome all levels of experience, and we look forward to collaborating with you. 



"Gary and Sheryl will take the mystery out of it, because they have something you can’t fake: decades of experience."


--Robert Krantz, Director/Writer/Actor (Faith, Hope, and Love)

“No bullshit, they get right to the heart of communicating with an actor.”


-- Justin Chien, Writer/Director, USC SCA

Mr. Hershberger directing Zachary Levi on location.

"This class is a MUST for all of us filmmakers.  It is THE most important aspect of filmmaking, yet no one really teaches it...the relationship and communication between directors and actors.  If only Gary and Sheryl were teaching this years ago!"

-- Luke Greenfield, Writer/Director (Let's Be Cops, The Girl Next Door)