Dates: Saturdays March 21, 28, and April 4
Location: MN Acting Studio 1239 Broadway (between 31st and 32nd)
Time: 1- 3:30 PM
This is a 3-week intensive workshop for actors interested in finding and
perfecting the perfect audition monologues for: grad school, agent meetings,
and auditions. Brian is one of the industry's leading experts, the author of
the best selling book "Acting As a Business" and a Backstage Experts
In the course of the workshop, Brian will select 2 contrasting monologues
of one to two minutes each, based on age range and type and be coached to bring
the script to life and make strong choices for the audition.
In this class, you will:
- Receive and be coached thoroughly on two contrasting monologues
hand-picked for you by Brian.
-Learn the elements that most industry people agree comprise the most
successful monologue selections.
-Learn the importance of creating highly specific relationships in a
-Learn an exercise to re-vitalize an old monologue you once loved and has
become stale to help you fall in love with it all over again. This exercise
also works when you've gotten stuck "overthinking" a new piece you are working
-How to keep "renewing the relationship" as you go from beat to beat in
-Why having material that has a slam-dunk "button" for an ending is your
What they're saying about Brian:
" I had the privilege of co-teaching a monologue class with Brian O'Neil,
who proved to be masterful in helping actors of all ages choose and perfect the
right monologues. Whether you're the new kid on the block, looking to
fine-tune, or in a funk, Brian can effectively help you put all the pieces
together and steer you in the right direction. He has one of the finest minds
in the business."
--- Marilyn Glasser, former ICM agent, current owner of Glasser
Management, and former director of international publicity for Paramount
"I credit Brian with landing my agent. It was Brian who picked the
monologue I used. He worked on it tirelessly and I was signed immediately.
Finding a monologue that brings out the subtleties of your personality is no
easy task, but Brian manages to do it time and again with his actors. He is one
of the kindest and most helpful teachers I have had the pleasure of
--David Garelik, star of QUARTER LIFE
"Brian is a master a equipping actors with the skills to elevate their
careers from waiters to working actors. Recently, I sought his expertise
in the area of monologue coaching to pursue an MFA. I'm thrilled to say I got
into my top choice program with a full scholarship. Thanks, Brian!"
--Mark Comer, FSU, Asolo Conservatory, MFA candidate 2016
"Brian O'Neil is a one-of-a-kind resource. Ignore him at your
--Brian J. Smith, 2014 Tony nominee, B'way's THE GLASS
"Drawing on decades of experience,Brian helps you have the best audition
possible and is the final piece of the puzzle. He helps you package yourself as
an actor. Brian highlights what makes an individual so compelling and helps you
stand out in the crowd. I believe it was his coaching and his insight that gave
me the result I wanted; the choice of several fantastic top-level institutions
and ultimately my top pick of a grad school. With a full scholarship."
--Christopher Salazar, 2013 MFA, USD/Old Globe Professional Theatre
VISIT MNACTINGSTUDIO.COM to sign up!
About Acting As A Business
Acting As A Business is a one-on-one career development and coaching service for actors. Sessions are conducted privately by former talent agent and personal manager Brian O'Neil, who helped launch the careers of hundreds of actors including Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick.
Brian is the author of New York's #1 selling performing arts book, Acting As a Business: Strategies for Success, currently in its Fifth Edition and 30th printing and published by Random House. Acting As a Business is now considered such a vital resource that it recently won a spot on Entertainment Weekly Magazine's exclusive list of Top Ten "Show-Biz Industry Bibles." Brian is also the author of the book Actors Take Action: A Career Guide for the Competitive Actor.
Brian created the advice column "Actor's Cues and A's" for Back Stage, and his books are required or recommended reading in many conservatory training programs, including Yale and Juilliard. Brian is the country's foremost lecturer on self-marketing techniques for actors. He lives in New York City and works with actors at all stages of their careers. Since 2010 alone, actors who have worked with Brian have become the stars of major motion pictures (Inside Llewyn Davis, Robin Hood, Drive, and the Columbia Pictures release Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep); been the recipients of Emmys and a Golden Globe (The Big Bang Theory); have become the stars of such television series as: Orange Is The New Black, HBO's True Blood, Charlie Sheen's Anger Management, Stargate Universe, and Outsourced. Also in the recent past, Brian's clients have landed leading and supporting roles in such Broadway productions as the eight-time Tony Award winning Once, the five-time Tony winner Peter and the Starcatcher, Ching-lish, Al Pacino's The Merchant of Venice, Robin Williams's Bengal Tiger, American Idiot, Enron and Next Fall.