Advisor Studio sessions feature intimate, moderated conversations with Sundance Advisors who are working artists and media industry professionals that contribute their expertise to the Collab community via courses, classes, office hours and events. In the Studio events, Advisors share field experiences and insights into their specific areas of craft, including writing, directing and producing for TV and film.

Join us as we explore the actor/director roles and dynamics in an Advisor Q&A Live webinar with actor/director/writer Todd Louiso. The role of an actor and a director and the relationship between them is complex and always fully alive. Todd has experience as both. With over 50 acting credits in films including JERRY MAGUIRE and HIGH FIDELITY, Todd made the successful transition from performing in front of the camera to directing feature films. We'll get his perspective on building characters, prepping for a role and collaborating with your director. We'll then shift to Todd's position in the Director's Chair and get his insights on how a director can best communicate with actors and build trust. We'll also get real on some of the fears that many directors and actors have in this key relationship and discuss why all directors should take acting classes before stepping onto the set.

A graduate of New York University’s film school, Todd held a wide variety of jobs from working for Academy Award winning writer and director Robert Benton (BONNIE & CLYDE, PLACES IN THE HEART, KRAMER VS. KRAMER) to interning on Saturday Night Live’s film unit, before landing a lead acting role on James L. Brooks’ short-lived television series, PHENOM, which brought him to Los Angeles. more...

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