The Visit – Produced by John Howard Swain, Directed by David Skelly

Two-Camera Scene Study Class
Dates: 20 Feb. – 17 April  2018          (no class March 6th)
Tues: 6:30 – 9:30  PM
Investment: $480.00
Location: Simple Studios, 2nd fl.
134 W. 29th Street NYC –                 SOLD OUT!                                                                                   

What makes this scene study class unique?

First: John is a working actor. Here’s a sample of his work:

Second: the focus of the class…is to get actors to performance levels with little or no rehearsal. The technique we use is designed to help create fully realized, multi-faceted characters that leap off the page. All your work and John’s notes on your work are recorded and you’re given a copy to take home.



Third: John’s highly acclaimed book, The Science & Art of Acting for the Camera. “John Howard Swain not only knows how to do it, he knows how to teach it…and that is exactly what he does in his wonderful new acting manual. He clarifies, encourages and enlightens. A must-read for anyone who wants to be a better actor!” Mary Lou Belli, two-time Emmy award-wining director, NCIS: New Orleans, Hart of Dixie, Pitch, Monk, The Game, co-author of Directors Tell the Story

Choose one of the following options to sign up for the two-camera scene study class.

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To pay the $480 tuition, click here.


John is available for private in-person and SKYPE coaching.                                    For details contact:

JHS (center) discussing a shot with DP, John Warren and AD, Celia Shuman


Commercial Level – 1                              Dates: 12 March – 16 April 2018             Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM                Location: T. Schreiber Studios              151 W. 26th Street, 10th floor, NYC     Investment: $425.00                              Class open for registration.                                                


Click here to sign up for John’s commercial class.                                                                                                                                                                                        “I just booked my 45th commercial (most of them nationals). I still use the techniques I learned from John.”     Susan Santiago — Actor

Why are these class different than other commercial classes taught in New York?

First: the teacher. John has directed, produced or starred in over 200 national spots. Check out the video below!

Second: the technique. In Level 1 students learn specific techniques that turn the commercial audition process into a series of simple acting exercises instead of just rolling the dice and hoping for the best. In Level -2  the actors work 2-4 times a night, breaking down scripts, polishing their audition skills, learning how to “romance” the camera. Does these classes work? John’s students have booked over 8,500 jobs!

John Swain setting up a shot

John Howard Swain setting up a shot

                                                                Third, the practical experience. On the last week of Level 1 one of New York’s busiest casting directors walks the students through the experience of an actual audition. This is followed by a Q & A where the actors learn first hand the do’s and don’ts from a casting director’s prospective. In Level 2 – on the last night of class the actors get to showcase their work for one of New York’s most successful agents.

The actor’s work is recorded each and they take home a copy of their work to study. If you want a leg up in commercials this is definitely the class for you!

To enroll for Level 1 or Level 2  Click Here!

The book The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera is a requirement for Level 1. Students may purchase a copy in class or purchase one on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

John’s classes are interactive and informative, and designed to help you succeed. Because of the techniques I learned there I just booked a series of commercials for RUNZA. I am so grateful. Thank you, John.  Jessica Tillman

When working with John, his experience and expertise becomes immediately apparent. He really does turn commercial acting into a science and I’m grateful for the knowledge!”  Micah C.



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