February 1 – March 7, 2012

A value-enhanced opportunity for all American Indian actors

A workforce development initiative of


It's important for more American Indian actors to receive the professional training needed to gain an edge in a highly competitive industry.  Most professional-level acting workshops are very expensive, out of the budget range for many struggling actors.

For whom?

This workshop is intended for both emerging and experienced American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian actors seeking careers in the entertainment industry.  The workshop will focus individually on the strengths and needs of each participant.  Therefore, all actors regardless of level of training will find benefit in the workshop.

By whom?

Classes will be taught by Elizabeth Payne.  Over the past ten years, Elizabeth has taught for the well-known character actor Jeffrey Tambor at his Monday night acting workshop in Santa Monica.  Elizabeth has a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.  This past year she had a recurring role on "Law & Order:  Los Angeles" as well as guest spots on "Hart of Dixie" and "Southland," to name a few of her many film and television credits.

What will the classes cover?

The classes will cover prepping and performing scripted material for either an audition or a performance.  Emphasis will be placed on breaking down a scene, making playable choices, and cultivating a personal point of view.

How much?

Only $60!  The normal value of a professional acting class like this is $300 for a 6-week session.  The costs of the classes are subsidized by SCIC's workforce development program.  SCIC will also cover parking. Participants are only asked to make a commitment of $10 per week.

When and where?

Classes will run Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:30pm, February 1- March 7. They will take place at SCIC's LA office -- 3440 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 904, Los Angeles 90010.

How do I sign up?

Class size is limited.  Therefore, we are looking for American Indian, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian actors, ages 18 & up, who have a serious, demonstrated interest in acting as a career path.  To be considered, candidates must submit headshots, resumes and a short statement of interest in the class.  Candidates must also be enrolled in a federal or state recognized tribe. (Because this acting workshop is subsidized by SCIC, participants must be an enrolled American Indian, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian.)

Deadline for submissions is January 18, 2012. 

Submissions should be sent electronically to For more information, contact James Lujan at 213-387-5772 or at the aforementioned e-mail address.