Blank Stage Acting Studios, a training facility for actors, has only been open in Woodstock since January, but already members have been signed to agents in Atlanta and film productions.
Business partner Anthony Michael said three actors around the ages of 8 and 9 auditioned at the studio for roles on a new television show similar to Netflixâs âStranger Things,â called âDangerous Minds.â Two of the actors went on to secure roles in the upcoming series.
âWe have a young actor in here who booked a job with Tom Cruise, one of his movies that he filmed here in Atlanta,â he said. âHe (plays Tom Cruiseâs) son, heâs only 9 years old â¦ itâs one of the first scenes in the movie.â
The studio at 11517 Highway 92 celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce on April 20.
Michael said his part in Blank Stage began when he met Brent Brooks, artistic director and mastermind behind the studio, 10 years ago and the two have been best friends ever since. When Brooks asked Michael to look into his business plan for an acting studio in Georgia, Michael said he agreed to hold off writing his book and serve as the enterprise side of the business for its establishing year.
âBrent Brooks is Blank Stage,â he said. He has been in the acting industry for 20 years. He took improv in college and never looked bac
Brooks worked as an acting coach and assisted at a professional acting studio in Buckhead for several years, according to Michael. He said the reason the studio maintains a 100 percent retention rate is Brooksâ teaching methods, relationships with actors and connections to big names in the business.
â(The actors are) all still here,â he said. âTheyâre learning, theyâre booking jobs, theyâre having the time of their lives and itâs because of who he is.â
Classes are available for pre-teens, teens and adults, Michael said. The earliest age Blank Stage will accept an actor is 7 years old. Brooks now serves as the only teacher, he said, but the studio hopes to bring in more instructors.
âWe base everything we do here on a 36-day curriculum for the students,â he said. âWorking on a basis of improv and working them up to monologue mastery.â
Memberships are available to cater to an actorâs needs. Michael said thereâs a basic package offered for $160 a month and a membership package available for serious actors who want to book roles for $225. Both packages include four classes at the studio per month and an introductory headshot, while a membership package includes audition taping and additional headshots, he said.
But actors arenât the only ones who can participate at Blank Stage. There are plans to offer live improve shows on the…