Mosaic Acting Studio

Mosaic Acting Studio

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About this pro

Voted Sacramento's Outstanding Training Resource for Actors. 

Classes at the Mosaic Acting Academy come from what I've learned from more than fifty years as a professional actor in Movies, Television, Theatre, and Commercials, as well as from the several years I spent teaching Acting and Directing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Most classes are limited to twelve students, high school age and above.  I very rarely hold classes for kids younger than 13, unless it is for a specific audition. The classes are very "hands on," and every student works in every class.  You learn to act by acting, not reading about it!  It's also a lot more fun! 

I never had any mentors and I always said if I ever gained any knowledge I wanted to share it with others.  What I teach comes from my experience working with top-quality directors and A list actors in over 50 movies and TV shows plus many theater plays.  

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Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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  • Gina Hillmer

    I've taken nearly every class that Charlie had to offer. Not only were fun and informative, they literally changed how I approach a character, script, and audition. The feedback I've received since taking his classes clearly reveals that my performances have improved significantly resulting in truly honest work. Charlie is an absolute treasure!!!

  • Timothy Buck

    I started acting training with Charlie back in the late 1990's. He is great teacher and knows his stuff. I was able to obtain an agent in San Francisco and although ended up moving to Japan before doing more than a few auditions. I have always felt my foundation as an actor came from Charlie. I eventually performed many roles in English speaking theatre in Germany and am now fitting in as many professional theatre and SAG-AFTRA acting gigs as my schedule in Washington DC, and the limited projects being shot here allow (Secrets of the Dead:Jamestown, and several BG appearances in House of Cards, VEEP and Parks and Recreation). It all goes back to working with Charlie Holliday. Thanks, Charlie.

  • Zodie Wender-Mayorga

    Charlie is an amazing teacher who was very helpful and makes the environment of his classes very welcoming.

  • John S. Demakas

    What a great experience the Uta Hagen class was, at Mosaic Acting Studio. This class allows the actor to work through the many different situations which we all encounter in our various roles. Using the outline of one of the great acting coaches: Uta Hagen, we are able to move outside of our comfort zone and experience the exercises each week, which build on each other. Charlie Holliday shares his own experiences onset and provides his insight to help you grow each week. Well worth the time commitment. I highly encourage any actor to take this class.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Acting is not a solo activity,  so most of my teaching is done  in a studio atmosphere with a group of students.  Most of my one-on-one coaching is pretty specific, such as working on an audition piece with a student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Most of what I teach comes out of working on more than 50 movies and TV shows plus more than a dozen stage plays.  I've worked with top directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Tim Burton, and many more along with A-list stars like Johnny Depp,  Dustin Hoffman, Michelle Pfeiffer and others.  I also taught at the university level for several years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Tuition for my classes varies from class to class depending on the length and content.  For example my IMPROV class (Which has been running for over 19 years!) is only 10 bucks, while my "A Challenge for the Actor" class, which is 10 weeks long, Is $400.

How did you get started teaching?

As I gathered more experience other actors just started asking me questions about the business and about the techniques of acting.  It was just a logical progression from there.

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds, from beginners through very experienced actors. I've also worked as an on-set coach on movies and TV shows such as the BBC's International Emmy Award nominated mini-series "The 7 Wonders of the Industrial World."

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In November of 2015 I was presented a lifetime achievement award at the Equality International Film Festival as well as a proclamation from the City of Sacramento.

I'll be receiving another on April 30, 2017 at the Sacramento International Film Festival.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look them up on IMDb.  It will tell you what they really done.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals?  What kind of commitment are you willing to make?  Do you want to be an actor, or you just want to be a "Star"?

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Theater Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Improv Acting Classes Stage Performance Training Scene Study Classes Voice Acting Classes