Guiding Actors. Building Careers.
FREE Consultations held weekly in the West Village. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot!
WHAT IS THE NETWORK?
The Network is an organization in New York City providing theatre, film and TV actors
the opportunity to meet and connect with Agents, Managers and Casting Directors
in a safe, professional and creative environment.
With an open door policy, The Network serves as a hub that can be used to seek out advice, information, and coaching from our staff and associates. We strive to maintain a level of integrity, honesty and a commitment to the needs and success of the individual that is unique to any other service of its kind.
Through The Network signature programs, as well as through weekly classes, workshops and showcases by our Industry Professional Guests, The Network affords artists of all levels one-on-one opportunities to present work, receive training, and expand their professional network.
We offer a variety of classes and programs where our actors always leave with a
connection to the industry with which to build and strengthen their career!
CLASS: the participants sit with our Industry Professional for an in depth experience. It usually consists of a
Q&A at the top, folllowed by sides / commercial copy presentation from the participants and feedback by
the instructor. It can span from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the guest.
INTENSIVE: the one time version of the Class.
SHOWCASE: a meet and greet setting. Actors come in and perform a scene/monologue
of their choosing and share a quick talk with the guest. When multiple guests are scheduled for the same night,
actors can enroll for several guests.
THE NETWORK SIGNATURE CLASSES
A premiere transformational business course led by Paul Michael focuses on the
development of the artistic
self through goal setting,
personal accountability & image consulting.
This peer review class features confidence building exercises, as well as mock agent interviews.
Class culminates with an agent and casting director fest!
This takes the business plan you created in THE SOURCE, and sets it into motion and action. This is a place for individual coaching in a group setting designed to lead each actor through breakthoughs on every level.
It is the best way to support your SOURCE work.
A 4-6 week training and audition preparation course which blends Meisner, Method and Transformational work in a never seen
before way, which culminates in 1 week of class being co-taught with a casting director.
An intensive program for actors who are ready to be referred to agents, managers and casting directors.
A thorough revision of the business plan, goals and promo materials will be done to then establish a strategy and concert appointments with industry professionals.
Paul Michael- Executive Director / Instructor
Paul J. Michael is a veteran stage director, producer, teacher, and coach in New York City.
As a director, Paul has worked at Playwrights Horizons (An Island to Themselves starring Kathleen Chalfant, Bobby Steggert, and Zoe Kazan), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Abingdon Theatre Company, Circle Rep (member of the Circle Rep Lab), the Samuel French Festival, and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF), where he was awarded Best Director for his work on Bill McMahon’s Cover. On Broadway, Paul assistant directed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Paul is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of Olympia Theatre Productions, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Network Theatre Company, where he has directed over 30 short plays. Paul holds an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, and has been a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) since 1996.
As a producer, Paul has worked on hundreds of NYC and regional productions, most notably Bill Russell’s Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, which featured a star-studded cast of 43.
Paul is the Founder and Executive Director of The Network, where he has personally guided the careers of thousands of actors. He is the co-creator of the SOURCE, a highly acclaimed transformational business course for actors, and creator of the new online course reSOURCEful. Known for his loving, generous, open, and accessible coaching, Paul offers a unique learning environment that allows actors to grow and thrive. His students have gone on to work in television, film, and on Broadway, and thousands have obtained agent representation through The Network.