Actor/Comedian Rick Najera to Offer Actors Workshops

Industry leader and award-winning actor/writer/performer offers affordable actors workshop to all levels of talent

By Susie Albin-Najera
Published on LatinoLA: November 2, 2010

Actor/Comedian Rick Najera to Offer Actors Workshops

Rick Najera, award-winning actor/writer/director/producer and '100 Most Influential Latinos in America' will offer his expertise in teaching individuals of all levels in a new Actors Workshop every Tuesday now through December 14, 2010.

The class is open to all individuals (industry or not) and will cater to all ages and ranges of talent from beginner to advanced.

"After five years of working with Rick Najera at CBS, I can say that he is one of the best coaches in the industry," said Fern Orenstein, VP of Casting Movies & Miniseries for CBS. "He'll teach you what you need to know and he's a joy to work with."

Classes given by industry leaders such as Najera often cost hundreds of dollars, even thousands. But Najera's workshops are only $30 each.

"My goal is to give back to the industry and share my knowledge and experience for a price anyone can afford," said Najera.

Najera, perhaps is most well-known in the industry for being an award-winning writer. (film: Nothing Like the Holidays starring John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, for which he won an ALMA Award; television: MADtv, two Writers Guild Award nominations and In Living Color; and Broadway: Latinologues on Broadway at The Helen Hayes Theatre).

However, Najera originally began his career as a stage actor at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, reciting Shakespeare and impressing audiences at the young age of 17. It was then he met Whoopi Goldberg and the two of them, with natural talents for the arts (especially comedy), started writing their own material. Najera went on to create, write and star in a handful of his own stageplays including A Quiet Love, Latins Anonymous, Pain of the Macho, Latinologues (on Broadway) and Sweet 15, among others.

Najera has starred in numerous films and television series and has worked with all the major networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, Showtime, Disney, Televisa and many more.

Don't miss the Actors Workshop with Rick Najera, every Tuesday now through December 14, 2010, from 7-9pm. For more information including location and directions, visit www.ricknajera.com/classes.

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