a course for actors led by 

teaching artist 

L. Zane Jones

A class for all who are interested in

developing a healthy sense of play


accessing the limitless power of your creative imagination.

AUDITIONING is a necessary and challenging aspect of the creative journey for actors.

It takes courage and tenacity and plain hard work. The end result of practice though is CONFIDENCE, an essential element of a successful audition.

In this course the aim will be to cultivate dynamic, dimensional and compelling audition material.

Participants in the course will work on monologues and on-camera/self-taped auditions 

 and will practice cold reading.

The key to authenticity in storytelling – in our work and in our lives – is to stand in the power of our sense of truth. To be bold and brave enough to express what we see and imagine – without censoring or manufacturing. 

An artistic practice with truthful expression at its core is developed by cultivating an open heart and mind – a curious heart and mind – and by fostering bravery and courage.

Finding the JOY, the necessity in all the above, is key!

“No doubt about it, more important than the race and the fight is faith.

Whatever that means, spiritual or otherwise.

It’s crucial to keep the faith. Never stop believing.

Faith requires discipline and a lot of imagination.”   

~ Anna Deavere Smith

About L. Zane Jones

L. Zane Jones

Director/Actor/Teaching Artist

Teaching artist, professional acting coach and director, L. Zane Jones worked in Los Angeles and Seattle over the last 30 years. A member of the fulltime faculty at the University of Southern California and most recently at the University of Washington, Zane initially trained as an actor at the conservatory formerly known as the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. She later moved to LA where, in addition to working as an actor in theatre, film and television, she began her directing and teaching career. After receiving an MFA in Directing from USC, Zane served as Director for the Summer Theatre Conservatory for High School students and was a recruiter for the USC BFA acting program for 16 years. Additionally, she co-founded and served as Artistic Director for two theatre companies: Workshop 360 in LA and CIVIC REP in Seattle.

Recent Theatre work:

Seattle Opera

AS ONE – Stage Director

CIVIC REP: Seattle

Artistic Director – Directed A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY, both by Tennessee Williams at the New City Theater. Played Hecuba in Caroline Bird’s contemporary adaptation of THE TROJAN WOMEN at The Slate Theatre. Curated and directed an evening of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, DRAGON COUNTRY, at Open Space Canter for the Arts.

Workshop 360: Los Angeles

Artistic Director – Directed, produced and acted in: Caryl Churchill’s VINEGAR TOM, Euripides’ HECUBA, GUM and THE MOTHER OF MODERN CENSORSHIP, by Karen Hartman, and the West Coast Premieres of BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION by Christopher Durang, and FIRE EATER, by Brighde Mullins.