TAKE ACTION is a creative gym, in which working filmmakers and actors meet weekly to expand their on-camera skill set, try out new material, and explore ways to collaborate more effectively - all in a nurturing, fertile environment.  We now meet exclusively online, until it's safe to meet in person. There are 3 separate weekly sections: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-8PM EST' Saturdays 2-7 EST.  Every member works each session and doesn't need to be present the entire 5 hours. While most enjoy staying for the duration to watch the work and participate in the discussion, one need be present only for the duration of their scene work.

“You could make no better decision than to have Jon Shear as your teacher. I'm struck by what a rare opportunity it is to have a coach with such a rich and varied perspective on the filmmaking process. I did some of my best work as an actor while working with Jon.”

Oscar-nominated screenwriter of CAPOTE and FOXCATCHER, star of URBANIA, SAG Best Ensemble Award for THE BIRDCAGE


"NYC-based film directors, check out the TAKE ACTION workshop run by the wonderful Jon Shear. You get to do scene work with amazing actors each week. It's really changed my life."



Writer-director of YOSEMITE, starring James Franco


"Jon Shear brings a rare combination of instinct, insight, and experience to his role of coach to writers. No one knows better how to break down a script and predict what directors and producers really want - and what actors really need. Most importantly, Jon will bring out your best."


Screenwriter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Contact

To request a place in the workshop, a private session, or ask a question: