TAKE ACTION for filmmakers & actors


THE WRITE ACTION for writers


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.  For now, we meet online, with some in-person options. We'll meet Wednesdays 5-9 PST.  Every member works each session and is invited to watch all work and participate in all discussions. Each scene takes approximately 75 minutes to rehearse and shoot/record.


is for film directors and writers looking to get new material on its feet; for actors to expand their on-camera skillset; for theater directors, actors and playwrights to expand their reach from the stage and the page; for writers and documentary directors to learn how to stage and guide actors; and for all to explore ways, with my input, to collaborate more effectively.

Our members have been cited in the NYTimes as a "reason this year to be grateful for the arts." Our directors have been nominated for Oscars and Emmys; won Best Film awards at major festivals across the world; had commercial feature releases and Sundance premieres.

Our actors have been nominated for SAG awards; won Emmys; starred or co-starred in projects made by such world-class filmmakers as Joel & Ethan Coen, Jane Campion, and Woody Allen; been on pretty much every TV series shooting on the East Coast; starred on and offBroadway; or are starting out but show great promise. And many, through their experience with us, are now proving to be triple-threats: directing, producing, and writing their own webseries and short films.

Performance is essential to a successful film, yet directors often go years without working with actors, waiting until their next film gets a green light. Weekly sessions with a wide range of accomplished actors help you up your game, enabling you to speak most any actor's language. 
The same holds true for actors. TAKE ACTION has all the benefits of both a camera technique class and a scene study class. Taking class with Jon and a wide range of directors makes actors more adept on set, at auditions, and in rehearsal. You learn to take greater control of your own process. During each session, practical topics are discussed, such as what directors can do when an actor doesn't respond as hoped to notes and what actors can do when they disagree with a director's note.

Participants pay $240/4 sessions, $450/ 8 sessions .  We are usually at capacity but keep a waitlist and will reach out when a monthly member withdraws for an individual session. Members and waitlisters, once confirmed for a session, may withdraw for credit until 4 days before a session. After that, members may replace themselves, subject to approval. I will also try to find a sub from the waitlist.  

is for writers working on all screens and stages. Each week on Zoom this July and August, you'll bring in material at any stage of development and we'll help you imagine, structure, write, and rewrite your project. The workshop is dedicated to guiding you towards both an impactful script and an abiding writing practice, within a supportive, weekly writing gym. Each session, we read and discuss members' new material; we examine elements of an existing established script; and we write!


I bring to the workshop my two decades of experience as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers and the Academy Award winning Mark Gordon Company and Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road Productions; a consultant on projects from $250 million dollar studio tentpole pics to $250,000 award-winning Sundance films to micro-budgeted web series; and a screenwriting professor in the MFA program atBrooklyn College/ Steiner Studios.

The fee is $150/4 sessions.


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Photo by Jim Fields