Overview

We Train Film, TV and Commercials Actors

  • 30+ Years Experience Acting, Directing and Coaching
  • Step By Step Proven Methods
  • Small Classes for Personalized Attention
  • Immediate Feedback
  • Quarterly Talent Showcases for Agents
  • State of the Art Equipment and Technology
  • Affordable Rates and Optional Payment Plans
  • Audition Demo Preparation and Editing
  • Actors Business/Marketing Course
  • Money Back Guarantee

Authentic Communication (also formerly know as Lone Star Actors Studio) is a locally and nationally referred acting studio in the heart of Houston, TX with an excellent reputation for creating serious working actors including famous alumni such as Leven Rambin of The Hunger Games and Sterling Knight of Disney’s Sonny with a Chance.

But don’t take just our word for it.

I credit Eleese with all my success. She’s the reason I have a career to pursue. I wouldn’t be here if not for her.” –
Leven Rambin

Eleese Lester was the foundation of my developing talent. She introduced me to the basic and advanced concepts of acting. Without her I wouldn't be where I am today!”
Tajh Bellow

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Mapping a Plan

choose a planAssessing your skill level and determining which workshops will be most beneficial to you as an actor is the most responsible way to start your career or continue the career you have. Each of the workshops at AFA is designed to help you develop your skills and increase your marketability as a film, commercial or voice actor.

Depending on your budget you will want to make sure that you take these courses over a one to two year period and then continue to study just as a tennis player practices. All of the workshops are designed to be taken on a repeat basis. We do not offer degrees but a Certificate of Completion is offered for students requiring proof of continuing education.

CHOOOSE A PLAN BELOW

ADULT WORKSHOPS ages 16 & up

ALL ADULT WORKSHOPS ARE DESIGNED FOR AGES 16 AND ABOVE

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

For actors who want to hone the craft of film acting. It is usually repeated for four quarters or until you are invited into the Master Workshop. No previous experience is required.

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING – Adults and Parents of Child Actors

For beginning to advanced actors. Beginners need to know how to create a business plan of action, marketing, obtaining an agent and much more. Many intermediate and seasoned actors need to refresh themselves o their marketing and update their plan.

ESSENTIAL IMPROVISATION FOR FILM AND COMMERCIAL ACTING

For beginning to advanced actors. Improvisation is an absolute must for all actors as it is the cornerstone and basis of all acting. Casting directors expect you to know how to improvise and you will need to take this workshop each quarter until you have mastered it. You may want to take it occasionally after this for a refresher.

ACT FOR COMMERCIALS NOW!

For beginning to advanced actors. Most agents in the SOUTHWEST area will not send you out on film auditions until you are booking commercials. Why? Commercials are more difficult to do and include lots of improvisation. But don’t worry this workshop really helps you enjoy acting in commercials and become a better actor in the process! You will need to take this workshop each quarter until you have mastered it. The more you take it the more you will hone your commercial acting skills. We recommend four quarters.

SET ETTIQUETTE AND TERMINOLOGY FOR ALL AGES- Ages 12+ or for Parents of younger children.

For beginning to intermediate actors or theatre actors. Learning how to conduct yourself on the set and understanding the basic terminology used on the set is essential. You must take this course at least once. For parents with young children, you will need to take this course at least once to help your child on the set.

MASTER FILM ACTING

For professional or seasoned actors by invitation, audition or referral by an agent or AFA instructor. Once you are in the workshop you will take it continually as a means of keeping your skills sharp for auditioning and performing

CHILDREN AND TEEN WORKSHOPS (ages 8-15)

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE DESIGNED FOR AGES 8-15

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

For actors who want to hone the craft of film acting. It is usually repeated for four quarters or until you are invited into the Master Workshop or referred by an LSAS instructor. No previous experience is required

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING – For Teenagers or Parents of Child Actors

For beginning to advanced actors. Beginners need to know how to create a business plan of action and marketing, obtaining an agent and much more while many intermediate and seasoned actors need to refresh themselves on their marketing and update their plan.

SET ETTIQUETTE AND TERMINOLOGY FOR ALL AGES - For Teenagers or Parents of Child Actors

For beginning to intermediate actors or theatre actors. Learning how to conduct yourself on the set and understanding the basic terminology used on the set is essential. You must take this course at least once. For parents with young children, you will need to take this course at least once to help your child on set.

IMPROVISATION FOR FILM AND COMMERCIAL ACTING – Ages 8 – 15

For beginning to advanced actors. Improvisation is an absolute must for all actors as it is the cornerstone and basis of all acting. Casting directors expect you to know how to improvise and you will need to take this workshop each quarter until you have mastered it. We recommend four quartersYou may want to take it occasionally after this for a refresher.

ACT FOR COMMERCIALS NOW!

For beginning to advanced actors. Most agents in the SOUTHWEST area will not send you out on film auditions until you are booking commercials. Why? Commercials are more difficult to do. But don’t worry this workshop really helps you enjoy the process! The more you take it the more you will hone your commercial acting skills. ! You will need to take this workshop each quarter until you have mastered it. The more you take it the more you will hone your commercial acting skills. We recommend four quarters
For professional or seasoned actors by invitation, audition or referral by and LSAS instructor. Once you are in the workshop you will take it continually as a means of keeping your skills sharp for auditioning and performing.

ACTING ON CAMERA FOR YOUNG KIDS – Ages 4-7

This workshop helps younger children understand the process of film acting and auditioning and is a simple and fun way to keep your young child ready for auditions without overwhelming them with too much time or information. It is usually repeated for four quarters.

SUMMER CAMPS- Ages 4-7 and 8-15

These camps are designed to give young performers the chance to study film acting in concentrated way with lots of activities so that they will have a fun learning experience over a week in the summer. Can be repeated each summer.

AUTHENTIC FILM ACTING

(Formerly Known as Lone Star Actors Studio)

Unless otherwise noted all classes are held at
1535 West Loop South, Suite 100 , Houston , TX 77027
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FREE ONE NIGHT “ASK THE MASTERS” WORKSHOP!

Meet the AFA instructors and get valuable information on film, commercial, and voice acting. Plus, ask instructor ELEESE LESTER all those questions you’ve been dying to have answered!
Dates: Winter: TBA   Time: 6:30pm-8pm  Fee: FREE!

FREE ONE AFTERNOON KIDS ACTING WORKSHOP!

Meet the AFA instructor Sabbath Obot work on a short film scene and get valuable information on film, commercial, and voice acting. Plus, ask all those questions you’ve been dying to have answered!
DATES  Winter: TBA  Time: 6:30-8pm Fee: FREE!

WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS (ages 16+) - Click Here for Details →

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING (For Actors or Parents of Actors )

Instructor: ELEESE LESTER Limit: 20 students
From headshots to agents and marketing to a business plan, learn how to make smart choices for your career or your child’s
Date    Summer: Wednesday, June 22    Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm   Fee: $65

 
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BEGINNING ACTING TWO DAY SPECIAL COURSE

Instructor: ELEESE LESTER Limit: 14 students, Ages 16+ If you are a beginning actor we have a two day program available prior to the start date of the Film Acting class to get you familiar with the basics.  Prepare to have fun as you get familiar with the basics. We’ll cover how to read a script, create a character, auditioning, listening and responding.  Works great for those who are rusty on their skills as well.
Dates:   Summer: Tues. and Thurs, June 7 and 9   Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm   Fee: $100

 
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MASTER FILM ACTING FOR ADULTS (Plus a Final Night Performance!)

Instructor: ELEESE LESTER Limit: 14 students, Ages 16+ (Registrants must be screened- emaileleeselester@comcast.net)
For amateur and professional actors, identify specific areas for improvement through scene study, script analysis, audition technique, character and story development. 
 Summer: Mondays, June 6- July 25 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm  Fee: $375  

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COMMERCIAL ACTING FOR ADULTS (Agents recommend it so get prepared!)

Instructor: ELEESE LESTER Limit: 12 students, Ages 16+ Note: We recommend 4 quarters for best results!
Learn exactly what to expect for preparing, auditioning and performing for commercials. You will work on improvisation, dialogue and spokesperson scripts.  Hurry fills quickly!! 
Date:  Summer: TBA  Time: 10am - 4 pm   Fee: $175

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CREATE A DEMO OR AGENT AUDITION

Instructor: (Adults) ELEESE LESTER or ( Kids and Teens) Sabbath Obot
Create an audition submission for talent agents or impress your agent or casting directors. We will help you choose your scenes or monologues, rehearse, film, and edit them to the proper format for submission. 
Contact Eleese Lester at 713-502-8120 eleeselester@comcast.net or Sabbath Obot at 832-413-1185  sabbath8907@yahoo.com for prices and scheduling.





 


WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS AND TEENS Click Here for Details →

BEGINNING ACTING TWO DAY SPECIAL COURSE FOR KIDS AND TEENS

Instructor: Sabbath Obot  Limit: 14 actors, Ages 8-15
If you are a beginner we have a two day program available prior to the start date of the Film Acting class to get you ready! Have fun as you get familiar with the basics. Learn how to read a script, create a character, audition, listen and react.
Date:  Spring/Summer: Call Sabbath 832-413-1185 for more information        Fee: $100

Choose Session

FILM ACTING FOR KIDS AND TEENS  (Plus a Final Night Performance!)

Instructor: Sabbath Obot        Limit: 14 actors, Ages 8-15
Have a grand time learning to create unique characters, listen and react, audition and, perform!  Learn lines quickly, stress-free auditioning, and the simple little secret that every actor must know. Plus, actors will perform for parents and friends the last night!
Dates: Spring/Summer -  Call Sabbath 832-413-1185 for more information       Fee: $320 

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SUMMER CAMPS IN HOUSTON AND KATY!!

REGISTRATION FOR ALL CAMPS MUST BE DONE AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES!

KATY - KVPAC.org, 281-829-ARTS (2787) FOR HOUSTON

YORKSHIRE - Yorkshireacademy.com, (281) 751-6934

Session 1: Star in Your Own Movie (Offered in Katy at KVPAC)
Instructors: Eleese Lester, Blessing Obot
Film acting and film making all rolled into one delightful day. Kids will be given a part in an ensemble movie and get to work behind the scenes as well in this nonstop action day of fun. After it’s edited invite your parents and friends to your Premiere.
Katy, KVPAC Dates:   June 27- July 1     Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm          Fee: $310           Premiere: Friday, 3:15pm at KVPAC
Yorkshire Academy Dates:  July 18 - 22 Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm        Fee: $225           Premiere: Friday 3:15pm at Yorkshire

Session 2: Star in Your Own Kids TV Show (offered at two locations in Houston at AFA or in Katy at KVPAC) 
Instructors: Eleese Lester, Blessing Obot
What could be more fun than helping to write, direct & star in your own Disney-like TV show complete with commercials, costumes, and makeup? After it’s edited invite your parents and friends to your Premiere at Yorkshire or KVPAC.
Katy, KVPAC Dates: June 6-10     Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm              Fee: $310             Premiere: Friday 3:15pm at KVPAC
Yorkshire Academy Dates: June 20-24    Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm           Fee: $225             Premiere: Friday 3:15pm at Yorkshire

COMMERCIAL ACTING FOR Kids and Teens (Agents recommend it so get prepared!)

Instructor: Sabbath Obot        Limit: 14 actors, Ages 8+15     Note: We recommend 4 quarters for best results!
Learn exactly what to expect for preparing, auditioning and performing for commercials. You will work on improvisation, dialogue and spokesperson scripts.  Hurry fills quickly!!
Dates: Call Sabbath for appointment 832-413-1185 (one day class)  Time: 10am - 4 pm    Fee: $175  

Choose Session

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING (For Actors or Parents of Actors )

Instructor: Eleese Lester Limit: 20 students
From headshots to agents and marketing to a business plan, learn how to make smart choices for your career or your child’s
Date:       Summer: Wednesday, June 22     Time: 6:30- 8:30pm   Fee: $65

Choose Session

CREATE A DEMO OR AGENT AUDITION

Instructor: (Adults) ELEESE LESTER or ( Kids and Teens) Sabbath Obot
Create an audition submission for talent agents or impress your agent or casting directors. We will help you choose your scenes or monologues, rehearse, film, and edit them to the proper format for submission.
Contact Eleese Lester at 713-502-8120 eleeselester@comcast.net or Sabbath Obot at 832-413-1185  sabbath8907@yahoo.com for prices and scheduling.


For Additional Information on Workshops and Private Coaching Contact the Instructors Below:

Eleese Lester,eleeselester@comcast.net, 713-502-8120
Sabbath Obot, sabbath8907@yahoo.com, 832-413-1185

All workshops held at 1535 West Loop South, Ste100, 77027

Instructors

Eleese Lester

Eleese Lester

Eleese Lester is dedicated to providing her students with state of the art acting methods to give them the tools that she wished she had in the beginning of her career. She has been a working actress for over thirty years with credits in film and broadcast. She has worked opposite stars such as Joshua Jackson, Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Dennis Hopper, Chuck Norris, and Jason Priestly.  Her credits include the starring role of Naomi in the hit television movie The Book of Ruth as well as a recurring role on the NBC hit show, Friday Night Lights. Eleese has worked with legendary director, John Sayles, in his film Lone Star, named one of the 10 best films of 1998 by New Yorker magazine.  She’s been the voice for national commercials for Centerpoint Energy, Wal-Mart and Chef Boyardee and has performed in hundreds of corporate training videos, commercials and voiceovers. She is a proud member of the Screen Actor’s Guild,Women in Film and Television, and The Texas Motion Picture Alliance. She has produced and directed many training films and commercials as well.

Since 1989 Eleese has trained over 3,500 film, commercial and voiceover actors. Many of her students are now working actors in Houston, New York and Los Angeles including Leven Rambin, two- time Emmy nominee for the soap All My Children, star of The Hunger Games, and guest star on scores of TV shows including CSI Miami and Desperate Housewives. As well as, Sterling Knight, star of Disney’s Sonny with a Chance and many other rising stars. Her teaching experience includes over 16 years at the prestigious Houston School of Film and Theatre as well as serving as Executive Director of HSFT from 1997 to 2004.

Sabbath Obot

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Sabbath Obot takes pride in teaching the youth of tomorrow and feels honored to have worked alongside Eleese Lester as an intern before becoming part of the AFA Teaching Staff. She looks forward to contributing to the growth of the talented young actors who attend AFA. She has been teaching since 2007 and her experience include the Pearland School District afters chool program, Great Minds Learning Academy and Creative Dreams. She has been an actress and director for over 10 years and has worked alongside industry leaders. 

Her credits include; the role of Joan Candy in Gem of the Rainforest as well as a recurring role as the Store Manager in Palais Royal Employee Training Videos. Sabbath graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Media Production. While attending U of H she interned with the award-winning director, Locke Bryan, at  Locke Bryan Productions. This experience led her to pursue the arts as a profession. While working with Locke Bryan, she received the Director’s Scholarship from the American Advertising Federation (Houston Chapter). As an actress, she enjoys bringing characters to life. As a director, she enjoys creating stories that bring meaning to life. As a teacher, she is overjoyed when she observes each child’s journey in developing their talent.

Michelle Fitzgerald

Michelle Fitzgerald

Michelle Fitzgerald is a triple National Daytime Emmy Award winning and five time Emmy Award nominated Producer with over 17 years of experience in the Film & Television industry. Michelle is an expert in concept development to target specific demographics for any project. She has extensive experience in all facets of programming and production. Michelle has excelled as a producer and casting director on both cable, national, and international television shows on the FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, VH1, MTV, Disney, and PAX networks.

Michelle’s vast experience coupled with her outgoing personality combine to create a relaxed  yet professional working environment whether she’s directing seasoned veteran  actors or first time talent in front of the camera.

 

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