OAA holds ongoing classes covering different topics based on the current student body and their needs. Topics include but are not limited to: Camera presence, relationship communication, improvisation, emotional connection, sub text interpretation, eye work, memorization, listening, resume development, finding an agent, contracts, audition technique, self taping, camera blocking, performance consistency, taxes, and more.

Current Class Schedule:

ClassSessionsDays/Times (eastern)Fees
Beginners Class
(New or new to on camera)
Nov 1 – Nov 22Monday Evenings 7pm60.00/session
(4 classes)
Intermediate I Class
(some on-camera or stage experience)
Nov 2 – Nov 23 Tuesday Evenings 7pm
(4 classes)
Intermediate II Class
(invitation only)
Nov 1 – Nov 22 Monday Evenings

(4 classes)
Filmmaking for Actors ClassOct 6 – Nov 24Wednesday Evenings 7pm150.00/session
(8 classes)
Filmmaking for Actors 2Dec 8 – Jan 26Wednesday Evenings 9pm150.00/session
(8 classes)
Professional Track Class
(invitation only)
Nov 4 – Nov 25
(Thanksgiving week
class on Monday)
Thursday Evenings 7pm
(4 classes)
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Registration Fee Options (Acting Classes 60.00/sessionFilmmaking Class 150.00/session)

Venmo (no added fee)

PayPal (Acting Class 64.00: 4.00 additional PayPal fee)
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Jim Dougherty (Chief Instructor) is a current member of SAG-AFTRA and a working actor. Over the last 40 years, he has worked on over 70 films in capacities ranging from actor to post production and has also performed in over 300 theatrical productions. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago SAG-AFTRA Local.

Jim studied theatre and film at Indiana University and later went on to pursue the craft in Chicago where he worked for Victory Gardens and Body Politic Theatres. While living in Chicago, Jim trained as a stuntman under John Hicks Pearce and became the assistant coordinator for The Chicago Stunt Team. Some recent credits includes roles on Bluff City Law, Chicago P. D. (NBC), The Gifted (FOX), Doom Patrol (DC Universe), House of Cards, Ozark (Netflix).

Jim is the chief instructor at both the Southeast Actors Academy and Indy Actors Academy where he approaches the craft much like the blended martial arts, incorporating a variety of techniques and philosophies creating his own unique approach to the craft and helping the student discover what works most effectively for them to develop their role and serve the story.

Jim’s diversified background, both on camera and in production and post production, has contributed to his teaching and the development of his student’s skill and awareness of both production and post production needs.

Jim’s students have been seen in an array of films and television shows in multiple markets.
Between Waves, Black Lightning, Brockmire, Columbus, Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), Empire (Fox), The Gifted (FOX), Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), Homecoming, House of Cards (Netflix), How to Survive the End of the World (NatGeo), The Inspectors (CBS), MacGyver, The Mandelorian, Nashville, Old Dogs Never Die, Proxy, Rapture, Sand Castles, The Things We’ve Seen, The Walking Dead (AMC), Remedy of a Killer, Reparation, The Resident, The Rowboat, Snapped: Killer Couples (Oxygen), Westworld, Z Nation

Katy O’Brian in The Mandalorian

Makario Glenn co-starring on MacGuyver

Butch Copeland co-starring in Stargirl

Grady Port as Young Ted Kaczynski in Manhunt: Unibomber

“I love the directions he takes us to look at the craft a different way. I took some elements that I learned the first day to an audition and booked the part. It’s affordable, personable, and a great time.”