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Meet the Creative Director and Founder

Classes are taught by Tanner Lagasca, a member of SAG-AFTRA and represented by Talent One Talent Agency in Raleigh, NC. Tanner has been involved in the acting field throughout his life. He is also a director, acting coach, former professor of theatre at Louisburg College, and author of "The Portable Acting Coach". In 2020, he produced the short film "The Portraits of Lillian Gray". He believes the connection between actor and character should be organic and uses the combined techniques of Stanislavsky, Uta Hagan, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, and Strasberg to teach his classes.


He studied at P.C.P.A. in California, Roosevelt University in Chicago (B.F.A.) and Actors Studio Drama School in New York (M.F.A.). He is the author of The Portable Acting Coach, published in 2013 and 2020 and a former theatre professor at Louisburg Colllege. He has performed throughout the country as well as internationally in South Korea where he was the Artistic Director for the theatre program at English Village. He produced over 20 shows including gameshows and activities and created a three-week acting training program for Korean middle and high school teachers which still remains successful to this day. 

His film credits include Iron Man 3, You Are Here, several independent web episodes including: The Super Femmes, Doctor Who: The Ginger Chronicles, Southern Discomfort, and the local independent film Remnants. His directing credits include: I Never Saw Another Butterfly, I Hate Hamlet, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, Sure Thing, Andre's Mother, Heartland, Safe, and A View from Here. He has appeared in commercials for Toyota, GE, and Nationwide. 

The Mission Behind
Actors Training Ground


Actors Training Ground's mission is to bring professional training to actors of all levels. A variety of techniques are used in our Acting classes including Meisner, Hagen, Strasberg, and Stanislavsky. The International Phonetic Alphabet is the base of the Dialects class and our voice class uses the approach taught at Actors Studio Drama School: Voice and Speech for the Stanislavsky Actor - Building the voice and sound through proper alignment and support.

Our primary goal is to help adult actors prepare for the acting industry by giving them the tools to succeed. Our classes teach the principles of acting that can be applied to both stage and on-camera. Private coaching is also available. Our classes are designed for both beginning and advanced levels of acting. Actors Training Ground offers actors the opportunity to explore themselves, push their limits, and hone their craft to enrich their acting skills and character development. Classes are offered for ages 17+ and run 8 weeks at a time. Currently classes are held at the Raleigh Area Children's Theatre space in North Raleigh and Starbright Youth Theatre in Morrisville.. 

Actors Training Ground started out teaching Scene Study during the summer of 2011. 13 years later, we now offer year-round classes in acting, voice, character development, audition technique, scene study and 9-week acting intensives in the summer and winter. with Master Classes and Professional Development Classes. There is no corporate budget or elaborate board of directors. I am a real person who cares about the growth of actors and the quality of the training. 


Help support local theatre training in Raleigh and register for one of the many excellent classes offered by Actors Training Ground. Your support will help us grow. 

Tanner Lagasca
Creative Director/Founder 

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