Training Opportunities

Production: Native Lens Media Fellowship

Production Company: Native Lens & Vision Maker Media
Dates: February 24, 2002 - March 4, 2022
Location: Durango and Ignacio, Colorado, on Southern Ute land

About: My name is Colleen Thurston and I am the Project Coordinator for Native Lens, a digital video series by Rocky Mountain PBS and KSUT Tribal Radio. I am reaching out to you today as we are partnering with Vision Maker Media to launch the first annual Native Lens Media Fellowship.

The Native Lens Media Fellowship is open for applicants from American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians aged 18-24 interested in learning the craft of video production and digital storytelling. The fellowship will take place in-person in Durango and Ignacio, Colorado, on Southern Ute land. Participants will meet for several hours each day from February 25 - March 3, 2023, with project facilitators and Native filmmaker mentors to learn about story development, production and post-production practices. Fellows will produce short videos that will premiere in a showcase at the Durango Independent Film Festival on Saturday, March 4.

Information: For more information and to apply please visit

Contact Name: Colleen Thurston
Contact Email:

Class, Workshop or Training submitted by Sheryl Roberts

Dates: Ongoing beginning November 2022 (Saturdays)
Time: Afternoon
Location: Santa Fe

Information: Would you like to have a lot of fun and learn acting skills at the same time? If you do, then IMPROV is for you!
Even if you don't want to become and professional actor, this class is great fun and really helpful for your mental health and joy. Improvisation is silly and creative and participants will have a ball. "Letting is all go" has been show to improve your well being. If you're a pro, brand new to any form of acting or comedy, or just someone who wants to be artistically active with other people, give this class a try.

Call 505-204-4708 for info or to sign up.
Classes start soon and are limited.
Improv will be taught by Sheryl Roberts and team.

Contact Name: Sheryl Roberts
Contact Email: Sheryl Roberts
Contact Phone: 505-204-4708

Class, Workshop or Training submitted by Mike Kimmel

Dates: Ongoing Monthly Acting Class
Time: Saturday: 10 AM-1 PM
Location: Online Weeklyy Acting Class via Zoom

Information: Positive, highly specific feedback in a safe, mutually supportive environment for actors to collaborate, learn to think outside-the-box, take risks, hone their craft, stretch, and grow.
A practical, no-nonsense approach to coaching actors of all ages and skill levels, working the way directors work on stage and screen. The goal is always to simplify and demystify the acting and auditioning process. The work we do in class removes real and imagined roadblocks for beginners and experienced actors alike.
Everyone works in every class. No egos. No favorites. No kidding.
Instructor Mike Kimmel has been a working actor-writer for 20+ years in L.A., N.Y.C., and throughout the U.S., and is an award-winning author of 9 books in the Performing Arts.

Contact Name: Mike Kimmel
Contact Email: Mike Kimmel
Contact Phone: 818-404-3814

Class, Workshop or Training submitted by Eb Lottimer

Dates: 9/20/22
Time: 6:30 to 9:30
Location: Albuquerque

Information: This is an ongoing Film/TV Acting class for actors to hone their craft on camera and find their individual expression of truth.

Contact Name: Eb Lottimer
Contact Email: Eb Lottimer
Contact Phone: 505-310-0871

Class, Workshop or Training submitted by Sheryl Roberts

Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Santa Fe

Information: New Exciting Acting Classes in Santa Fe
Learn all the skills you need to start your acting career! New Mexico is getting busier with more productions! You need your chops to compete. You will also learn "the business of the business" taught by a pro in the industry who knows how to guide you to success. The classes are perfect for extras who want to move up. Private and semi-private instruction available. One on one instruction is the fastest way to advance. With so many outlets (streaming) for television and film every age group is working now. Classes are the best way to begin or propel your professional career.

Call (505) 204-4708 for more information or to register. All classes are held in Santa Fe.

Contact Name: Sheryl Roberts
Contact Email: Sheryl Roberts
Contact Phone: 5052044708


Dates: Beginning June 2022
Time: Day and Evening
Location: Los Angeles

Information: As a Talent Manager, Coach and Consultant, Susan has garnered a reputation with National Talent Agencies, Producers and Casting Directors as having a great eye for talent. She began as a Talent Coordinator for CBS, NBC and PBS. She has cast projects with premier directors. Top agencies request her client list on a regular basis. She has discovered talent for major film and series roles. Her clients are well recognized actors who have been cast for lead roles right off their tapes for NICK, DiSNEY, ABC, FOX, Cable Networks and Films. She teaches "The Art Of The Audition" and "Character Development. She offers private online coaching and career guidance. Group Zoom classes are not available as Susan believes in developing individual skill sets unique to each actor. Four week packages are tailored to develop authentic characters and audition strategies. The playing field is level across the country as casting is universally being administered via Zoom. Sessions are designed with flexible schedules and make-up opportunities. Actors are also provided with free audition coaching for projects they are up for if they are enrolled in on-going sessions.

In the audition process actors will learn the rhythm and pacing of all genres. She will guide you in setting yourself up for a professional and realistic taped portrayal with proper lighting and also help the person who reads with you for the necessary pacing.

The fee for each 4 week session is $300.00.

Contact Name: Susan Nickells
Contact Email: Susan Nickells
Contact Phone: 310-497-3292


Dates: Ongoing
Location: Virtual Webinar

About: Training for Background Actors

Information: FREE to NM Residents

Register to Attend:

Online Class

About: Professional online acting coaching during these uncertain times is being offered by LA casting director/producer Sheryl Robert’s. These are one on one sessions in which Sheryl will go into depth with you covering all aspects of acting.
Cold read and script analysis and the audition process will be covered heavily.
Great acting is about truth.

Information: Please call (505) 204-4708 for questions or to register

Production Assistant Bootcamp Flyer

New Mexico - Above the Line


Panels Available for Viewing Online

If you missed any one of the panels, they are accessible on the NMFF YouTube page beginning June 1.

Producers Panel

Directors Panel

Screenwriters Panel

Actors Panel