In today’s hypercompetitive multimedia climate, it’s rare for actors to be cast in roles that showcase the full range of their unique gifts. Many actors have become disillusioned waiting for that “dream part” to come along and today’s landscape requires taking more initiative than ever before.

Steve Bagatourian’s “How To Write Your Own Big Break” workshop at Theatre of Arts is formatted specifically to teach actors how to get their work seen by industry professionals and the public at large in order to create the momentum needed to launch a career on their own terms using screenwriting techniques that highlight the actor’s unique talents.

Where most teachers and consultants will strictly hammer on plot points, etc. because “that stuff is easier to teach”, Steve’s workshops are based on the TWO THINGS he feels matter regarding being a successful screenwriter: the way you write characters and the strength of your voice (meaning, original, etc.) as a writer.

At the age of 21, Steven Bagatourian’s screenplay, ‘WEASEL’, won the Grand Prize in the International Cinestory Screenwriting Awards com­pe­tition.

Steve co-wrote the IFC FILMS release AMERICAN GUN (2006) starring Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden, and Donald Sutherland. The film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress). Roger Ebert review

As a professional screenwriter for 16 years Steve has written the first three drafts of the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic set to be released by Morgan Creek Productions, has collaborated on film and theater projects with a variety of world class professionals ranging from Denzel Washington to Dr. Dre, and has sold scripts to many companies including Warner Bros, New Crime Productions, Mandalay Entertainment, Participant Media, Echo Lake Productions, 20th Century Fox, IFC Films, and Alcon Entertainment.

Classes are held on Mondays from 7-10 pm – May 4th – June 8th. These workshops are open to all actors over 18 years old.

The fee is $180 for general public, $150 for Alumni and TOA associates.

A $50 deposit is required and full payment must be made before the start of class on May 4th.

For registration and further information/course outline please contact:


Phone: 323-463-2500 ext.4