WQED Filmmakers Workshops

We are proud to offer a variety of workshops throughout the year at our WQED studio in Oakland. Provided by experienced teachers and experts in their field, workshops are offered individually and as packaged series at a discount. WQED Filmmakers Workshops are designed for everyone, from the novice to the seasoned professional. Students can choose to attend a single workshop at an a la carte price or purchase a series pass at a reduced rate. 


For questions regarding workshops, please contact Program Director Mary Ann McBride-Tackett at mmcbridetackett@wqed.org

Acting Workshop Series

with Jeff Monahan

Jeff Monahan

Jeff Monahan


Jeff has performed over thirty roles in regional theater, including The Baptist in Salome, Larry in Hospitality Suite, “J” in The Human Chair, Levin in Anna Karenina, and Pony William in the North American premiere of Knives in Hens. Feature films include roles in Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” with Bryan Cranston and Steve Carrel, John Sayles’ “Lone Star,” with Matthew McConaughey and Kris Kristofferson, George Romero’s “Bruiser,” with Peter Stormare, and “The Dark Half,” with Timothy Hutton. Network television includes “The War That Made America” on PBS, “Bet Your Life” on NBC, “Target Earth” on ABC, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” on HBO, and a recurring role on “Outsiders” on WGN America. Jeff is also a WGA screenwriter, as well as a producer, and director. His company, 72nd St. Films, LLC, produced the show, ACTORS ON: MACBETH, which is available worldwide through Films Media Group. In 2023 Jeff was honored to participate as one of two judges in the Nepal International Film Festival. He starred in the feature film, PIG HILL, with Rainey Qualley, and directed by Kevin Lewis. And he’s co-producing the play “Borrowed” with Tony Award winning producer Jim Kierstead (Broadway’s Kinky Boots, M. Butterfly, Six, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Sweeney Todd). For more info, see www.72ndstfilms.com

Questions? Contact Jeff at jetsm@zoominternet.net.

The Acting Workshop Series with Jeff Monahan is a 5-part workshop series taking place Wednesdays from October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 2023 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM in-person in the WQED studios. (4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).

The cost of the 5-part workshop series is $250.

Course Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 2023
Thursdays: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Level: All Levels
Course Cost: $250 for 5 classes


In this workshop on Scene Study and Character Development for Theater and Film students will learn a specific approach that will take them from a first reading to a polished performance in just three in-class rehearsals (outside rehearsal is optional). Learn how to interpret a text, break down a scene for action, and develop character traits that may be very different from the actor, but true for the character, while still retaining a sense of self-expression and personalized truth.

Class size is limited, so sign up soon.