Erica Palgon | Peoples Improv Theater

Erica Palgon

For over 20 years,  I have worked on an array of projects/genres, as well as with a wide variety of directors, actors, and casting directors. Through these experiences, I’ve seen many different perspectives.   Directing actors in casting can be very fast paced and mixed with so many opinions on approaching a role. When working on commercials with a comedic tone, my focus is always on keeping the director’s vision in mind, but also, knowing and seeing quickly what actors can contribute to this vision and beyond.  I am also mindful of keeping in line with what I know of ad agencies’ tastes and standards, at the same time avoiding sacrificing the best of the actors’ talent. When I teach, I give actors an honest and deeper understanding of the commercial process and the best ways to showcase their work in auditions. Revealing these behind the scenes truths and finding that happy medium when I teach is very rewarding as I see actors’ confidence improve significantly. Over my years of casting and teaching as well as being an improv student at The PIT (a truly eye opening and incredibly helpful point of view), I’ve come to understand there is a fear of “getting it right” for the project.  As a teacher, I am here to open the door and gently calm those fears you have and make way for more opportunities. I will encourage and nurture YOUR ideas, give you freedom to experiment in a way that showcases YOUR best self, YOUR intelligence, and YOUR creativity! My ultimate goal when teaching is to give actors a competitive edge, where they become a creative, and consistent “go to” for casting directors’ auditions. To become known as an actor that delivers every time!


COMMERICAL CREDITS:

Comedy Central promos: Bud Light, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Subway, Burger King, Papa Johns, Budweiser, Axe, Geico, Kia, Experian, Lowes, Dave & Busters, McDonalds, Twizzler, Popeye’s, Cadillac, Pop Tarts, Butterfingers, Amy Schumer Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show, Tosh.0, South Park, Comedy Central Festival, Eugene Mirman comedy special, Workaholics/Stride Gum.

 
TruTV comedy series Blank Meets Blank for Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack; Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Sesame Street, A&E, FYI, DIY, Lifetime, comedy duos for History Channel.

Commercials: Nature Made, ESPY Awards, Booking.com, Geico, Bengay, Target, Volvo, Ford, Lending Tree, Google, T-Mobile,TV Land/Golden Corral, Buzzfeed, Panera Bread, HGTV, Huffington Post, Disney, Champion, AMEX, Logo Channel/Levi’s, Snapple, Pepsi, Walmart, TNT, Wii, Playstation, Kelloggs, Kraft, Coke, Boar’s Head, Target, Citibank, Swiffer, Whole Foods, Longhorn, Meijer, Bojangles, Chevron, TNT, TBS, Discovery, Volvo, Greenpeace, Sobe Superbowl ad, All Bran with John McEnroe, promos for 30 Rock

Directors: Matt Aselton, Russell Bates, Tom DiCillo, Ray Dillman, David Gordon Green, Alison Maclean, Phil Morrison, Doug Nichol, Mark Pellington, Jesse Peretz, Maurice Marable, Ian Gabriel, Jeff Preiss, Frank Samuel, Dewey Nicks, Malik Sayeed, Mike Bigelow, Mark Tiedemann, Fredrik Bond, Jackie Oudney, Baker Smith, Pam Thomas, Glen Owen, Mikon Van Gastel, Kinka Usher, and Stacy Wall.

Upcoming Classes
Comedy Audition Technique  Sep 22 – Oct 21