The Mechanics of Believability was conceived over 40 years ago out of the work of a group of actors who called themselves “The Gym” and has been continuously developed and updated to meet the needs of our ever-changing business. The business changed by reducing and eliminating rehearsal. Although actors have been robbed of preparation time, they still need a consistent way of working to allow their talent to shine through. The masters identified the creative art form but it is The Mechanics of Believability that offers reliable, tangible tools based on the human design to support the philosophies of the masters. The Garage continues the tradition of “The Gym.”
Lisa K Wyatt (Co-Founder & Coach)
Ms. Wyatt’s numerous film credits include supporting roles in The Crazies, The Box, Southland Tales, Internet Famous, and New Hope Manor as well as Mr. Woodcock, American Dreamz, Legally Blonde, and Donnie Darko. Guest star or recurring television credits include “The Office,” “Mad Men,” “Granite Flats,” “American Woman,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Major Crimes,” “Bones,” “Shameless,” “Southland,” “CSI,” “Ugly Betty,” “My Name is Earl,” “Business Class (NBC pilot),” “iCarly,” “The Suite Life On Deck,” “Greek,” “The Riches,” “Six Feet Under,” “That’s My Bush!” and a series regular role on “Favor and Family.” She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre and Math from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and is an Active Member of the Television Academy. A produced playwright, she is a regular storyteller at The Story Salon and contributor to HotValleyWriters.com. She has directed numerous short films, web series, and plays and is one of the creators and stars of the web series UnCorked.
Jim Blanchette (Co-Founder & Coach)
Mr. Blanchette is a professional actor with over 200 television, film, commercial, voice-over and theatre credits. His television credits include a series regular in the pilot presentation of "Liquid Soap" with Jason Alexander and recent guest starring roles on “The Closer” and “Pair of Kings.” Other credits include recurring roles on “The Loop” and “General Hospital,” as well as memorable roles on “Parenthood,” “Eagleheart,” "Angel," "Scrubs," "My Wife and Kids," and leads in the films Twinkle Toes with Sally Kirkland, How to Be a Hitman and Happy Holidays. On stage, Mr. Blanchette originated the roles of Edwin Flagg in the musical adaptation of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and Verhulst in “Pilgrim.” He directed the film Kerfuffle and the first season of the web series “Misadventures in Matchmaking” as well as numerous plays and sketch shows. He has directed the off-Broadway productions of Pillars of New York and It Came From Beyond. His 30 years in entertainment include positions as writer, director, producer, scene designer, music director, company manager, actor, singer, dancer, and coach.