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SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE

 

MONDAYS

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 1 

 Join Chris Newman for this fun and fast paced class. Uneasy about the audition process? Not sure of yourself auditioning online or in person? Worried about how to self tape?  Not getting auditions at all?! Perhaps your technique needs work. The art of the audition begins & ends with you and your technique. If you're not practicing the right way, what good is it?! Here in Level 1 you'll work, on camera, not only crafting your performance but working on your eyelines & angles, creating the environment all within the frame, as well as understanding the differences between TV/Film and the different genres there of. This course gives you a "real world "feel, so that you can walk into any audition confident. ​

Starts 7/8  from 7-9:30 PM and runs 7 weeks

$300

VOICE OVER ONLINE (Unlock the Power of Your Voice)

Join Voice Over Artist Kiff VandenHeuvel (Young Rock, Family Guy, Batman, Spiderman...) from Los Angeles for this exciting class. 

"Unlock the Power of Your Voice"

Discover the art of voice acting in our dynamic and interactive class designed for beginners and professionals alike. Kiff will teach you everything you need to know to bring scripts to life and captivate audiences with your voice.

Throughout the class, you'll learn essential techniques for voice modulation, character development, script analysis, and performance delivery. From animated characters to commercial narrations, we'll explore a range of genres and styles, allowing you to develop versatility and confidence in your craft.

Whether you dream of voicing beloved animated characters, lending your voice to commercials, or narrating audiobooks, this class will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue your passion in the exciting world of voice acting.

Join us and unleash the full potential of your voice!"

Starts 7/8 for 7 weeks. 7-9:30 PM (EST)

$350

TUESDAY

SCENE STUDY INTENSIVE

Embark on a transformative journey into the heart of acting with our Scene Study Intensive class. Designed for all level of actors seeking to hone their craft and deepen their understanding of performance, this immersive experience offers a comprehensive exploration of scene work.

Discover the art of inhabiting a character fully, as you explore their motivations, conflicts, and relationships within the context of each scene. Through in-depth analysis and guided rehearsals, you'll cultivate the skills necessary to breathe life into every character and moment.

Whether you're a seasoned performer looking to refine your technique or a newcomer eager to explore the world of acting, this offers a supportive and collaborative environment for growth. Join us and unlock your full potential as an actor, as you master the craft of scene study and ignite your passion for storytelling.

Instructor: Ken Alter

Starts 7/9 and runs for 7 weeks from 7-9:30PM

WEDNESDAY

ACTING 1 FOR THE BEGINNER 

Join actor Ken Alter for this fun acting 7 week class. Here, you develop the ability to respond truthfully, dynamically, and vividly with fellow actors and the ability to access sensory elements. You tap into the power of imagination and the reservoir of memory. You gain a working understanding of the terms: prior life, Character, inner and outer objects, objectives, obstacles, and conflicts. You develop an awareness of the power, function, and dynamics of “place”, and learn to be in a state of discovery, which leads to actions. You develop tools of research and observation and you get comfortable improvising. All students will work with monologues and scripts.

Starts 7/10 and runs for 7 weeks 7 PM-9:30 PM

Price $300

 

THURSDAY

THE MESINER TECHNIQUE

Mesiner's acting class focuses on the development of the actor's craft through the exploration of emotional truth and authenticity in performance. Students engage in a variety of exercises and techniques aimed at accessing their inner emotional life and bringing depth and nuance to their characters. Emphasis is placed on the Stanislavski method, with particular attention to sense memory, affective memory, and the use of personal experiences to inform character choices.

In Mesiner's class, actors are encouraged to delve deeply into the psychological and emotional aspects of their characters, striving for a profound understanding of their motivations and desires. Through improvisation, scene work, and monologue study, students learn to inhabit their characters fully, drawing on their own emotional reservoirs to create compelling and believable performances.

Mesiner's approach is highly individualized, with each student receiving personalized attention and guidance to help them unlock their full potential as actors. With an emphasis on process rather than product, students are encouraged to take risks, make bold choices, and explore the full range of their emotional and creative capacities.

Overall, Mesiner's acting class offers a supportive and challenging environment in which actors can grow and develop their skills, gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their craft along the way."

Instructor: Richard Jewell

Starts 7/11 and runs for 7 weeks from 7-9:30PM

$315 

FRIDAY

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 2

Want to learn what really happens on a set? Want to book more? Here's the breakdown for this great class.

  1. Script Analysis: Students learn how to analyze scripts to understand the characters, relationships, objectives, and obstacles within the scene. This analysis helps actors make informed choices about their characters' motivations and actions.

  2. Character Development: Students delve deep into their characters, exploring their backgrounds, personalities, and emotional arcs. They may use techniques such as improvisation, backstory development, and character journaling to fully embody their roles.

  3. Blocking and Rehearsal: Students work on blocking (movement) and rehearsing their scenes under the guidance of the instructor. They learn how to navigate the physical space, interact with props and other actors, and adjust their performances for the camera.

  4. On-Camera Technique: Since the focus is on on-camera acting, students learn specific techniques for working effectively in front of a camera. This includes understanding camera angles, eyelines, framing, and adjusting performances for different shot sizes (close-up, medium shot, wide shot, etc.).

  5. Feedback and Critique: Chris will provide constructive feedback and critique during rehearsals and performances. 

  6. Scene Performances: Students have the opportunity to perform their scenes multiple times in front of the camera.

  7. Observation and Analysis: Even when not performing, students learn from watching their classmates' performances. Observing others allows actors to gain insights into different acting styles, approaches, and techniques.

  8. Professionalism and Etiquette: Actors learn the importance of professionalism on set, including punctuality, collaboration, and respecting fellow cast and crew members.

  9. Industry Insights: Depending on the class, Chris will provide insights into the entertainment industry, including auditioning tips, networking strategies, and the business side of acting.

  10. Students will work on camera EVERY week.

Instructor: Chris Newman

Starts 7/12 from 7-9:30 PM

Price $315

SATURDAY

IMPROV

Join Antoine McKay (The Second City, Bunkie on Empire, Uncle Spike on South Side) for this fun and creative class. 

Improv classes are a dynamic and interactive environment where participants learn the art of spontaneous performance. Through a series of fun exercises and games, students explore the fundamental principles of improvisation, such as active listening, collaboration, creativity, and quick thinking.

In this class, you'll discover how to trust your instincts, embrace uncertainty, and fearlessly respond in the moment. Our supportive atmosphere encourages risk-taking and fosters a sense of camaraderie among classmates. Whether you're an aspiring actor, comedian, or simply looking to enhance your communication skills, improv classes offer a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Participants of all experience levels are welcome, as improv is accessible to anyone willing to dive in and play. Each session is filled with laughter, discovery, and a sense of adventure as you learn to unleash your imagination and unlock your comedic potential. So come join us and embark on a journey of spontaneity, creativity, and endless possibilities!

Starts July 13th and runs for 7 weeks 11AM-1:30 PM

$300

 


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