Description Of Classes

Acting & Auditioning Technique

An audition consists of about 4 minutes no matter if it’s an audition to get agency representation or when you are on an actual casting call. You have that amount of time to grab their attention and knock the material out of the park.  The talent needs to understand what to do on an audition, what to wear, where to focus, how to deliver the material, and most importantly what not to do.  The talent will run though commercials, monologues, mock interviews and more.

Creative and Improvisational Storytelling

Build better story telling skills, dive deep into the “why’s and who’s” of storytelling and exploring better ways to tell a tale.  This class builds public speaking skills and encourages creative imagination and thinking.

Fundamentals of Acting

A must do for every actor!  The following is covered in this class:

Basic elements of acting, stage terms, stage direction, (SL, Exiting, etc), taking direction, working as a team on stage, theatre games – make it fun, begin work on Who? Theatre games and scenes emphasizing relations (Who).   What they need in the scene, stakes (scenes emphasizing states), moment before, environment, breaking down a scene, history/character work, fourth wall, Putting the Basics to Work, Review!  Fix, Refine and Celebrate!

Improv: (Improvisation)

Improv is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one’s immediate environment and inner feelings.  It’s thinking out loud and “on the spot” or “off the cuff”    Spontaneous comebacks are essential for the actor/performer in auditions and meetings with agencies, agents, casting directors, producers and film directors.   Some notable and genius improvisation talent – Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Saturday Night Live casts and more.  Improv is spontaneous, entertaining, and fun. But like all great things, you’ll have to see it first hand to fully experience and appreciate it.

Master Class Program

Two methods offered, Meisner and Method.  You must be invited in by the instructor to attend these workshops.  The class contains serious actors (age is not a limiting factor) who want to be pushed to the utmost level of acting.  Students need to have impeccable attendance, be on top of their material, know their lines, and be prepared for class.  These two classes are conducted by industry professionals (Film Director, Jeff Celentano, and Actress, Musetta Vander).  These are certainly workshops to aspire to.

On Camera Workshops

The camera is a vital tool in acting and performing.  In addition to having to learn their “lines”, the talent will have to learn to perform with the camera capturing their performances.  The talent will learn such terminology and functions such as: Camera right, camera left, banana shot, cheat the scene, close up, cover shots, crane shot, cue, cutaway, dress the set, long shots, matching actions, inserts, and more.  On Camera Workshops are one of the most important tools in the “Actor’s Toolbox”.  Reviewing taped exercises is a great way to fix, refine or celebrate the actor’s performance.  Both the actor “on camera” and the class benefit from this class format.

Preparation for Character Development

Understanding better character work is the key to becoming a better actor.  Students work on character building skills to better their performances.  The writer gives the actor words; the actor brings the character life.  Good acting is incredibly challenging and the professional actor has mastered the skills of character development and learning to be real and not “act”.

Scene Study

The student is given a particular scene from a movie, television show or a play.  They are paired with a classmate(s) and run the lines during a brief break in the class.  The instructor then has them perform the scene in front of their classmates.  The teacher will critique the read and give constructive advice.  The students learn, through reading comprehension the mechanics of their scene as to the Who, What, Where, When and Why.  Once scenes are introduced, the building process begins.  The acting coach will continually add new and challenging scenes and intricate techniques.

Vocal Training – Advanced: (Private)

Private one on one training with professional singer/song writer and Grammy nominated, John Contardo.  Private Vocal Class is for the serious vocalists who truly want to move to the next level of singing.  Heavy focus on the structure of the vocal chords, the mechanics, correct breathing while using the diaphragm, exercises to not injure the voice, head & chest focus, developing the ear and more.  You must be evaluated before participating in this class.

Vocal Training – (Intro) and Singing

Focus on running scales, breathing exercise, and voicercize songs.  Students learn in a small class environment how to match pitch, breathing techniques, running scales and harmonizing.  Students are also taught how to select song material that is age appropriate for the voice and vocal chord development.  Students sing together with either piano accompaniment or with CD vocal tracks.