I. Foundational Courses

There are no prerequisites required for Foundational Courses - All students are welcome to begin here!

Blocks and Fears:

Your Blocks and Fears have nothing to do with the character that you are trying to portray. The character is not us - it’s a different person with their own set of blocks and fears. It is our job as actors to put our personal terrors aside, and take up the motivations and triggers of the character we wish to create.This class explores the layers of blocks and fears that lie within the actor. You will learn to let down your guard, strengthen your impulses, reveal your true self, and leave space for a character to enter.

Script Analysis:

Upon receiving the sides for an audition, it is not unusual for an actor to be stricken with terror. The terror to please, to want, to have, causes us to extract the character and act out of context. We begin to make cognitive choices about the character that do not fulfill the obligations of the script, but rather the imposed obligation of our need to succeed - and thus we destroy our auditions. Script Analysis puts the story first by focusing on what is already there in the script and realigns the “part” we’re auditioning for back into its proper relationship with the “whole.”

Process 1: Acting for the Camera

Process 1 focuses on the elimination of all signs of indicated emotion. Here, we strip away our desire to please, to be good, to inject our own ego into our work, so that we can disappear and receive our character fully. Process 1 also hands you a series of steps that will eliminate bad camera technique. We “empty out” so that we can receive and begin to create the substructure for believable acting.

Sense Streaming: Building Our Sense Streaming Muscles

Performance works best when it appears to be random and lifelike. The trick is for us to connect with the thing that is most obviously random - our environment - through our senses. We can hear it...we can smell it...we can touch it. But to do this requires us to dim our cognitive mind - not to cut it out - but to align it into a new relationship with the creative side of our brain. Sense Streaming is the act of receiving what is given to you by your senses and allowing what you receive to affect us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Improv for TV/Film:

Improvisation techniques inspired by Viola Spolin’s work are applied in this course to enrich the imagined lifeworld of film and television scripts. In this course, we play at realizing the depth, texture, and complexity that exists in the character under the words.

Dialect Reduction:

Replacing a regional dialect with a Standard American dialect is required by all actors in order to be consistently hired in the Southeast region. We can no longer get away with a Southern dialect as our only means of communicating. Our market is national and the roles that are cast require a non regional accent. Dialect Reduction strives to eliminate any evidence of "home speech."

British Dialect:

It is essential for any actor to have mastery over a number of dialects. In our region, there are any number of television shows and films that require believable British dialects. This course strives to perfect the dialect and train the muscles to be able to maintain it for life.

"Acting is simple, but

it is not easy."

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II. Intermediate Courses

In order to participate in Intermediate Courses, students must complete specified prerequisites and demonstrate a commitment to their craft.

Process 2: 

Here we solidify the techniques of interior work, continuing to eliminate indication to the point where it becomes habitual. This class is open to anyone who has completed Process 1.

Prerequisites: Process 1, Script Analysis

Dead Scripts:

Each week, actors receive a script with only dialogue without ANY descriptions, actions, emotion, character breakdowns, or any of the Seven Obligations. Using only dialogue, actors practice creating the entire circumstance of the script with a partner. They will be filmed as they bring to life the Dead Scripts. This course will build the actors' confidence in using script analysis and acting fully to develop a living breathing world.

Prerequisites: Script Analysis, Process 1, Process 2

Image Streaming 1: Personal Memories:

This course explores your forgotten memories and dreams in order to inspire your creative center. You’ll learn to balance the relationship between your creative and cognitive mind and strengthen your intuitive sensibilities. The purpose of this technique is not to rely on your past for performance, but rather to demonstrate that emotion lies dormant beneath your memory. 

Prerequisites: Script Analysis, Process 1

Image Streaming 2: Imagined Memories

Where Image Streaming 1 focused on developing our ability to revisit personal memories, Imagine Streaming 2 develops techniques for creating new memories that are inspired from other sources. These sources include poetry, lyrics, stories, and finally scripts. The objective is to learn how to experience the memories of the characters we are going to portray, as if we lived them.

Prerequisites: Process 1, Script Analysis, Image Streaming 1, Process 2

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"Our goal, as actors, is

to make the unfamiliar,

familiar."

III. Advanced Courses

In order to participate in Advanced Courses, students must successfully complete at least Script Analysis, Process 1, and Process 2, in addition to specified prerequisites.

Image Streaming 3: Bridge to Script

Bridge is in and of itself a crossing over from your world to the lifeworld of the character. Using advanced imaging techniques to drop into the reality of the character in real-time, we will uncover the character’s deeply held emotional motivations.

Prerequisites: +Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2

Persona:

This course will probe the details of character acquisition. We will focus on the voice and learn the principles of changing vocal placement, learning how to strengthen vocal flexibility and range. The goal is to create a language of voice and body, to understand the differences between our behavior and that of our character’s physical and vocal characteristics.

Prerequisites: +Improv for TV/Film

Pilot Auditions:

An intense study of television series filmed in the Southeast region and application of audition techniques that repeat the precise style of each show are examined. This class is invaluable if you are currently in the agency and is especially relevant during Pilot Season.

Prerequisites: +Persona, Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2, Image Streaming 3

Series Auditions:

An intense study of television series filmed in the Southeast region and application of audition techniques that repeat the precise style of each show are examined. This class is invaluable if you are currently in the agency.

Prerequisites: +Persona, Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2, Image Streaming 3

Feature Film Auditions:

An intense study of narrative films produced in the Southeast region and application of audition techniques that repeat the precise style of each show are examined. This class is invaluable if you are currently in the agency.

Prerequisites: +Persona, Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2, Image Streaming 3

Commercial Improv Auditions:

There are numerous opportunities for actors to break into the business, create sustainable income and hone their craft by becoming experts at improvisation commercials. The most common type of commercials produced in the Southeast region are improvisational and offer an excellent way to break into the business. Many actors don’t understand how to effectively approach commercial audition material, much less how to create the lifeworld, the relationships, the contrast, the tempo, and how to incite “need” in the audience for the product. This class features new commercial copy every week. Specific elements of improv will be critiqued and then actors will be asked to rework their attempt. The idea is to make finding and building effective moments a habit, and not just a chance occurrence.

Prerequisites: +Persona, Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2, Image Streaming 3

Commercial Spokesperson Auditions:

In this class, students learn the five most common types of commercial auditions and how to master the techniques involved in each type. The objective is to understand the sell, learn the tricks of the trade, and deliver a narrative style that matches the needs of the client.

Prerequisites: +Persona, Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2, Image Streaming 3

Callbacks for TV/Film:

An interesting phenomenon has occurred in the last few years. There are fewer and fewer live callbacks occurring in our region. However, for most feature films, bigger roles in television shows, and ALL commercials, it is a necessity to know how to navigate your way through a callback in front of producers, directors, writers, clients, and casting directors. The WORST thing that can happen to you is that you blow your callback. In this class, we strive to create familiarity with the environment of a callback so that you can nail the job.​

Prerequisites: +Persona, Image Streaming 1, Image Streaming 2, Image Streaming 3

New Fall Courses

Start August 18th, 2020

Process 1: Acting for the Camera

Mon + Wed or Tues +Thurs

4 weeks

3:00 pm - 5:15 pm 

ONLINE

Foundational

This class explores the layers of blocks and fears that lie within the actor. You will learn to let down your guard, strengthen your impulses, reveal your true self, and leave space for a character to enter.

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