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ON CAMERA CORE I AND II with Donna Morong

ON CAMERA CORE I
If you crave a real foundation to your acting that will work in a variety of situations from network TV, feature film, web series, and auditioning, this class is for you. Your confidence will grow as you master an approach to your work. Meisner exercises, coupled with script analysis and building a back story, is the foundation on which to make strong character choices. Actors are taken step by step to develop a methodology that will serve them across media. Both exercises and scene work will be explored.

ON CAMERA CORE II
Building on On Camera Core I, actors will be given scenes from film, theater and TV that will be taped for viewing in class. Exercises will be used to help free the actor, to make spontaneous choices, based on their preparation and back story. You will get a chance to watch your work and develop basic camera technique.

TUESDAYS 12:00pm – 3:00pm  8 weeks

DATES:

Winter 2015

January 13th – March 3rd (ON CAMERA CORE II) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

March 17th – May 5th (ON CAMERA CORE I) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640 (limited to 14-16 students. even numbers required.)

**All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition.

PROFESSIONAL SCENE STUDY with Donna Morong and Guest Directors


This class is an “actor’s gymnasium,” where you will be asked to follow direction, learn what directors look for on set, and get invaluable feedback on your work.  Donna Morong, noted Casting Director and Acting Teacher, will provide feedback alongside a guest director as you are filmed performing scenes from film and TV.  Students will learn how to work on-set under pressure in a simulated professional environment.

Previous directors include: Randall Zisk (Scandal, The Mentalist, Monk), Damon Santostefano (Three To Tango), Will Geiger (Elvis and Anabelle), Joy Gohring (Doghouse), Whitney Ransick (The Huntress), Matthew A. Collins (Heart Land), Brett Simon (Assassination of a High School President), Gary Fleder (Homefront), and Anna Mastro (Walter).

“In my classes I work with the actor to free themselves from over- thinking, to become in touch with their deeper instincts in order to be in the moment and expand the choices that are available to them. I nurture their sense of emotional truth as it applies to film, theater and television roles in order to encourage students to expand their range and grow as artists.” – Donna Morong

WEDNESDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  8 weeks

DATES:

Winter 2015

January 14th – March 4th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

March 18th – May 6th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640 (limited to 14-16 students. even numbers required.)

**All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition.

ACTING FOR TEENS WITH Donna Morong

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This class is designed for the serious young professional from ages 12-18. Class is divided into physical and vocal warm-up, improvisations including Meisner exercises and scenes from classic and contemporary film, theater and TV as well as online auditions.

SATURDAYS 10:00am – 1:00pm 8 Weeks

DATES:

Winter 2015

January 17th – March 14th (No class on 2/14/15)(CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

March 21st – May 9th

COST: $480 (limited to 14-16 students. even numbers required.)

**AN INTERVIEW IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. NO AUDITIONS. Please email inquiries@aquilamorong.com to schedule an interview.

The Master and Advanced Scene Study Experience: Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts with you and the author. Deborah Aquila, John Hindman, and Troy Ruptash are offering two scene study classes on an on-going basis – Advanced Scene Study and Master Scene Study.
These classes will help discover and identify the themes at work in the scripts and plays, enabling the actor to operate from that foundation as they develop, fully, their character. In both classes, students will work individually with Deborah Aquila, John Hindman, and Troy Ruptash as they investigate the world of the character in intensive sessions. Strict attention will be paid to specificity in all areas of preparation, performance, and creating a fully realized character.

MASTER SCENE STUDY with Deborah Aquila & John Hindman



SATURDAYS 2:00pm – 6:00pm  6 weeks

DATES:

Fall 2014

December 13th – January 31st (no class on 12/27/14 and 1/3/15) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

Winter 2015

February 7th – March 14th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

March 21st – April 25th

COST $600 (limited to 20-22 students. even numbers required.)

**All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition.

All new students to Master Scene Study are required to audit one Master Scene Study class before they can enroll in this course (Returning students to the studio will also need to audit Master Scene Study before they take it for the first time).

***Occasionally, due to scheduling conflicts a substitute teacher may teach a class.

ADVANCED SCENE STUDY with Deborah Aquila & Troy Ruptash

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THURSDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 weeks

DATES: 

Fall 2014

November 6th – December 18th (no class on 11/27/14)(WAIT LIST)

Winter 2015

January 8th – February 12th (WAIT LIST)

February 19th – March 26th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)


COST: $600 (limited to 16-18 students. even numbers required.)


**All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition.

All new students to Advanced Scene Study are required to audit one Advanced Scene Study class before they can enroll in this course (Returning students to the studio will also need to audit Advanced Scene Study before they take it for the first time).

***Occasionally, due to scheduling conflicts a substitute teacher may teach a class.

SCRIPT ANALYSIS / SCENE STUDY HYBRID with John Hindman, Troy Ruptash, & Deborah Aquila



Whether you are new to Stella Adler’s technique or just want to deepen your work, this class is designed to push you creatively and intellectually and give you a foundation for your craft.

You will be led through a process that begins with the author’s intent and takes you through the collaborative effort that is building a back story, a character, and a career. Script Analysis/Scene Study Hybrid combines the character building tools of script analysis with rigorous exploration of craft through scene work. This class will be split into two sections.

Script Analysis: You will do intensive work on a play using Adler based script analysis and creating truthful, layered characters based on the text and intent of the author. In depth analysis is the key to unlocking your character. Through the use of back story and imagination you will learn how to apply these concepts directly to the text and explore the themes of the play from your character’s point of view.

Scene Study: The tools you have learned will be applied to scene work with a partner. The focus will be on specificity in all areas of preparation, performance, and the creation of a fully realized character. You will investigate the world of the character in sessions that will challenge you to do your best work. This will create a mindset and a process that you can rely upon throughout your career; the true definition of “craft.” It is highly recommended that you read “Stella Adler on American Master Playwrights” before beginning class.

Deborah Aquila will join John and Troy to present an introduction to Script Analysis at the first class. She will also join John and Troy at the last class for the final presentation of scenes.

MONDAYS  7:00pm – 10:00pm  8 Weeks

January 12th – March 2nd (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640  (limited to 16-18 students. even numbers required.)

***All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an auditionOr send your reel to Inquiries@AquilaMorong.com.

ELECTIVES

These classes are for actors with prior training and experience.

AUDITION TECHNIQUE with Donna Morong & John Hindman

The Audition Technique class brings together the unique perspectives of Donna Morong, who has a distinguished career as a Casting Director, and award-winning writer/director John Hindman. In Audition Technique you will:
  • Work on camera every week
  • Watch playback from your mock auditions every week, get notes & feedback, & learn how to master your skills
  • Get new material every week from a huge variety of current Film & TV Scripts
  • Learn how to nail your auditions
Please note that this class is for the serious professional actor with prior training and experience. This is not a casting workshop.

THURSDAYS 12:00pm – 3:00pm  8 Weeks

DATES:

Fall 2014

October 16th – December 11th (No class on 11/27/14)

Winter 2015

January 15th – March 5th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640 (limited to 16-18 students)

**AN INTERVIEW IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. NO AUDITIONS. Please email inquiries@aquilamorong.com to schedule an interview.

VOICE & SPEECH FOR THE ACTOR with Pete Cross

Demystify your voice by gaining control and understanding of it. Using elements from a variety of methods you will have the opportunity to ground your voice, improve resonance and range, and create a foundation of strong articulation and good vocal habits – not only important when acting but from the moment you walk in the room for an interview or audition. You will leave this class with the tools to speak clearly and confidently in any situation.

Students will:
  • Gain a technical understanding of the vocal tract and the articulators.
  • Increase understanding, awareness, and control of individual vocal and speech habits.
  • Learn effective voice and speech warm-ups
  • Have the opportunity to put what they’re learning into practice via performing monologues/scenes
SUNDAYS 2:00pm – 4:00pm  8 Weeks

DATES:

Winter 2015

TBD

COST: $300 (limited to 8 students) To register click here.

SCREENWRITING FOR THE ACTOR with John Hindman

John-Hindman John Hindman will demystify the often-elusive screenwriting process for actors and writers at all levels.  While using popular scripts as a guide, this intense four-week class will be packed with exploration in creating appropriate language, perfect structure and compelling characters.  Whether you are capturing personal stories for your inspiration or delving into the depths of your imagination, you will learn what “expert” screenwriting techniques work best for you and your blooming writing future.  All great films have the same story building elements in common. If you know what they are, you have a good chance of telling a story that works.

TUESDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  4 Weeks

DATES:

Winter 2015

January 20th – February 10th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $300

To register click here.

AUDITION INTENSIVE

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We are offering one-day AUDITION INTENSIVES that will run from 11am to 5pm, with a break for lunch. Students will be given material beforehand in preparation for the intensive. Material will be drawn from pilots and features in all genres.

Limited to 24 students.

THIS IS NOT A CASTING WORKSHOP. WE WILL NOT BE CASTING STUDENTS FROM THIS CLASS. THIS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES TO AID THE ACTOR IN PREPARING FOR AUDITIONS.

2015 TBD

COST: $150 (limited to 24 students.)

Approval is required before enrolling in this intensive:

Current and former students: Please e-mail inquiries@aquilamorong.com if you are interested before registering.

New students: Please e-mail inquiries@aquilamorong.com if you are interested, and please provide a resume, headshot, and link to a digital reel. A brief interview may be required if necessary. line  

TEEN AUDITION INTENSIVE with Donna Morong and Andy Henry

Get ready for pilot season with a one day intensive that will hone your audition skills. You will be recorded using material from recent pilots. Playback will include critiques from Donna Morong, former Senior Vice President of the Walt Disney Features Casting Dept, as well an award-winning Casting Director and owner operator of The Aquila Morong Studio, and Andy Henry, TV and film Casting Director with extensive experience on CSI, The Amazing Spiderman and Scream 4.

Students will be given material beforehand in preparation for the intensive. Material will be drawn from pilots and features in all genres.

SATURDAY 10:00am – 1:00pm on 12/6/14, 1 day

SATURDAY 2:00pm – 5:00pm on 12/6/14, 1 day

SUNDAY 10:00am – 1:00pm on 1/18/15, 1 day (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $100 (limited to 12 students each session, ages 9-18)

Current and former students: Please e-mail inquiries@aquilamorong.com if you are interested in registering.

New student: Please e-mail inquiries@aquilamorong.com. A brief Skype or in-person interview may be required if necessary.

SUMMER TEEN CONSERVATORY

Acting for Teens Banner This intensive 2-week course is for teens aged 12 to 18 who are working professionally.  This conservatory offers a rigorous, pre-college curriculum of movement, voice, improv, and scene study.

Industry professionals, including award-winning casting director Donna Morong (“PRINCESS DIARIES”, “10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU”, “CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN”), writer/actor Sarah McCarron (HBO’S “LUCK”, “NEIGHBOR”), writer/director John Hindman (“THE  ANSWER MAN”) and actor/improv teacher Andy Wagner (“THE NEWSROOM”) teach the course.

DATES: 2015 TBA

TIMES: Monday – Friday @ 10am – 4pm

COST: TBD

Limited to 16 students.

**NEW STUDENTS: A pre-enrollment interview is required.  Please contact inquiries@aquilamorong.com to set-up an interview.

**RETURNING STUDENTS: Please contact inquiries@aquilamorong.com if you are interested in enrolling.