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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), Gary Fleder (Homefront), Damon Santostefano (Three To Tango), Will Geiger (Elvis and Anabelle), Brett Simon (Assassination of a High School President), and Anna Mastro (Guidance,Walter).

“I encourage my students to take risks, explore different choices and delve more deeply into the characters they are portraying. I provide an environment that is close to a professional work situation without the pressure of having to prove anything. I hope to develop their own internal sense of emotional truth as it applies to film, theater and television roles. They get to work with highly regarded professional directors and learn to respond to direction in the moment.”

-Donna Morong

WEDNESDAYS 6:30pm – 9:30pm  8 weeks

DATES:
June 21st – August 8th(CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $700 (session is 8 weeks)

(20% discount is applied after taking one prior core class at the studio in the past calendar year)

(limited to 14-16 students. even numbers required.)

**Students are accepted by online submission. Please e-mail your headshot, resume, and online reel or self-tape to officeadmin@aquilamorong.com for class consideration. An additional follow-up interview may be required for some submissions.

SUMMER TEEN CONSERVATORY

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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”), director Brad Barnes (“THE LOCKSMITH”), writer/actor Sarah McCarron (HBO’S “LUCK”, “NEIGHBOR”), and improv teacher Paul Vaillancourt (iO West) teach the course.

 

DATES: July 31st – August 11th(CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

 

TIMES: Monday – Friday @ 10am – 5pm

 

COST: $1000

 

Limited to 16 students.

 

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

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

 

ACTING FOR TEENS with Donna Morong

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This class is designed for the serious young professional from ages 13-19. 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:

Fall TBD

COST: $520 (session is 8 weeks)

(20% discount is applied after taking one prior core class at the studio in the past calendar year)

(limited to 14-16 students. even numbers required.)

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

The Scene Study Experience:
Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts with you and the author. Deborah Aquila is offering two Scene Study classes on an on-going basis.


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 class, students will work individually with Deborah Aquila, Marjorie Ballantine, 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 & Marjorie Ballantine


SATURDAYS 2:00pm – 6:00pm  6 weeks

DATES: 

June 10th – July 22nd (no class on 7/1/17) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $600 (session is 6 weeks)

(20% discount is applied after taking one prior core class at the studio in the past calendar year)

(limited to 16-18 students. even numbers required.)

**Students are accepted by online submission. Please e-mail your headshot, resume, and online reel or self-tape to officeadmin@aquilamorong.com for class consideration. An additional follow-up interview may be required for some submissions.

All new students to Master Scene Study are encouraged to audit one Master Scene Study class before they enroll in this course (Returning students to the studio are also encouraged 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.

ADVANCED SCENE STUDY with Deborah Aquila & Troy Ruptash

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THURSDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 weeks

DATES: 
June 8th – July 13th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)
COST: $600 (session is 6 weeks)

(20% discount is applied after taking one prior core class at the studio in the past calendar year)

(limited to 16-18 students. even numbers required.)

**Students are accepted by online submission. Please e-mail your headshot, resume, and online reel or self-tape to officeadmin@aquilamorong.com for class consideration. An additional follow-up interview may be required for some submissions.

All new students to Advanced Scene Study are encouraged to audit one Advanced Scene Study class before they enroll in this course (Returning students to the studio are also encouraged 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.

FOUNDATIONS OF SCRIPT ANALYSIS/SCENE STUDY 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. Foundations of Script Analysis/Scene Study 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.

MONDAYS  7:00pm – 10:00pm  8 Weeks
May 8th – July 10th (no class on 5/29/17 and 7/3/17)

Future FOUNDATION sessions TBD as we determine faculty schedules.

COST: $640 (session is 8 weeks)

(20% discount is applied after taking one prior core class at the studio in the past calendar year)

(limited to 16-18 students. even numbers required.)

**Students are accepted by online submission. Please e-mail your headshot, resume, and online reel or self-tape to officeadmin@aquilamorong.com for class consideration. An additional follow-up interview may be required for some submissions.

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

 

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
  • Guest directors invited periodically to workshop their scripts

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:
May 11th – June 1st (4-week session)

June 22nd – July 27th (6-week session) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640 (session is 8 weeks)

(20% discount is applied after taking one prior core class at the studio in the past calendar year)

(limited to 16-18 students)

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials.

As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.

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

ELECTIVES

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE ACTOR with Bruce Eckstut Deborah Aquila


Find your own authentic voice that will bring a song to life.

How do you know where to look and when to move in a song?

How do you fill the musical interludes between lyrics?

How do you find the physicality that is all your own?

Through a series of specific exercises, you will learn how to bring your talent as an actor into the world of song.

Over the past 30 years, Bruce Eckstut has had the privilege of teaching some of the greatest artists of our time, including many Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award-winning actors and singers.

CLASS INFORMATION

SUNDAYS 2:00pm – 5:00pm 4 Weeks

June 4th – June 25th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST:

$400 (sessions are 4 weeks)

(class size limited to 9 students.)

**Students are accepted by online submission. Please e-mail your headshot, resume, and online reel or self-tape to officeadmin@aquilamorong.com for class consideration. An additional follow-up interview may be required for some submissions.

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

 

WEEKEND INTENSIVE MASTERCLASS: SCRIPT ANALYSIS & BACKSTORY FOR CAMERA with Deborah Aquila and Donna Morong

We will be examining the principles of script analysis as applicable to the everyday audition experience.

Using this specific plan of action will deepen your backstory, which will enhance your choices during the presentation of your audition.

This process will enable you to be fully present as you deliver an alive, spontaneous and memorable audition.

Work in this masterclass will help discover and identify the themes at work in scripts and scenes, enabling the actor to operate from that foundation as they fully develop their character. Guided by the teaching of Deborah Aquila and Donna Morong, actors will investigate the world of the character in an intensive session. Strict attention will be paid to specificity in all areas of preparation, performance, and creating a fully realized character.

Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts with you and the author.

Actors will be given material beforehand in preparation for the course.

Actors will have the opportunity to view their work after class.

“It’s not about tricks, it’s about CRAFT.”

CLASS INFORMATION
DATE: TBD
TIME: 10:00AM – 6:00PM*
(*Class may run longer than 6:00PM on the day.)

Students will be given material beforehand in preparation for the class and there will be a break for lunch.

ENROLLMENT
WORKING STUDENTS (LIMITED TO 22)
AUDITING STUDENTS (LIMITED TO 20)

COST
$300 for working students
$150 for auditing students

Approval is required before enrolling in this masterclass:
Please e-mail Alicia Fusting at aquilamorongintensive@gmail.com if you are interested in registering.

New students: Please e-mail a link to your IMDB page for course consideration. A brief interview may be required if necessary.

Current and past students: Please e-mail your statement of interest to Alicia. And you are welcome to send your IMDB link if you wish to share any updated information.

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials.

As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.

 

SCREENWRITING FOR THE ACTOR with John Hindman

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John Hindman will demystify the screenwriting process for actors and writers at all levels. While using popular movies as a guide, this intense four-week class will be packed with exploring the language of storytelling as it relates to film. You may create great characters, have wonderful dialogue, and come up with the best ideas in the world, but you need ironclad story structure if you want to translate them into a screenplay. Whether you are inspired by personal stories, or pull from the depths of your imagination, you will learn what “expert” screenwriting techniques work best for you. All great films have the same story building elements in common. Come find out what they are.

 

TUESDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  4 Weeks

DATES:

TBD

COST: $300 (session is 4 weeks)

To register click here.

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials.

As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.

THE LECOQ TECHNIQUE: A MOVEMENT WORKSHOP. FOR SERIOUS ACTORS. with Sarah McCarron

* Learn to feel, trust, and follow physical impulses.
* Expand your range & capacity for physical transformation.
* Put your characters’ obstacles and desires into your body.
* Build relationship dynamics before any words are spoken.
* Learn to collaborate physically and create a space together.
* Gain physical freedom, grounding, and spontaneity.
* Learn to “go big” without sacrificing truth.
* Find play!

 

DATES:

TBD

COST: $85 (session is 1 day)

To register click here.

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials.

As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.