PRINCIPLES OF SCENE STUDY with Donna MorongThis class will provide a foundation for scene work through the use of Meisner exercises, belief building, and script analysis as it is practically applied in scenes from film and theater. Students with background in Meisner and Adler are welcome, as well as actors new to the training. Students will have the opportunity to fully explore the process of interpreting a scene from early stages to performance. TUESDAYS 12:00pm – 3:00pm 6 weeks DATES: Winter 2014 March 18th – May 13th Spring 2014 May 13th – June 17th (5/13/14 class at special time of 4p – 7p) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) Summer 2014 TBD COST: $480 (6-week session) **All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition.
PROFESSIONAL SCENE STUDY with Donna MorongThis 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 acting teacher and casting 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), 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 MorongWEDNESDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm 6 or 9 weeks DATES: Winter 2014 January 15th – March 12th Spring 2014 April 16th – June 11th (9 weeks) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) Summer 2014 July 9th – August 13th (6 weeks) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) COST: $480 (6 weeks), $720 (9 weeks) **All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition. The Scene Study Experience with Deborah and John: Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts with you and the author. Deborah Aquila and John Hindman 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 and John Hindman 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 HindmanSATURDAYS 2:00pm – 6:00pm 6 weeks DATES: Winter 2014 January 11th – February 15th March 8th – April 19th (no class on 4/12/14) Spring 2014 May 3rd – June 14th (no class on 5/24/14) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) June 21st – August 2nd (no class on 7/5/14) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) Summer 2014 August 9th – September 20th (no class on 8/31/14) COST $600 **All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition. ***Occasionally, due to scheduling conflicts a substitute teacher may teach a class.
ADVANCED SCENE STUDY with Deborah Aquila & John HindmanTHURSDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm 6 weeks DATES: Fall 2013 December 12th – January 30th (no class on 12/26/13 and 1/2/14) Winter 2014 February 6th – March 13th March 20th – April 24th Spring 2014 May 1st – June 5th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) June 12th – July 17th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) Summer 2014 TBD COST: $600
SCRIPT ANALYSIS / SCENE STUDY HYBRID with Deborah Aquila & John HindmanThis class is designed to lead you 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 in of script analysis with rigorous exploration of craft through scene work. This ten week class will be split into two sections. The first five weeks: 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. The second five weeks: You will apply the tools you have learned to scene work with a partner. As in Master Scene Study 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. MONDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm 10 Weeks DATES: Winter 2014 December 2nd – February 17th (no class on 12/23/13, 12/30/13) Spring 2014 TBD Summer 2014 TBD COST: $1000 Limited to 18 Students. ***All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition. Or send your reel to Inquiries@AquilaMorong.com.
ACTING FOR TEENS WITH Donna MorongThis 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 2014 January 25th – March 22nd (No class on 2/22/14) March 29th – June 7th (No class on 4/5/14, 4/26/14, and 5/24/14) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) COST: $480 Limited to 16 students. **AN INTERVIEW IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. NO AUDITIONS. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
ELECTIVESNo audition is required for the following classes. These classes are for actors with prior training and experience.
AUDITION TECHNIQUE with Donna Morong & John HindmanThe 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
VOICE & SPEECH FOR THE ACTOR with Pete CrossDemystify 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