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PRINCIPLES OF SCENE STUDY with Donna Morong

This 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:

Summer 2014

September 16th – October 21st (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $480 (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



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) 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  6 weeks

DATES:

Summer 2014

July 9th – August 13th

August 27th – October 1st (WAIT LIST)

Fall 2014

October 15th – November 19th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

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

**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 Hindman



SATURDAYS 2:00pm – 6:00pm  6 weeks

DATES:

Summer 2014

August 23rd – October 11th (no class on 8/31/14 and 9/20/14)(WAIT LIST)

Fall 2014

October 18th – November 22th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

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 & John Hindman



THURSDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 weeks

DATES: 

Summer 2014

July 31st – September 11th (no class on 8/21/14)

Fall 2014

September 18th – October 30th (no class on 10/16/14) (WAIT LIST)

November 6th – December 18th (no class on 11/27/14)(CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

Winter 2015

January 8th – February 12th

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 Deborah Aquila & John Hindman



This 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 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: You will apply the tools you have learned 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.

MONDAYS  7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 Weeks

TBD

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 auditionOr send your reel to Inquiries@AquilaMorong.com.

 

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:

Fall 2014

September 20th – November 15th (No class on 10/4/14) (WAIT LIST)

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.

ACTING FOR PRETEENS WITH Donna Morong (AGES 9-12)



This after school class is designed for preteen actors ages 9-12. 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.

WEDNESDAYS 4:00pm – 6:00pm 6 Weeks

DATES:

Fall 2014

TBD

COST: $240 (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.

ELECTIVES

No audition is required for the following classes. These classes are for actors with prior training and experience.

AUDITION TECHNIQUE with Donna Morong & Will Geiger

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 Will Geiger. 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:

Summer 2014

August 14th – October 2nd

Fall 2014

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

Fall 2014

October 26th – December 21st (No class on November 30th) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

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

SCREENWRITING FOR THE ACTOR with John Hindman

John-HindmanJohn 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:

Fall 2014

TBD

COST: $300

To register click here.

AUDITION INTENSIVE

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We are offering one-day AUDITION INTENSIVES that will be taught together by Deborah Aquila and Donna Morong. The intensives will run from 11am to 5pm, with a break for lunch, on 9/14, 10/12, and 11/9.

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. Registration period for the 10/12/14 session will end on 10/5/14.

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.

SUNDAY 11:00am – 5:00pm on 9/14/14, 1 day

SUNDAY 11:00am – 5:00pm on 10/12/14, 1 day (Taught by John Hindman and Donna Morong)  (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

SUNDAY 11:00am – 5:00pm on 11/9/14, 1 day

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.

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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”), 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.