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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 three 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 and Marjorie BallEntine


SATURDAYS: 2-6PM

DATES: 

NOVEMBER: 3rd – Dec 1st (No class Nov. 24th) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $400 (20% discount for eligible returning students)

(limited to 20 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 and Troy Ruptash

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THURSDAYS 7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 weeks

DATES: 

November 1st – December 13th (No class Nov. 22nd)(CURRENTLY ENROLLING

(20% discount for eligible returning students)

COST: $600 (session is 6 weeks)

(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 TECHINQUE: SCRIPT ANALYSIS AND BACKSTORY
with Deborah Aquila and Troy Ruptash

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 backstory, a character, and a career. Foundations of Technique: Script Analysis and Backstory combines the character building tools of script analysis with rigorous exploration of craft through scene work. This class will be split into two sections.

Section 1: You will do intensive work on a play using Adler-based script analysis and create 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 backstory 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.

Section 2: 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.

MONDAYS  7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 Weeks

October 29th – December 3rd (CURRENTLY ENROLLING

This is the last session for 2018

COST: $600 (session is 6 weeks)

(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.

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.

The upcoming session will feature three guest directors.

First: Joe Nussbaum (Sydney White, George Lucas in Love, The Late Bloomer)

Second: Brad Barnes-award winning indie filmmaker, and master teacher for directors.

Third: Michael Lange (Greek, Northern Exposure, X Files).

Previous directors include: Randall Zisk (Scandal, The Mentalist, Monk), Gary Fleder (Homefront), Damon Santostefano (Three To Tango), Will Geiger (Elvis and Anabelle), 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

TUESDAYS 6:30pm – 9:30pm  6 weeks

DATES:

November 6th – December 18th (No class on November 20th)(20% discount will be applied to all eligible returning students for this session(CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $600 (session is 6 weeks)

(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 is generally required for tentatively approved submissions.

ON-CAMERA SCENE STUDY with Brad Barnes and Donna Morong

This class is designed for serious actors who want to deepen their on-camera work, using Meisner based theories, as well as script analysis and character behavior work. Each actor will be assigned a scene that she/he will take from table read to blocking to in depth rehearsal, performance and playback.

The instructors are both industry veterans who use their combined years of experience to guide the actor to finding ways to work on camera that will serve them in a professional environment.

 

TUESDAYS 6:30pm – 9:30pm  5 weeks

DATES:

October 2nd – October 30th (20% discount will be applied to all eligible returning students for this session) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $500 (session is 5 weeks)

(limited to 12 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 is generally required for tentatively approved submissions.

THE ART OF THE AUDITION with Donna Morong and Brett Simon

The Art of the Audition class brings together the unique perspectives of Donna Morong, who has a distinguished career as a Casting Director and Acting Teacher, award-winning feature director Brett Simon, and a roster of guest directors that include Brad Barnes, Matt Collins, and Joy Gohring.

In The Art of the Audition, you will:

  • Work on camera every week
  • Learn a methodical approach to the audition that employs your acting craft
  • Watch playback from your auditions every week, get notes & feedback, & remove the obstacles to your audition experience
  • Get new material every week from a huge variety of current Film & TV Scripts
  • Learn how to be present, alive and authentic in a pressured situation
  • Learn how to bring your art into the audition space

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:

October 18th – December 13th (No class November 22nd) (A 20% Discount will be applied to eligible returning students.) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640 (session is 8 weeks)

(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.

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:

November 3rd – December 15th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $520 (session is 8 weeks)

(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.

 

ELECTIVES

WEEKEND INTENSIVE MASTER CLASS: 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 master class 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: TBA
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
TBA for working students
TBA for auditing students

Approval is required before enrolling in this master class:
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.

SUMMER TEEN CONSERVATORY with Donna Morong

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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”) teach the course.

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DATES: 2019 TBA

TIMES: Monday – Friday @ 10am – 5pm

COST: TBA

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.

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.