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ACTING FOR TEENS with Donna Morong

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This class is designed for the serious young professional from ages 11-18. 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:

November 7th – January 16th (no class on 11/28/15, 12/26/15, 1/2/16)

January 30th – March 19th (WAIT LIST)

April 2nd – May 21st (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $520 (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.

PROFESSIONAL SCENE STUDY FOR CAMERA AND SET II with Donna Morong and Damon Santostefano

Have the skills on the first day that give you and everyone around you confidence that you are prepared for a set-ready performance.

When working on tight TV and feature schedules, you don’t want to hone your skills while the camera is rolling. It’s critical to know how to bring a nuanced, camera-perfect performance when you toe-up to your mark.

Be prepared on your first day with a set-ready performance by understanding blocking, performing for the lens, navigating set politics while collaborating with directors, showrunners and D.P.s., all in the context of a master scene study class with a veteran director.

Areas covered will include:

  • Blocking for camera
  • Navigating and building performance for designed shots and coverage.
  • Managing conflicting notes from directors, showrunners and producers.
  • Continuity, shooting out of order, staying in character.
  • Smart comedy and physical comedy for camera and “finding the funny”
  • Single camera vs. multi-camera comedy
  • Knowing exactly what to do on-set no matter the obstacle.

WEDNESDAYS 6:30pm – 10:00pm  8 weeks

DATES:

January 6th – February 24th

March 23th – May 11th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $800 (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 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:

November 14th – January 9th (no class on 11/28, 12/26, or 1/2)

January 16th – February 20th

February 27th – April 2nd (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 encouraged to audit one Master Scene Study class before they enroll in this course (Returning students to the studio are also encouraged 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: 

January 14th – February 18th

February 25th – March 31st (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 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

February 1st – March 28th (no class on March 7th)

April 4th – May 23rd (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.

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

 

THE STRUCTURE OF CHARACTER/A SCENE STUDY EXPERIENCE taught by Brad Fleischer and Deb Aquila

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In this class, we will explore specific skills through scene work that will enable you to tell emotionally honest stories from your character’s point of view. The technique utilized at our studio places heavy emphasis on the ‘author’s intent’ and specifically takes you through the backstory building process for your character. Application of this technique will demand your focus and provide you with a skill set that will enable physical and emotional freedom in performance.

In depth script analysis, steeped in the Adler tradition of discovery, is critical to unlocking the secrets of your character’s emotional life. As we uncover the clues to the history of the character together, based on the text, we will rely on your imagination to create the past and present life of your character, again, with the author’s thematic intent as our guide.

The tools you will learn (or in many cases be reminded of,) 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 rehearsals with your partner outside the studio class and rigorously, inside the studio class. Your creative growth within a nurturing, safe but creatively challenging environment, is our primary goal.

It is highly recommended that you read “Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights” before beginning this class.

TUESDAYS  7:00pm – 10:00pm  6 Weeks

February 9th – March 15th (WAIT LIST)

March 29th – May 3rd (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640  (limited to 14 students.)

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

***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

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:

January 7th – February 25th

March 10th – April 28th(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.

ELECTIVES

 

MOVEMENT FOR CHARACTER & SCENE with Troy Ruptash and Jessica Aquila Cymerman

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This class will explore and discover how we can use we use our bodies and physicality to drop down from the head to the heart: To layer an intellectual understanding or interpretation of the text with a viscerally connected one both individually and connecting with a scene partner. This class will strive to awaken the specificity of making choices within the actor’s body that directly derive from analysis of the text. It will free up the actor to be able to listen to their physical instincts and have the freedom to play within the world of the author’s intent.
 

SUNDAYS 11:00am – 1:00pm  6 Weeks

DATES:

February 7th – March 13th(CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $350

To register click here.

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:

January 12th – February 2nd

COST: $300

To register click here.

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”), and actor/improv teacher Andy Wagner (“THE NEWSROOM”) teach the course.

DATES: August 1st – August 12th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

TIMES: Monday – Friday @ 10am – 4pm

COST: $900

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.