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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: July 20th – July 31st (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.

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 7:00pm – 10:00pm  9 weeks

DATES:

June 24th – August 19th (CURRENTLY ENROLLING)

COST: $640 (limited to 14-16 students. even numbers required.)

**All classes by audition, reel submission or invitation only. Click here to register for an audition.

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:

Fall TBA

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.

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:

May 16th – June 27th (no class on 5/23)

July 11th – August 15th (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: 

May 21st – June 25th

July 2nd – August 6th (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.

SCRIPT ANALYSIS / SCENE STUDY HYBRID 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. Script Analysis/Scene Study Hybrid 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 18th – July 13th (no class on 5/25/15)

July 20th – September 14th (no class on 9/7/15) (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.

ELECTIVES

These classes are for actors with prior training and experience.

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:

March 26th – May 14th 

*June 18th – July 16th (5 weeks, $400) (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



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:

TBD

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

SCREENWRITING FOR THE ACTOR with John Hindman

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John 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:

January 20th – February 10th

COST: $300

To register click here.