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PRINCIPLES OF SCENE STUDY with Donna Morong

Donna adThis 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 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 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 Morong

WEDNESDAYS 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 Hindman

SATURDAYS 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 Hindman

THURSDAYS 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
**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.

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 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 auditionOr send your reel to Inquiries@AquilaMorong.com.
 

ACTING FOR TEENS WITH Donna Morong

Acting for Teens BannerThis 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 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 & 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: Winter 2014 January 16th – March 6th March 20th – May 8th Spring 2014 May 15th – June 19th (6 weeks, $480) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) Summer 2014 August 14th – October 2nd COST: $640 **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 2:30pm – 4:30pm  10 Weeks DATES: Winter 2014 January 5th – March 23rd (No class 1/19/14 and 2/16/14) Spring 2014 March 30th – June 15th (No class on 4/20/14, 6/1/14) (CURRENTLY ENROLLING) Summer 2014 July 13th – September 21st COST: $400 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: Spring 2014 TBD Summer 2014 TBD COST: $300 To register click here.

AUDITION INTENSIVE

another plate for class                 We are offering a special AUDITION INTENSIVE weekend that will be taught together by Deb Aquila and Donna Morong. The intensive will run from 11am to 5pm, with a break for lunch, on 4/26/14 and 4/27/14. 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 will end on 4/17/14 @ 11:59 PM. 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. SATURDAY and SUNDAY 11:00am – 5:00pm on 4/26/14 and 4/27/14, 1 weekend COST: $300 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. line  

SUMMER TEEN CONSERVATORY

Acting for Teens Banner 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 voice teacher Pete Cross (coached Minka Kelly for “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER”) teach the course. DATES: July 28th – August 8th TIMES: Monday – Friday @ 10am – 4pm COST: $800 Limited to 16 students. ** A pre-enrollment interview is required.  Please contact inquiries@aquilamorong.com to set-up an interview.