Summer Pre-College Conservatory
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Week 1: July 9 – 13
Week 2: July 16 – 20
HOURS: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
COST: $650 for one week or $1200 for two weeks
Pre-College Conservatory Program
A serious workshop for teen actors ages 12-17 who are looking for a true training experience.
Classes will be held daily in Movement, Voice, Speech, Improvisation, Shakespeare, Meisner technique as well as Scene Study.
All classes are taught at the Aquila/Morong Studio by professionals in the industry.
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Using the techniques developed by Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, along with structured improvisations, actors will be stretching their instruments and learning how to truly inhabit a part from the inside out, working moment to moment to be truly present and alive. Classes will work on texts from contemporary theater, film and TV as well as on-camera work. Each student will receive a DVD of their final scene.
Donna Morong is an award-winning Casting Director with over 25 years in the business. She began her career in NYC working on some of the most prestigious Broadway productions of the time, including Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues”. Her career flourished in L.A. where she worked as a Casting Executive in the Feature Film division of Walt Disney Studios, casting contemporary classic films like “Ten Things I Hate About You,” “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” and “Princess Diaries.” She has helped launch the careers of Heath Ledger, Rachel McAdams, Megan Fox, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Chris Pine, among others. Ms. Morong began her training at the William Esper Studio in NYC, and got a Master’s degree from Rutgers University where she taught undergraduate acting and the Meisner technique. Currently she is the co-founder of the Aquila Morong Studio for Actors and casts for film. [/twothirds_columns_last]
Antithesis, inflection, driving through to the end of the thought, alliteration, consonance, sense stress…..all of this technical mumbo-jumbo adds up to skills that will enhance your ability to be a truly effective actor. These same tools we gain from Voice Over work will then be applied to the fascinating world of Shakespeare. Through group analysis and the sharing of monologues, we’ll learn the tricks to navigating Shakespeare’s words…and make those words ours. You will leave this class with a copy of your Voice Over demo, a greater ability to bring words on a page to life, and a stronger ownership of Shakespeare.
In 2010 Pete Cross earned an MFA in Acting and Speech Pedagogy from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Pete has been fortunate enough to act on stage and on camera in the United States and abroad. In addition to acting he also works as a Voice and Speech coach for productions, teaches Speech for Actors at CalArts, and works with private clients in the Los Angeles area in voice, speech, acting, and accent/dialect acquisition or reduction.
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Drawing on the playful tradition of the Roy Hart Theatre in France, this class will expand one’s vocal range in the context of both singing and character development. Students will explore resonators, learn to connect with the power of our voice, as well as the collective voice of a chorus of actors. They will use traditional a capella songs, rhythm, scale work, and improvisation to become more present, powerful, embodied, and playful. Both singers and non-singers will learn to embrace the huge range of sounds we are capable of – inviting new qualities of sound, and building a repertoire of voices.
Sarah McCarron has her MFA from the London International School of the Performing Arts, a Lecoq-based Physical Theatre Program. She has studied voice with Kevin Crawford and Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Theatre, as well as the Swedish Company Teatre Slava. She has worked with Catherine Fitzmaurice and Beth McGuire at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the University of Delaware, and the Chekhov Studio International. She has performed with companies such as the Obie award winning Pig Iron Theatre Compay, and last year she received three grants to write, produce, and perform in a new play about turn-of-the-century Appalachian murder ballads.
[styledbox type="information" ] **A PRE-ENROLLMENT INTERVIEW IS REQUIRED.
Contact Inquiries@AquilaMorongStudio.com to set up an interview for the classes.
**All classes by audition or invitation only [/styledbox]