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Part-Time Scene Study

CLASS DESCRIPTION

All actors, whether novices or veterans, need to stretch their muscles. Scene Study is where a new actor discovers the joys of bringing a story to life, and where a seasoned professional learns to push themselves in exploring a different part of their craft.

Through extensive character work and text analysis, our Scene Study for Film & Television classes focus on telling the story of a scene and embodying a character’s arc (their journey throughout the scene). You will discover the emotional and physical life of your character, use text analysis to mine scripts for motifs and indisputable facts, and learn how to navigate your character’s objectives while responding to the choices of your scene partner.

The skills learned in these classes allow actors to build and strengthen the tools needed to effectively book and perform larger, more complex roles.

Costs: 3 equal installments of $269.99

    Next Start Date:
  • January 13th, 2020

Upcoming Classes & Registration

Our Part-Time classes will take actors of all abilities to new levels of skill and confidence through direct instruction from some of Vancouver’s top working actors. Classes occur once per week and are available on a variety of days to suit your schedule. Click the registration link for the class of your choice to book online, or contact us at 604-564-7242 to reserve your spot.

Please note that some advanced classes may require prior approval before registration.

Course Name

Course description

Geoff Gustafson has been a working professional actor for nearly 20 years. His scene study class is a combination of his experience on set as well as 10 years of teaching at Vancouver Acting School and a BFA in Theatre in Education from the University of Victoria. Using an in-depth method of text analysis and exercises, scenes will be brought to life honestly and creatively. There are no short cuts in his class. Students are expected to have their work prepared for the first class so they can get to work exploring blocking, relationship, and emotional investment. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class with their scene partners, continuing the work done in class. Always ask, “What will I work on next?”.

Topics Covered

In this class you will learn and implement:

  • Developing the student actor’s personal process of preparation from cold reading to performance.
  • Fine tuning technical elements of performance (blocking, working with props, etc)
  • Deepening emotional connection to character and their relationships.
  • Detailed text analysis and research.
  • Developing the confidence required to transition from the classroom to professional sets.

“I learned to be an actor. I went from no experience and a lot of bad habits to feeling confident in looking at myself and saying, ‘Ya, this is me now, whatever needs to be done, I can do it’.”

– Will Redfern

Upcoming Sessions

*Please note  all classes are 3 month commitments. (12 sessions, 1 class per week, for 12 weeks)

WINTER/SPRING 2020 SESSION

Tuesday Evenings – 7:00pm – 10:00pm with Geoff Gustafson ( Instructor Approval required)
January 14th – March 31st

3 EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OF $269.99

REGISTRATION OPEN – Contact us

Course Name

Course description

Geoff Gustafson has been a working professional actor for nearly 20 years. His scene study class is a combination of his experience on set as well as 10 years of teaching at Vancouver Acting School and a BFA in Theatre in Education from the University of Victoria. Using an in-depth method of text analysis and exercises, scenes will be brought to life honestly and creatively. There are no short cuts in his class. Students are expected to have their work prepared for the first class so they can get to work exploring blocking, relationship, and emotional investment. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class with their scene partners, continuing the work done in class. Always ask, “What will I work on next?”.

Topics Covered

In this class you will learn and implement:

  • Developing the student actor’s personal process of preparation from cold reading to performance.
  • Fine tuning technical elements of performance (blocking, working with props, etc)
  • Deepening emotional connection to character and their relationships.
  • Detailed text analysis and research.
  • Developing the confidence required to transition from the classroom to professional sets.

“I learned to be an actor. I went from no experience and a lot of bad habits to feeling confident in looking at myself and saying, ‘Ya, this is me now, whatever needs to be done, I can do it’.”

– Will Redfern

Upcoming Sessions

*Please note  all classes are 3 month commitments. (12 sessions, 1 class per week, for 12 weeks)

WINTER/SPRING 2020 SESSION

Wednesday Evenings – 7:00pm – 10:00pm with Geoff Gustafson
January 15th – April 1st

3 EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OF $269.99

REGISTER NOW

Course Name

Course description

This class is for those actors just starting to make an impression in the industry. Those one line auditions are turning into something bigger ad you feel yourself getting closer to that booking. But what happens once you book it? This class will take you through the ins and outs of the audition process, what happens once you book it, the rehearsal process, the technical side of being onset as well as the break down of scenes for filming.

Topics Covered

In this class you will learn and implement:

  • Audition technique
  • Character breakdown for overall objective
  • How to rehearse for set
  • How to prepare for set
  • Blocking
  • Continuity and performing over and over

I can’t begin to express how much Johannah has done for my acting career since I started studying under her. On a professional level she has helped me open myself up to my own reality, which has allowed me to really reach new heights in how I express myself and relate to the characters that I am playing. For me, as for many actors, it started with taking down so many walls and barriers that inhibited me from being able to be free as a performer. Every single time I step out of her class I felt like I am a better actor than before I walked in. On a personal level, Johannah has always been available to share her vast experience in the industry which has given me so much direction and understanding as to where my career is heading and why. In my opinion there are teachers, and then there are mentors. This city has many acting teachers, but actors will have an extremely difficult time finding a mentor that is not only a passionate and excellent instructor, but cares so deeply about her students and their careers. We are all very fortunate to study under Johannah and I personally owe all of my early success in this industry to what she has taught me.

–  Jayce Barreiro (Actor)

Upcoming Sessions

*Please note  all classes are 3 month commitments. (12 sessions, 1 class per week, for 12 weeks)

Winter 2019 SESSION
Thursday Evenings – 7:00pm – 10:00pm with Johannah Newmarch
January 16th – April 2nd

3 EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OF $269.99

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Testimonial

KERRI JESSON

Oooo! I still remember all my classes I took here. You gave me a completely different perspective on acting and allowed me to bring my real life experiences into scene work. I was just thinking about the hallway exercise the other day!

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