We are currently accepting demo reels and self-taped auditions for admission to all classes. You are welcome to audit a class in advance of applying, though arrangements must be made in advance. 

 
 
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MEISNER SCENE STUDY
With Donna Morong 
6 Week IN PERSON CLASS


Fridays, 11am - 2pm

JAN 13th, 20th, 27th, FEB 3rd, 10th & 17th

New students must APPLY. Returning students may enroll.

$400

Using Meisner principles, this class will take you from the first contact with your scene partner, through script analysis, emotional preparation to mounting the scene for camera. You will be taught a technique that can be applied to all scene work for both camera and stage.

Each actor will be assigned a partner and script, come prepared to the first class, having read the entire script, but with no memorization or other preparation.

  • Class 1: table read, script analysis, how to create sub-text, memorization techniques.

  • Class 2: emotional preparation, inner monologue, rehearsal techniques.

  • Class 3: Working moment to moment with intention, making adjustments, choices, taking direction.

  • Class 4: applying principles to a new scene

 

Class limited to 14 actors

 
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THE ART OF THE AUDITION
With Donna Morong & Alicia Fusting (via Zoom)


$300 

Tuesdays, 10AM - 1PM PST
JANUARY 10TH, 17TH, 24TH & 31ST


New students must APPLY.Only returning students may enroll.

The Art of the Audition class brings together the unique perspectives of Donna Morong, who has a distinguished career as a Casting Director and Acting Teacher!

 

Online auditioning has become the standard and will be for the foreseeable future. Hone your audition skills on Zoom and refine your self-tape technique.  Small online classes guarantee that you will get valuable feedback every week to develop your skills for casting over the internet.

In The Art of the Audition, you will work ONE ON ONE with Donna Morong & Alicia Fusting

  • Work One on One every week, multiple times on your scene.

  • Learn a methodical approach to the audition that employs your acting craft

  • Get notes, feedback & remove the obstacles to your audition experience

  • Get new material every week from a huge variety of current Film & TV Scripts

  • Learn how to be present, alive and authentic in a pressured situation

  • Learn how to bring your art into the audition space

  • Learn how to correctly and technically Self Tape & do Zoom Auditions and Callbacks.

  • Alicia Fusting will ensure that you know how to SELF TAPE LIKE A PRO!

 

Please note that this class is for the serious professional actor with prior training and experience. This is not a casting workshop.

 

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials. 


As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.

**An interview is required for this class. No auditions. Please submit an application to schedule an interview.

 LIMITED TO 12 ACTORS PER CLASS

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WRITE IT YOURSELF
with 
Brett Simon (via Zoom)

$450

MONDAY'S (No class 2/20 or 3/6)
7-10PM (Pacific Time)

JANUARY 23RD - MARCH 13TH
New students must APPLY.Only returning students may enroll.

Actors, write a short you can actually make in 8 weeks.

This course is the first part in a series, aimed at giving actors the tools to develop, write, and make their own projects. It is rooted in the belief that actors should stop waiting for someone to give them their dream role and create it themselves. While this DIY (do it yourself) approach is as old as cinema, from Chaplin to Cassavetes to Brit Marling, the market’s hunger for new and niche stories and the technology has never been better suited for actors to seize the means of production, and just make it.  

 

This class will be a writing workshop where each student will develop and complete their own screenplay for a short film that could realistically be produced. Students will assess their own interests, talents, resources and limitations, and reverse engineer their stories from them. The goal is not just to write a screenplay that you could make, but one that only you could make. 

 

No prior writing experience is required. We will cover some basics of story structure while also celebrating a more punk rock ethos of doing it your own way. While primarily a workshop,  we’ll throw in some film history, looking back on earlier DIY pioneers, and offer some group therapy, working together through the obstacles that all writers, new and seasoned, face. We’ll inspire each other and have fun. 

 

I’m committed to you making your film and will offer future classes and private mentoring towards that goal, continuing our DIY approach to preproduction, production and post, and/or towards developing your short into a feature or pilot project.  

 

Actors. While you audition, while you try to make the most out of a lesser role, take more control of your career, seize of the means of production, and create a project with your dream role. Do it yourself, but not alone. 

LIMITED TO 12 ACTORS PER CLASS

BRETT SIMON BIO:

I began making short films at Berkeley where I was a grad student and later taught. These shorts were DIY, punk rock productions with no proper “film school” training. One of these videos, made on a photocopy machine played in festivals and museums around the world and sparked a career directing music videos. After making videos for every pop punk band under the sun, as well as The Killers and Queens of Stone Age, I wrote and directed a short, and directed my first movie “Assassination of High school President” with Bruce Willis both of which premiered at Sundance. I’ve adapted several novels into screenplays since then, wrote another novel based on an original screenplay of mine, directed a feature with Jeremy Irons, and TV pilot with Paul Scheer that also played at Sundance. 

 
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TEEN 1-DAY INTENSIVE
with Donna Morong & Alicia Fusting (via Zoom)

$100

Ages 12 - 17
Date:  TBA
 
10AM-1PM PST / 1PM-4PM EST


New students must APPLY. Only returning students may enroll.

ACTORS will receive a scene to self tape prior to class. Donna will review the tapes and then in class you will apply the notes given, doing it numerous times. 

LIMITED TO 12 ACTORS PER CLASS

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials. 


As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.

**An interview is required for this class. No auditions. Please submit an application to schedule an interview.

 

Private coaching is available seven days per week, schedules permitting, for auditions, film, television, theatre, and specific projects. Application is required for participation in any courses or services offered by the Studio.​

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ADVANCED SCENE STUDY
with Donna Morong & Damon Santostefano (via Zoom)

$300
NOW ENROLLING
4 WEEK CLASS
JAN 18TH, 25TH, FEB 1ST & 8TH
WEDNESDAY'S 11AM-2PM VIA ZOOM




New students must APPLY. Only returning students may enroll.

Details coming soon.

LIMITED TO 12 ACTORS PER CLASS

**An interview is required for this class. No auditions. Please submit an application to schedule an interview.