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MASTERING SCENE STUDY – intermediate actors
Mondays (noon or 3 pm) Two class time options
Instructor: Deb Podowski
Cost: $240 per month for 4 weeks (includes tax)
This class is for late-teens to adults and is suited for intermediate actors.
Mastering Scene Study will change you as an actor no matter the level you are. Students must be dedicated and ready to work, respectful and all egos must be checked at the door!
How does one begin to create a character? Mastering Scene Study is based upon character development, intent, engaging your scene partners, taking ‘risks’ and focuses on substantiating everything said, every situation and every person referred to in the text”. Deb feels, “we are always coming from somewhere and going to somewhere”. Also, students will learn about the ’doings’ in the text and always being active. Incorporating these techniques will give your character a full body of life!
Deb Podowski’s classes are clearly outlined and specifically taught.
Students will be challenged and must be prepared to work and train hard. Students should be off book by week two. Most of Deb’s teachings are based on Uta Hagen’s techniques.

MASTERING SCENE STUDY – advanced actors only
Wednesdays (noon, 3:30pm, 6:30pm (three class time options)
Instructor: Deb Podowski
Cost: $240 per month for 4 weeks (includes tax)
This class is for late-teens to adults and is suited for advanced actors only.
Mastering Scene Study advanced class is generally for actors that are series leads, or that regularly book guest-star and recurring roles. Students must be dedicated and ready to work, respectful and all egos must be checked at the door! The curriculum is quite challenging and students should be off book by week 2.
How does one begin to create a character? Mastering Scene Study is based upon character development, intent, engaging your scene partners, taking ‘risks’ and focuses on substantiating everything said, every situation and every person referred to in the text”. Deb feels, “we are always coming from somewhere and going to somewhere”. Also, students will learn about the ’doings’ in the text and always being active. Incorporating these techniques will give your character a full body of life!
Deb Podowski’s classes are clearly outlined and specifically taught.
Students will be challenged and must be prepared to work and train hard. Most of Deb’s teachings are based on Uta Hagen’s techniques.

ADVANCING THE AUDITION ON-CAMERA CLASS – Thursday nights
Thursdays 5pm – 8:30pm
Instructor: Deb Podowski
Cost: $240 per month for 4 weeks (includes tax)
This class is for late-teens to adults. Beginner or intermediate actors are welcome. Must be dedicated and ready to work. 
This class is geared towards actors who want to work on their on-camera acting techniques:
• On camera training, and the ability to view and playback your audition with critiques
• Audition-style prepared reads for television and film
• Affecting through the camera lens, not at the camera lens
• Scene study and cold reading using: history, circumstances and intent
• Small class size with lots of personal attention and focus
• Learn how to make interesting choices
• All sides used in class are pulled from major network tv and film projects, including those currently casting

ADVANCING THE AUDITION ON-CAMERA CLASS – Saturday mornings
Saturdays 11am – 2:30pm (two class time options)
Instructor: Deb Podowski
Cost: $240 per month for 4 weeks (includes tax)
This class is for late-teens to adults. Beginner or intermediate actors are welcome. Must be dedicated and ready to work. 
This class is geared towards actors who want to work on their on-camera acting techniques:
• On camera training, and the ability to view and playback your audition with critiques
• Audition-style prepared reads for television and film
• Affecting through the camera lens, not at the camera lens
• Scene study and cold reading using: history, circumstances and intent
• Small class size with lots of personal attention and focus
• Learn how to make interesting choices
• All sides used in class are pulled from major network tv and film projects, including those currently casting

ACTING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION – for beginners *(This class is temporarily online)
Sunday’s 11:30am – 5:30pm
Instructor: Kaaren de Zilva
Cost: $180 per month for 4 weeks (includes tax)
This class builds and strengthens the foundation of acting through technique and creativity. Delving into the material to find the highest stakes and deepest layers. Kaaren’s philosophy of teaching is based on a nurturing and empowering approach toward her students. From them she expects a high level of discipline, focus, commitment and integrity. “Let’s create together”.
• 1st Class – Cold reading of the scene and script analysis
• 2nd Class – Run scene and determine actions
• 3rd Class – Run scene with adjustments
• 4th Class – Final run of the scene