DREW WALKER: CASTING DIRECTOR
Auditioning for T.V. Commercials
For Drew’s workshop there will a couple of short scripts
to prepare that will be handed out prior to workshop.
ADULT SESSIONS 16 +: Saturday November 12th;
Adults. 10 am.- 1 pm. Cost 75 + hst.
YOUNG ACTOR SESSIONS: Saturday November 12th
Ages 10 – 16. 2-5 p.m. Cost 75 + hst.
Adult Sessions Saturday November 12th;
Times 10 – 1 p.m.
Cost 75 + 9.00 hst = 84
Young Actor Sessions: Saturday* November 12th
Times 2- 5 p.m.
Cost 75 + 9.00 hst = 84
The subject matter covered in this workshop includes: Talking to the Camera, Dialogue Scripts. The Biz, The Agents and Casting, Getting an audition. Signing In, Reading The Script, The Studio, Slating, Playing to Camera. Working with product. The Face. Working in groups and a lot more… Drew has been the casting director for major commercials including Labatts, Future Shop, MacDonalds, Honda, Campbell’s Soups, Time-Warner, A & W, Winners, Honda, Tim Horton’s and dozens more:
Drew Walker Casting. Visit Drew’s work on Youtube
The Actors Voice with Gabrielle Levin
Sunday November 13th. 10 – 5 p.m. Cost 90 + hst
The one day workshop will include individual speech assessments, ‘rooting the voice’ to breath articulation with resonance exercises and techniques for speaking on film. American standard dialect and vocal tricks for commercials and animation will also be addressed
Subject matter will include:
• Individual vocal assessment
• Correct breathing technique – “Rooting the Voice”
• Freeing the ‘natural voice’
• Vocal focus, placement and projection
• Clarity and effective articulation
• Connecting with your viewers/listeners
• Pitch, Dynamic Range, Flexibility, Pacing & Variety
• Increasing Vocal Power, Endurance and Stamina
• Improved Vocal Quality -Texture and Tone
• Improved Physical Ease
• Vocal health
• Daily voice warm-ups
• Addressing vocal faults
• Losing and using regional dialects
Gabrielle’s bio can be found under The Instructors
Animation V.O. Workshop w. Jan Rabson
Sunday November 27th. Times: 10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Cost 140 + hst.
This special event one-day workshop offers the opportunity to work with Jan Rabson. A partial list of credits for his character voice work on animation feature films includes: ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, ‘Cars’, ‘Ice Age 2’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Monsters Inc’. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Shrek 2’, ‘Toy Story 1, 2 & 3’, ‘Horton Hears A Who’, ‘Up and the anime classic ‘Akira’.
Jan was also part of The Johnny Carson Mighty Art Players for The Tonight Show and hired by Universal Studios for many years.
National V.O. Commercials: McDonalds, Chevrolet, Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Pepsi. Taco-Bell, Pampers, Budweiser, L.A Gear, Ford Motors, and many, many more. Jan also teaches comedy improvisation and v.o. at colleges and universities around North America. Plus a list of credits working on screen as an actor can be found on his website: http://www.pagesixteen.com/jan.html
In this workshop, everyone rehearses, directs, produces and performs v.o. characters from real animation scripts. So that the participant can get to feel what it is like on ‘both sides of the glass’,as an actor, producer, client, casting director and voice director.and to be part of a real ‘animation’ v.o. session
Open to ages 12 + – 80!
Fearless Monologues: One Day Workshop:
Sunday Dec. 4th (10 – 5 p.m). Cost: 90 + hst .
Instructor. Jeni Gunn.
In this dynamic workshop, Actors will supply a monologue (please see below for monologue criteria) of their choice. During the workshop, we will address key aspects of the monologue from the self-casting process, rehearsing, producing and finally…performance.
Here are a few of the topics covered:
• A good monologue never stands alone, but rather is a reply, or response to an event. Discover the emotional cues of the monologue- both in the unspoken “moment before” and after- that motivates the text.
• 15 things that will kill your monologue, and how to avoid them!
• This is a solo; therefore you are the only instrument available in making this piece your own. Learn criteria on how to discern if a piece is in your “range” and how to play it fully.
• Preparation, preparation, preparation. 10 effective strategies to attack your monologue!
• Monologues every Actor should flee from.
• Honor the intention of the text.
Fearless Monologues will benefit Actors just starting out, as well as fill in the blanks and deepen the process of the previously trained Actor. Each Actor will have the opportunity to approach their monologue from several angles, using different tools, and with this experience- will complete the class confidant he can tame any monologue he chooses!
Monologue Criteria for the purposes of this class:
• Maximum 2 minutes in length.
• Sourced from a contemporary film or theatre production. No poetry, spoken word, stand-up, handwritten, or cobbled together ‘speeches’ will be accepted.
• No blatantly offensive material without supporting artistic merit. Use your judgement, please.
• Please avoid any piece requiring a distinct dialect, unless you are already fluent in that dialect. Time constraints prevent us from addressing the additional requirements that mastering dialect presents.
• Age appropriate.
• The most important quality is your connection with the text on an emotional level. Ideally, the writing should move you, provoke your soul and inspire your passion to tell a story that must be told!