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FOUNDED BY
BEN 
IMMANUEL 
IN 2002

"Ben's knowledge and passion for the craft is unrivaled.  He demands the best from you, pushing you to be the best version of yourself every time you step into his classroom."  

BRANDON JAY MCLAREN

 

Snowfall, The Rookie, Turner & Hooch, Ransom, Firefly Lane, Everything’s Trash

ABOUT

OUR ACTING STUDIO

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OUR PHILOSOPHY 

TO EACH THEIR OWN

Founder Ben Immanuel and all our teachers at Vancouver's Haven Acting Studio strongly believe that the acting techniques utilized in class should be tailored to the needs of each individual student. We confidently share the use of long-proven acting foundations, but we don’t subscribe to the notion that there’s one overall system or technique that's effective or appropriate for every actor. All our teachers are experienced, working actors (at least 20 years of acting and 10 years of teaching experience) who have studied extensively with excellent teachers, and we use that knowledge to introduce our students to a wide variety of working styles. We lead assuredly, yet listen closely to every student’s feedback.  We focus on what is effective and empowering for each actor — class by class, day by day, moment to moment. It’s an ever-evolving process.

 

Demanding an atmosphere of respect, professionalism, and accountability, we’re dedicated to developing an ongoing joyfully collaborative relationship that inspires, challenges, and supports actors on their creative/career journeys, ideally for many years to come.

HAVEN ACTOR

TESTIMONIALS

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Brandon Jay McLaren

“Ben's knowledge and passion for the craft is unrivaled. He demands the best from you, pushing you to be the best version of yourself every time you step into his classroom."

Snowfall, The Rookie, Turner & Hooch, Ransom, Firefly Lane, Everything’s Trash

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Brian J. Smith

“I wish I had known Ben Immanuel when I first decided to become a professional actor. Such a relationship then would have spared me a lot of heartbreak and a lot of money… Ben is a treasure – a rare combination of instinct, intelligence and compassion…”

Tony Award, Olivier Award & Drama Desk Award nominee for The Glass Menagerie, and star of Netflix series Sense8

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Olivia Cheng

"I feel completely safe and respected in Ben's class. Any blocks you have, he'll gently laser in to help you chip away at the resistance that holds you back from fulfilling your potential. He's invested in your success and I've learned how to work smarter and harder to reach my goals."

Series regular on Marco Polo and Warrior, recurring on The Stand and Deadly Class.

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Ivana Chubbuck

“Ben – you have kept the integrity of my work brilliantly — and I love you for it.”

Internationally acclaimed acting teacher, coach to Academy Award-winning and nominated actors such as Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, and Elizabeth Shue. Author of Best-Selling Book -
The Power of the Actor

HAVEN ACTING

STORIES