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No tricks.

No shortcuts.

No false promises.

 

Just passionate creativity and uncompromising

respect for the craft of acting and

all that it demands.

VANCOUVER
ACTING
CLASSES

Top working actors from Canada, the US and abroad train with Ben Immanuel at Haven Studio.
 

On-camera and scene study classes for beginners and up-and-comers are also available.
 

We keep our standards high, our class sizes small, and our prices fair.

UPCOMING CLASSES

Scene Study with Ben Immanuel

with Ben Immanuel

SCENE STUDY

PREREQUISITE:
Ben works with actors with previous training and professional experience.

 

DESCRIPTION:
Students are assigned scenes from stage plays and are expected to be off-book and rehearse with their scene partners between classes. There are 5 classes per session. There are 5-6 scenes per night, and each class is 5 hours long. Every scene works every week.

 

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Ben before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

 

TUESDAY NIGHTS - SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON):

April 2 - April 23 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students)

*NEW LOCATION IN KITSILANO 

Total $370 including GST for 4 weeks of class

FRIDAY DAYS - SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON):

TBD | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Max 10 students) 

Total $460 including GST for 5 weeks of class

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Scene Study with Jill Morrison

SCENE STUDY

with Jill Morrison

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PREREQUISITE:
This class is geared towards actors newer to Haven Acting Studio who are looking to build a solid foundation before applying for Ben’s scene study classes.

 

DESCRIPTION:
Scenes from contemporary stage plays will be worked on for the five-week session, focusing on Haven Studio‘s “3 C’s”:

 

Comprehension, Clarity and Commitment.

 

Do you truly understand the story you are telling? Do you have the instrument to communicate your ideas without technical/emotional obstacles? How far will you go, how much will you give, and how hard will you work to deliver the goods in a truthful, entertaining, and original performance?

 

Take the plunge into Haven’s challenging, yet always supportive atmosphere, led by this veteran performer on stage and screen. Jill will guide you in taking your work to the next level and prepare newer students for admission into Ben Immanuel’s advanced scene study classes.

 

FORMAT:
Students are assigned scenes from stage plays and are expected to be familiar with the scene and rehearse with their scene partners between classes. There are 5 classes per session. There are 6 scenes per night. Every scene works every week.

 

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Jill before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

 

MONDAY NIGHTS - SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON)

April 8 - May 6 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Max 10 students) 

*NEW LOCATION IN KITSILANO

Total: $420 including GST for 5 WEEKS of class

COMEDY SCENE STUDY

with Jill Morrison

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Start off 2024 with laughter, joy and playfulness!

Do you need a break from the heavier dramatic scenes in class but looking for a new challenge? Then Comedy Scene Study with Jill Morrison is the class for you!


Working with scenes from contemporary and classic comedy plays and films, veteran film/TV and stage actor Jill Morrison will lead you out of your comfort zone to empower you with vocal, physical, and creative freedom.


Whether it’s a single or multi cam comedy for film/tv or a full-on farce for the stage, comedy all starts with letting go. This class is a safe place to take risks and surprise yourself with what you are capable of when you practice new techniques, trust your instincts and take the plunge!

THURSDAY NIGHTS - COMEDY SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON)

April 11 - May 9 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Max 10 students) 

*NEW LOCATION IN KITSILANO

Total: $420 including GST for 5 WEEKS of class

Scene Study with Loretta Walsh

SCENE STUDY

with Loretta Walsh

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PREREQUISITE:
These classes are geared towards actors newer to Haven Studio looking to get a solid foundation before joining Ben’s scene study classes.

DESCRIPTION:
Loretta is wrapping up her 11th season as a series regular on When Calls the Heart, but she misses Haven and is returning to her home base to teach this high-energy class! Scenes from contemporary stage plays will be worked on for the five-week session, focusing on Haven Studio‘s “3 C’s”: Comprehension, Clarity, and Commitment.

 

Do you truly understand the story you are telling? Do you have the instrument to communicate your ideas without technical obstacles? How far will you go, how much will you give, and how hard will you work to deliver the goods in a truthful, entertaining, and original performance?

Take the plunge into Haven’s challenging, yet always supportive atmosphere, led by this veteran performer on stage and screen. Loretta will guide you in taking your work to the next level and prepare newer students for admission into Ben Immanuel’s advanced scene study classes.

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Loretta before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAYS - SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON)

February 22 - March 21 | 10:30am - 2:30pm (Max 10 Students)

Total: $420 including GST for 5 WEEKS of class

Raising the Bar with Ben Immanuel

RAISING THE BAR

with Ben Immanuel

PREREQUISITE:
This is an advanced class by invitation only.

DESCRIPTION:
Raising the Bar is a scene study class for actors with considerable training and/or professional experience, especially those who have worked extensively with Ben in his ongoing scene study classes. It is by invitation only. Students are assigned scenes from stage plays and are expected to be off-book and rehearse with their scene partners between classes. There are 5 classes per session. There are 6 scenes per night, and each class is 5 hours long. Every scene works every week.

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Ben before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

SUNDAY NIGHTS - RAISING THE BAR (IN PERSON):

April 7 - April 28 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students)

*NEW LOCATION IN KITSILANO

Total $370 including GST for 4 weeks of class

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FILM & TELEVISION FOUNDATIONS:

Building Confidence in Front of the Camera

with Award Winning Series Regular Tom Stevens

Are you an actor expanding your skills from theatre or commercials to acting for film and television? Or perhaps you have some experience with film and TV, but need to stay sharp and refine your on-camera skills.

Join this fun and inspiring class at Haven Acting Studio, where the focus is on making newer or rusty actors feel informed, confident, and at ease in front of the camera.

This class is led by Tom Stevens, a seasoned performer with extensive on-set experience as a leading actor. His recent credits include a multiple award-nominated role on CBC/CW’s series Moonshine, as well as numerous lead/guest star roles in productions such as Moonshine (CBC/CW), Deadly Class (Syfy/Netflix), Wayward Pines (Fox/Disney+), The 100 (CW/Netflix), Allegiance (CBC).

Using scenes from popular films and television shows, this 5-week session will guide you toward delivering well-prepared, effective and above all, creative performances in a challenging yet always playful and supportive atmosphere.

Topics in class will include:

  • Understanding the transition from theatre to film/TV

  • Basics of on-camera etiquette and terminology

  • On-camera exercises to build comfort and confidence

  • Breaking down scenes from film and TV scripts

  • Developing on-camera presence and awareness

  • Analyzing and interpreting characters in film/TV scripts

Scene work with a focus on emotional authenticity and effective story-telling

With his uniquely playful, energetic and always supportive approach, Tom will give you a head start on how to properly prepare material and deliver unique and memorable performances in those magical moments between “action” and “cut!”

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Tom before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

SATURDAYS - INTRODUCTION TO ON-CAMERA ACTING (IN PERSON)

April 6 - May 4 | 10:00am - 1:00pm (Max 10 Students)

*NEW LOCATION IN KITSILANO
Total:  $325 including GST for 5 WEEKS of class

The On-Set Exerience
The On-Camera All Inclusive

THE ON-CAMERA ALL INCLUSIVE

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with Ben Immanuel, Carl Bessai, Jill Morrison, Natalie Moon, Alison Wandzura and Tom Stevens

PREREQUISITE:

This session is open to newer actors, as well as more experienced actors in need of an inspiring tune up. Scene partners will be paired up according to their level of experience.

 

DESCRIPTION:

This is an opportunity for actors of all levels to work with Haven Acting Studio’s veteran teachers and guest instructors. We’ll explore specific genres and various techniques on-camera, with the ultimate goal of bringing more knowledge, tools, and commitment to your process. As local film and TV production gears up for 2024, now is the time to break through your creative blocks, refine your process, and amaze yourself with what you are capable of when you fully commit to your growth as an artist. This is a challenging, yet always safe and supportive 6 week intensive open to both newer and experienced actors. Scene partners will be paired up according to their level of experience with new material assigned each week.

Actors will receive a link to their on-camera work which they can use for promotional purposes such as when submitting to agents, adding to their Casting Workbook profile (if they don’t have a demo) or simply sharing with their reps to show their development.

WEEK 1 

AUTHENTICITY ON CAMERA with BEN IMMANUEL

Haven Studio founder/director/teacher BEN IMMANUEL has a 4-decade spanning career as an award-winning actor and filmmaker. His feature films Moving Malcolm and Down River were both released theatrically, played at festivals all over the world, and won numerous awards for the actors who performed in them under Ben’s direction. His upcoming feature film, Are We Done Now? features many of his acting students in lead roles, and will be premiering in 2024.

In this workshop, Ben will work with actors to discover more about your perceived strengths and challenges. Through a series of exercises one-on-one and with the group, Ben will guide you toward the vital steps of opening up, dropping in, and letting go. This first class is not about delivering text:  It is about listening, watching, thinking and breathing to be completely present, alive, and authentic in that magical time between “action!" and “cut!"


WEEK 2: 

BRAVE CHOICES FOR INDIE FILMS with Writer/Director CARL BESSAI

Carl has a twenty five year career directing feature films.  He has directed some of the world's leading acting talent including Sir Ian McKellen, the late Cory Monteith, Bruce Dern, Carrie Ann Moss and Tantoo Cardinal.  He has made 25 feature films, won numerous awards, critics and jury prizes and has played some of the world’s leading film festivals. His unique approach to filmmaking harnesses elements of collective creation and improvisation where the one and only truly special effect is the actor and the performance.

WEEK 3:

ON-CAMERA COMEDY with JILL MORRISON
Jill will use scripts from sitcoms and feature films to help an actor find their funny! Creating specific characters, working with pacing and energy, finding the jokes and nailing them, and being pushed and challenged in an exhilarating and positive environment.


WEEK 4:

TACKLING TECH TALK with NATALIE MOON
Natalie will be teaching how to dominate difficult dialogue. With specially curated scenes from local shows that challenge your brain, your intonation and your articulation. Whether medical terms, a news report or sci-fi tech talk, you will not only be confident in handling jargon but also the technical aspects of these difficult auditions to help you tape with confidence.

WEEK 5: EMBRACING THE MOW with ALISON WANDZURA

As an experienced on-camera performer, Alison has appeared in over 20 Hallmark and Lifetime television movies, and received the 2019 Leo Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie. She is well-versed in the archetypes and performance style required for the MOW. While Alison has played a handful of buoyant best friends on Hallmark and poker-faced detectives on Lifetime, her extensive credits also include So Help Me Todd (CBS), Blockbuster (Netflix), The Good Doctor (ABC), The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix), Van Helsing (SyFy), and most recently CBC's new procedural drama series Allegiance.

Using television movie scenes from Hallmark and Lifetime scripts shot in Vancouver, Alison will work with students to make practical choices that align their performance with the expectations of the MOW world. By learning about the archetypes found in MOWs and how we each uniquely fit within them, as well applying specific audition “do’s and don’t”, we make ourselves more castible in this staple genre that is a prominent source of work for Vancouver actors.

WEEK 6:

BE SET SMART: How to Anticipate and Overcome Challenges on Set

with Tom Stevens

Tom Stevens is an award-winning Vancouver-born actor.  He graduated from Douglas College and quickly built his resume as a film and TV actor here at home while studying intensively with Ben Immanuel at Haven Acting Studio. With several series regular and lead roles under his belt, including Wayward Pines, The 100, and Moonshine, his resume is a reflection of his hard work and persistence.  He lives by the motto: “Nobody will ever outwork me”.

Tom has spent hundreds of hours in front of the camera as a series regular on TV, and as a lead in films and MOWs. In this class he will utilize challenging scenes from contemporary television shows to closely recreate the fast paced experience of being on set.  From blocking to finals, learn to expect the unexpected and stay focused while delivering your absolute best performance.

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with an instructor before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAYS ALL INCLUSIVE (IN PERSON)

February 28 - April 10 *NO CLASS MARCH 27 | 6:00pm - 10:00pm  (Max 10 students)

Total $500 including gst for 6 weeks of class

April 17 - May 22 *NO CLASS MARCH 27 | 6:00pm - 10:00pm  (Max 10 students)

*NEW LOCATION IN KITSILANO

Total $500 including gst for 6 weeks of class

The Scene Study All Inclusive
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THE SCENE STUDY ALL INCLUSIVE

with Ben Immanuel, Jill Morrison, David Milchard and Nelson Wong

PREREQUISITE:

This session is open to newer actors, as well as more experienced actors in need of an inspiring tune up. Scene partners will be paired up according to their level of experience.

 

DESCRIPTION:

This is an opportunity for committed actors to work with 4 of Haven Acting Studio’s veteran teachers. We’ll explore various techniques, on-stage and on-camera,  with the ultimate goal of bringing more tools to your process to develop into a more well-rounded, confident, and joyful actor. Quit procrastinating, break through your creative blocks, refine your process, and amaze yourself with what you are capable of when you fully commit to your growth as an artist in this challenging, yet always safe and supportive 6 class intensive. 

 

Actors will receive a link of their on-camera work which they can use for promotional purposes such as when submitting to agents, adding to their Casting Workbook profile (if they don't have a demo) or simply sharing with their reps to show their development. 

WEEK 1 JILL MORRISON -  (6 - 10pm)

We begin the process by defining each actor's goals, then move into script analysis, clarifying objectives and obstacles, and exploring personalization.

WEEK 2: BEN IMMANUEL -  (6 - 10pm)

Scenes are on their feet with a focus on character exploration, breath work, and freeing up impulses.

WEEK 3: JILL MORRISON -  (6 - 10pm)

Digging deeper emotionally, technically refining delivery, and mining the material for higher stakes and more dynamic performances.

WEEK 4: BEN IMMANUEL  -  (6 - 10pm)

Go big! This week is focused on behaviour and sensory work — letting go and getting messy in order to discover more about your characters and their objectives, while still maintaining clarity throughout the arc of the scenes.

WEEK 5: DAVID MILCHARD -  (6 - 10pm)

Through a series of playful yet always grounded exercises, our resident improv master will take the group off the scripted page, freeing up your impulses to open up new worlds of creative discovery.

WEEK 6: NELSON WONG - (6 - 10pm)

Finally, take everything you’ve created with the previous 5 weeks of work serving as a rock-solid foundation, and refine it for condensed, focused on-camera scene work that will stand out, get noticed in self tapes, and send you to set empowered and excited to work.

 

FORMAT:
Students are assigned scenes from stage plays and are expected to rehearse with their scene partners between classes. There are 6 classes per session. 

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Ben, Jill, David or Nelson before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAYS ALL INCLUSIVE (IN PERSON)

ON HIATUS | 6:30pm - 10:30pm  (Max 10 students)

Total $500 including gst for 6 weeks of class

AUDITION BREAKTHROUGH

with Nelson Wong

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PREREQUISITE:
This class is for actors with previous acting training.

 

DESCRIPTION:
In this fast-paced on-camera audition workout led by seasoned actor Nelson Wong, you will learn and refine the vital skills necessary to deliver unique, confident, well-prepared auditions that will help you break through your fears and enjoy the casting process.

 

This weekly workout seeks to demystify the audition process and helps actors own their creative space. Actors will receive feedback and practice while exploring camera technique, genre, character choices, and personal stakes with the goal of being able to create a confident and creatively dynamic process for every audition.

Students receive their class footage each week via Dropbox.

 

AUDIT POLICY:
To maintain the safest and most focused atmosphere for the students in class, drop-in audits are not available. If you want to speak with Nelson before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAYS - AUDITION BREAKTHROUGH (IN PERSON)

ON HIATUS UNTIL APRIL 2024 | 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm (Max 10 students) 

Total: 5 WEEKS of class

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