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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

 

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):

January 10 - Feb 7 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students) *FULL

Total $440 including GST for 5 weeks of class

February 14 - March 14 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students)

Total $440 including GST for 5 weeks of class

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SCENE STUDY

with Jill Morrison

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PREREQUISITE:
This class is geared towards actors newer to Haven 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)

January 9 - February 6 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students)

Total: $400 including GST for 5 WEEKS of class

AUDITION BREAKTHROUGH

with Nelson Wong

 

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

 

DESCRIPTION:
In this fast-paced online 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)

January 11 - February 8 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students)

Total: $375 including gst for 5 WEEKS of class

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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):

January 8 - February 5 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students) *FULL

Total: $440 including gst for 5 WEEKS of class

February 12 - March 12 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Max 12 students) 

Total $440 including GST for 5 weeks of class

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THE 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 BEN IMMANUEL -  (6 - 11pm)

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

WEEK 2: JILL MORRISON -  (6 - 11pm)

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

WEEK 3: BEN IMMANUEL -  (6 - 11pm)

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

WEEK 4: JILL MORRISON  -  (6 - 11pm)

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 - 11pm)

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 be off-book and 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, Veena or Nelson before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY ALL INCLUSIVE (IN PERSON)

January 12 - February 16 (Max 12 students)

Total $500 including gst for 6 weeks of class

 

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 currently shooting her 9th 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:

WEDNESDAYS - SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON)

TBD | 11:00am - 2:00pm (Max 12 Students)
Total: $375 including GST for 5 WEEKS of class

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SCENE STUDY

with Nelson Wong

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:
Since 2002, Vancouver’s top working actors have been training at Ben Immanuel’s Haven Studio. Many of Ben’s students, past and present, are working in lead and recurring roles in film and television projects, as well as stage productions, across North America and abroad.

 

Haven is also home to a great many ambitious up-and-coming actors, and this Scene Study class with Nelson Wong is your chance to see for yourself what makes Haven so special. This is an intensive scene study class, every Saturday afternoon for 5 weeks in a row. You’ll be performing long scenes from great contemporary plays, with a maximum 12 students in class. You’ll be working on the key steps to becoming a solid, strong, prepared actor – ready to face the realities of working professionally.

 

You’ll be challenged to work on clearly understanding the story you’re telling, developing the techniques required to deliver your part confidently, and you’ll be encouraged and guided as you discover the freedom and creativity that follows a lot of hard work.

 

FORMAT:
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 4-6 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 Nelson before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY SCENE STUDY (IN PERSON):
 

TBD | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Max 12 students)
Total $375 including gst for 5 weeks of class