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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
WORKSHOPS

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

 

2-DAY ON-CAMERA COMEDY WORKSHOP 

with Jill Morrison

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PREREQUISITE: 

Both veteran and newer actors are welcome, and scene partners with similar levels of experience will be paired up together.

DESCRIPTION: 

In an encouraging, challenging, and always fun atmosphere, actors will work with partners on multiple scenes on-camera.

The focus of this energetic class will be on breathing and rehearsal tools, camera technique, broad comedy vs more grounded styles, and the specific differences between multi and single-camera approaches. Using scenes from film and TV, Jill will work closely with each actor to help bring out and nurture their unique comedic voice, while building the specific skills that are required to work in numerous professional environments where funny is money!

FORMAT: 

Students are assigned scenes from film and TV.

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.

2-DAY ON-CAMERA COMEDY WORKSHOP with JILL MORRISON WORKSHOP (IN PERSON):

 

November 19 & 20 (11am - 4pm) *MAX 12 Students
Total: $260.00 including gst

In addition to her always popular “On-Camera Comedy Class” at Haven Studio, Jill is now offering this new MONDAY NIGHT SCENE STUDY CLASS. A veteran performer of stage and screen, Jill brings over 15 years of teaching acting to her own unique, fun and empowering style of coaching.

 

Using scenes from contemporary plays, Jill’s class focuses on voice, clarity of storytelling, creating complex characters and building a strong connection to scene partners. From script analysis to rehearsal process, to final performance, Jill’s Scene Study class will help you “find your wings” and fly!

 

Selected credits for Jill include A Million Little Things, Mean Girls, Supergirl, National Parks, Maid, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Project Blue Book, The Good Doctor, Motherland, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Package Deal, Imaginary Mary, The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Healing Powers of Dude and Benchwarmers, and too many MOWs to mention!

with Barbara Deutsch

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COMPLETION CREATION WORKSHOP 

THE COURAGE TO BE INSPIRED AND TAKE ACTION

The most anticipated event of the year is BDA’s Completion Creation.

This is the best way to wrap up the year that has been, be acknowledged for your work and most importantly, set yourself up for success in the year ahead with a theme that leads the way...

 
What worked this year?
What didn’t work this year?
What is your game plan for next year?

 

You will leave centered, inspired and refreshed to jump into and create your brilliant new year.

Not sure if this is the right fit for you?

Email Barbara at barbara@bdapproach.com for a free 15 minute chat. It’s like speed dating, but for your career.

COMPLETION CREATION WORKSHOP with BARBARA DEUTSCH

(IN PERSON)

November 5 & 6 (9:30am - 5pm) *MAX 16 Students
Total: $275.00 including gst

 
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2-DAY ACTING ON-CAMERA WORKSHOP 

with Brandon Jay McLaren

DESCRIPTION:

It is no exaggeration to say Brandon Jay McLaren is one of the busiest, most versatile actors working internationally in film and television today.

A Haven Acting Studio alumnus, Brandon can currently be seen in the Freeform comedy Everything’s Trash.  Other notable performances **include fan favourite ‘Xavier Watkins’ on the Disney + comedy/action series Turner & Hooch, ABC’s action series The Rookie, alongside Nathan Fillion, and as ‘Buckley’ on season 5 of the acclaimed FX series Snowfall, created by Dave Andron, Eric Amadio and John Singleton. A genre-hopping actor with killer comedy chops, smoking hot dramatic intensity and effortless charm, Brandon wants to share his experience, techniques, and stories with you, exclusively at Haven Acting Studio, in this on-camera intensive.

Utilizing scenes from top-notch shows that he has worked on, as well as other dynamic current productions, day 1 will be focused on dramatic scenes and day 2 will be an exploration of contemporary comedy.

 

Brandon will be focusing on on-set skills including:

  • taking direction on the fly

  • having agency over your craft

  • the ability to be versatile

  • taking educated risks

What makes this workshop even more unique is that Brandon is generously donating his entire teaching fee to REACH WITHIN, a charity dear to his heart that helps transform childhood trauma into healthy living.

Haven Acting Studio will also be making a $250.00 donation to Reach Within and anyone else who wants to learn more about what they do or donate, please check out www.reachwithin.org

This workshop is geared toward students with previous training and on-set experience. Only 12 spots available.

2-DAY ACTING ON-CAMERA WORKSHOP with BRANDON JAY McLAREN 

(IN PERSON)

 

TBD
Total: $260.00 including gst

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PERFECT YOUR BRITISH ACCENT

BRITISH SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP

with Natalie Moon

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PREREQUISITE:
Both veteran and newer actors are welcome, and scene partners with similar levels of experience will be paired up together.

DESCRIPTION:


Perfect your British accent whilst delving into scenes from contemporary theatre.

 

The first class will focus on accent specifics and attributes, consonant omissions and changes, vowel changes, placement, and flow.

 

We will explore Haven Acting Studio‘s “3 C’s”:

Comprehension, Commitment, and Clarity.

 

We will warm up using British texts and sounds. Throughout the five classes, we will focus on objectives and analysis of the text. We will also look at how an accent can influence a character, how it makes you feel, and how it makes you behave. Over the course of the round, we will constantly improve and hone your RP accent until you feel confident and eager to get out there to share what you have learned for auditions, and in your work on stage and screen.

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 4 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 Natalie before signing up for a class, however, we are glad to arrange that.

SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAY SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP (IN PERSON):

 

TBD | 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Total: $350 including gst for 5 WEEKS of class

 

IMPROV WORKSHOP

with Award Winning Actor Veena Sood

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PREREQUISITE:

This workshop is suitable for both newer, and veteran actors. 

 

DESCRIPTION:
This workshop will focus on using Improv exercises to allow oneself to be more present, accept your impulses, and give you valuable tools to assist you in your scene work, auditions, and onset.

There is no pressure to ‘be funny’ but rather the focus will be on learning how to free your mind, unleash your imagination, and release your spontaneity.

SCHEDULE:

Improv Workshop with Veena Sood

TBD | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Total $250 including gst for a 2-day intensive

*Maximum 12 students*

 

2-Night Online Scene Study Workshop

Exclusively at Haven Acting Studio

with Richard J. Lewis

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PREREQUISITE:
These workshops are geared toward experienced actors. Please submit your current headshot and resume. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

 

DESCRIPTION:

This is a chance to be closely guided by director/producer Richard J. Lewis, exclusively at Haven Studio.

Dustin Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffery Wright, Ed Harris, Minnie Driver, Paul Giamatti, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins … these are just a few of the actors Richard has worked with in over 30 years as an award-winning film and TV director. Richard’s other credits include A Million Little Things, CSI, Person of Interest, and feature films Barney’s Version and Whale Music.

Most recently, Richard has come on board as an Executive Producer on Ben Immanuel’s series Trigger Me, which was created in collaboration with students at Haven Studio, and is being repped by Thunderbird/Great Pacific Entertainment. Richard will be bringing his passion, experience, and love of the actor/director process to Haven Studio.

FORMAT:

Students are assigned scenes from Film and Television Shows and are expected to be off-book and rehearse with their scene partners between classes. The scene will then be performed live on Zoom with their assigned partner.

All scenes will be recorded and sent to you via Google Drive.

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.

2-Day Scene Study Workshop with Richard J. Lewis

TBD | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Total $250 including gst for a 2-day intensive

*Maximum 12 students*

 

HOW TO PLAY COPS FOR FILM AND TELEVISION

with Jason Tremblay

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PREREQUISITE:
This workshop is suitable for both newer, and veteran actors. 

 

DESCRIPTION:

So many actors audition for and hopefully book parts playing police officers of all kinds: rookies, veterans, detectives, sergeants, good cops, crooked cops and more. From day-players to series leads, there will always be police roles up for grabs in film and television. But how many actors know what’s required to play the role of a police officer accurately and truthfully?

THE BASICS

  • PROP FIREARMS HANDLING

  • PROPER HANDCUFFING TECHNIQUE

  • USING THE POLICE RADIO

  • THINKING, WALKING, AND TALKING LIKE A COP

  • PROPER CONDUCT AND PROTOCOL

  • PROPER WARDROBE

TAKING A DEEPER DIVE, THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALSO GIVE YOU A FIRST-HAND INSIDERS VIEW INTO POLICE CULTURE:

  • DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ROOKIES, VETERANS, AND “BOSSES”

  • POLICE SLANG AND CODES

  • HOW COPS HANDLE EMOTIONS (OR HOW THEY DON’T)

  • DRINKING/GOSSIP AND INTER-OFFICE RELATIONSHIPS

  • HAZING THE ROOKIES

  • THE “BOYS CLUB” AND THE COMPLEXITIES OF BEING “LOYAL TO BLUE.”

  • RACISM, POLITICS AND GENDER ISSUES.

  • OFF-DUTY LIFESTYLE AND CONDUCT)

With 20 years of experience as a police officer/detective, Jason Tremblay has played law enforcement of various types on shows including Day of the Dead, Maid, Demonic, Loudermilk, Spontaneous, Virgin River, BH90210, Power Rangers, Law & Order, Lifetime and Hallmark movies, and more. Coming from an acting family, he has spent countless hours on film and TV sets. He has seen it all, the true version and the showbiz version, and strongly believes if someone is going to play a cop, be they a good cop or a bad cop, they should start by knowing what it’s like to be a real cop.

 

Sides from shows, improv, role-playing, and lots of discussion and Q & A will all be incorporated into the day.

 

Everyone will be up on their feet participating in this intense, yet safe look behind the blue line.

 

This workshop is also open to writers.

SCHEDULE:

TBD