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launching international stars since 1997

 

Our adult classes start at the Introduction to On Camera Performance level for beginners and build up to our Core Acting V. We're very specific when placing actors in a class to ensure that they are growing and challenging themselves alongside their peers. Our goal is not only to get your work up to Industry standard, but to ensure that it is competitive as quickly as possible. We want to see our actors work + get paid for it.

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INTRODUCTION TO ON CAMERA PERFORMANCE 

 

This is an entry level class that has served as the launching pad for many AAS star Alum.  Aspiring actors will be given a comprehensive set of tools to create organic and compelling storytelling within the frame. The curriculum introduces language, methodology and a practical guide to meeting the expectations of the working professional through assigned material explored on camera.

REQUIREMENTS:

 There are no requirements for this class, anyone can join!

18hrs | $549+HST
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

DAY
2:00PM - 5:00PM

1st Session
Apr 16 - May 2
Tuesdays & Thursdays

2nd Session
May 28 - June 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays

3rd Session
July 9 - July 25
Tuesdays & Thursdays

4th Session
August 13 - August 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays
 

NIGHT
6:30PM - 9:30PM

 

1st Session
May 27 - June 12
Mondays & Wednesdays

2nd Session
July 9 - July 25
Tuesdays & Thursdays

3rd Session
August 6 - August 22
Tuesdays & Thursdays
 

 
CORE ACTING I

 

This is a foundational on-camera training class. With a mix of practical and theoretical learning, Core Acting I focuses on scene and character study, translating action within the frame, and discovering each actor's range. Ideal for actors who are looking to translate theatre training into compelling screen technique, or for actors with previous experience in Film and TV study. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Previous on-camera training or successful advancement from Introduction to On Camera Performance.

36hrs | $949+hst*
*$500 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available
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UPCOMING SESSIONS

DAY

2:00PM - 5:00PM

1st Session
May 27 - July 8*

Mondays & Wednesdays

*no class July 1

2nd Session
July 16 - August 22
Tuesdays & Thursdays
 

NIGHT
6:30PM - 9:30PM
 

1st Session
May 27 - July 8
Mondays & Wednesdays
*no class July 1

2nd Session
July 16 - August 22
Tuesdays & Thursdays
 

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CORE ACTING II

This is an intermediate on-camera training course focused on both audition technique and partnered scene work. Actors will build stamina and agility through a specific focus on how to use scene structure to shape dynamic performances. Ideal for actors with previous experience specific to Film and TV. Actors who are represented and actively auditioning will be considered for enrolment. 

 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Previous theoretical and practical experience specific to Film and TV, or successful completion of Core Acting I, or completion of a post-secondary theatre school program.

36hrs | $999+hst*
*$550 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available.

 

UPCOMING SESSIONS
 

DAY

2:00PM - 5:00PM

1st Session
May 28 - July 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays

2nd Session
July 15 - August 26*
Mondays & Wednesdays
*no class August 5

NIGHT
6:30PM - 9:30PM
 

1st Session
May 28 - July 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays

2nd Session
July 15 - August 26*
Mondays & Wednesdays
*no class August 5
 


 EMBODYING ACTION + IMPULSE

w/Resident Coach Steven McCarthy

 

Get out of your head and into your body. Discover and strengthen your instincts. Let go of overly controlling your work.

 

EAI is designed to activate the actor's imagination, strengthen physical and emotional impulses, and help them trust their spontaneity.

 


EAI focuses on developing and exploring the actor's body, breath, and voice as our key tools for translating dynamic action, relationship, subtext, and stakes within the frame. With a distinct focus on improvisation, impulse work and physical exercises, this course is all about doing rather than thinking. We'll explore how to tune into our instincts, build confidence in our own spontaneity and play within partnered work, and discover pathways to deeper emotional range. We'll see how our own habits help (or hurt) our access to character, and discover the subtextual motivations that drive people to do what they do.

 

This course will be adjusted and augmented for the individuals involved, while maintaining an aggressive commitment to safe-space play, and a warmth and generosity of spirit.

24hrs | $649+hst*
*$400 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available.
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS
 

October 25 - December 13
Fridays
6:00PM - 9:00PM

 

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CORE ACTING III 

 

This is an intermediate on-camera training class focusing on strengthening the actor's story-telling responsibility by challenging their stamina and range. Actors will work in-depth practically and theoretically on breaking down story, scene structure, identifying conflict, as well as finding spontaneity in both auditions and partnered work. Translating the actor's understanding of story into believable, compelling action is central.

REQUIREMENTS: 

Agent representation, headshot and resume, previous theoretical and practical experience and/or successful completion of Core Acting II.  Admission is at the discretion of the school’s Artistic Director.

36hrs | $999+hst*
*$550 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available.
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS
 

1st Session
July 5 - August 30
Fridays
12:00PM - 4:00PM
Instructor: Andrea Runge

2nd Session
October 18 - December 13
Fridays
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Instructor: Steven McCarthy
 


SUMMER 
ADVANCED SCENE STUDY INTENSIVE

w/Artistic Director Susanna Fournier

 

This advanced level intensive will target individual actors strengths and areas for growth through scene study deep dives, audition technique, chemistry tests, and genre/style specific approaches. Our continued emphasis will be on what is possible between the story as written and the performance we co-author in real time with our scene partners. Contemporary material from film, television, and live performance will be used in this course, including reading material assigned to participants in between studio sessions complimenting sides/scene work. Please consider this preparation time when applying. Actors who have secured professional work on-screen including large principal, guest-starring, recurring and leading roles in episodic and feature films will be considered for enrolment. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 Agent representation, headshot and resume, previous theoretical and practical experience and/or successful completion of Core Acting III.  Admission at the discretion of the intensive instructor/Artistic Director Susanna Fournier.

36hrs | $900+hst
*$550 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available.
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS
 

May 28 - June 25
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:00PM - 10:00PM

 

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CORE ACTING IV

w/Artistic Director Susanna Fournier

 

This is an advanced on-camera training class. Emphasis is placed on identifying each actor's individual strengths, weaknesses, and habits to overcome blocks and open pathways to greater range. Actors work across genres in both Film and TV content to build dynamic command of the frame and confidence in their characterization and technique. This is both partnered scene work and audition-style, stressing spontaneity, personalization, and aliveness.

Actors who have secured professional work on-screen including large principal, guest-starring, recurring and leading roles in episodic and feature films will be considered for enrolment. 

 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Agent representation, headshot and resume, previous theoretical and practical experience and/or successful completion of Core Acting III.  Admission at the discretion of both the School's Executive Director or Artistic Director.

36hrs | $999+hst*
*$550 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available.
 

UPCOMING SESSIONs
 

October 9 - December 4
Wednesdays
6:00PM - 10:00PM

 

 
CORE ACTING V

w/Artistic Director Susanna Fournier

This is a master level on-camera training class. Core Acting V explores and deepens the energetic connection between the actor, the frame, and their acquired knowledge and skill to free them from pre-planning emotional responses and artificial performances. This class fosters a willingness to engage in the spontaneous, asks us to 'get real' with the tactics and behaviours that motivate human action, and challenges actors to cultivate deeper vulnerability and risk in their work. With a distinct focus on genre, the actor is invited to strengthen their stylistic range.

Core Acting V offers the most advanced AAS students an opportunity to exercise and hone their craft. The caliber of those enrolled is closely curated to ensure students are surrounded by actors of equivalent skill - much like the onset reality. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:
Agent representation, headshot and resume, previous theoretical and practical experience and/or successful completion of Core Acting III. Admission at the discretion of both the School's Director and Artistic Director.

36hrs | $900+hst*
*$500 deposit upon enrollment
10% ACTRA discount available.
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS
 

October 10 - December 5
Thursdays
6:00PM - 10:00PM

 

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

I started working with...Armstrong Acting Studios in 2005.  17 years later [the] Studio continues to discover, build and launch International Film and TV stars.  [They're] about as good as it gets.  The training offered is both relevant and practical.  Actors who work with [them] get work.  It’s that simple...

Nina Dobrev
Actor
Love Hard, The Vampire Diaries

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