launching international stars since 1997

 

Our adult classes start at the Introduction to On-Camera level for beginners and build up to our Master Class with Artistic Director Salvatore Antonio and Studio Director and Founder Dean Armstrong. 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 and getting paid for it.

 

WORK with dean armstrong

 

ActEd Online is a virtual training facility for both aspiring and experienced actors in film + television.

CORE CLASSES

(IOC - CORE IV)

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

I found myself at AAS five years ago as an aspiring actor unsure of where or how to begin in the industry. Since then, AAS has become a critical part of my training as I continue to build a strong foundation in craft while simultaneously honouring my instincts as an artist on set. Dean and his amazing coaches have taught me almost everything I know from the fundamentals of script analysis to the nuances of a strong on-camera presence.  For any actors who are passionate about this profession but unsure of where or how to begin, it's never too late to take those first steps and AAS is the place for anyone ready to learn and prepared to work!

Sugenja Sri

 (The Handmaid's Tale, Designated Survivor)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ON CAMERA PERFORMANCE 

 

This class is simply about doing it! For aspiring actors who always wondered, but never did or for those needing a jolt out of their comfort zone. If you were ever curious about film + television performance or were once told that you should be "an actor", then this is the class for you! Experience first hand what today's actors are doing. Don't just imagine how it might have been, or how it might be, know for yourself how it is and how the camera sees you. 

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

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

18hrs | $500+HST (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

DAY

2:00PM - 5:00PM

NIGHT
7:00PM - 10:00PM
 

1st Session
Sept 20 - Oct 6
Mondays & Wednesdays

2nd Session
Oct 19 - Nov 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays
 

1st Session
Sept 30 - Nov 4
Thursdays
 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

 

CORE ACTING I

 

This is a Foundational on-camera training class. Ideal for actors who have had theater training or for those actors with a foundation in film + television study.  

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Previous on-camera specific training, or successful advancement from Introduction To On Camera Performance.

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

36hrs | $900+hst (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Sept 28 - Dec 14
Tuesdays
7:00PM-10:00PM

 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

 

CORE ACTING II

This is an Intermediate on camera training course that will explore both audition technique and partnered scene work, ideal for actors with previous experience specific to film and television. Actors who are represented and actively auditioning will be considered for enrollment.

 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Agent representation, professional headshot and resume, previous theoretical and practical experience specific to film & television, or successful completion of Core Acting I.

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

36hrs | $989+hst (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Sept 28 - Nov 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays
2:00PM-5:00PM
 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

 

CORE COMPREHENSIVE: BRIDGE

 

This is an Intermediate on-camera training class focusing exclusively on partnered scene work. Ideal for actors with experience in film + television. Actors who are represented and have secured professional work on screen will be considered for enrollment.

REQUIREMENTS: 

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

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

36hrs | $999+hst (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

October 1 - December 17
Fridays
2:00PM-5:00PM
 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

 
CORE ACTING III

 

This is an advanced on-camera training class. Ideal for actors with significant experience in film + television. Actors who have secured professional work on screen including large principle, guest starring, recurring and leading roles in recognized episodic and feature films will be considered for enrollment. 

 

ALL PARTNERED SCENE WORK AT AN ADVANCED LEVEL (WITH AN AUDITION COMPONENT).

 

Requirements: 

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

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

36hrs | $999+hst (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS


Oct 21 - Dec 16
Thursdays
6:00PM - 10:00PM
 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

 
CORE ACTING IV

 

This is an on camera training Master Class. CA IV has been designed to forge an organic connection between the actor and acquired knowledge and skill by divorcing them from the need to "choreograph" pre-planned emotional responses and artificial performances. This class fosters a willingness to engage in the spontaneous and to celebrate the unpredictable in partnered work.

 

CA IV offers the most advanced AAS students an opportunity to exercise and hone their craft. The caliber of those enrolled is closely filtered in order to ensure that admitted students are surrounded by equals at an enriched learning level - 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.

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

36hrs | $859+hst (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS


Oct 20 - Dec 15
Wednesdays
6:00PM-10:00PM
 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

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SPECIALTY CLASSES

 

CORE ACTION CONDITIONING

 

Get out of your head. Get into your body. Unlock your instincts.

Core Action Conditioning is a new course at AAS specifically designed to help actors access their instinctual responsiveness and a focused sense of play using a variety of techniques including actioning (via Stanislavsky), character analysis (via Uta Hagen), and structured improvisation.

 

CAC is designed to stimulate and sharpen an actor’s impulses to help them bring spontaneity and emotional immediacy to their work in front of the camera.

Actors are led through a series of exercises that will deepen their textual investigation of complex characters which, in turn, will allow them to access their deepest instincts while playing high-stakes scenes. These exercises are designed to encourage the actor’s ability to locate, and then harness their own instincts to allow for a richer, more personal responses within their work.

 

Units of study will include:

Intensive character analysis

Sense & Emotional Memory training (Hagen)

Actioning and Risk (specificity and clarity training)

Accessing the Instinct (creative response to the story and the script)

Improvisation (reality of character, circumstances, time and place, emotions, and varied action)

AAS COVID-19 POLICY

All group course participants are required to provide proof of vaccination.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required to be worn during class. Masks may be removed when the actor is performing on camera - there will be at least 6 feet of space between the performing actor and all other class participants. For any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the studio.

24hrs | $699+hst (-10% ACTRA)
 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

 
Oct 29 - Dec 17
Fridays
6:00PM-9:00PM
 

In the event provincial guidelines change during the course of a session and no longer permit in-person classes, the in-studio sessions will immediately switch to virtual Zoom classes. The virtual Zoom classes will keep the same scheduled day and time.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"The first time I worked with Salvatore was for my audition for Bad Blood which I booked from that tape, and there were things we tried out in that audition session that stuck with me, that I used until my last day on set. The atmosphere Salvatore creates in the room is of passion and excitement for the role and project you're going in for. Because of his approach, when I leave the room I often not only feel confident in the work, but observe I experienced joy doing it, and that for me is what this is all about."​

Anna Hopkins
 (Bad Blood, Shadowhunters)