Classes

Foundation 1 & 2, Phase I, II & III

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Foundation 1 & 2, Phase I, II & III are courses that reflect MSOPA’s philosophy of providing actors with training that best helps them to develop and enhance the skills of their craft. Each level of Phase work moves in a natural progression, challenging actors to take the next step in their training. We aim to instill in our students a sense of professionalism while allowing them to grow as creative actors within a safe, encouraging environment.

Foundation of Acting

Foundation is an introductory acting class where actors are introduced to basic techniques and skills. Emphasis is placed on developing an initial set of tools, including improvisational skills, inner monologue, body and sensory awareness. Students will work with short monologues which will encourage them to make choices, begin developing character, and to use their imaginations. The focus of the Foundation course is to begin building a basic set of skills that will be further explored.

Duration: 7 weeks / 20hrs

 Foundation 2

Techniques will become more specific as students continue to develop an initial set of acting skills and tools. The techniques introduced in the Foundation 1 course will be applied and built upon, and increased emphasis is placed on making choices, developing character, and using the imagination. Student will work on contemporary scenes for Film, TV or Stage, utilizing imagination, breaking down the thought process behind the lines, improving on emotions and intuition.

Students will also be introduced to Movement and Vocal work. The well-trained actor is able to use his/her body and voice to communicate effectively with an audience.

Duration:8 weeks 24 hours

Phase I (Character Building)

Phase I grows out of the Foundation courses. Technique will become more specific as students continue to develop an initial set of acting skills and tools. The techniques introduced in the Foundation courses will be applied and built upon, and increased emphasis is placed on making choices, developing character, and using the imagination. Students are encouraged to begin thinking independently, creating an individual work ethic which allows them to grow as self-motivated actors. These skills will be used as students work to create characters through monologue work.

Students will continue to incorporate Movement and Vocal work. In Phase I, students will be given physical exercises designed to make them actively aware of their bodies, and giving them the opportunity to explore circumstance through physical movement. Voice work will consist of becoming aware of the breath, and learning to sustain

vocal energy on stage through various vocal exercises.

Duration: 10 weeks/30hrs

Phase II

Drawing on the skills already acquired in Foundation and Phase I, students will be introduced to more sophisticated and specific techniques of acting. Imagination and independently motivated creation will continue to be encouraged. Students in Phase II will learn how to prepare for a scene, how to listen effectively, and will work towards creating ‘truth’ from imaginary circumstances. Actions and intentions will be explored and applied through monologue and/or scene work.

The Movement and Voice work begun in Phase I will also be built upon. In their Movement work, students will learn how to develop and strengthen the actor’s body. Emphasis is placed on moving with ease and purpose, listening with the body, and moving effectively on stage.

Duration: 12 weeks / 36 hours

 Phase III

Phases I and II come together in Phase III, and will give students the opportunity to apply their skills within the context of a play. A full text will be studied within the class, and students will be expected to bring the techniques they have worked with thus far to the process. Although independent work will continue to be encouraged, Phase III offers students a chance to work with direction. They will explore the mechanics of blocking, how to make “good” and “better” choices, how to use the story of a play to develop character, and how to work as part of a cast. Students will have the chance to work on and to truthfully interpret several different characters and scenes.

The Movement and Voice component will progress from Phase II to become more specific in Phase III, allowing students to explore the development of character both through movement and gesture. Imagination and awareness of the body will continue to be stressed as students become increasingly adept at using their bodies to communicate with the audience.

Duration: 12 weeks / 36 hours

 

 VOICE

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Voice acting is a growing industry in Montreal, why not be prepared for those opportunities.

Finding your own voice, Style, Technique, Delivery Commercials (Hard Sell- Soft Sell) Corporate Narration, Cartoons, auditions, and marketing yourself.

 1 session students will work in a professional recording studio

 They will receive various samples of their work

(THIS IS NOT A DEMO)

Duration: 8 weeks – 20hrs

 

Voice & Speech

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Improve your speaking voice learning to sustain energy and thought through speech, develop your ear and improve diction while working with text.

*** ideal for Actors, Public Speakers, Teachers and Corporate Presenters

Duration: 6 weeks –  15 hrs

COMEDY

Improv Comedy with Terence Bowman

An introduction to improvisational comedy, it will cover all the basics: listening, making offers, accepting offers, character work, scene building, and much more.

Duration: 5 weeks, 10 hours

Improv & Sketch Comedy

improv-sketch-logoUnique Workshop in Montreal since 2012
Saturday Night Live…Baroness Von Sketch Show…
The Second City Project…Key and Peele!
Six classes PLUS a final showcase performance at a Live venue!

Learn the skills and techniques of both improv and sketch comedy. Learn to create memorable scenes and characters, whether they be improvised or scripted.

Students will get to showcase their sketches and improv in a live venueisc3

 

There is currently no other class of its kind being offered in Montréal.

 Duration: 6 weeks -18 hrs + Showcase

 

WORKSHOPS

JUST SCENES

With Casting Director Josa Maule

This class is perfect for the actor who has been away from the craft for a while or the actor who wants to refine their auditioning skills.

Actors will work intensively on various scenes with different acting partners each week.  Your ability to make active, personal choices is essential for dynamic auditions and performances.

 

Duration: 4 WEEKS – 8 HRS

 

Intro to Shakespeare

This course introduces actors to Shakespeare using sonnets and well-known monologues. The focus is on character development though text and language, and learning how to clearly communicate with an audience using poetic language. Actors will learn how to approach Shakespeare without intimidation or fear, giving them the tools required to work with Classical monologues (often necessary for audition purposes). The emphasis on text, language, what the character says, and how he/she says it also adds another dimension for actors to explore when creating a character.

This class doesn’t require any prerequisite.

Duration: 4 weeks, 12 hours

 

on-camera-auditions-awOn Camera Workshop 

With Josa Maule & Guests

***NOT FOR BEGINNERS*** 

This workshop will give students the unique opportunity to work on scenes and audition sides from original scripts for film, television & commercials.

 

 Learn the Business “Dos and Don’ts.”

The art of working on camera.

Preparation for auditions

Explore diverse chemistry, objectives and choices.

review, critique and challenge the actor.

 closing the Deal – booking the role.

Students will be given work to prepare  3 days before  each class

Duration: 5 weeks 15 hours      Semi Private (max 8)

 

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Musical Theatre for the Beginner

Have you ever wanted to perform in a Broadway show? Have you ever inquired whether you have “the chops” to sing with the big boys and girls? MSOPA is presenting a series of workshops , introducing you to basic vocal and diction techniques. Students are required to come to class prepared to sing a song. Each class will have an accompanist to play along in order to give the proper vocal experience. At the end of the session, the students will be exposed to proper vocal technique, diction, basic acting for singers and movement.

Duration: 4 weeks – 12 hours

Young Actors Workshops

Child Actors workshop

In the comfort of a “safe” environment, the student will learn the basic stage, theatre, and fiyoung_actors_004lm techniques by participating in various theatre games and sensory exercises; to harness the student actor’s sense of awareness These techniques will help:

  • Develop trust between the actor and the group
  • Enhance the actor’s self-confidence
  • Develop a positive attitude towards themselves and their work

Duration: 10 weeks, 20 hours

class pic 2016Teen Actors Workshop

In the comfort of a “safe” environment, the students will learn to be more self-confident and to trust themselves and their acting work. Specific acting techniques will help the student to grow as an actor, focusing on improvisation, characterization and text analysis for film and stage. Students will be encouraged to take risks in order to evolve as actors.

Duration: 10 weeks, 20 hours

Filmmaking Workshop (Ages 9 – 16)

Write – Shoot – Direct – Edit – Screen

Students will write a script, shoot, direct the script, and learn to edit the film and then it will be screened.

Duration: 4 weeks, 12 hours

IMG_20141122_135102Young Actors Summer Day-Camp

(Ages 8-15)

Enjoy your summer, Having fun and being creative!

The staff and administration of MSOPA know that summer is a time for students to have fun. With that in mind, we have developed a program that gives the young actor the opportunity to be creative.

 

Program objectives:

  • To provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
  • To teach specific acting skills and techniques, through theatre games, improvisation exercise and text.
  • To encourage risk-taking in their acting work.
  • To train the body and voice.
  • To learn audition skills and scene study techniques.
  • To develop trust in themselves and the group.
  • To help develop self-confidence
  • To learn directing and production skills to promote leadership and organization.

There will be two industry field trips

The Camp will end with a work in progress Showcase for family and friends.

Duration: 2 weeks in July and / or August

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP (TBA)

WEEKEND SEMINAR WELCOME TO SHOWBIZ (TBA)

 

 

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