I.O. Acting & Creative Studio

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Referrals and joint registration (including acting/writing combo classes) eligible for a one-time, $150 discount.
See below for our Curriculum Packages to save up to $400
Special Summer Schedule:
Classes on Mondays July 22+29, August 5+12, and on
Thursdays August 8+15

The focus of this in-studio course is to learn basic acting techniques while engaging in play and performance work. Much of the focus will be on comfort of expression in an ensemble, in-person setting. We start with the basics of movement, voice, and acting, with every step leading towards a freer ability to express oneself, and towards easing shyness and performance anxiety. Conservatory style acting exercises (Adler, Alexander, Boal, Hagen, Linklater, Meisner, Method, Johnstone, Shurtleff, Stanislavski, others) are condensed into a fun and challenging course for beginners and for those who wish to refresh their acting skills.
*Completion prerequisite for Intermediate Acting
6 weeks, one 2-hr. class per week: $480 + tax

Special Summer Schedule, 8-10pm:
Classes on Tuesdays July 23+30, August 6+13, September 3+10

Having completed the Intro class, students delve into the physical and vocal realm of character building, along with developing their skills and awareness when it comes to on-set Film & TV acting and audition technique.
Using the “Three Ables” as a guideline (being Amiable, Available, Amenable), further on-camera monologue and scene work encourages strong choices both in character development and in scene partnership while learning about what it takes to be a professional actor including self-tape skills.
*Completion prerequisite for Advanced Acting for Film and Television.
6 weeks, one 2-hr. class per week: $480 + tax

STARTS: Thursday, September 12, 8-10pm
Here the emotional challenges of the actor are explored, with a focus on acting from the heart. Professional actors and/or those who have completed the Intermediate class are eligible. Students are expected to engage in compelling work on camera—both on a personal and on a performance level—in a real, on-set environment. Students will learn invaluable techniques in acting for camera, while acquiring first-hand experience in film production itself. All the while they will be learning, as artists, how to attain an honest, compelling performance that avoids formulas. Students learn to work from the heart, rather than from a list of conventions. Essentially, students will learn how to act. Challenging scenes from contemporary film and television will be examined and performed.
8 weeks, one 2.5-hr. class per week: $640 + tax
Full Curriculum Package (all three sessions: Intro, Intermediate, Advanced—consecutive, or staggered) $1200 + taxª
ªSavings of $400. $1600 + tax if taken individually, package sessions subject to class availability, full payment required in advance

**Partial Curriculum Package (two sessions: Intermediate & Advanced—consecutive, or staggered) $920 + taxª
ªSavings of $200. $1120 + tax if taken individually, package sessions subject to class availability, full payment required in advance
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Montreal has a burgeoning film/television industry, both independent and mainstream—and your ticket in is the audition. Do you know how to audition? Need prep, or improvement? Want to know what materials you need to acquire an agent? A six-week session on how to audition for stage and screen, the I.O. Acting Studio Audition Prep Workshop will look at everything from "party piece" texts, to slating, to monologues, to on-camera film/TV scenes. Learn how to be wonderful in auditions, to sharpen your acting skills, and how to grow and thrive in-between gigs. Personalized attention, on-camera work, and constructive feedback that will make you a better performer under pressure—for newbies, amateurs and professionals, of all ages. Limited space.
8 weeks, one 2.5-hr. class/week: $480/$400 (for previous I.O. Acting and Creative Studio students) + tax

This crash course in the basics and fun of acting provides a thorough but enlightening experience for all involved. Engage in acting exercises, scene work, audition technique, and an introduction to the world of professional acting, filmmaking and screenwriting.
5 weeks, one 2-hr. class per week: $400 + tax
course instructor Adam Kelly Morton
SCREENCREATE: Film & TV Writing and Creation
An in-person writing and creating course, live from NDG, Montreal. Learn the ins and outs of creating short films, features, and television drama/comedy—fictional and historical. Covering the five stages of production (development, pre-, prod-, post-and distribution) with particular focus on screenwriting, this class will be a fun, practical, creative catalyst for aspiring film & TV writers, and for those who are curious about how movies and shows get made.
6 weeks, one 2.5-hr. class per week: $480 + tax
Teacher: Adam Kelly Morton (writing bio and info)
OTHER GROUP CLASSES (offered periodically)
Felix Brunger in "The Anorak", Hope Theatre, London, UK.
STARTS: Wednesday, June 5th, 8:00-10:00pm
With film and television successes such as Baby Reindeer, A Bronx Tale, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Fleabag, shows that began as solo plays show the power and potential of monologues. In this eight-week class taught by Adam Kelly Morton (The Anorak), learn how to create a bold concept and take it all the way to production—culminating in an optional live reading of work-in-progress for friends and peers. Flexible hybrid schedule (depending on cohort, in-person and online), no required homework, and plenty of support to get a project off the ground.
8 weeks plus live reading night: $400 + tax (or $300 each for two friends).

Master Classes/Comedy/Screenwriting/Audition/Industry
Where students and professional actors come together to engage in challenging scenes on-camera. Specific approaches to comedy, screenwriting, and industry business will be explored. Great opportunities for working with new people, networking, and most importantly: on-camera acting practice. The focus is on film scene-work, but audition materials can be brought in, as well as scenes written by the participants themselves. Industry professionals, special guests, regular audition practice, on-camera scene-work from great films, and rapid improvement are all to be expected from these sessions. Learn about the business of acting, including: agents, demo reels (with footage available from class), headshots (including photographer contacts), casting, sides, unions, set protocol, and much more. Vital classes for professionals and actors-to-be.