Adult Programs for 2016

Essential Techniques* (Adult program 15 +)

Coach: David Simmonds
June 12th – July 31st.
Tuesdays: 7 – 10 p.m.. (8 sessions)*
*Enrolment includes 20 + page booklet on Essential Techniques.

Cost 370 includes gst. (payment plan available)

Payment plan available

* 10% Program discount for studio members returning to this program.

A really enjoyable and challenging program for absolute beginners, intermediate level or stage actors who wish to make the transition to the screen. Essential Techniques is a program for those interested in recognizing and acquiring the particular skills required not only to work on camera but also create truthful ‘in-the-moment’ characters.

Subject Matter includes:
Script investigation/ Mining the text/ The Objective Action and Verbing/ Given Circumstances/ Moment before and after/ Activities and/or Business/ Actioning the text/  Improvisation /Subtext (Layering the character) /Agents and casting directors /Portfolios and Résumés/ The Meisner Approach/ Improvisation/ Cold Reading  /Auditioning Techniques / Scenes and monologues /Getting off the page and into the moment /Active Listening/ Telling the story.

Scene Study for Film & Television with Joanne Wilson

Adult Scene / Auditioning Study for Film & Television 

Instructor: Joanne Wilson *

Wednesdays 7- 10pm. April 27th – June 15th (8 weeks).

Cost 370* includes gst. (Payment plan available).

This eight week course will take the actor into a variety of scene studies for both television and film, as well as developing the basics of auditioning techniques. The course will focus on character development, script analysis, relationship and emotional truth. Students will work with acting partners in scenes from both classic film roles and contemporary television series to create powerful, honest scenes using a variety of techniques. Short auditioning scenes will be used to establish confidence for the students in auditioning opportunities. They will learn how to perform these in an auditioning environment. Auditioning do’s and don’ts, and how to work truthfully while in the ‘audition pressure cooker’.

Joanne Wilson Bio:

Credits include roles in The CTV/ABC series Motive, The US-British drama series The Intruders, CTV/CW series Arrow, and the Lifetime Movie She Made Them Do It.  Feature film credits: Tron LegacyKill For Me, and Cascadia. She has appeared on CBS, NBC, Bravo, Lifetime, Global, and Showtime The Mermaid Chair, Stranger with My Face, Trophy Wife, Whispers and Lies, Cross Roads, Augusta Gone, and The L Word.

In theatre, Joanne received outstanding reviews as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee William’s classic The Glass Menagerie for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.  Joanne has also appeared on stage at The Citadel Theater, Chinook Theatre, Workshop West, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Joanne has worked as a writer, announcer, interviewer and producer in the broadcast industry for Toronto’s Q107 and CFRB. Currently she hosts two national radio features heard on over 100 Canadian radio stations. She is also a successful voice over actor heard on documentaries, in animation, and on hundreds of commercials throughout North America.

Summer Camps

CAMP 1:        June 27- June 30 (Ages 8-11 )

CAMP 2:       July 11-14 (Ages 12-15)

CAMP 3:       July 18-21 (Ages 8-11 )

CAMP 4:       Aug 2-5 (Ages 12-15 ) ** Tuesday to Friday

CAMP 5:      Aug 15-18 (Ages 8-11 )

A four day fun-filled camp working on scenes and commercials and finding out what it means to be on-set.  Video-taping and playback are used throughout the camp to monitor the progress and provide the understanding of how to work on camera for the young actors. On the Thursday day we do a final shoot and enjoy a pizza lunch provided by the studio before presenting playback to the parents and guests on the closing afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch Monday through Wednesday. Camps are supervised at all times

Monday to Thursday (4 full days)   *With the exception of Aug 2-5 which is Tuesday to Friday

10:30am-3:30pm (5.5 hours)
Instructor: Amy Culliford
$215.00 (incl GST)

Young Actors Conservatory:   2016 

SPRING SESSION. April 2nd – June 4th  (10 Sessions)*

Programs for Beginners & Continuing Studies

Saturdays: Ages 8 -12. 10.30 . -12.30p.m. (20 hours)

Saturdays: Ages 12 -15. 1.30 – 4 p.m. (25 hours)

Ages 8 – 12. Cost: 330.00.  ( includes gst).

Payment plan. i.e. 4 p.d. cheques. 82. 50

Ages  12 – 15. Cost: 420.00 . ( includes gst).  
Payment plan. i.e. 4 x p.d cheques. $105

Taught by working actors and filmmakers, The Young Actors Conservatory offers a series of courses from the entry absolute beginner level through the intermediate stages and continuing studies skills for the advanced working actor. Students can learn from basic to advanced on-camera acting and auditioning techniques designed to develop the skills needed to approach a career in film and television or just simply enjoy discovering what it would mean to be a working actor. It develops confidence and communication skills in the young person and allows them to explore their potential in a safe and encouraging environment. Information about our studio and instructors can be found on this website


Jacqui Kaese (Poster below for details).

One Day Workshop

Adults April 23rd

Young Actors April 24th

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Animation Voice-Over Weekend Workshop 2016. 

Cindy Akers & Jan Rabson.

Learn the Art of Voice-Over!.

Dates.T.B.A. (Saturday) 10 – 4p.m (Sunday) 9 – 3pm

Cost is $350 for the full 2-day intensive workshop. Space is limited.
A $100 non -refundable deposit is needed to hold your spot; balance due January 23rd.

Has anyone ever said . ‘You have a great voice – you should get into voice-over.? Welcome to the Cindy Akers (“Mother Up”, “Sabrina, Secrets of a Teenage Witch”) & Jan Rabson  (“Minions”, “Despicable Me  II”, “Toy Story III”, Burger King, Pepsi). In this voice-over workshop. Cindy and Jan cover everything from animation and commercials to announcing, books on tape, video games and looping.  There is plenty of time at the microphone, as well as individual coaching.  Questions answered include:

(1) How to get jobs and secure an agent (2) Voice-over income, and (3) How and when to make a demo.

CINDY AKERS  is praised by clients and actors alike for creating an atmosphere that truly brings out the best in everyone. Truly an actor’s director, Cindy has been teaching V.O workshops, and private coaching, for 20 years. Working in the U.S. and  Canada she has been one of animation’s leading voice-over directors for over 20 years. Among animated series Cindy has cast and voice directed include: Mother Up; Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch; Geronimo Stilton; League of Super Evil; Rated A for Awesome; Hero: 108; Bratz; Zeke’s Pad; Slim Pig; Twisted Whiskers; Edgar & Ellen and Word World. Film credits include work for Leap Frog, Little Tikes, Playmobil, Zhu Zhu Pets and Bratz.

JAN RABSON has been heard in many of the greatest animated films of our time including: Toy Story I, II, & III; Monster’s Inc.; Finding Nemo; Shrek 2; Wall-E; Monster’s University, The Lorax…to name just a few. His series work includes roles dating back to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pinky and the Brain to Slim Pig; Bratz; Edgar & Ellen and Geronimo Stilton. Commercial TV & radio spots include Ford; McDonalds; Pepsi; and hundreds of national brands. Jan has been teaching commercial and animation voice-over, as well as comedy improvisation, since 1985, across the US and Canada.

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Casting Director Workshop 2016

Details to be announced.

Andrew McIlroy Project Weekend 2016

Develop Authentic Camera-Ready Characters. !

Dates: T.B.A.

Cost 325 * plus 5% gst = 341-25
* Returning students for Andrew’s previous Project Weekends are eligible for $25 discount.
Cost + gst = 315.

Film & Television Auditioning Weekend Intensive

with Joanne Wilson *

Saturday 20 + Sunday 21st August

10 – 4.30 pm. Both days (incl. one hr lunch break)
Total Cost 150. For adults ages 15 +

Registration contact: or Ph; 250-595-1339.

This is a not-to be-missed intensive weekend for the actor who is looking to feel ready for auditioning opportunities and being ‘comfy’ on camera. Using film and television scripts, actors will spend a weekend developing camera-ready authenticity. Working with film and television scripts, actors will be guided through a step by step process of script breakdown to making that choice that can get you the job.

Joanne’s Bio: Joanne Wilson has appeared on networks such as CBS, NBC, Bravo, Lifetime, Global, and Showtime. Selected television credits include  The CTV/ABC series Motive, The US-British drama series The Intruders, CTV/CW series Arrow, and The L Word.   Feature film credits include Tron Legacy, Kill For Me, and Cascadia. Television movie credits include She Made Them Do It, The Mermaid Chair, Stranger with My Face, Trophy Wife, Whispers and Lies, Cross Roads, and Augusta Gone. In theatre, Joanne received outstanding reviews as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee William’s classic The Glass Menagerie for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.  Joanne has also appeared on stage at The Citadel Theater, Chinook Theatre, Workshop West, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Joanne has worked as a writer, announcer, interviewer and producer in the broadcast industry for Toronto’s Q107 and CFRB. Currently she hosts two national radio features heard on over 100 Canadian radio stations. Also a successful voice over actor and has been heard on documentaries, in animation, as well as on hundreds of commercials throughout North America.


Tiffany Mak. Casting Director.

One Day Workshop.

Adults (16 +) 12.30 – 5.30 p.m.
Y.A. (Ages 8 – 15). 10 – 12 p.m.

Sunday June 26th. Times. 

Adults: Cost 140 + gst.
Y.A. 80 + gst

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Tiffany Mak is a casting director based in Vancouver. She started her own casting company in 2009 and has cast numerous feature films, webseries, MOWs and short films that have screened at Cannes, TIFF, Tribeca and Comic-Con.  Recent projects include features for Legendary Pictures, WWE Studios, Lionsgate, Fox, Warner Brothers, ABC Family, Lifetime and SyFy, starring actors such as Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Anna Kendrick, Jesse Metcalfe, Sarah Hyland and Nick Offerman, as well as a host of well-known Canadian talent and local performers.  In the past few months, she has done extensive searches in Vancouver to cast young actors in films opposite Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Jennifer Beals and Heather Locklear.

Tiffany’s many credits include “The Girl In The Photographs” with Wes Craven exec producing, “Dead Rising: Watchtower” and “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” for Legendary and “6:42” for WWE Studios and Lionsgate.  Recently, Tiffany has cast “Before I Fall” for Awesomeness Films/20th Century Fox, and “Dead Rising 2” for Legendary.


‘K & K’ Casting Director Workshop

Dates:  2016.

Adults 15 +. Cost 150 +gst
One day only. 10 – 5 p.m.Kris Woznesensky and Kara Eide are a casting team for Film, TV and Global Advertising in Vancouver, Canada. Feature films include: Afflicted, Grace and Air for Sony Pictures. Most recently K&K completed casting for the TV series Rio Heat (a new project by Emmy Award-winning Producer Jon Cassar). Among numerous commercials (regional to international) are campaigns for Lexus, Reebok and Tylenol. They have also cast many music videos and award winning short films that have been populating film festivals such as Tribeca, Cannes & Fantasia.Check out Kris and Kara on IMDB and FacebookKara and Kris Casting