Workshop already 50% full.
Edmonton: LA’s DEBORAH AQUILA Benefit Masterclass (and Special Guest) – JULY 29-30, 2017
Presented in Association with:
ACTRA ALBERTA (with Community Partner THE CITADEL THEATRE)
*Benefiting The AFC (Formerly the Actors Fund of Canada
Sat. July 29 – Sun. July 30
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
About This Intensive Masterclass:
We will be examining the principles of script analysis as applicable to the
everyday audition experience. Using this specific plan of action will deepen your backstory, which will
enhance your choices during the presentation of your audition. This process will enable you to be fully present as you deliver an alive, spontaneous and memorable audition.
Work in this intensive will help discover and identify the themes at work in the scripts and scenes, enabling the actor to operate from that foundation as they develop, fully, their character. Guided by the teaching of Deb Aquila, actors will investigate the world of the character in intensive sessions. Strict attention will be paid to specificity in all areas of preparation, performance, and creating a fully realized character.
Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts
with you and the author.
Actors will be given material beforehand in preparation for the intensive.
“It’s not about tricks, it’s about CRAFT.”
A Note on Our Format:
We believe strongly in our masterclasses and their format, as we feel it
provides the class atmosphere necessary to help you learn from the
questions of others, while still providing one on one working time for you
to hone your craft of performing.
Everyone in the workshop stays present for the entire masterclass –
including all scene work and question and answer periods – allowing you to
learn not only from your work, but from your fellow actors and their notes
- Creating our own choices on scene direction
- Analyze personal goals and how to achieve them
- Analyze performance for means of improvement
- Actors will prepare a scene ahead of time provided to them, or of their
choice as per instructors directions.
- The guest instructor will review their personal background in the
entertainment industry, including, but not limited to, prior jobs in the
dramatic arts (casting, directing, acting, their own education, experience
as a teacher of the dramatic arts, etc.)
- Guest instructor will discuss the process involved in succeeding as an
actor in their opinion and professional experience
- Guest instructor will answer questions from students regarding their
professional aspirations, and other relevant queries
- Guest instructor will give critical feedback on areas that were
succesful as well as areas to improv actors work – or where additional
focus or training is required.
Our goal with our workshops and masterclasses is for you as an actor to
gain as much insight from your own decisions and performance as from the
guest instructors insights and suggestions. We endeavor to create the same
professional atmosphere that you are expected to work within in the
industry within which to hone your skills.
It’s our opinion that it is important for each actor exercise
self-evaluation in combination with feedback suggestions or critiques from
the guest instructor and our other special guests that drop in from time to
We feel strongly that our special guest instructors have a unique vantage
point that allows them to give vital feedback, answer questions and correct
common misconceptions for actors – demystifying several parts of the
industry, from auditions to callbacks and testing to work on set and on
stage. After years of working with actors from across the globe, in person
and on tape and in various leading projects we think gaining access to this
first hand information and critical feedback from these professional
special guests can be an integral part of an actors training and
ABOUT DEBORAH AQUILA:
After graduating from NYU’s TISCH SCHOOL of the ARTS and THE STELLA ADLER
CONSERVATORY, Deborah Aquila worked on the first two seasons of “MIAMI
VICE” and several feature films including Michael Mann’s “MAN HUNTER” and
“THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE,” as an associate. Her independent casting
director career began with Steven Soderbergh’s “S*X, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE”
and Uli Edel’s “THE LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN.”
Before moving to Los Angeles in 1993 to cast Frank Darabont’s “THE
SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,” Deborah had completed over 18 independent films in
In 1993, she was named Senior Vice-President of Features Casting for
Paramount Pictures. The more notable films Deborah cast at Paramount were:
“PRIMAL FEAR,” “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II,” “DOUBLE JEOPARDY,” “VARSITY
BLUES,” “THE BRADY BUNCH,” “KISS THE GIRLS,” “MOTHER” & “WHAT WOMEN
After departing Paramount Pictures in 1999, Deborah returned to the
independent casting world with Sam Raimi’s “THE GIFT.” Her most recent film
credits include “LA LA LAND,” “NOW YOU SEE ME, TWO,” “STRONGER,” “DEEP
WATER HORIZON,” “WOMAN IN GOLD,” “AGE OF ADALINE,” and “AMERICAN
PASTORAL.” Deborah’s most notable television credits include the critically
acclaimed Showtime Series “DEXTER,” FX’s ”THE SHIELD,” and TNT’s “MOB
Deborah has been nominated 15 times by the Casting Society of America, for
their Artios Award. In 2011, she won the Artios Award for Outstanding
Casting for the comedy feature, “RED” and in 2012 won that same award for
the feature, “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN,” which honored Michelle Williams with
an Oscar Nomination and in 2017, she won the Artios Award for “LA LA
LAND.” In 2003, she was recognized by the Hollywood community with the
HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
Deborah has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences since 1994.
For more information on Deb Aquila, her teaching work and approach, visit
the Aquila-Morong Studio website at www.aquilamorongstudio.com
** Participation for Experienced/Trained Performers **
About The AFC
(formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada)
The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Over 12,000
professional members of the industry from all over Canada and in the fields
of film & TV, theatre, music and dance have been helped by The AFC, which
provides emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers in recovering
from an illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and
personal hardship. The AFC is a registered charity that has distributed more than $1 million
in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other basic living
expenses in the last 24 months.
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE
FEES (2 Days):
ACTRA Alberta Member/Apprentice Member Education Subsidy Price:
$244.00* usd ($338.00* cad)
$275* usd – STUDIO/Early Registration ($385.11 cad)
$375* usd – CAEA/AGENCY ($483.00 cad)
$475* usd – NON-UNION ($599.91 cad)
(MC / VISA / AMEX all fees & details below)
PAYMENT INSTALMENTS AVAILABLE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.
AUDITING (NO Participation):
Union $200* usd
Non Union $325* usd
Application Process: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Please email your current headshot and resume, and training to
[email protected] with DEB AQUILA ALBERTA in the subject line.
Actor materials will not be kept at the summation of masterclass by casting
Indicate your age range, union status (and membership number), contact
details – and whether you’d like to participate or audit.
Applicants accepted to participate will receive a confirmation email
requesting payment information to secure their spot. Any and all questions
are welcomed in advance of the workshop.
THERE ARE LIMITED SPOTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP.
Preference will be given to experienced union performers. Actors will be
placed on a waitlist once the workshop enrollment is full, and will be
offered auditing spots as available.
TO APPLY & REGISTER:
Email: [email protected]
or call (310) 492 5713
The Cancellation Policy is as follows:
Pre-registration cancelations are subject to a $100 non refundable fee.
(This fee can be applied to future masterclasses.)
Participants and auditors:
14 days prior to the workshop: You receive a 50% refund.
Within 13 days prior to the workshop: No refund.
*An attempt to substitute your attendance with another AWC Workshop will be
made to occur within 1 year of the original workshop date.
CSA Disclaimer: Workshops/Classes are NOT job interviews. The presence of an industry
professional is in no way a promise of employment. Actors Workshops Canada does NOT attempt
to procure employment for actors/artists – we are strictly for educational and professional training