The Scene Study Experience:
Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts with you and the author. Deborah Aquila is offering three Scene Study classes on an on-going basis. These classes will help discover and identify the themes at work in the scripts and plays, enabling the actor to operate from that foundation as they develop, fully, their character. In class, students will work individually with Deborah Aquila and Marjorie Ballentine as they 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.

*All Core Classes are on a rolling 6 week cycle for the year.  Please see the next available session below. 

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MASTER SCENE STUDY with Deborah Aquila and Marjorie Ballentine

We start with the themes, the big ideas, in the scripts we explore in class.  From there we build the world, the backstory and the emotional core of the character.

From this foundation, we will connect the backstory you create for your character to what will activate your emotional engine. Factoring in “time and place” and the five pillars of script analysis, we will work on specific emotional memory work and imagery. Students will work, individually, with Deborah Aquila and Marjorie Ballentine, as they investigate the world of character building in safe, yet challenging sessions.  It’s about craft.

Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials. As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.