Process preparation professionalism

THE STUDIO IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE WINTER SESSION BEGINNING JAN. 10 2022. CHECK OUT THE DETAILS IN EACH CLASS DESCRIPTION FOR REGISTRATION INFO.

The highly competitive world of the professional actor requires that you have a creative process that gives you an edge. Whether onstage or on camera, developing an approach to each of these mediums means having a detailed and effective strategy from script to performance.

Your training should have one goal: a more effective process that brings out the best in you and trains you to the standards of the professional world.

Lead by professional theatre and television director and former professor of drama Andrew Tsao, The Studio offers actors the opportunity to train in a small company of actors with a director and acting teacher who has worked at the highest levels of television and theatre and top-ranked university MFA acting programs.

Aaron Blakely is our second instructor. He is an actor of vast experience including regional theatre, film and television. His teaching skills complement his personal knowledge of the requirements of the acting profession.

Tatiana Pavela, a Chicago based actor and teacher joins us via Zoom to teach ONLINE classes such as FOUNDATIONS 2: USING THE WORDS. Her way of teaching text analysis, character creation and creative courage through monologue work is exceptional.

Bridget McKevitt joins us online from Los Angeles, where she is a professional actor and owner of TGOT (To Go On Tape). Her extensive knowledge of the L.A. industry and high level actor training brings a new dimension to our curriculum with her SELF TAPE AUDITION class.

Because there is no substitute for real experience.

If you are ready to learn the tools of a professional actor, come take a class or workshop at The Studio. We are a proud member of Theatre Puget Sound.


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studio foundations 1: creating life

(WINTER 2022)

Without clear human behavior on stage there isn’t a character and there isn’t life. Using solo exercises as outlined and created by Uta Hagen, Creating Life is a course that examines one of the fundamental skills necessary to effectively create a role: recreating and inventing human behavior. Begin building your personal acting process here.

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Studio FOundations 2: Using the words

(winter 2022)

Building upon skills learned in Foundations: Creating Life, students will dive into text analysis in order to bring a playwright’s words to life effectively. The ability to analyze and interpret dramatic text is an essential skill for any actor. This class focuses on driving the action using monologues. For students who have completed Foundations 1: Creating Life or by audition.

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studio foundations 3: scene study

(WINTER 2022)

Engage another actor in dynamic scene work and develop your moment to moment instincts, command of your environment and expand your range. For actors who have completed Creating Life and Using the Words or by audition.

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studio cinema: self tape auditioning

(WINTER 2022)

“To Go On Tape” (TGOT) is the industry code for asking actors to self-tape auditions. Bridget McKevitt’s TGOT is an L.A. based service that emphasizes the actor’s personal and professional relationship to auditioning. Students will learn practical and applicable principles that Bridget developed through personal experience to navigate the process of submitting professional, industry standard self-tape auditions for the film & television industry.

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master class:

THE ART OF THE CLOSE UP

(SPRING 2022)

The close up shot changed acting forever at the beginning of the 20th century. Demanding a vivid and authentic inner life, detailed character behavior and specific techniques for adjusting performance to the camera, the cinema requires an actor to develop a process specific for the screen.

In this master class, Andrew Tsao teaches the fundamentals of screen acting to limited size class sessions to ensure maximum on-camera time. Open to students who have completed Creating Life and Using the Words or by permission/audition.


ABOUT ANDREW TSAO, founder and lead instructor

Advanced Studio classes and Master Classes are taught by Andrew Tsao, former associate professor for the Professional Actor and Director MFA Training Programs at the University of Washington.

Andrew has extensive professional directing experience in film, theatre and television in a career spanning decades. From regional and off-Broadway theatre, to prime time network television and cinema, his work has been seen by millions and he has worked with hundreds of actors, professional and student.

As an educator in the dramatic arts, Andrew takes a deep and thorough approach to classic and heightened texts that give the actor and director the necessary tools to approach complex drama with confidence.

With decades of experience at the highest levels of the television and theatre profession, Andrew’s teaching philosophy is to teach to the highest standards of the acting profession. Because there is no substitute for real experience when it comes to you training as an actor.

For more information about Andrew, click here

Studio Foundations 1: CREATING LIFE, Studio Foundations 2: USING THE WORDS and theatrical audition classes are taught by Aaron Blakely, a Seattle based professional actor.

Studio Self-Tape Audition classes are taught by Bridget McKevitt, an L.A. based actor and owner of To Go On Tape (TGOT).

Andrew Tsao teaches advanced classes such as FOUNDATIONS 3: SCENE STUDY, ADVANCED SCENE STUDY and STUDIO CINEMA: THE ART OF THE CLOSE UP.

In addition, we offer short weekend workshops throughout the year on special topics such as THEATRICAL AUDITION WORKSHOP and ON SCREEN CAMERA AUDITIONS.