Teens Age 14+ Classes

ALL CLASSES are currently online via Zoom

To attend a class, you will need to first visit zoom.us and install the application. You will also need to request a zoom meeting link and password for that class. Once you have registered and paid for classes credits here, email info@johndaquino.net for a link and password.

On-Camera Classes

ON CAMERA (Ages 14-20s) with Instructor John D’Aquino
Wednesday, 5:00-7:00pm

For young professionals who take their craft seriously, each lesson is focused on articulating choices and increasing success in front of the camera. Techniques include: Fundamentals of Comedy Performance, Method/Meisner Exercises (emotional recall / sense memory) Genre-Specific Performance Size, On-Set Responsibilities, Tricks for Cold Reads, Navigating Call-Backs/Producer Sessions, The Power of The Ensemble and more.

ON CAMERA CLASS (Ages 11-17) With Instructor John D’Aquino
Thursday 4-6 PM
From the audition to performing on set, this class is designed to prepare actors for a professional career. Weekly lesson plans range from character prep, script analysis, adjusting performance to specific genres with an intense focus on both popular comedies and dramas. This course will dive deep into the science of auditioning – from the entrance to the slate, ensuring you are prepared to deliver dynamic and memorable performances. When not performing, students help operate the cameras to better understand how the camera sees the world. By doing so, students learn to better shape performances for the camera, from the master, to the over-the-shoulder to the close-up. This class includes warm-up games and celebrates all aspects of acting for the camera.

Improv Classes

IMPROV (Ages 14-20) with Instructor Michelle Gilliam
Saturday, 11:00am-12:30pm
For young actors who want to be more free in their choices, more confident in their abilities, and more prepared for every audition or performance opportunity, this class will hold engaging improv games to help students become better listeners (reactors) which in turn, will make them better actors.

Supplementary Classes

SINGING FOR THE ACTOR with Instructor Laura Jensen
(ages 9-17) – Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm
What is vocal range? What is vocal endurance? Why is the location and “placement” of your voice important? Can your voice change over time? From Glee to My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the television version of High School Musical, there have never been more roles for an actor who can sing.  Singing is an important tool in an actor’s skill set but many lack the knowledge or confidence to get in front of the camera and deliver a stellar performance. SINGING FOR ACTORS will help develop singing skills as an actor, instilling confidence and making actors even more marketable to casting directors. 

VOICE OVER  (ages 9-17) with Instructor Shane Brady
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm
Are you missing out on voiceover work? This class will focus on auditions you will submit from your home recording setup while helping students learn the tools needed to book everything from animation to commercial work. Topics include fast talk, diction, and enunciation. This class is led by Shane Brady. Shane is a voice over artist with credits from McDonalds and Staples, all the way to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Seige.