COVID-19 UPDATE

Until the end of July, Miriam is making up Spring classes online because of COVID-19. The actors and Miriam have been exploring how to use Zoom effectively for all the work we do:
• Warm-Up techniques – voice, movement, Strasberg Song & Dance Exercise
• Use of Meisner Repetition
• Strasberg Relaxation & Sense Memory
Scene Study, Monologue and Audition for camera and to apply to self-taping
As always, she offers one-on-one coaching online. Classes will resume in the Fall.


Train To Be A Complete Actor

FALL ACTING CLASSES

*Classes are planned to be in the studio. See below for the COVID-19 plan.

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12 WEEKS OF CLASSES

Sundays OR Mondays

6-8 actors per class

START DATES & FEES

Sunday, September 13

Monday, September 14

1PM – 5/5:30PM

*No classes Thanksgiving Weekend, October 10– 12th.

Returning Actors | $720 + HST

Actors New to Class | $780 + HST


COVID-19 CONTINGENCY PLAN

If COVID-19 continues or resurges, classes will be offered as the following:

Sunday Classes To: Saturdays & Sundays, September 12th – December 5th

Monday Classes To: Mondays & Thursdays, September 14th – December 7th

2PM – 4:30PM


CONNECT WITH MIRIAM

*All submissions go directly to Miriam’s personal e-mail: miriam.laurence@gmail.com



CLASS DESCRIPTION

+ relaxation techniques and vocal warm-ups
+ Strasberg Sense Memory and Song & Dance
+ improvisational techniques for character
+ practical and organic on-camera skills
+ short prepared scenes, monologues, and long-term Scene Study
+ cold reads and “off-book” audition techniques
*All work is filmed on personal SD cards.

In all of Miriam’s classes, special attention is paid to techniques for on-camera acting. Cold reads, monologues and scenes are filmed on HD video cameras. Students must supply their own disks and take it home at the end of the session.

Actors have found that studying with Miriam over a year or two builds their technique and forces them to take risks more effectively than going from teacher to teacher. Because of the depth of training offered, working with Miriam leads towards a highly skilled and intuitive acting style in theatre, television, and film. Actors need to gain the freedom, the information, and the knowledge to explore the many choices available to them in order to become better actors as a result. All of Miriam’s acting classes are held in her downtown studio in Toronto.


AUDITS

Actors who have studied with Miriam are welcome to come back to audit free of charge when they are not in session. New actors should arrange to meet Miriam in person.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

As is the policy in many studios there are no auditors except for those who have previously trained with Miriam and understand the work. Miriam personally meets all prospective actors and together they decide if this work is right for them.

If you are interested in studying with Miriam, watch the class video and then email her and tell her a bit about previous training in acting or related areas, life experiences and why you want to train with her. She will get back to you by email and arrange a time to meet with you.


INDIVIDUAL ONLINE COACHING

Nothing can replace the tried-and-true training of groups of actors in living and real time in a studio setting. Sadly, due to the pandemic, Miriam has postponed her studio group classes. No one can really promise the experience of a studio class – that combines physical/vocal connective training with text on or off-camera online. Therefore, Miriam is on continuing to offer online coaching for auditions or roles.