Upcoming Sessions

Fall 2022 12-week Sessions

Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

*Fall Sessions will be in-person depending on the Covid-19 situation; with the understanding that they might have to go online.*

TIMES

1pm – 5/5:30 pm. (Depending on class size)

CLASS SIZE

6-10 actors

LOCATION

Online or in-person near Bloor & Parliament

FEES

Returning Actors/ACTRA Members: $700 CAD + HST

New Actors: $780 CAD + HST

DATES

Fridays: September 9 – mid-December

Saturdays: September 10 – mid-December

Sundays: September 11 – mid-December

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Miriam 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 (about the studio and online process) and then email her (see below ‘to connect’ or email: miriamlaurence@gmail.com).

In the email tell her a bit about previous training in acting or related areas, life experience, and why you want to train with her. Please attach a resume and headshot if you have one.

Miriam will get back to you by email and arrange a time to meet with you online for 20 minutes max to establish an individual connection.

This procedure helps her tailor an individual program of study for each actor, preserves the integrity of the class, and ensures a safe space to explore the craft.

As the class size is limited, it offers a high value to those who are committed.

After admittance, payment will be made via PayPal for international students and online banking for Canadians.

Email miriam.laurence@gmail.com to apply

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Classes Cover:
Meisner for listening; Method 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 or recorded on Zoom and then sent individually to each actor who desires it.

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. In usual times Miriam’s classes are held in a downtown studio in Toronto.

Actors new to class work on a monologue and then reading and audition and then might work on scene-study skills. Returning actors choose to work on short prepared scenes, monologues, long-term scene study, cold reads and ‘off-book’ audition techniques.


MORE ABOUT THE SESSION STRUCTURE

In all of Miriam’s classes, special attention is paid to techniques for on-camera acting. When we are in the studio, auditions, monologues, and scenes are filmed on HD video cameras. Students supply their own disk and take it home at the end of the session. Online, actors grow both in their craft and in their ability to use their lighting, backgrounds, cameras and computers to – set up compelling shots that tell the story effectively for auditions, long-term scenes or monologues.

Exercises, Auditions, Monologues & Scene Study

each class begins with an instrument warm-up

partner work: moment-to-moment listening

audition work

audition readings – letting the script live in your hands

long-term scene study

Actors work on an activity, relationship, and connection.

‘the talk’ – in-depth feedback

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AUDIT

As is the policy in many studios there are no auditors except for those who have previously trained with Miriam and understand the work.

Actors who have studied with Miriam are welcome to come back to audit free of charge when they are not in a session.

Actors new to Miriam should arrange to meet her in person and watch the videos on this website as a virtual ‘audit.’

AUDIT

As is the policy in many studios there are no auditors except for those who have previously trained with Miriam and understand the work.

Actors who have studied with Miriam are welcome to come back to audit free of charge when they are not in a session.

Actors new to Miriam should arrange to meet her in person and watch the videos on this website as a virtual ‘audit.’

What happens in the sessions?

In the studio


Warm Up: (online & in-person)

Working on Text – Scenes & Monologues: (online & in-person)

Auditions: (online & in-person)


APPLY WITH MIRIAM

Please email directly at: miriam.laurence@gmail.com to apply

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