John D’Aquino Adult Workshops

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Date & Time
07/31/2020 to 08/02/2020 | 12:00 am

1st Team Actors Studio
156 Main St
Westlake, OH 44145


About this Event

Returns to Cleveland with NEW Workshops + Showcase!


DATES: Workshop Classes July 31st – August 1st, Showcase August 2nd
LOCATION: 1st Team Acting Studio | 156 Main Street Westlake, Ohio 44145
AGES: Adults 16 and over

TIME: 4:00pm-7:00pm EST

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the audition process has changed and casting offices are very specific with how they want their submissions. If you fail to deliver what they’re asking for, your brilliant audition might not get seen. In addition to that, actors are auditioning less in person and more on tape with call-backs on ZOOM or some other virtual format. John has been working with casting directors, producers, agents and managers to better understand what they are looking for in a great taped or virtual audition.  Backgrounds, lighting and wardrobe are more important than ever and how you deliver your performance must change according to the new technology. This class is essential training for the new requirements of auditioning for different platforms. Actors will get a complete understanding of what is expected of them from the live experience, the uploaded video audition and the virtual (ZOOM) call back.


SCENE CRAFT: Expectations, Objectives, and the Unfolding Moment
TIME: 1:00pm-3:30pm EST

Every character, just like every person, has an expectation of how their day will go based upon the patterns established over time. Their objective might be to speak with their boss and ask for a raise, ask someone out on a date or to tell a friend that you love them before they marry a person you’re convinced is bad for them. When an unforeseen conflict occurs the character must navigate either around, over or through whatever is keeping them from their objectives. When a detour appears, how do you adjust? Do you give up, fight or work to find a possible solution? What are the conflicts your character is facing? What choices will they make?

A good scene might have conflict in the form of a break-up that no one ever saw coming of the perfect marriage, or a couple who seemed destined to marry until one of them has feelings for someone else. The story could focus on a tragic accident that reshapes the trajectory of a child’s life or a teen in the foster system about to enter a new home. The characters in these stories all have something in common – expectations for which they will need to develop objectives to help them get what they want.

What they encounter next is the “unfolding moment” — the conflict. This is what the audience pays to see, the moment where these elements play out culminating in the characters being thrown into some kind of comedic chaos or dramatic combustion that occurs when the disparate objectives of two characters meet in a highly charged environment filled with all three elements.


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