John D’Aquino Workshops- Regional Showcase (Adult)

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Date & Time
07/30/2021 to 08/01/2021 | 12:00 am

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


About this Event


MIDWEST Showcase Prep PART 1 | 7:00PM-9:30 PM


MIDWEST Showcase Prep PART 2 | 3:00PM-6:00PM


MIDWEST Industry ZOOM Showcase | 10:15AM-11:15AM

The midwest industry showcase combines the two part objective course with a mock audition in front of local talent agents watching virtually. Actors will perform scenes in pairs in front of local industry pros. To prepare for the showcase, John and his team will select scenes for actors based on their character types to allow performers the opportunity to showcase their talent. John’s team in Los Angeles will work hard to make sure all actors are comfortable with their scenes and prepared to succeed. 

* Prereq – students must take the showcase prep course

Register HERE


About the Prep Classes:


Two actors will perform ZOOM partner style (i.e. performing in separate zooms) and will receive selected scenes the week of class. Our staff takes great care in our scene selection, and works in advance to assign scenes specific to each actor that will allow them to shine on showcase day.

In part one of this course, students will focus on scene objectives, expectations, and the unfolding moment in the life of the character. 

Every character, just like every person, has an “expectation” of how their day will go based on patterns established over time. What they want to achieve in any given moment is called their “objective.” This objective might be to speak with their boss about a raise or ask a girl/guy you met out on a date or convince your wife/husband to let you take off for a month to go “find yourself.” 

A good scene must have an objective, but it must also have conflict – something that stands between the character and their objective. This unfolding dilemma or  “unfolding moment” — is 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. When an unforeseen conflict occurs, the character must navigate either around, over or through whatever is keeping them from achieving their objective. When a detour appears, how would your character adjust? Do they give up, fight or work to find a possible solution? What are the conflicts your character is facing? What choices will they make and how will it affect your performance choices?

Before the end of class, John will introduce his “Active Interrogation” acting technique, and students will bring their homework from this exercise to the second day of the course. In addition, students will also learn to adjust their performance for the zoom camera and build their scene environment.