Arvold Education

arvold.education is returning to Atlanta for a limited time August 2nd – 6th. And, we are thrilled to announce an official collaboration with the Catapult Acting!

Together, we’ll be offering arvold.education core curriculum classes: TOTAL PREP and PERSONA. Each of these four (4) hour long master intensives take a deep dive into an actor’s work. Each class is aimed to not only elevate craft and practice but also to provide a safe space to discover one’s own artistry.

We look forward to seeing you at one or two of the classes listed below! Sign up soon by clicking the appropriate class time(s) – there are limited spaces and they tend to fill up very quickly. Note: if you have taken these classes previously, it is ok to repeat; many find it quite beneficial as each class consists of such dense material and personal discovery.

Wednesday, August 2nd at the Robert Mello Studio (adults)

total preparation: art meets craft in the audition room

Total Preparation is a master class that offers each actor personal, in-depth co-instruction and practical, professional advice from Richard Warner, acting coach, and Erica Arvold, CSA, casting director, on the entire audition process. The class specifically addresses film auditions and is for adult actors (college-level and above).

Features of the class include: 

  • script analysis
  • character creation
  • tips on improving each individual’s audition technique
  • on-camera practice in a simulated professional audition session
  • coaching to connect each actor to the emotional life of a film character
  • insight into the casting process

This class offers actors the unique chance to be coached by an experienced casting director and an acting coach at the same time. This seldom, if ever, happens in LA or NYC!  Actors will learn what is needed to get a call back and also how to create exciting, original and personal work.

Richard and Erica will work together and with the actors to create the conditions to achieve a successful reading.  The class will work outside in and inside out simultaneously.  The first half of class will be discussion-based, and the second half will be intensive and practical–please come prepared to work!

***THIS CLASS IS NOT AN AUDITION; while we encourage you to bring your materials for review, discussion and feedback, we will not be receiving any for submission to current projects.  Erica will be using her experience solely to educate participants.

arvold classes focus on both the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of being a film artist.

For the 10am – 2pm master intensive, register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/total-preparation-art-meets-craft-in-the-audition-room-tickets-35772914751?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

For the 4pm – 8pm master intensive, register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/total-preparation-art-meets-craft-in-the-audition-room-tickets-35772962895?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Thursday, August 3rd at the Robert Mello Studio (adults)

the actor’s persona: honing your craft through self-awareness

What’s your type…and how can knowing your type help your career?  Knowing your professional persona is a valuable tool that can direct, inform, and guide your career growth.  Participants will explore how an actor can discover, shape and present oneself in the most optimal way to casting directors, agents and directors.

Our own casting director/producer Erica Arvold, CSA and acting coach Richard Warner will lead the group in hands-on creative exercises to discover each participant’s own professional persona.  They will discuss why self-awareness is vital and how that self-awareness can be used by an actor in his/her career.

All film artists ages 17 and above are welcome!  This will be an intimate group discussion where active participation is encouraged, so space is limited.

**Please note: This master class will be particularly interactive and introspective; please be ready to participate in a dynamic session that will involve self-assessment and review in a group environment.  Participants are encouraged to bring their headshots and materials for discussion and review.

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THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT AN AUDITION; while we encourage you to bring your materials for review, discussion and feedback, we will not be receiving any for submission to current projects.  Erica will be using her experience solely to educate participants.

arvold workshops focus on both the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of being a film artist.

For the 10am – 2pm master intensive, register here:

For the 4pm – 8pm master intensive, register here:

 

Saturday, August 5th at Catapult Acting (adults)

total preparation: art meets craft in the audition room

For the 10am – 2pm master intensive, register here: www.catapultacting.com/arvoldtotalprepadults

the actor’s persona: honing your craft through self-awareness

For the 4pm – 8pm master intensive, register here:  www.catapultacting.com/arvoldpersonaadults

Sunday, August 6th at Catapult Acting (kids)

total preparation: art meets craft in the audition room

For the 10am – 1pm master intensive, register here www.catapultacting.com/arvoldtotalprepyouth

the actor’s persona: honing your craft through self-awareness

For the 3pm – 6pm master intensive, register here: www.catapultacting.com/arvoldpersonayouth

We do not believe in “pay for play” workshops at The Robert Mello Studio. These are challenging master workshops taught by two passionate teaching artists.

The teaching artists from Arvold Education:

 

Erica Arvold, CSA
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Erica has been a educator, guest instructor and speaker for over 20 years, sharing insights from a career as a casting director and producer that spans major studio films, television shows and multimedia projects. She has had the honor of collaborating with and serving students and faculty at universities, schools and acting studios across the country including UVa, UNC, George Mason, Longwood, TRAIN at Virginia Repertory, and many others. Her multiple festival and conference appearances over the years include serving as a panelist, moderator, mentor and host; recent festivals include Austin, Virginia, Richmond and the International Television Festival. She has been the keynote speaker for several organizations outside of the filmmaking industry as well. In 2010, Erica founded arvold.education with the goal of raising the bar for all film artists through training and collaboration. arvold.education develops and offers master classes for actors and also sponsors events, panels & discussions on all aspects of the industry.  As the daughter of a professor, Erica believes that we are and will always be students of one another, a belief that was shaped and molded by her years at The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) which has manifested into a deep love of craft and a belief in formal training as a means to consistent, constant artistic growth.  www.arvold.com

Richard Warner
Richard Warner

Richard has been teaching acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he has had the honor of coaching Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intensions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He received the UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in many prestigious regional theaters.Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2011); Dr. Ezra
Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln (2012); Chester Bowles in National Geographic channel’s Killing Kennedy (2013); Vic LeClue in Patriot Son, winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. In 2014 Richard played the lead opposite Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker. This film was selected for viewing at over 40 film festivals. This past year he appeared in Farewell Old Stringy in the leading role of Davey. He created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street.As a director, he has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West.