Verve Studios


Verve Studios is a comprehensive professional actor-training boutique studio located in the Scottsdale, Arizona Airpark.

 

Led by seasoned, degreed, working professional actors, Verve Studios offers ADULT and YOUTH students the mentorship, career guidance and foundational core training they need in order to be successful, working actors. 

 

Featuring well-planned curriculum led by expert teachers and coaches, Verve Studios’ classes are suited to serious and open actors and are limited in size in order to give each student individual, tailored attention. 

 

The training at Verve Studios focuses on both the craft and the business of acting and creates flexible, dynamic working actors, who respect and understand the process and one another. 


ADULT CURRICULUM


Acting Foundation

Taken together, the four courses in the Acting Foundation Classes will provide any actor a stable foundation with which to build upon.  Covering every aspect of acting technique, the foundation classes are  1. CORE TECHNIQUE, 2. WHOLE BODY ACTING, 3. GET PERSONAL and 4. SCENE STUDY.  Taken together, these lay the foundation of your technique and provide a place and opportunity to build on that foundation.

Working Actor

Verve also offers Working Actor Classes designed to give you a well-rounded education and the ability to be successful in any medium.  Designed to give the actor a leg-up in the market and be completely versed in all mediums, these classes are essential counterparts to the Acting Foundation Classes.  The Working Actor classes are COMMERCIALS, FILM & TV ACTING, VOICE OVER, TelePrompTer, HOSTING, MOVEMENT, VOICE, IMPROV, MONOLOGUES, ACCENTS, and SHAKESPEARE.

Acting Foundation Classes
1. CORE TECHNIQUE

Acting Technique Theory and application of theory through solo exercises and partnered scenes.

Focus: developing a process that will work in any acting medium or situation.


2. WHOLE BODY ACTING

Acting technique that focuses on the whole body and connects voice and body to the text.

Focus: engaging your whole body in your acting.


3. GET PERSONAL

Acting technique focused on the emotional and personal depth needed to create rich characters.

Focus: emotional availability and application to text.


4. SCENE STUDY

Application of foundational acting technique through solo exercises, monologues and partnered scene work designed to reinforce and strengthen technique as well as stretch limitations.

Focus: breath, voice, body, mind, heart combined into your acting.

(Pre-requisite class is THE CORE or WHOLE BODY or by audition)



Working Actor Classes

COMMERCIAL TECHNIQUE

Comprehensive on-camera classes utilizing difficult, real-world copy and audition scenarios for the bread and butter of the Arizona industry – the commercial. 

 

FILM & TV ACTING

Using the camera, playback and expert coaching, courses emphasize honesty and presence in the work through practice and application with film screenplays and television scripts and sides.

 

VOICE OVER

Comprehensive courses that range from Introduction to Advanced Voice Over emphasizing creating variety and individuality with your voice for commercial, industrial, animation and audio books.

 

TelePrompTer

Using a real TelePrompTer, this course gives actors a safe place to get to know this piece of equipment commonly used in long form hosting and industrial work.

 

HOSTING

Building skills and a process for both on-camera and in-person hosting.

 

MOVEMENT

Techniques for film, computer animation, video games and stage performance focusing on performance projection, spatial relationships, and environmental embodiment. 

 

VOICE

A full physical, vocal and mental warm up protocol with variations that can be adapted to your available time and warm up location.

 

IMPROV

Games and exercises that free up creativity and give actors foundations to create realism through improvised character development and scene creation.

 

MONOLOGUES

Demystifies the selection and performance of monologues for auditions and includes contemporary comedic and dramatic monologues culminating in a mock audition performance with auditors.

 

ACCENTS AND DIALECTS

Courses and workshops that teach the most useful stage and screen accents and dialects. 

 

SHAKESPEARE

The actor will learn to score the text and recognize the rhythm of the meter which allows a deeper understanding, stronger choices and playing the play with a fuller comprehension of the text.


Students new to Verve Studios or new to acting are highly encouraged to start with ACTING FOUNDATIONS 1.CORE.
and /or 2. WHOLE BODY ACTING.

Required reading for Foundational Classes: Uta Hagen’s A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR an
Recommended reading for Foundational Courses: Richard Boleslavsky’s ACTING: THE FIRST SIX LESSONS.


Private Coaching (in person and virtual) and Audition Taping also available.


YOUTH
Verve also offers Professional Training Classes, Weekend Workouts and Summer Camps.


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