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WHAT'S COMING UP...
Revisiting theater fundamentals for commercial VO... another FREE voice-over workout... narration with the best of the East and the West... an intensive weekend with the Voicetrax Founder... getting to really know your strengths... essential building blocks for characters... wild gaming with Tasia Valenza... and self-directing your characters with three masters of the craft!

Simply Acting II

6:30pm – 9:30pm Wednesdays, November 16 – December 14 (exc 11/23)

Director: Frank Coppola

Length: 12-hour four week online seminar

Class Notes:  Prerequisite: Simply Acting or prior approval from Voicetrax.

Going deeper into the story is something that all actors must learn, developing it into second nature. To succeed you need to engage your imagination, the most important tool in your arsenal. You must discover it, nurture it and then develop it. But how exactly do you do that, especially in a 30 second script? In this workshop you will continue on the path started by Simply Acting, learning and further developing new tools and techniques designed to refine your craft. This class will teach you how to partner with your infinitely creative imagination. Using both dramatic and comedic longer form scripts from plays and movies – contemporary and historical – you’ll develop the ability to create the arc of a character’s story. By sussing that skill out in longer form, you’ll develop the muscle memory to go deeper into character, and you’ll be able to succinctly apply it to the shorter form of 30 and 60 second reads. This class will beautifully set you up for the more advanced levels of scene study classes by knowing exactly where your treasure chest of creativity lies and how to access and feed it, so you can break it down to break through.

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The Pay-It-Forward Parlour

6:30pm – 9:30pm Thursday, November 17

Director:  YOU and your fellow students (and perhaps a Guest Director or two)

Length: 3-hour lab, monthly

Class Notes: None

There’s seriously never been something so “for everyone” in the 35-year history of Voicetrax. We really mean it: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced/Working Professional students, even Alumni! E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. is invited. This special lab was born from our desire to give back to our Voicetrax family and provides the virtual “bricks-and-mortar” for a monthly workout group. For one night each month we are opening one of our Zoom channels – free of charge – for you to remotely drop in and work on whatever kind of script you choose including dialogues as we utilize breakout rooms for partners to practice in private. You’ll get the opportunity to receive performance feedback from your fellow students as well as providing constructive critiques of your own, which we all know very specifically helps with the ever-important self-direction skills necessary for success. Learn and have fun in a casual environment. And did we mention there could just maaaybe be a surprise pop-in by an elite Voicetrax Guest Director? Guess you’ll just have to show up to find out!

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East Meets West: Narration

4:00pm – 7:00pm Friday, November 18; 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, November 19

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

Class Notes: This course include homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities. For Advanced Students and Working Professionals only.

Format: Online

What better way to know where your skills stack up against actors from one of the biggest and most competitive acting regions in the country than being in class with them? In this exciting new seminar, we bring together the “best of the west” with the “feast of the east”. Half of this uniquely formatted seminar will be populated with the best of the best from the halls of Voicetrax. The other half will consist of professional voice actors from New York and surrounding areas. With this seminar focused on narration, you’ll be challenged and inspired by your fellow professionals from the other side of the country.

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The Founder’s Seminar

9:30am – 3:30pm Saturday, November 19; 9:30amk – 12:30pm November 20

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

Class Notes: None

Format: Online

This challenging weekend seminar is script analysis, mic technique and a few surprises all rolled up into one. It’s uncanny how much better your acting gets when you understand the script, so Samantha will take an in-depth look at that crucial skill of analyzing copy. You’ll work on dialogues and bring the scene alive while tapping into a creative side you never knew you possessed that sits lurking beneath the surface. And those surprises we spoke of? Well, if we told you what they were, it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it? At the end of the weekend, you’ll be shocked, amazed and most importantly excited at the new level of performance you’re now capable of. And let’ s be honest, any time spent with Samantha will turbo-boost your imagination and acting choices.

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Know Your Zero II

6:30pm – 9:30pm Mondays, November 21 – December 12

Director: Vicki Baum

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Know Your Zero Level One. This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about your Zero, this level II class is going to get even “zero-ier”. (whoa, did we just make up a new word? call Merriam Webster!) Guided by the creator of the Zero vernacular, you’ll revisit your personality and vocal trait lists and add to them and further explore your super fun and freeing Anti-Zero, all while directing your fellow students in class and providing feedback on their at-home recordings. Basically, each student at one point during the four weeks, will be assisting Vicki to teach the class. Trait lists, directing and feedback, oh my!

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Creating Characters

10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, December 3; 10:00am – 1:00pm Sunday, December 4

Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

Class Notes: None

Whether or not you think you “do characters”, we’re here to tell you that you DO! Why? Because you’ve been six years old, when playing wasn’t about pretending to be a character, but about being the character, letting go and using your imagination. And with that mindset, you can learn to do anything, even characters. Chuck and Brian will share their insights, tricks and techniques that have led to their remarkable success in the character genre. Gain an enhanced understanding of the character creation process and realize just how freeing and exhilarating it is as an adult to simply let go and play. After this weekend, you will possess an increased confidence in your ability to invent colorful and memorable, yet realistic characters. With Chuck and Brian’s expertise and encouragement, get ready to unleash the characters that live within you that you never knew existed.

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Wild Game Hunting

10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, December 3; 10:00am – 1:00pm Sunday, December 4

Director: Tasia Valenza

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Format: Online

Do competitive performances elude you like a rare sighting of the white lion in South Africa or the snow leopards of Uzbekistan? Join Tasia as she guides you through this kinder, gentler safari in search of video game performances that stand out and book the job. And just to keep things exciting, Tasia is apt to throw in an animation exercise or two, so be ready for anything. And because of her extensive background in on-camera acting, Tasia can’t help but incorporate the acting muscles used for that genre of acting in her lessons, which can only bring to life the voice acting skills that will make your auditions roar. Disclaimer: No animals were actually hurt in the belaboring of this metaphor, unless you consider yourself an animal and having to read through this description bruised your mental happiness by the constant stringing along of this worked-over metaphor, and now, this over-explained disclaimer. Longest.Disclaimer.Ever!

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Character Direct Thyself

10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, December 10; 10:00am – 1:00pm Sunday, December 11

Director: Samantha Paris, Dave Fennoy, Brian Sommer

Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

Class Notes: This course will include homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

After hitting the “send” button on a character audition you recorded at home, do you find yourself asking, “Did I go too far… or not far enough? Is the character I chose too animated or too flat? Is there enough difference between the three characters I chose to audition? Did I play it too safe?” The answer to all these questions often depends whether or not you were able to separate the actor you and the director you. You need to think like a director and look at the big picture, considering the character in context of the story, the relationship with the other character and what’s actually going on in the scene. Not to mention, are you shaping a dynamic performance even if it’s just one side of a dialogue? Samantha and Dave will put you in the director hot seat to guide your fellow students into competitive character performances including shading and emotional range, giving each an inside peek at what you’re telling yourself at home.

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