at 35 Power St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1E 1K6
The St. John's Actors Studio offers theatre classes with trained theatrical professional Chuck Herriott.
The St. John's Actors Studio offers theatre classes with trained theatrical professional Chuck Herriott. With more than 35 years as an actor, director, and playwright — Chuck focuses his knowledge and expertise on budding actors from the ages of 15 and up. Each class is limited to a maximum of 16 students. This ensures that each student gets the attention needed to learn and grow as actors.
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Another terrific day at the The St. John's Actors Studio Easter Acting Camp! Monica Walsh had the first part the morning to do whatever she wanted with the gang with her Voice and Movement Workshop. She didn't disappoint! She has a fabulous rapport with the teens and her workshop was excellent. Fun exercises that challenged the students and gave them more tools to use as they explore text and how the body moves. I was very impressed with Monica's class and would highly recommend her workshop to any group anytime. Her class would be suitable and adaptable to any age range or experience. Thank you Monica for a wonderful start to Day 3! I followed with a Voice-Over Technique workshop. This entailed setting up a sound system and playing various ads/voice-overs that I have been involved with over the years and answering questions about the work and process involved. The students then got the opportunity to read and record several samples and listen to the playback, making adjustments as we went. We ended the session with having the students create Voice-Masks. Then it was back to creating our sketch comedy routines - always a great way to end the day. Have I mentioned how much fun I am having? Cheers!
Excellent Day Two of Acting Camp for teens! Yesterday we did some Zone of Silence and some Improv and got started generating ideas for some sketch comedy. Today did some Improv, followed by a field trip to costume bank where we met Debbie Clarke who very generously gave a tour and let us borrow some costumes. Then we had an Intro to Neutral Mask followed by a Character Mask session. The ideas and talent of this small group of 8 is quite remarkable!
The St. John's Actors Studio is thrilled to have Monica Walsh, Elizabeth Hicks and Judy Hancock as part of the SJAS Easter Acting Camp's team. All are former/current students of Chuck's and they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them.
Getting very excited about The St. John's Actors Studio Easter Acting Camp for ages 12-16 next week at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre! The class is filling up nicely - still room for a few more! This going to be a ton of fun! Register @ stjohnsactorsstudio.ca For more info email chuck@email@example.com
SJAS Easter Acting Camp has increased the age range to include 12-16 yr olds. $50.00 discount for 2nd child registered!
Last class with my Tuesday night crew! It truly was a hoot! I think they learned a couple of things about the craft too! Gonna miss 'em next Tuesday evening. Classes will start up again in the Fall!
The final class for the Winter 2015 SJAS Acting Classes is next week. What a great crew of students I have had! So satisfying to witness the evolution of these performers first hand. Zone of Silence, Neutral Mask, Character Mask, Improvisation, Audition Technique, and just plain fun! Next up - SJAS Easter Acting Camp for ages 14-16! for more info visit stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
Registration is really picking up for the Easter Acting Camp. Some very serious interested young talent is signing up. This is going to be fun! stjohnsactorsstudio.ca to register! Limited space available!
EASTER ACTING CAMP FOR AGES 14-16 Students enrolled in the SJAS Easter Acting Camp will get a unique perspective and approach to acting based on Chuck Herriott’s National Theatre School training and many years in professional theatre. The SJAS Camp experience encourages exploration for the actor and makes time for script analysis. Through the Neutral Mask work the actor rediscovers the breath and physical movement of the character and, even though the face is obscured by the full face mask, we can even see what the character is thinking. Character Mask gives the student an opportunity to play and create a myriad of characters to broaden the actors arsenal using a set of 24 half-masks made by Chuck. The Sketch Comedy portion of the camp, designed after Chuck’s directorial work with Mark Critch’s highly successful Cat-Fud Comedy troupe, lets the students create their own theatre though comic parody. The Voice-Over sessions teach speech, timing, and character creation using actual voice-over scripts. The SJAS Easter Camp is a great way for your budding actor to develop important skills and build self-confidence. April 6-10th, 9am-3pm $285/per student. Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca . For more info email Chuck Herriott at firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTER ACTING CAMP FOR AGES 14-16 This Camp will focus strictly on the Actors' work as students hone their listening, movement, vocal, and characterization skills with Professional Actor and National Theatre School grad, Chuck Herriott. Chuck's recent credits include a recurring role on CBC's Republic of Doyle, NTV's Slattery Street Crockers and numerous voice-overs. His last theatre performance was in 2010 when he played 17 characters in Jody Richardson's The King of Broadway for Rising Tide. He has performed on stages all across Canada including several main stage appearances at the National Arts Centre. He regularly leads ArtsSmarts Projects at schools around the Avalon where students write, design, build props, sets, costumes, giant puppets, etc,... and then perform. Chuck has taught acting at MUN and regularly gives master classes and workshops in Neutral and Character Mask and Improvisation. $285.00/per student. Register @ stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
I just got back from the Ross Creek Shakespeare Intensive Weekend Camp with Ken Schwartz. Fabulous. Entertaining. Informative. Insightful. Invigorating. I discovered some undiscovered country (for me) in this approach. I highly recommend this Camp/PD Weekend for actors and teachers of theatre. It was great to reconnect with Ken and Chris O'Neill and meet some fantastic Nova Scotian actors who take the craft seriously. Thanks Geoff Adams for being my chauffeur. Great weekend! I now have more ammunition in my William Shakespeare arsenal to offer my students. Thanks again, Ken Schwartz and Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company!
Volunteering a Character Mask Master Class at Gonzaga High tomorrow. If it goes anything like my recent visit to Ascension Collegiate it will be great fun!
Attention students of SJAS: (I re-post this notice via Casting By Maggie) CASTING - SHORT FILM For LONG TERM CARE, a Picture Start short film. Directed by Ian Vatcher, Produced and Written by Lisa Vatcher. Please do not contact Maggie Alison or Danielle - we only have the info that is below .. - the contact for this project is email@example.com Casting will be held on February 14, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm at NIFCO (40 King's Road). Given the number of roles, there may also be bookings on February 15th. Production will take place late March 2015. This film is being produced under the ACTRA AIP Program and payment is $100 per day for principals and $82 per day for Actors. To book an audition, please send film resume and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. SYNOPSIS Long Term Care is a drama, with comedic moments, that deals with the universal experiences of love, loss and aging. The story follows a father and son duo, Charlie and Sam Pike, as they come to to grips with admitting war-veteran Charlie into a long term care facility. We watch as Charlie uses his charm to come to terms with this new life on the inside. CHARLIE PIKE: Lead role. Senior male, kind smile, wicked sharp sense of humour. We are interested in males that can pass for being early 70s or older. A gentleman to ladies, Charlie has a memory disorder but retains much of his young chap charm. This role involves a range of serious and humorous emotions that are pivotal to the film. SAM PIKE: Principal role. Male, 40s, Charlie’s son, shares his dad’s kind smile but didn’t inherit the smooth charm. As Charlie’s only son, Sam deals with the guilt and confusion of admitting his father, whom he cares for deeply. Sam is uncertain how to interact in this new environment or with his dad’s memory loss. NURSE CLAIRE: Principal role. Female, 20s, slightly shy/guarded, compassionate, has a great laugh. Claire is a new nurse on the ward when Charlie becomes smitten with her. She’s unsure how to interact with Charlie; she finds him funny, charming and totally harmless but doesn’t want to risk being unprofessional in her new job. NURSE HELEN: Principal role. Female, 40-50s, friendly, competent, in-charge. Helen is the Charge Nurse on Charlie’s ward. Having seen it all, she is an open ear to Sam’s concerns. Helen is the nurse you want at your bedside. YOUNG CHARLIE: Non-speaking Actor role. Male, 20s, classic look. This role serves a significant purpose in the film, as it is a look back at Charlie’s younger self in the 1940s. Young Charlie must express his emotions through his eyes and mannerisms.
The Acting Class is cancelled tonight due to the weather. I have extra dates booked at the ACC so that the students won't miss a session. Next week we will continue with Neutral Mask and White Pantomime. Don't forget your on-going homework! Cheers, Chuck!
There are 8 classes left with the Tuesday evening Acting Class. If you are interested in joining us it is not too late. $188.00 gets you in. Last opportunity for the Winter 2015 session. But don't fret - more exciting classes to follow. Email @ email@example.com or send a message via FB. 5 spots left. Thank you for sharing & or liking! Guaranteed to learn about the exciting craft of Acting and, perhaps, about yourself. Always fun!
Heads up Tuesday Class: Don't forget your "homework"! + we will start Neutral Mask and something very fun... White Pantomime!
Have I mentioned what an great crew I have for the Tuesday Acting Class of Winter 2015? I haven't? Well, let me tell ya... Hilarious! Very funny and always inspiring. I am lucky to have such a great group.
OK! We have a winner! Or should I say... Winners!!!! Since I can't seem to figure out who actually "liked" first (because I was cooking supper).... Nicholle Lalonde, Kelly Blackwood, Christeena Caines, and/or Ann Caines are all winners! Message Chuck Herriott or send and email to sjactors@gmail for details. Congrats!!!!
The 500th person to "like" the St. John's Actors Studio page on FB (if currently residing in the St. John's, NL area) will win a complementary Acting Class (on a Tuesday evening) during the current Winter 2015 sessions. *must be 16 yrs of age or older. Go!
Going to Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for an Intensive Shakespeare Weekend! Can't wait to brush up on my Shakespeare with Ken Schwartz!
What a fun group I have on Thursday night for the Adult Acting Class! We had a good few laughs just like we did with the Tuesday night bunch! I love teaching acting. I truly believe I was born to do it! Thankfully I have had some of the very best teachers on the planet to blame my passion on - the late great Michael Cook, the amazing Perry Schneiderman, Carol Rosenfeld and the late, and truly inspirational Pierre Lefevre. And I can't forget my Dad, John Herriott, who was a truly great and passionate teacher of music.
What a hoot last nights class was! A couple of extra people signed on - the more the merrier! Next week we explore Neutral Mask. If students could wear a black shirt/blouse/tee-shirt - nothing fancy - you would find that more beneficial to the process of discovery than wearing something decorative. (i.e. very few old men wear under armour tee's!)
I had an inquiry from someone wondering if it was too late to join the Acting Classes for Adults: short answer = there is still room! 2nd Floor Art Gallery, ACC, 7-9pm Tuesdays or Thursdays!
This coming Tuesday evening, the 29th of September, marks the First Anniversary of the St. John's Actors Studio. I would like to thank all of the students who have participated in the classes and camps. I would also like to thank Deborah Clarke in the costume Dept., Peter Rompkey and Aiden Flynn in Admin. and Bev in Janitorial at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. If any former students would like to drop in this Tuesday for the session you are more than welcome! 2nd Floor Art Gallery! Cheers!
Great first Adult Acting Class for the Fall! Awesome group! Looking forward to meeting the Thursday evening gang!
Tomorrow night is the first Acting Class for Adults. Still a couple more spots left! Are you still on the fence? Jump off into the class! You'll learn lots and have tons of fun! St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, 7-9pm, 2nd Floor Art Gallery!
One week until the Thursday evening Adult Acting classes start up! Can't wait. Still some room.... register @ stjohnsactorsstudio.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
One week until the Adult Acting Classes begin! No experience necessary - tons of fun. Still some spaces left. Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca or email email@example.com for more info.
Still spaces left for the Adult Acting Classes starting Tuesday Sept 22nd (7-9pm) or Thursday Sept 24th (7-9pm). 8 weeks of classes for $199.00 Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
"The classes I have taken with SJAS have given me greater confidence in auditions. The work with neutral and character mask have definitely helped increase my skills. I can't wait to start classes again!" Judy Hancock - SJAS Student
Two weeks until the Tuesday Evening Acting Classes for Adults begin at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. On the fence? Jump in! A very fun group shaping up. No experience necessary. Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca or feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Instructor, Chuck Herriott, is a National Theatre School graduate with tons of experience.
Registration is really picking up for our Acting Classes for Adults starting September 22nd (Tuesday evenings 7-9pm) and September 24th (Thursday evenings 7-9pm). Classes will be held at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery. Tons of interactive fun! Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca or email email@example.com for more info.
I will be doing an Acting Workshop at ArtFusion in Mount Pearl on Sept 19th, 10am-12noon, for ages 10+. This is a FREE event! Reid Centre in the Youth Room.
A couple of weeks until the Acting Classes for Adults restarts for the Fall at the ACC. Great fun, great people, you'll learn tons! stjohnsactorsstudio.ca for more info. No experience necessary.
Sketch Comedy Camp 2015 is a wrap! What an excellent troupe of young people. Very funny scenes that were created from improvisations. Happy to have a group that was interested, enthusiastic, hard-working and always smiling. Thank you to the Arts and Culture Centre staff - particularly Debbie Clarke (Costumes), Peter Rompkey and Bev, the wonderful cleaning lady who made the room beautiful after the previous tenants mess.
I have been getting lots of inquiries about the curriculum at SJAS so I thought I would give a brief run-down of what the classes entail. I teach what I know based on what I was taught at NTS and have absorbed through years in the theatre.1. Improvisation - except my improvs aren't the "Who's line is anyway" junk - anyone who can read the rules out loud can "teach" that. 2. Neutral Mask - in which actors discover the importance of breath and movement without words. 3. Character Mask - in which the actors discover characters within them through using half-masks. 4. Audition Technique - the what and what not to do's. + you have to learn two contrasting monologues. 5. Voice -Over Technique. 6. Scene Study and/or 7. Sketch Comedy. Variations on this tried and true class structure work extremely well and the benefits for people wanting to explore the possibilities of our acting classes/camps are endless. No experience necessary!
Tomorrow the Sketch Comedy Camp students at the St. John's Actors Studio will present their work! What a fabulous troupe! They gelled immediately and have created some great characters in 14 fun scenes - all of which were created by lunchtime this past Wednesday. I am so proud of the hard work they did. There will be three troupe scenes, several duets and they each have funny monologues. Just like the ol' Cat-Fud days. 1pm at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre 2nd Floor Art Gallery. Today, as a reward for their efforts, we played Blind-Fold Fencing! They loved it!!!!!
Last day to sign up for Sketch Comedy Camp for ages 10+. Participants will do lots of improv, character creation and, of course, create their own funny sketches! $199.00 for the week, 9-3pm everyday, bring your own lunch and snacks. Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
Two days left to sign up for the Sketch Comedy Camp from August 24th-28th at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's. Ideal for ages 10+ - Improvisation, Collaboration and Silliness! Go to stjohnsactorsstudio.ca to register your budding actor!
Less than a week until Sketch Comedy Camp 4 starts! Ideal for ages 10+! Lots of improv, collaboration, and silliness! stjohnsactorsstudio.ca to register for the August 24th -28th camp.
Less than a week to go before the 3rd Camp starts up! Still plenty of room! $199.00 for a full week of creating funny stuff! For ages 10+ ! Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
Sketch Comedy Camps for ages 10+ are only weeks away! Improvisation, Interaction, Collaboration, Craziness, and Fun! Only $199.00 for the whole week! 9-3pm, Mon-Fri, bring your own lunch, St.. John's Arts and Culture Centre. Let's create some Comedy!!
Registration up and running smoothly! Still lots of space available for the Sketch Comedy Camps (ages 10+) August 17th-28th and the Adult Acting Classes (16+) starting September 22nd. Register at stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
Still lots of space available for the Sketch Comedy Camps at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre this August 17th -28th! Ideal for ages 10+. Register @stjohnsactorsstudio.ca
Registration is now open for Adult Acting Classes starting Tuesday or Thursday evenings starting September 22nd at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's. Register early to secure your spot!