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NEWS: The Alza Award Winner of 2014 will be announced on Feb 4th!
One of Walter Alza's latest film collaboration: "Blood Empires" wins 4 awards (Walter Alza Co Stars and serves as a excutive producer)
First, a great review from Following Films - http://www.followingfilms.com/2014/11/blood-empires.html
Second, I was informed that we won a Platinum Award for Best First-Time Director from the Oregon International Film Awards - http://oregonfilmfestival.com/2014-oregon-film-awards
Winner of best actor at Cannes Film festival, RJ Parrish - Congrasts!
“I Just won best actor in the short film competition
in Cannes! Thanks to the one and only Walter Alza
for all his hard work and leadership. I couldn't ask for
a better coach and mentor." -RJ Parrish
‘Ill be starring in TWO feature films this summer, and I am Co Starring in the feature film" Guidence"showing attiff this year. Id like to express
my gratitude to Sir Alza and the studio for the constant
pushing the limits of potential. I wouldn't be where I am
without Walter. So thank you for all your hard work”
Alex Ozerov (Co Star of Award Winning Film @ TIFF BLACKBIRD) more -
Hollywood Reporter Announces our student Alex Ozerov starring on one of his new feature films this summer 2014 "Natasha". Hard and smart work pays off!
read more http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/entry/view/id/386554
Trevor Ketcheson also Involved on a new project
Eric is Starring in a new film
Walter Alza to be one of Judges with the Ontario Arts Council for a project (read more)
Walter Alza about to embark in a few new projects.
To be continued...
2014 is looking bright for Mississauga Trailblazer and multiple time Award winning actor/producer/director and writer Walter Alza (Get Rich or Die Tryin’ Metropia). Walter has been nominated for two Marty Awards for his work and the results will be out this Thursday May 8th at 7pm at the Living art center, you are invited. Come and walk the red carpet with Walter.
Back on the big screen; You can catch him in the feature film “He Never Died” Starring Henry Rollins. And Co Starring in the feature film Blood Empires, a dark police drama about the complexities of family, friendship, loyalty and love. Walter plays a detective Guzman alongside some of Canada’s finest actors.
"I'm so grateful to have Walter Alza as my acting coach."
Alicia Josipovic, lead actor - Degrassi
ALEX OZEROV (Rookie Blue) Co Stars in The Award Winning Film BLACKBIRD TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL I was very lucky to be accepted at this studio. With these tools I've been able to land 5 gigs in the last 3 weeks, one of which being big feature, thank you Walter! more - Alex Ozerov
Alen Delain(Nikita) I just wanted to say I got 2 principle roles and 1000 leads to come. Thank u walter and the studio for the amazing time and the training. "Winners dont quit and quitters ...who cares about quittersh
"Working with Walter has been an experience like no other. Thanks to the help I received from him, I landed a Principal role in a CBC movie of the week. He has helped me dive deep into the craft and I have grown exponentially as an actor. Anyone who is serious about improving their craft should definitely take Walter's class. " - R.J. Parrish (Transpoter)
"After booking 5 auditions on a roll including Rookie Blue, I can tell you Walter's method works!" Craig Porriet
Resident Evil: Retribution. Transformers: Got a part in my first feature. Thank you Walter for sharing your knowledge and bringing out confidence in me! Robin K
Christina Schimmel Booked another principal role in an indie feature film! Thanks for teaching me so much great stuff
Private coaching: I am now represented by Noble Caplan:) They said I was great. I did everything you told me to do. I actually think I shocked them. Lol. Thanks again for your help Walter ! Andrea Grant
https://www.facebook.com/ksenija.ikonic?fref=nf Ksenija Ikonic Just landed a role in a music video, filming this week! Thank you to Walter and the studio for the endless support and encouragement.
"As I have traveled through my career few actors have impressed me as much as Walter Alza. With superb work habits & impeccable honesty I watched him work flawlessly with Academy Award winning director Jim Sheridan & first timer 50 cent. In my opinion Walter can be only a help to anyone he works with & will shine in any role he takes on." - Omar Miller (Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shall We Dance, 8 Mile, Law & Order, Things We Lost in the FireMiracle at St. Anna; Spike Lee.) Los Angeles
"Alza is the changing face of television. He represents an emerging trend in Canadian programming." - The Mississauga News
"Acting is a craft and Alza has perfected." - Bina Pandya Rogers TV – ONE on ONE
Jessica Siegner, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Walter Alza for his incredible coaching and pushing me out of my comfort zone every week in class and privates. Because of this man I have grown so much during my time at the studio and I am incredibly lucky to have him as a coach! Thank you Walter and everyone at the studio!! Feeling blessed! Here's a look at the trailer for The Hotel Dieu Movie which I filmed last summer!
"My Daughter Katie, was thrilled with your class. She has taken other Professional class and she feels much better in your class, and feels like she is learning. Thanks Walter." - Jane (Happy Mom) - 2 years Degrassi & Lead Actor Miss Saigon
Chris Gonsalves Just landed a lead role in a short film using many of Walter and Dean's character analysis drills, thanks for your time and knowledge guys!
Lauren Roberts Dear Walter Alza thank you so much for all the valuable tools you give me, i just landed another Lead!! I have never worked so much before. You stand alone, you cant becompared to anyone. Thank you, you are the man.
Laura Pimm Just landed a lead in a short film. Thank you Walter and Dean for all the amazing coaching!
Brandon Macpherson I just finished work on my tenth short film since training at the studio. Thanks for everything Walter, Dean and Tim!
"I was observing part of the session that you taught - a thoughtful and inspiring presentation." - Karl Pruner ACTRA President, Actor
Jose Alomar I officially have an agent! Thank you Walter for everything you've taught me and the things you will continue to teach to help me become the crafted actor I hope to be!
Lisa Solberg Hey Walter Alza I got my first role, as a lead in a music video. It was an amazing experience, something I could have never done without all your guidance, encouragement and belief in me. I used so much of what you have taught me in both class and in privates. Thank you so much for everything! I am looking forward to learning more from you in 2014! Thank you!
"When Walter acts, you see the intensity of a beast in him." - Academy Award Nominee Director Jim Sheridan (in America, In the name of The father)
"Walter Alza..Dared me to be myself. Got right to the point of helping me to discover, what honestly connects me to a scene." - Karen LeBlanc (Lead actor of Multiple award winning series RE-genesis & Actra Award Nominee for Nurse.Fighter.Boy)
"Walter not only teaches you how to work hard and play the game, he makes you want to be the best. Nobody is more committed to craft than Walter Alza. He'll help you to bring out the beast." - Terry J. Flashpoint- Being Erica
"Acting is a craft and Alza has perfected." - Bina Pandya Rogers TV – ONE on ONE
"Walter Alza is one of those rare actors, it's hard to tell he's acting! The fact is, he isn't acting, he's being real! And that's what he teaches his students, how not to look like you're acting but how to look real!" - Director, Sidney Furie (Direct Action, The Appaloosa Starring marlo Brando, Superman 4)
Trevor John Thomas
A BIG thank you to Walter Alza for the VERY informative and inspiring ShowBusiness Seminar tonight!! What a treat to have his many years of experience in the industry open for our discussion. He says that sometimes this business can be cut-throat but here is to the man who goes against that stereo-type. Muchas Gracias !!
"I'm not sure you can teach someone to be passionate about something, but if anybody could, it just might be Walter. With an array of techniques at his disposal, he has a great gift for assisting actors to reach their full potential." - Brendan Jeffers (Degrassi, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Clive Houston We Have a Problem)
Walter is very passionate about the craft of acting and his enthusiasm is infectious. He is dedicated to his craft and also the teaching of it. After several years of school, I can honestly say that Walter surprised me by providing and teaching new tools that every actor should posses. Working with Walter has increased my confidence and upped my game in this industry. Thank you Walter! Celina Vera
Pedro Abrantes I got the lead actor on a portuguese short-film 2 weeks ago, and today I have got a part on a portuguese feature film. I can't express how grateful I am for everything that you taught me. I want go back to the studio and improve my craft. Thank you for everything Sir.
"Walter Alza is passionate - an inspiration to all actors." - Natalie Rezneck (take the lead, So You think you can dance finalist).
Walter is the most honest, passionate and inspirational coach you'll find. He genuinely understands the work of an artist! Walter administers a nurturing environment to make you feel completely safe to explore, but challenging enough to always push you for improvement. He guides you carefully, but allows you to make discoveries and decisions on your own. After working with Walter, I can truly say that my confidence, and knowledge, have escalated and I am extremely thankful to have opportunities to work with him.- Ksenija I. (14 years old)
I knew from the moment that I found Walter's website he was going to be able to help me achieve my dream of becoming an actor, I wasn't wrong. I have learned so much with Walter in the last 6 months that I don't think I would have learned with anyone else. I feel so grateful that I have Walter as my acting coach and I know I will be able to make it far. Jose A. (15 years old).
" It is helping me a lot to go deeper into layering characters to have a forum to get feed back, see other actors work, and benefit from Walter and Tim's knowledge and ability to develop actors in their craft" - Lucy D.
Walter Alza is very passionate about his craft. He eats , breathes, lives for his craft and that is what he wants from those who he teaches. Its never easy opening yourself up but with his guidance you will become more secure with the tools you learn from him. Matthew M.
" It's been great! I've been in other places but this is it, this place meets my needs and my wants as an actor, it's challenging and fun, it's a great place to work and working with Walter Alza really gives me the sensation of being in the industry, it's great to be able to work with some one that is out there in the industry and has that much experience "- Pedro R.
" Walter's class is an exposer into all the fine ingredients that go into remarkable acting. He has acute insight into character motivation. The tempo + rhythm of dialogue the variance of creating emotion through motion" Jennifer L.
" This is a very engaging class. Walter Alza works very patiently with every individual and constantly encourages them to develop their craft . Fun class for people of all ages, backgrounds & skill levels " - Karina R.
" Walter's Class is very comfortable enviournment to let your emotions go. Walter is very encouraging and that makes it even easier" Lucas C
" Im grateful for Walter's studio. I look forward to working more. You learn to love the craft, because all the lessons you learn from this studio apply to anything and everything in life" - Brian W.
" Walter Alza allowed me to get in touch with my inner emotions and taught me to sharpen my focus which helped me portray my emotions easier, and helped my performance to be more realistic" - AnthonyK.
" Walter is truly a pleasure to work with. His knowledge and experience in the profession makes him an excellent teacher ans mentor. I have learned so much in one session and I can't wait to learn more!".Laura K.
" I really enjoyed the class. I learned a lot from this class and I am looking forward to coming back and getting some more experience" - Rashad W.
"Training at the Walter Alza Acting Studio has changed my approach to acting in the best way possible. Alza's dedication to his craft and extensive knowledge about the performing arts has helped me improve my skills in infinite ways. If you want to learn from the best, this is the place to be!"Jordie .
Before i started working with Walter, I had never acted out a scene in my life. In the few months I have taken lessons, Walter has helped me realize my potential of acting through his enjoyable and interactive style of teaching". Marco S.
Waiter is a person who expects people like us to do well. He tell us what he wants and when he acts you see the passion and the beastly form that is unleashed, this is what he wants form us teh intensity, passion, etc. He is also, calm, cool, and kind he talks to you if you need help. Sydney D.
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” Carl Jung
The above quote exemplifies that it is vital to finding one’s expression as an artist. Many actors fall hostage in emulating their favourite artists’ causing the actor to fail in finding his or her own unique method. At The Alza Acting Studio, not only is it advocated to find one’s own artistic voice, but one is also taught to excel in it as well.
Walter Alza nurtures and encourages his students with every fiber of his being to accomplish artistic excellence and recognize the potential that he sees in us. He has taught us to reach deeper from the inside in order to develop an unfailing technique that directly transcribes into working on TV or film.
Walter’s teaching skills are exceptional and I always look forward to each and every session with him. Without a word of exaggeration, I leave each session feeling more prepared for the film industry than when I arrived. Yelrihs C.
"Walter Alza is a special human being; caring family man, friend and mentor. A great actor in his own right, Walter approaches everything he does with directness and positive energy which students of his cannot help but absorb. Because of Walter's refined method, tremendous coaching ability and encouragement, I was able to land principal parts from the first two auditions I ever went to in my life. I am very grateful and plan to continue refining the instrument under Walter's guidance!" - Frank Longo
"When Walter acts, you see the intensity of a beast in him." - Academy Award Nominee Director Jim Sheridan (in America, In the name of The father)
I have been extremley lucky to have been accepted into walters fine studio. Walter is the coach & person I have been searching for eversince I joined this industry. I have learned so much not only about acting but myself! when working with walter he brings out the true actor in you & helps access areas within yourself that you never knew exsisted & could be shared. Walter is the only person that has been able to bring out my best performances & I suggest that actors who want to work should work with him ! Walter is the man! Jesica R.
When I decided to take on the daunting challenge of taking one of my scripts and making it a reality, I went to Walter, who I had studied under for a number of years. I quickly realized he has the same relentless passion for acting and schooling his students as he does for directing and producing. I worked closely with Walter, and watched closely as Walter poured his energy into the project. It was an invaluable learning experience for me and a leap into the film biz assisted by Walter. The end result is an award winning film, "Clive Houston, We Have a Problem", directed and produced by the multi-talented Walter Alza. - Brendan Jeffers (Degrassi, Clive Houston We Have a Problem)
"His insight and observations are honest and rewarding. Walter's approach with young aspiring actors is most inspiring." - Janaya S. (Death Race, Flashpoint)
"From a rising star out of Toronto, one cocreated by Walter Alza To Aspiring Actors If you have truly chosen acting as your vocation. If you are made of all heart and true grit. If you can see real value in passionate, no holds barred feedback. If you can appreciate learning from a true artist, one who still works infront of and behind the camera and supports his feedback with true life experiences from over 40 films.Teaches you respect of the business as well as how to draw the most out of your instrument." Then You are ready for Walter Alza" - David Brando George (Cold Blood)
"He has a natural ability to translate complex acting principles and approaches into simple directions for kids to help them improve their skills. He turns work into fun to keep young ones engaged and wanting to learn more. Samuel, an aspiring 11 year old actor, has said to me that one of his personal acting lesson with Walter was one of the most fun time he's ever had!" - G. Bonin
I had a fantastic time on my first day. I felt very welcome and like I was among fellow actors who are very supportive of each other and their work. Walter has a tough exterior and is straight to the point...which I like. I enjoyed working with him and look forward to many more classes and possibly some films. He was able to bring a lot out of me on my very vulnerable first day, but I'm always happy for the challenge. Can't wait until Wednesday. Regards, Marlene M. J
I really enjoyed the class. They are teaching me things that I never knew was apart of acting and giving me helpful tips that can increase my performance even with the most smallest things. They helped me to be able to understand the character more than I thought I could. To be an actor is a dream for me and I feel like I am one step closer to that dream with every class. Jose A.(15 years old actor)
I thought that the craft class was very eye-opening and revealing! The exercises opened my eyes to a new way of being and looking at certain situations. After the class I felt free and like I could take on the world!! Can't wait for the next class! -Jessica S
I loved it!! Coming out of my shell already, the exercises where great and I know what works for me so far. I'm honestly amazed :) I also feel closer to the other students now, its a pretty awesome feeling. Steph K
"In this class I've had the privilege of seeing things and being places that I haven't seen or felt in over 12 years. It is a great way of remembering who I am and where I am coming from in a deep artistic way". Sebastian
"I am thankful and grateful that I was invited to do the craft class, it has allowed me to scratch to surface of opening myself up as the true artist that I am inside. It has made me understand how critical the foundation is, how much dedication and practice so required to become crafted, and how far I have to go. Reworking my imagination, which has been underused in my daily work life. This does make me happy and It makes me feel alive." Selena
"The craft class has opened me up to myself and helped me to access parts of
myself that I had locked away. I've learned more ways to connect to characters
and scenes and how to discover more about them.
I've learned to be less self-conscious and I've been inspired to continue on this
long journey, which I now love even more than before.Thank you!" Laura
The craft class is absolutely wonderful. It is at the same time challenging which it
great. It will take you places that you forgotten or might have buried deep down
inside yourself. But once you let it out, it feels like the best achievement in the
world. It is so inspiring, makes you want to play, go out there. Alex Ozerov.
The craft class has helped me be aware of my surroundings and my feeling. Learned to give in to trust, to be in touch and to be in contact within me. Lil.
The craft class has opened my eyes to a person I'd never would of known I could
be. It opened me up to another me, someone I know I can always be. Cesare.
The craft class is a great, I see how the exercises invoke the emotions and how to explore them. But I keep worrying I don't have emotions within me. I had to get out of my head, I am to f**king logical I have to let it go! Aaron
"So far this experience is so much fun in this craft class, it built me lots of confidence as an actress and it helps also in my daily life. Walter I love this class." Ana Ivina Raman.
Working with Walter Alza and Dominique has helped me explore the emotional side of acting which has elevated my skills like never before. Since being accepted by the studio, I have started to gain a passion and respect for the industry. I now understand what it takes to become a successful and sustainable actor. Patrick C. (15 years old actor)
Working with Dean was a great experience. He opened my eyes to a new way of learning though a directors perspective. The detail he made us learn about our characters was amazing making us relate to them as much as possible. one way was making vivid stories(memories) of the character ethier past present of future about the scene we were dealing with,making it as if those memories(stories) was really happening at that moment. as well the different methods of trying our lines to see which one worked the best with the scene by trying different ranges high voice or low voice or a mix of both, different attitudes to bring to the scene as well happy, sad, etc. these techniques helped you really get into the scene, this was a great way of learning. I am really grateful i got to experience the great class with dean he's a wonderful teacher. Mattia I.
The class was great.it wasn't what I expected but more. Walter really helps everyone individually and makes sure thesy understand and get it right. I loved it Kayla B.
The class was really good, new real experience and what not. Extremely emotional it was exiticing, really enjoyed it. Noura B.
The class was great i had alot of fun and clearly noticed how passionate of a teacher/actor walter is. I also really liked the small class. looking forward to the next three weeks! Monika B.
I just love the classes! I have learned so much and I enjoy all my time in studio. I have been watching Metropia to learn from your skills too. Jeniffer Steele, Model
Class was Dean was great. It was a smaller class so we had more time to work each scene. He allowed us to look at our scenes with emotions we would normally never use in the piece. Each time we did the scene we envoked a new emotions, which made for some interesting choices. I haven't looked at a body of work like that in a long time, and it was refreshing. I found it fun, invigorating, and I found realism in my work. In a nutshell it was great, I wouldn't of changed a thing. Melissa M
"I was very lucky to be accepted at this studio at the age of 15. I'm 18 now, and i think the most important thing I've learned is that is it a craft, it takes patience, and the time it deserves to be put into it on regular basis. In these classes you don't just learn how to act, you learn how to be a pro; how to deal with direction, relationship with the camera, nerves, and doing proper preparation on the script you are given, and adding those little details that aren't seen on the page. Going to the studio for 3 years have made me actually know what I'm doing at the audition and on set! Even if this is a hobby for you, its an opportunity to understand yourself better as a person, go back to those places that yo have berried away for so many years, and can really be a cleansing process. Now as an artist, do you want to be good or memorable? Your choice! Through out the years, i think I'm just starting to understand the information that is being presented to me, and the journey of an actor never ends! With these tools I've been able to land 5 gigs in the last 3 weeks, one of which being big feature!
Thanks again Walter, i feel incredibly lucky!" - Alex Ozerov
"I thought Walters class was an extremely inspirational learning process." - Mercedes P. ACTOR
"Acting was something I had always wanted to pursue but never had the courage nor the chutzpah to do anything about it. Thanks to Walter's persistence, positive attitude and encouragement, I joined his class last year and haven't looked back since. He not only pushes his students to be more than they knew they could, he supports decisions and helps you to improve on the ones you've made. He's a wonderful man, actor, father, friend and an even better teacher. I just adore Walter and am forever grateful!! " -Naomi Zwolinski
"Walter's coaching is challenging yet gentle at the same time. He has given me the opportunity to open new pathways of expression which has contributed to a richer quality of performance and a more enjoyable stage experience for myself." - Yasmina Ramzy Arabesque Dance Company
I have every much enjoyed working with Walter thus far. I appreciate his honesty. He's different than teachers I have had in the past. He doesnt sugarcoat things, he let you know what he sees, whats working and whats not working. Though he doesnt ever come off as rude, hes able to use his sense of humour to keep it light while keeping you engaged. He's someone that I think I was fortunate to come across, and I feel confident when recommeding him to fellow actors that I know. Best, Melissa
"Alza shares his point of view as an actor/writer/director/producer. He also incorporates tools from the greatest masters who revolutionized the craft of acting world wide." -Stanislavski, Meisner Chekhov
"His insight and observations are honest and rewarding." - Janaya Stephens (Death Race, The Lookout, Beautiful People, Kevin Hill)
"Walter Alza private classes has allowed me the unique oppertunity to train in a one on one environment. His undivided attention and style towards character development in a scene study or monologue is powerful and will effectively shreed away your nervous energy. Applying the same knowledge to my general classes becomes routine asnd comfortable even though working with the other students may sometimes be challenging, I think that's one of the elements that keeps it interesting. There's never a dull moment. Private and general classes gives me the best of both worlds" - Dail Polius
Walter is a unique and wonderful acting instructor. I have been working with him in class and in privates, and he has helped me considerably with my confidence in scenes. Walter knows what to say to get me to a certain state fast, and how to get me to keep that state so I can immerse myself in the scene and become the character. He teaches you how to look at a script in a different way, to find the background of a character in a deeper sense. His on camera classes are excellent! I have learned so much and continue to learn from him and grow as an actor. Thank you Walter. Shawna Button.
I've been at Walter's studio for seven months now, he's an awesome coach and great to work with! I've noticed a huge improvement since my first day in the Saturday's class. I can only imagine how much more I can accomplish in the next seven months. Bravery is key! Model/Actor Stephanie Kodis
working with walter has been amazing his knowledge and work techniques are so in-depth and accurate that i am so glad to be apart of the alza acting studio and having walter as my mentor. Taking classes have shown me ways to learn that i would never of thought of, with that guidance i have improved so much through the journey i have had so far with alza acting studio i am very grateful. Mattia Irish
I did like so much Walter as an expirienced acting teacher and especially for his harisma!He can combine expertly and use both, a practice and a theory.This s what really inspiring me. EricCeskly
I loved it! Was a bit nervous at the beginning! But he gives such insightful tips and is a amazing teacher. Honored to be a student at the alza studio :) Jessica Sayde
"Taking Walter's class its an amazing journey." - Brendan Jeffers Actor (True Crime, The Weight, This Is Wonderland, Get Rich or Die Tryin')
"Walter has an uncanny ability to sniff out and acknowledge untruths about actors and address through his passionate direction how to get back on the path of believability." - Dan Fox
"Several of clients studied with Walter and have nothing but great things to say about his techniques. After knowing him for a while, I highly recommend Walter's classes. You won't be disappointed" - Stephanie Porter Porter Group Agency
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A wise man once said that "acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Here's the truth: today's Alza will help you develop your character, and learn how to make other people notice it. Choose one of the following classes from Walter Alza Acting Studio: No audition is required to take the Introduction to Acting on Camera and Alza's Tools (Method) class - and now very little cash is required, too. This class is designed for the greenhorns out there who've got no or next-to-no formal acting training and focuses primarily on scene study. Aspiring Meryl Streeps learn to break down scenes and monologues from theatre, film and television; to be present; to work out objectives and actions and to make strong choices. After four weeks' worth of three-hour classes, students begin to understand the meaning, purpose and application of tempo/rhythm, as well as how to train the body for line movement in long, medium and close-up shots. The instructors don't leave you hanging on the audition front, either: they give you tips and techniques for improvisation, cold reads and everything in between.