Class Descriptions

We Mentor Actors of all ages along Their Individual Creative Journey.

All our classes are regarded as the top of the cream when it comes to Craft. A Sudio with 0 Attitude, at Alza (Rise) it's all about the work, passion and having fun. All classes are shot with the highest technology in Canada.

Intro to Acting On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft Beginner/Intermediate On-Camera Scene Study Advanced On-Camera Scene Study
Private Coaching One on One (#1 service of the house) The Craft Class Seminar - Blueprint to success™ with Walter Alza

Students work with original sides, specifically written with emotional switches and challenges to expand their range as actors. Fun classes with tools of the trade and on camera playbacks are covered to prepare them to give memorable performances in a positive environment for them to grow in their craft.

Our System offers you the chance to develop your instrument and nourish your craft to work on film, television and theatre. In each of Alza Acting Studio’s classes, it is our mission to develop each actor’s truth – body, soul and voice. For us it is about the craft, quality versus quantity. The Alza approach is made of 6 steps, yet we pay respect to our history, to the great legendary teachers such as Sanford Meisner, Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler to name a few, they were actors before they become great teachers and directors, so they got what it was needed to be great.  We believe that any one wishing, needing to explore acting and or who wants to become crafted should learn from professionals who actually do the work and understand what it means to be standing on a set or an audition.  The work of the actor is different from class to performance on set, but the work ethic is the same. Discipline is a must, is not enough to just have talent.

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Private Coaching Acting

Privates are on camera and off. Privates are tailored to each individual depending on needs, objective and level of experience.

One on one appointments are available for performers to have powerful 45 minutes with Walter Alza and or our Award winning team. Discussion of personal development, career coaching, additional audition work or demo materials are welcome at this appointment, made available for some of our more experienced participants - and to allow for a more intimate setting and additional time for our more seasoned performers.


Blueprint for success (TM)

Blueprint for Success is the quintessential session for new and emerging actors who want to succeed and need a plan. Walter Alza will share his insights on how to create an actionable blueprint that takes you where you want to go. 30 years of experience just for you.

This hands-on session teaches you what you need to do to break into the industry, and stay there. What’s expected from agents, casting directors, head shots and more. How to get your plan ready, or change your existing path to maximize success.

 

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Intro To Acting On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft

This class is designed for students who have little to no formal acting training. Actors are guided through an introduction to the craft, as well as an overview of acting on camera. After they complete their 1st session (4 weeks) the actor may get invited to continue in the studio.

Focusing primarily on scene study, these classes (intro, intermediate and advanced) reveal a specific method of acting for the camera tailored by the founder of Alza Acting Studio award winning actor filmmaker Walter Alza (Get Rich or Die Tryn', Flashpoint, Metropia). We also use elements from the techniques of great acting teachers that have shaped the lies of Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, etc. This class focuses not only on scene study and character development, but also on the craft by guiding you to explore yourself more.

In addition to covering movement and voice for on camera work, this class teaches you how to:

  • Build Self Confidence
  • Always be Ready
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • Break down scenes and monologues from theatre, film and television script
  • Be present and to work objectives and actions
  • Make strong choices in interpreting lines  
  • Understand “tempo-rhythm” – its meaning, purpose and application
  • Train the body for scenes
  • Understand “line of movement” – in long, medium and close-up shots.
  • Students are also given the opportunity to review their progress on a large screen.
  • Give Memorable Performances
  • Effective SCENE WORK
  • Learn to Accept good feedback and grow
  • Be prepared to take risks.
  • Learn Bio-mechanics for the Close up
  • Become more positive with your work
  • Learn to have more Faith

Time: Saturdays 11am to 2pm - 4 weeks - $289 + HST

Instructors: Award Winning Faculty Walter Alza, Tim Kachurove &Dean Bajramovic

 

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The Friday Acting Class on Camera Scene Study
& Craft
For Beginners and Intermediate level actors

Ongoing acting classes every 5 weeks

Friday is The best night to end the week with amazing work. With a Bang!

YOU will be working on camera scene study in our studio which it mirrors working on set with multiple time award-winning actors and directors who are ready and willing to give their passion, skill and talent, to take you to the next level and help building your confidence with a new set of skills. You will also work on cold reads with 10 time award winning director Dean Bajramovic, with a powerful way of doing cold reads created by the founder of Alza Acting Studio award winning actor filmmaker Walter Alza (Get Rich or Die Tryn', Flashpoint, Metropia).

In this classes you will be introduce to the secret Alza sauce that many try to teach and do it wrong and hey, they charge you double for it.

This acting class is ideal for actors that have had prior substantial acting training and or working experience in television, film, and theatre. Ideal for actors that have made a decision to become crafted working actors. Actors that need to develop their instrument.

Let me explain the difference, most people think can act as long as they memorize lines or imitate sounds, much like parrots, I know it's funny, right? But many people think acting is just that. (Parrot sound).

A crafted actor means a whole different thing, this is an actor who strives to be memorable and remain performing for a long time. A crafted Tv & film actor means that you are like a doctor, you know your #%*^, simply put.

In this classes you don't just learn how to act, but how to be a pro. Alex Ozerov ( Bitten, The Americans, Orphan Black )

This camera acting class will teach the actor:

  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction
  • What a director looks for in a casting audition
  • What a director wants in a call back
  • How a director reads a script
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Build Self Confidence
  • Always be Ready
  • Cold reads
  • Learn to Give Memorable Performances
  • Effective SCENE WORK
  • Learn to Accept feedback and grow
  • Be prepared to take risks
  • Learn Bio-mechanics for the Close up
  • Become more positive with your work
  • Learn to have more Faith - faith is a state of mind, it can be Induced by repetition
  • Connect deeply with scenes and with an acting partner
  • Explore how to make better choices when it comes to execution.
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction and adapt
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Text & Script Analysis
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • Students are also given the opportunity to review their work on a large screen.
  • Shine while on set
  • Be remembered when auditioning and book more
  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • New Approach to your work


Time: Friday 6pm to 9:30pm - 5 weeks - $319 + HST

Instructors: Award Winning Faculty Walter Alza, Tim Kachurove & Dean Bajramovic

A short meeting and or audition may be required after registering. Demo and or links to other work will be requested up on or before registration.

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Advanced On-Camera - The Crafted Type & Film working actor's class

The Creative Collective Collaboration class (TM)

Ongoing acting workshops every 5 weeks

on Wednesday nights with multiple time award winning actor & filmmaker Walter Alza and Elite Company.

Known as one of the most fun, intense and in depth Acting classes in Canada. This class is for actors who want to work on their craft and break away from the rest.

This acting class is ideal for the working actor on film and television, actors with 2 to 4 years of prior university or college theater training experience and or lots of theater work experience. This is for actors that need to take things to a whole other level of expertise, actors who are competing with people with lots of working experience and need to stay sharp. "Practice keeps you permanent". Walter Alza

This acting class is for actors that have made a decision to become crafted working television and film actors- performers.

Let me explain the difference, anyone can look good and act as long as they memorize their dialog or know how to imitate sounds, much like parrots, I know it's funny but many people think acting is just that. Crazy...

A crafted TV & film actor means that you are like a doctor who can work in the 3 different mediums Film Type and Create , you know your #%*^, simply put.

 I would highly recommend this class to any actor looking to reconnect with their instrument outside of set/the audition room."
- Amanda Joy (show creator & star of Second Jen)

Acting On Camera - Scene Study & Character Development

This class deals with camera acting technique, scene study and the language of the director/actor relationship. Directors and actors communicate differently and it is very important to know what the director wants. We will explore the very different energies and needs of the director and actors.

This class will provide a challenging preparation for auditions, rehearsals and on set performances. Each of these involves different direction and acting requirements. You will learn how to deliver to best performance in all three situations.

To apply to this class the actor is required to have some experience in film & tv and /or theater.

This camera acting class will teach the actor:

  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction
  • What a director looks for in a casting audition
  • What a director wants in a call back
  • How a director reads a script
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Build Self Confidence
  • Always be Ready
  • Cold reads
  • Give Memorable Performances
  • Effective SCENE WORK
  • Learn to Accept feedback and grow
  • Be prepared to take risks
  • Learn Bio-mechanics for the Close up
  • Become more positive with your work
  • Learn to have more Faith - faith is a state of mind, it can be Induced by repetition
  • Connect deeply with scenes and with an acting partner
  • Explore how to make better choices when it comes to execution.
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction and adapt
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Text & Script Analysis
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • Students are also given the opportunity to review their work on a large screen.
  • Shine while on set
  • Be remembered when auditioning and book more
  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • New Approach to your work

 

Time: Wednesdays 6pm to 9:30pm - 5 weeks - $319 + HST

Instructors: Award Winning Faculty Walter Alza, Dean Bajramovic & Guest

A short meeting and or audition may be required after registering. Demo and or links to other work will be requested up on or before registration.

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The Craft Class

Actors learn by doing. Throughout the journey of this class, actors have the opportunity to practice different tools to improve their personal craft. With a lot of hard work, focus and determination, students learn how to develop a character that can compete with the next person who walks in the audition room or on set.

Using tools from various techniques that have been in use for hundreds of years and Alza's own work, which covers more than two decades, is incorporated into the classroom work, with the result an organic approach for each learner: inner dialog, energy and instincts and bio mechanics come together to take everyone a step beyond.

This class goes back to basics, with a focus on making your instrument work for you and working to create a new person who may not be exactly who you are, but was nevertheless birthed by you. Your instrument is your body, soul and voice. (no audits) Actors must complete INTRO TO ACTING On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft, or the Intermediate class before joining this class.

 

Time: Thursdays 6:00 pm to 9:00pm - 5 weeks - $485 + HST

Instructor: Walter Alza

 

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Shakespeare Classes

This intensive study of Shakespeare plays and the Sonnets takes close account of the social and political circumstances in which they were written and performed. This broad historicist approach is complemented by a strong emphasis on the diversity of twentieth-century critical responses to the plays and on modern productions of them, both on stage and on screen.

The course will develop your knowledge of the range and variety of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic work; examine how its reception and status has been shaped by cultural and institutional factors; and explore themes such as questions of genre, politics, sexuality and gender.

 

Time: 4 weeks - $289 + HST

Instructor: TBA

 

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