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ALicia Vita jones, lead actor - Star of 100's of episodes of Degrassi. Reign

alicia"I am so

grateful to have Walter Alza as my acting coach."

ALicia Vita jones, lead actor - talks About Walter Alza

Did you know Alza Acting Studio was featured in MTV?  

 

Walter Azla; Stanislavski worked on his craft until his last days.  He was well over 70 years old.   He was a great actor, director and acting coach.  Devoted to the craft

The truth concerning the passions, verisimilitude in the feelings experienced in the given circumstances, that is what our intelligence demands of a dramatist. ”
—Pushkin's aphorism, 1830

To be a successful actor you really have to have a passion for the craft and the patience to wait for the big break. Although being an actor is extremely rewarding, finding work can be a challenge. The profession requires great commitment and fortitude.

Great actors study their entire live

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"Walter Alza is delicious as the testosterone-driven, boorish Walter Slavic" - john doyle, globe & mail

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"Canada's very own bad boy" - ctv eTALK Daily


 

“After knowing him for a while I highly recommend Walter's classes. You won't be disappointed.” Stephanie Porter, Porter group agency.

"Walter has given my clients a new perspective, a new approach to auditioning with a focus on being the best they can be, and on winning. Success naturally follows" Nancy Brown - AMI Agency

 

Classes & Workshops

Intro to Acting On Camera & Alza's Method  & Craft 
Beginner/Intermediate On-Camera Scene Study  
Advanced On-Camera Scene Study 
The Craft Class (Actor's Instrument)
Private Acting Coaching one on one with Walter Alza  
& Award Winning Faculty 
Blueprint Private Coaching for Career Planning with Walter Alza 

About

For more than 10 years now The On camera Acting classes at Alza Acting Studio have prepared, inspired and encourage students to be in command of their work, stand out, make bold choices and get them the call back or simply shine on set! Alza Acting Studio offers classes and private coaching that are ideal for experienced, emerging, aspiring, and or crossing over from Theatre to Film, and for dancers. Walter Alza and our award winning faculty have over 50 years of combined experience in film, television and theatre ready to give it to you first hand.

Alza Acting Studio offers some of the most in depth and passionate  acting classes for film tv and private acting coaching with career planning in Toronto and online acting classes worlwide.

"Alza is the changing face of television" The Mississauga News.

Alza Acting Studio was founded over 10 years ago by Trailblazer and multiple time Award winning actor/producer/director/writer Walter Alza.  A leading and crafted character actor with a career spanning over 20 years and hundreds of hours on the big and small screen in drama and comedy. Some of his more memorable roles include as The King Pin Raoul in drama produced by Paramount Pictures Get Rich or Die Tryin with 50 Cent and Academy Award nominee director, Jim Sheridan and Terrance Howard (Iron Man); guest starring in the series Flashpoint; and co-starring in the six time award winning film, At The Hotel , Gangster Exchange and in Metropia. Look out for Walter Alza in Netflix “Special Correspondent” with Ricky Gervais (The Office), Eric Bana (Munich, Black Hawk Down, Hulk, Hanna, Star Trek), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), and America Ferrera (Superstore)

The Actors we coached have gone on to win awards at film festivals in Canada and the US and appear in virtually every film and major TV series shot in North America, some of our actors have also learned to produce and direct their own films with us. If you want passion and effective tools, and you need to be motivated, we are the right studio for you.  People say Walter Alza and the Alza faculty are one of those  rare passionate studios who genuinely love working with actors .  They have the extraordinary ability of bringing the best performance out of an actor. 

Student’s 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 We offer 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 in 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 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.
 

Audit: Out of respect for the privacy of our actors, we do not offer auditing of our classes. Instead, we invite you to actually take a class with our award winning faculty — a unique class we’ve designed for actors who don’t yet know us. You won’t just watch us work–you’ll work with us on Saturdays at 11am.

If you have more experience and wish to take the Friday On camera beginner/intermediate or Adavance On camera acting classes please email us (see contact page) your pic and res and link to your demo reel or links to scenes from other classes. 

This way we can place you in the right class based on your work — not just your resume, reel, or referral. Plus, you’ll find out if we’re a good fit for you, and you’ll also come away better equipped to handle life and The Business. Plus, you will be able to get a usb with your recorded work, so you can review your performances at home as well.

"Alza is the changing face of television" The Mississauga News.

"Walter has given my clients a new perspective, a new approach to auditioning with a focus on being the best they can be, and on winning. Success naturally follows" Nancy Brown - AMI Agency

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"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

Private Coaching Acting
Privates are on camera and or craft program to work on your instrument. Privates are tailored to each individual depending on needs, objective and level of experience.

I owed it all to Walter Alza. I'm so grateful to have Walter as my acting coach."
Alicia Vita Jones , lead actor - Booked 130 episodes of Degrassi
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Private Coaching Career Planning

Private coaching sessions are designed with your unique needs in mind, tailoring content depending on objectives and level of experienceSessions can include: personalized analysis of an actor’s skills, experience, professional representation and unique truth to help craft an action plan for ongoing success within the industry

 

Walter worked with me one on one in preparation for an audition seeking representation. Walter pushed me to my potential and beyond. He told me to take risks and shock my audience. I am now represented by Noble Caplan Abrams and landed a principal role on the Listeners. Andrea Grant e confident with both! Thank you!

 

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INTRO TO ACTING On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft

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"I had an amazing experience working with Walter Alza. I found Walter to be very motivating, inspiring and exceptionally helpful; in coaching to understand how we are to achieve goals and how grow as actors as well as individuals. P. Supino.

Known as one of the most fun and in depth classes in town. 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. Once the actor completes their 1st session (4 weeks) the actor may get invited to continue in the studio onto the next levels. Focusing primarily on scene study, these classes reveal a specific method of acting for the camera tailored by the founder of Alza Acting Studio: Award Winning actor/filmmaker Walter Alza. We also use elements from the techniques of great acting teachers from our history. This class focuses not only on scene study and character development, but also on the craft by guiding you to explore yourself more.  Student’s 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.

Practice keeps you permanent. Walter Alza

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

  • Build More Self Confidence
    Always be Ready
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • break down scenes and monologues from theatre, film and television script
  • Cold reads
  • 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 Dean Bajramovic, Walter Alza, Tim Kachurove and guest

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Beginner/Intermediate On-Camera Scene Study and Craft - Character Development

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Known as one of the most fun and in deapth classes in town, actors such as Alicia Vita Jones (Degrassi) came out of this classes- focusing primarily on scene study, these classes reveal a specific method of acting for the camera tailored by the founder of Alza Acting Studio: Award Winning actor/filmmaker Walter Alza. We also use elements from the techniques of Meisner, Chekhov and Stanislavski . This class focuses not only on scene study and character development,  also in this camera acting class the actor will learn: This class focuses not only on scene study and character development, but also on the craft by guiding you to explore yourself more. This class is designed for students who have some formal acting training and or work experience. Using scenes from theatre, television and film, the student gets the chance to learn how to be 'present',  'break down' a script,  work on 'objectives', 'actions' and tactics', as well as how to develop a sense of personal connection with your scene partner.

Student’s 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.

After booking 5 auditions on a roll including Rookie Blue, I can tell you Walter's method works!" Craig. Porriet "

Class It's magical! Walter is amazingly creative, crafted and truly inspiring! In addition, he is a fine psychologist!" Aigul

Students are inspired and challenged in classes to be their very best and learn how to:

  • Build Self Confidence in life & work
    Always be Ready
  • Cold reads
    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:
  • 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
  • Take me upInstructor: Award Winning Faculty Walter Alza, Dean Bajramovic, Tim Kachurove, Guest
    Time: Friday 6pm to 9:30pm - 5 weeks - 319 + HST A short meeting and or audition MAY BE required after registration is completed.
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Advance On-Camera & Study Character Development THE DRILL CLASS

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Actor from this class: I just got to LA and landed a re current in a series produced by Dreamworks, I feel higher than a f**king kite! I wanted to thank you all, and especially our captain, our leader, our grounding stone.. Walter Alza for getting me prepared for this industry and building up my skills and confidence! Dream big my friends. It's out for grabs. The universe has plenty ALEX OZEROV (The Americans 2017, BITTEN, TIFF WINERS:BLACKBIRD, GUIDENCE).

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. We also use elements from the techniques of Meisner, Chekhov and Stanislavski . This class focuses not only on scene study and character development,  also in this camera acting class the actor will learn:

  • Build Self Confidence
    Always be Ready
    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
  • Be remembered when auditioning and book more
  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
    New Approach to your work
    Build more Self Confidence
    Always be Ready
    Give Memorable Performances
  • Cold reads

A short meeting and or audition MAY BE required.

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

Instructor: Award Winning Faculty Walter Alza, Dean Bajramovic & Guest
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The Craft Class


Be one of the first to experience complete creative freedom.

-The Craft Class –with Walter Alza Starts This month (the instrument) 4 levelsCraft & Character DevelopmentThis class is off camera and is essential for the growth of the performer. MOST of the exercises that we use in this class ARE NOT offered on scenes study class.

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.
Be ready to go to a new level of acting and existence, an exacting and in depth class to explore your being and arm your self with amazing elements from various techniques that have been in use for 100 of years and Alza's own work expanding two decades . Allowing to awaken your own organic approach to what works for you using your inner dialogue, energy and instincts and bio mechanics".This is an extremely important class for the growth of any young or pro actor in combination with the on camera work. In this particular class, Mr. Alza will be concentrating on craft. He will be teaching through the use of different exercises that will help the actor to be present and focused. Elements from Chekhov, Meisner and Stanislavski will be used, as well as methods that Walter himself has developed over the years. Craft is the foundation of the actor, itís what enables us to last in this business while others come and go.

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.

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. Knowing to leave in the past all of my -- and hanging on to the beautiful present. Walter I love this class. Ana


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 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.


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.

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.

I am thankful and grateful that I was wanted 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. Mostly I am ------------ reworking my imagination, which has been underused in my daily work life. This does make me ----.
It makes me feel alive. Selena.


[Instructor Walter Alza Thursday - 4 weeks 6 to 930pm - (may run longer) $725 + GST ****Limited Space - **(click here) contact us via email to register-** 1st comes 1s served

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After popular demand! The ShowBusiness Seminar
---------- Why make all the mistakes all on your own? Life is too short to do that, learn from others who walked the line. *This is a must workshop for anyone serious about getting in the business & staying in*This workshop will save years to anyone trying to get it and or who is doing it wrong *Trying to get in?
* HOW TO GET IN
*HOW TO STAY IN
*HOW TO SAVE YEARS AND much MORE
*WHAT IS EXPECTED
*CASTING DIRECTORS
*HEADSHOTS
*AND MORE*In this seminar Walter Alza will cover the
DO'S and DONT'S of show business.*This Workshop will show you HOW to get YOUR PLAN READY
TO GET IN and STAY in this business THERE WILL BE: A lecture, questions and answers.
This seminar is limited space
First come, first served. **HOW TO REGISTER**


Deadline two weeks prior to the event
7 Hayden, Suite 207S Toronto Ontario M4Y 2P2 Canada
(We are located 1 block South of Bloor St. /East of Yonge St. in downtown Toronto) Parking is available and TTC right across from usWalter Alza is the changing face of television. He represents an emerging trend in Canadian programming.” (The Mississauga News)._**Hosted by Walter Alza is an award winning actor, writer, director and producer--**Walter Alza is an industry veteran and crafted character actor with a career spanning over 20 years and hundreds of hours on the big and small screen. His major roles include: the drama, Get Rich or Die Tryin with 50 Cent and Academy Award nominee director, Jim Sheridan and Terrance Howard (Iron Man); guest starring in the series, Flashpoint; and co-starring in the six time award winning film, Gangster Exchange. Catch him every night on the television show, Metropia.Walter has earned hundreds of hours of screen time as well as more than 40 films, television and theatrical credits to his name. The actors he's coached have gone on to win awards at film festivals in Canada and the US, as well as appear in virtually every major TV series and films shot in Toronto. Walter has an extraordinary ability of bringing out the best performance from any actor. TAKE ME UPShakespeare 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.
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Time: - 4 weeks - 289 + HST
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Alex Ozerov”. (Co Star, The Americans,Lead actor BITTEN SEASON 3 2016) BLACKBIRD WInner Tiff, GUIDENCE winner Tiff)- I just got to LA and landed a re current in a series produced by Dreamworks, I feel higher than a f**king kite! I wanted to thank you all, and especially our captain, our leader, our grounding stone.. Walter Alza for getting me prepared for this industry and building up my skills and confidence! Dream big my friends. It's out for grabs. The universe has plenty.

 

 

amanda

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

Winner of best actor at Cannes Film festival

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" 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." - R.J. Parrish (Also seen in Nikita and Transpoter)

"Walter was the first one to get me out of my box, and my comfort zone. He inspired me to believe in myself and I will go far. I owe a lot to you Walter." Michael James Regan, Producer Backlash/Actor, Hannibal

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alex

Alex Ozerov”. (Co Star, The Americans,Lead actor BITTEN SEASON 3 2016) BLACKBIRD WInner Tiff, GUIDENCE winner Tiff)- I just got to LA and landed a re current in a series produced by Dreamworks, I feel higher than a f**king kite! I wanted to thank you all, and especially our captain, our leader, our grounding stone.. Walter Alza for getting me prepared for this industry and building up my skills and confidence! Dream big my friends. It's out for grabs. The universe has plenty.

 

 

amanda

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

craig porrietAfter booking 5 auditions on a roll, I can tell you Walter's method works!" C. Porriet

 

andrea grantWalter worked with me one on one in preparation for an audition seeking representation. Walter pushed me to my potential and beyond. He told me to take risks and shock my audience. I am now represented by Noble Caplan Abrams and landed a principal role on the Listeners. Andrea Grant e confident with both! Thank you!