AYA: Mining the Text

Master teachers Richard Warner and Erica Arvold continue their conservatory-style Advanced Young Acting (AYA) intensive series.

The essential task of acting is turning two-dimensional text into a three-dimensional character that is authentic, personal, and compelling. This one-day intensive will focus on exploring the text by diving deep, pushing far, and bringing the core of the actor’s persona to the character. Specifically designed for Catapult’s serious youth actors who are looking to take a professional path in television and film (age 13 to 17), ​Mining the Text ​is an 8-hour intensive that includes:

      • Discovering how and why your character was written
      • Applying the Arvold-Warner Action Analysis Technique to create deep and imaginative understanding
      • Exploring the vocal/physical/internal aspects of your analysis as Erica and Richard  guide you through a full-body, improvised journey that connects you with the text

AYA is a multi-layered study for the advanced youth actor focusing on building a craft toolkit that will guide each performer in the development of a specific personal methodology. This immersive experience consists of a progressive through-line of vocal/physical/internal exercises and practices. Each class hones in on a different area of the acting craft, while connecting in a progressive way to the through-line of Arvold Warner Studio’s core curriculum. The Arvold-Warner approach is a synthesis of the major 20th century acting methods, offering Catapult actors a taste of the work offered at an adult conservatory-style program.


INSTRUCTORs: Erica Arvold + Richard Warner


date: February 23, 2020

TIME:10 – 6PM | Lunch from 1:30-2:30PM *Instructors will not be present for lunch



Prerequisites:Application only. Students will be selected on a first come first served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: This is only for students who are highly driven and ready to be pushed.


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Erica Arvold is a master teacher who draws on her experiences as producer, director and casting director. It is imperative to understand that this class is a learning experience from a master teacher, it is neither an audition nor an employment opportunity.


Tardiness or leaving early from class will not be tolerated. Students may not send a friend or another student in their place.



Erica Arvold


Erica has been a guest instructor and speaker for over 20 years, sharing insights from a career as a casting director and producer that spans major studio films, television shows and multimedia projects.

She has had the honor of collaborating with and serving students and faculty at universities, schools and acting studios across the country, including the University of Virginia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Regent University, George Mason University, Longwood University, The Robert Mello Studio, Actor’s Arsenal, TRAIN/Cadence Theatre at Virginia Repertory, and The Renaissance School, among others. Her festival appearances as a panelist, moderator and mentor include the Austin Film Festival Screenwriters Conference, Virginia Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival and the Independent Television Festival. She has been the keynote speaker for organizations outside of the filmmaking industry, such as the Philanthropic Educators Organization (PEO) and the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR). In 2010, Erica founded arvold.education with the goal of raising the bar for all film artists through training and collaboration. arvold.education offers master classes for actors and also sponsors events, panels & discussions on all aspects of the industry. Erica created and taught a six (6) week class titled The Art of Casting for the University of Virginia for those aspiring to enter the field of casting. She utilizes her training at The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) and, as the daughter of a professor, Erica believes that we are and will always be students of one another and that she continues to grow as an artist herself.


Richard Warner


Richard Warner taught acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years, where he coached such luminaries as Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jason George, Sarah Drew, and Emily Swallow.

He was awarded UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching. An active member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, he has acted in over one hundred roles in film, TV, and professional theater. His acting credits include Spielberg’s Lincoln, Patriot Son (winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest indie short category), Waking Marshall Walker, and Homicide: Life on the Street. His stage direction/acting credits include Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun, Laramie Project and Driving Miss Daisy. Richard currently divides his time between New York City and wherever he is called as an on-set acting coach.

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Catapult Acting, LLC has a 24 hour grace period in which clients can cancel their registration and receive a full refund. After 24 hours, a 10% cancellation fee will apply to all registrations. If the client chooses to cancel 15-21 days before the event, a 50% refund will be issued. If the registration is cancelled within 14 days of the event, 100% of the payment will be forfeited. There are no refunds for missed or dropped classes.