Advanced youth acting prep 8


AYA Prep 8 is an intensive class series for the advanced youth actor. AYA Prep 8 takes a deep sequential dive into each step of the Arvold Warner Total Preparation curriculum carried out over the span of eight classes within a two month time frame. Each two (2) hour class contains nuanced analyzation and character development guided by the 10-step Total Preparation process presented in the Arvold Warner Studio’s core curriculum.AYA Prep 8 will be helmed by master teacher Erica Arvold. For the advanced youth actor,AYA Prep 8 is appropriate for those who have taken AWS’s Total Preparation 10-step intensives previously and are desiring further understanding and practice of each step and for those who are keenly aware of and practiced in their own preparation process and open to learning and discovering additional methods. Actors will work on two film/television scenes (one self-assigned, another provided) throughout the two months and develop an ability to make strong and bold choices while deepening craft skill and developing full and nuanced characters appropriate for auditioning and set work. AYA Prep 8 is not a scene study class;AYA Prep 8 is a preparation and character development class focused on the discovery and harnessing of one’s own craft tools and process.

INSTRUCTOR: Erica Arvold







DATES: October 14, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18, November 25, December 2, December 16

NOTE: This class is by APPLICATION ONLY. Each application is due no later than Friday, September 7th.


Arvold Warner Studio’s Total Preparation curriculum was conceived and developed to help translate the classical study of Stanislavski and its derivatives into a practical and sensory process for the modern day film and television role. Focusing on craft skill for the day player, co-star and guest star roles in today’s Southeast and MidAtlantic markets, AWS’s Total Preparation curriculum has helped focus, streamline, authenticate and drive further craft study for many actors.




There are no refunds for missed or dropped classes. Each class meeting is curated to be a sequential and cumulative curriculum, and therefore full attendance is expected. Missing more than two classes (25% of the course), tardiness or leaving early from class will not be tolerated. Students may not send a friend or another student in their place.



Erica Arvold

Producer/casting director/educator Erica Arvold most recently developed story for the feature film Shoeless Wonders, cast the indie feature Permanent, served as location casting director for Jeff Nichols’ feature film Loving, the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies and two seasons of Netflix’s House of Cards. Erica produced and cast the indie film Josephine, served as associate producer and casting director on Coming Through the Rye, Wish You Well, Texas Rein, helped cast feature films Ithaca and Kicked by Grace, National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy as well as helmed the casting for Ridley & Tony Scott’s Killing Lincoln and Hallmark Movie Channel’s Lake Effects. She began her dual role as producer and casting director with the psychological thriller House Hunting. Erica has been nominated for CSA’s prestigious Artios Award four times – for the films Loving and Elemental in 2017, Big Stone Gap in 2016 and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in 2013. Over the past 28 years, Erica has contributed to and participated in the making of over 130 films, 80 television projects and numerous short form and commercial projects.  In 2012, Arvold was inducted into the First Lady of Virginia’s Opportunity Hall of Fame for contributing to the economic growth in the state. As an educator, Erica travels across the country to speak, co-teach and lead master classes for film artists. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Erica is grateful to the many writers, filmmakers and actors who have entrusted her to collaborate over the years.