• INSTRUCTOR: John D'Aquino
  • DATES: March 12 + 13
  • AGES: 8-16 | 10-14 | 15-20
  • WORKSHOP INVESTMENT: 1 Workshop: $195 | 2 Workshops: $340 | Super Day Pack(3 Workshops + Complimentary Lunch): $485
  • Capacity: 16 for Saturday workshops, 12 for Sunday Masterclass

John D’Aquino Workshop Series

John D’Aquino brings his 30+ years experience back to Catapult with THREE of his classic youth workshops + ONE MASTERCLASS, each designed to challenge actors in ways he/she hasn’t been challenged before. On Saturday, March 12th, John teaches How to Make Funny, Magic Rectangle, and Active Interrogation. On Sunday, March 13th, John will teach his MASTERCLASS: Master the Comedic Moment. Full details below.



How To Make Funny

Ages: 8-16 | Saturday, Mar 12th | 9AM-11:30AM

This is John’s signature comedy course that he’s taught for Disney Channel where he introduces the concept of creating a math, to make people laugh! Students will practice one-liners, three step jokes, list building ideas and 180/misdirections. Learn how to create the set-up, follow with the reinforcement and land the reversal. Students will also learn how substituting simple punctuations can change everything in comedies. Get ready to have your funny bone tickled and acting craft activated while learning the essential components of great comedic performances.

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Magic Rectangle

Ages: 8-16 | Saturday, Mar 12th | 12PM-2:30PM

We are told that acting is best done “in the moment.” Yet, acting for the camera means that the moment must unfold within the eye of the camera or run the risk of not being seen. There’s not much value in a discovery that is not appreciated by an audience. This course will apply John’s Magic Rectangle technique to each scene, exploring the physical and emotional values available on the 4th Wall. John will then introduce his concept of the 5th Wall to enhance the experience.

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Active Interrogation

Ages: 8-16 | Saturday, Mar 12th | 3PM-5:30PM

If an actor is lucky enough to get a note from casting or a director, they must consider it a gift and know what to do with it! John delivers his top tips for making your auditions more dynamic, helping students raise their game and make the callback list! Students will memorize a scene in advance then tape the first read in class. Then, actors will receive notes and make the necessary changes to the scene. They will then re-tape the scene, and see how many notes they were able to successfully implement. Actors will discover what they are doing well and what they need to improve on for consistent + compelling auditions!

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MASTERCLASS: Master the Comedic Moment

Youth + Young Adult | Sunday, Mar 13th

If you’re serious about FUNNY, this class is for you!

John’s masterclass in comedy is essential for actors looking to sharpen their comedic understanding and be able to deliver a comedic performance with confidence at a professional level. Learn how to break down comedic moments, distinguish the differences between single and multi-cam performances, explore physical vs emotional comedy as well as learn the importance of the Dynamic Entry and Dynamic Exit. Students will get on their feet and implement the methods & concepts learned. If you’ve taken John’s How To Make Funny class previously, this is a perfect follow up that will dive deeper into how to deliver the funny in a scene and why it works.John will break down scripts and show video examples from single and multi cam comedies such as Friends, Modern Family, The Office, Bunk’d, Seinfeld, iCarly and more with an emphasis on the actor’s delivery of the line.

In addition, John will also show relevant examples from the classics (I Love Lucy, Golden Girls) that paved the way for modern ensemble comedies. By the end of this masterclass, students will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to locate the comedic opportunities in a scene for their next audition or booking. We must study the comedic greats in order to be great!

*Prereq: Direct referral or a minimum of two classes taken with John previously. Saturday sessions of the same weekend will qualify as classes (if you are a more advanced actor and would like to take this session, you can also reach out to us directly at info@catapultacting.com ).

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Masterclass Session 1 : Ages 10-14 | Mar 13th | 9AM – 2PM


Masterclass Session 2 : Ages 15-20 | Mar 13th | 3pM – 8PM


Meet your instructor:


John D'AQuino

LA Actor + Master Coach

Veteran actor and master teacher John D’Aquino (Cory in the House, NCIS, Dexter, Shake it Up, CSI, Hannah Montana, Seinfeld) founded John D’Aquino’s YAW in 2006. His love for performing is surpassed only by his love for teaching, a love inspired by his mentor, teacher and friend, Charles Nelson Reilly, who instilled in his students a passion for helping actors create dynamic performances by reaching deep into the human spirit. John has helped several of his clients find success in projects such as All That, Legion, Austin and Ally, Just Add Magic, BUNK’D, The Minuteman, Fuller House, Bizaardvark, Splitting Up Together, General Hospital, Andi Mack, Kickin It, Lethal Weapon, Jessie and many more.


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. PLEASE NOTE: There are no refunds for missed, dropped or cancelled classes; should your schedule change once registered and within the cancellation policy.

In the event that “Shelter in Place” or another quarantine situation should take place, workshops + classes will continue virtually via Zoom. The cancellation policy above will still apply.