• INSTRUCTOR: John D'Aquino
  • DATES: April 22nd + 23rd
  • AGES: 10-16; 16-22
  • WORKSHOP INVESTMENT: 1 Workshop: $195 | 2 Workshops: $340 | Super Day Pack (3 Workshops + Complimentary Lunch): $485
  • Capacity: 16 for Saturday workshops, 14 for Sunday Masterclasses

John D’Aquino Workshop Series

John D’Aquino brings his 30+ years experience back to Catapult with THREE of his classic youth workshops + TWO MASTERCLASSES, each designed to challenge actors in ways he/she hasn’t been challenged before. On Saturday, April 22nd, John teaches the Magic Rectangle, Dynamic Disney + Nick and Active Interrogation.  On Sunday, April 23rd, John will teach his MASTERCLASS to TWO separate age groups: Villians, Scoundrels, and Voldemorts: Becoming the Villian. Full details below.

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WORKSHOP DETAILS + DESCRIPTIONS

Magic Rectangle

Ages: 10-16 | Saturday, April 22nd | 9:00-11:30am

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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Dynamic Disney + Nick

Ages: 10-16 | Saturday, April 22 | 12:00-2:30pm

Disney and Nickelodeon have some of their best writers create test scenes that basically throw in “the kitchen sink”! In their own words, they’re looking for actors who can make the turns. Making the turn is when actors can locate the “funny” and deliver it in a way that is not only funny, but puts their own DNA spin on it.
They’re also looking for “aspirational kids” – kids that other kids would want to emulate. This challenges the actor to show off their skills in identifying the jokes, locating misdirections (the 180) and finding subtle and quirky ways to deliver them.
John has literally worked hundreds of these types of scenes in Los Angeles and around the country. There are essential formulas involved in the structure, and when a gifted actor instills their own DNA into the equation, magic can happen. This course will help actors identify the joke that the writers intended. Be prepared to have fun and learn how to climb the three-step comedic ladder (triplet), vocal manipulation, discoveries, dynamic entries and exits and more!

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Active Interrogation

Ages: 10-16 | Saturday, April 22 | 3:00-5:30pm

Acting Interrogation is a technique, developed by John D’Aquino, that infuses true human reaction into scripted lines. Actors typically experience a disconnect between how they would organically respond versus how they respond to a line of dialogue they were anticipating. This technique illuminates human traits that you use every day that you may not understand how to employ in your work. The great thing is, you’re already doing it! You’re just not bringing it to your work

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Villians, Scoundrels, and Voldemorts: Becoming the Villian

Ages: 10-16 | Sunday, April 23 | 10:00am-2:00pm

Often, the Hero isn’t the most interesting character. The people we remember are the Villains! You know, the people we love to hate? But what makes a villain a villain? Why do we hate them? Why do they seem to be having so much fun being evil? In this course, we’ll dive into the background, archetypes, psychology, and nuances of these wonderfully, horrible characters and let you work on scenes with some psychotic and iconic antagonists. Tap into your ability to be evil, cunning and despicable and have a blast doing it!

 

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Vixens, Villains, and Voldemorts: Becoming the Villian

Ages: 16-22 | Sunday, April 23 | 2:30-6:30pm

Often, the Hero isn’t the most interesting character. The people we remember are the Villains! You know, the people we love to hate? But what makes a villain a villain? Why do we hate them? Why do they seem to be having so much fun being evil? In this course, we’ll dive into the background, archetypes, psychology, and nuances of these wonderfully, horrible characters and let you work on scenes with some psychotic and iconic antagonists. Tap into your ability to be evil, cunning and despicable and have a blast doing it!

 

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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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.