• INSTRUCTOR: John D'Aquino
  • DATES: Feb 9 + 10
  • AGES: 8-16
  • SATURDAY INVESTMENT: 1 Workshop: $195 | 2 Workshops: $340 | Super Day Pack: (3 Workshops + Complimentary Lunch): $510
  • SUNDAY MASTERCLASS INVESTMENT: $225

John D’Aquino Workshop Weekend

John D’Aquino brings his 30+ years experience back to Catapult with FOUR brand new workshops, each designed to challenge actors in ways he/she hasn’t been challenged before. On Saturday, February 9th, John teaches Adjusting Performance For The CameraRaise The Stakes, + Nailing The Triplet. On Sunday, February 10th, John will introduce a new masterclass concept. Full details below.

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WORKSHOP DETAILS + DESCRIPTIONS

ADJUSTING PERFORMANCE FOR THE CAMERA

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH | 9AM-12PM

Camera awareness is a crucial aspect to an actor’s performance! In each camera frame, performance must be adjusted to suit the lens. Students will learn target zones for the master, the two-shot, the over the shoulder and the close-up framing. Is the actor performing too big for the camera? Students will learn by doing – shooting their scenes for camera as well as filming other actor’s scenes.

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RAISE THE STAKES

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH | 12:30-3:30PM

Many actors think the dialogue is enough. Dialogue is merely the roadmap to story. The audience is tired of words! They only want to hear a story! If the challenges facing the character aren’t important enough, the scene is going in the wrong direction. Actors will learn how to excite the scene from start to finish and escalate the drama within a drama or a comedy. All comedy has drama – that’s often what makes it funny. This course will implement improvisation as well as the scripted word. Open to all levels! (NEW CLASS)

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NAILING THE TRIPLET

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH | 4-7PM

Disney + Nickelodeon, the most popular kids networks, are looking for aspirational kids: kids that other kids want to be like. Additionally, they are looking for kids who can “make the turns!” Translation = kids who can misdirect the joke, or turn the 180. Each of those steps are critical. Jokes turn quickly, but most come in threes known as “the triplet”. The triplet includes the set up, the reinforcement and the misdirection. Students will learn how to build triplet jokes, deliver them in a scene, and identify them in their favorite sitcoms!

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MASTERCLASS: CAMERA, ACTION, SHOOT.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH | 9:30AM-12:30PM

John’s returning students will work in teams of four with the goal of learning how to maximize onset abilities. Actors will rehearse scenes that are previously memorized, design a shot list for the scene and operate 2 cameras to capture the performance. The class will review the individual shots in playback and analyze what was learned on both sides of the camera. This class is designed to inspire the actor in front of and behind the lens! John’s perspective from extensive experience on some of the biggest TV sets in the country (Seinfeld, Hannah Montana) is perfect practice ground for actors looking to learn the different components of a TV/Film set”.  

PREREQUISITE: a minimum of two classes taken with John previously required for students to take this course. Saturday sessions of the same weekend will qualify as classes.

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John D'AQuino

LA Actor + Master Coach

Veteran actor + master teacher John D’Aquino (Cory in the House, Shake it Up, CSI, Hannah Montana, Seinfeld) has starred in six TV series, recurred, +  guest starred on dozens of hit TV shows in his 30 year career. His love for performing is surpassed only by his love for teaching, a love inspired by his mentor, teacher, + friend, Charles Nelson Riley, who instilled in his students a passion for helping actors create dynamic performances by reaching deep into the human spirit.

John teaches classes & private sessions in his studio in Burbank. He offers career consultations to actors who want to create a blueprint for success, using accountability & goal setting as a framework. He holds seminars, workshops and summer camps, and travels the country teaching his proven acting + audition techniques sharing his passion for acting with young students and their parents.