- INSTRUCTOR: John D'Aquino
- DATES: Sep 29 + 30
- AGES: 8-17
- 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, September 29th, John teaches How To Ace The Disney/Nick General Audition, How To Book The Job On The White of The Page, + Redirect: The Art of Taking Direction. On Sunday, September 30th, John teaches his Masterclass: Comedic Scene Study For Camera. Details below.
WORKSHOP DETAILS + DESCRIPTIONS
HOW TO ACE THE DISNEY/NICK GENERAL AUDITIONSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH | 9AM-12PM
Disney + Nickelodeon, the most popular kids networks, are looking for aspirational kids: kids that other kids want to be like! This class teaches actors the specific tone + pace of Disney + Nick. Actors will learn to bring their most authentic self to each audition, how to transition into their scene + character, + how properly prep for Disney + Nick. John will share his own personal preparation routine that helped him and many of his students book major roles on Disney and Nick!
HOW TO BOOK THE JOB ON THE WHITE OF THE PAGE!SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH | 12:30-3:30PM
Many young actors overlook the moments when they are not speaking. When an actor begins to find moments in their scene beyond the text, performances are more interesting + exciting to watch. This class will focus on creating compelling moments from what isn’t written, using the white of the page. In fact, the black ink on the page only accounts for ten percent of the page. In a real conversation, many stories go through our head. When an actor begins to understand all that they can apply to a scene, things get very interesting or HYSTERICAL or DANGEROUS!!! Watching great movie actors, you begin to realize it’s what they’re NOT SAYING that makes them so captivating.
REDIRECT: THE ART OF TAKING DIRECTIONSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH | 4-7PM
An actor’s ability to take direction is inarguably one of the most important tools they can possess. Taking directorial notes + reinventing choices instantaneously – on set + during the audition process – separates good actors from the great ones. We are judged by how quickly we can adapt notes offered by the director. We must abandon the performance we previously conjured and reinvent our choices instantaneously. New lines are often drafted on set and delivered to actors who must, in turn, deliver them live before an audience.This course will teach actors how to implement this skill into their work immediately.
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MASTERCLASS: COMEDIC SCENE STUDY FOR CAMERASUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH | 10AM-1PM
John’s comedic “math” has helped many of his students enjoy long careers in television. In order to deliver the funny, a comedic scene must set up, reinforce, misdirect the audience while serving the text and character. Learning how to build and escalate the funny is essential for any actor entering the brave world of comedy. John’s comedic “math” has helped many of his students enjoy careers on television. Scenes will be sent in advance and students will work in pairs.
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John D'AQuinoLA 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.