Foundations is our “yoga class for the personality” where you will learn how to uncover your individuality, your uniqueness, and have the confidence to stand in front of a camera and be yourself, freely and easily. Building on the fundamentals taught in our Intro classes, we progress following Stanislavski’s System for accessing and developing vulnerability, spontaneity, and individuality.

Course information:

  • 8 weeks
  • Two payments of $245 + GST (1st payment at registration and 2nd payment at the start of class 5), or one discounted payment of $480 + GST 
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Actorium

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Testimonials:Foundations lesson on Public Solitude

I met with 3 other friends from Actorium for a drink today and we marveled at how natural the conversation was. We agreed that our Foundations classes felt like therapy, we marveled at how much more willing we were to be authentic and vulnerable with each other because of that work we’d done together! We were able to openly express our passions and make plans to collaborate in the future.

I feel like the facade I have worn for my entire life has collapsed due to the Foundations class… It’s not just acting, it’s life! It’s questioning/investigating our normal ways of being and realizing we’ve been on the wrong path together, that we’ve all been wearing people-pleasing masks. The classes I took fostered the greatest sense of community I’ve felt in Vancouver yet!

I feel privileged to be part of the community. Michelle provides excellent instruction in a safe supportive environment. Your work with her will give you as much insight and growth as you are willing to accept.

Students in Foundations class use both Meisner and Stanislavski exercises

I want to express my deep gratitude to you for working with me for such a long period, not letting me off the hook and forcing me to open up. I feel better than I have in years. Free to change now. So, THANK YOU.

Thank you for keeping us on our toes. I really have been learning a lot, coming to these classes, about myself and (not just) acting. It really feels so much better being in the actual moment rather than acting it out in a way we think it should be.

Just wanted to type you a short note today to let you know how much I’m enjoying class. Yesterday, when I was able to observe all the stations, it finally became clear to me – when I tuned out the sound and watched everyone, it all looked and felt so natural and easy. No stiff performances and a penny dropped for me, what this repetition thing is all about. And I’m so, so curious to continue because my feeling is that all the bits and pieces I have patched together to provide myself with a sense of security over the years are going to get shaken up and I’m totally okay with it. Part of that, I think, is because I trust you and the space you have created/are holding. You are very intuitive, kind, transparent, masterful, and real. I have a sense that you have done a lot of personal journey work and have aligned with a purpose to which you were called… There is heart and soul at the Actorium and I’m just so grateful to have stumbled across this!!!