Complete Online Acting Program

Welcome to Actorium Online!

Our unique Online Acting Program is made up of thirteen 4 week courses and one 12 week master class. The courses are divided into five series. To read more about the individual courses in each series click on the series below.

If you’re new to Actorium EXPRESSION in the INSTRUMENT SERIES is your first course.

Instrument Series: Work with self consciousness and improve access to authentic self expression
Technique Series: the fundamental concepts of acting and how to live them truthfully
Definition Series: how to bring colour and nuance to your role
Movement Series: integrate movement and action into your work
Performance Series: putting it all together in performance

Welcome to Actorium Online!

Our unique Online Acting Program is made up of thirteen 4 week courses and one 12 week master class. The courses are divided into five series. To read more about the individual courses in each series click on the series below.

If you’re new to Actorium EXPRESSION in the INSTRUMENT SERIES is your first course.

Instrument Series: Work with self consciousness and improve access to authentic self expression
Technique Series: the fundamental concepts of acting and how to live them truthfully
Definition Series: how to bring colour and nuance to your role
Movement Series: integrate movement and action into your work
Performance Series: putting it all together in performance

Online Acting Courses:

  • 14 Acting Courses divided into five Series.
  • Each Course is four weeks and meets weekly online via zoom for 90 minute classes.
  • You will be assigned homework to be filmed and submitted before the following class.
  • Check the prerequisites for each course before registering!

Read more: HERE

Instrument Series
Technique Series
Definition Series
Movement Series
Performance Series

January Classes:

Tuesday 10am: Script Analysis
Tuesday 7pm: Dialogue

Wednesday 7pm: Expression
Thursday 7pm: Laban Movement
Saturday 10am: Super Task

 

February Classes:

Tuesday 10am: Humour
Tuesday 7pm: Scene Objective
Wednesday 7pm: Preparation & Imagination

Thursday 7pm: Relationship & Behaviour
Saturday 10am: Script Analysis

 

March Classes:

Tuesday 10m: Tempo
Tuesday 7pm: Preparation & Imagination
Wednesday 7pm: Dialogue
Thursday 7pm: Script Analysis
Saturday 10am: Humour

Click on class to read more + register

Quick Prerequisite Check

If you have take one Instrument course ( ie Expression) all Instrument and Technique classes are options for you 

If you have taken a minimum One Instrument and One Technique course: Definition courses are options for you as well.

If you have taken minimum One Instrument and One Technique and One Definition Course: Movement courses are an option for you as well.

Audition requires that you have taken minimum two courses in each series

Central Role requires you have completed all thirteen courses.

Artists Package

This package offers discounted rates for bundles of classes.

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All Classes

INSTRUMENT SERIES

Expression

Instrument Series

Accessing freedom and depth in self expression.

Like singing, acting is an art of self expression; the need for greater self expression is why so many people are drawn to acting. But what inhibits your deep, free, authentic self expression? In this class you will work on developing stronger self awareness of your own habits that block self expression. You will learn how to dismantle those blocks and experience natural and spontaneous self expression.

Prerequisites: None.
Expression is the first course for all students entering the online program.
If you are looking for the Super Shy or 40+ Expression classes, please go: here
Email hello@actorium.ca if you have any questions.

After completing Expression you may take any course in the Instrument Series or Technique Series.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Wednesdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Jan 6 – Jan 27, 2021

FULL

Mondays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Feb 1 – Feb 22, 2021

Dialogue

Instrument Series

Freeing your authentic impulses in relationship and dialogue.


When we face another person we often conceal or repress our feelings. We wear a mask, experiencing one thing internally and presenting something else externally. The work of an actor is to remove this mask. In Dialogue you will learn the tools to begin to take off that mask, and in the process, learn how to bring greater individuality and spontaneity to your acting, and inhabit deeper relational skills.
Class limit: 12 students
This is a class with no homework. It may be taken alongside a second class.

Prerequisites: Expression or any Intro program at Actorium.
Email hello@actorium.ca if you have any questions.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Tuesdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Jan 5 – Jan 26, 2021

Wednesdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
March 3 – March 24, 2021

Preparation & Imagination

Instrument Series

Preparing through relaxation and sense memory.    

 

The base of every performance is presence A present actor is an alive and engaging actor. In this course you will learn that realizing presence is in the preparation. Then, moving into imagination, the actor must still stay present. Imagination is not in the mind of the actor, it is in the body. Learn to use to sense memory as a powerful tool to engage the imagination without losing presence.

Prerequisites: Expression or any Intro program at Actorium.
Email hello@actorium.ca if you have any questions.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Wednesdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Feb 3 – Feb 24, 2021

Tuesdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
March 2 – March 23, 2021

TECHNIQUE SERIES

Scene Objective

Technique Series

Understanding and embodying the scene objective.

 

Nothing affects a role more than the actor’s choice of the scene objective. And nothing affects the actors work more than how an actor works with the scene objective. In this course we examine how to choose a scene objective, how to realize the scene objective in your acting in a realistic way and how to live the objective rather than holding it in mind as a mental construct. 

Prerequisites: one Instrument course.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Tuesdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Feb 2 – Feb 23, 2021

Script Analysis

Technique Series

How to break down a script to bring the story to life.

 

The script is to the actor what the score is to the musician. The script dictates the appropriate directions, intentions and relationships for the actor. But, just like each musician has their interpretation of the music, the actor also has their interpretation of the role. In this program we look at: how an actor’s interpretation of a script will enhance their performance, how to break down a layered script and how to work with a weak script.

Prerequisites: one Instrument course.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Saturdays
10am – 11:30am PST
Feb 6 – Feb 27, 2021

Thursdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
March 4 – March 25, 2021

Super Task

Technique Series

Defining and embodying the super task.  

 

The role you play lives within the context of the story and your character is there to support the story. If you don’t add to the story, you detract. In this course you will learn how to find the super task, the central thread of your character that is key to bringing the story to life, and how to define each choice you make to support that super task.

Prerequisites: one Instrument course.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Saturdays
10am – 11:30am PST
Jan 9 – Jan 30, 2021

Definition Series:

DEFINITION SERIES

Relationship & Behaviour

Definition Series

Identifying how relationship affects the characters behavior.

 

We discover our behaviour when we interact with others. We behave differently in one relationship as opposed to another. Who we are depends on who we are with. If you do it in life, you must also find it in your acting. Learn how to identify your changing roles and how it affects your behaviour, and apply that same sensibilities to your character to bring a greater level of realism to your work.

Prerequisites: one Instrument + one Technique course.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Thursdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Feb 4 – Feb 25, 2021

Humour

Definition Series

Identifying and bringing to light the innate humour of every story and role.   

 

Just as we look to find the humour in situations, the actor must find the humour in the character and in the story. Without the touch of humour the audience is fed melodrama. Learn the keys to discovering and highlighting the humour embedded in every story and in every role.

Prerequisites: one Instrument + one Technique course.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Tuesdays
10am – 11:30am PST
Feb 2 – Feb 23, 2021

Saturdays
10am – 1:301m PST
March 6 – March 27, 2021

Objective & Realism

Definition Series

Building on scene objective work for enhanced realism.  

 

This is the second level of scene objective work, bringing nuance to every scene through your use of the scene objective. In this course you will be taught the tools to refine your objectives and ensure that you are using them to add heightened realism to every performance.

Prerequisites: one Instrument + Scene Objective.

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

All classes are listed 2 months in advance in a rotating order.

Laban Movement

Movement Series

Defining and adjusting basic movement patterns.

 

Discover your own patterns of movement and then adapt them for a role. Working with multiple models for the same role you will discover how your movement choices impact your performance. Use as a refresher or as an introduction to the Laban Efforts. Laban is a powerful tool to get the actor out of their head.

Prerequisites: one Instrument + one Technique course + one Definition course

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Thursdays
7pm – 8:30pm PST
Jan 7 – Jan 28, 2021

Tempo & Rhythm

Movement Series

The key to every person and every character.

Tempo and rhythm was a major focus of Stanislavski. Everyone has their own internal and external tempo, and every action has a rhythm. In this course you will learn to recognize your own tempo, and from that understanding work with varying tempos to affect a role. You will learn how a change in rhythm changes the meaning behind any action.

Prerequisites: one Instrument + one Technique course + one Definition course

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

Tuesdays
10am – 11:30am PST
March 2 – March 23, 2021

Method of Physical Actions

Movement Series

Aligning inside and outside.

The mind body connection is real and as an actor you must use this truth in your acting. In this course you will learn how you can rely on choreographed movement to bring the inner life of the character to fruition. This is especially beneficial for repeated takes of the same scene when actors are in danger of losing their initial spontaneity.

Prerequisites: one Instrument + one Technique course + one Definition course

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

All classes are listed 2 months in advance in a rotating order.

PERFORMANCE SERIES

Audition

Performance Series

How to prepare and execute an audition.

Auditions have limited preparation and performance time. Your goal is to ​sharpen your take on the character and circumstances so you can work freely and spontaneously. In this class you will learn what to concentrate on, and what not to bother with, when going in for an audition.

Prerequisites: two Instrument courses + two Technique courses + one Definition course + one Movement course

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

All classes are listed 2 months in advance in a rotating order.

Central Role

Performance Series

Actorium’s Online Master Class

A compelling character is the heart of the story. It is what pulls the audience in and engages the emotions. In this extended course you will work through all the preparation for a role beginning with the initial research all the way through to the final wardrobe touches. Your performance is regularly reviewed and critiqued throughout the twelve weeks with a final performance at the end of the program.

Prerequisites: All 13 courses in the onlineprogram

Cost:
$190 + GST
or
see our Artists Package for reduced rates

All classes are listed 2 months in advance in a rotating order.

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More information about online classes:

Except for the final masterclass, each acting course is four weeks.
When you sign up for a course you will meet weekly online via zoom for 90 minutes.
Each 90 minute class includes: a presentation/lesson, exercises and individual feedback on homework.*

Homework is done outside of class time and involves acting exercises and performances to be filmed and submitted before the following class.
Courses are not sequential. Check the prerequisites for each course.

All students must start with Expression unless you have studied at Actorium.

*Examples of homework are shared in the 90 minute class time. Students may request to keep their homework private.

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I’m writing to extend to you my deep gratitude for the work that you do. I admire your ability to see each of us in the class and speak so directly and clearly to something in us that we can’t articulate ourselves. The space and intimacy that you create is really beautiful, unlike anything I have experienced before. 

In a world inundated with tips and tools for personal development, it’s so nice to be part of a community where failure and humiliation is encouraged. It’s liberating. It encourages you to stop running towards goals and instead start connecting with your self. A place to start pivoting towards what matters.
I signed up for Actorium because I was tired of managing my own fear. The classes encourage you to open up to that fear and step into it. It’s a really great way to get to know the parts of yourself that you have disowned, and have fun with it. A values driven platform that attracts amazing, and loving people who support and challenge each other. The interim online class was a great way to immerse yourself in character development from home. And get courageous and creative in front of a camera. A good tool for self critique and awareness. Classes have a mix of people with different levels of skill. Everyone receives individualized feedback and specific challenges that encourages them grow.

Courtney

Michelle adapted very quickly to this shift towards online classes and it feels like their team has done it long before. Classes were pertinent and well constructed. Michelle is as good a teacher online as she is in person!

Jakob

I have been taking classes at Actorium on and off for a few years now. Every time I learn something new and go deeper into the creative process. It is not always easy, in fact, it can be really painful at times. But Michelle and Rebecca have created a very safe and supportive place to do this exploration and growth. And it translated very well to a virtual space. If you are someone for whom acting is an important expression of your creative being you absolutely cannot go wrong with these classes.it.

Dawn

I started off from the supernaturally shy class but due to Covid-19 my class was reformed into one of the online classes. The idea was definitely a little uncomfortable (like jumping into the deep end.) I’m glad I was open minded though because I learned a lot and felt a genuine connection and felt supported and encouraged throughout the lessons. 

I highly recommend the online workshops at Actorium. There is helpful take home content as well as fun practical exercises. It helped me understand more about preforming in front of a camera and how to bring out more complexity and depth in my expression of characters. It’s also great to connect with other actors in this format. It feels allot more intimate.

Since I started attending Actorium my social anxiety levels dropped significantly. My initial goal in attending classes had nothing to do with acting, but self discovery. Thanks to Michelle’s work I’m now emotionally more open and generally more alive human being.
Thank you

Alex

As a shy and self-conscious person, this class not only helped me get more used to acting, but also to observing and accepting myself.

Madeleine

The online program for [Central Role] was a challenging dive into a single character. I really liked the progression from the macro view of the play, honing in on the character and their “life” and finally focussing on a single monologue. It was a thought-provoking class and the online format worked well with meaty homework every week. Highly recommended.

Faye

The programs at Actorium always make me uncomfortable in the best way possible. Learning to push past that discomfort to see what lies beyond it has been a tremendously gratifying experience, and I’m exciting to keep exploring it.

Matt

I found the online class to be of great value in keeping and expanding on my acting skills during this time of isolation. As always Michelle has done a great job in pushing her students to becoming better actors even as we navigate our ways through a health crisis. It was a great opportunity to keep training and to remain connected with classmates and to see the progression of their work in spite of social distancing measures. The growth we all experienced in such a short time and under these circumstances was impressive, and I look forward to bringing forward the new depths I’ve achieved to future class work.

Samm

I’m learning a lot in your classes – on many levels.