ROLE

IMMERSON

Immerse yourself in one role for one year

                  PROGRAM INFO

PROGRAM INFO

Overview

One role for one year. The study of acting with a focus on one character gives you a rare opportunity in the art of acting. Discover how far you can stretch yourself in the art of acting.

Role Immersion incorporates our entire acting curriculum, with additional filmed exercises. As well as active coaching, and a final filmed performance. 

Role Immersion runs in-person in Vancouver on Saturdays from 10 am-3 pm from November 4th, 2023-June 29th, 2023. All classes are held at 2050 Scotia St, Vancouver, BC. The class is 12 students maximum. 

To apply to the program click apply at the bottom of this page.  Prerequisites and an instructor/student meeting must be completed before beginning the program but can be completed after application.

Cost

$390 CAD/month for 8 months.

Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites:

Expression
Preparation & Imagination
+Zoom meeting with the instructor, booked after application 

Or

8 Weeks of Foundations
+Zoom meeting with the instructor, booked after application 

How to Join

To begin click Apply at the bottom of this page. 

The next Role Immersion program begins November 4th, 2023.

Online Role Immersion

Online Role Immersion is available through the Artist Pass+. Read more: HERE

FAQs

Do I need to be an actor to do Role Immersion?
Acting is much more than a job, it is an art. This art is open to everyone. You must be 18+ to participate, that is the only requirement.

What if I am booked to be away for two weeks during the Role Immersion program, can I still do it?
Because Role Immersion is a full year, this allows students to take periodic breaks from work. You will need to confirm your availability for filming dates.

Do you offer scholarships for Role Immersion?
We do not offer scholarships for the Role Immersion program. We do offer four scholarships per year with the Artist Pass which you can use as you work on your prerequisites. You can apply to be on the waitlist by emailing: rebecca@actorium.ca

If I am working on a scene with a partner how do I rehearse?
There will be some rehearsal time within the in-person classes. You can also plan to rehearse out of class time.

Where are the classes held?:
Classes are on Saturdays from 10 am-3 pm at 2050 Scotia St, Vancouver, BC.

 

Overview

One role for one year. The study of acting with a focus on one character gives you a rare opportunity in the art of acting. Discover how far you can stretch yourself in the art of acting.

Role Immersion incorporates our entire acting curriculum, with additional filmed exercises. As well as active coaching, and a final filmed performance. 

Role Immersion runs in-person in Vancouver on Saturdays from 10 am-3 pm from November 4th, 2023-June 29th, 2023. All classes are held at 2050 Scotia St, Vancouver, BC. The class is 12 students maximum. 

To apply to the program click apply at the bottom of this page.  Prerequisites and an instructor/student meeting must be completed before beginning the program but can be completed after application.

Cost

$390 CAD/month for 8 months.

Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites:

Expression
Preparation & Imagination
+Zoom meeting with the instructor, booked after application 

Or

8 Weeks of Foundations
+Zoom meeting with the instructor, booked after application 

How to Join

To begin click Apply at the bottom of this page. 

The next Role Immersion program begins November 4th, 2023.

Online Role Immersion

Online Role Immersion is available through the Artist Pass+. Read more: HERE

FAQs

Do I need to be an actor to do Role Immersion?
Acting is much more than a job, it is an art. This art is open to everyone. You must be 18+ to participate, that is the only requirement.

What if I am booked to be away for two weeks during the Role Immersion program, can I still do it?
Because Role Immersion is a full year, this allows students to take periodic breaks from work. You will need to confirm your availability for filming dates.

Do you offer scholarships for Role Immersion?
We do not offer scholarships for the Role Immersion program. We do offer four scholarships per year with the Artist Pass which you can use as you work on your prerequisites. You can apply to be on the waitlist by emailing: rebecca@actorium.ca

If I am working on a scene with a partner how do I rehearse?
There will be some rehearsal time within the in-person classes. You can also plan to rehearse out of class time.

Where are the classes held?:
Classes are on Saturdays from 10 am-3 pm at 2050 Scotia St, Vancouver, BC.

 

FILMED EXERCISES

1ST QUARTER

Break down the story and your role

AN INITIAL STUDY OF THE ROLE AND CHARACTER WITH AN ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVE, AFTER WHICH YOU WILL FIND YOUR CONNECTION TO THE ROLE.

_______________________

ONLINE COURSES:

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

SUPER TASK

_______________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Answering questions in character; is an exploratory exercise rather than a performance, this exercise allows the actor to open up their ideas on how they will play the role.


DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

OBSTACLES TO THE SUPER TASK

Relating to the deepest need of the character; this is an exercise to find how you will personally relate to the role at the deepest level.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

2ND QUARTER

Live in the world of your character

BEGIN THE JOURNEY OF MAKING THE ROLE YOUR OWN BY IDENTIFYING THE SPECIFICS OF THE CHARACTER’S BEHAVIOUR, OPINIONS, AND REACTIONS. MONOLOGUES AND FINAL SCENES ARE CHOSEN AND USED AS THE FOCAL POINT FOR YOUR WORK.

_______________________

ONLINE COURSES:

HUMOR

DEEPER REALISM

RELATIONSHIP & BEHAVIOUR

_______________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

RELATIONSHIP STUDY OR RELATIONSHIP REFLECTION

In an active discovery exercise; partners face one another and reflect openly on the relationship. In character, but with a view of the bigger picture.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

OBSTACLES TO THE SCENE OBJECTIVE

A preparation exercise for final performances; whether working on a monologue or a scene, every actor looks at everything that stops them from achieving their scene objective.
[This piece is edited with Private Moment (3rd quarter) for the final Role Immersion presentation.]

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

3RD QUARTER

Physicalize the role

UP UNTIL NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING THE INTERNAL LIFE OF THE CHARACTER. YOU FEEL CLEAR ABOUT HOW YOUR CHARACTER THINKS AND FEELS IN THEIR REGULAR INTERACTIONS. NOW IT IS TIME TO STEP OUT INTO THE WORLD, ADJUSTING YOUR MOVEMENT, VOICE, AND ACTIONS.

_______________________

ONLINE COURSES:

MOVEMENT PATTERNS

VOICE

PHYSICAL ACTIONS

_______________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

PRIVATE MOMENT

    • Explore the character’s private life
    • Embody the character physically
    • Raise the stakes of the Super Task

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

CHARACTER PORTRAIT

  • Present the inner life and outer cover of the character
  • Relate music to the inner need
  • Share the character’s full vulnerability

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

4TH QUARTER

Final rehearsals, scene and monologue filming

WE BRING EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR ACTIVE DISCOVERY IN REHEARSAL. LEARN TO ABSORB AND TAKE DIRECTION WITH A FOCUS ON PRESENCE AND IMMEDIACY IN CHARACTER. FOR THOSE WHO ARE WORKING ONLINE, REHEARSALS ARE FILMED AND SENT IN FOR FEEDBACK AND DIRECTION. FINAL FILM TIMES ARE SCHEDULED FOR IN-PERSON OR ONLINE ACTIVE COACHING.

_______________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

FILMED SCENE OR MONOLOGUE

All scenes and monologues are filmed and edited. If in-person this is organized by Actorium, if online, actors are directed to film from several different angles, and coached online during the final filming session.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

LIVE PRESENTATION

Dates are scheduled for an online presentation of Role Immersions work. If in Vancouver, these presentations are held in person and include the filmed work of those online.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

FILMED EXERCISES

1ST QUARTER

Break down the story and your role

AN INITIAL STUDY OF THE ROLE AND CHARACTER WITH AN ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVE, AFTER WHICH YOU WILL FIND YOUR CONNECTION TO THE ROLE.

______________________________

ONLINE COURSES:

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

SUPER TASK

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Answering questions in character; is an exploratory exercise rather than a performance, this exercise allows the actor to open up their ideas on how they will play the role.


DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

 

 

OBSTACLES TO THE SUPER TASK

Relating to the deepest need of the character; this is an exercise to find how you will personally relate to the role at the deepest level.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

 

2ND QUARTER

Live in the world of your character

BEGIN THE JOURNEY OF MAKING THE ROLE YOUR OWN THROUGH IDENTIFYING THE SPECIFICS OF THE CHARACTER’S BEHAVIOUR, OPINIONS, AND REACTIONS. MONOLOGUES AND FINAL SCENES ARE CHOSEN AND USED AS THE FOCAL POINT FOR YOUR WORK.

______________________________

ONLINE COURSES:

HUMOR

DEEPER REALISM

RELATIONSHIP & BEHAVIOUR

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

RELATIONSHIP STUDY OR RELATIONSHIP REFLECTION

An active discovery exercise; partners face one another and reflect openly on the relationship. In character, but with a view of the bigger picture.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

OBSTACLES TO THE SCENE OBJECTIVE

A preparation exercise for final performances; whether working on a monologue or a scene, every actor looks at everything that stops them from achieving their scene objective.
[This piece is edited with Private Moment (3rd quarter) for the final Role Immersion presentation.]

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

3RD QUARTER

Physicalize the role

UP UNTIL NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING THE INTERNAL LIFE OF THE CHARACTER. YOU FEEL CLEAR ABOUT HOW YOUR CHARACTER THINKS AND FEELS IN THEIR REGULAR INTERACTIONS. NOW IT IS TIME TO STEP OUT INTO THE WORLD, ADJUSTING YOUR MOVEMENT, VOICE, AND ACTIONS.

______________________________

ONLINE COURSES:

MOVEMENT PATTERNS

VOICE

PHYSICAL ACTIONS

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

PRIVATE MOMENT

    • Explore the character’s private life
    • Embody the character physically
    • Raise the stakes of the Super Task

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

CHARACTER PORTRAIT

  • Present the inner life and outer cover of the character
  • Relate music to the inner need
  • Share the character’s full vulnerability

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

4TH QUARTER

Final rehearsals, scene and monologue filming

WE BRING EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR ACTIVE DISCOVERY IN REHEARSAL. LEARN TO ABSORB AND TAKE DIRECTION WITH A FOCUS ON PRESENCE AND IMMEDIACY IN CHARACTER. FOR THOSE WHO ARE WORKING ONLINE, REHEARSALS ARE FILMED AND SENT IN FOR FEEDBACK AND DIRECTION. FINAL FILM TIMES ARE SCHEDULED FOR IN-PERSON OR ONLINE ACTIVE COACHING.

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

FILMED SCENE OR MONOLOGUE

All scenes and monologues are filmed and edited. If in-person this is organized by Actorium, if online, actors are directed to film from several different angles, and coached online during the final filming session.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

LIVE PRESENTATION

Dates are scheduled for an online presentation of Role Immersions work. If in Vancouver, these presentations are held in person and include the filmed work of those online.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

FILMED EXERCISES

1ST QUARTER

Break down the story and your role

AN INITIAL STUDY OF THE ROLE AND CHARACTER WITH AN ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVE, AFTER WHICH YOU WILL FIND YOUR CONNECTION TO THE ROLE.

______________________________

ONLINE COURSES:

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

SUPER TASK

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Answering questions in character; is an exploratory exercise rather than a performance, this exercise allows the actor to open up their ideas on how they will play the role.


DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

 

 

OBSTACLES TO THE SUPER TASK

Relating to the deepest need of the character; this is an exercise to find how you will personally relate to the role at the deepest level.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

2ND QUARTER

Live in the world of your character

BEGIN THE JOURNEY OF MAKING THE ROLE YOUR OWN BY IDENTIFYING THE SPECIFICS OF THE CHARACTER’S BEHAVIOUR, OPINIONS, AND REACTIONS. MONOLOGUES AND FINAL SCENES ARE CHOSEN AND USED AS THE FOCAL POINT FOR YOUR WORK.

______________________________

ONLINE COURSES:

HUMOR

DEEPER REALISM

RELATIONSHIP & BEHAVIOUR

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

RELATIONSHIP STUDY OR RELATIONSHIP REFLECTION

In an active discovery exercise; partners face one another and reflect openly on the relationship. In character, but with a view of the bigger picture.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

OBSTACLES TO THE SCENE OBJECTIVE

A preparation exercise for final performances; whether working on a monologue or a scene, every actor looks at everything that stops them from achieving their scene objective.
[This piece is edited with Private Moment (3rd quarter) for the final Role Immersion presentation.]

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

3RD QUARTER

Physicalize the role

UP UNTIL NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING THE INTERNAL LIFE OF THE CHARACTER. YOU FEEL CLEAR ABOUT HOW YOUR CHARACTER THINKS AND FEELS IN THEIR REGULAR INTERACTIONS. NOW IT IS TIME TO STEP OUT INTO THE WORLD, ADJUSTING YOUR MOVEMENT, VOICE, AND ACTIONS.

______________________________

ONLINE COURSES:

MOVEMENT PATTERNS
VOICE
PHYSICAL ACTIONS

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

PRIVATE MOMENT

    • Explore the character’s private life
    • Embody the character physically
    • Raise the stakes of the Super Task

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

CHARACTER PORTRAIT

  • Present the inner life and outer cover of the character
  • Relate music to the inner need
  • Share the character’s full vulnerability

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

4TH QUARTER

Final rehearsals, scene and monologue filming

WE BRING EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR ACTIVE DISCOVERY IN REHEARSAL. LEARN TO ABSORB AND TAKE DIRECTION WITH A FOCUS ON PRESENCE AND IMMEDIACY IN CHARACTER. FOR THOSE WHO ARE WORKING ONLINE, REHEARSALS ARE FILMED AND SENT IN FOR FEEDBACK AND DIRECTION. FINAL FILM TIMES ARE SCHEDULED FOR IN-PERSON OR ONLINE ACTIVE COACHING.

______________________________

FILMED EXERCISES:

FILMED SCENE OR MONOLOGUE

All scenes and monologues are filmed and edited. If in-person this is organized by Actorium, if online, actors are directed to film from several different angles, and coached online during the final filming session.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

LIVE PRESENTATION

Dates are scheduled for an online presentation of Role Immersions work. If in Vancouver, these presentations are held in person and include the filmed work of those online.

DOUBLE-CLICK VIDEO TO OPEN FULL SCREEN

November 2023 is now full.

Next intake: Fall 2024

Role Immersion was my opportunity to free myself from the restraints set by my preconceptions of ‘how to be an actor’. I learned to push and stretch beyond my limits–and to build the skills, confidence, and trust in myself to go forward and be the actor that only I can be. Michelle fosters this incredible learning environment–which means making mistakes, accepting them, taking the time to analyze and improve, and experience real quantifiable growth. Role Immersion is a test of endurance that allowed me to break through my fear of losing spontaneity by ‘working on something too much’. I discovered that doing it more allowed my work to evolve so that I could see my choices more clearly, and then focus on and explore the strongest choices. At the completion of the 8 months, I assessed my progress from beginning to end and saw that I had achieved all of my goals.
Acting is my dream. And Michelle is the guide who has led me to the runway from which I take flight.

Peter

The big draw and the big worry for joining role immersion was the show at the end. I really wanted to experience performing in front of a friendly audience but at the same time dreaded it. However, the way the program is designed and the excellent work that Michelle does with all her students made the process feel organic and seamless. Also when I joined the course I really had no idea what I had signed up for. But I can say that coming to class was the highlight of my week. You connect with other students, you learn about yourself and you have a teacher who gives her heart and soul to her class and students. It is a great community and I feel very lucky to have found it.

Soussan

I found it an amazing experience that allowed you to really investigate a character and grow as an actor. The time spent on one role really allows you time to digest all the little nuances and gives you opportunity to physicalize those traits as you really find yourself within the character. I found it extremely beneficial.

Derek

It was a great experience. Doing the work it was difficult but paid off big time. During the program I didn’t think I was doing good, however, I could see by the end that all the effort and all the classes were making an impact that I didn’t notice. Michelle and Rebecca were fantastic, with so much support, dedication, and patience. The online videos are great for communicating the theory. The Zoom classes would reinforce the theory, gave many examples and we were able to practice. I felt happy by the end. There is so much heart put into the development of this course. I learnt a lot. Thank you.

Dante