SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSES

SELF-PACED

ONLINE

COURSES

Each Self-Paced, Online, Acting Course features ten assignments with personal instructor feedback on your work.

Courses typically take 4-8 weeks to complete, and are designed to be taken sequentially.

Purchase courses individually for one year of access or bulk buy with the Artist Pass to combine with our weekly Zoom classes.

 

Freedom of expression comes from remaining true to yourself! Study how to actively shift from seeking external validation in performance, to instead, strengthening and deepening your connection to your personal experience. Learn to be yourself!
Self-taping required the majority of lessons.

This course is a prerequisite for Role Immersion

Freedom of expression comes from remaining true to yourself! Study how to actively shift from seeking external validation in performance, to instead, strengthening and deepening your connection to your personal experience. Learn to be yourself!
Self-taping required the majority of lessons.

This course is a prerequisite for Role Immersion

Preparation & Imagination

Entering the scene! Learn how to prepare and work with imaginary circumstances in a direct, and very physical way, rather than as a mental idea. This is an important course for actors who have trouble being present in a scene.
Self-taping required the majority of lessons.

Prerequisite: Expression

This course is a prerequisite for Role Immersion

Entering the scene! Learn how to prepare and work with imaginary circumstances in a direct, and very physical way, rather than as a mental idea. This is an important course for actors who have trouble being present in a scene.
Self-taping required the majority of lessons.

Prerequisite: Expression

This course is a prerequisite for Role Immersion

Script Analysis

Understanding the script from the inside out as the basis of your performance. Don’t miss this step. When an actor becomes interested in script analysis they learns to embody more than just their role, they learn how to hand themselves over to the story.
No self-taping is required.

Prerequisite: Scene Objective

Included in Role Immersion.

Understanding the script from the inside out as the basis of your performance. Don’t miss this step. When an actor becomes interested in script analysis they learns to embody more than just their role, they learn how to hand themselves over to the story.
No self-taping is required.

Prerequisite: Scene Objective

Included in Role Immersion.

Super Task

Find the need! The audience’s eyes and ears follow the plot, but their heart follows the need. That need is the Super Task. Once you’ve found that, you’ve found the character. All your questions are answered.
Self-taping is required in the final project.

Prerequisite: Script Analysis

Included in Role Immersion.

Find the need! The audience’s eyes and ears follow the plot, but their heart follows the need. That need is the Super Task. Once you’ve found that, you’ve found the character. All your questions are answered.
Self-taping is required in the final project.

Prerequisite: Script Analysis

Included in Role Immersion.

Scene Objective

The power of the objective as an underlying force that impacts everything your character does. Fully realize and utilize the scene objective, not only emotionally, but physically.
Multiple exercises require self-taping in the final half of the course

Prerequisite: Preparation & Imagination

Included in Role Immersion.

The power of the objective as an underlying force that impacts everything your character does. Fully realize and utilize the scene objective, not only emotionally, but physically.
Multiple exercises require self-taping in the final half of the course

Prerequisite: Preparation & Imagination

Included in Role Immersion.

Relationship & Behaviour Online Acting Class - Part of the Definition Series<br />
Dropping a fixed definition of a character and learning to respond behaviorally

No one, not even the role you play, is a static being with a list of characteristics. We discover who we are in our relationship with others. In acting, as it is in life: who we are depends on who we are with.
Multiple self-taping exercises throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Super Task

Included in Role Immersion.

No one, not even the role you play, is a static being with a list of characteristics. We discover who we are in our relationship with others. In acting, as it is in life: who we are depends on who we are with.
Multiple self-taping exercises throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Super Task

Included in Role Immersion.

Humour Online Acting Class- Part of the Definition Series<br />
Learning to see the bigger picture and how it relates to your character's struggles.

Whether it is comedy or drama, without the gentle touch of humour we never feel the relief of all that “seriousness.” Deeply understand what humour is and how to find it, not only in the script but in yourself.
Multiple self-taping exercises in final lessons.

Prerequisite: Relationships & Behaviour

Included in Role Immersion.

Whether it is comedy or drama, without the gentle touch of humour we never feel the relief of all that “seriousness.” Deeply understand what humour is and how to find it, not only in the script but in yourself.
Multiple self-taping exercises in final lessons.

Prerequisite: Relationships & Behaviour

Included in Role Immersion.

Deeper REalism Online Acting Class - Part of the Definition Series Independent lessons on common acting traps and hidden opportunities to bring greater depth and connection to your role.

A collection of concepts that don’t require a full course on their own but nevertheless are important aids to implementing deeper realism. Things to do and  traps to avoid.
Multiple self-taping exercises in final lessons.
Included in Role Immersion.

Prerequisite: Humour

A collection of concepts that don’t require a full course on their own but nevertheless are important aids to implementing deeper realism. Things to do and  traps to avoid.
Multiple self-taping exercises in final lessons.
Included in Role Immersion.

Prerequisite: Humour

Movement Patterns

Movement opens up a whole new dimension to performance! Good bye to solely relying on the inner life and hello to the dynamic world of bringing body and mind together through movement.

Prerequisite: Deeper Realism

Included in Role Immersion.

Movement opens up a whole new dimension to performance! Good bye to solely relying on the inner life and hello to the dynamic world of bringing body and mind together through movement.

Prerequisite: Deeper Realism

Included in Role Immersion.

Voice

Break the habits that hold back your voice! Find your opening through simple adjustments and methods to free up those blocks. Discover how to play in the world of voice.

Prerequisite: Movement Patterns

Included in Role Immersion.

Break the habits that hold back your voice! Find your opening through simple adjustments and methods to free up those blocks. Discover how to play in the world of voice.

Prerequisite: Movement Patterns

Included in Role Immersion.

Physical Actions

The mind-body connection is real and as an actor, you can apply this truth to your acting. Working with physical actions is a powerful tool to pushing the make-believe into the real and pulling the real into the make-believe!

Prerequisite: Voice

Included in Role Immersion.

The mind-body connection is real and as an actor, you can apply this truth to your acting. Working with physical actions is a powerful tool to pushing the make-believe into the real and pulling the real into the make-believe!

Prerequisite: Voice

Included in Role Immersion.

Audition

What to focus on and what not to bother with, when going in for an audition.

Prerequisite: Physical Actions

What to focus on and what not to bother with, when going in for an audition.

Prerequisite: Physical Actions

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Helped me to connect with my voice and truthful expression. I took this course after attending the Supernaturally Shy webinar. I discovered how to use my fears in my work and embrace the comfort and discomfort of opening up to myself. I am grateful; it allowed me to further explore my joy for acting! Thank you so much for creating such a welcoming course and offering such encouraging feedback. It has helped me to accept my failures and grow from them. I am very excited to take more courses in the future and continue my acting journey.

Caitlin, Expression

In acting our preparation is in our imagination. How do we get it out of our head into our body to share with an audience? There are tools to pull you into the body and they are taught in depth in this course.
Our body is our instrument. We are training it to be present and to connect with the physical sensations of our feelings in our bodies.
Feelings are real, not just an idea. They come up in response to people, places, time of day and they express themselves in our bodies.
My experience of feelings has been overwhelm and confusion leading to extreme anxiety and isolation. I have hated my body which so shamefully betrays my inner life. I have sought, most unsuccessfully, to control, deny or hide them.
Through this course I have come to physically understand how to get out of my head and go into my body.I am investigating my feelings. Owning them, not denying them. Learning to allow their expression and to be curious .
The body is not just some sort of vehicle attached to our head. It is intelligent, separate from the mind and always communicating our experience like it or not.

Bonny, Preparation & Imagination

I had felt that every lesson had an impact on my life. I could see how there is no separation between acting skills and interpersonal skills. I enjoyed the way that every lesson had a opportunity to explore making experiments in everyday life.

Gregory, Expression

I really liked that all the different types of script analysis are covered by the exercises. It methodically takes you through them step by step and if you do them fully you will have all the raw material you need to work with to develop a role. It will enrich your understanding of the story, help you investigate and make discoveries about your character, and help clarify how you can relate to the characters and themes. And it will give you the tools to approach individual scenes, dialogue and subtext. A good thorough program you can put to direct use.

Hugh, Script Analysis

This was such a great experience in pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone in a supportive, encouraging and validating environment. I learned a lot about stretching myself while feeling the feelings of discomfort and appreciated the complete acceptance of my authentic self and the attuned feedback.

Zahra, Expression

Olson Wells said that an actor may put on makeup but what he is really doing is undressing himself. I often say I want the truth no matter how much it hurts. I REALLY understood by the end of this course that I am STUCK with myself. There are no other options in the experience of my life.But, and this is important, we are not fixed unless we choose to be. We are evolving. That evolution is within a range and that range does have limitations. However since “ I” is my only option, getting to know myself through method acting is becoming a sort of obsession. Getting to the root of who I am. This course guides you through opening up to yourself. Bringing your attention toward the experience of being yourself and expressing that experience. There is a focus on learning to be authentic, not acting “on top of ourselves”. Learning to let go of control and find out what blocks us from expressing and experiencing in our lives. We are going into what we hate, our fears and blocks, working with them, integrating them. Allowing ourselves to be the human we are. ALL OF IT. As I watch myself through this process, struggling with my self loathing, I increasingly find NOT self hatred but empathy laced with sadness, humour and curiosity. I am opening inwardly so that I may open outwardly. Thank you for the guidance.

Bonny, Expression

I am impressed with this course. I was very skeptical but now I even think it can be more powerful than I thought.

Dante, Script Analysis

I thought the explanation of sense memory and imaginary circumstances was really thorough. I am really enjoying using sense memory and can see a lot of value to it.

Gregory, Preparation & Imagination

Very informative and relevant.

Helen, Expression

I didn’t know what to expect when I started at Actorium. I knew I wanted to head back into acting after a long hiatus of having 3 kids and taking a different path in life. Until I was half way through Expression I didn’t quite realize how many thick walls I had built up around me. How normal it was to constantly be pleasing others while forgetting myself and my own needs. And how much I watched myself through other peoples lenses to make sure I fit in. Doing Expression allowed me to clue into the habits I held onto and I was able to just switch them off. This in itself has been revolutionary to me. As a 40 year old woman, I feel like I’m living life with a new found freedom. Up until this point, I’d allowed myself to feel strangled with confines of ‘how I’m supposed to be’, and I no longer have that. People around me notice too. They often say, wow you seem like you’re doing so well, you look great, what have you been up to? I love to tell everyone how much Actorium has changed my life. I really have Michelle to thank for creating such an amazing course. The way it’s been put together, and the way she’s such a patient, knowledgeable and creative human herself, she’s just so incredibly inspiring to me. The best thing that Michelle does, is she’s mindful of her own needs, and allows her imperfections to be seen, so this allows her students to bring their own authentic selves to class. It allows us to come as we are.

Dawn, Expression

This course helped me with getting out of my head and experiencing freedom!! The environment is very supportive and feedback is provided on every assignment.

Monica, Expression

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. 

Anonymous

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 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. 

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.

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. 

Anonymous

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 performing 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 a lot more intimate.

Anonymous

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 a 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 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 excited to keep exploring it.

Matt

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

Anonymous