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A message from Melissa Thompson Esaia regarding COVID-19:

 

I hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during this difficult time for our community and our world. The health and safety of my students is my top priority so I am monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and will only proceed with the planned class start dates if it is absolutely safe and responsible to do so. 

 

Please be assured, I will only begin classes if it is absolutely safe to do so. We will continue to conduct phone interviews and enroll for the Summer/Fall Session during this time, so please contact us if you would like schedule a time to discuss how I can help you take the next step in your acting career.

 

Acting Classes for Kids and Teens

Acting classes are a wonderful way to help develop your child’s creativity, confidence, collaboration skills and sense of community. With the decline in school arts programs and elimination of after school programs due to Covid, online professional acting training is a great way to keep your children engaged in creative activities that teach them a multitude of skills that go beyond acting.

 

Introduction to Commercial Auditioning for Young Actors (ONLINE)

Ages 8 - 12 and Ages 13 - 17

Class meets on August 4, 6, 7 and 8  

There are many wonderful opportunities for young actors to work in commercials, industrials and commercial print. There are also hundreds of young actors auditioning for these opportunities, so an actor must do anything they can to learn how to stand out from their competition - in the right way. Commercial auditioning requires a very specific skill set that isn't taught in most acting classes. 

 

In this class, students will receive an introduction to the world of commercial auditioning. Students will learn and practice:

 

  • Slating for commercial auditions

  • Audition technique for various types of commercial auditions (improvised, scripted, group, etc.)

  • Breaking down a commercial script

  • Handling product

  • Agent and casting director interviews 

  • How to prepare for the audition

  • Dealing with audition nerves and “stage fright”

 

Class for ages 8-12 meets via Zoom on August 4, 6, 7 and 8 from 10:00am to 11:30am (4 classes total). 

 

Class for ages 13-17 meets via Zoom on August 4, 6, 7 and 8 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm (4 classes total).

 

Class size is limited to ensure individual attention for each student.

 

Tuition: $200

Create Your Own Monologue (ONLINE)

Ages 8 - 12 and Ages 13 - 17

All levels welcome

 

In this online class, students will develop their self-expression, acting skills, writing skills and most importantly confidence in their own unique voice. Acting exercises, improvisation and writing prompts will be used to help students develop original scripted material. Once the original monologue is crafted, students will receive coaching on the performance of their original work and receive a video recording of their monologue.

 

Class for ages 8-12 meets via Zoom on August 18, 20, 25, 27 and September 1 and 3 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm (6 classes total). 

Class for ages 13-17 meets via Zoom on August 18, 20, 25, 27 and September 1 and 3 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm (6 classes total). 

 

Class size is limited to ensure individual attention for each student.

 

Tuition: $300

PRIVATE ONLINE COACHING

You and your child can work privately with a 20+ year veteran of the industry to learn and practice valuable skills needed to have a professional acting career. One-on-one coaching has several benefits:

 

  • Your child is guaranteed 100% individualized attention in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Empowerhouse Acting Studio Founder Melissa Thompson Esaia will work individually with you and your child to assess his or her needs, strengths and growth opportunities and customize a plan to help develop his or her acting and audition skills, as well as a plan for entering and working in the industry.

  • Your child will receive private coaching in acting, auditioning, cold reading, monologues, commercial auditions, script analysis, listening skills, communication skills, interviewing with agents, managers and casting directors, and navigating the entertainment industry in a healthy, empowered way.

 

Private coaching sessions are held via Zoom and accommodate your schedule.  All you need is a computer with the Zoom application and a quiet place for your child to work.

 

Private coaching fees are $110 per hour.  Fees are discounted when you purchase a private coaching package.

Payment Options: We accept cash, check, credit card, and Venmo.

Refund policy 

We interview all potential students and request that interviewees examine their ability to make the commitment required before enrolling in any class. Also training to be an actor is an exciting, rewarding, enriching growth experience. It can also be challenging and humbling and like with any growth journey you may experience growing pains that feel a bit scary or uncomfortable. But so often the biggest breakthroughs and growth come when you feel that fear and discomfort and instead of turning away from it, you explore it and move through it. Sometimes the only thing that keeps someone from quitting in a time of fear and discomfort is the tuition they paid. For this reason, we do not offer refunds on class deposits or tuition.

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