Session Classes: Acting + Voice

Exciting news! JG + SM will begin teaching In-Person Scene Study classes in Session 6. 

Check it out…

Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon

What am I responsible for bringing to my acting and what do I leave to inspiration? These questions never end, they are different for every actor on every day and it’s a teacher’s job to help an actor with these questions as they prepare to be on set, on stage or in the audition room. In these classes, actors will learn their strengths and what they need to work on in front of the camera. Points of emphasis will be: seeking out visceral objectives; the belief that an objective is attainable; finding compelling obstacles through both character and in-depth script analysis; and learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable while working in front of the camera through breath and physical awareness on existing film and television scripts.

This is a class for working film and television and theatre actors.

Maximum number of students: 8
Online classes will be held by video via Zoom conferencing. In-person classes will be held at the studio.

** For In-Person classes 4 students will study during a 2 hour period of time. Your time will either be 1-3pm or 3:15-5:15pm depending on the week.

* The Master/Advanced LEVEL class is for actors who are working regularly in film and television and theatre or who have studied with John for at least two terms. *

IN-PERSON One session (6 classes)$500 inc. hst
Early-bird rate$450 inc. hst
Payment can be sent by e-transfer to register@dirtunderneath.com (use password “dirtunderneath”)
ONLINE One session (6 classes)$375 inc. hst
Early-bird rate$325 inc. hst
Payment can be sent by e-transfer to register@dirtunderneath.com (use password “dirtunderneath”)

IN-PERSON Scene Study Class w/ Shaun McComb

Class is back.

Restricting classes to waves of four actors offers time and space to insure that each session’s curriculum is personalized to the group’s work on that day. Shorter classes, two hours only, feels just about right in terms of comprehension and energy conservation. It’s a rather good situation.

A two-camera, scene study class using material pulled from modern film/TV. Scenes are approximately 3-4 minutes in length, unless working something specific. You are cast five days prior to class, with prep notes if necessary.

Shaun’s work focuses on story analysis, character development, honouring the imagination, and play.

Schedule: Wednesdays Nov. 10th, 17th, 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th
12pm – 8pm.
12 actors max.

Sessions are:
12:00pm – 2:00pm
2:30pm – 4:30pm
6:00pm – 8:00pm

2 hour sessions
4 actors each session
*Actors may rotate between sessions from week-to-week based upon availability and interest. Please refer to the application form for more details.

*Each application process is different, so please anticipate Shaun getting in touch with you via-email prior to the session’s start.

Please click here to check Shaun’s testimonials for any questions about the class vibe.

The Self Tape Study is on-going, click here for more details.

One session (6 classes) $475 inc. hst
Early-bird rate$425 inc. hst
Payment can be sent by e-transfer to shaun@dirtunderneath.com

“The Voice Within” Voice Study w/ Peter N. Bailey: NEXT OFFERING SESSION 1 2022 (JAN/FEB)

The Voice Within is a 6 week intensive course that functions as an actors (re)introduction to the rudiments of how the voice works in relation to self-expression. Through voice and text exercises actors will gain a deeper understanding of their instrument and the means of addressing the habits that lock the voice from its full potential. The last three weeks will focus on text work. When actors are able to connect to the entire authenticity of their voice they are able to perform with freedom, passion and intimacy.

This class is for actors of all levels.

While beginners will learn the rudimental principles of body and voice connection, which is essential to the work of an actor, more experienced actors will be able deepen their access to their emotions, as well as tackle vocal impediments that have cropped up in their careers.

Maximum number of students: 10 students

Schedule:
One Session-6 weeks/12 classes
Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday & Friday 12-2pm

Virtual Classes:
As this will be physical class participants are encouraged to create enough space in which they are able stand up and to lie down comfortably with their arms fully extended

The Course will focus on:
What it means to work from “The Centre”
The difference between useful and useless tension.
The relationship between Breath, Thought, & Impulse
How images can release our imagination and feelings into our voice.


One session (6 weeks: 12 classes)
$300 inc. hst
Early-bird rate $250 inc. hst
Payment can be sent by e-transfer to peter@dirtunderneath.com

I had a very short notice for my Kim’s Convenience audition and immediately called John. He challenged me to dig deeper into the scenes and reminded me to slow down and work moment-to-moment. He gave me the confidence to trust my instincts and truly bring myself to the work.

Nicole Power