Classes + Coaching

“Working with John over the years, both privately and in class, has been (as John would put it) “a blast”. His approach to a scene or character is always with a sense of curiosity, and humour, using his knowledge of life and work to lend empathy and insight. He has both deepened and brought a sense of ease to my work and how I approach it. I believe learning comes through doing; coaching with John provides the forum to explore a scene a variety of ways, providing me with options, layers, and the readiness I need to go into any audition or set feeling prepared and ready to play.”  -Natalie Brown/actor (The Strain, Cracked, Sophie)

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COACHING

Private Coaching with John Gordon
$80 + hst/hour

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session6 offerings:

Online Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon – Mondays, 1-4pm, November 9 – December 14

$325 inc. HST (early-bird rate $275 inc. HST) – 6 classes

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
All classes will be held by video via Zoom conferencing.

Advanced Online Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon – Wednesdays, 1-4pm, November 11 – December 16

$325 inc. HST (early-bird rate $275 inc. HST) – 6 classes

This is a class for working film and television and theatre actors.  Maximum number of students: 8
All classes will be held by video via Zoom conferencing.
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Shooting On Location Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon – Tuesday November 10 – Thursday December 3

$375 inc. HST (early-bird rate $325 inc. HST) – 4 weeks

This new offering will allow actors the unique opportunity to shoot a scene outdoors on Tuesday and then 2 days later, talk-back what they shot on Thursday (via Zoom). You will act in 3 scenes over 4 weeks. The extra week will allow for shooting schedule changes due to inclement weather.

This is a class for working film and television and theatre actors. Maximum number of students: 6

Requirements:

  • Students must be able to attend a shooting session outdoors on Tuesdays (11am-3pm) each week and a virtual talk-back class on Thursdays via Zoom (1-4pm).
  • On Tuesdays each student will act in their assigned scene and will also shoot the other pair’s scene.

** Covid-19 Precaution: John will be assigning scenes that do not require physical intimacy – the partners will be able to maintain 6 feet apart while acting.

A list of possible shooting locations:

  • Patio in front of The Dirt Underneath Actors’ Space (636 Pape).
  • Backyard of residence near Dupont/Spadina
  • Nordheimer Ravine under Spadina Bridge
  • Baldwin steps at Casa Loma
  • Christie Pits park (Bloor + Christie)
  • Ramsden Park (Avenue + Davenport)
  • High Park
  • Jimmy Simpson Park
  • Evergreen Brickworks
  • U of T campus

Schedule: Tuesdays (shooting from 11am-4pm) and Thursdays Zoom talk-back 1:30-3:30pm

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Self-Tape Audition Study w/ Shaun McComb – Fee $140 (includes HST) 

Self-Tape Auditions is a forum of acting like no other. These week-long sessions break apart the self tape audition process from call to submission to find the most effective approaches, practices and execution for you. The goal of the week long course is for the student to become better at self-directing and to feel more confident during the self-tape audition process.

Options for classes: 

  • Final October Session – October 19-25
  • November  Session 1 – November  2 – 9
  • November  Session 2 – November 16 – 23
  • November Session 3 – November 30 – December 7

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Besides Monday and Wednesday, the rest of the weeks’ sessions are one-on-one, therefore it is possible, and generally easy, to make minor schedule adjustments as the week progresses.

The Friday before class you will receive a folder of scenes to choose one from to work on for the week.

Monday
Live online seminar. 1:30 – 4:30pm with extended break.
Introduction to concepts & exercises and open discussion.

Tuesday
Online office hours + appts. 2-4pm.
Online Office Hours are open Zoom meetings that you are free to log into to ask questions, discuss progress, or any other inquiries. No appointment necessary.
If needed, you may also book an appointment outside of office hours.

Wednesday
*Guided Exercise and talkback via Zoom. 12-2pm.
– A new addition to the Study.

Thursday/Friday
1st self tape take due by 11am on the day you’d like notes.
Notes are 1/2 hr, one-on-one Zoom sessions. 1-6pm.
*Notes sessions can include self tape review, notes, feedback, exercises, open discussion, working moments and sections of the sides, and strategizing at-home rehearsal.

Saturday
Optional in person coaching sessions at The Dirt. Begins 12pm.
Additional $60 fee.

Sunday/Monday
2nd scene take due by 11am the afternoon you’d like notes.

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CLASSES – In-person at The Dirt  [NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS] 

On-Camera Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon

$475 (includes hst) – 6 classes  [*early bird pricing $425, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

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: 10

 

MASTER CLASS On-Camera Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon

$475 (includes hst) – 6 classes [*early bird pricing $425, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

This is a class for actors who are working regularly in film and television and theatre or who have studied with John for at least two terms.  Maximum number of students: 10

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On-Camera Scene Study w/ Shaun McComb

$400 (includes hst) – 6 classes  [*early bird pricing $350, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

The Cycle: This on-camera scene study is inspired by John Gordon’s amalgam of acting concepts. Much like John’s classes, a new scene is worked each week and shot with a two camera set-up. In addition, a different weekly theme is introduced, a particular tool to keep in mind for that week’s scene study. The aim is not to transform the Dirt’s ideas into a finite system, but to cycle through the concepts, exploring their usefulness. 

Shaun remains a student of John’s, in the advanced stream, and his developments as an actor are transparent and continue to be examined throughout the work done in The Cycle. Therefore the concepts that are discussed, tried on, thrown out, and practiced are done collaboratively. While in practice, ideas such as “good/bad’ and “success/failure” are effectively replaced with risk and fun. 

Maximum number of students: 10

 

3 thoughts on “Classes + Coaching

  1. Tracy Rankin says:

    Hi John, remember me?
    Itook your class a few years back. Last week I was working in a TIP film and chatted with an actor who told me that you are now teaching on your own now.
    I would love to apply for a class in the new year as well as audit one if possible. I’ve had to take a step back from acting for a few years as I’ve been in school but miss it too much!

    • Cynthia Chan says:

      Hi Tracy. Thanks for your message. Yes – you are welcome to audit a class in the next session beginning Nov. 11 – please check out the Audit page for more info and our schedule. The early bird deadline for Jan/Feb 2020 Session 1 is December 27. If you want to send John a message directly, you can reach him at john@dirtunderneath.com – let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers, Cynthia (admin for The Dirt)

    • John Gordon says:

      Hi Tracy, of course I remember you! Feel free to come audit. There’s 5 classes remaining in the term, this week and next.

      Hope you’re well!

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