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
$70 + hst/hour

Private On Camera Coaching with John Gordon
$75 + hst/hour

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CLASSES

On-Camera Scene Study Class (with John Gordon)
$425 (includes hst) – 6 classes  [*early bird pricing $375, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

This is a class for working film and television and theatre actors.  Maximum number of students: 10

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.

Advanced On-Camera Scene Study Class (with John Gordon)
$425 (includes hst) – 6 classes [*early bird pricing $375, 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

In addition to the main points of focus listed above in the On-Camera Scene Study Class, local independent filmmakers will be a point of emphasis in the Advanced On-Camera Scene Study Class.

Advanced Theatre Scene Study Class (with John Gordon)
$350 (includes hst) – 6 classes

This class will have a maximum of 10 actors who work at an advanced, professional level.  The goal of the class is to work on plays we love in new ways; to embrace the technical elements inherent to the play and playwright while leaving behind none of the visceral elements we love. The larger goal is to get actors to start their own theatre companies; to develop over the six classes their own point of view about plays and playwrights, not take other peoples’ assumptions for granted.

The actors will be paired up two weeks prior to the start of the session and work on one scene for the duration of the term. The actors will choose, or have a scene chosen for them, from a play of one of the following playwrights (with special permission an actor can choose a play or playwright of their own).

Week One and Two-
Table Work (Playwright’s Bio, Themes, Other Works, Beats, Intentions, Punctuation, Imagery and Style)

Week Three, Four and Five-
On Your Feet Rehearsal (Physical Life, Gestures, Animal Work, Big Bad Acting Rehearsal, Further Imagery Work and Using Vocal Range and Articulation to Send Ideas To Acting Partner)

Week Six-
Invited Dress Rehearsal (A chance to invite friends to witness the process)

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