The Professional Actor Diploma Program

Professional actors don’t just write for fun; we act for a living – and change lives doing it!

Overview: The Professional Actor diploma program is a state-of-the-art hybrid of classic, core acting techniques, emergent cutting-edge skills, and business training that prepare students for professional careers in live-action and voice over performance for film, television, commercials, animation, video games, podcasts, and other emergent media.

Starts: March 2020 | September 2020 | March 2021

Duration: 6 months

Specializations: Film, TV, web series, voiceover for commercials, video games, animation, podcast and other media

Tuition: $9900 ($8900 after applicable scholarships)

The 6-month Professional Actor diploma program provides every student with:

A provincially-accredited diploma in acting for film & television
A comprehensive business package, including: including demo reel, resume, digital self-marketing strategy
Professional interface with agents, directors, producers, and other actors
A personalized Master Plan including goal-setting, financial self-management, self-care, and more
Lifetime access to the SI Resources Database
Lifetime mentorship and enhanced alumni supports

Program Outline

Story Institute’s Professional Actor diploma program is a state-of-the-art hybrid of classic, core acting techniques and  emergent cutting-edge skills needed for live-action and voice over performance for film, television, animation, and video games. Our students set professional goals and targets with professional industry guidance, master the critical elements of:

Career strategy & planning
On-camera audition
Improvisation
Scene study
Voiceover & narration
Script text analysis
Voice & movement
Speech & delivery
On-set protocols, terminology, and union work
Networking with agents, directors & producers
Working inside & outside of Canada
Branding, marketing, and promotions
Full business package (finance, marketing strategy, audition reel, voice demo, intro to agents and industry specialists)

In addition, graduates will be able set, measure, and reset short term and long term goals to ensure ongoing creative and professional progress.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

 

TERM 1

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
(Level 1)

Starting Day 1, students work with instructors to develop a comprehensive entrepreneurial skill set and full business build. Branding, marketing finance, agent networking.

Actor’s Orientation
Actor’s Habits
Career Goal Setting
The Entrepreneurial Actor
Personal Business Strategy
Agents, Hits & Brands
Digital Marketing
Demo Reel Creation
Headshots
Budgets & Finance 1

AUDITION
(Level 1)

Students develop the mindset and skills required to successfully navigate auditions (the “job interview” for actors) in professional casting environments.

Camera Performance 1
Character for Audition 1
Voice 1
Movement 1
Speech & Delivery 1
On-Set Protocol
Assertions
Obstacles & Tactics
Age & Time
Identifying the Beats

IMPROV
(Level 1)

Through group and iterative performance, students learn to create, respond, and problem-solve on the fly, building confidence for live and filmed perform

Accepting Offers
Committing
Character Analysis 1
Relationships
Environment
Subtext
Conflict
Active Listening
Increasing Stakes
Live Performance

VOICEOVER
(Level 1)

Understanding that live-action and voice performance share core skills and broaden career options, students develop professional voice acting skills, essentials of home studio setup and production, and prepare professional voice demos.

Learning the Equipment
Character Analysis for VO 1
8 Tones of Selling
Narration
Walla
Taking Direction
Audition & Business

SCENE STUDY
(Level 1)

Students analyze the emotional and physical elements of scene and character in order to be grounded and present, thereby establishing the essential foundation for authentic final performance, both live and filmed.

Text Analysis
Scene Goals
Results & Emotion
Grounding
Personal Connection
Personalizations
Relationships & Environments

TERM 2

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
(Level 2)

Students continue to develop a comprehensive entrepreneurial skill set and full business build, including full review of the casting process,  production roles and protocols, union realities and environments, and working in other countries.

Motivation in 7 Simple Steps
The Casting Process
Networking
Team Building
Unions
Working Outside Canada
Unions
First Day On Set
Crew Roles
Budget & Finance 2

AUDITION
(Level 2)

Students deepen the mindset and performance skills required to successfully navigate auditions in professional casting environments, including scene research, use of props and wardrobe, and the preparation of demo scenes.

Camera Performance 2
Character for Audition 2
Voice 2
Movement 2
Speech & Delivery 2
What’s Not On The Page
Betrayed Expectations
Eyelines
Researching
Taking Direction
Multiple Scenes

IMPROV
(Level 2)

Students deepen the mindset and performance skills required to successfully navigate auditions in professional casting environments, including scene research, use of props and wardrobe, and the preparation of demo scenes.

Simply & Specify
Primal Motivations
Character Analysis 2
Taking Direction
Finding the Fun
Archetypes
Animal Work
Status
How to Build a Show
Performance

VOICEOVER
(Level 2)

Building on the integration of core skills shared by live-action and voice performance, students continue to build their personal home studio, build market package, and finalized their voice demo in final preparation for industry launch.

Character Analysis for VO 2
Personalizations for VO
Environment for VO
Age & Time
Voice Matching

Working with the “Beeps”
What’s Not On The Page
Exploring & Expanding Range
The Home Studio
Voiceover Demo Project

SCENE STUDY
(Level 2)

Students deepen their analysis and application of key emotional and physical elements of scene and character, further establishing the essential foundation for authentic performance, both live and filmed, and participating in a final production.

Conflict
Emotional Change
Subtext
Identifying the Facts
The Moment Before
Props & Wardrobe
Performance
Reverse Roles
Preparing Demo Scenes
Full Dress Rehearsal