Classes at The O.A. Training Studio | Our Training Philosophy

The O.A. Training Studio is an entirely online studio that offers Film/TV acting classes and workshops for all skill and experience levels. We also offer a free industry-focused workshop series and private coaching. Come experience our revolutionary approach to screen acting and elevate your career!


The Style

In our classes, actors are not huddled in front of their computers reading scripts off the screen, like many classes that have temporarily adapted to an online format. Scenes are framed, blocked, and shot cinematically, empowering actors to create their own work after developing a deeper understanding of the filmmaking process.

Film and television actress on set looking into camera. Monitor showing her image, film crew present.
Film and television set. Screen actor stands on backdrop with umbrella lights and softbox lights. Large crane holding camera above him. Monitor shows his image.

Among many other concepts, you'll learn foundational acting skills, audition/self-taping technique, scene study, and skills that translate directly to film sets. Our unique training style combines scene study with practical on-set movement and camera awareness, challenging actors to evolve their creativity and communication skills with crew members on-set. Actors learn to achieve the most organic performance possible given various technical constraints they may be faced with.

A tripod and cell phone mount setup is encouraged (but not required until our Intermediate levels) as we work with movement in the frame, using props, hitting marks, shot and frame sizes, and lighting. You'll get to play with wardrobe choices, size of performance, stillness, scene interpretation, and even more concepts that are extremely relevant for screen acting.

A film camera on film set. Setting up frame for a scene.

Our Classes and Programs

For Adults (ages 18+), we have an Acting for Beginners Workshop, a 3-hour session for newer actors to get an introduction to the film/TV industry and lots of time working on scenes with other actors.

Our Acting On-Camera | Scene Study program is divided into four categories: Essentials, Intermediate, Advanced, and In-Depth. Essentials, Intermediate, and Advanced each contain 5 levels (ex. Essentials 1, Essentials 2,...), and each level contains 4 classes. Complete 4 classes to move up to the next level! In-Depth is a master level of sorts, with no endpoint.

We also offer an Audition Technique Class, available to actors currently training at Essentials 2 or higher. Actors can work on their auditions in class using The O.A.'s unique approach to screen acting, leveling up their self-tape skills and leading to more bookings!

For Teens (Ages 16-19), we have Teen Acting Workshops! In these fully online 3-4 hour workshops, actors will be introduced to the basic concepts of performing through paired and individual on-camera instruction.

The Progression of Training

There's a clear progression through these categories and levels, where you'll take on more complex material across numerous genres while finding what is uniquely you as the actor. You'll discover what is memorable and compelling on-camera that you can bring forward to help casting learn who you are and solidify your talent as someone to watch. Click through the tabs below to see the major differences between our four categories of Scene Study.

Essentials

Essentials | Acting On-Camera (Levels 1-5) introduces our organic approach and practical technique for Film & TV acting. The actor will begin working with some of our 25+ concepts unique to our studio, being challenged with a variety of exercises.

Intermediate

Intermediate | Acting On-Camera (Levels 1-5) challenges the actor to a greater degree, using longer scenes and more complex exercises. Actors in Intermediate levels will work with scene partners in the Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Advanced

Advanced | Acting On-Camera (Levels 1-5) introduces a greater focus on emotional depth, as well as blocking and movement. Actors are given extensive dialogue to memorize (including monologues) as part of their exploratory on-camera work, and are challenged to evolve their communication skills and creativity through exercises that mimic an on-set experience.

In-Depth

In-Depth | Acting On-Camera (Ongoing) focuses on going deeper into understanding story and scenes as well as strengthening actor weaknesses. You'll work on going to those difficult places and staying there, and mining the most from your unique personality and experience to create the most truthful acting on-camera. Actors are paired together and work much more directly with ongoing partners in this category. It is intended as a master level of sorts, continuing without a level endpoint.

In addition, all categories and levels explore and build in complexity of the following concepts:

Acting fundamentals and basics, including historical techniques

Organic and practical on-camera acting technique

Audition technique (self-taping, zoom reads, and in-person auditioning)

Acting with a scene partner and self-taping with a reader

Interpreting sides and scripts for current productions

Camera and spatial awareness, framing, and composition

Blocking and movement in the frame

Being you vs. “playing a character”

Size of performance, movement, and stillness

Acting for different genres (comedy, drama, horror, etc.) and sub-genres (1-hour drama, half hour comedy, etc.)

Material that is current and realistic for your casting, and material that pushes the boundaries of your type and age range

Differences in performance, writing, directing, and aesthetic between projects on different platforms (network vs. cable, studio film vs. independent film)

Improvisation in performance and in the audition

The casting process

Standing out from the crowd

Setting up a home studio

Generating material for your reel

Getting an agent, moving up in the industry, and building your career

Working on film sets



Why Choose Us?

Thinking about joining our classes? Here are some of the reasons our students choose us:

Try before you buy! Adults (ages 18+) can observe one of our classes for free.

Online classes mean you can learn from anywhere and connect with a global community of actors.

Our unique organic approach to screen acting (we work with 25+ concepts!) gives you access to practical knowledge you can use to book the job, while drawing from existing foundational technique and theory that actors may already be familiar with.

Our expert coaches are also working actors, so they know what it's like to be auditioning in the industry today.

Small class sizes (typically 4-6 actors) guarantee individualized instruction.

There are no "semesters" or "terms," meaning actors can jump into our ongoing classes at any time.

Flexibility with rescheduling and purchase options. Our class credit system allows you to purchase as many or as few classes at a time as you'd like.

Access to our exclusive community and private Facebook group providing industry advice, support for auditions, and more.

Discounts on our Private Coaching options.

Ongoing class discussion of industry-related topics including headshots, demo reels, agents, and more.

Film set. Director of photography behind the camera setting up the shot.
Home studio. The O.A. Training Studio empowers students to create their own work after learning more about the filmmaking process in class. Home setup for a short film with a couch, umbrella lights, a softbox light.
Film fet with the director's chair and monitor in the foreground. In the shot, actors working on blocking with the director. Film crew members around.

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