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 free industry-focused webinars, private career coaching, and private audition coaching.
Classes at The O.A. Training Studio | Our Training Philosophy
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.
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.
Our Classes and Programs
Our Acting for Beginners Workshop is a 3-hour session for brand new actors to get an introduction to the film/TV industry and lots of time working on scenes with other actors. It is designed to be repeated until you're ready to move into our camera-focused Scene Study program, at the discretion of our coaches and based on your own comfort level.
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.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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:
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.
Ongoing class discussion of industry-related topics including headshots, demo reels, agents, and more.