The 2014 Actors' Conservatory. 

Actors' Conservatory

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The CFC Actors’ Conservatory offers actors a transformative artistic experience that strengthens the performer’s instrument for the screen and builds a professional skill set.

Its designed to increase your confidence and onscreen portfolio while establishing strong creative and industry partnerships.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Nominations Open: February 17, 2015
  • Nominations Close: April 24, 2015
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
  • Selections: May 2014 - June 2015
  • Program Start Date: July 27, 2015
  • Program End Date: February 12, 2016

PROGRAM DESIGN

This is a full-time six-month program for actors that balances artistic expression, creative collaboration and the demands of the international screen entertainment industry.

CORE COMPONENTS
  • Developing the actors’ instrument
  • Expanding onscreen work
  • Strengthening creative storytelling and collaborative skills
  • Owning the audition process
  • Accelerating professional development and career strategies
OUTCOMES
  • Engages actors in onscreen storytelling and the filmmaking and TV process
  • Increases range, power and depth through working with some of the world’s leading practitioners
  • Strengthens business knowledge of onscreen acting and how to best position yourself and your talents in the marketplace
  • Expands your professional reel
  • Builds opportunities to showcase your onscreen talent and position you for work in the screen entertainment industry
  • Brokers countless creative and business opportunities by offering access to international mentors, creative advisors and leading industry professionals

ELIGIBILITY

Designed for actors deeply committed to the craft, you will develop your instrument and expand your range as an onscreen performer. We are looking for actors who are devoted to the craft, are open to growth and have a strong desire to collaborate. Ideally you will also have previous training or expertise.

Applicants must be nominated by an agent, casting director, director, producer, artistic director, acting teacher, writer, playwright, broadcast or production executive.

We are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from actors living with disabilities.

There is no tuition for the 2015 program.


PROGRAM DETAILS

Strengthening the actors’ instrument

Actors will participate in workshops, exercises and master classes exploring a variety of approaches and techniques that support onscreen work. You will be challenged creatively within a productive forum while expanding your acting toolkit.

Expanding onscreen work

To maximize your learning process, the Actors' Conservatory includes an on-camera element for as many sessions as possible. This is intended to make you more comfortable and aware of your onscreen presence and  prepare you for more complex exercises as the program advances.

Strengthening creative storytelling and collaborative skills

Collaborative storytelling is a fundamental part of all of our programs and disciplines. You will participate in workshops about storytelling essentials and be provided with the tools to analyze film and TV scripts so you can be fully integrated into the overall creative process.

The Actors' Conservatory offers you the opportunity to work with other disciplines within the CFC. This includes directors, film and TV writers, producers, editors, songwriters and composers. These collaborations will foster your appreciation of all the creative elements of your craft and expand your network within the industry.

Owning the audition process

An integral part of an actor’s development involves exploring the audition process. Audition workshops and exercises throughout the Actors' Conservatory are designed to present you with a variety of material, scenarios and the chance to work with a diverse range of professionals who offer coaching and feedback.

Accelerating professional development and career strategies

This stream includes sessions on how to manage collaborative relationships, personal presentation, taking meetings and protocol. Additionally, we will explore your rights as a performer, how the film and TV business operate and your role within it. You will also leave the program with new headshots and a renewed perspective on building your brand and career.

For any additional questions concerning the CFC Actors' Conservatory, please email Alaina McGravey at  amcgravey@cfccreates.com.


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ELIGIBILITY

Designed for actors deeply committed to the craft, you will develop your instrument and expand your range as an onscreen performer. We are looking for actors who are devoted to the craft, are open to growth and have a strong desire to collaborate. Ideally you will also have previous training or expertise.

We are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from actors living with disabilities.

Applicants must be nominated by an agent, casting director, director, producer, artistic director, acting teacher, writer, playwright, broadcast or production executive.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Important Dates:

Nominations Open: February 17, 2015
Nominations Close: April 24, 2015
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Selections: May 2014 - June 2015
Program Start Date: July 27, 2015
Program End Date: February 12, 2016


Nomination Requirements:

Applicants must be nominated by an agent, casting director, director, producer, artistic director, acting teacher, writer, playwright, broadcast or production executive.

The nominator must email the contact information of the actor being nominated to actors@cfccreates.com, between February 17th and April 24th, 2015.

We will follow-up with the actor via email and forward the online application instructions.


Application Requirements:

1. Must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada

2. Letter of intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the Conservatory, both within the program and after, including your thoughts about the particular skills you would like to improve and how you plan to do so during the program.

3. Link to view your Demo Reel online: Demonstrating your range and talent. The reel should contain a variety of complete scenes from feature or short films or television programs, or submit a self-tape, a five to six page scene from film or television in the style of an audition.

4. Acting Resume: Including education, training, and related experience.

5. Photo or Headshot

6. Letters of Reference: 2 maximum, from anyone who is familiar with your acting ability. Letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft. Letters should be addressed to “Actors Conservatory Selection Committee”. If your referee prefers, letters can be emailed to actors@cfccreates.com.


SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals from across Canada and key program staff are involved in the review process.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by phone of audition and interview dates and times.

An audition and interview mark the final stage of the selection process and is intended to clarify each applicant’s expectations and assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design.

If you are shortlisted, auditions usually take place around the beginning of June, and you will be notified of acceptance soon thereafter.


TUITION

There is no tuition for the 2015 Actors' Conservatory

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BFL Canada Risk & Insurance Services Inc.  |  Chubb Insurance of Canada  |  Complections College of Makeup Art & Design  |  Location Equipment Supply  |  Total Two Way  |  Film Port Studio  |  Pinewood Toronto Studios


 

The CFC would like to acknowledge the co-operation of the Toronto Performers Branch of the ACTRA Performers Guild.



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