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If you want to take ONE acting class before we say goodbye to 2020, sharpen your technique with our Winter session of Actor’s Gym, online beginning November 17th. Tuesdays from 2:00- 6:00 PST, we’ll be running 5-week live scene study courses, run by Jessica Aquila Cymerman and Éanna O’Dowd, from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world until we can be in the room again.
Our mission is to provide a space for performers to grow. A hub where actors can feel safe and supported, while being challenged to deepen their craft, and build confidence in their work. Identifying and strengthening these tools will help the actor fine tune their craft. Each course will run for 6-weeks, once a week.
Who We Are
– MJ Kehler (Incredible Violence, The Desolation Prize, Cold Wind Blowing)
“Take class with Jessica and Éanna! Both instructors are highly qualified and extremely gifted at catering to your Individual needs as an actor. Having experience and training in various techniques and styles, allows them to communicate in ways you’re familiar with, all while expanding your toolbox. They are willing to to go above and beyond if it means you succeeding. I have grown more as an actor within the weeks I’ve spent with them than in any other class.”
– Vanessa Merenda (TUTS Cinderella, Sweeney Todd, The Foreigner)
“I would highly recommend this class for any actor wanting to practice and tune their craft. Jess and Éanna’s passion for the craft of acting is infectious, and they effortlessly create a warm, safe environment in which to take risks, and push yourself as an actor. Having the perspectives of both an actor and a director in class is phenomenal. If I’m struggling with a scene, rather than having one set of notes that might not work for me, Jess and Éanna can articulate techniques and strategies in different ways. It gives you the freedom to choose what resonates with you most in the moment. Not only are they insightful, they’re supportive.”
-Karl Mercer (The Boy 2, Salvation, Ivy Theatre’s Julius Caesar, The Vault Theatre’s Protect & Survive)
“Jess and Eanna are a power duo dream-team. Their encouraging, loveable, and insightful demeanours create the perfect environment to learn and hone your craft as an actor. Whether it’s film or theatre – their knowledge and understanding of performance art and the various acting methods and techniques translates to a multifaceted set of skills and tools you can apply to any medium.”
-Andrea Feltrin, Eyecon Media (Botanical, Retreat, Bushgoddy)
“The Intensive left me feeling like I have a fully loaded tool box at my disposal whenever I need it. Deb, Jess and Éanna’s wealth of knowledge has inspired me to dig deep into my craft and never stop learning.”
-Cassandra Naud (See, The Fabulous Destiny of Jean ReManne, Snowpiercer)
“Jess and Éanna are a dynamic duo. Their collaboration has allowed me to explore the world of my character with several effective techniques. Under their guidance, I could create the world of the script, with all the evidence provided from the text, as well as my own interpretation. I am certain that I have acquired long term tools from participating in their gym. They are so committed to their students and their curriculum is well sorted out. They know how to guide us towards our highest potential. My experience has been delightful, and I can not wait to explore more in their artistic container.”
-Gunjan Kundhal (Do you Even Lift?, Bard on the Beach’s All’s Well That Ends Well, A Vancouver Guldasta)
“Jess and Éanna are phenomenal. Their combined knowledge, passion, and devotion to the craft is refreshing and inspiring. Respectively, they each offer insightful and transformative guidance for the actor to make the strongest choice. I learned an abundance of transferable skills that have helped me plunge into my imagination, connect to the text, and interpret characters vicerally. They provided a fun, safe, and playful space to explore the human condition. Everything they do, practical or silly, they do with conviction. I respect them immensely as artists, teachers, and friends; I can’t wait to work with them again. Highly recommended. 11/10.”
-Shalyn Ferdinand (Twilight Zone, Batwoman)
“I had such a fun 6-weeks, especially because of the fact that we worked so hard. I learned so much from our exercises on tension and getting back into the body. The infinite depth they have regarding scene analysis, and the human condition in general, makes me strive to always dig deeper with the new tools they gave me.
And I really love Jess and Éanna. The passion, dicipline and vulnerability they both bring to teaching this craft is amazing. I cannot wait to work with them again. ”
-Ian Frayne (Sacred Lies, A City Not Far From You, Fishbowl)
“Jess and Éanna are an incredible team, and I’ve grown so much in my six weeks with them. With their tools, I’ve learned to find my grounding as an actor, and as a lucky bonus these skills have transferred over to my regular life as well!
They are relentless in their pursuit of truthful work from their students, and they are able to adjust their approach based on the actor’s needs. It was immensely helpful to have the perspectives of an actor and a director in class, and the energy that both Jess and Éanna bring make for a super fun and welcoming environment to learn in. I’m eternally grateful to them both and can’t wait until their next session!”
-Alisha Dhillon (Clout, Edible People)
“The specificity and passion that Jess and Éanna bring to each and every person in the room blows my mind. They have a way of talking,”in an actors language” so clearly, that I haven’t found with any other teacher. They made sure everyone knew the room was an open and safe space. Deb, Jess, and Éanna were always willing to have discussions, help with any confusion and make sure every actor felt comfortable and help with the backstory/character analysis work they teach and each having a different, trained perspective. The amount of feedback in the room from them is unmatched. I’m waiting to sign up for the next one.”
-Josh Chambers (Life XP, Supergirl)
“It has been a blessing to have not one but two instructors who teach and share much knowledge in the craft. Even if your end goal as an actor is only TV and film, these two will help take your craft to the next level through their theory and practical skills. They will probably convert those who swore off the stage too.
Both my knowledge of classic playwrights and theater has grown since taking their class. Just when I thought I figured out my scene and character, I always left class with more to ponder. The environment they build for actors helps one to play and explore like an enthusiastic child and for that, I highly recommend taking classes with this duo.”
– Brieanna McCutcheon (Path to Nowhere, Breaking Spirits)
“Jessica and Eanna created such a safe environment for me to experiment, explore and ask a million questions. They also possess an endless passion and bottomless knowledge of all that is theatre. It was a treasure trove of information and education. I loved every minute of this class.”
-Sylvia Walker (Bond and Bury, The Second Shine)
“This is the best acting class I’ve ever taken and have gotten more out of it than any other class I have taken in the past year and a half. They really know what they are doing, they know how to get you to be an authentic actor with tips, tools and techniques that truly work. And although they are very thorough at what they do they are also very kind and humane. They truly would like what’s best for you both in your personal and professional life. My confidence as an actor and what I’m able to do has gone up tremendously. I’m so grateful for these two!”
-Alexa Smith (Horace)
“This was such an amazing experience. Jessica and Eanna created an environment that allowed me to explore my character’s world, play with different textures and ideas, and most importantly they encouraged me to not be afraid to take chances.”
-Jessica Ilia Castro (Fighting, Idlewild)
“I had reservations due to the pandemic on how much could be accomplished during our internet sessions. My learning and growth within the craft had a great deal to do with the leadership that Jessica and Eanna provided. Their ability to stay on topic and focus on each individual was wonderful to experience and watch. I will certainly attend many more classes, when available with the studio, and I have recommended the studio to my colleagues.”
-Zac Zedalis (Cherry, Stranger Things, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Madhatter, The Replaceables)