Success as a child actor depends almost as much on parents' managerial knowhow as it does on a kid's acting skills. During three-day weekend excursions at The Acting Camp?held at the more than 300-acre El Capitan Canyon?aspiring performers and their guardians develop their respective roles in each youngster's career. Under the tutelage of John D'Aquino ? a veteran of hits like Seinfeld and Hannah Montana ? kids refine techniques such as auditioning on camera and improvising.
These sessions culminate in prepared scenes that groups of campers perform for casting directors, agents, and managers from networks like Nickelodeon and the CW. Beforehand, these insiders as well as parents of working child actors meet with parents to discuss the business end of the entertainment industry, where money and Beanie Babies exchange hands at a rapid rate. Amid all these career-focused activities, The Acting Camp leaves plenty of time for families to relax and bond with fellow attendees.
Kelly Salvatore's love for dance began at a young age, and it sustained her through the years as she trained and eventually became a passionate dance instructor herself. At Prot?g? Performing Arts, Kelly aims to inspire a similar degree of passion and enthusiasm in her students. She and her fellow instructors lead classes that cater to everyone from toddlers to adults. They keep their minds open in terms of the styles they teach, offering classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary dance, and synchronized headbanging.
Up On Stage Productions develops the stars of tomorrow with coaching from a team of industry professionals, many of who have appeared on Broadway and in international touring productions. To sharpen the techniques of young performers, the company's dance and theatrical programs emphasize stage fundamentals, from movement and voice control to character development and improvisation. All programs at Up On Stage come stocked with the necessities, including set design, costumes, and instructions for breaking a leg without actually breaking a leg.
Were it not for the discerning ears of Harvey Kalmenson, the childhood classic All Dogs Go to Heaven and the popular video game Call of Duty might sound much different. Alternatively, under the skillful direction of Cathy Kalmenson, 329 voices lent their vocal talents for the 1992 Emmy nominated television mini-series The Wild West. Those are just a few examples of the Kalmensons' casting prowess in a long list of high-profile clients. The veteran husband and wife duo of voice-casting directors are the team behind Kalmenson & Kalmenson, a casting company that scouts actors for voice-over work (clients include celebrities such as Meryl Streep and Jim Belushi) and teaches the art of inflection at voice-acting classes. The companies also cast for commercials with a résumé that includes casting for the original Budweiser Beer frogs, Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger, and the voice of BMW.
New Actors Ensemble’s director Stuart Wolpert is an award winning writer, director, and producer of television, film, and theatre in the United States and Great Britain. Julliard-trained and a Masters graduate of the prestigious London Film School, he uses his vast experience to supply working and aspiring actors with the tools necessary to advance their careers in film, TV, or the theatre. His classes cover crucial techniques, including diction, movement, acting technique, relaxation, concentration, improvisation, and script analysis, aspiring to achieve an ultimate command of the body and voice.