McLaughlin Studios employs a team of professional performing artists to teach private and group lessons in instrumental music, dance, and musical theater. Private music lessons further an individual's proficiency in pop, jazz, rock, classical, and show-tunes styles, whereas group sessions encourage cohesive learning for bands and ensembles prepping for three annual recitals. Adept dancers help protégés progress at their own pace as they learn complex steps and how to dodge tossed rose bouquets with creative movement, ballet, strength training, and modern dance-fusion styles.
Started just a year ago, the McLaughlin Theatre Company gathers youth performers for independent productions at the MTC Playhouse. Young thespians hone their on-stage and auditioning skills in acting classes, which serve as more secure steps toward performing in Broadway musicals than thumb-wrestling matches with Andrew Lloyd Weber.
As its students learn the basics of on-stage performance, SuperStar Performing Arts also shows them what it's like to work together as part of a larger whole. The studio's instructors explain principles of acting, singing, and dancing in musical-theater classes for students of all ages. Throughout the year, the center also produces its own shows—ranging from original works to Broadway musicals—in which everyone who auditions gets a role.
It Factor Studios' film performance and industry workshops unfurl under the leadership of Hollywood directors and professional actors from the American Film Institute. Founder Ryan McKinney and coach to the stars Steve Whittaker apply their workplace experience to create a safe and progressive learning environment and help actors to prepare for industry difficulties such as auditioning, resumé writing, or staring contests with Jack Nicholson. The results-driven team mentors budding performers of all experience and skill levels in a wealth of techniques, including Method and Meisner, with many courses designed to complement each other.
To enable instructional shoots and commercial productions, the studio boasts full capabilities for film preparation, shooting, and editing. Students interested in the back side of the lens can sign up for instruction in film shooting, editing, and screenwriting, enabling them to stage scenes and reboot old home movies under professional conditions. In addition to workshops, events such as guest-speaker series with working or retired film professionals help pupils to garner real industry connections.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I have that rare combination of extensive on-screen experience and acting fundamentals. From primetime shows, day-time drama to features. Often acting coaches are by-products of theory without the understanding of what the actor faces each and every time they walk onto a stage, set or audition room.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Every actor will be given a copy of their scene in advance. As well, once scenes are determined 'camera-ready' they will receive a copy of that scene in order to watch and learn from privately. Actors are only expected to provide small props and details laid out by the circumstance of the scene.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After teaching undergrads at university and then privately for a successful studio, I have been evolving my vision with over 20 years of professional experience. My main preoccupation in life is translating observations and experiences into a process for actors. My studio is an expression of that.
What do you love most about your job?
That regardless of age or experience each and every person brings a valuable lesson to every class. Everyone's approach to acting is completely unique since it always comes from them. When I start to interact with that process I always learn something new about them, myself and how we learn.