Acting Classes & Workshops

** NEW FALL SCHEDULE — CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING ***

Our acting classes are held at our downtown waterfront studio, and the Fall 2021 session begins in the second week of September 2021. Classes are divided by age (school grade) and ability, which allows school-age learners to attend with their friends.

Classes run once a week on weekday evenings from September through to Mid-December, with two weeks off (one around Thanksgiving, one around Remembrance). There will also be two taping workshops, held on a weekend: one in October, and one in December.

For Fall 2021, we are offering two levels of instruction:

Introduction to Acting
This fun and active ten week class is designed to introduce the budding actor to the craft. Students explore voice, movement, and character development techniques that are needed to lift the story off the script and bring it to life! At the middle and end of the program, actors have the opportunity to perform the material they have been working on in a final showcase, and record a self tape.

Gain confidence performing in front of others and discover your inner actor in an environment where all are welcomed and encouraged! No experience necessary.

*Must be comfortable with reading and memorization

Acting for Film and Television
This intermediate-level class is designed to help the seasoned stage actor take the leap into film and television. Students learn audition techniques, film terminology, set etiquette, and script/sides analysis. In each class, we workshop material on camera, with a focus on cultivating a natural and nuanced performance. At the end of the program, actors take away the tools they need to take the next step in their career, as well as a recording of their work that can be used as a demo tape for submitting to agents.

* Must have strong reading and memorization abilities as well as previous acting training or experience.

Actor’s Action
This beginner-level stunt class is designed to help new actors take the leap (literally) into their film and television careers. Students learn how to choreograph a fight, how to fall/land, and above all, how to stay safe while making it look like you aren’t! In each class, we work closely with students perfecting their skills and getting them camera ready!

Filmmaking 101
This course is designed to educate students on the fundamentals of film and camerawork. Students will learn to shoot, edit, direct, and produce their own short films with guidance from coaches who work within the industry. This class is based on the work behind the camera instead of the talent in front of the camera.

(A note about workshops: twice in each course (once in the middle and once at the end), we will hold a two hour workshop on the weekend. The workshop will be a review and showcase of the skills students have learned up to that point, and each student will have a chance to complete a brief self-tape in one of the recording studios. This will not only allow students to gain experience acting in front of a camera, but will also give them an audition tape they could use to engage an agent, as well as being a handy barometer of their development.)

** IF YOUR PREFERRED COURSE SELECTION HAS RUN OUT OF SPACES, PLEASE EMAIL US AT hello@blueriverstudios.ca TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST **

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Notice of Cancellation must be sent in writing, via email to hello@blueriverstudios.ca. If this notice is received

  • More than 14 days notice from the start of your class: we will issue a full refund of class fees, less a $50 administration fee.
  • Less than 14 days notice from the start of your class: in this case, all fees are non-refundable.
There will be no refund or reduction in fees if a student does not attend one or more individual days of their class.
Cancellations due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms: If your child or a member of your immediate household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive, it is our expectation that you notify our office immediately to withdraw your child from class. You will be eligible for a credit for future classes.

Grade 1-3 classes have been added for the Fall 2021 session. These will be one hour, theatre-based “Introduction to Acting” classes

Introduction to Acting:

TROLLS

Wednesday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 15,22,29; Oct 6,20,27; Nov 3,17,24; Dec 1,8 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 13 and Nov 10

Book Trolls

Grades 1-3 Course cost: 

Squamish/Whistler residents: $263 +GST

Regular classes are 1 hour each, and the workshops are 2 hours each. Course cost includes 11x regular classes, 2x workshops and 2 self tapes to give to agents.

For the Fall session, we are offering an Introduction to Acting, an Acting for Film & TV (intermediate), an Actor’s Action, and Filmmaking 101 class for the Grade 4-6 age group. Students who already completed the Introduction course in Spring may move to the Acting for Film course this term. They are also welcome to repeat the Introduction course if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Introduction to Acting:

HARRY POTTER

Tuesday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 14,21,28; Oct 5,19,26; Nov 2,16,23,30; Dec 7 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 12 and Nov 9

* Please note: students must be comfortable with reading and memorization

Book Harry Potter

Acting for Film and Television:

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Thursday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 16,23,30; Oct 7,21,28; Nov 4,18,25; Dec 2,9 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 14 and Nov 11

* Please note: students must have previously completed an introductory acting course, or have demonstrated experience

Book Unfortunate Events

Filmmaking 101:

AVATAR

Monday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 13,20,27; Oct 4,18,25; Nov 1,15,22,29; Dec 6
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 11 and Nov 8

* Please note: students will be working with camera and editing equipment. 

Book Avatar

Actor’s Action:

THE INCREDIBLES

Friday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 17,24; Oct 1,8,22,29; Nov 5,19,26; Dec 3,10
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 15 and Nov 12

* Please note: this is a stunt related course. Please make the coaches aware of any injuries before each class.

Book The Incredibles

Grade 4-6 Courses cost:
Squamish/Whistler residents: $263 +GST

Regular classes are 1 hour each, and the workshops are 2 hours each. Course cost includes 11x regular classes, 2x workshops and 2 self tapes to give to agents.

For the Fall session, we are offering an Introduction to Acting, an Acting for Film & TV (intermediate), an Actor’s Action, and Filmmaking 101 class for the Grade 7-9 age group. Students who already completed the Introduction course in Spring may move to the Acting for Film course this term. They are also welcome to repeat the Introduction course if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Introduction to Acting:

JUST ADD MAGIC

Tuesday afternoons 5pm-6:30pm

  • Sept 14,21,28; Oct 5,19,26; Nov 2,16,23,30; Dec 7 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 12 and Nov 9

Book Just Add Magic

Acting for Film and Television:

GLEE

Thursday afternoons 5pm-6:30pm

  • Sept 16,23,30; Oct 7,21,28; Nov 4,18,25; Dec 2,9 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 14 and Nov 11

*Please note: students must have strong reading and memorization abilities, and previous acting training or experience.

Book Glee

Filmmaking 101 – Grade 4-8

AVATAR

Monday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 13,20,27; Oct 4,18,25; Nov 1,15,22,29; Dec 6
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 11 and Nov 8

* Please note: students will be working with camera and editing equipment. 

Book Avatar

Filmmaking 101 Grade 9-12

The Lost Work

Friday afternoons 5:00pm-6:30pm

  • Sept 17,24; Oct 1,8,22,29; Nov 5,19,26; Dec 3,10
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 15 and Nov 12

* Please note: students will be working with camera and editing equipment. 

Book The Lost World

Actor’s Action – Grade 9-12

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Monday afternoons 5:00pm-6:45pm

  • Sept 13,20,27; Oct 4,18,25; Nov 1,15,22,29; Dec 6
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 11 and Nov 8

* Please note: this is a stunt related course. Please make the coaches aware of any injuries before each class.

Book Guardians of the Galaxy

Actor’s Action:

THE INCREDIBLES

Friday afternoons 3:45pm-4:45pm

  • Sept 17,24; Oct 1,8,22,29; Nov 5,19,26; Dec 3,10
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 15 and Nov 12

* Please note: this is a stunt related course. Please make the coaches aware of any injuries before each class.

Book The Incredibles

Grade 7-9 Courses cost:
Squamish/Whistler residents: $359 +GST

Regular classes are 1.5 hours each, and the workshops are 2 hours each. Course cost includes 11x regular classes, 2x workshops and 2 self tapes to give to agents.

For the Fall session, we are offering an Introduction to Acting, an Acting for Film & TV (intermediate), an Actor’s Action, and Filmmaking 101 class for the Grade 10-12 age group. Students who already completed the Introduction course in Spring may move to the Acting for Film course this term. They are also welcome to repeat the Introduction course if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Introduction to Acting:

TWILIGHT

Wednesday afternoons 5pm-6:30pm

  • Sept 15,22,29; Oct 6,20,27; Nov 3,17,24; Dec 1,8 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 13 and Nov 10

Book Twilight

Acting for Film and Television:

DIVERGENT

Wednesday evenings 6:45p-8:15pm

  • Sept 15,22,29; Oct 6,20,27; Nov 3,17,24; Dec 1,8 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 13 and Nov 10

*Please note: students must have previous acting training or experience.

Book Divergent

Filmmaking 101 Grade 9-12

The Lost Work

Friday afternoons 5:00pm-6:30pm

  • Sept 17,24; Oct 1,8,22,29; Nov 5,19,26; Dec 3,10
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 15 and Nov 12

* Please note: students will be working with camera and editing equipment. 

Book The Lost World

Actor’s Action – Grade 9-12

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Monday afternoons 5:00pm-6:45pm

  • Sept 13,20,27; Oct 4,18,25; Nov 1,15,22,29; Dec 6
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 11 and Nov 8

* Please note: this is a stunt related course. Please make the coaches aware of any injuries before each class.

Book Guardians of the Galaxy

Grade 10-12 Courses cost:
Squamish/Whistler residents: $359 +GST

Regular classes are 1.5 hours each, and the workshops are 2 hours each. Course cost includes 11x regular classes, 2x workshop and 2 self tapes to give to agents.

Introduction to Acting:

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Tuesday evenings 6:45p-8:45pm

  • Sept 14,21,28; Oct 5,19,26; Nov 2,16,23,30; Dec 7 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 12 and Nov 9

Book Sunset Boulevard

Acting for Film and Television:

LA LA LAND

Thursday evenings 6:45p-8:45pm

  • Sept 16,23,30; Oct 7,21,28; Nov 4,18,25; Dec 2,9 
  • Workshops: Oct 23/24 and Dec 11/12 (exact date & time TBC)
  • NO CLASSES on Oct 14 and Nov 11

*Please note: students must have previous acting training or experience.

Book La La Land

Adult Courses cost:
Squamish/Whistler residents: $455 +GST

Regular classes are 2 hours each, and the workshops are 2 hours each. Course cost includes 11x regular classes, 2x workshop and 2 self tapes to give to agents.