Workshops

Explore our range of KHDA approved workshops in acting and filmmaking.

Musical Theater (for Pre-Teens, Teens & Adults)

Coach: Jessica Leigh
6-week workshop series

Discover the thrilling world of Musical Theater in our classes designed to enhance role preparation, acting technique, stage movement, and successful auditioning. Delivered through group master-classes and rehearsals, this immersive experience in musical theater fosters confidence, cultivates new talents, and hones existing skills within a collaborative setting. Perfect for beginners looking to explore their theatrical potential. Selected students will even have the chance to showcase their talents in musical productions under Zara Stars.

Public Speaking for Everyone

Coach: Alex Broun
4-week workshop series

Discover the intricacies of communication, spanning from non-verbal micro-communication to commanding influence over a full auditorium. This workshop is a must for ALL, offering a transformative experience to conquer public speaking fears and enhance their communication skills.

Week 1

Introduction to PS

Week 2

PS exercises Set 1

Week 3

PS exercises Set

Week 4

Showcase

Key Takeaways:

  • Building leadership qualities such as assertiveness, persuasion, and influencing skills that will set you apart from the competition.
  • Delivering your presentations with impact, ensuring that your ideas resonate with your audience and inspire action.
  • Building your personal brand and enhancing your professional reputation as a powerful and influential speaker.
  • Handling difficult questions and unexpected challenges with ease and grace, demonstrating your ability to think on your feet and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Eliminating stage fright and connecting with the audience on an emotional level, creating authentic and meaningful connections that leave a lasting impact.

Schedule

Dates: June 22nd - July 13th
Timings: Every Saturday | 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: AED 1250/-

Alex’s Drama Stage

Coach: Alex Broun
6 week workshop series

Step into the world of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" as a member of the cast. Throughout the duration of the workshop, you'll be assigned a role and engage in rehearsals alongside fellow participants under the guidance of award-winning playwright, Alex Broun.

This workshop ends in a LIVE PERFORMANCE of "The Seagull," where you'll have the opportunity to showcase your progress and invite friends and family to witness your performance on stage.

Week 1

Introduction

Week 2

Rehearsal 1 Monologue Scene

Week 3

Rehearsal 2 Monologue Scene

Week 4

Rehearsal 3 Partner Scene

Week 5

Rehearsal 4 Group Performance

Week 6

Showcase and Showreel shoot. Judges + Audience

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain firsthand experience in the rehearsal and performance process.
  • Designed for actors of any level, even with no experience or exposure in acting.
  • Learn and develop your acting skills alongside peers under the direction of a professional director.
  • Discover the methodical approach employed by professional actors in character preparation.
  • The workshop concludes with a live performance of “The Seagull,” allowing you to showcase your talents on stage and share your journey with friends and family.
  • Receive a showreel to share with casting agents and production companies.

Schedule

Dates: May 18 - June 22
Timings: Every Saturday | 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Cost: AED 1,399/ only for workshop.
With showreel- AED 1750/-

Bollywood Choreography

Coach: Bhumika Kotecha
4-week workshop series

Come join our brand-new Bollywood Choreography class! We meet twice a week to learn and practice exciting dance routines. In this class, you'll not only learn the basics of Bollywood dance but also discover how to add expression, texture, and soul to your moves. Every week, we explore new fusion styles and choreography to keep things fresh and fun. Plus, you might even get the chance to show off your skills on our social media channels! So, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to groove!

Key Benefits:

● Learn techniques to add layers and texture to your movements
● Understand the importance of connecting with the music and expressing your inner emotions through dance.
● Discover how to infuse your dance with emotion, expression, and personality, adding depth to your performances.
● Gain confidence in yourself and your abilities as you conquer new dance challenges and perform in front of others.
● Dance your way to burning more calories and staying fit.

Schedule

Dates: April 16th - May 11th
Timings: Every Tuesday | 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Every Saturday | 10.30 am - 11.30 am
Cost: AED 950/-

Filmmaking

Coach: Leo Wong
6-week workshop series

Join us with Leo Wong for an 6-week Filmmaking Workshop to expand your creative horizons and embark on an exciting filmmaking journey. The program is designed to craft narratives through creative storytelling that engages with your audience and provides hands-on training in shooting prep along with pre-production techniques. Aspiring to be a commercial filmmaker in Dubai? You don’t want to miss this one!

Month 1

Week 1

Story with Visual Project

Week 2

Script with Scene Read

Week 3

Prep and Cast with Auditions

Week 4

Shoot with Crew

Month 2

Week 5

Edits

Week 6

Edits with Screening

Key Benefits:
●Craft narratives that resonate and leave a lasting impact on the audience.
● Transform creative ideas into compelling scripts that captivate and entertain.
● Develop a comprehensive production timeline for an organized and seamless filmmaking process.
● Incorporate visual effects to vividly bring the narrative to life on the screen.
● Select and integrate the perfect soundtrack to enhance the emotional impact of the film.
● Gain a wealth of knowledge on various aspects of filmmaking and much more.
● Celebrate your achievements at our grand showcase, where you’ll have the opportunity to present your work to industry professionals and fellow filmmakers.

Schedule

Dates: 26th May - 7th July
Timings: Every Sunday | 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Cost: AED 1450/-

Acting for Everyone

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Coach: Amaan Ahmad
4-week workshop series

Embark on a comprehensive 4-week acting workshop where participants will immerse themselves in the fundamentals of acting. Under the expert guidance of Amaan Ahmad, an award-winning writer and director, attendees will refine their body movements, expressions, and prepare to ace auditions.

Week 1

Introduction to Acting. Character Building. Mind of an Actor. Emotional Connect.

Week 2

Importance of Body Movements. Voice and Dialogue Execution. Importance of Breathing and Stamina.

Week 3

Character Immersion. Importance of Expressions. Memorizing the Dialogues.

Week 4

Audition Preparation. Rehearsals Information for both Stage and Screen. Script Reading. Assigning the Characters and Acting.

● Overcome stage fright
● Develop acting skills in a supportive environment
● Learn to perform for the camera, adjusting your facial expressions for different shot sizes
● Improve audition skills and increase your chances of landing roles
● Dissect and understand scripts to create more advanced characters
● Explore your emotional range
● Get insights into the film, television and commercial industry, including how auditions, and casting process work
● Receive constructive feedback
● Meet like-minded individuals, build connections, grow your network and collaborate on future projects
● Conclude with a showcase, where you get to perform and demonstrate your growth as an individual during the certification event.

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Screen Acting for Pre-Teens & Teens (12-18 years)

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In the month-long workshop, participants will delve into expressive movement, voice modulation, and character exploration through a series of engaging activities designed for teenagers. This includes understanding how they are perceived by the camera and how their performances translate to viewers. The curriculum hones in on the physical aspects of performance, addressing elements such as body language, physical presence, vocal expression, and strategic choices for character portrayal.

Week 1

Discovering Expressive Movement through Games

Week 2

Voice and Communication. Scene Work with Expressive Voice

Week 3

Character Exploration and Scene Study

Week 4

Bringing it all together. Final Scene Showcase

● Exploring and cultivating body awareness for more expressive performances.
● Understanding how movement influences on-screen presence.
● Engaging exercises to improve speech clarity and confidence in communication.
● Utilizing creative exercises to delve into and expand upon character images.
● Learning the art of scene study by incorporating effective characterization techniques.
● Integrating expressive movement, voice modulation, and character work for a well-rounded performance.
● Engaging in enjoyable and dynamic on-screen exercises to enhance acting skills.
● Conclude with a showcase, where you get to perform and demonstrate your growth as an individual during the certification event.

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Mastering Monologues

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Coach: Leo Wong
4 week workshop series
Certification Level 1

Say goodbye to the days of solitary rehearsals in your bedroom because it’s time to elevate your acting game in a vibrant community of like-minded actors. Led by Hollywood Producer Leo Wong, this immersive experience goes beyond traditional training methods. Discover the secrets to preparing, embodying, and delivering monologues with unparalleled clarity, strength, and authenticity.

In Mastering Monologues, Leo is going to show you how to find the nuggets of gold in a script that will allow you to make powerful, unique acting choices that make you stand out and master that monologue piece in auditions and on screen!

Learn to make bold and compelling acting choices that set you apart from the competition. This workshop has no finish line, we recommend that you repeat the course often.

Week 1

Introduction

Week 2

Rehearsal 1 Monologue Scene

Week 3

Rehearsal 2 Monologue Scene

Week 4

Final Performance

Key Takeaways:

  • Helps you in improving your memory skills
  • Gain clarity on areas for improvement in both your craft and mindset, boosting your confidence in auditions and on screen.
  • The confidence to approach agencies and auditions.
  • Access to the largest industry database for potential work opportunities
  • Participants will receive certificates upon successful completion of the workshop

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Lights..Camera…Action!

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Coach: Leo Wong
4-week workshop series

Our 4-week intensive program, led by renowned director and Academy Award nominee, Leo Wong, offers a unique opportunity for actors to explore the art of performance on screen. In this dynamic workshop, participants will dissect and embody iconic scenes from cinema each week, under Leo’s expert guidance. From classic masterpieces to contemporary gems, actors will tackle diverse characters and narratives, honing their craft through rehearsals and feedback sessions.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will compile their scenes into a professionally curated showreel, showcasing their talent and dedication to the craft of acting.

Week 1

Acting and performances

Week 2

Interaction and scene

Week 3

Start monologue or scene shoot

Week 4

Finish monologue or scene shoot

Key Benefits:
● Refine your acting skills through the exploration of diverse characters and narratives from classic masterpieces to contemporary gems.
● Receive personalized feedback and guidance from Leo Wong to enhance your understanding of character, emotion, and storytelling.
● Showcase your talent and versatility through professionally curated scenes compiled into a showreel at the culmination of the workshop.
● Develop essential techniques for on-screen performance, honing your craft in a supportive and collaborative environment.
● Elevate your presence and confidence as an actor, ready to shine in auditions and on set with newfound skills and insights.
● The showreel created upon the workshop’s conclusion serves as a valuable resource for approaching casting agents and directors.

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Acting for Fun

Coming Soon

Coach: Alex Broun

Find your inner calm amidst life's chaos! In a world where pressure seems to be the norm, our workshop offers a haven where authenticity is celebrated, mistakes are welcomed, and imperfections are embraced.

Unwind after a long day and immerse yourself in our Acting for Fun workshop, where you'll discover practical techniques to navigate stressful situations with ease – whether you're on script or off. This transformative experience is designed to instill trust in your abilities and equip you with the resilience to tackle any challenge that comes your way, both on set and in your everyday life. True to its name, our workshop promises not only valuable learning but also a whole lot of fun!

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Actor’s Voice

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Coach: Alex Broun
4 week workshop series
Certification Level 1

Say goodbye to ordinary performances and hello to the power of your voice. Discover the secrets to commanding attention, evoking emotion, and leaving a lasting impact on your audience. From mastering vocal dynamics to cultivating confidence in your delivery, each week will bring new insights and practical exercises to help you release the full range of your vocal abilities.

In just four weeks, you’ll learn proven techniques to harness the nuances of your voice, from subtle rise and fall to commanding projection. Whether you’re a seasoned actor looking to refine your skills or a beginner eager to make your mark, this workshop is tailored to meet you where you are on your journey. This workshop has no finish line, we recommend that you repeat the course often.

Week 1

Introduction to Actor’s Voice

Week 2

Exercise Set 1

Week 3

Exercise Set 2

Week 4

Showcase

Key Takeaways:

  • Essential skills and techniques to master voice modulation, allowing you to convey emotion, intention, and depth in every performance.
  • Explore the versatility of your voice to different characters, genres, and performance contexts, expanding your range as an actor.
  • Hands-on exercises designed to strengthen your vocal muscles, ensuring lasting results beyond the workshop.
  • Connect with fellow actors and industry professionals, expanding your network and opening doors to future collaborations and opportunities.
  • Participants will receive certificates upon successful completion of the workshop

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Tragedy and Drama

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Coach: Amaan Ahmad
4 week workshop series
Certification Level 1

Discover the essence of theater through Thalia and Melpomene, exploring their impact on audiences with classic and modern examples. Dive into expression, understanding the difference between drama and melodrama, and the psychological depth of tragedy. Explore themes like fate, destiny, and free will, and master tragic techniques like dramatic irony and catharsis.

These sessions are meticulously crafted to equip participants with a profound understanding of theatrical dynamics and the art of storytelling, culminating in interactive script readings and mock auditions.

Week 1

Introduction to Tragedy and Drama | Philosophy behind Thalia (comedy) and Melpomene (tragedy)

Week 2

Practical session with expressions, body movements and dialogue execution with examples from the script

Week 3

Deep study of various tragic techniques including Dramatic Irony, Catharsis and Hubris | Exploring tragic motifs and symbols and their importance in art, theatre, drama, literature and films

Week 4

Tragic script reading/discussion and assigning characters | Interactive mock auditions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Deep understanding of tragedy and drama’s impact on audiences.
  • Mastery of expression and emotional connection in storytelling.
  • Thematic exploration of fate, destiny, and free will.
  • Practical application of tragic techniques in script readings and mock auditions.
  • Participants will receive certificates upon successful completion of the workshop

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Modeling Workshop for Beginners

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Coach: Zara Rakhimova
3-day workshop

Let’s explore the exciting world of modeling, focusing on essential skills and strategies to excel in the industry. This workshop serves as your gateway to a promising modeling career, featuring a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice.

Choose between the comprehensive 3-day package or opt for individual days based on your experience level.

Wednesday
Introduction to Modeling (2 hours 30 minutes)

  • Confident Mindset
  • Action Steps
  • Body Awareness
  • Professional Etiquette

Thursday
Expressions and Emotional Engagement (2 hours 30 minutes)

  • Skills in facial expressions and conveying emotions.
  • Introduction to basic acting techniques to enhance photo dynamics.
  • Techniques for combining body language with facial expressions.

Friday
Posing & Portfolio (2 hours 30 minutes)

  • Insights on creating a captivating portfolio.
  • Understand the significance of body language in modeling shoots.
  • Engage in movement exercises to improve flexibility and posing skills.
  • Photoshoot exercises

Key Takeaways:

  • A foundational understanding of the modeling industry.
  • Practical skills in posing, expressions, and movement.
  • A starter portfolio and photographs.
  • The confidence to approach agencies and auditions.
  • A personal brand direction and career launch plan.
  • Portfolio lessons

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Improvisation

Coach: Sherif Hamdy
4-week workshop series

With a series of fun warmups and games designed to lead you into the art of improvisation, this class is a must for all beginners as well as a refresher for even the seasoned professionals. You will learn the art of monologues, play out scenes and understand how to elevate and project your ideas. Scenes will be, solo, two person or groups and crowd games. Class emphasis is to learn through fun and group support. The class aims to arm you with strong fundamentals, augment your confidence, raise your speaking skills and, most of all, the skill of being spontaneous. This course has no finish line, you can and perhaps should repeat the class often.

Key Benefits:

  • Enhances spontaneity and adaptability in social interactions.
  • Fosters effective communication skills through active listening and collaboration.
  • Boosts creativity and innovation by encouraging out-of-the-box thinking.
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem in public speaking and performance situations.
  • Strengthens teamwork and cooperation in group settings.
  • Facilitates quick thinking and problem-solving under pressure.
  • Reduces social anxiety by promoting a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
  • Cultivates a sense of playfulness and joy, fostering emotional well-being.

Schedule

Dates: April 20th - May 11th
Timing: Every Saturday 7 Pm - 9 Pm
Cost: AED 950/

SCREEN ACTING FOR BEGINNERS

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Week 1

Make Believe Reactions

Week 2

Scenes Motivations

Week 3

Characters Monologues

Week 4

Filming

  • Overcome stage fright
  • Develop acting skills in a supportive environment
  • Learn to perform for the camera, adjusting your facial expressions for different shot sizes
  • Improve audition skills and increase your chances of landing roles
  • Dissect and understand scripts to create more advanced characters
  • Explore your emotional range
  • Get insights into the film, television and commercial industry, including how auditions, and casting process work
  • Receive constructive feedback
  • Meet like-minded individuals, build connections, grow your network and collaborate on futute projects

4-Week Workshops AED 950/-

Schedule

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Master Workshop Plan

14th October 2023
8 week workshop.

Experience the ultimate Master Workshop Plan that combines three powerful workshops (Method Acting, Stage Acting and Public Speaking) in one incredible package! Specifically crafted to assist actors to up their game and be ready for bigger opportunities in their career! Learn from and work with our top coaches, Leo Wong, Academy award-nominated Hollywood writer and movie producer and Alex Broun, Australian Playwright and the Shakespeare of “short plays”. We promise these sessions to be intense yet incredibly fun, creating a collaborative atmosphere that will bring out the best in all participants.

8 Weeks

Benefits
Monologues, scene rehearsals with partner, showcase and showreel, selected actors will get an opportunity to perform in the coming season of Dubai’s Short+Sweet theater festival.

4 Weeks

Benefits
Monologues | Scene Rehearsals with Partner | Showcase and Showreel

Stage Acting and Public Speaking

8 Weeks

Benefits
All of the 4 week benefits plus Chance for a role in Zara Stars Film | FREE Professional acting kit worth AED 2500/-

Stage Acting, Public Speaking and Method Acting

Stage Acting, Public Speaking and Method Acting

Offer – Bring a friend and you both get a flat 10 percent discount on Master Workshop Plan 

  • Installment Plan Available
  • Certification – Level 2 (only apply for 8 weeks)
  • Criteria – Has perfected and performed four Showcases (Screen and Stage), Two Scenes (Monologue and Partner), Two Speech Showcases,

AED 250

  • Join any time.
  • Applicable for all courses – Acting, Improv & Public Speaking.
  • Voucher validity is 30 days from issue date.
  • Substitute attendee allowed, nominee name and ID reference will be required by an email from original holder.

Includes attendance to

all courses:

You can join any time for a total of 16 weeks from joining date. Any missed scheduled classes will be considered as no-show.

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Advance Acting

 

Featured Benefits

Multi-scene Showreel once a month.

Improvisation

2 hours. Once a week

Featured Benefits

Once a month Showcase

Public Speaking

 

Featured Benefits

Once a month video Showcase

Leaders Workshop on Vision, Goals and Success techniques.

2 hours. Once a month

Upon completion of the 6 month course, subject to satisfactory attendance, role in our next film production.

  • Special Offer for Airline Crew and Students
  • Installment plans are available.

STAGE ACTING

8 Weeks Workshop Series
Start Date 07th June 2023

Month 1

Benefit
Showcase and Reel with recommendations by Coach

Week 1

INTRO TO
MONOLOGUE SCENE

Week 2

REHERSAL 1
MONOLOGUE SCENE

Week 3

REHERSAL 2
MONOLOGUE SCENE

Week 4

MONOLOGUE SHOWCASE (Judges - Students)

Month 2

Benefit
Two Showcases, Reels and recommendation by coach.

Week 5

INTRO TO
PARTNER SCENE

Week 6

REHERSAL 1
PARTNER SCENE

Week 7

REHERSAL 2
PARTNER SCENE

Week 8

SHOWCASE AND SHOWREEL (Judges - Audience)

  • Certification – Level 1
  • Criteria – Has perfected and performed two scenes (Monologue and Partner Scene)

8 Weeks Workshop AED 1,650/- (Early Bird)
8 Weeks Workshop AED 1,950/-

Schedule

Every Friday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

METHOD ACTING

8 Weeks Workshop Series
Start Date 25th March 2023

Month 1

Week 1

INTRO TO
STANISLAVSKI

Week 2

INTRO TO
MEISNER

Week 3

INTRO TO
LEE STRASBERG

Week 4

INTRO TO
STELLA ADLER

Month 2

Benefit
Two Showcases (STAGE AND SCREEN), Reels and recommendation by coach.

Week 5

INTRO TO
PARTNER SCENE

Week 6

REHERSAL 1
PARTNER SCENE

Week 7

REHERSAL 2
PARTNER SCENE

Week 8

SHOWCASE AND SHOWREEL SHOOT

  • Certification – Level 1
  • Criteria – Has perfected and performed two scenes (Monologue and Partner Scene)

8 Weeks Workshop Series AED 2,950/-

Schedule

Every Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR CORPORATES
4 Weeks, 4 Coaches, Limitless Impact!

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Week 1

Strategic storytelling for business success

Week 2

Mastering persuasion in the boardroom

Week 3

Dynamic presentations for effective business communication

Week 4

Confident leadership communication

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to accelerate your career growth. Our Public Speaking workshop is designed specifically to equip you with the skills you need to thrive in the CORPORATE WORLD!

Gain a competitive edge by:

  • Building leadership qualities such as assertiveness, persuasion, and influencing skills that will set you apart from the competition.
  • Increasing your confidence to represent your organization with poise, engage clients, and make effective pitches that leave a lasting impression.
  • Delivering your presentations with impact, ensuring that your ideas resonate with your audience and inspire action.
  • Building your personal brand and enhancing your professional reputation as a powerful and influential speaker.
  • Handling difficult questions and unexpected challenges with ease and grace, demonstrating your ability to think on your feet and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Eliminating stage fright and connecting with the audience on an emotional level, creating authentic and meaningful connections that leave a lasting impact.

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

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Screen Acting for Beginners

This acting class is for novices with no acting experience and who are eager to learn the art and those who just want to get out of their comfort zone. You will learn of your expressive behavior in acting, create or discover your ability to create emotion, action and movement to express outward what is inside. The course covers fundamentals of an artist’s exhibition of acts given to him.  This class is recommended for aspiring actors, directors and writers and those who are looking to boost their self confidence. Once you have mastered this class, you can move on to Advance Acting courses in the Standard Package. Most attendees like to repeat this class more than once to totally grasp the basics.

Advanced Acting

Advanced acting class is recommended for those who have completed Acting for Beginners and accomplished actors who need to improve specific areas of their skills for professional development. More complex auditions and scene work is assigned to participants and challenged to display wider performance abilities, including higher levels of improv. Specific exercises are given to lift the actor’s performance level and to prepare for emotionally demanding roles. Greater emphasis is placed on monologues, dialogue delivery and the benefits of multiple takes. It is recommended that this class is repeated as and when new areas of skill improvement are identified.

Public Speaking 1

Learn the basics of how to speak with confidence before a group of spectators and, have fun while learning. You will be introduced to, posture, hand movement, voice tone, pitch and, overall, how to project your personality. The goal is to get you started on the learning path of powerful and inspirational speech and the fundamentals of a strong presence before any type of audience. The class format is impromptu so you don’t need any pre-planned preparation, you will have the opportunity to give a speech several times before your class group and learn from the experience.

Method Acting

What is this mysterious craft called ‘Method Acting’? Is it really the magic behind all great actors? But what is the secret? Taught by NIDA graduate and one of the UAE’s leading acting teachers, Alex Broun, this class will explore the four great “acting methods”: Stanislavski, Meisner, Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Learn about all four of these techniques which are used by many of the world’s leading actors, and most importantly, discover which method works best for you. It’s going to be a fun, fascinating and intense class – just like Alex’s classes always are! Come along and discover what type of actor you are.

Stage Acting

In these dynamic classes you will learn all the secrets to igniting an extraordinary stage acting performance. Taught by one of Dubai’s top theatre directors and acting coaches, Alex Broun, actors will be challenged to bring to life a different stage scene each week. Every class you will have the opportunity to work on new scenes with different acting partners as you develop the skills to becoming a powerful stage actor – voice, physicality, presence, characterization and connection (with the audience and your fellow actors). The class will also explore how to activate your performance through proper text analysis and discovering the powerful motivations to propel your characters words and actions.

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Editing | Screen Writing | Acting for Kids