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Advanced scene study

 

 

"David LaFontaine first directed me in 'Jesus Hopped the A-Train', a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis in 2014. As an actor this was one of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had. David didn't just come to rehearsals everyday prepared to answer any questions we might have had about character or story or whatever it may be; he came to ask us questions, tough questions. He came to challenge us, to dig deeper. His dedication to the craft as an actor reflects directly in his abilities as a director. He pays very close attention and he does that because he cares. He cares about honouring the playwrights work and the actors full capabilities. There ain't no bullshit with LaFontaine." - Andy Mcqueen (Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Fahrenheit 451)

 


THE APPROACH

David's approach to acting has been developed over the last ten years working as a director, actor and screen writer in film, television and theatre. Using his keen understanding of script, direction and action; the advanced scene study is designed as if preparing and rehearsing for a production - theatre or film - spending all the time on our feet focused on strengthening the actors understanding of their objectives.  Each week actors will receive new scenes selected from an array of modern and classic plays as well as theatrical features. Breaking down the scenes in class, we will concentrate actors/characters intentions and goals; exploring different ways of achieve them through what we know from the text. 

This class is for actors of all methods of study and development. It's not about teaching but about finding - through individual method - a way to dig deeper as an actor; identifying the blocks and habits we’ve developed in our process and working to overcome them.

 


For more information or To register, email us at 102actorslab@gmail.com

Please leave your name, CV and short introduction. You will receive a response asap. 

Payments can be made by e transfer. 

TUESDAY EVENING CLASS

Advanced scene study: The director's approach wth David Lafontaine

Feb. 27th March. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 

Advanced Scene study: (With David Lafontaine) 

Max number of students 8

Cost: $275 (hst included) - 5 classes  

Audit: $15 and must be scheduled through email. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON CLASS

Advanced scene study: The director's approach wth David Lafontaine

March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st

Advanced Scene study: (With David Lafontaine)  

Max number of students 8

Cost: $275 (hst included) - 5 classes  

Audit: $15 and must be scheduled through email. 

 

 

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DAVID LAFONTAINE

David is the artistic director and co-founder of UNIT 102 Actors co and has work extensively in film television and theatre for the last 12 years. David has directed several productions for Unit 102 including the critically acclaimed Jesus Hopped the A Train, Of Mice and Men and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot which one outstanding production at the Critics Pick Awards. In addition to directing David has spent the last five years writing and acting for film and television developing pilots with EONE and ORIGINAL PICTURES as well two features films for GEARSHIFTS film division. His work in in front and behind the camera have helped David develop a precise eye for the craft. 

TESTIMONIALS 

"I was lucky enough to work with Dave Lafontaine on Of Mice and Men. His relationship with his actors is one of respect, trust and joy. He creates an environment where it's safe to take risks and sometimes fail, which is very freeing.
Dave's experience as an actor, director and screenwriter give him insights on character development and an understanding of story that he generously shares. He has a keen sense of how different actors work and is able to facilitate each process while expanding it for greater results. His encouragement and guidance allowed me to find depths of emotion that were very honest and stretched my performance beyond what I have come to expect. Working with Dave was one of the best experiences of my professional life."
- Thom Zimerle, Of Mice and Men, (UNIT 102 Actors) Suits (USA NETWORK)

 

"Always focusing on text and story, Dave has a way of working that pushes actors to get out of their own way. He strives to streamline your process and bring freedom to your work while placing emphasis on serving the writer and story. He gets to know your process and rather then imposing another, he works within your own structure to help sharpen your instincts and delve further into the honesty of the moments that present themselves through the text and rehearsal."
- Nola Martin; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (UNIT 102 Actors, 11/22/63 HULU)

"David is someone I don't think I'd ever get tired of rehearsing with. His astute attention to detail, insatiable curiosity, and advocacy for story is a powerful combination. An artist himself, he brings his heart to each piece and creates a space where the work is first priority. David's management of ego, personality and vulnerability is top tier and he always seems to know how to press (just enough) so each decision is a collaborative one. Being directed by Dave in Miss was a refreshing, challenging, and deeply motivating journey where I found myself working harder for him, and ultimately myself, then I had in a long time."  
- Wayne Burns, Tyler Ward in Miss & Breakthrough Artist of 2017, NOW Magazine.

"After watching numerous riveting Unit 102 productions directed by David LaFontaine over the years, I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on the Canadian premiere of Miss. David’s passion for the work is palpable and infectious during the rehearsal process.  He combines a keen eye for detail with an openness for the impulsive, an ideal combination for exciting and dynamic theatre making. His enthusiasm equally matched with generosity and kindness, David continues to engender a safe and exciting space to explore and create."
- Trevor Hayes; The Girlfriend Experience (STARS), MISS (UNIT 102 Actors)
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