UNIT 102 ACTORS COMPANY PROUDLY PRESENTS

THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF...
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Directed by Adam Belanger

Featuring

Christo Graham , Francis Melling, Brandon Thomas & Laura Vincent

Produced by David Lafontaine

Stage Managed by Marvin Araneta
Set design by Adam Belanger
Costume designer - Jenni Lee Pickett


Tickets:
$30.00 General Admission

$20 Arts worker

Limited PWYC tickets available on October 7 and October 9

SPECIAL HALF PRICE TICKETS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH! (LIMITED)

LOCATION: THE ASSEMBLY THEATRE, 1479 QUEEN STREET WEST


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Advanced scene study w/David Lafontaine

SUNDAY EVENINGS

5:00pm - 9:00pm

MARCH 24, 31, APRIL 7, 14, 21st

(10 people max)

EARLY BIRD Pricing $265 hst. included (ended January 1st)

Regular Pricing $295 hst included

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MONDAY EVENINGS

6:00pm - 10:00pm

MARCH 25,  APRIL 1ST, 15, 22, 29TH              

(12 people max)

EARLY BIRD Pricing $265 hst. included (ENDED JAN. 1ST)

Regular Pricing $295 hst included

Audit: $10 and must be scheduled through email.

Advanced Scene Study

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. What does your character want? What are the Power dynamics in a scene that can inform the action? How to use different tactics to achieve your goal?

As the five weeks progress so do we as a class. Layering and growing what we know and what we've learned into each scene.

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 REGISTERCLICK HERE or email us at 102actorslab@gmail.com

Please leave your name, CV and short introduction AS WELL AS THE CLASS YOU WISH TO TAKE You will receive a response asap. 

Payments can be made by e transfer.


 

102 ACTORS LAB INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

W David Lafontaine

The Assembly Theatre 

March 6th, 7th 5pm - 10pm & 9th & 10th 10am - 5pm 

(actors work two of the four days. Please request preferred days)

$150 Early Bird (Book before February 16th)

$185 Regular Price…………………………………….Deadline for registration is February 21st 

$45 To audit.


Students registering for both the intensive and march advanced scene studies will receive and combined special price of $385.


What to expect:

- The workshop will have 12 students max

  • You will receive a 10-15 Minute scene from a play. 

  • Your scene and partner will be selected two weeks prior to the workshop.

  • Students will be broken into two groups.

  • Group A will work day ONE (March 6th 5pm - 10pm) and THREE  (March 9th 10am - 5pm)  Group B will work day TWO (March 7th 5pm - 10pm) and FOUR (March 10th 10am - 5pm) Students are expected to participate in all days. Watching is as helpful as working.

  • Actors must read the full play their scene is chosen from to fully understand the context and character motivations.

  • Actors are expected to be off book and loosely blocked (you will be responsible for meeting with your partner for blocking and rehearsal)

  • Actors are responsible for any costume and or props needed. You will be supplied with basic furniture such as tables and chairs.

  • Appropriate dialect for the text if you think its necessary or the play calls for it.



What is this workshop is designed to for:

First and foremost the Intensive is designed for actors to work. It’s an opportunity to build on your craft with some of Toronto’s best actors while refining you technique and training in an class/performance environment. During the workshop we will really delve into some of the best material from film, tv and theatre; building characters and fully realizing their arc from the ground up. 


David's approach to acting has been developed over the last 15 years working as a director, actor and screen writer in film, television and theatre. Using his keen understanding of script, direction and action, you will work as if preparing and rehearsing for a production in theatre or film. It will focus on strengthening the actors understanding of their characters objectives, diving into the depths of their intentions and goals, exploring different ways of achieve them through what we know from the text. What does your character want? What are the obstacles to get there? What are the Power dynamics in a scene that can inform the action? How do you use different tactics to achieve your goal? How do the other characters see you and what does it mean for your character?  What are their goals and are you in the way?


In the end actors will have a deeper understanding of what choices to make and new ways to approach them. 



Who is this workshop for:

This class is for actors who have already put time into their craft (Working Actors). This does not mean employed actors but actors who are constantly striving to improve and build on their craft. This is NOT for beginners although we welcome them to audit. 




Day One (March 6th /5pm - 10pm) SCENE BREAKDOWN/REHEARSAL 

We will work through the scenes from group A.  Initial breakdown of the scene and script, testing options pulling back the layers of character and intention. Each group will have an hour an a half of stage time where we will block the scene.

Day Two (March 7th/ 5pm - 10pm) SCENE BREAKDOWN/REHEARSAL

We will run the scenes from group B.  Initial breakdown of the scene and script, testing options pulling back the layers of character and intention. Each group will have an hour an a half of stage time where we will block the scene. 

Day off (March 8th) 

Groups will have a free day to work and implement notes. This will be a day to add to your character and implement new ideas to shake up the scene.

Day Three (March 9th/ 10am - 5pm)

We will run the scenes from group A again. Each group will get two chances to delve back into the scene with costume and set, followed by notes.

Day Four  (March 9th/ 10am - 5pm)

We will run the scenes from group B again. Each group will get two chances to delve back into the scene with costume and set, followed by notes. 

REGISTER HERE

About David 

David is an award winning director, actor and screenwriter based in the city of Toronto. In 2006 he founded the Unit 102 Actors Company where he has produced and directed over a dozen plays including the critically acclaimed Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis as well as the Dora nominated classic Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. As an actor David as appeared in commercials, film and television; last year earring an Outstanding Leading Actor nomination for his performance in Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss. In addition to his work in the theatre David has been in development for several television series in the U.S and Canada, standing as writer and produced on several features for the big screen.  Last year David founded and developed 102 Actors Lab which has quickly  become one of the most in demand classes in the city for working actors. 


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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.

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Scott Walker

A founding member of Unit 102 and has served as co-artistic director since it’s inception. He has acted in a number of plays, including Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Oleanna, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Jesus Hopped the A-Train. He has also directed The Dwarves, Julius Caesar, Old Times, Lakeboat, and The Late Henry Moss. Scott has studied at a number of acting conservatories including learning Meisner technique from Tony Pearce at the New School of Drama and studying Practical Aesthetics at the Atlantic Acting School in New York.

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COACHING WITH DAVID LAFONTAINE

David is available for coaching Monday to Saturday. 
Rates: $40 for half an hour or $60 for a full hour.
$12.50 for private studio booking
In room on camera coaching $120 hour. Will tape/ edit and send. Will need up to 24 hours notice.
Must book online through 102actorslab@gmail.com 

 

 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)

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 (Unit 102) Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)

 

"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)