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MASTER CLASS: Commercial Acting
6th Grade – High School
Instructor: Dyane Filip
Dyane Filip has worked in television and film both on-camera and as a voice-over artist in hundreds of national and local commercials. As a young child, she began working as an actress in television, film, and theatre. Her career has spanned over decades performing in television commercials, industrial films, and theatre. Some of her favorite commercial credits include McDonald’s, Archway Cookies, Raisin Bran Cereal, Head & Shoulders Shampoo, Luvs Diapers, No Nonsense Panty Hose, Dial Soap, and Fannie May Candies. Some of her industrial film credits include Pollenex Foot Bath, John Deere Tractors, Echo Kitchenware and Friendly’s Restaurants. She has also worked with Woody Allen, Ryan O’Neil, Jessica Harper, and Jack Warden.
Her passion for English literature and drama propelled her into a career of teaching and coaching theatre, public speaking, and accent reduction. She has helped students, executives, salespeople, sports professionals, and attorneys find their voices and strengths as actors, public speakers, and communicators.
She continued her education with advanced theatre, dance, and music training at Illinois Wesleyan University (earning a BFA in Theater), Northwestern University, Victory Gardens Theater, the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and Tobias & Company.
She has lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, but now lives in Colorado Springs. She enjoys the sunshine and mountains and her favorite hobbies are painting, playing guitar, reading historical fiction, photography, horseback riding, and riding motorcycles. She looks forward to sharing her experience with the students at ACT!
This class is designed to prepare an actor for auditioning for and acting in television commercials. Dyane will focus on acting skills and an on-camera persona. She will cover technical terms and real-life audition techniques, including understanding the camera, interpreting copy, product handling, improvisation, body language, cold reading with and without cue cards and understanding the difference between union and non-union commercials. The course will strengthen the student’s confidence and develop the professional skills necessary for entering into and succeeding in the television commercial industry. Students will work in front of the camera often as they rehearse with a wide variety of commercial copy.
PLEASE NOTE: This class is for students who are serious about learning how to do commercial work. Since students will take turns in front of the camera, students will need to be at a maturity level where they can be quiet and respectful while other actors are filming.
March 6: 4:30-7:30 PM
March 8: 4:30-7:30 PM
March 9: 1:00-4:00 PM
March 13: 4:30-7:30 PM
March 15: 4:30-7:30 PM
March 16: 1:00-4:00 PM
Class Limit: 12 Students
$200 (If paid in full at registration)
Tution Payment Option:
$125 due at registration
$100 due by March 1st.
Location: ACT Studios (481 Windchime Place)
Refund Policy: Tuition is non-refundable.