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3750 W. Main 5 Park A

Norman, OK 73072

405.701.1673

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Training for Actors Aged 10-16

 

Spring Enrollment Begins November 15

Ready for some on-camera acting training? Ready to have fun, make friends, and learn about filmmaking?
 

The Actor Factory Young Performers Academy’s semester long program offers a full-service training ground for beginners or seasoned actors. Students will receive fun and specialized training from industry professionals in auditioning, improvisation, building a character, and on-camera acting!
 
They will build friendships and hone communication skills while working together with other students to build scenes and characters. Each semester ends in an exciting showcase for friends and family!

Student Success Stories

Check out what some of our previous students have been up to!

Owen Joyner

Nickelodeon's 100 Things To Do Before Highschool

Camille Columbus

FOX's Brooklyn 99

Reylynn Caster

ABC's Speechless and CBS's Me, Myself and I

Victoria Scott

ABC's Modern Family

Days of Our Lives (CBS)

Thatcher Ridings

Lifetime's Southern Christmas

Madilyn Kellam

Run with the Hunted feature film starring Melissa Leo

Addie Hoppers

Lotus Entertainment's Starbright

Chole Davis

Whaling starring Tammin Sursok, Tom Felton,

David Koechner

Noah Crawford

NBC's My Name Is Earl and CBS's Criminal Minds

Chole Wyatt

Painted Woman starring Stef Dawson, Matt Dallas

Winner: Best Actress at Wild Bunch Film Festival

Jesamine Katzman

Award Winning Film Yes, We're Open

Atreyu Mansker

Young Prince in Scandal Made Me Famous TV series

Jada Williams

National commercial for Crew 82

Gavin Taylor

Christmas in the Heartland starring Bo Derek, Shelley Long

Young Performer Academy Session

Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
Begins August 27, 2019 

 

Showcase the first week of May

 

No class the week of March 18th-22nd

14 Student Limit
OR
Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Begins August 29, 2019 

 

Showcase the first week of May

 

No class the week of March 18th-22nd

14 Student Limit
Weeks 1-5 | Acting for Camera

Students will jump right in with acting for camera lessons! This fun and informative section will teach kiddos skills like:

  • Working within the frame (Crossing, eye-line, etc.)

  • The difference between film and theatre

  • Taking direction

  • Character development

  • Film terms and more!

Each week students will work on scenes from film and television, pushing their craft forward.

Weeks 6-8 | Improvisation

No acting training is complete without the most fun training of all: Improv!! These three weeks focus on improvising and learning skills like:

  • The basics of improv

  • Improvising in auditions - It happens more often than you'd think!

  • Working with scene partners while improvising

Weeks 9-11 | Audition for Camera

Working with working professionals in the casting office is the best training around! Casting associate Tiffany Feese and casting assistant Bethany Bourland will work with kiddos on:

  • Translating acting for camera skills to auditions

  • Taking direction quickly

  • Cold reading

  • Dos and don'ts

Weeks 12-13 | Extras & Rehearsal

Casting Director Chris Freihofer, CSA will also come in for a mock audition scenario to give kiddos the feel of an actual audition. This is a great opportunity (and lots of grown up actors would love this chance!)

Finally, some rehearsal! The group will work on their best scenes from the course, practice their favorite improv games for the showcase, and tie up any loose ends.

Week 14 | Showcase

We invite friends and family to come see what these kiddos have worked so hard on! 

1/12

Advanced Academy

Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.
Begins August 27, 2019 

 

Showcase the first week of December

 

No class Thanksgiving week

14 Student Limit
OR
Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. 
Begins August 29, 2019

 

Showcase the first week of December

 

No class Tahmksgiving week

14 Student Limit

The Actor Factory Young Performer Advanced Academy includes all of the aspects you LOVED about your first Academy experience but with elevated training and new areas of film to explore. 

 

Not only will all Advanced Academy sessions offer training in a variety of areas, but we will also focus on a specific area of training each semester. Options for specific areas of training include:

  • Filmmaking (Including making your own short film!)

  • Script writing

  • Voice Over work

  • Dramatic Acting

  • Comedic Acting

  • Cold Reads

  • Auditioning

  • Commercial Acting

  • Improvisation

  • Scenes with professional Adult actors

  • Workshops with a variety of professional teachers.

 

Each semester, the teaching team will determine which area we will focus on and parents will be notified via email. 

 

Every student starts in THE ACADEMY, no matter what classes they have taken or where they have studied acting in the past. Students will not be invited to join The ADVANCED ACADEMY until they have completed our introductory program, an important building block before moving on to more elevated training. If you are sure that your student is an exception to the rule, email chris@actorfactory.net and we can discuss.

Meet the Team

Chris Oz McIntosh

Award-winning filmmaker

Director, Young Performer Academy

Chris Oz McIntosh is a Young Performer favorite, beginning his fourth year of teaching kids at The Factory, and the newly-named Director of the Young Performer Academy. An award-winning filmmaker and editor with a degree in Broadcast & Electronic Media from the University of Oklahoma,

 

Chris’ short film MOVIE MAGIC, starring Factory Young Performers, screened at festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival and received top honors at several festivals nationwide.

 

He is an editor (editing Film Camp demo reels for 4 years), and his feature film FRACKERS is in post production.  His wife Melanie is also an educator, teaching English at Deer Creek High School.

Academy segments: Acting for Camera, Audition for Camera

Jenn Rader

Casting Associate

Professional Actor 

Jennifer Rader is Casting Associate at Freihofer Casting, Oklahoma’s largest and busiest casting office for feature film, commercials and television, and the only Casting Society of America casting office in the state.

She has a degree in Dance from the University of Oklahoma, and has taught dance classes to youngsters for over 10 years. Her casting credits include the films BREAKING THEM UP,  MINARI, WAKE UP, TO THE STARS, RUN WITH THE HUNTED, A DEADLY ROMANCE, THE TURKEY BOWL and STUCK OUT OF LOVE, among others.

 

She is also a professional actor, having appeared in commercials, in the films THE PALE DOOR, SLEEPING IN PLASTIC and THE BYGONE and on TV in the series SCANDAL MADE ME FAMOUS.

Academy Segments: Audition for Camera

Pallas Johnson

Improvisor 

Pallas Johnson is filling in next semester while Kate McClain-Snipes has her baby.  

Pallas is the Education Director at OKC Improv, where she performs regularly on stage. She is also the managing director of Take One Productions, a touring improvisation group.

She received her Bachelor's in Theatre and Communication Education from UCO and her Masters in Library and Information Studies from OU. 

Pallas is a great addition to the Academy team and we look forward to seeing what she brings to the classroom.

Academy Segments: Improv

Tori Hartley is a professional actor and casting assistant at Freihofer Casting.  

 

Factory young performers know Tori as a camp counselor for two years at Film Camp, where she has led Film Race teams as well as coached film scenes.

 

She is a senior Acting major at the University of Oklahoma. Her casting credits include the film WHALING as well as several commercials. As an actor, she has appeared in the film SLEEPING IN PLASTIC and on TV in the series MURDER MADE ME FAMOUS.

 

Academy Segments: Acting for Camera

Tori Hartley

Casting Assistant

Professional Actor

Chris Freihofer, CSA

Oklahoma's only CSA Casting Director

Chris Freihofer is Oklahoma’s only CSA-member Casting Director, owner of Freihofer Casting, the state’s busiest casting office for feature film, commercials and television.

 

With over 80 casting credits on his resume, he has worked for legendary filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Terrence Malick, as well as notable filmmakers Cameron Crowe, Andrea Arnold, Michael Winterbottom, David Boyd and the directorial debuts for actors William H. Macy and Paul Dano.

 

He is also an actor, having appeared in feature film and network television, most notably on the series LONGMIRE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, PRISON BREAK and his best known for his recurring role on BREAKING BAD.  

 

He is the owner of The Actor Factory, where he has taught Audition for Film & Television to adults on Monday nights since the studio opened in 2009. In 2016 he was honored with the Oklahoma Film Icon Award.

 

Academy Segment: Audition Master Class

Let's do it!

 

Ages 10-16

 

Start the week of August 28 | Showcase the first week of December

*Schedule is subject to change due to weather

No class Thanksgiving week (November 19-23rd).

 

$395 (Monthly plans available)

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Questions about the current session?

Email chris@actorfactory.net  or call us at 405.701.1673

Deposits are not refunded. Enrollment cannot be canceled within 72 hours of the start of the first class. If cancellation must be made outside of 72 hours before the start of the first class, your account will be refunded all monies paid on top of a $75 deposit. There are no refunds within 72 hours of the start of the first class and after the class session has begun.

 

In the event of inclement weather, a determination will be made on the safety of road conditions within a 30-mile perimeter of The Actor Factory. If class is rescheduled, parents will receive an email and The Actor Factory will update its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. If there is time, parents will be sent a text to the number on their Active account. In the event of a reschedule, an extra week will be added to the end of the class session to assure students receive the entire amount of training paid for.