Liners to Leads, Audition Ready



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July 27 – September 14, 2019 (Every Saturday for 8 weeks)
1:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
PARTICIPANTS: Only 12 Seats available!
FOR: 19+
FEES: $495 (tax included).
PREREQUISITES FOR THIS CLASS ARE: Have some training, credits, & commitment to working hard.
CANCELLATION POLICY: There are no refunds for this class. Students are allowed to find
replacements for the classes they miss.
VIDEO CLIPS: Students are required to bring a Standard SD Card to classes & workshops so they may review their work outside of class.

Prepare, Perform, Book!
It is imperative to be performing at your highest level when the door opens. 300 submissions, 15 people get the audition call, one person books! From those pesky one liners (Great to have on your resume with the networks stamp of approval leads to more auditions) to leads, this class will prepare you for roles of all sizes and for what is required to move your career to the next level.
Stellina is a powerhouse of a teacher demanding the best of her students in a supportive approach. As an on set coach, hired by producers for many shows, she has brought out the best in actors bridging the gap between actors, show runners and Directors.
These 8 weeks will demand hard work, and commitment. Outside class work will also be required. This session is by invitation only and approval is required from Stellina. A group of 12 will push each other to excel from week 1.
All scenes will be from TV shows and films shot in Vancouver. Actors may bring audition material as well. A new scene will be given each week. All videos from class will be loaded to a se-cured portal on for actors to download within 24hrs of the class.

Who this program is for:

  • Actors that are having some success and are wanting to bust through to the next level.
  • Actors that are looking to book larger roles.
  • Actors who would like to increase their booking ratio. Actors who may have left the business and would like to re-establish their careers and auditioning skills.
  • Actors that want to be seen as consistently doing great work by Casting Directors.

David Cubitt

David has been working steadily as an actor for the past 30 years. He currently has recurring roles on VIRGIN RIVER, ALTERED CARBON, and SIREN. He has been the lead and had numerous series regular roles including The Detail and Velsing along with numerous Guest Star roles and recurring roles TRAVELERs, SUPERNATURAL, ONCE UPON A TIME, REAL DETECTIVE as well many others.

Born in England to a Dutch mother and British father, Cubitt was six months old when his family moved to Vancouver. While attending university, he worked on a cable music video show called Night Vision, performing in comedic wrap-around segments. Cubitt describes this experience as “the beginning of [his] love affair with acting.”David studied general arts at UBC and acting at Studio 58 as well as with Alex Bruhanski, career was kickstarted by Alive, ENG, and then Traders for 3 1/2 seasons (for which he won a Gemini and was nominated twice), after which he had a development deal with CBS with whom David did a number of pilots. Highlights, included Medium for 7 yrs and a couple of projects with Michael Mann.

David Cubitt also starred with Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt in feature film Shut In, was also seen on Showtime’s hit series Ray Donovan.

David was with Jeff Bridges in the the Universal Pictures feature, The Seventh Son. David is most widely known for his role opposite Patricia Arquette in the hit NBC series, Medium.

Prior to Medium, Cubitt starred alongside Tom Sizemore in the CBS / Michael Mann series, Robbery Homicide Division, set in downtown Los Angeles. “Working with Michael [Mann] is as good as it gets, “says Cubitt,” “It’s one of those very fortunate turns in my career.” He first worked with Michael Mann in the critically acclaimed feature Ali, based on the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, starring Will Smith and Jon Voight.

Cubitt starred with Colm Feore in the critically acclaimed film, The Perfect Son, which tells the story of two estranged brothers brought together by their father’s death. Cubitt plays a recovering drug addict who must face the revelation that his “perfect” brother is gay and dying of AIDS. His performance earned him a Genie Award nomination, and the John Garfield Award for Best Actor at the Method Fest Film Festival.

Cubitt continued to study acting full time, until he was kick out of
theatre school where he was told he “couldn’t act and would never work.” Soon afterward, Cubitt landed a leading role in the in feature, Alive, starring Ethan Hawke. The film was directed by Frank Marshall, and recounts the story of the Uruguayan rugby team who was stranded in the Andes after a plane crash.

Alive helped spark Cubitt’s career and it wasn’t long before he landed a series regular role on the hit Canadian series Traders, a show about the high-stakes lives of a group of investment bankers. David starred on the show for three and half years, during which time he won the 1997 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role and the 1998 Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series.

After landing a development deal with CBS, Cubitt moved to Los Angeles and booked a role in the CBS series Michael Hayes, playing the brother of David Caruso’s title character. Cubitt also had a recurring role on the CBS series That’s Life, starring Heather Paige Kent, Ellen Burstyn and Paul Sorvino.

Additional television credits include a small arc on A&E’s hit series Bates Motel, FOX series The American Embassy, featuring Arija Bareikis, along with several TV movies including the NBC mini-series, 10.5 with Kim Delaney and the CBS’, John Christmas.

Additional film credits include the 2014 comedy feature The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship with Enrico Colantoni; Swann, starring Brenda Fricker, about the investigation into the brutal murder of a Canadian poet; I Shot A Man in Vegas, starring John Stockwell and Janeane Garofalo; and the mountain climbing adventure K2.

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Stellina Rusich

Stellina has had a rewarding and varied career in the arts. Over her 30 year career she has worked in all facets of the acting industry; First as a performer, then as a Director, Composer, Teacher and Acting Coach. She taught the Full time acting program at Schoolcreative, (now Vancouver Acting School) for six years as well as maintaining an ongoing private coaching business.

She has appeared in over 60 commercials and numerous Stage, TV and Film roles. Most notable TV & Film credits include: Terminal City, Carpool with David Paymer, Unforgettable opposite Ray Liotta, and Tony Shalhoub’s wife on Monk.

Stage performances include: Amadeus, Merchant of Venice, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Women in Bed, Night of the Iguana, Little Shop of Horrors, Dark of the Moon, Pal Joey, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Sunshine Boys, Anne of Green Gables, Kiss Me Kate, and many others. These performances have taken her from the Cincinnati Playhouse, to the Citadel Theatre, Stratford Festival, Stage West, Charlottetown Festival, and the North Pole.

Directing Credits include: The Wild Party, Almost Maine, Mental the Musical, Stiff Cuffs, Italian American Reconciliation, Four Dogs and a Bone, Twenty Something, Pizza Man, Farewell Ambrosia, Misconduct and many School Creative and VAS showcases.

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I have worked with Stellina Rusich for many years.  When needing a coach to prep for an audition, she is my go to. Always insightful, with savvy script analysis, she is fantastic in finding the humour. Her background as a successful actor and busy on set coach immediately puts you at ease.
Credits include, J.Edgar, Nixon -with Leonard Dicaprio,Tin Star, Blue Blood,The Core, Along came a Spider, The Good Wife ‘V’, CSI, Kyle XY, NCIS, Curry Western, Instinct, Losing Lester, Life Or Something Like It.
Cristopher Shyer

In my opinion Stellina is one of, if not the best acting coaches you can find. Her wide experience with TV/Film, Sitcom and Theatre sets her apart from the rest. She has been instrumental in the success of my career over the past 10 years. I wouldn’t be where i am today without her. Thanks to her help I got my first Leo Award nomination as the lead in “The Christmas Calendar” and been recurring on the reboot series “Charmed”. Other roles I’ve booked with her are: ‘Past Never Dies’, ‘For You’, ‘With Love’, ‘Snow Princess’, ‘A Twist of Christmas’, ‘The Good Doctor’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Smallville’, and ‘Fringe’,
Brendon Zub

I had the pleasure of working with Stellina on set of the YTV and Netflix Original sitcom ‘Some Assembly Required’ for 3 seasons, 50+ episodes. Stellina was the professionally hired dialogue coach in Vancouver, BC, a unique position where she worked directly with myself, the actors, and the creators, writers, and producers of the series. Stellina was there for fantastic, experienced coaching and advice, always with the best interest in myself and the other series regulars and guest stars well-being on set, and performances. Stellina did her job with excellence, and I took notice how she can easily adapt her style to match each individual, and their needs. Working long days on set can sometimes become very stressful or tiring, and Stellina came in cheerful, ready to work, and ready to help above and beyond what was required. Stellina naturally became a friend to comfortably coach auditions with her vast understanding and knowledge for many character types in film, tv, and theatre.
Harrison Houde

Working with Stellina Rusich has by far been one of the highlights of my career. Stellina has a way of working with actors that is like no other. She simply understands you and everything that you may be going through personally and professionally. She helps and assists you in so many ways and she has definitely put me on the path to become the best actor I can be. I got to work with Stellina closely on the YTV/Netflix Series “Some Assembly Required” in which I played the series lead. I have been on Broadway with “The Lion King”, been in 3 productions at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and have been in various projects in television and film and I am confident in saying that I have never worked with somebody like Stellina. She truly is on your team. Not only is she an outstanding actress and acting coach, she is also one of the kindest and hardest working people I know. I owe a lot of my success to her and I am grateful for the time that we got to work together.
Kolton Stewart

For students interested in taking two or more classes per week – Email us for the ActorVan Studios Bundle Discount: or call: 604 805 3291




Course Outline
Week 1: One liners
Week 2: Actor Role
Week 3: Principal
Week 4: Large Principal
Week 5: Guest Star
Week 6: Recurring
Week 7: Supporting Lead
Week 8: Lead

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