Scene Study Saturdays, Power & Intimacy. On Camera Class.
with David Cubitt & Stellina Rusich


July 27- Sept 21, 2019
Saturdays from 1-5pm
WHERE: 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
PARTICIPANTS: Only 12 Seats available!
FOR: Ages 19+
FEES: $595 (tax included).
VIDEO CLIPS: Students are required to bring a Standard SD Card to classes & workshops so they may review their work outside of class.

This is a nine week Audition and On Set class focusing on Power and Intimacy. Partners are required to rehearse weeks 2,5,8. Actors will read all 18 scenes and be familiar with them over the 9 week course. Topics willinclude being safe, legal, and protected on set as well as knowing your rights when on set and in auditions.

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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 Rusich 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 a 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, the Television series.

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: 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.

Stellina has been a dialogue coach for the past 7 years on ‘Mr. Young’, ’SomeAssembly Required’, 2 sit-coms produced by Thunderbird Productions and has been the acting coaching for Mech X4 season one, produced by Disney and currently being shot in Maple Ridge and Abbostford B.C.

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Scene Study Saturdays, Power & Intimacy. On Camera class with David Cubitt & Stellina Rusich

July 27 Week 1: On Camera Work: Script 1

  • Mining the script for tones & layers —Understanding the writer’s intent
  • Breaking down storyline and script

August 3 Week 2: AUDITION

  • Bring appeal, sensuality, flirting, & dangerous provocative choices into your audition
  • Having instant rapport with the reader
  • Simulating physical contact in an audition
  • rehearsing with your partner outside of class. *REQUIRED FOR WEEK 3
August 10 Week 3: SHOOT SCENES
SHOOT All 6 Partner SCENES (5hr class)
This class is a on set experience.
Working with your partner, we will shoot a master, medium, and close up.

August 17 Week 4: “Intimacy” on Camera:
Script 2 New partner.

  • Finding nuance and subtly through subtext
  • Breaking down the script
  • Understand storyline

August 24 Week 5: AUDITION

  • Creating intimate moments with the reader/li>
  • Forming closeness, familiarity, friendship, affinity, attachment and comradship/li>
  • Developing chemistry with reader/li>
  • rehearsing with your partner outside of class. *REQUIRED FOR WEEK 6
August 31 Week 6: SHOOT SCENES
SHOOT All 6 Partner SCENES (5hr class)
This class is a on set experience.
Working with your partner, we will shoot a master, medium, and close up.

Sept 7 Week 7: “Power on Camera”
Script 3. New partner

  • Mining the script for power dynamics and layers
  • Playing with status
  • Breaking down storyline and script
  • rehearsing with your partner outside of class. *REQUIRED FOR WEEK 8

Sept 14 Week 8: AUDITION

  • Win/lose gamesmanship
  • Sparing and competition
  • Techniques for creating power and control
Sept 21 Week 9: Final Week with special guest director Jacqui Gould
SHOOT scenes (5hr class)
This class is a on set experience.
Working with your partner, we will shoot a master, medium, and close up.
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