Class Descriptions

We Mentor Actors of all ages along Their Individual Creative Journey.

All our classes are regarded as the top of the cream when it comes to Craft. A Sudio with 0 Attitude, at Alza (Rise) it's all about the work, passion and having fun. All classes are shot with the highest technology in Canada.

Intro to Acting On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft Beginner/Intermediate On-Camera Scene Study Advanced On-Camera Scene Study
Private Coaching for actors 1 on 1 The Craft Class Actors Plan with Walter Alza Career Planning

Students work with original sides, specifically written with emotional switches and challenges to expand their range as actors. Fun classes with tools of the trade and on camera playbacks are covered to prepare them to give memorable performances in a positive environment for them to grow in their craft.

The Alza System offers you the chance to develop your instrument and nourish your craft to work on film, television and theatre. In each of Alza Acting Studio’s classes, it is our mission to develop each actor’s truth – body, soul and voice. For us it is about the craft, quality versus quantity. The Alza approach is made of a few simple steps, yet we pay respect to our history, to the great legendary teachers such as Sanford Meisner, Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler to name a few, they were actors before they become great teachers and directors, so they got what it was needed to be great.  We believe that any one wishing, needing to explore acting and or who wants to become crafted should learn from professionals who actually do the work and understand what it means to be standing on a set or an audition.  The work of the actor is different from class to performance on set, but the work ethic is the same. Discipline is a must, is not enough to just have talent.

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Private Coaching Acting

" Within only a few months of training with the experienced and talented Alza team through their classes and privates, I managed to land a main role in a television series!The Alza method works, trust it!"-Jadiel Dowlin (Nick on Annedroids) & Emmy Award Nominee (daytime)

Privates are on camera and off. Privates are tailored to each individual depending on needs, objective and level of experience.

One on one appointments are available for performers to have powerful 45 minutes with Walter Alza and or our Award winning team. Private sessions work differently for each actor depending on their needs. Using methods developed by Walter Alza, students learn effective character development.
One-on-one meetings allow an in-depth approach to connecting with your scenes and partner, in addition to allowing you to make better choices when it comes to execution. Text analysis, audition techniques, and cold reads will also be explored and Craft work. Audition coaching and preparation. Click here to set up a session


Actors Plan (Blueprint for success) (tm) with Walter Alza

Blueprint for Success is the quintessential session for any actor who needs to succeed, needs a plan or change your existing path to maximize success. Walter Alza, is a Trailblazer, Multiple time successful television and film actor Director/Writer/Producer and one of the most accomplished acting coaches in Canada. "Walter Alza is the changing face of television" The Mississauga News. Walter Alza will share his insights on how to create an actionable blueprint that takes you where you want to go. 30 years of his PROVEN experience At your fingers tips. Discussion of personal development, career coaching, goals, and demo materials are welcome at this appointment.

This hands-on session teaches you what you need to do to break into the industry, and stay there or simply taking it to the net level. Think of Walter Alza’s knowledge as putting organic food in your system,  no junk food. Lots of charlatans try to do what Walter does and it’s done wrong, you will get the real, valuable proven knowledge. What’s expected from agents, casting directors, head shots and more. Click here to set up a session

"Over the last 10 months I have grown and learned quite a lot from Walter alza and the entire studio staff. So much that after taking The Blueprint private I was able to land a several parts in films and I signed with one of the top agencies in Canada ETM A BigThank you! Emeka

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Intro To Acting On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft

This class is designed for students who have little to no formal acting training. Actors are guided through an introduction to the craft, as well as an overview of acting on camera. After they complete their 1st session (4 weeks) the actor may get invited to continue in the studio.

Focusing primarily on scene study, these classes (intro, intermediate and advanced) reveal a specific method of acting for the camera tailored by the founder of Alza Acting Studio award winning actor filmmaker Walter Alza (Get Rich or Die Tryn', Flashpoint, Metropia). We also use elements from the techniques of great acting teachers that have shaped the lives of Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, etc. This class focuses not only on scene study and character development, but also on the craft by guiding you to explore yourself more.

In addition to covering an introduction tomovement and voice for on camera work, this class teaches you how to:

  • Build Self Confidence
  • Always be Ready
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • Break down scenes and monologues from theatre, film and television script
  • Be present and to work objectives and actions
  • Make strong choices in interpreting lines  
  • Understand “tempo-rhythm” – its meaning, purpose and application
  • Train the body for scenes
  • Understand “line of movement” – in long, medium and close-up shots.
  • Students are also given the opportunity to review their progress on a large screen.
  • Give Memorable Performances
  • Effective SCENE WORK
  • Learn to Accept good feedback and grow
  • Be prepared to take risks.
  • Learn Bio-mechanics for the Close up
  • Become more positive with your work
  • Learn to have more Faith

Time: Saturdays 11am to 2pm - 4 weeks - $289 + HST Tim Kachurove, Dean Bajramovic, Mike Plyle

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Time: Sundays 11am to 2pm - 4 weeks - $289 + HST (overflow class) Tim Kachurove, Mike Plyle

Instructors: Award Winning Faculty

 

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Intermediate Acting Class on Camera Scene Study (Friday nights)
& Craft
Ongoing acting classes every 5 weeks

Friday is The best night to end the week with amazing work. End the week with a Bang!

Focusing primarily on scene study, our coaches will reveal a specific method of acting for the camera tailored by Walter Alza ( Co Star of Get Rich or Die Tryn', Flashpoint, Metropia 90 episodes). Walter Alza is a Trailblazer, Multiple time successful television and film actor Director/Writer/Producer and one of the most accomplished acting coaches in Canada. "Walter Alza is the changing face of television" The Mississauga News. In this classes you will also work on some elements from the techniques of great acting teachers that have shaped the lives of actors like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, etc. This class focuses not only on scene study and character development, but also on the craft by guiding you to explore yourself more and get to your core.

You will be working on camera scene study in our studio which it mirrors working on set with multiple time award-winning actors and directors who are ready and willing to give their passion, skill and talent, to take you to the next level and help building your confidence with a new set of skills. You will also work on cold reads with 10 time award winning director Dean Bajramovic, with a powerful way of doing cold reads created by the founder of Alza Acting Studio award winning actor filmmaker Walter Alza (Get Rich or Die Tryn', Flashpoint, Metropia).

In this classes you will be introduce to the secret Alza sauce that many try to teach and do it wrong and hey, they charge you double for it ;)

This acting class is ideal for actors that have had prior substantial acting training and or working experience in television, film, and theatre. Ideal for actors that have made a decision to become crafted working actors. Actors that need to develop their instrument.

Let me explain the difference, most people think can act as long as they memorize lines or imitate sounds, much like parrots, I know it's funny, right? But many people think acting is just that. (Parrot sound). Acting its easy but not simple. A crafted actor is an actor who strives to be memorable and remain performing for a long time. A crafted Tv & film actor means that you are like a doctor, you know your work, simply put.

This camera acting class will teach the actor:

  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction
  • What a director looks for in a casting audition
  • What a director wants in a call back
  • How a director reads a script
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Build Self Confidence
  • Always be Ready
  • Learn to Give Memorable Performances
  • Effective SCENE WORK
  • Learn to Accept feedback and grow
  • Be prepared to take risks
  • Learn Bio-mechanics for the Close up
  • Become more positive with your work
  • Learn to have more Faith - faith is a state of mind, it can be Induced by repetition
  • Connect deeply with scenes and with an acting partner
  • Explore how to make better choices when it comes to execution.
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction and adapt
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Text & Script Analysis
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • Students are also given the opportunity to review their work on a large screen.
  • Shine while on set
  • Be remembered when auditioning and book more
  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • New Approach to your work

Time: Friday 6pm to 9:30pm - 5 weeks - $319 + HST

Instructors: Award Winning Faculty Dean Bajramovic, Tim Kachurov, Walter Alza,

A short meeting and or audition may be required after registering. Demo and or links to other work will be requested up on or before registration.

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Advanced Acting On Camera - The Crafted Film & Television  working actor's class

The Creative Collective Collaboration class (TM)

Ongoing acting workshops every 5 weeks

Known as one of the most fun, intense and in depth Acting classes in Canada. This class is for actors who want to work on their craft and break away from the rest or simply take it to the next level.

Focusing primarily on scene study, our coaches will reveal a specific method of acting for the camera tailored by Walter Alza ( Co Star of Get Rich or Die Tryn', Flashpoint, Metropia 90 episodes). Walter Alza is a Trailblazer, Multiple time successful television and film actor Director/Writer/Producer and one of the most accomplished acting coaches in Canada. "Walter Alza is the changing face of television" The Mississauga News. In this classes you will also work on some elements from the techniques of great acting teachers that have shaped the lives of actors like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, etc. This class focuses not only on scene study and character development, but also on the craft by guiding you to explore yourself more and get to your core.

This acting class is ideal for the working actor on film and television, actors with 2 to 4 years of prior university or college theater training experience and or lots of theater work experience. This is for actors that need to take things to a whole other level of expertise, actors who are competing with people with lots of working experience and need to stay sharp. "Practice keeps you permanent". Walter Alza

A crafted TV & film actor means that you are like a doctor who can work in the 3 different mediums Film Television and Theater

 I would highly recommend this class to any actor looking to reconnect with their instrument outside of set/the audition room."
- Amanda Joy (show creator & star of Second Jen)

This class deals with camera acting technique, scene study and the language of the director/actor relationship. Directors and actors communicate differently and it is very important to know what the director wants. We will explore the very different energies and needs of the director and actors.

This class will provide a challenging preparation for auditions, rehearsals and on set performances. Each of these involves different direction and acting requirements. You will learn how to deliver to best performance in all three situations.

This camera acting class will teach the actor:

  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction
  • What a director looks for in a casting audition
  • What a director wants in a call back
  • How a director reads a script
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Build Self Confidence
  • Always be Ready
  • Give Memorable Performances
  • Effective SCENE WORK
  • Learn to Accept feedback and grow
  • Be prepared to take risks
  • Learn Bio-mechanics for the Close up
  • Become more positive with your work
  • Learn to have more Faith - faith is a state of mind, it can be Induced by repetition
  • Connect deeply with scenes and with an acting partner
  • Explore how to make better choices when it comes to execution.
  • Increased ability to respond quickly to direction and adapt
  • Effectively responding to on-set direction
  • Text & Script Analysis
  • Character Development
  • Text & Script Analysis (scene and monologues)
  • Students are also given the opportunity to review their work on a large screen.
  • Shine while on set
  • Be remembered when auditioning and book more
  • How directors communicate and how to get hired
  • New Approach to your work

Time: Wednesdays 6pm to 9:30pm - 5 weeks - $319 + HST

Instructors: Award Winning Faculty Dean Bajramovic & Walter Alza

A short meeting and or audition may be required after registering. Demo and or links to other work will be requested up on or before registration.

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The Craft Class

Actors learn by doing. Throughout the journey of this class, actors have the opportunity to practice different tools to improve their personal craft. With a lot of hard work, focus and determination, students learn how to develop a character that can compete with the next person who walks in the audition room or on set.

Using tools from various techniques that have been in use for hundreds of years and Alza's own work, which covers more than two decades, is incorporated into the classroom work, with the result an organic approach for each learner: inner dialog, energy and instincts and bio mechanics come together to take everyone a step beyond.

This class goes back to basics, with a focus on making your instrument work for you and working to create a new person who may not be exactly who you are, but was nevertheless birthed by you. Your instrument is your body, soul and voice. (no audits) Actors must complete INTRO TO ACTING On Camera & Alza's Method & Craft, or the Intermediate class before joining this class.

 

Time: Thursdays 6:00 pm to 9:00pm - 5 weeks - $485 + HST

Instructor: Walter Alza

 

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Shakespeare Classes

This intensive study of Shakespeare plays and the Sonnets takes close account of the social and political circumstances in which they were written and performed. This broad historicist approach is complemented by a strong emphasis on the diversity of twentieth-century critical responses to the plays and on modern productions of them, both on stage and on screen.

The course will develop your knowledge of the range and variety of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic work; examine how its reception and status has been shaped by cultural and institutional factors; and explore themes such as questions of genre, politics, sexuality and gender.

 

Time: 4 weeks - $289 + HST

Instructor: TBA

 

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