Film And Tv Program

FILM/TV CREATION from studio to set

American Theater Dance Workshop is excited to announce a brand new Film/TV partnership, in collaboration with REELARC, an industry leader in scene creation and production for actors. Our new TV/film program for aspiring actors (ages 6-26) looking to work in the New York TV and film industry will give each actor the opportunity to have a customized scene produced, developed and created specifically for them on a professional set.

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Scene Creation Workshop

Young actors will gain valuable experience working on set by collaborating closely with a professional creative team consisting of a director, writer, and editor. This comprehensive experience will culminate in their scene creation being produced and shot on a professional set complete with sound, lighting, scoring, and edits. The finalized scene can then be included on their reel which can be shared with agents, managers, and casting directors.

The Six-Week Program

Further, this six-week program will begin by defining the genre and tone for the scene. The development process will focus on capturing the actor's most identifiable and specific character personality traits while also considering where they fit within the NY procedural drama and film universe. The goal is to create a scene that effectively showcases them to casting professionals and representation.

Preparing for work on-set

Throughout the program, the scene will be workshopped, blocked, and refined based on in-class exercises. This approach aims to prepare the actors for working quickly and efficiently on set before transitioning into a professional environment designed for their success. Actors will be paired up with another actor and the scene will be shot and edited from both actors point of view.

The Team

Director/Filmmaker: VANESSA SCHANEN

Program Administrator and Producer: Jerome Vivona




The Details

The Film/TV Workshop Begins March 1st and shoots the weekend of April 14 & 15 in Brooklyn at REELARC studios within the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

All Class work will be done at American Theater Dance Workshop in Mineola. (500 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY)

CLASS TIME: Friday's 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • 1st session: Friday, 3/1 

  • 2nd session: Friday, 3/8 

  • 3rd session: Friday, 3/15 

  • 4th Session: Friday, 3/22 

  • 5th Session: Friday, April 5 

  • (Makeup date: Friday, April 12) 

  • 6th Session: Shoot Day on Set: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. 

  • Each actor will be given a 2 hour shooting session.


$500 non-refundable deposit

Balance Due prior to program start

Program Outline

Week 1:

Introductions, warmups and monologues (prepared prior to class) Matching the scene partners Complete character and genre questionnaires: Actors will be asked to use specific adjectives to describe themselves Which Genre do you connect with - What shows inspire you? Do you prefer Comedy or Drama?

Week 2:

Actors will meet with their screenwriter :30 min (in person or via zoom) (actors will have the ability to have their parents in the meeting) Begin discussions about wardrobe with actors after their meeting with their Writer.

Week 3:

Work with 1st draft script in class - discuss and breakdown beats gather notes with teacher - send notes to writer Dialogue, overall vibe, etc. Review wardrobe, hair and accessories again based upon scene analysis

Week 4:

Run through and block Second Draft in Class Gather notes for final draft

Week 5:

Locked Scripts: rehearse/block/finalize and work with costumes/wardrobe choices.

Week 6:

SHOOT on Saturday/Sunday at Reelarc

" Reelarc was remarkable. The team flawlessly translated my vision into a mesmerizing production. Every member exhibited unparalleled dedication, turning my ideas into a stunning reality. Their creativity and professionalism were truly commendable. An outstanding experience! "