Biz Studio is a professional screen acting school for Kids & Teens, operating out of Beatty Street Casting Studios at 788 Beatty St (B2 Level) at Robson St. in downtown Vancouver. Founded in 2002, we are one of the most respected training facilities for young actors in Vancouver. Many of our young students work regularly in Film, Television and Commercials. Our goal at Biz Studio is to demand the highest level of performance from our students, while still encouraging their love of acting by balancing discipline with fun. We are passionate about good acting. And fun.
|Mission: To prepare young actors to audition and work in BC’s film and television industry by providing professional, practical, small-group on-camera training.
Classes are fun and supportive, with a focus on putting in the work to be professional and developing a strong work ethic. Our actor training builds skills like self-confidence, self-awareness, listening skills, self management and emotional availability — valuable life skills at any age, and a real advantage for young actors.
The Biz Difference: Biz Studio students have about twice the one-on-one time with faculty as students at other schools (max of 6 students per class), so regardless of experience level we can support/challenge each student appropriately. Having the best staff-to-student ratio in town means that our instructors can choose material appropriate to each student, and personally guide you towards reaching your goals.
Professional: Instructors are all working actors and veteran coaches. Classes are based around the skills students need to audition and work on set.
Practical: Classes are held in a working casting studio at 788 Beatty St in downtown Vancouver. Video from class is uploaded to the website so you and your agent can track your progress. Students without an agent are included in our online showcase, and are regularly signed by local agents.
Prerequisites: No on-camera experience is needed to take one of our acting classes. We believe that in our very small classes (max of 6) a mix of skill levels is beneficial to all students. New students learn from the successful performances of their peers, and experienced students are reminded of the skills that are a foundation for good acting. In acting there is no right and wrong, just more effective and less effective ways to tell the story.
Class “Levels”: Many actors study with us over a course of several years, working on progressively more sophisticated material. We use small class sizes and a personalized curriculum to ensure that each actor is challenged appropriately, always assigning new material and helping each student push the edges of their current abilities.
|Michael Bean: Founder and principal coach at Biz Studio, Michael is one of the best-respected coaches and teachers for young actors in Vancouver. A classically trained actor with an extensive film and television resume (IMDB), Michael is the author of “Confidence on Camera: A Handbook for Young Actors”, which is used by many local talent agents as a primer for clients new to the industry. Michael brings the same attention to detail as an instructor that he expects from his students, and his teaching style is characterized by an infectious enthusiasm.
“We always know when one of Michael’s students walks in the room; they just know what they’re doing.” -Casting director Kris Woznesensky
|Alison Araya: Alison is one of the most in-demand audition coaches in Vancouver, and works regularly in film and television (Proof, Continuum, Supernatural, X-Men Origins – Wolverine, Watchmen, more on IMDB). Alison began acting as a teenager in her native Australia, enrolling in her late teens at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome, Italy. She also runs the Vancouver branch of the internationally acclaimed Anthony Meindl Actors Workshop, based out of Los Angeles. Her teaching style focuses on listening, and helping actors get out of their own way and discover the work they’re fully capable of.|
|Laura Bertram: Laura was on set full time from age twelve to seventeen as one of the leads on the Canadian TV series “Ready or Not”, and has been working steadily ever since (Andromeda, Robson Arms, Supernatural, more on IMDB). Recently she worked with Canadian comedy icon Seth Rogen on his film “50/50”. In addition to having first hand knowledge of what it takes to be a young actor, Laura is a licensed and practicing high school teacher in the Province of BC, and mother of a beautiful one year old boy.|
|Stephanie Halber: Stephanie is a veteran teacher and working actor, with experience in acting, voice, dance and musical theatre. A graduate of the Canadian College for Performing Arts, she’s worked on both sides of the camera as an actor, AD, and children’s casting director. Former head of youth programming for Victoria’s Screen Actors Studio, Stephanie is passionate about supporting young actors, and has an incredibly warm and approachable teaching style.|