Biz Studio is a professional screen acting school for Kids & Teens, operating out of Beatty Street Casting Studios at 788 Beatty St (B2 Level) 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.
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 our Kids classes, Teens Confidence on Camera classes or Intensives. Students in the Intermediate Teen classes are expected to have a foundation in acting and camera technique. Many actors study with us over a course of several years, working on progressively more sophisticated material. We use small class sizes (max of 6 students) and a personalized curriculum to ensure that each actor is challenged appropriately.
|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
|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). 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 two. Her teaching style is supportive and student-centered, with an emphasis on ease and practical skill-building.|
|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 and former head of youth programming for Victoria’s Screen Actors Studio, she’s worked on both sides of the camera as an actor, AD, and children’s casting director. She currently serves as Co-Producer for Vancouver’s Crazy 8’s filmmaking competition, and works regularly as a reader and casting assistant for casting director Tiffany Mak. Her young clients have been incredibly successful in the last year, including one recent student whose first-ever professional role took her to Mumbai for six weeks as a supporting lead in the feature HEARTBEATS, or another young student who spent all summer working with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson on the feature film TULLY. Stephanie is passionate about supporting young actors, and has an incredibly warm and approachable teaching style.|
|Jessica Harmon: Jessica is one of Vancouver’s busiest working actors, currently in recurring roles on the CW Network shows “The 100” and “iZombie” (more on IMDB). Scion of an industry family, she coached her younger brother Richard Harmon from awkward teen to leading man (The 100, Continuum, etc), and continues to be an in-demand audition coach. Her teaching style is down-to-earth and very practical, with an emphasis on helping actors bring themselves to their work.
|Leanne Lapp: Leanne fell in love with teaching while teaching improv after high school and has been teaching and coaching ever since. A busy working actor whose resume includes The Killing, Fringe, Continuum, Rogue, numerous TV movies, and an ongoing recurring role on iZombie (more on IMDB), she started in the industry in Vancouver as a teen and brings that direct experience and perspective to her work with students. Her teaching style is enthusiastic and precise, with an emphasis on helping students make clear choices.