About Biz Studio

Mission, Vision, Class Levels, Instructor Bios, and More.

Vision: Professional, practical, small-group on-camera classes for young actors. Six students max. Instructors are all working actors. Classes are held at a working casting studio, Beatty Street Casting Studios at 788 Beatty St, B2 Level, at Robson St in downtown Vancouver.

    Mission: To prepare young actors to audition and work in BC’s film and television industry by providing professional, practical 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.

Very Small Class Size: Six students maximum. The best staff-to-student ratio in town means that instructors can choose material appropriate to each student, and that students receive a lot of individual attention.

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.

Class Levels

    Many actors study with us over a course of several years, working on progressively more sophisticated material. Returning students always start from wherever they finished at the end of the previous session, regardless of which “Level” class fits their schedule.

Progress in acting, like in any professional skill, takes practice, feedback, and progressive challenge. 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.

Confidence on Camera: Honesty & Camera Technique. Appropriate for new actors and actors transitioning to film & TV from other performing disciplines (dance, singing, theatre, etc.). Confidence on Camera students build confidence and work to master honesty, camera & audition technique.

Scene Study: Story & Subtext. Appropriate for actors with confidence, and a foundation in honesty and camera technique. Scene Study students work to master script analysis, story structure, and bringing their full emotional and personal lives to their characters. All classes include some on-camera work.

Advanced Scene Study: Range & Depth. Appropriate for actors substantial on-set experience and/or on-camera training, with a strong foundation in quality scene work on and off camera. Advanced Scene Study students work to expand their emotional depth and the range of characters they can play. All classes include some on-camera work.


Michael Bean: Founder and principal coach at Biz Studio, Michael has an irrepressible and energetic teaching style. A classically trained actor, Michael’s film credits include roles in “The Big Year” with Steve Martin & Jack Black, “Love Happens” with Jennifer Aniston, “Case 39″ with Renee Zellweger, and “The Day The Earth Stood Still” with Jennifer Connelly. Michael is based out of Vancouver, BC in Canada.

Erica Carroll: Erica is a veteran teacher and working actor, whose training ranges from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles to The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin,Ireland. As a regular reader for local casting directors Corinne Clark & Jennifer Page she has the opportunity to watch thousands of auditions a year, making her uniquely qualified to teach on-camera skills. Erica’s small screen credits include roles on Supernatural, Smallville, Fringe, Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, and Masters of Horror, just to name a few.

Alison Araya: 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 continues to study and teach with the Anthony Meindl Actors Workshop (Los Angeles). In demand as both an acting coach and as an actor, her recent acting credits include the CW’s Supernatural, USA’s Fairly Legal, CTV’s The Bridge, and X Men Origins – Wolverine.

Rukiya Bernard: Originally from Toronto, Rukiya is a classically trained actress and graduate of Ryerson University. She taught children’s dance classes and ran workshops for Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre and taught at a number of dance schools in Toronto before moving to Vancouver in 2008 where she juggles working as an actor and audition coach with being mom to a two-year-old girl. Her recent credits include guest star roles on Supernatural, RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Primeval New World, and leads in feature films That Burning Feeling and The Music Teacher.