Verve Studios


YOUTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM FAQs

How big are the classes?
Classes are limited to 12 students.  A small class size ensures that every student works at every class and gets individual attention.

What happened to “Tweens” and “Teens” classes?

After 14 years of teaching youth, the Tweens and Teens class titles no longer accurately reflected what the classes are.  A good majority of Verve’s students have agents, are seeking agents, or are actively auditioning for competitive parts in film and theatre.  The new name more accurately describes what we are already teaching at Verve.

How do I know which class is right for me?

If you took the Wednesday Tweens 2018-2019 class, you may enroll in either the Tuesday or Wednesday class this year. 

If you took the Thursday Advanced Tweens 2018-2019 class, you may enroll in either the Tuesday or Monday class this year. 

If you took the Tuesday Teens 2018-2019 class, you may enroll in either the Tuesday or Monday class this year. 

If you took the Monday Advanced Teens 2018-2019 class, you may enroll in the Monday class (or Tuesday if your schedule conflicts with Monday).

If you haven’t taken class at Verve before, enroll in Tuesday or Wednesday based on your age or grade.  (The ages and grades overlap by design).

If you have taken only the Saturday workouts or summer camps at Verve, enroll in Tuesday or Wednesday based on your age or grade.

If you haven’t taken classes at Verve before, but have taken classes at other studios, contact Amanda to schedule an audition.  Students must be proficient in commercials, voice over, improv, film auditioning and scene work to work in the Monday class.  At the audition, students will perform a prepared monologue (their choice) and a commercial cold read (Amanda’s choice).

Still not sure?  Call or e-mail Amanda to set up a meeting.

Why are there two levels combined in one class?

Because the classes are small, (and because Amanda is a spreadsheet nerd!), Amanda knows what each student has worked on at Verve.  She keeps track of the commercials, voice overs, monologues and scenes that each student has worked on.  Because of this, she is able to customize the experience for each student.

What if I just want to try acting?  This sounds too intense for me.

Even though it is a class, we still have FUN! Students get out of it what they put into it, so if you want to come and explore, it’s still a great class for you.  If you just like acting and want to continue to act as a hobby, that is fantastic and you are welcome!  Acting skills are life skills, so even if you don’t think (or don’t know yet) if you want to work professionally, you’ll still learn skills that will help you in life.  In addition, expressing yourself artistically is essential to your long term well-being, and Verve’s youth programs are a safe place to explore and express your inner artist. However, we also offer Saturday workouts and summer camps that have a shorter time commitment. The Saturday workouts are a la carte and you can attend them as your schedule permits.  The weekday training program is designed to build on skills as the year and levels advance.   

Who should take the class?
If you want to audition for theatre – a play or musical – where there are cuts, this class will help you get and maintain a competitive edge. If you want to get an agent here in Phoenix, this class is essential.  Phoenix agents represent you “across the board,” which means in commercials, voice over, film, TV, hosting and print. You must have training, and skills, in all of these areas. If you want to get an agent in LA (First talk to your parents! That is a huge commitment!), the skills you learn in the class are applicable to huge markets. (Phoenix is the 6th market Amanda and lived and worked in, so the curriculum reflects that experience.) If you already have an agent, you know that ongoing training is essential to being competitive.  Most agents actually require you to train regularly.

Who teaches the classes?

Amanda Melby designed all of the curriculum and materials.  She has been a working actor for 30 years, a member of SAG-AFTRA for 20 years and a member of AEA for 18 years.  She has a B.A. in Theatre and English from Concordia College in MN, has studied in Howard Fine’s Master class in LA and has training from all of the markets she’s lived and worked in.
Will Hightower is a graduate of both the Phoenix College (AA) and Arizona State University (BA) theatre programs.  As a stage actor, Will has performed with Actors Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Stray Cat Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre, and American Stage Theatre located in St. Petersburg, Florida. On camera, Will has appeared in national commercials, television shows, and numerous industrial projects. He is also the voice behind several international eLearning brands in the areas of project management and marketing.  Will signed with Dani's Agency in 2008 and has worked professionally as an actor and teaching artist for over 10 years including becoming an Equity Member Candidate in 2012. 

What if I get cast in a show?  Or have an audition/booking out of town?

Awesome!  When you audition for the play, put your class as a conflict.  Often they can work around it.  (Or you can leave early from class to get to rehearsal on time.)  If they aren’t able to work around it, temporarily drop the class (by the 20th of the month) during the tech/run and re-enroll after the show opens.  If you are travelling frequently to LA for last minute auditions, contact Amanda to work something out.

What are the payment options?

Tuition is based on the full 34 classes of the term.
One payment: $1500 or $1525 for new students (includes $25 one-time studio registration fee.)  This reflects a 5% discount.
Three payments: $527 due at registration, by 11/18/19 and by 2/24/20.  For new students, the first payment is $552 (includes $25 one-time studio registration fee.)  With this option, we request a credit card to auto-bill on the set dates.
Monthly: $175 due on the 1st of each month.  For new students, the first payment is $200 (includes $25 one-time studio registration fee.)  With this option, we request a credit card to auto-bill on the set dates.
If you are joining or re-joining mid-month, individual classes are $48/each.  We don’t offer drop-ins, this option is only for those enrolling or re-enrolling after dropping if mid-month due to a play or life event.


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