Arvold Education – The Actor’s Persona (Youth)

– Honing Your Craft Through Self Awareness – 

Date: Sunday, August 6th | Time: 3pm-6pm | Investment: $185 | Ages: 11-17

***THIS CLASS IS NOT AN AUDITION; while we encourage you to bring your materials for review, discussion and feedback, we will not be receiving any for submission to current projects.  Erica will be using her experience solely to educate participants.

What’s your type…and how can knowing your type help your career?  Knowing your professional persona is a valuable tool that can direct, inform, and guide your career growth.  Participants will explore how an actor can discover, shape and present oneself in the most optimal way to casting directors, agents and directors.

Our own casting director/producer Erica Arvold, CSA and acting coach Richard Warner will lead the group in hands-on creative exercises to discover each participant’s own professional persona.  They will discuss why self-awareness is vital and how that self-awareness can be used by an actor in his/her career.

All minor artists ages 11-17 yrs. are welcome!  This will be an intimate group discussion where active participation is encouraged, so space is limited.

**Please note: This master class will be particularly interactive and introspective; please be ready to participate in a dynamic session that will involve self-assessment and review in a group environment.  Participants are encouraged to bring their headshots and materials for discussion and review.


Arvold classes focus on both the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of being a film artist.

*Each Session limited to 10 Actors

Catapult Acting Studios (Google Maps)
1934 Cliff Valley Way NE Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30329


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Erica has been a educator, guest instructor and speaker for over 20 years, sharing insights from a career as a casting director (IMDB),  and producer that spans major studio films, television shows and multimedia projects. She has had the honor of collaborating with and serving students and faculty at universities, schools and acting studios across the country including UVA, UNC, George Mason, Longwood, TRAIN at Virginia Repertory, and many others. Her multiple festival and conference appearances over the years include serving as a panelist, moderator, mentor and host; recent festivals include Austin, Virginia, Richmond and the International Television Festival. She has been the keynote speaker for several organizations outside of the filmmaking industry as well. In 2010, Erica founded with the goal of raising the bar for all film artists through training and collaboration. develops and offers master classes for actors and also sponsors events, panels & discussions on all aspects of the industry.  As the daughter of a professor, Erica believes that we are and will always be students of one another, a belief that was shaped and molded by her years at The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) which has manifested into a deep love of craft and a belief in formal training as a means to consistent, constant artistic growth.



Richard has been teaching acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he has had the honor of coaching Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intensions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He received the UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in many prestigious regional theaters.Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2011); Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln (2012); Chester Bowles in National Geographic channel’s Killing Kennedy (2013); Vic LeClue in Patriot Son, winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. In 2014 Richard played the lead opposite Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker. This film was selected for viewing at over 40 film festivals. This past year he appeared in Farewell Old Stringy in the leading role of Davey. He created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street.As a director, he has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West.