Advanced Youth Acting – Arvold Education

Erica Arvold and Richard Warner introduce their new conservatory-style intensive series specifically for youth actors who are looking to take a professional path in television and film.

20 Hours | Dates: May 12-13, May 19-20 | Investment: $895 | Ages: 10-17 | Capacity: Min: 10 | Max: 14
May 12th: 11am-6pm (lunch 2-3pm), May 13th: 1-4pm
May 19th: 11am-6pm (lunch 2-3pm), May 20th: 11-5pm (lunch 2-3pm)

This program will admit students on an APPLICATION ONLY basis. This program will be open to actors throughout the country between the ages of 10-17 (exceptions will be made for select mature, experienced younger actors). Each application will be reviewed by Erik Lingvall, Erica Arvold, & Richard Warner and each student will be hand selected to participate in this conservatory-style program. Please read the following carefully to ensure your application will be reviewed. Failure to meet this criteria may result in being taken out of consideration for the program:


Actors will submit:

• A one-minute video describing why the actor wants to take this intensive.
• A one-minute video telling an interesting personal story

You may shoot these videos on an iPhone or any type of camera. Video quality will not be taken into consideration. However, it is important that we can see and hear you. Please make these videos private (or password protected) on Vimeo (please do not use YouTube) and upload the links to your application. If you use a password, please include it in your application.

• A brief list of training history (classes, workshops, private training)

The deadline for this application has been EXTENDED to Friday, April 20th. All invitations to join the program will be sent out by Monday, April 23rd.



Erica Arvold and Richard Warner introduce their new conservatory-style intensive series specifically for youth actors who are looking to take a professional path in television and film. AYA is a multi-layered, progressive study for the advanced youth actor focusing on building a craft toolkit that will guide each performer in the development of a specific personal methodology. The Arvold-Warner approach is a synthesis of the major 20th century acting methods, offering Catapult actors a taste of the work offered at an adult conservatory-style program.

The twenty-hour power intensive, conducted over two weekends, will be divided into the following units:

• Vocal/Physical/Sensory Exercises
• Ensemble Building Games
• Storytelling
• Character Creation
• Character Work Moving into Relationships
• Scene Study (Introduction to the 10-step Checklist)


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


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Erica has been a guest instructor and speaker for over 20 years, sharing insights from a career as a casting director 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 the University of Virginia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Regent University, George Mason University, Longwood University, Savannah College of Art and Design, DramaInc, The Robert Mello Studio, The Actor’s Center of Asheville, Actor’s Arsenal, TRAIN/Cadence Theatre at Virginia Repertory, and The Renaissance School, among others. Her festival appearances as a panelist, moderator and mentor include the Austin Film Festival Screenwriters Conference, Virginia Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival and the Independent Television Festival. She has been the keynote speaker for organizations outside of the filmmaking industry, such as Philanthropic Educators Organization (PEO), the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) and Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts. In 2010, Erica founded with the goal of raising the bar for all film artists through training and collaboration. offers master classes for actors and also sponsors events, panels & discussions on all aspects of the industry. Erica created and taught a six (6) week class titled The Art of Casting for the University of Virginia for those aspiring to enter the field of casting. She utilizes her training at The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) and believes that we are and will always be students of one another.

*Erica Arvold is a member of Casting Society of America, and the following disclaimer is aligned with both the rules and regulations of CSA as well as the core beliefs of This class is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. As such, when this class is over, Erica will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials.


Richard taught acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he had the honor of coaching, among many others: Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intentions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He was awarded the UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching. As an active member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Richard studied In New York City 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; Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln; Chester Bowles in National Geographic channel’s Killing Kennedy; 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. 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.