Stephanie Halber has four years of coaching experience, including audition technique, script analysis, scene study and on camera technique.
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With seven years of coaching experience, Stephanie Halber currently works as an acting instructor at Biz Studios, teaching audition technique, script analysis, scene study and on camera technique. Her focus is on building a strong sense of confidence and self-awareness in her students to give them the foundation they need to develop their performances and build careers. Specializing with youth students, she also leads parent workshops to encourage parents to understand how they can help their child get started in acting. Her consistently strong rapport with students and parents has been built from her attention to catering to her students’ unique needs and her approach to developing personal strength and confidence in her lessons.
She has helped many of her students get started on the road to professional acting careers, coaching them for roles on several TV shows and movies, including CW’s The Flash, FOX’s Gracepoint, CTV’s Motive, TV movie Kindergarten Cop 2, VIFF award-winning indie The Devout, and more. She also works to train her clients in preparation for finding suitable agency representation in the industry.
As a working actor herself, she brings not only her knowledge the art and technique of acting but also her experience of the ins and outs of the Vancouver film industry. With this combination, she helps prepare performers to not only deliver strong, nuanced performances, but also how to adjust their delivery to make them more castable in the room, and more capable on set.
Her past experience has included working as Head Programmer of all children’s semester classes and spring/summer camps at the Screen Actor’s Studio, designing and teaching classes for kids ages 7 to 17. In this setting, she worked to tailor each semester to the needs of her individual students, building an experience beyond a simple acting class. She hired assistants to introduce a screen writing component to the class, and coached in singing lessons as well, focussing on building students confidence in their unique talents in the many facets of film.
She then moved to Arts Reach to work as Assistant Head Instructor on a 6-week-long series of Film Programs for low income schools. This involved not only coaching in acting, but instilling a general knowledge of the entire film process and the basics of roles on a film set. To culminate the program, students were given cameras and coached in creating their own films from writing to acting to shooting and editing.
After this, she became Head Instructor for Kids’ Programs at the Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, also leading a Theatre Camp program. The one-week camp culminated in a musical performance of The Wizard of Oz, demonstrating the kids new-found abilities and encouraging them to enjoy the thrill of live performance.
She also is involved in a variety of other facets of the film industry, and works as a casting assistant for casting director Tiffany Mak, as well as the associate producer for the two independent film organizations Crazy8s and the Celluloid Social Club.
She was recently honoured to receive the Cold Reading Series’ Keith Provost award for her contributions to the Vancouver film community.