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BIPOC Animation Workshop W/ Omari Newton Deadline!

June 20

Omari Newton is an award-winning professional actor, writer, director, and producer. As a writer, his original Hip Hop theatre piece Sal Capone has received critical acclaim and multiple productions, including a presentation at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Omari and his wife, fellow professional playwright Amy Lee Lavoie, recently received a generous grant from the Canada Council to co-write a new play: Redbone Coonhound which has won numerous awards including Best New Play at the Montreal English Theatre Association (META) Awards and have toured Canada. Their latest collaboration is a bold and innovative satirical comedy that confronts instances of systemic racism in the past, present and future. Newton’s work in Speakeasy Theatre’s production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment earned him a 2017-2018 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, as well as a nomination for Best Direction.

Notable film & TV credits include: Lucas Ingram on Showcase’s Continuum, Larry Summers on Blue Mountain State and lending his voice to the Black Panther in multiple animated projects (Marvel). Most recently, Omari has a recurring role as Nate on Corner Gas (the animated series) and a recurring role as Corvus of Netflix’s hit new animated series Emmy Award winning The Dragon Prince.

Course Description

This 4-week voice training workshop is designed to support BIPOC members who are interested in voice acting. Members will learn the foundations of voice acting for animation, and be taught the skills they need to embody a character through a microphone. The workshop will be tailored to the caliber of the applicants.

After reviewing applicant auditions, the instructor will place them in either the Development or Advanced Streams.

Thanks to the generosity of Vancouver Film School, participants will be attending some of the sessions at their recording studios.

Only members with two (2) or fewer voice credits will be eligible for the program
Beginner and Advanced Level

This is a four (4) week, in person workshop
Location: Vancouver Film School
Cost for members: FREE
Maximum number of participants: 10
Applicants must be 19+
Dates:  Recurring Sundays
July 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
To apply for the UBCP/ACTRA BIPOC Animation Workshop please complete the form below and send in your recorded audition.
Your audition needs to be downloadable. Do not send any links that cannot be downloaded.

Audition Details – Demo no longer than 2 minutes

  1. Three distinct characters
  2. A brief sample of them reading a PSA or commercial
  3. Please state your name and agency or if you are unrepresented

Your complete application must be received by June 20.

You will be contacted by June 27 to confirm your spot or if you have been waitlisted.


June 20
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