OUR VIRTUAL ACTING CLASS
For Kids and Teens
We are thrilled to offer 2 virtual and interactive acting classes this summer July 2020 for the Deaf and Hard of hearing students and CODA students for 10-12 years old students and 13-14 years old students.
Our virtual classes are designed to be a place of encouragement, support, and community for young deaf, hard of hearing artists, and have complete access to sign language and help them on their journey of creation and create new talent.
We have created an exciting, fun, and creative exercises that really engage with students on the digital platform where you can improve your acting skills and be prepared to audition for future TV or film.
We will cover:
Acting Technique: Improvisation
Character and Script Work
Create your own stories for the stage and screen
The classes will begin on Saturdays, July 11 - August 15 from 10:00AM to 12:00pm (PST) for six weeks. All of our classes will be virtual via Zoom.
These classes will be taught by CJ Jones and Krissy Lemon. We also provide private coaching (15 and up) by appointment.
Now, more than ever, we are able to offer an opportunity for our family of deaf, hard of hearing, and CODA actors to join the classes from anywhere in the world.
The workshop on the first two Saturdays is FREE! (July 11 and 18)
The fee for four weeks is $25 per class.
(Group Age 13-14/High School)
CJ was born in St. Louis, MO, one of seven hearing children born to Deaf parents who communicate in American Sign Language. At age 7 he was struck very ill with spinal meningitis, and consequently lost his hearing. After he became deaf, he attended Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD), which teaches in his native American Sign Language. After his illness, CJ’s residual hearing was too good to qualify for MSD. So his deaf father, Clarence, fought the MO school system to get CJ a place in the all deaf school. In this communication rich environment he flourished from a shy hearing boy into a deaf leader. He was class president, a cub scout, varsity football quarterback, a state pole vault record holder, and voted class valedictorian.
CJ played Joseph in the 2017 summer hit "Baby Driver", directed by Edgar Wright and co-starring Ansel Elgort. This role made CJ the first black deaf actor in an international Blockbuster. Also in 2017 he played Uriah, a leading role, in the indie horror film "Door in the Woods" directed by Chase Goforth.
Soon you can see him as Odin in "Castle Rock", a HULU Original production written by Stephen King.
CJ is thrilled to be working with the brilliant James Cameron on the Avatar Sequels. CJ will be seen this season of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.
CJ never sits still. He has developed 3 one man shows that have toured the US, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Ecuador, and Canada. He co-wrote and directed 6 classic fairytales for children’s television, a series called “Once Upon A Sign”. CJ produced the International Sign Language Theater Festival, which hosted theater artists from all over the US, Russia, and Mexico. CJ’s perseverance and talent make him ready to tackle any role.
CJ is a legend in the deaf world, acclaimed for his humor and inspiration. He has done it all: TV, movies, educational films, and theater. He has toured with his stand up comedy all over the world. He continues to use his never-ending passion in acting, producing, and directing to give back to the deaf and sign language community.
(Group Age 10-12/Middle School)
Krissy Lemon is a Puerto Rican-American versatile actress for seven years. She became deaf at the age of 5 and her immediate family are deaf as well. She graduated at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in 2012. She was trained to be a professional actress at Florida School of the Arts. In 2015, she was a traveling performer for RIT/NTID's Sunshine 2.0 troupe, going from school to school, to educate the importance of STEM through performance and presented workshop across the north eastern area. She worked with CJ for a one week workshop with deaf children at West Palm Beach, FL. Previously, she was an assistant dance instructor at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind [FSDB Dance Troupe]. Her responsibility includes working with individual students on their talent for their upcoming performance and overseeing class when needed.