Acting for Film

ACTING FOR FILM AT THE MICHAEL CACOYIANNI FOUNDATION

For the new generation of actors, a career pursuit that includes Hollywood, London, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Disney is the natural consequence of global Mobility.

Greece aims to become the Hollywood of Europe, this has already been highlighted by the increase of international film and television productions in Greece in recent years, making Greece a European Hub. The production companies choose Greece for filming and therefore require excellent service in terms of crew and cast, talented English-speaking actors can now participate in multinational productions.

Moreover, more and more Greek producers and directors make films in English, focusing their energies on the creation of  “international” work, which means they seek to produce films locally but with international funding and distribution. Because of this development, there is a growing demand for exceptional actors who can effortlessly perform in English and have the required professionalism to  meet the demands of international producers.

Young actors should aim to orient their careers at an international level. But to be able to meet the high demand and varied requirements placed on the international stage, artists must not only have excellent acting training but also knowledge of the professional requirements and particularities that will allow them to claim their participation in major productions. The international recognition of Greek actors is something that pleases all of us particularly.  At MCF we are committed to helping and mobilizing Greek actors to find their rightful place on the international arena.

Sophie Papadopoulos is the Founder of iWa with presence in Athens and Los Angeles. iWa offers specialized workshops for actors, directors and producers servicing their needs for the latest in professional development and artistic growth. iWa has a strong network of professional from the global entertainment industry and provides a platform for Greek artists to expand their opportunities by networking and creating powerful relationship at an international level. 

iWa has an exclusive affiliation with the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Hollywood and is a Certified Teacher, coaching Actors internationally on Milton Katselas famous Acting Approach.  Sophie teaches the BHP technique at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens – Greece since 2011 and  teaches and directs up-and-coming artists and professionals from the field of Theatre and Cinema.

We are pleased to announce the Master Classes workshop program for the period 2022.

Actors Studio

Intensive training in acting with main tools the study and performance of scenes (scene study, auditions and monologues) from films, TV series and theatrical performances.

For professional actors who have finished acting school and students in acting schools . In addition, if you have professional credits but have not gone to acting school, apply because each case will be examined separately.

Required for the application is your resume, headshot, and brief skype interview before your application is approved.

The teaching language will be English with clarifications in Greek, if needed. Your English should be at conversational level. (Auditing is allowed for directors, writers, producers and actors).

For more information or to register, please contact Ms. Sophie Papadopoulos 6945971127 at the email sophie@iwanet.biz

www.iwanet.biz

www.bhplayhouse.com

www.mcf.gr

TESTIMONIES 

IWA & BEVEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE – ATHENS / LOS ANGELES

ACTORS STUDIO

Rena Kyprioti  – Actor – Athens

“Acting, Attitude, and Administration-The broad areas of the BHP acting approach, which means both: craft and career.  Sophie is an inspirational acting coach. She is very professional and gets results immediately. With her approach I’m sharpening my choices and cultivating the confidence in me. The approach is spot on and gets the best performance out of you. You have to rethink your “attitude” and your “administration” and put this talent and attitude effectively into the world. My booking are already starting to happen.  Sophie, I’m really grateful, thank you.”

Glykeria Xifokosta   -Actor

“Taking the acting workshop with Sophie Papadopoulos was the best thing I have ever done so far. The highest professional workshop in acting I have ever attended. Not only with specific acting tools from Mr Katselas technique that every actor should work on but also coaching in administration and attitude for actors, professional advice and strategy to actually pursue and get an acting career. Information I had never had on exactly what’s going on in the foreign industry and tools actors need to have. Sophie Papadopoulos is more than an outstanding acting coach and talent manager worldwide. She is a Mentor. Most definitely a workshop that anyone who is interested in acting should take and even more a workshop I will certainly continue to attend!!!! Do not miss it!!”

Tina Papadopoulou -Actor/Translator

“Sophie Papadopoulos is an amazing coach, who effortlessly embeds a “life is a celebration” approach in her teaching. She has developed a truly remarkable workshop which I would encourage all actors to attend. The earlier on an actor experiences the workshop the better it will be for his or her career. Sophie’s coaching integrates learning through creative discovery and liberates you to appreciate the joy of being an actor.  Sophie’s dedication to the craft of acting and her distinctive teaching method make her truly stand out among anyone else in Greece. Sophie, I am deeply grateful for the inspiration and joy that I felt in every single one of your classes, Congratulations! You deserve all the compliments you can get.”

Athina Linardou  – Actor/Dancer  “The acting classes with Sophie Papadopoulos changed my life forever!! They helped me discover more things about myself and gave me another perspective on life. It was an amazing experience! I had a wonderful time meeting new people and collaborating with them! I definitely recommend these classes to those who love to challenge themselves!”

Vaggelis Zapantiotis  – Actor

“The  acting classes I did with Sophie Papadopoulos, founder of IWA, on the Katselas method opened my eyes … The months at the Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation was like I had done three years at a drama school! It helped me to trust myself; to  find within me the power that we all have,  and  that with hard work  ANYTHING  CAN BE DONE !!!  It opened my mind to how to understand the work, and myself, as part of that, and certainly made me a better actor… I DARE SO I CAN WIN!  Thanks for everything Sophie and I will definitely be joining you again because I have a lot more to learn!”

Christina SourouniActor

I’ve been thinking for some time now how to put into words the rich experience I had studying next to Sophie Papadopoulos. Mrs. Papadopoulos is a charismatic teacher.  She is one of those very few that you’ll be lucky to meet once or twice in your life!  Sophie, along with Mr. Katselas’ acting method, taught me how to break down a scene, how to make choices and how to build a character.  I also learned that as actors, it is not only the craft we have to work on but also the ‘administration’, the business part of our Art.  In every step of the way, I had Sophie beside me , inspiring me to move forward, to have a positive and bright attitude, always trying to bring out the best in me and helping me see that is is OK to dream big as long as it comes with actions, work and patience.  Her class was one of the best decisions in my life and changed me so much and only in good ways.  I’m thankful I met her as a person and as a teacher!

Niki Leonidou  -Illustrator/Actor

The best, most inspiring acting workshop I have ever attended. Sophie has a unique way of getting the best out of you! Once you start, you don’t want it to be over. It is so much fun! It is a challenge to get to know yourself better and act in such a natural way, as a normal person would, not as an actor pretending! I have never come across anything like this in Greece before. I am very lucky to have Sophie coaching me and helping me make my dream come true! It is a lifetime experience!!”

Timoleon Gketsos  -Actor/ Musician/ Life Coach

“Working with Sophie has been an invaluable journey. She has a great ability to get across her vision & teachings to her students and trainees. Utilizing her studies, experience, logic, emotion and gut, she can understand what are the characteristics that need to be developed in order for a person to evolve as an actor and a human. She reinforced in me the belief that attitude, and focused work create the necessary environment for talent to flourish and success to arrive.But what really makes a difference working with Sophie is that she walks her talk. She is a talented and goal oriented professional, constantly putting herself into projects & actions that serve her visions. And no matter what the circumstances of life are, supportive or not, she carries on.And this way she is an inspiration for me never to give up on my dreams! Thank you Sophie!”

Angelo Poulis  –  Actor /Stunt Performer / Film maker

Los Angeles / Athens

“Acting classes with Sophie Papadopoulos were my first acting experience. When I started acting I used to be shy, having stage fright and lack of confidence. Under the guidance of Sophie, along with Milton Katselas method, she taught me with hard work and persistence I can manage to achieve my first goals. I used the ‘attitude’ and ‘administration’ advice that I learned and a year later I am in Los Angeles having signed with two of the best talent agencies (RPM and KMR) and I have already started this big journey. I recommend these acting classes only to people who are serious about their career and the industry and want to achieve big goals. Sophie Papadopoulos – bridging the gap between America and the dream!”

Actors Studio

   Beverly Hills Playhouse & IWA Actors Studio –  Los Angeles / Athens

Milton Katselas Acting Approach

Workshop Language: English & Greek  
Acting Teacher  : Sophie Papadopoulos 

Introduction:
Sophie Papadopoulos is the Founder & Managing Partner of iWa with presence in Athens and Los Angeles. iWa offers specialized workshops for actors, directors and producers servicing their needs for the latest in professional development and artistic growth. iWa has a strong network of professional from the global entertainment industry and provides a platform for Greek artists to expand their opportunities by networking and creating powerful relationship at an international level. 

iWa has an exclusive affiliation with the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Hollywood and is a Certified Teacher, coaching Actors internationally on Milton Katselas famous Acting Approach.

For more information www.iwanet.biz


Description

Acting Classes are an experience unlike any other classes. They are exciting, passionate, and entertaining. Scene Study and Monologue classes train each actor in real-person-place, behavior-oriented, moment-to-moment acting work in the tradition of the great American actors. Exercises are kept at a minimum so the Actor can concentrate on discipline, research, high-quality scenes from good scripts whether from plays or movies. Rather than emphasizing any one technique or school of acting thought -such as Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler, Strasberg “sense memory” etc, the Approach utilizes a down-to-earth appeal which has been developed over 40 years by Milton Katselas. For instance;

–‐What events are associated with this story?

–‐What is the specific nature of this character?

–‐What happened to them before the scene?

–‐What would a real person do in this given circumstances?

Different actors have different ways of tackling the craft of acting, and by teaching over 20 different concepts, ideas and techniques that actors can learn and utilize to master whatever challenges faces them, whether from the nature of the role or the nature of the project. The result is an actor who can deliver a rich, believable performance no matter the circumstances, from film shoots and television where there is little or no rehearsal, to the theatre projects where there are weeks of rehearsal, to the very audition that gets these jobs.

Intensive training in acting with main tools the study and performance of scenes (scene study, auditions and monologues) from films, TV series and theatrical performances. For professional actors who have finished acting school and students in acting schools . In addition, if you have professional credits but you have not gone to acting school, please apply because each case will be examined separately.

The students are instructed through the unique, down-to-earth, non theoretical three-pronged Approach- Acting, Attitude, and Administration.

Milton Katselas

Renowned Director and Teacher Milton Katselas Acting Approach has been training Actors for over 30 years at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Hollywood, one of the oldest and most respected private Acting School in Los Angeles. His Approach to both the craft and career of Acting has benefited celebrities such as; George Clooney, Michelle Pfeifer, Alec Baldwin, James Cromwell, Patrick Swayze, Jim Carrey, Kate Hudson, Giovanni Ribisi, to name a few.

For more information www.bhplayhouse.com

Suggested Reading: Kindle Edition

-Acting Class – Take a Seat by Milton Katselas 

-Dreams into Actions” by Milton Katselas

-The Oasis of Insanity – The Study and Pursuit of Acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse” by Allen Barton


Information & Registration : sophie@iwanet.biz, 6945971127

For professional actors who have finished acting school and students in acting schools . In addition, if you have professional credits from the industry but have not gone to acting school, please apply because each case will be examined separately.

Required CV, Headshot, and brief Skype interview before your application is approved.

The language used will be English with clarifications in Greek. Your English must be at conversational level. (Auditing is allowed for directors, writers, producers and actors)

Date & Time :
Participation fee: 300 euros (2 installements)

Registration begins: 

Duration : 10 weekly sessions for 3 hours

Certification upon Completion

PLACES ARE LIMITED !