A scene from one of Aaron Takahashi's many commercials.
A scene from one of Aaron Takahashi’s many commercials.

East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian American theater, will hold its On-Camera Commercial Audition Class, taught by Aaron Takahashi, from Feb. 10 to March 31.

With over 45 national commercials under his belt, Takahashi takes a comprehensive look at the process of commercial acting, from signing in at the audition to booking and shooting the job. Through on-camera work, he will introduce you to the numerous types of commercial auditions. He will share his insights on the art of commercial acting, including breaking down audition sides, recognizing the tone of a spot, and finding beats and jokes.

Takahashi has appeared in campaigns for Esurance, Snapple, and a popular commercial for Amp’d Mobile in which he raps to himself in a public restroom before getting caught. His latest commercial is a spot for Kmart. His television credits include “Community,” “The Mentalist,” “Sullivan & Son,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Back in the Game.” He is also featured on “Conan” in comedic sketches and pre-taped segments. Takahashi has appeared in films such as “Better Luck Tomorrow,” “Yes Man” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” On stage, he was last seen in the world premiere of “Slice” at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. He is also an instructor and core performing member of the Asian American improv group Cold Tofu.

Whether you’re just starting out in the commercial world, or have been auditioning regularly and not getting callbacks or bookings, Takahashi will help you discover what you can do to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Prior acting training required.

EWP is also offering two additional classes:

• Fundamentals of Acting III from Feb. 12 to April 2, taught by Dom Magwili. This final eight-week class will continue its exploration of improvisation, sensory, and character exercises as well as beginning monologue work. The Fundamentals of Acting series includes the practice of concentration, focus, connecting, following instincts and relaxation.

Students are encouraged to enroll in Fundamentals I, II and III. Those who complete the series will qualify to enroll in the Studio Lab Project workshop, which will culminate in a performance at the end of the session.

• Vocal Instruction from Feb. 11 to April 1, taught by Deborah Shulman. This course is designed to focus on vocal technique that addresses each individual’s vocal issues. Class will also include working with students on the practical application of that technique through exercises using a song they have brought in.

Shulman’s clients include Bette Midler, David Lee Roth and Katherine Fries Vaughn and many more.

For more information, contact Arts Education Director Marilyn Tokuda at mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org or call (213) 625-7000, ext. 15.

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