Cates Creative Acting Academy

Acting Classes


Acting for TV and film


Improv Classes


Musical Theatre/Vocals


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Acting classes


Whether you are starting out or wish to return to the foundations of a strong technique,  the focus at this level is on presence and awareness: developing a deeper, more dynamic sensory relationship to your body, exploring your creative resources, and expanding your sense of self in relation to an array of possible circumstances.  


Breaking down the scene, character and intent. Exploring techniques that will allow an honest and genuine performance the ability to create life on stage. Techniques taught in this course will help students “feel” the dialogue rather than simply act it out. Allowing for a more honest performance. Students will work hard on monologues and scene study 


 Advanced practice with complex scenes and exercises to help you compete and thrive as a professional stage actor. You expand your repertoire, strengthen your technique, and develop reliable tools for solving challenges outside your comfort zone. 

Acting for TV and Film


This acting class introduces the technique of “just being” in front of the camera. You explore the fundamental elements of a grounded acting technique as they relate to the level of intimacy the camera demands. As you practice in front of the camera, you learn to stay open and work freely without hiding or acting for the lens. You develop the ability to listen and connect truthfully with a partner, letting that interaction guide your impulses.  


 Fully take control of the audition room during TV, Film, & Commercial auditions and live naturally and fearlessly in front of the camera while shooting your next project. Learn how to confidently put yourself on tape and leave powerful impressions amongst casting directors. Topics include: On Camera Auditioning Technique for TV, Film, and Commercials, working in front of the camera on a film shoot, and Self-Tape Auditions. 

Improv Classes


 These classes are an extremely fun and creative way for kids to learn how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Kids improv is a great class for kids to develop social skills as well as working on problem solving and critical thinking all while becoming more confident within themselves. Heath Cates teaches a very dynamic and self-empowering improv class to build courage, confidence and character amongst the children.  

Teens and Adults

 Teens and adults will learn how improv can be an actor’s greatest tool. Learning to trust and follow instincts of natural impulse when creating scenes. And how that can relate to scripted material on stage or behind the camera. These classes also follow the Cates Creative “CCC” motto of building courage, confidence and character through performing arts. Teens and adults will also learn how to develop characters and work towards developing sketch comedy acts throughout the course.  

Musical Theater/Vocals

CCAA offers musical theater and vocal classes to singers of all levels and ages — those just starting out as well as seasoned singers seeking a place to practice. For those interested in bridging their acting technique with the demands of musical theater come join these fun and dynamic classes.