Acting Classes for Film & TV - Take 1 - Online

Acting Classes for Film & TV - Take 1 - Online

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Take 1 - Foundational with Darlene Tait

Age 16 yrs +

Registration OPEN for the next dates.

Mondays 7-9.00 pm
8 weeks

Oct 16 th - Dec 4 th (Dark Thanksgiving)
Jan 15 th - March 11 th 2024 ( Dark Family Day )
April 15 th - June 10 th 2024 ( Dark Victoria Day )

note: for classes with advanced dates please message us using the chat button at the bottom of the screen.

Cost $240 plus tax
Auditors by appointment

Will include self taping audition work and scene study.



This dynamic ongoing introduction course is aimed at the adult student who is curious about what it takes to get started as an actor.

Aimed at skills for film and television, this course targets the actor who is serious about learning all aspects of the craft, and wants a fast track to representation by agencies.

Learn skills to impress agents and casting directors, with a career development component loaded with the necessary tools to land these all-important bookings.

With a philosophy of developing a solid foundation, Spotlight Academy has launched the careers of working actors from all over Vancouver Island. You only have to read the Spotlight Academy Testimonial Page to see that our students find meaningful work in this highly competitive field.

You will graduate from this course with information overload ready to take on advanced studies with a solid understanding of what this demanding industry holds. It's all or nothing!

The fundamentals of acting will be covered, which can be used on stage or screen.

We include:

  • Introduction to voice and movement in specifically targeted sessions
  • Solid improvisation skills needed for commercials
  • Audition techniques
  • Scene study and character development
  • Camera angles and continuity work
  • Mentoring and guidance is given in developing each actor's tool kit.

We advise on headshots, resumes, working with agents and managers and union membership.

It's all part of the unique Spotlight Package.


Instructor: Darlene Tait

Darlene Tait is an award winning actor with a 40+ year background in marketing and has been part of the local film scene for over 12 years.

Darlene likes to blend her business experience with the craft of acting and understands the importance of developing a proper actors package to be able to secure an agent and auditions.

Darlene has studied with some of the regions’ best known instructors and almost all working Casting Directors. She has also produced and cast several independent films including award winning films like The Cameraman (The Cameraman Chapter II is now in the festival circuit) and appeared and/or starred in several others.

Since signing with Ignite Artists (Vancouver, Toronto, LA), Darlene continues to be in constant demand by some of Vancouver’s busiest Casting Directors. She is best known for her supporting roles in Hallmark movies and has starred in numerous independent films and dozens of commercials. 

She currently serves as the Vice-President for the Vancouver Island South Film Commission, is Past President of Cinevic the local independent film society, and has served on the Board for Women in Film and Television Vancouver.

You can learn more about her work and awards at and