Vancouver’s acting industry can be tough sometimes! There are so many different actors vying for the same part, and only one of them will be granted what they seek. Don’t even get me started when you hear ‘the part went LA’.

Here at ZENDEN we incorporate breathework, relaxation, and all different forms of improv, meditation and bodywork. These exercises further the discovery of the character you have been asked to embody, keeping your mind fully submerged in the character’s intention, while also giving you the ability to hit the right notes to make the scene sing. Along with training the body, we also focus on ‘specific’ scene breakdowns, learning the ability to direct the scene in the way the scene was meant to be directed. This will assist with your interpretation of the character, while also telling the story the scene was meant to tell. Other techniques include knowing the characters intention, or objective, knowing the overall arc of the scene, which some actors tend to neglect and figuring out the different peaks and valleys of a character to really bring him or her off the page. To discover these objectives, we will use methods such as drone noting, having a goal for the character, finding the ‘cri du coeur’, as well as learning to ‘live’ the scene without using any of the words at all; this being where the real acting begins. The class will be led by Andrew Francis and Jim Sced.

Andrew Francis

Andrew Francis, with over 185 credits, 26 years of experience in the Vancouver acting community, and currently moving onto Season 3 of his hit show for Hallmark, ‘Chesapeake Shores’, Andrew comes with a wealth of knowledge. Knowledge that comes from not only being a working actor, but also the knowledge acquired studying under Michelle Lonsdsle-Smith for three years at Lyric School of acting. He will also be incorporating what he has learned in his countless private sessions and guest workshops, studying under notable names such as Mel Tuck, Larry Moss and Toronto’s Michael Rothstein (personal coach of Rachel McAdams).

Jim Sced

Jim Sced has been involved in many areas of film and television for 10 + years. Initially studying Meisner technique with Christiane Hirt of Company of Rogues in Calgary Alberta. The thirst for more lead Jim to Circle In The Square for a theatre conservatory in New York. Jim could not escape his love of Vancouver, Canada, and his passion for the outdoors so it was back home to Vancouver where Jim worked with various productions and continued studies with Michele Lonsdale Smith at Lyric Actors Studio; where Jim and Andrew Francis first met. Along with this education and experience, Jim has done workshops with Michael Rothstein and many others…


  • Private Coaching

  • (30 mins class)
  • Private Coaching

  • (1 hr class)
  • Private Coaching

  • 3 Sessions

Andrew and Jim’s approach and insight will be complemented further with guest speakers such as:

Matt Mylrea, Stunt performer (Supergirl, Riverdale, Elysium, Warcraft, The Interview),
Greyston Holt (Supernatural, Bitten, Once Upon a Time)
Nels Lennerson (Cabin in the Woods, Supernatural and Horns w/ Danielle Radcliffe),

You will receive all around scene study training, but also the ability to take what you have learned and apply it to any and all of your upcoming projects and auditions. If you are a beginner, intermediate, or an advanced actor, have no fear! With a small group, and an intimate setting, this class will have something for every actor. Join us and gain that edge that will have you booking the roles that have been just out of reach.