Peter Kors

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Peter Kors is an actor, director and master teaching artist. He currently serves as Conservatory Director for Pacific Resident Theatre Youth Conservatory, and is on the artist roster of Los Angeles Opera, the Music Center Education Division, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Peter co-founded Dell’Arte International, a school for physical theatre studies in Northern California and teaches mask, movement, and acting workshops in Los Angeles and New York City. Acting credits include, among others, performances at the Mark Taper Forum, “The West Wing,” and “Bram and Alice.”

 

Donna DuBain

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Donna Du Bain has spent most of her life on stage. In San Francisco, she was a lead actress with the prestigious Circus theatrical family that did west coast premiere’s of many successful productions such as Tom Paine and Futz. After over 25 productions on the San Francisco stage, she moved to LA to begin her notorious career as a “serial” improvisational actor. She is a founding member of The Groundlings and then later found her Improv home with The Spolin Players. She has written comedy vignettes for television and was the director of the award winning, original play Loveable Blonde Seeking. While at the prestigious American Film Institute, she was instrumental in implementing The Academy Internship Program, The Independent Filmmaker Program and the Directing Workshop for Women. She has also produced an award winning Independent film, David Lynch presents… I Don’t Know Jack. Her love of the craft of acting and compassionate support of the artists has culminated in being a guest artist for The Virginia Avenue Project which helps “at-risk” children through creative exploring. She says her experience of working under the tutelage of Viola Spolin and the wonderful creative support of the Spolin Players has positively influenced every part of her professional and personal life. She loves Shakespeare, and will recite it at any given moment—don’t get her started.

 

Ellen Schulze

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Ellen Schulze began her theatre training as a mime, but her interest was captured by miniature performers that can speak and move only when she helps them.  These magical performers are puppets.  Since 1986, Schulze has worked exclusively in puppet theatre.  Her experience reflects almost every variety of puppets that can be imagined, including hand puppets, mask and rod puppets, Bunraku, shadow puppets and marionettes.  Her work with the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre of Phoenix included performances in both solo and company puppet shows, as well as conducting workshops in the design, construction, scripting, and performance techniques of puppet theatre.

She has performed at schools, festivals, preschools, and private parties. Schulze studied at University of Nevada/Las Vegas with an emphasis in Special Education, and trained professionally at Chabot University of Mime,Hayward, California.  She studied privately at the Mime and Mask Theater under mime artist Richmond Shepard, and has worked professionally as a mimesince 1978.  She has conducted workshops funded by the Arizona Arts in Education program and for Arizona Commission on the Arts.  She has created and performed puppet shows fororganizations as disparate as the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona and city water departments throughout the state.  Ellen came to California at the special request of Jim Gamble, who was Artistic Director and Founder of The Art of Puppets and Marionettes.  She has been leading classes for the company since 1992.

 

Moses Norton

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Moses Norton is a physical theatre artist, actor, director, acrobat, theater creator, and community-based arts facilitator. He graduated with an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, completed a year of Lecoq based physical theatre training at Estudis Berty Tovias in Barcelona Spain, and studied, Acting Physicality, Clown, and Improvisation at UC Santa Cruz.

Since graduating from Dell’Arte he has co-founded and toured nationally with UpLift Physical Theatre based in San Francisco, Performed and created original content as a clown and acrobat for the LA Opera’s Pagliacci, choreographed and soloed in the LA Jazz Band Burning Ghosts’ latest music video Defiance, as well as currently freelancing as an actor, director, stunt coordinator, and fight choreographer for stage and film. He is also currently working with the critically acclaimed LA based physical theatre company Not Man Apart acting and creating in their last year’s devising project Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny.

As a director Moses most recently directed Chambeando in collaboration with The Frida Kahlo Theatre and The Pasadena Community Job Center, he has also directed Physical Comedy for The Servant of Two Masters as an Adjunct instructor for Sacramento City College and this past August won the “Judged Choice Award” for his Direction of Aprender a Caer at the Stella Adler Short and Sweet Latino Theatre Festival. Furthermore Moses continues to teach workshops for and devise immersive theatrical events with his own emerging theatre troupe Fiasco Physical Theatre having recently staged Hint! A Commedia Masked Murder Mystery in collaboration with the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Moses is currently directing Historias Del Rio with Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras opening June 29th at The Autry Museum of The American West.

As a teaching artist Moses has worked as an Adjunct movement instructor for the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. In Los Angeles, at The Frida Kahlo Theatre, he is moving into his third year of bilingual teaching and directing, leading physical acting and mask craft intensives. He also teaches physical theatre, games, and innovative fitnesswith Not Man Apart’s Educational outreach program. In Lynnwood he partners with the B.R.I.D.G.E. Theatre Project, facilitating intensive playwriting and acting programs collaborating with an awesome team of children, professional artists and community members. Moses also partners with the Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Heights where, in exchange for studio space for his Company Fiasco PhysicalTheatre, he teaches mask making and physical theatre workshops to the community.

 

Bryan Chesters

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(SAG-AFTRA-AEA-AGVA) –  grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.  He has performed on stage and screen in Chicago, NYC and Los Angeles. He received both his BA (Music) and MFA (Theater) from UCLA (Magna cum laude).   He has taught acting at UCLA, YPS Studio, LA School of the Arts, Arts Camp & LAUSD.  Some of his private coaching’s include Nathan Kress ( iCarly), Chad Broskey; Skye Townsend (Lucifer); Laura Long (TURN); and Lexi Ainsworth(Congract role & Emmy Winner on General Hospital).

He interned at UDK Casting for two years and served as both an audition reader as well as running camera for auditions.  He has studied with some of the best acting teachers in the country including:  Bobby Lewis (Founder of the Actor’s Studio & original member of the Group Theatre), Mel Shapiro, Salome Jens, Ellen Geer, Gil Cates, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Larry Moss,Terry Schreiber, Ken Lerner, Tom Irwin, Jeff Perry, Shannon Cochran, Gar Campbell, Marilyn Fox.  He is the recipient of several acting awards including scholarships from Carol Burnett, George Burns and Laura Pels; LA MOVIE Awards Best Actor for his performance in FORERUNNER.

Recent TV/Film acting credits include:  LESS THAN ZERO (Pilot); WAR DOGS; MAD MEN (Dir. Jon Hamm), MODERN FAMILY, ANGER MANAGEMENT, Grey’s Anatomy (Dir. Jeannot Szwarc), A Lesson in Love (Starring Kristy Swanson) & Jet Set (Starring Eric Roberts).

He currently resides in LA where he’s a company member of Pacific Resident Theater in Venice, CA; Theater includes plays by Shakespeare (Hamlet), Williams (The Glass Menagerie) and Chekov (The Cherry Orchard) to name but a few.  Some of his favorite roles include:  Eddie (Hurly Burly), Charles (The Clean House), Oed (Big Love) and Millet/Binky (Fuddy Meers).  A true triple threat he has played the Gene Kelly role in Singin’ in the Rain at two different regional theaters. (Art Park-NY, Glendale Theater, CA).  Broadway Tours include: 1st National Sunset Boulevard (Dir. Trevor Nunn)  and 42nd Street-European (Dir. Jon Engstrom).  As a director he worked alongside Mel Shapiro and assisted him on ANGELS IN AMERICA: Parts One and Two. He also adapted, produced and directed the 25th Anniversary Production of ST. ELMO’S FIRE  at the Flight Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

 

Nancy Linehan Charles

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Nancy Linehan Charles has been a professional Union actor for 40-plus years. She has appeared in plays from off-Broadway to regional to summer stock. Her favorite roles on the stage include the Lead in THE VISIT, for which she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and her featured performance in TOYS IN THE ATTIC, for which she won the Ovation Award.

Her film work includes MINORITY REPORT (directed buy Steven Spielberg), and CHARLIES WILSON’S WAR (directed by the late, great Mike Nichols.)

She has shot close to 100 guest-starring roles on TV, including SHAMLESS, NCIS-LA, CRIMINAL MINDS, GRIMM, BETTER THINGS, to name a few, and is currently a recurring character on the CBS hit YOUNG SHELDON.

Ms. Charles is also the Artistic Director of a flash-mob Shakespeare Company called Salty Shakespeare. Her company flashes bits of the Bard in crowded elevators, or in coffee line at Starbucks, or anywhere that seems inappropriate. The company logo is “Erupting, Interrupting, Disturbing the Peace.” We live up to our brand.

Nancy is happy to be a part of the PRT Conservatory.

 

Ed Douglas

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Ed holds and MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. He is a full-time faculty member with the California State Summer School for the Arts, teaching acting and stage combat. He is also on the faculty of the theatre department at Glendale College. Ed has served as fight directorwith the Los Angeles Opera debuting in 1989 with Otello (with Placido Domingo in the title role). Since that time, he has staged the fight choreography for over 23 productions, most recently, Moby Dick, Billy Budd, Tosca, The Two Foscari, Romeo et Juliette, Don Giovanni and Carmen. Also with LAO he conducts stage combat workshops for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists program. He has trained opera stars Jennifer Larmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Liam Bonner, Richard Bernstein, Sondra Radvanovsky and Ana Maria Martinez in the art of stage combat. He has choreographed for stage productions at The ShakespeareCenter of Los Angeles, UCLA, USC, Cal State LA and the Pilgrimage Theatre. Film credits include Wild Bill, Oblivion, Wild Magic and the soon to be releasedShoot the Vein.

 

John Achorn

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John Achorn is an actor, director and teacher. He has specialized in the commedia dell’Arte technique for over 45 years. He studied under the late Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, with whom he helped to found the noted Dell’Arte School in Humboldt County, where he has returned several times over the years to teach commedia. As a Visiting Assistant Professor, Mr. Achorn has taught acting and directed productions at The University of Redlands, UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Recently he coached the clown routines for Old Clown Wanted at the Odyssey Theatre. He has also directed the two-woman clown show, Are We Not Human? for Duckbits at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2011, The Servant of Two Masters (UC Riverside), three one-act comedies titled Until Death Do Us Part (University of Redlands). Other directing includes: Interplay (Virginia Avenue Project @ The Getty Villa), I Do! I Do! (Theatre Forty), The Divine Madness of Isabella (the Write Act Theatre) Who’s Your Daddy? (Coronet Studio Theatre), Mercadet (Antaeus Company w/ Dakin Matthews), The Blind One-Armed Deaf Mute (Antaeus Company), The Doctor In Spite of Himself (UCR) and Tremendously Tall Tales (The Childrens Theatre Company of Minneapolis).

He has given numerous workshops and master classes in improvisation, mask, physical comedy and commedia for groups such as The Antaeus Academy, Studio Zanni, [via]Corporea, ARTEL, Deaf West Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Stages, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and The Antaeus Company, of which he is a long-standing member.

Mr. Achorn has contributed physical comedy routines for The Childrens Theatre Company 2006 production of Reeling, Theatre 40’s production of Roar of the Crowd, and Joseph Chaikin’s Taper, Too production of Waiting for Godot, amongst others.

He has performed in numerous stage, television and film productions, along with many commercials. Recent productions include: Synesthesia LA (Athena Theatre/Bootleg), The Seagull (Antaeus). Other The Malcontent (Antaeus) and Capulets & Montagues (ANDAK Stage), The Importance of Being Ernest (LA Women’s Shakespeare –playing Lady Bracknell), The Arsonists (Odyssey Theatre – nominated for Best Comic Actor by LA Weekly), Fafalo! (Ziggurat Theatre), Golden State (Dell’Arte Company). In 2006 he participated in the Annenberg School’s tribute to the legendary radio writer Norman Corwin, and has appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in Master Class and the Wood Demon. He has done numerous films, television shows and commercials.

He currently teaches Shakespeare, American Novel and History of Comedy at Santa Monica Emeritus College. Mr. Achorn is also involved with the Virginia Avenue Project where he teaches at-risk teens Creative Dramatics. He has conducted commedia dell’Arte workshops at The Antaeus Academy and Studio Zanni.


He has recently translated and adapted the Baroque commedia, A Sensible Girl by Jean de Palaprat (1692) and is working on a documentary on the late Carlo-Mazzone-Clementi.

 

Rachel Bailit

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Rachel Bailit is an Actress, Journalist, Acting Teacher at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, The Getty Museum, and DreamWorks Animation.

Rachel specializes in working one on one with public speaker, politicians and leaders creating opportunities for genuine communication, effective change, and growth. Her work is based on Method Acting using sense memory and emotional memory.

Rachel is a Museum Educational Consultant for Affective and Physical Engagement with Art at The Getty Museum. In addition to training museum docents, Rachel co-created a new tour “Sense Memory in Art” at The Getty Center. Rachel interacts with museum visitors from all over the world to explore the way memory and the senses engage simultaneously to create deeper, more provocative, and personal relationships with works of art. She co-created a new tour “Sense Memory in Art” at The Getty Center. Rachel interacts with museum visitors from all over the world to explore the way memory and the senses engage simultaneously to create deeper, more provocative, and personal relationships with works of art.

“Acting for Animators” is a specialized class Rachel has created for industry professionals. Using a technique she created “Method Boarding”, Rachel works with storyboard artists and technicians teaching them how to integrate personal sensorial and acting choices into unique storytelling. Most recently Rachel taught an ongoing workshop at The Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Gaming and Animation and a workshop sponsored by The Animation Guild at The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.

Rachel owned and operated her own casting company “Compassionate Casting” for over ten years. She cast television films, music videos and commercials.

She performed her acclaimed one-woman show, “Sugar Happens” for seven years in Los Angeles, including The Comedy Central Stage, and at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York City.

Rachel’s acting credits include Paramount’s “Festival In Cannes” directed by Henry Jaglom. She played alongside Jim Carrey in Ron Howard’s “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. Rachel has appeared in many television shows including “The Conan O’Brien Show”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Jon Benjamin Has a Van”, “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show”, “NYPD Blue” and the role of “Marissa” in “General Hospital”. She stars in two webisodes: “Diary of an Actress and “The Vamps Next Door”.

Rachel works as a model for animation studios and video game companies throughout Southern California including Disney Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Imageworks, Nickelodeon “The Simpsons”, “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, Blizzard Entertainment, Naughty Dog, Sony Online, Obsidian Entertainment, and Mattel Toys.

Rachel is a Red Carpet Host hosted has hosted events at CBS Studio Center for CDI Kids, and “New York In Hollywood” to benefit The CSUN Music Therapy Clinic.

Rachel is a proud union member of SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Equity Association and The Academy of Television. She is a member of The Los Angeles Military Personnel and Families Support Committee at SAG-AFTRA.

 

Keith Berger

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Keith Berger adheres to no one “doctrine” of physical theatre. His influences range from the classical French Pantomime of Barrault and Marceau to the forcefully dynamic American Mime Theatre style. Keith was among the very first performers to take his act on to the streets of New York City receiving the Joseph Papp award for “Most Outstanding Street Performer.” Since then he has toured his one-man show throughout the United States and Europe. Among these concerts are featured performances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Palm Beach Arts Festival and a Royal Command Performance for Princess Grace of Monaco. Some of his T.V. and film credits include Red Skelton’s “Funny Faces”, “Crossover Dreams”, “Angel Heart”, “The Suicide Club” and a starring role on CBS’ “Space Rangers”. Off-Broadway, Keith wrote and starred in “Broken Toys”. Keith and his wife, Sharon Diskin, formed The Chameleons Mime Theatre in 1990, and since then have performed for over 1 million children and adults all over the world.

A gifted teacher as well as performer, Berger has taught workshops and master classes in Physical Theatre and Mime throughout the U.S., including Cornell University, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Disney Animation Studios and also various cultural institutions in Europe and Asia. Over the years, Keith and Sharon have developed their own method of teaching theatre to children based on a concept they call Story Mime Theatre.

For their excellence as professional artists in the schools, Keith and Sharon were honored to receive the prestigious PASA award, presented by the County of Los Angeles, California Arts Council, and the California Department of Education.