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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

A professional actor with over 40 years performing and teaching physical comedy, he was one of the founding faculty of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Comedy in Northern California, a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale and teaches Shakespeare for senior citizens at Emeritus College in Sana Monica.