We offer a variety of classes for K-8 students. We are about to start our 2019 Spring Session, which will begin the end of February 2019.

These classes all take place between February 25, 2019 & March 2, 2019.

Thanks to our generous donor, all of the Conservatory classes are offered to the community free, but spots are limited, so register soon!

Upcoming Spring 2019 Classes

Teacher: Ellen Schulze

Class Description: Explore the wonderful world of Puppetry with Ellen Schulze, “the Puppet Lady”! Students will build a variety of puppets, including their very own “muppet-style” hand/rod puppet. An informal culminating performance will be presented during the last session of the 5-week workshop session.

Teacher’s Bio: Ellen Schulze began her theatre training as a mime, but her interest was captured by puppets. Since 1986, Schulze has worked exclusively in puppet theatre. Her experience reflects almost every variety of puppets, including hand puppets, mask and rod puppets, Bunraku, shadow puppets and marionettes.

Please Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, this class will be shifted one week forward from the other classes. It will begin March 4 and end April 1. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I will send out a reminder e-mail to all participants the week before the class begins.

(Ellen Schulze Full Bio)

Teacher: Donna DuBain

Class Description: Donna DuBain will be teaching the Improv games of Viola Spolin, the Mother of Improvisation. Students will learn fun improv games that can be used a tool for auditioning, performing, writing, or handling social or school situations with grace, humor and confidence.

Teacher’s Bio:  Donna Du Bain has spent most of her life on stage. 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.
(Donna DuBain Full Bio)

Teacher: Donna DuBain

Class Description:Donna DuBain will be teaching the Improv games and concepts of Viola Spolin, the Mother of Improvisation. Students will learn improvisational skills that will provide a strong foundation for those who are interested in further pursuing acting.

Teacher’s Bio:Donna Du Bain has spent most of her life on stage. 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.

(Donna DuBain Full Bio)

Teacher: Yiouli Archontaki

Class Description: In this workshop, students will begin an exploration of their Clown character through the use of theatre games, physical comedy techniques, relationship to props, ensemble and the audience.
What to bring: Yourself and your enthusiasm!

Teacher’s Bio: Yiouli Archontaki is a physical theatre performer, dancer, choreographer, musician and architect. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble – Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, a B.A. Hons and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, an IDB1 Flamenco & Spanish Dance teaching degree and years of experience on stage. Yiouli is an associate member of the Actors’ Gang and has studied Clown with Ronlin Foreman, Jeff Raz, Paola Coletto and Stefan Haves.

(Yiouli Archontaki Full Bio)

Teacher: Peter Kors

Class Description: Peter will share a folk tale or fable with the students, then lead them in songs and age-appropriate theatre games. Toward the end of the class, everyone joins in a short performance of the story. The students will discover how teamwork and artistic self expression can culminate in a joyful sharing of a performance. We will pick our favorite stories and share them with an invited audience on the last day of class.

Teacher’s Bio:  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 every major arts organization in Southern California.
(Peter Kors Full Bio).