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

Fall 2019 Classes


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 Los Angeles Opera, the Music Center Education Division, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

(Peter Kors 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: Peter Kors

Class Description: In this class the students will learn how to approach a role in a play. Students will be given an easy-to-understand method of how to apply the basic principles of finding the character’s objective or goal, discover the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving that goal and creating “actions” or strategies to overcome the obstacles.

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).


Teacher: Ellen Schulze

Class Description: Explore the wonderful world of Puppetry with Ellen Schulze, “the Puppet Lady”! Students will build a variety of puppets. 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.

(Ellen Schulze Full Bio)