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

Currently in our spring 2019 session, we are offering a weekly Improvisation class that takes place Tuesday evenings from 6PM to 7:30PM a weekly Acting class that takes place Thursday evenings from 6PM – 8PM, and a weekly Saturday Comedy of Manners class that begins at 12PM!

Spring 2019 Weekly Class

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, or writing. Students will gain experience working with scene partners, thinking on their feet, and creating a believable world for the audience.

Teacher Bio: 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.
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Teacher: Peter Kors

Class Description: Taught by Conservatory Director Peter Kors, this class will explore what makes an actor a dynamic and creative performer. Modeled after a combination of Stanislavsky’s “scientific” method and Michael Chekov’s “emotional” approach, we also will implement the British system of “Actioning,” giving the actor tools to take their acting to “the next level.”

Teacher 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.
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Teacher: Carolee Shoemaker

Class Description: Using The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde as an anchor work, we will study the form of acting used in Comedy of Manners, focusing on its stylized movement, vocal requirements, and comedic timing. There will be a performance of scenes from the play at the end of the session.

Teacher Bio: Carolee has worked as a stage director and teacher for over three decades. She has a love for classical theater as well as for introducing classical theater to students. She was a long-time member of the National American Shakespeare Company at the Knightsbridge Theater in Los Angeles where she directed many shows including The Misanthrope, Hamlet, Medea, and The Tempest for which she received a Roman Award for directing.
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