We are currently offering a Teen Saturday Series that will run every Saturday between September 18 and October 26, 2018. All classes take place from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Thanks to our generous donor, all of the Conservatory classes are offered to the community free, but spots are limited, so register soon!

Fall Classes

Teacher: Moses Norton

Class Description: In this workshop we will be exploring the contemporary applications and style of the masked Italian art form Commedia Dell’Arte. We will explore archetypal stock characters using both classical and contemporary masks to engage with the voice and physicality of a character. A combination of play, improvisation, seeing the audience, and sharing emotional stateswill be at foundation of this workshop.

Teacher’s Bio:  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.

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Teacher: Ed Douglas

Class Description: With a total focus on safety, this workshop will cover the basics of believable stage combat. Included will be: forehand and backhand slaps, right crosses, chokes with breaks, round-house punches, blocks and sweeps, falls, elbow strikes, stomach punches, kicks, and knee strikes.

Teacher’s Bio:  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 director with the Los Angeles Opera, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, UCLA, USC, Cal State LA and the Pilgrimage Theatre.

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Teacher: John Achorn

Class Description: A first look at the basics of clowning, including creating a character and some basic yet simple routines. We’ll look as well at principles of comedy techniques such as timing as well.

Teacher’s Bio:  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. He is currently a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale and teaches Shakespeare for senior citizens at Emeritus College in Santa Monica.

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Teacher: Bryan Chesters

Class Description: Students will choose their own comedic or dramatic scene, which will be made available online for them to download and work on prior to the class. The instructor will work with each student individually to strengthentheir understanding of script analysis, screen acting and audition technique. The scenes will be taped and students will watch the playback of their work and be given a verbal assessment of their progress.

Teacher’s Bio:  (SAG-AFTRA-AEA-AGVA) – Bryan 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. His private coaching includes, among others, Nathan Kress ((iCarly), Chad Broskey; Skye Townsend (Lucifer); Laura Long (TURN); and Lexi Ainsworth(Contract role & Emmy Winner on General Hospital).

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Teacher: Peter Kors

Class Description: Students will familiarize themselves with a one-page scene assigned to them before they come to class. In class, they will break the scene into beats, rehearse it with their respective scene partners, and come back to perform and get notes on it. If you have ascene you want to work on with a partner, email Peter a copy (prtconservatory@earthlink.net) and we’ll follow up in class. No memorization required.

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.

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Teacher: Nancy Linehan Charles

Class Description: This Shakespeare workshop will be about introducing kids to Shakespeare with games and flash mobs activities. We will play Shakespeare insult games, do a bit of scenes in the classroom, and then go outside to practice flashing (fully clothed) scenes from the Bard. My teaching of Shakespeare is all about taking the material outside the ACADEMIC, and bringing the Greatest Writer who ever lived back to the streets where he started. It’s about going eye to eye with your audience. And once you do it, you’ll never go back.

Teacher’s Bio:  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.

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