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

Upcoming in our winter 2019 session, we are offering a weekly Improvisation class that will take place Wednesday evenings from 6PM to 7:30PM a weekly Acting for Film/TV class that will take place Tuesday evenings from 6PM – 9PM, and a weekly Saturday Acting class that will begin at 12PM!

Winter 2019 Weekly Class

Teacher: Bryan Chesters

Class Description: This five week course will cover all the basics of working as an actor on camera in both TV and Film. We will include everything from audition technique to script analysis to shooting a scene. We will go over the language and vocabulary that TV/FILM professionals use ie. wide shot/ two shot/ close-up etc. We will also be discussing & practicing acting technique that is specific to TV/FILM acting.

Teacher Bio:(SAG-AFTRA-AEA-AGVA) – Bryan 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).
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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 is the first class in a series titled, “The Evolution of Acting,” in which we trace, hands-on, how the art of acting developed over time, from the earliest days of theatre to today.

The class will focus on finding clues in the script that indicate the way a character is developing. Students will examine and act scenes from contemporary plays, and learn how every day activity, speech patterns, and mannerisms reveal character. We will use a Stanislavski-based method of breaking scenes into actions of units and beats to make powerful choices that create a dynamic performance. We will also study how Michael Chekov’s use of images adds layers of emotional depth and subtext to a character. The class will form the foundation for all our future acting studies, from early comedy to contemporary film.

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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