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

Current Spring 2019 Classes


Teacher: Ava Himmel

Class Description: Navigating the world of commercials can be very intimidating. Let Ava help demystify the whole process! In her class you will see behind the curtain to better understand the casting/audition process and your place in it. You will discover how to bring your true essence to each performance, work your audition muscles in front of the camera, and discover the tools needed to deliver a great read, every time! We’ll even discuss the “business side” of commercials – agents, headshots, etc.

Teacher’s Bio: Ava Himmel has a serious passion for commercials!!! It probably started around the age of 3 when she would force family members to watch her perform shampoo commercials with her juice-boxes. And while her mother didn’t appreciate having to wash cherry juice out of her hair, it was pretty obvious Ava’s course was set. Since then, she has spent over 15 years working in front and behind the camera, learning everything she can about how commercials are made.

(Ava Himmel 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, 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.

(Donna DuBain Full Bio).


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.

(Peter Kors Full Bio).


Teacher: Abigail Marks

Class Description: Shakespeare is the best! He’s silly, sarcastic, full of rage, and rife with humor. Will truly understood the human condition. His poetry is a map with some seriously cool treasure at the end of the journey, so knowing Shakespeare allows actors to be more facile with any script they encounter. In this workshop, we will play with Shakespeare’s language, work as an ensemble, and find the joy of playing with scenes and monologues.

Teacher Bio: ABIGAIL MARKS – is one of the most versatile actors and teachers working in LA today. A jack of all trades, Abigail has been privately coaching actors for over a dozen years, and teaches workshops in everything from Shakespeare and Dialects, to On Camera Acting and Interview Skills. Selected theatre credits include: South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Studio Theatre, LA Theatre Works, A Noise Within, Coeurage Theatre Company, and the Echo.

(Abigail Marks Full Bio).