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B Street Conservatory

B Street Theatre Conservatory

The Conservatory’s mission is to provide aspiring actors of all ages with the skills, tools, and confidence to reveal their unique acting talents. The Conservatory provides a positive, creative atmosphere where you can learn the craft of acting, from basic technique to the practical aspects of building a career in the theatre.

Schedule & Classes
Frequently Asked Questions
Conservatory Instructors


 

Schedule & Classes

Fall Conservatory Schedule
September 12 -November 8, 2016

INTEGRATED ACTING, TIER I with Greg Alexander & BW Gonzalez

This class is designed for the Beginning or Intermediate actor to develop practical skills that minimize anxiety on stage; that expand awareness to include body, voice, and environment, and free the imagination to make bold choices.
Mondays, September 12 – October 31, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento

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*ADVANCED SCENE STUDY with Greg Alexander & BW Gonzalez

Explore character development, script analysis, and rehearsal techniques at greater depth. Intended for the intermediate or advanced actor, this class will involve the study and performance of more challenging scenes and monologues.
*prerequisite: Integrated Acting Tier I & II, or phone interview
Mondays, September 12 – October 31, 8:30 – 10:30 PM
B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento

Syllabus coming soon

BASIC IMPROV with Stephanie Altholz & Tara Sissom

Through the use of games and exercises in a fast-paced, challenging environment, this course is an introduction to the fundamentals of improvisation. Whether you are an actor, someone who wants an introduction to improvisational techniques, or you’re just looking for something new and fun to do, this class is a great start.
Mondays, September 12 – October 31, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Lathrop Rehearsal Studio, 201 Lathrop Way Suite M, Sacramento

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ADVANCED IMPROV with Stephanie Altholz & Tara Sissom

This class focuses primarily on performance of The Harold. To enrich and deepen character development, we will explore new styles of improv, challenging you to perform alone, silently, in a large group. Through character development homework and exercises, you will cultivate the tools necessary to create and keep track of several unique characters at a time in a long form.
Mondays, September 12 – October 31, 8:30 – 10:30 PM
Lathrop Rehearsal Studio, 201 Lathrop Way Suite M, Sacramento

*prerequisite: Basic & Intermediate Improv, or phone interview
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PROFESSIONAL VOICE & SPEECH TRAINING FOR THE ACTOR, with BW Gonzalez

Professional Voice and Speech Training is an advanced course for actors, designed for those who already have a working theatre vocabulary and a basic understanding of acting and improvisational concepts. All participants will learn professional tools and techniques of the trade to create character voices, accents, and high quality vocal sound that is uniquely their own.
Tuesdays, September 13 – November 1, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

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THE 8 WEEK PLAY PROJECT, with Tara Sissom

Our goal is to devise a one act play as a class, and perform a world premiere/staged reading for an invited audience on the 8th week. If you’re an actor, improviser, dramaturg, director or writer you can contribute to this project!
Thursdays, September 15 – November 3, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

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ACTING SHAKESPEARE, with Ed Claudio

Using Hamlet, 12th Night, The Merchant of Venice, & Julius Caesar as basic texts,
this introductory course is aimed at developing the actor’s craft with techniques for
speaking the verse and heightened prose of Shakespeare’s plays.
Thursdays, September 15 – November 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

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BOOK IT! AUDITION CLASS with Tara Sissom

You have to audition to get cast. You only have one shot – sometimes only one minute – to convince them that you’re perfect. How do you book it? From headshots & resumè layout, to what parts to look for, and where to find casting notices, this 8 week course is devoted to helping you master the art of the audition. By course’s end of the you will have up to 5 new audition pieces – including one self-written.
Mondays, September 15 – November 3, 8:30 – 10:30 PM
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

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LOVE & MARRIAGE, SEX & DEATH: SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS, POEMS & SONNETS, with Ed Claudio

The course will explore the above themes throughout Shakespeare’s works, focusing on 8 plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Antony & Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Pericles, & Cymbeline. Throughout the course, other plays will be referenced along with appropriate sonnets and poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.
Sundays, September 18 – November 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Tuesdays, September 20 – November 8, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Sacramento Poetry Center, 1723 25th Street, Sacramento

Syllabus coming soon

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the tuition?

Tuition for all classes is $260, with a $80 deposit required to reserve your space in class.

What’s the refund policy?

The $80 deposit is refundable until the first day of class. After class starts, there are no refunds.

What’s the age range of students?

We’ve had students from 18 to 70+.

Do I need a lot of acting experience to take the classes?

No. All classes are geared for all experience levels.

What’s the time commitment?

Classes meet for 2 hour sessions, 8 times a quarter. There’s also additional reading and work outside of class in all the classes – meeting with a partner to rehearse, monologue rehearsal, and other class assignments. You can expect to 2 or 3 hours a week outside of class on rehearsal when you’re working on a scene with a partner.

Where do the classes meet?

All classes meet at the B Street Theatre. Classes are taught either on the Mainstage (B1) or the Family Series stage (B2), and occasionally at our rehearsal studio in North Sacramento off of Exposition Blvd.

Where can I get more information?

E-mail conservatory@bstreettheatre.org or call 916-443-5300 x 301

How do I register for classes?

Please call the Box Office at 916-443-5300 or click here for online registration to reserve your space in a class.


Conservatory Instructors

Our Conservatory instructors are long time B Street Theatre company actors with long professional careers and who are member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage manager’s in the U.S. They bring a wealth of knowledge and an excitement for teaching to their classes. For more information click the names below to see their biographies.

Greg Alexander
Stephanie Altholz
Ed Claudio
Elisabeth Nunziato
Tara Sissom
BW Gonzalez