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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
Faculty


Schedule & Classes

Spring Quarter 2014 Schedule

Monday Nights: Monday, May 5th through Monday, June 30th
(no class Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th)

Audition: 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Core Acting: 8:30PM to 10:30PM

To Interview or Register: e-mail conservatory@bstreettheatre.org or call 916-443-5300 x 301

Core Acting

The first class, covering script analysis, text analysis, operatives, play reading personalization, the use of imagination and rehearsal techniques.

Tuition: $260
Prerequisite: Interview
Ages: 18 and above

Scene Study

Builds on Core Acting, and explores the strengths, habits and problems of the individual actor through intensive scene work. Actors and their partners will be expected to meet outside of class to rehearse scenes. Diagnostic scenes may be assigned to help the actor address specific challenges.

Tuition:  $260
Prerequisite: Core Acting
Ages: 18 and above

Audition

Focuses on audition techniques; selecting and preparing monologues, resumes & headshots, and the practical mechanics of monologue staging and personal presentation.

Prerequisite: Core Acting
Ages: 18 and above

Shakespeare

Provides an introduction to working on Shakespeare’s text, including scansion, verse and prose, image analysis and phrasing.

Prerequisite: Core Acting
Ages: 18 and above


FAQ

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+.

Why is Core Acting a prerequisite?

We teach our core acting technique in this class, and all the other classes build on that foundation.

Why is there an interview prerequisite for Core Acting?

We want to be sure the class is a match for what you’re looking for, and that we get a sense of your level of experience.

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

No. Core Acting is 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.

Who teaches the classes?

All classes are taught by one or both of the Conservatory Co-Directors, Jamie Jones and Michael Stevenson.

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.)

Where can I get more information?

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


Faculty

 

Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the Actor’s Studio of the University of Illinois at Champagne / Urbana, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He has studied acting with Sande Shurin in New York City and Kyle Donnelly in Chicago. In San Francisco he studied singing with Edward Sayegh, and improvisation with Brian Lohmann. In New York City, he has performed at the Sanford Meisner Theater, the Ground Floor Theater Lab, and Alice¹s Fourth Floor. Regionally, he has appeared at A.C.T., The Cowell Theater, Capital Stage Company, Sacramento Theater Company, the Apple Tree Theater, Bailiwick Repertory Theater, the Foothill Theatre Company and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. As a playwright, his work has been staged in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. He has directed more than 20 professional productions, including shows a the B Street Theatre, Capital Stage Company, Lake Tahoe Shakesepeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Perseverance Theatre, River Stage and Sacramento Theatre Company.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University at Sacramento, and she studied improv at the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. In New York, she has performed at the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Connelly Theatre, the St. Clement’s Theatre, and with the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab at HERE Space and the 92nd Street Y, as well as appearing on Law & Order. Her regional credits include A.C.T., Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Capital Stage Company, Encore Theater Company, Marin Theater Company, Shotgun Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the Sacramento Theatre Company. At the B Street Theatre, she directed the play Laurence & Holliman, and served as a co-director & acting coach of the intern production of The Laramie Project. She is a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company.