Conservatory for Adults

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

Summer Conservatory Schedule
July 9 – August 27, 2018

All Conservatory classes take place in the upstairs Gallery classrooms at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts – the new home of B Street Theatre! 2700 Capitol Avenue, downtown Sacramento.

ACTING & SCENE STUDY- *SOLD OUT*

with Alissa Doyle
Expand your innate ability as an actor as we create characters, practice fundamental acting technique, and memorize and perform short scenes. Explore both technical and psychological aspects of acting while developing truthful and entertaining characters. Whether you’re taking an acting class just for fun or have professional aspirations, everyone is welcome!
Syllabus pending
Mondays July 9 – Aug 27, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 pm Gallery A
$250 if you register before June 15th.

MASTER CLASS – ON-CAMERA: Nailing your commercial & film auditions!

with NK Media casting Director & B Street Theatre Company Member, Elisabeth Nunziato
You have 4 seconds to make an impression. Make them count.
• How do you deal with a multiple character scene when it’s just you, a reader, and the lens?
• How should you use your body in a tight shot when your given circumstances are a fight scene, combat, or simply driving a car?
• When do you risk an improvisation, and when do you stick to the script?
We will work through these and other obstacles. Learn to take a technical challenge and turn it to your advantage.
With time in front of the camera to identify your strengths and address any questions you may have about the process, this 5 hour Intensive is a full, fun and fast paced day of invaluable techniques & secret weapons! Elegance is key, so don’t let an unnecessary awkward choice get in your way. YOU can be the one we want to watch!
Saturday August 18, 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm Gallery A
$150 if you register before August 1, $175 after!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the tuition?

Unless otherwise indicated, tuition for all classes is $275. If you register before June 15th, you will receive a discounted rate of $250! On the first day of class, your account will be charged if you provided a credit card. If you would like to sign up for a payment plan, please contact Greg Alexander at galexander@bstreettheatre.org

What’s the refund policy?

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?

Most classes are geared for all experience levels. Please refer to the line up of offerings for any prerequisites.

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 Conservatory classes take place in the upstairs Gallery classrooms at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts – the new home of B Street Theatre! 2700 Capitol Avenue, downtown Sacramento.

Where can I get more information?

E-mail conservatory@bstreettheatre.org or call 916-443-5300 x 117

How do I register for classes?

Please call the Box Office at 916-443-5300.
Or
ONLINE


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

    Greg Alexander has worked as a theatre arts educator for the Sacramento City Unified, Twin Rivers, and Natomas Unified School Districts, The Effort, B Street Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Foothill Theatre Company, and River Stage. In addition to his work as an educator, Greg has also worked as an actor, director, and playwright for B Street Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Capital Stage. His educational theatre directing credits include Cinderella, The Golden Harp, A Year With Frog & Toad, A Christmas Story, and Junie B. Jones And A LIttle Monkey Business for B Street Theatre’s Family Series; The Iliad, Our Town, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Servant Of Two Masters for STC’s Young Professionals Conservatory. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Catawba College, and studied voice and acting with Clyde Vinson at the Clyde Vinson Studio in New York City. Greg is a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company, and works there as the Outreach & Education Manager.

  • Stephanie Altholz

    Stephanie AltholzStephanie Altholz studied acting and improv in NYC with Mike Nichols and Paul Sills (A Founder of Second City). She has been doing theatre in Sacramento for the last 7 years and has been a proud B Street Company member for the last 5. She most recently studied improv at The Groundlings
    in Los Angeles and has worked with CollegeHumor and SMOSH. Stephanie wrote for and performed in all 4 runs of the sketch comedy and Improv show, B Street Live! and is excited to bring an improvisational theatre curriculum to the B Street Theatre Conservatory.

  • Ed Claudio

    Ed ClaudioEd Claudio is the recipient of the Sacramento Arts Commission’s “Arts Educator Award” & the Sacramento Area Regional Theater Association’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”. A founding company member of the B Street Theatre and the Fantasy Theatre for Children (now B Street’s touring company for schools) he appeared in the first two plays at the B Street (Mass Appeal, with Tim Busfield and, Hidden in this Picture, with Tim Busfield and Aaron Sorkin). He is also the founder of The Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento where he has produced more than 170 full-length plays and the Actor’s Workshop, where he has taught for more than 25 years. In the past two years he has conducted three Shakespeare seminars at the Sacramento Poetry Center covering many of his comedies, tragedies, and histories. Ed’s acting resume includes more than 15 of Shakespeare’s characters. In 2014, Ed directed a critically acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet at the Sacramento Theater Company. He has been a proud company member of the B Street since its inception and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity.

  • Tara Sissom

    Tara SissomTara Sissom is a proud B Street company acting ensemble member, AEA member, and founding company member of The New Colony in Chicago. She began her improvisational theatre training at an early age, and continued her education at some of the greatest Improv theatres in the country. After 5 years of training and performance of Improv and sketch comedy writing/performance at The Annoyance Theatre and iO Chicago (Improv Olympic) and The New Colony in Chicago, Sissom returns to Sacramento, where she previously appeared in the 2013 B Street Live! at the Assembly to bring her love for Improv to the B Street Conservatory. You can read more about her at Tarasissom.com.

  • Anastasia Bonaccorso

    Anastasia Bonaccorso is a professional actor, writer and recent graduate of UCLA’s Masters in Fine Arts program in Acting where she taught undergraduate acting. Born and raised in Fair Oaks, she is thrilled to have recently moved back to her hometown with her husband David where they are enjoying their new home in East Sac. Anastasia was recently seen at B Street Theatre as Darzee in Rikki Tikki Tavi and understudying the role of Karen in Speed the Plow. Other favorite roles are the villain Lussurioso in a gender-bending The Revengers Tragedy (UCLA), Sister Berthe in the Sound of Music (Mountain Play), the bombshell side of Hedwig’s persona in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Boxcar Theatre), and the performance art piece Shade Compositions at SF MOMA with artist Rashaad Newsome. In addition to UCLA, Anastasia has trained at the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford program and American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Congress. As a writer, her first one act play Aphrodite, Inc., about the societal pressure that shape and control women’s bodies, was produced at UCLA in 2014 and she’s currently in (endless!) rewrites on her first feature screenplay. Before pursuing her MFA, Anastasia spent almost a decade in event and marketing management in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. When she’s not storytelling, Anastasia is working diligently to bring theatre to everyone, through her new role as Director of Community Outreach and Special Partnerships at B Street Theatre. She believes that live theatre is a vital part of our community, as it is through storytelling that we are able to connect with the shared human experience. She is a proud member of Actors Equity.

  • Darek Riley

    Darek has served as a theatre arts educator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and more recently with the Arts Integration program at Sacramento Theatre Company, and with the B Street Theatre Conservatory. In addition to his work as an educator, Darek has also worked as an actor, director and fight choreographer for the B Street Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, and many regional theatres around the country. His local educational directing credits include: Antigone with Albert Einstein Middle School, and The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon for STC’s Young Professionals Conservatory. Darek holds a BFA in Acting & Performance from Southern Oregon University, an MFA in Acting & Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds certifications in many weapon-styles from Dueling Arts International and The Society of American Fight Directors.

  • Alissa Doyle

    Alissa Doyle has taught acting classes for kids & teens at the Elevate Dance Center in Vacaville, and works as a teaching artist in classrooms throughout Sacramento for B Street Theatre’s Outreach & Education program. She has been acting professionally in Sacramento since she graduated from CSUS with her BA in Theatre in 2013. Credits include The Grapes Of Wrath at Sacramento Theatre Company, The Behavior ff Broadus at Capital Stage, as well as several shows for B Street Theatre’s School Tour. She’s so thrilled to teach kids that Theatre is for everyone!

  • Sydney Schwindt

    Sydney is an actor, fight director, and teaching artist. She has acted all over the country and internationally with such companies as Hartford Stage, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Hampton Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory, and Mirage Entertainment. She earned her BFA in Acting from The Hartt School and has trained in various movement arts with the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), the Society of American Fight Directors, Dueling Arts International, and Stage Combat Deutschland. Sydney has been teaching theatre and art for over a decade with such companies as Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, CalShakes, and B Street Theatre!

  • Kurt Johnson

    Kurt has been teaching in the Sacramento region for more than 20 years, serving both adults and children in the areas of acting, improvisation and public speaking. Kurt was the founding director of Pompaneous Productions through which he devised and taught numerous theatrical workshops and after school programs. Kurt has worked with Title I Schools throughout Sacramento in partnership with Sacramento START, and developed programs for special needs students for Very Special Arts. In conjunction with First Five, Kurt taught a series improvisation and vocabulary classes to second language preschoolers to promote English language development. He has been the director of the B Street Theatre Summer Acting Program and has also taught improvisation and audition classes for the intern company for more than 12 years. Other area partners include 916 Ink, area middle schools and high schools, Learning Exchange, and more. Kurt is a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company and has written , directed, or performed in more than 100 professional productions in the greater Sacramento region.

  • Katherine Stroller

    Katherine is a local Sacramento actor, writer and teacher. She is a graduate of Foothill College’s Theatre Conservatory and earned her B.A. in Dramatic Art at UC Davis. After completing an acting internship with The B Street Theatre in 2016, she stayed on to join the ranks of their Outreach and Education Department. Having worked in numerous classroom settings, she has found working with Title I youth to be particularly rewarding. That by introducing children to theatre helps them not only foster their creativity, but to also encourage new found excitement and growth. She looks forward to continuing her journey with Title I youth and local START sites, working with and encouraging children from all backgrounds the joys of theatre and self-expression within the arts. Favorite past roles include: Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Mindy from Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and The Woman from The Woman in Black.

  • Elisabeth Nunziato

    Ms. Nunziato is a passionate casting director and acting coach, serving as the Creative Partner with nationally recognized & award-winning NK Media. She produced and directed the feature film “Stolen Moments,” now streaming on Amazon.com. As a founding company member of B Street Theater, Ms. Nunziato has directed or co-starred in over 40 productions, including regional and world premiers. Co-starring film roles include “Phenomenon” opposite Forest Whitaker with John Travolta and Robert Duvall. She is also a seasoned program host & voice-over actor. Elisabeth makes her home in Northern California with her husband, commercial director and fellow B Street Theatre company member Jason Kuykendall.