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

Winter Conservatory Schedule
January 14 – March 8, 2018

All classes will take place in the upstairs classroom facilities at our BRAND NEW THEATRE! The Sofia Tsokolopolis Center for the Arts, the New Home of the B Street Theatre!
2700 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM & STAGE

with Ed Claudio
This survey course is an exploration of film & stage productions of the following four plays: King Lear, Othello, The Tempest & A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The history of Shakespeare on film will be surveyed by comparing & contrasting concepts, production techniques, staging, and filming methods.
Syllabus pending
Sundays January 14 – March 4, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 pm

IMPROV 2

with Stephanie Altholz
This is a seriously fun course that will ask you to push your boundaries as a person and a performer. The games and exercises will deepen your understanding of story-telling and promote team building skills. By utilizing your own real-life anecdotes, your stories will inspire group scene work. This class will require you to develop characters, find patterns in scenes, support your partner and release yourself of inhibition and responsibility by using challenging new scene structures!
*prerequisite:  Improv 1, Sketch 1, or phone interview
Syllabus pending
Sundays January 14 – March 4, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 pm

ACTING 2

with Tara Sissom
This course takes our Meisner Technique to the next level through more physical and highly emotional activities. Prep work at home for preplanned emotional and situational circumstances will move our repetition exercises to a deeper exploration of how we express ourselves truthfully in imaginary circumstances. Scene work, character development and guided meditation will be emphasized in addition to the Meisner method.
Syllabus pending
Mondays January 15 – March 5, 2018 6:00 – 8:00

SKETCH COMEDY 2

with Tara Sissom
We take what we learned from studying the Neo-Futurists in level 1 and begin to develop our own sketch show structure. This class will have an emphasis on using Improv to develop sketches, writing our own monologues, exercises to combat writer’s block and small group development. When we have our written pieces and format developed we will stage and perform our show on the final night of class in a free performance open to the public.
Syllabus pending
Mondays January 15 – March 5, 2018 8:30 -10:30

ACTING SHAKESPEARE

with Ed Claudio
Using Hamlet, 12th Night, The Merchant of Venice, & Julius Caesar as basic texts, this course for actors of all skill levels is aimed at developing the actor’s craft with techniques for speaking the verse and heightened prose of Shakespeare’s plays.
Syllabus pending
Thursdays January 18 – March 8, 2018 6:00 – 8:00

UNARMED STAGE COMBAT

with Sydney Schwindt
This 4 week intensive class is for actors of all skill levels who have an interest in learning about the creation of unarmed combat on the stage. Students will leave with a basic understanding of unarmed stage combat including safety, technique, spacial awareness, scene work, and story telling.
Syllabus
Session A: Mondays January 15 – February 5, 2018 6:00 – 8:00
Session B: Mondays February 12 – March 5, 2018 6:00 – 8:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the tuition?

Unless otherwise indicated, tuition for all classes is $275.
*Tuition for 4 Week Combat Intensive is $200.
Payment is due on the first day of class.

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?

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?

B Street Theatre 2711 B Street
Sacramento Poetry Center, 1723 25th Street, Sacramento
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento
The Actor’s Workshop Studio, 1721 25th Street, Sacramento

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
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!