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

Fall Conservatory Schedule
September 10 – November 2, 2017

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM & STAGE

with Ed Claudio
This survey course is an exploration of film & stage productions of the following four plays: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet & As You Like It. The history of Shakespeare on film will be surveyed by comparing & contrasting concepts, production techniques, staging, and filming methods.
Syllabus pending
Sundays October 1 – November 19, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sacramento Poetry Center, 1723 25th Street, Sacramento

ACTING 1

with Tara Sissom
This course is designed to give the student a basic foundation for acting and performance on the stage. It is a great class for those who have never been onstage before but are interested in trying their hand at acting, or for those who have performed infrequently and would like to polish their skills.
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Mondays September 11 – October 30, 2017 6:00 – 8:00B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento

PERFORMING CHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY:
TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND

with Tara Sissom
Inspired by the longest-running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” The goal of this class is to build to a performing ensemble to be featured as part of the late night programming at the future home of B Street! Returning conservatory students – along with anyone interested in performance, improv, sketch comedy or those looking for a new experience – are welcome.
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Mondays September 11 – October 30, 2017 8:30 -10:30
B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento

IMPROV 1

with Stephanie Altholz
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.
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Thursdays September 14 – November 2, 2017 6:00 – 8:00
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the tuition?

Tuition for all classes is $275. 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.
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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 Altholz

    Stephanie 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 Claudio

    Ed 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 Sissom

    Tara 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.