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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

Spring Conservatory Schedule
March 19 – May 15, 2017

STAGING SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS

with Ed Claudio
A study and analysis of the evolution of staging methods & concepts from Shakespeare’s time to the present day. We will explore production histories of all of the plays, with specific emphasis on the Tragedies – such as Hamlet, Lear, Othello – and the Comedies – such as Midsummer, 12th Night, and As you Like It.
Sundays March 19 – May 7, 2017 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesdays March 21 – May 9, 2017 6:30pm – 8:300pm
Sacramento Poetry Center, 1723 25th Street, Sacramento

Syllabus pending

INTERMEDIATE SCENE STUDY

with Anastasia Bonaccorso
Explore character development, script analysis, and rehearsal techniques through contemporary scene work. This class is open to anyone with a basic appreciation of acting technique and a sincere desire to contribute fully to the class through required reading assignments, and rehearsal with scene partners. Prepare to move and be moved!
Mondays March 20 – May 15, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento

Required: Completion of any B Street Conservatory Acting or Improv Class, or by phone interview.
Syllabus pending

STAGE COMBAT – UNARMED FUNDAMENTALS

with Darek Riley
Ever wonder what it would be like to participate in an epic fight scene? A slap to the face, a fall down some stairs, or an epic fifteen-person battle with swords and axes – all of these are Stage Combat. This class covers the basic fundamentals of unarmed combat used on stage and screen to tell a story.
Tuesday March 21 – May 9, 2017 8:00pm – 10:00pm
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

Required: Clothes you are able to move in, and sneakers please(knee pads optional if you have bad knees)
Syllabus pending

ACTING SHAKESPEARE

with Ed Claudio
using Hamlet, 12th Night, The Merchant of Venice, and 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 March 23 – May 11, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
YLI Hall, 1400 27th Street, Sacramento

Syllabus pending

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
Tara Sissom
Anastasia Bonaccorso
Darek Riley