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ACTING Classes

Acting: The Art of Play






In this Acting Course with kids 7-10 years old, we will dive into theatre games, improvisation, and skill-building exercises. Students will expand their imaginations and gain the vocal and physical confidence to create exciting and believable storytelling!

Saturdays 9:30am

Acting for Teens with Tamara






In this course, students will begin to master the art of acting. They will use explore many different methods to work toward developing specificity and clarity in their acting choices, while expanding their ability to play. We will focus on cultivating strong vocal and physical skills, while expanding our imagination to live believably in imaginary circumstances. 

Shakespeare with Tamara






Don’t fear Shakespeare! The next time you need a classical piece for an audition, you won't have to panic!

This Intro to Shakespeare will make his works accessible to young actors. We will use scenes and monologues from the Shakespeare canon to dive into language, rhythm, and structure that give students tools to actively perform these texts.

*Because of the nature of Shakespearean text, course material may contain mature content. This could include the use of alcohol, gender identity, violence, politics, and other adult topics. Shakespeare does love to have a rowdy good time, but heavy material will be treated with sensitivity.

Creating Characters with Tamara






In this class we will explore characters old and new. Students will use their imaginations to become transformational actors and discover how to build charactersfrom scratch. They will gain confidence in taking the stage (or screen) with solo performance opportunities based around the characters they have created!


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TAMARA KOLTES holds her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is a recent graduate with an MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School of Loughton, England, where she has performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Off-West End. Tamara has taught and performed in Seattle, New York, Minnesota, the United Kingdom, and Los Angeles. With years of experience teaching many different age groups in dance and the theatre arts, she has worked with Boden’s Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, SteppingStone Children’s Theatre, Youth Performance Company, Broadway Bound, Green Stage, Seattle Children’s, Young Actor’s Studio, Shakespeare Kids, and is excited to begin new teaching adventures with ACT-1! Her directing credits include youth productions of Seussical Jr. and the original jukebox musical The Buddy Bench with Lakeshore Player’s Theatre, as well as We Are Monsters and Musicville with Ashland Productions.'

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30

Mondays 2:45-4:15

Mondays 6:00-7:00 OR Saturdays 10:00-11:00am

Audition Monologues with Jessica






Are you intimidated by monologues? In this class you will be given a monologue to work with and add to your repertoire! You will explore beats, wants and tactics, and leave with a solid audition choice.


Wednesdays 3:00-4:00

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JESSICA REINER HARRIS is a proud member of Actors Equity. She has taught and performed musical theatre all over the world. Favorite performance credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Skiptown Playhouse,) Forbidden Broadway (California Musical Theater,) and Voldemort and the Teenage Musical Parody (Edinburgh Fringe.) With a penchant for imitations, musical comedy and improv, Jessica has been developing curriculum and teaching kids theatre for over 15 years.  Jessica also performs as a wandkeeper at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Write and Perform a Radio Play with Nedra






Come join the fun by creating our own Radio Show!  What’s a Radio Show? It’s like when a podcast meets a play and they become B.F.F.s. 

It’s two great things that go great together! We are going to write an original play and perform it on the airwaves iTunes... but an iPlay! And since people are “seeing” it with their… umm...ears... we will not only need an awesome script but we will need cool sound effects, amazing music and great voice acting!  All of which we get to invent ourselves and perform!!


Thursdays 1:00-3:00


NEDRA GALLEGOS is a long time Teaching Artist specializing in Theatre. Currently she is an Instructor at the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles, there she teaches Women in Film, and Television, Theatre History and Acting History and she just returned from the Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival where a one-woman show that she co-wrote and directed, Jewbana, debuted and was positively received.

Nedra has extensive experience teaching acting and directing for: private and public schools, homeless shelters, and universities from NY to LA. She worked as a teaching artist with Pasadena Playhouse for their New Generations Theatre Access Program, where she taught middle and high school students about the main stage productions through theatre games and discussion. She also worked for BRIDGE Theatre, an organization that works with students to develop their own scripts and perform them for their community.  

While teaching in New York City, Nedra worked with the Women’s Project as a teaching artist and developed and directed original plays with high school students. She worked with Manhattan Country School and directed their end of the year musical, and also served as the director for an after-school arts program in Coney Island, where the focus was on developing original plays and films. 

As a teaching artist, many of her workshops focus on the theme of community. Through theatre games, improv, creative movement and script development, her students have a space to find their creative voice, share ideas, and forge friendships. For years she has used theatre improvisation games and storytelling techniques to allow people to lower their barriers and discover something about themselves and each other.

Nedra has a MFA in Performance from Pennsylvania State University, is an actress and has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 1996.

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