Classes

The following is a list of classes offered by ARTS Performance Academy. For specific session dates and times, please refer to the most recent APA Schedule.

The Actor's Way
Instructor David Ralphe
Ages 18+ years (by audition or interview)
Tuition 8 Weeks, $210
Format One 3-hour class per week
Description The Actor's Way is a unique eight week workshop designed to deepen an understanding of the actor's craft as well increase the participants' ability to express themselves.  The work focuses on individual exploration conducted in a group setting using verbal and non-verbal techniques and scene study.  Class size is limited and admission is by interview or audition.
Minimum Class Size: 8
Musical Theatre Master Class
Instructor Kayla Bailey
Ages 13-18 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $185
Format One 2-hour class per week
Description

Musical Theatre Master Class is an 8-week course designed to help teenagers with any upcoming auditions at school, in the community, or for university theatre programs. Each student will have the opportunity to coach two opposing musical theatre pieces throughout the course while also having the opportunity to learn from watching others perform and to support one another in their growth. Although the coachings are individualized, this is an ensemble class. Basics such as vocal technique, warm-ups, and proper audition protocol will also be addressed throughout the course. Please come to the first class with one musical theatre song that best demonstrates who you are as a performer.

Intro to Music Theory
Instructor Kayla Bailey
Ages 10+ years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $140
Format One 1-hour class per week
Description

Intro to Music Theory is an 8-week course designed to introduce the basics of music theory to students of all ages. Many musical theatre performers suffer in auditions due to their inability to read music; this course will help any performers with this dilemma feel more confident when requested to sight-sing, read a melodic line, etc. in an audition. Theory basics such as reading music, sight-singing, and interval training (written and audio) will be addressed. Purchase of a workbook will be requested.

Group Vocal Workshop
Instructor Caroline Esposito
Ages 9-15 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $185
Format One 1 1/2-hour class per week
Description

Group Vocal Workshop is an on going 8-week on/2-week off course in vocal training taught by professional voice coach, Caroline Esposito. Vocal technique, correct breathing, musical phrasing, ear training, and vocal interpretation are the focus of this workshop. A group workshop makes this an affordable option to private vocal coaching, and individual attention is given to each student. Limited enrollment.

Acting for Young Adults
Instructor Eric Stein
Ages 13-17 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $160
Format One 3-hour class per week
Description Syllabus:
  • Acting techniques
  • Character work
  • Cold reading
  • Scene study
  • Monologues
  • Improv
  • Voice/Diction
Through scene study and monologues, we will explore what's required for the actor to prepare, build a character, and create a role. The actor will learn how to use his/her body and voice to develop proper acting technique. Actors will use various exercises including cold reading and improv to free themselves up and fully create believable characters.
Minimum Class Size: 8
Teen Improv Workshop
Instructor John Dantona
Ages 13-17 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $160
Format One 2-hour class per week
Description

Improvisation – the art of thinking and acting on your feet – is a skill that every actor must be able to master. But improvisation is not just for actors. It is for anyone who will ever have to speak in front of a classroom, in front of coworkers, or one-on-one in a job or college interview. In short – improvisation is for EVERYONE! Whether you enjoy laughter or making people laugh; whether you want to be a better actor or a more confident person; whether you want to be more comfortable speaking in front of people or if you just want to have fun…then improvisation is for you! Using theatre games and confidence-building group activities you'll learn how to say "yes" and create comedic and dramatic scenes using your own imagination. You will learn how to trust yourself and your fellow performer. A must-have class for anyone auditioning for television, commercials, movies, and theatre. This class is geared toward the teen performer and is taught by an actor/director with 10 years of teen instruction and directorial credits in his portfolio.

Minimum Class Size: 6
Shakespeare As You'd Like It
Instructor Eric Stein
Ages 12-18 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $160
Format One 2 1/2-hour class per week
Description

We will work together to demystify Shakespeare from the stereotypical upturned hand in the air, faux British accent “Shakespeah” and get at the truth of the Bard: he was a playwright whose brilliant skill with language was made immortal only by a keen awareness of the human condition that was way ahead of his time. It is the latter upon which we will concentrate. Together we will find the humanity, the ordinariness which connects us all and to which we can all relate within Shakespeare’s characters, from paupers and peasants to kings and queens. Through both scene and monologue study, we will bring Shakespeare’s characters to life in a way that is accessible to us, and therefore not only watchable but compelling to an audience.

 

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Minimum Class Size: 6

Voice Over for Teens
Instructor Dennis Michael
Ages 13-17 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $160
Format One 2 3/4-hour class per week
Description

This approximately 8-week course is designed to help kids better understand the mystery world that is known as Voice Over. The class will be broken down into three parts: commercial, promo, and animation, while learning how to find their strengths in each. They will learn how different this form of acting is from on-camera and on-stage work and that it is indeed still acting!

Minimum Class Size: 8
Vocal Performance and Interpretation for Teens
Instructor Arlene Kole
Ages 13-19 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $225
Format One 3-hour class per week
Description Every student will perform each week. A second run-through will give the opportunity for one-on-one critique and guidance. Not everyone will get a second run through, but will follow in order for the next class. Each student is called upon to be involved with the guidance and support of the singer on stage. This is an ensemble class.
Proper vocal technique and warm-ups will be utilized, but performance and interpretation will be the main focus.

Each student should come to the first class with two songs/karaoke that they believe will best represent who they are as a singer. A $5.00 materials fee will be requested. Any questions can be directed to Arlene Kole at (805) 231-5042.
Minimum Class Size: 10

Beginning Tap for Teens/Adults
Instructor Becky Castells
Ages 13+ years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $140
Format One 1-hour class per week
Description This addictive class will take the student through all of the basic tap skills, and then build upon those skills to create different combinations of tap sounds and rhythms. Each student will be able to learn at their own pace and comfort level, benefitting former tap students and newbies alike. You won't be able to stop yourself from clickety-clacking under your desk at school or work!
Minimum Class Size: 8
Musical Theatre Dance
Instructor Becky Castells
Ages 13-18 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $140
Format One 1-hour class per week
Description Have the time of your life while learning fun dance numbers from ARTS' resident choreographer, Becky Castells!  This class will also teach and reinforce the basic skills and steps common in musical theater dance, so students can gain knowledge and confidence to bring with them on future musical theater dance auditions. Places, everyone!
Beginning Tap for Kids
Instructor Seth Kamenow
Ages 8-12 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $120
Format One 1-hour class per week
Description

This class provides an introduction to basic tap movement. It stresses proper techniques pertinent to tap. Aural aspects will include rhythm, emphasis, accent, and tonality. Rhythm will be taught by having the students repeat the rhythm patterns with their feet, hands, or verbally. We will cover the visual aspects that relate specifically to tap dance. We will discuss some of the tap dancers from the past as well as performers on the stage today.


Students are required to have a pair of tap shoes (preferably flat, but heels are acceptable), pants (not jeans) that can be moved in, rolled up, and able to see feet, and a tank top or shirt to move in (please no sweatshirts).

Beginning Tap for Teens
Instructor Seth Kamenow
Ages 13-17 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $120
Format One 1-hour class per week
Description

This class provides an introduction to basic tap movement. It stresses proper techniques pertinent to tap. Aural aspects will include rhythm, emphasis, accent, and tonality. Rhythm will be taught by having the students repeat the rhythm patterns with their feet, hands, or verbally. We will cover the visual aspects that relate specifically to tap dance. We will discuss some of the tap dancers from the past as well as performers on the stage today. Students will also have a basic sense of improvisation and partner movement.


Students are required to have a pair of tap shoes (preferably flat, but heels are acceptable), pants (not jeans) that can be moved in, rolled up, and able to see feet, and a tank top or shirt to move in (please no sweatshirts).

My Fantasy Princess
Instructors Jamie Whittington Studer
Ages 6-8 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $160 (includes costume fee)
Format One 90-minute class per week
Description

Students will select their own princess to personify over the length of each session. This includes selecting a song that their chosen princess sings, and learning simple choreography and movement to enhance their individual performance. The culmination will include a performance in front of fellow students, family members, and chosen guests! Students will also have the chance to be costumed to resemble their chosen princess. Structure of the recital will be a short one act show with a group introduction number and short original scenes in between each individual princess's song.


During the first week, students and teacher will get to know each other and play some theatre and improv games to promote a sheltered and safe environment. Students will then be provided with a list of princesses to choose from. We will discuss what makes a princess. Students will participate in "Princess Lessons," learning how a princess walks, moves, and talks. Music will be distributed for group numbers.


Week two, students will select their princesse. Individual music and scenes will be distributed accordingly and we will start choreography for group number(s).


Weeks 3-7 will consist of learning choreography and blocking of individual scenes/songs and every student will be in each number as a chorus member. We will spend the majority of the class time learning new choreography and the last 10-15 minutes reviewing the previous week's work.


Week 8 is recital week! This class will be slightly longer at 90 minutes. The first 20-35 minutes will be spent as a final review and cleaning of numbers, and will allow time for students to change into costumes. This will be followed by a performance and reception afterward.

 

There will also be a $10 materials fee for this class. This class also has very limited enrollment.

Minimum Class Size: 5

Young Actor's Alley
Instructor L.J. Stevens
Ages 9-12 years
Tuition 8 Weeks, $140
Format One 1 3/4-hour class per week
Description

This class will focus on stage vocabulary, movement, character study, scene & monologue work, and improvisation. Theatre & improv games will be used to teach and reinforce lessons. There will be a short presentation at the end of the course.

Week 1 - Getting to know you: intro and improv games
Week 2 - Around Town: Social observations and surroundings
Week 3 - In the Beginning: starting from the feet up
Week 4 - Monologue work: Introducing the 5 senses to preliminary monologues
Week 5 - Scene work: Who/What/Where/When/Why and working with a partner
Week 6 - Digging Deeper: How to listen/inner monologues
Week 7 - Fine Tune: Review of monologues and scenes
Week 8 - Monologue and Scene Presentations

Minimum Class Size: 6
Literature In Action
Instructor TBD Guest
Ages 14-18 years
Tuition 6-7 Weeks, FREE
Format Three 3-hour classes per week
Description Literature in Action is a FREE after school enrichment program for high school aged children who are interested in learning about and performing plays based on classic American Literature (with a little Shakespeare thrown in for good measure). This class meets after school, three times a week and rehearses under the direction of a guest instructor for a period of approximately 6 - 7 weeks, and culminates in four performances on stage at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Our upcoming production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town is currently accepting applicants for this workshop.
If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in participating, please contact Jan Glasband at 805-579-3611 and we will put you on the contact list.