Structure It Up

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Recently I’ve been visiting various sites and watching the classes, and I’ve given the note “structure it up” from time to time to the teachers. A vital element to all our classes and rehearsals at Upstage is a structured style of teaching. When teaching a group of kids, we instruct our teachers to structure their class style quite tightly, putting in rules and “guard rails” for any exercise, rehearsal, or … Read More →

Patrick’s Acting Class Registration

Registration is now open for Patrick’s Acting Class starting October 14th. This is a class for those students wishing to look more deeply into acting technique, and making it work in a practical way. “There isn’t enough emphasis in training young actors on how to turn the theory into a strong performance,” says Artistic Director Adrian Cohen. “I remember as a young actor thinking I had to play the scene … Read More →

The Upstage “Outside-In” Technique

Many parents are now asking about how we get such great performances from the kids, so I thought I would give you all a very basic outline. It all started when I was at college back in England and realized that after 6 weeks of studying Textile Management, I just wanted to be an actor. I ran to the local bookshop and bought my first acting technique book and it … Read More →

2017/18 YEAR ROUND REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

We can now announce that registration is available for all our year round programs starting in August, September and October 2017. We have a brand new musical theatre program in Westwood, available to everyone, and taught by Jason Currie (below). South Pasadena juniors are doing Seussical Kids, while Westwood Charter sees us doing Aristocats Kids and Guys & Dolls junior. Check out the program best for you in your location. … Read More →