South Pasadena could be considered the home of Upstage Theatre Arts Schools, as Artistic Director Adrian Cohen started his first classes in the city in 1999. Since then Upstage has produced over thirty shows and classes in the South Pasadena community, and very quickly established itself as one of the best summer and after school theater programs for young performers in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Upstage South Pasadena runs it’s SPEF program, after school programs, acting classes, and three summer camp programs for juniors in which students focus on the production of a show over a three week period culminating in a fully staged production complete with lights, costumes and scenery in a fully equipped theater. So, whatever aspect of theatre arts young people are interested in, Upstage in South Pasadena has something to offer them in a fun and friendly environment that will help them in whatever passion they find in life.
Upstage Schools began life in 2009 as the Westwood Stage School before Adrian brought it under the umbrella of Upstage Theatre Arts Schools, his well-established theater arts organization operating out of South Pasadena, where we now have 24 successful programs running year round.
Upstage Schools now has two programs a year in Oak Park/Agoura, at Brookside Elementary School. We began teaching there in Fall 2016, and we now run a full juniors (grades k-2) in the spring, and seniors program (grades 3-5) in the fall. We love our students at Brookside, and would love to grow more in the Oak Park/Agoura area. We encourage students to sign up for classes at Brookside because it is an incredible opportunity to grow individuals confidence, creativity, and a safe place to explore! Throughout the programs we focus on the production of a show from rehearsal through to final performance in a theatre, and complete with costumes, lighting and scenery.