One-day Workshops

Improvisation Intensives | #505 & #605

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg & Franco Tevini

Learn how to think quickly on your feet and weave engaging stories!
Listening. Saying yes. Being present in the moment. Failing big, getting back up, and being proud that you tried. No matter who you are, having these skills will unlock your creative potential and allow you to work with others to make something great. Through games and short vignettes inspired by simple prompts, you’ll gain the experience necessary to think and respond spontaneously, whether it’s in performance or in life. Join Matlock and Franco of The Gentleman Basterds, the preforming improv company at 6th Street, for this improv workout!

June 16, Saturday 12:30–4:30 PM (4 hours) #505
July 21, Saturday 12:30–4:30 PM (4 hours) #605
Studio Theatre, 15 student maximum
Tuition: $85

Characterization through Masks | #405

Instructor: Jared Sakren

Don the mask and discover new depths to building believable characters.

For the first time ever, renowned master teacher Jared Sakren—who has taught such acclaimed actors as Frances McDormand, Annette Bening, Mary-Louise Parker, and Christopher Noth—is offering this unique mask workshop right here in the North Bay.

We tend to rely on facial expressions to communicate our emotions, and as a result we cut off acting impulses to the rest of the body. By putting on a theatrical mask and taking away the “crutch” of facial expressions, you’ll see how quickly the body becomes very expressive and a simple tilt of the head, a slump of the shoulders, or a rhythm of movement can have an enormous impact on the way a character comes to life. You’ll learn how to release your imagination to create surprising, compelling, and original characters on stage.

Mask work is generally only offered as part of a professional training program.

July 14, Saturday 1–5 PM (4 hours)
Rehearsal Hall, 15 student maximum
Tuition: $125

Introduction to Viewpoints | #406

Instructor: Lillian Myers

Explore the creative connections between your mind and body!

Among the many methods of devising physical theater and creating dynamic stage compositions, Viewpoints stands out as one of the innovative—and most effective. The method, developed by Anne Bogart in New York, has proven so useful that it is now absolutely necessary for any practitioner of modern theater to become acquainted with it. Viewpoints will help you hone: focus, intuition, awareness, and more. This class is for actors, directors and teachers of theatre who are interested in exploring alternatives to the classic approaches to acting and will give you new tools to approach your craft.

July 15, Sunday 1–6 PM (5 hours)
Rehearsal Hall, 12 students maximum
Tuition: $95

The Shakespeare Workshop | #407

Instructor: Jared Sakren

Demystifying the Shakespearean Monologue.

This workshop is a comprehensive and practical overview of Shakespeare’s work that will prove valuable to any actor interested in performing classical theater. Renowned master teacher Jared Sakren will guide you through the vital elements of performing the Bard’s words: language and literary techniques, character development, prose vs. verse and meter, narrative arcs and auditioning with Shakespearean monologues. Come prepared with a memorized Shakespeare monologue of about two minutes in length.

July 28, Saturday 1–5 PM (4 hours)
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $125


Awakened Acting | #302

Instructor: Brian Glenn Bryson

What’s it take to be an actor?

This engaging acting class begins with instruction and practice in the fundamentals of improvisation. Through exercises, improvisations, and scene work, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how you affect others and how others affect you. You’ll learn about the power of ‘intention’ in developing characters and the importance of choosing ‘actions’ to execute your characters’ intentions. The final phase in building your understanding of what it takes to be an actor will be to share your scenes in a performance open to the public. If you’re a curious beginner or an eager intermediate, this class is for you!

July 8–August 26, Sundays 7–9 PM (8 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $245


Lennie Dean
Education Associate

(707)523-4185 ext.122 (message box only)

How to Register:

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  • Mail completed registration form to
    52 W 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
  • Fax completed registration form to
    707 523-3544.
  • In person during box office hours
    1:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Friday, or
    11:00 - 2:00 Saturday.


Classes require a 50% deposit at registration.  Tuition is due in full by the first day of class.  Limited scholarships and payment plans are available (Scholarship Application); contact




We understand that you may find a class is not what you expected, or that life circumstances may change after you enroll. If you choose to withdraw, you may submit written notification prior to the second class. A $25 processing fee will be applied to defer costs plus prorate for classes attended.  A check for the remaining balance will be sent in approximately two weeks  There will be no make-up classes or refunds for missed classes.