Beginning Improvisation | #338

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Take the Plunge!

Improvisation is a form of theatre storytelling where the entire story is being created at the very moment it is performed. Being good at improv is not acting talent in the conventional sense, but more a capacity for being fully attentive and ‘in the moment’ with your fellow actors. Enthusiasm and willingness matter most! Come and experience what happens when you get a bunch of strangers to faithfully follow the rules of the game. And the rules are brilliant: they let magic emerge from a story people build together. This beginning class will teach you all the basic rules while exercising those rules. In the last class you’ll share your new skills with an invited audience.

January 7-March 11, Mondays 7:15–9 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 14 student maximum
Tuition: $245

Intermediate Improvisation | #340

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Dive Deeper!

Picking up where Beginning Improvisation left off, this intermediate class will give you a more challenging range of games to further hone your newly developed skills. Playing with others who are also learning to stand on their own two feet will gently raise the bar and give you a deeper understanding of what we know about creating scenes and characters together. The class will also introduce you to the principles of long-form improvised storytelling. Completing Beginning Improvisation or having a working knowledge of the fundamentals of improvisation will ensure you benefit fully from this class. In the last class you’ll share your new skills with an invited audience.

January 7-March 11, Mondays 5:15–7 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 14 students maximum
Tuition: $245

New! Drop in Improv

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Keep up your improv skills!

For the first time, we are offering a limited number of dates for you to ‘drop in’ and practice your improvisation skills. Matlock Zumsteg will lead you in exercises and games that will give you the practice you need to stay ‘in shape’. This class is limited to students who have taken the Beginning or Intermediate Improvisation classes here at 6th Street Playhouse.

November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, Mondays 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Studio Theatre
Tuition: $15 cash at the door

Public Speaking for All Occasions | #342

Instructor: Eileen Nagle

Conquer your stage fright!

Does speaking in front of a group frighten you? Are you unsure of how to gather your thoughts and communicate with clarity? Do you want to learn how to give public and impromptu speeches in academic, business and informal settings? In this class you will learn a specific step by step process of how to approach your material and bring it to life. You will also learn reliable relaxation techniques and skills to overcome your fears and anxiety. You will be exposed to the three basic forms of speech: impromptu, informative and persuasive. No previous experience necessary. The class will culminate in a speech for your invited guests.

January 11-March 15, Fridays 1–3 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $245

Beginning Acting for Adults | #344

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Curious if you have what it takes to be an actor?

First of all, it takes courage! Sign up for this class and you have already taken the first step in your exploration. In this class you will explore your potential with basic acting exercises. You will ‘warm up’ with simple physical and vocal exercises. You will be instructed in basic ‘stage terms’ you need to know; the language a director gives you to move about the stage. Using classic acting exercises, you will be introduced to what it means to be ‘in the moment’. Building on the first half of the class, you will then be given a monologue to apply the basic tools you have explored. By the end of this class you will have a clear and specific sense of what it takes to be an actor.

January 10–March 21*, Thursdays 10 AM–1 PM (10 weeks) *No class March 12
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $395

Intermediate/Advanced Acting | #346

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Build your character!

This class emphasizes the Eric Morris Technique - you will continue to develop and explore and a step by step systematic approach using specific reliable tools to clear emotional blocks, tensions and insecurities which encourages ‘moment to moment’ authentic expression. Class starts with a warm-ups and moves to individual exercises, monologue and scene work where you will apply your system in creating character.

January 8–March19*, Tuesdays 10 AM–1 PM (10 weeks) *No class March 12
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $395

New! Audition Workshop | #348

Instructor: Jacinta Gorringe

Demystify your audition!

What makes a successful audition? It is an art form in itself, filled with many questions, mysteries, and apprehensions. What monologue and/or song should you choose? How do you work with the accompanist? Dialects? Callbacks? Resumes and photos? What do you wear? How do you handle nerves, mishaps, the unexpected? How do you follow up? In this class you will receive specific practical instruction to empower you and your auditioning process. Come with you own monologue and song and/or the instructor will help you choose one monologue and song. Last class will be a mock audition. Performers at any level of experience are welcome.

January 13–February 24, Sundays 5 PM–7:30 PM (7 Weeks)
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $285 (Includes costs for pianist)


Lennie Dean
Interim Education Director

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

How to Register:

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    52 W 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
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    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 $35 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.