Adult Programs

Whether participants are new to the stage or seasoned performers or playwrights, our classes for adults provide a place to explore, strengthen skills, and grow as artists and people. Our classes for seniors are designed to help transform attitudes toward aging to a new vision of continuous growth, and to honor and celebrate the sharing of rich and varied experiences of older adults.

Winter 2020 Session

Beginning Improv

Jan 6-Mar 9, Mon 7:15–9 pm (10 wks)

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.

Class #349, Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg
Rehearsal Hall, 14 student maximum
Tuition: $245

Intermediate Improv

Jan 6-Mar 9, Mon 5:15–7 pm (10 wks)

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.

Class #351, Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg
Rehearsal Hall, 14 student maximum
Tuition: $245

Beginning Acting

Jan 7-Mar 10, Tues 10-1 pm (10 wks)

This class is designed around you the individual student, whether this is your first time exploring acting, you have an audition you'd like to prepare for, or a long-term goal this is the class for you! Mike is a professional actor and an experienced acting coach; he will help you realize your unique qualities as an actor and to look for truth in your work. Building on the first half of the class, you will then be given a monologue and a scene to apply the basic tools you have explored. In this class, you will learn to get in touch with your core inspiration, select and develop winning monologues and scenes, develop a character, build confidence, and understand what it takes to become an actor!

Class #353, Instructor: Mike Schaeffer
Rehearsal Hall, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $395

Scene Study

Jan 5-Mar 8, Sun 5-7pm (10 wks)

This ten-week scene study class for beginner to intermediate level actors gives you room to explore the fundamentals of acting in a supported and nurturing workshop environment. You will practice the craft of character development and learn techniques to create truthful performances with ease and spontaneity. By using scenes from exciting and fresh new plays, you will gain a broader appreciation for contemporary and emerging playwrights. Final class will culminate in a show case production.

Class #347, Instructor: Jess Headington
Rehearsal Hall, 14 student maximum
Tuition: $245


Juliet Noonan
Director of Education

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


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.