Long Beach Playhouse Offers Youth Summer Theatre Conservatory Opportunity

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Long Beach Playhouse is currently enrolling for its Summer Theatre Conservatory, to be offered in two sessions; First session will be from JULY 11 – JULY 23 and the second session from JULY 25 – AUGUST 6. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The program is open to incoming 3rd Graders through graduating High School students. The main focus is age appropriate training in the basic skills of theatre: Acting, Movement, Voice and much more! A portion of the day is dedicated to preparing a performance for the end of the session. A great opportunity for students to explore their interest and deepen their skills in the performing arts while training with professional actors that work in the field.

Tuition is $400, per session. Family discounts are available.

Class space for the first session is near capacity. Second session is currently open for enrollment. Parents are encouraged to call to reserve space. For enrollment information please call 562-494-1014, email Kylene@lbplayhouse.org, or visit www.lbplayhouse.org

David Vegh will direct the Summer Youth Conservatory.David is the former lead instructor of the Chautauqua Theatre Company’s Youth Conservatory. He currently teaches Acting and Playwriting in the Theatre Arts Department at CSULB. A veteran of stage and screen, he most recently performed the role of Louis in South Coast Repertory’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School in their Theatre for Young Audiences series. His film and TV appearances include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, House, Chicago Hope and Mad About You. He holds an MFA in Acting and Directing from CSULB.

LB Playhouse is excited to welcome the following teaching staff:

Craig Anton, teaching improvisation for the second session.
Craig starred as Lloyd Diffy, Phil and Pim’s dad on the Disney Channel’s, Phil Of The Future. Craig has also been featured in films, Santa Buddies, and Nic and Tristan Go Mega Dega. Currently an instructor at CSULB, he also teaches his own classes at the Comedy Academy in Los Angeles and has taught at The Grandstreet Theater Camp in Helena MT for the past four summers. Some of Craig’s additional appearances include roles on MAD TV, True Jackson VP, Lizzy McGuire, Entourage, The Office, Boston Legal, Everybody Loves Raymond, Curb Your Enthusiasm and King Of Queens.

Shannon Lee Blas, teaching Musical Theatre for the first session.
Shannon has been an actor and director, print model, choreographer, dancer, and singer for over twenty years. Shannon holds an AA in Music for Vocal Performance, a BA in Drama, with Honors in Acting, from UC Irvine, and most recently completed an MBA/MFA in Theatre Management at CSU Long Beach.

Brian Bozanich – Physical Theatre for the second session.
Brian is a returning teacher from last year’s Long Beach Playhouse Summer Conservatory. He currently serves as theatre teacher and Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator at Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood. While attending the University of Hawaii, he was Youth Theatre Coordinator and brought over 10,000 K-8 students to see productions on campus. After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in Youth and Family Theatre in 1999, Brian worked as a research assistant for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Anna Steers – Acting and Voice & Movement for both sessions.
Anna is a returning teacher from last summer’s Long Beach Playhouse Summer Conservatory. She currently teaches at Cal State Long Beach, where she received her MFA in acting. She holds a BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. Anna is a member of the California Repertory Theatre Company. Her TV and film appearances include Bill Nye the Science Guy, ABC Flubber promotion, MTV Summer Bash, American Body Shop (Comedy Central) and Cold Play the Movie.

Glenn Whisler – Acting and Voice & Movement for the first session.
Glenn most recently taught Advanced Drama and Speech at East Middle School, where he produced and directed the plays Have I Got News For You and Hollywood Hotel, both written specifically for a middle school cast.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre that cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.

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