Disappointed by the improv opportunities around his native Long Beach, comedian and actor Darren Held began teaching classes through the city's Department of Parks and Recreation. He soon found himself amazed at the personal changes improvisational comedy fostered in his students: improved self-confidence, enhanced listening skills, better public speaking, and the newfound ability to seamlessly riff off a cop's query, "Do you know why I pulled you over?" Inspired, he founded Held2gether to bring the empowering effects of improv to a wider audience. Today, the company offers four levels of classes, practical-minded seminars for companies, and regular shows by the resident troupe of comedians.
GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company started as a means of transporting children to another world. Its first production, Alice in Wonderland, taught 60 students at Minnie Gant Elementary School how to travel down the rabbit hole while providing them with an expressive outlet. With their newfound skills, that cast of first through fifth graders performed for full audiences at the University Theater at CSULB in October 2005.
Since then, GO-FAME has expanded into a theatre program for all youth in the community, but its mission remains the same: to encourage youth to explore the arts and expand their skills. When they walk out on stage, students leave behind their old selves and step into the role of performers, and GO-FAME teaches them how. Several weeks of acting lessons and rehearsals preempt annual productions for friends and family. Past performances have included Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dear Edwina, and The Paper Bag Bandit.
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A nonprofit cooperative, imaginese Free Productions is a conglomerate of artists and dreamers working together to achieve goals, complete projects, and help others do the same. They work in a variety of media and art forms, including acting, directing, painting, and music. Through shared resources and equipment, as well as weekly workshops and courses, they hope to create a positive creative working environment in which to nurture and accomplish all manner of artistic endeavors.
talentorium is a performance and production studio that specializes in working with young actors. it provides the kind of training that helps students develop artistically, while imparting great leadership skills. we work with both newcomers and seasoned actors alike.
Hothouse Studios… “Where Music Grows” is centrally located in Santa Fe Springs, 20 minutes from Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.
We feature a professional and comfortable atmosphere with clean studios, ranging in size and price.
When it comes to improvisational acting, Rob Adler is less interested in the wacky comedy of shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and more in inviting his students to step outside of their heads and be in the moment. His focus is on work with scripted pieces, teaching his classes not to say “yes, and” to outrageous characters and plots, but to command space and integrate the truthful elements that make a memorable performance. Rob, who has taught at such places as the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio, The Actors Gang, and the University of Southern California, and helps actors and directors delve deep into the imaginary worlds of their performance pieces, along with corporate training for executives who wish to delve deep into the imaginary world of business.