Accomplished actor Jessica Houde owns and operates the Houde School of Acting, bringing with her a lifetime of experience as a working actor in Los Angeles. Houde teaches the Meisner Method of acting, an interdependent series of exercises that encourage students to commit to an objective, rather than a script or an overenthusiastic extra. See the school’s schedule for additional information.
At Masterpiece Center for the Arts, instructors rekindle artistic creativity and help students find the medium that best inspires and challenges them. The center’s curriculum spans subjects as diverse as nature photography, henna tattoos, creative writing, and edible arrangements. Along with baseline classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture, students can delve into creating cartoons or glass mosaics, or they can take a 10-week class in cinema-style special-effects makeup.
Star Maker School boasts a staff full of professionals as well as alumni from all over the entertainment industry, including professional, tour, and major recording artist dancers; Broadway performers; commercial and voice-over actors. For nearly 40 years, its instructors have helped kids aged 2.5–18 accomplish transformations into these fields with positive reinforcement and confidence-building methods in dance, acting, and singing. Their philosophy prizes healthy self-image above all else, and they also help parents make educated decisions regarding breaking into showbiz.
At age 8, Cassie Corsaro fell victim to the Hollywood bug. Its bite transformed her into a triple-threat, inspiring her to dance, sing, and act, and she soon made her way into drama classrooms and onto sets in New York City and Los Angeles. At Hollywood Bootcamp, Cassie combines her skills and knowledge with those of fellow working actors to introduce kids to acting fundamentals and potentially propel them to stardom. During camps, performers aged 7–25 sharpen their TV and film acting skills so as to one day avoid the paparazzi when walking their gerbils.