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.
Home to two stages and an art gallery, the Edgemar Center for the Arts more than meets the needs of the local visual and performing arts communities. The center places an emphasis on collaboration, uniting creative minds of all ages and persuasions both in the classroom and on stage. Hosting musical performances, question-and-answer sessions with Hollywood actors, and theatrical productions old and just sprouted, the space has attracted the likes of Don Cheadle, Christian Slater, Malcolm McDowell, and Jason Alexander.
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.
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.
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.