Acting & Theater

Acting & Theater Arts

Classes taught by Shiela Ryle & Scott Strand to be scheduled see the calendar page

Most Theatre Arts classes are performance based.

Comedy and tragedy

    • Practical ActingTo be a “working” actor one must work and to work actors must audition. The audition process requires a unique set of performance skills and “Practical Acting” has been specifically designed to hone them. But what’s more, this course will inspire not only confidence during the process but a genuine excitement about it.


    • Shakespeare – Why Shakespeare? Why study the greatest dramatist in the English language? lists 343 Shakespeare festivals and companies in the United States, 93 in California alone. IMDB credits Shakespeare with more than 1000 filmed adaptations with as many as 50 in the last 2 years. William Shakespeare is the most produced author in any language in the world. That’s why you learn Shakespeare.


    • Backstage ProductionContrary to popular belief there is no such thing as a “one man show.” Behind every theatrical production there may be lighting and sound techs, costumers, set designers and builders, producers, directors and stage managers just to name a few. In Acting & Technical Theatre students will learn the basics of set design, lighting, sound, costumes, props and stage management. They will learn these in the context of being the crew for each other’s scenes.


    • Video Productions Our focus is on providing a background in traditional videography, such as “Corporate Video,” and “Television News Production” which includes: Producing, Story Telling, Writing, Acting, Lighting, Business Management, and Video Engineering, as well as instruction in emerging fields such as “Drone Videography”, “Cinematic Video”, “Social Video” and more. This union of traditional and “new” areas of videography, results in an education in Expanded Videography.


    • Acting Scene Study Class: This Class is a Combo Class of JDS Creative Academy and JDS Actors Studio. Actors shall prepare and perform an age appropriate monologue as well as a Two person scene chosen in class. Exercises include: Relaxation, Vocal Concentration, Memorization, Focus and Characterization. Actors will be instructed in the craft of acting learning basic stage presence, stage direction, beats, rhythm, and timing. Acting classes are open enrollment and run in 1 month commitment blocks. There are quarterly showcases at the studio that the actors perform their acting class scenes and monologues in front of their invited friends and family.


    • Musical Theatre – This class will combine the Acting, Vocal, and Instrumental to study classical musical theatre productions, breakdown musical theatre productions and rehearse and preform a full musical theatre production in front of an audience.



    • Backstage Theatre ProductionStudents will focus on stage
      design, props, backdrops, makeup and costuming. Students will work the backstage components to the JDS Actors Studio Spring Plays. They will learn and assist with set painting, props, costumes and more. During the semester they will make latex masks, skull caps, learn about and practice stage make up, hand stitching and alteration technique for costume & make up design. They will also get to choose a stage production of their choice and create and build a replica of a scene.
    • Stage Combat & MovementThe stage is not like real life and actions on it need to be planned, practiced and nuanced, specific in their intention and their execution. In Stage Combat & Movement students will learn about body awareness, stage directions and blocking shorthand. They will also learn how to fake and take a punch and a kick, how to fall and how to make it all look real, the style and art of stage fencing all the while rigorously adhering to the 3 basic principles of stage combat SAFETY FIRST, SAFETY LAST, SAFETY ALWAYS.
      *Due to the rigorous physical nature of this class it may be used to fill the physical education standard for home schools in California.