ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Launched in July of 2017! Stay tuned for information on next years program, and upcoming YAC activities.
Open to Students Age 14 - 18
ETC's Education Programming Supported by Virginia Castagnola-Hunter
Ensemble Theatre Company — Santa Barbara’s professional resident theater company — hosts the Young Actors Conservatory; three weeks of exciting hands-on training with master actors and theater artists in the beautiful New Vic Theater, led by Director of Education, Marcus Giamatti. With a curriculum that focuses on principles of acting, movement, voice, improv, Shakespeare, and other key elements of theater training, ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory is Santa Barbara’s premier summer theater program for young and aspiring artists with a passion for delving deeper into the craft of theater!
ETC Educational Outreach Mission Statement From The Director
Our mission at ETC is to provide educational opportunities that will deepen the relationship with our community, our existing patrons and encourage both adult and youth audiences to attend the productions, with a heightened awareness, passion and understanding of the theatrical process, the artistic process as well as the issues presented by the work. In this way, we hope to enhance the current work on our stage and position the institution as essential to the cultural and social well being of the Santa Barbara community, our schools and the American theatre.
It is important to us that our educational endeavor, through classes and outreach programming, finds a way to maintain a connection to the practices of the past, drawing on them, creating in the present, while structuring a vision for the artistic educational road ahead, with truth and fervor.
Adult Scene Study Class
When: October 23-November 20th, 7pm-9pm ( Five Mondays)
Where: CALM, 1236 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101(Google Map) (Next to the New Vic)
Instructor: Marcus Giamatti
Winter 2018, ETC's Youth Classes (14 to 18 years old)
Schedule: Saturdays, January 20 to February 24, 2018
Location: Girls Inc., 531 E. Ortega, Santa Barbara
Principles of Acting/ Mask Workshop (10am—12pm)
Instructor: Marcus Giamatti
Improvisation Technique (12pm—2pm)
Instructor: Michael Bernard
Acting Shakespeare (2pm—4pm)
Instructor: Alish Riggs
- Cheers Star, SNL regular, and Second City Alumn George Wendt: "Cheers," Fletch, "Saturday Night Live," "Clipped."
- Emmy Award-Winning Actress Kate Burton: "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" Big Trouble in Little China, "Rescue Me."
- Director/Producer Steve Robman: "Boston Public," "Gilmore Girls," "Party of Five."
- Casting Director Olivia Harris: Mystic River, Space Cowboys, "Salem's Lot."
ETC's 2018 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The development of story-tellers for the future of the American Theater may be one of the most valuable educational programs that the Ensemble Theater Company can offer Santa Barbara community. Over the course of the academic year, ETC, in collaboration with local public schools, will commence an in-class workshop for young, aspiring writers. Each student will compose a One Act play under the watchful eye of a professional theater mentor.
Mentors will help students shape and refine their work, and then in the spring three plays will be selected after an extensive review process and assigned professional actors and a director. An evening of staged readings of the three plays will be presented at the New Vic.
This year’s dramatic theme will be Truth.
ETC and the Young Playwright’s Festival is proud to announce collaboration with Dos Pueblos High School for the academic year 2017-2018.
Come support these new voices on May 21st, 2018 at 7pm.
Adopt-A-School Program introduces high school students to the thrill of live theatre and to the creative process of acting, directing, and to the art of technical, costume and scenic design. Through an intensive preparation process during the school year, the adopted school faculty will collaborate with education specialists from ETC’s Outreach programming to plan for their student’s selected show experience at The New Vic. Content and themes from the show will be integrated into the school’s core curriculum. In-school class workshops will also be offered in Mask, Principles of Acting and Shakespeare Appreciation.
Meet the Faculty
Marcus Giamatti, Master Acting Teacher
Marcus is an actor, teacher, acting coach, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and founder of his own acting studio in Los Angeles where he is the Master Teacher in Scene Study, Audition Technique, and Acting for the Camera. Marcus also serves as a counselor and mentor for actors around the world. He is a Master Teacher at the Actor’s Green Room in NYC, and at the Actor’s Key in Hollywood. He currently teaches courses in Scene Study, Shakespeare, Directing for Stage and Film, and Acting for the Camera at UC Santa Barbara.
Marcus’ career on screen spans more than 30 years, and he is best known for the role of Peter Gray on the long running CBS Drama, “Judging Amy,” Comedy Central’s “Big Time in Hollywood, FL.,” and the CBS crime drama “CSI Cyber.” He has appeared in over 100 guest star and recurring roles on television. His extensive theater credits include work on Broadway in Horton Foote’s The Young Man from Atlanta, and in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at Lincoln Center, and numerous productions at Off-broadway and regional theaters.
Ailish Riggs, Voice, Movement, and Acting Shakespeare
Ailish is an Actor, Director, and Speech Specialist with 12 years teaching and coaching experience. As an actor she has performed on regional stages across the country and has worked in film, commercials, and television. She has taught Acting, Voice and Speech, and Movement at UCSB, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Governor’s School for the Arts, Virginia Stage Company, Denver Center for Performing Arts, and the University of Denver among others. Ailish has served as a dialect coach for stage productions and feature film and has been a coach and advisor for professionals and students for acting, movement, and dialect. She created and developed the Aerial Trapeze curriculum for Old Dominion University, which integrates the use of voice, speech, and storytelling with aerial choreography. As a theatre director she has directed at Virginia Stage Company, Regent University, New Theatre of Chesapeake and the Governor’s School for the Arts. Ms. Riggs earned her MFA at the National Theater Conservatory and is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and Actor’s Equity Association.
Michael Bernard, Introduction to Improvisation
Michael Bernard spent 10 years as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project, a nationally recognized theater company that creates original theater with kids from Hell’s Kitchen New York City and theater professionals. At UCB NYC Michael directed a few shows including The Chipperton Family Vocaltainers Shooby Dooby Dooby Hour which was an official selection of The HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He has also written for Disney, Nickelodeon, Henson Productions, Nick at Nite, DC Comics, Showtime, Spike TV, The Sundance Channel, Noggin, WE, MTV, VH1 and some commercials you probably fast forwarded past.
Since moving to California in 2009 he has performed in LA with "Immediate Theaer" an improv company made of of ex members of Second City and The Groundlings. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Elements Theater. Michael teaches Theater at UCSB and SBCC.