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!
Guest speakers to include:
- 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."
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.