Youth Acting and Musical Theater Workshops

AKT Academy at Sierra Madre Playhouse


January 17 - May 26, 2019
Thursdays - Acting For Theater 3:30pm -6pm $450
Saturdays - Musical Theater 9am-1pm  $525
(Enroll for 2 or more classes/sibling discount = 10% discount)  

“No acting training from any institution, including Orange County School of the Arts (Cal. School of The Arts) and Oklahoma City University, compares to what Alison taught me. She is the perfect balance of teacher and theater director”

- Elise Vannerson – Currently on the National Tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Story as "Carole" (u/s) and "Genie" (supporting). Lead Actor: Snapshots – (Directed by the composer, Steven Schwartz); Lovelace: A Rock Opera, (U.K. Premier); Daddy Long Legs (George Street Playhouse).

Thursdays: Acting for Theater 3:30-6pm
This class is for the beginning/intermediate actor. Students study elements of acting, including improvisation, and pantomime, given circumstances, objectives, recall and sense memory giving them the foundation and tools for all their acting work.

Saturdays: The Magic of Musical Theater 9am-1pm
Scene study, vocal instruction and beginning tap dance
Analysis of music theater roles, plot and character background. Vocal instruction taught by Dianne Harmel (developing healthy technique) and dance taught by Amy Lin.

Teacher Bios

Alison Kalmus
With over 25 years of film/ theater performance experience, Ms. Kalmus has also been a Casting and Voice-Over Director for NASA’s Space Place in a Snap, NOAA’s Scijinx educational videos, Walt Disney Co. and Independent Shakespeare Co. She is a resource acting coach for L.A and Orange County High School for the Arts. An award-winning director of theater, musicals and opera, nationally and internationally - some directing credits:

Musicals:The Fantasticks* Once Upon A Shoe (Knightsbridge Theater),The Sound of Music, Narnia (The Musical), The Gondoliers** A Christmas Memory, A Little House Christmas (SMP), Wanting Miss Julie, City of Light, Mary Marie.*** Hans Brinker (for New Musicals, Inc.). Theatrical: L.A. County’s Shakespeare in the Park’ - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing,Twelfth Night, Fairytales and Fantasy (2005–2009). Opera – Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado, Magic Flute (Pasadena Opera Co.); La Boheme (Hradek Kralove Filharmonie, Czech Rep.); Aesopera**** (So. Cal Lyric Opera).

In association with Pasadena Polytechnic School she developed curricula, taught, trained and supervised teachers for Non-Profit Noteworthy Music & Learning Systems for school drama programs throughout Los Angeles County. Upcoming: Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 2017), Alan Menken’s Dream On Royal Street (August 2017 SMP)

*L.A. Times Critic’s Pick **NACCP Theatre Awards Nomination Best Direction – Musical 2015 ***2015 Richard Rodgers Award, 2014 NAMT Festival Selection **** American Composers Forum Subito Grant and New Opera Works' Competition Winner

Dianne Harmel, M.A., is the CEO and artistic director of Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts (FAVA), a nonprofit organization she founded in 2006 to provide voice instruction and choral music opportunities for elementary and high school youth in the Greater Pasadena area. As a performer, Ms. Harmel is an accomplished mezzo-soprano soloist specializing in oratorio work; however, her passion is teaching others to sing. She is an Adjunct Professor of Applied Voice at Azusa Pacific University and at Life Pacific College, where she also serves as Choir Director. Additionally, Dianne has a private studio in her home in Monrovia where her current voice students range in age from 8 to 78. She received her musical education locally in Los Angeles, with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from USC and an M.A in Music (Emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy) from CSULA.

Amy Sara Lim has been a member of SCLT/AKT Academy with Alison Kalmus since the age of six. Credits include Lucy in Narnia, Little Fan/Belinda in A Christmas Carol, and NASA voiceover projects- directed by Alison Kalmus. Stepping from the stage to the production team, Amy has been a choreographer for the AKT Academy for three semesters, and has choreographed, costumed and associated produced AKT's second stage production "The Dream on Royal Street." Amy is an English major, Secondary Education minor, and in the Honors Program at Chapman University. She hopes to pursue a teaching career in theater.
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