Vision In these acting classes we hope to inspire and engage your child’s active imagination. Through games and improvisation they will learn to uncover the creative life within them and to connect that life with others. The class will build itself around communication, play and community. In some theatre classes the study is geared towards preparation for a performance. In our classes the goal is exploration and for the participants to experience their own artistry through theatre games, improvisation, creative movement, story enactment, and the Viewpoints. Because our emphasis is on process rather than product, teachers have the freedom to take as much time as needed to develop the acting skills, which will ultimately benefit your child in performance.
Creative drama can help children learn about emotions, problem solving, and relating to other people. Students develop their imaginations, emotional intelligence and their confidence at the same time they are improving their acting skills.
Monica Guzowski graduated from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI with a BA in Theatre Performance and Design. After performing throughout the Midwest with theatres such as The City of Clinton Showboat, The Red Barn Playhouse, Trinity Square Ensemble and Victory Gardens Theatre, Monica toured with Michigan's Alpha Theatre Project which was to be her first children's theatre experience. She followed this up with a six year stint as a theatre arts instructor with The Children's Theatre of Western Springs, one of the oldest children's theatre programs in the country. While with CTWS, Monica taught children from kindergarten through high school and directed Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan. Before she moved to L.A. she accomplished one of her most important goals at CTWS which was to have the production booth and stage management duties operated by students only!
Stephen Davalos has been acting since the age of 5. After being in multiple UCLA student films, he continued his acting career in middle school at SPMS and then went on to be accepted at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. After high school Stephen studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood and he continues to juggle love of baking with love of theatre. Recently, Stephen was featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and was the grand prizewinner! Past acting credits include Romeo and Juliet, Waiting for Lefty, The Actor's Nightmare, Woyzeck, Cash on Delivery, Beauty and the Beast as well as many others.