Redwood Curtain Conservatory

The mission of the conservatory is to educate individuals and strengthen the talent of the theatre community in Humboldt County.

Acting is an art form that is great for the imagination. It develops group skills, individual focus, and helps with public speaking.  Acting builds confidence. From children to adults, all will benefit from training and performing.

For more information, please call 707.845.4772 or email

No classes are currently scheduled for 2013.

Past classes have included:

Acting for Adults
Instructor: Cassandra Hesseltine    Cost: $140
10 weeks
For all levels of actors, this class has been created for the beginner, serious actor or anyone who wants to improve their public speaking. Classes will assist in enhancing techniques students can use for any stage performance through improvisation, short scenes and monologue work.

Improv Workshop
Instructor: James Schaeffer    Cost: $140
10 weeks
This workshop teaches the fundamentals of improvisation for the non-professional actor. This class is also good for the actor with little to no experience in improv. Build self-confidence, develop your creativity, experiment, have fun and make new friends. No audition required.


Acting for Youth
Instructor: Lydia Foreman    Cost: $120
4 weeks
Acting for Youth is for those teens who love to do improv, work on scenes and monologues, and develop ensemble techniques! We’ll do body work, vocal work and get down and dirty with the challenging job of breaking down and then shaping a scene to present to an invited audience. Join with a friend or just meet a whole bunch of new ones! Come prepared to move and get creative.


Acting for Camera
Instructor: Howard L. Ritter    Cost: $100
Part 1 reviews the fundamentals of the acting process, with emphasis on its organic nature, through exercises, improvisations and scene work. Techniques and criteria for performances are established here. Both are applied when students work before the camera. The minimalism of film acting is the primary thrust, illustrating the camera’s ability to capture nuances of behavior, and requiring from the actor less physicalization, greater concentration and maximal inner-life. In the third and final part of the course, scenes are rehearsed, lit, framed, and taped in a series of camera set-ups. A follow-up to the filming discusses both process and results.

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