A complete training program for working actors in Los Angeles

The 2017-18 academic term starts this October. 

The School for Theatre Creators is a privately-run, independent school that accepts 15-20 students per year. Paola Coletto crafted this unique program to train a select group in practical creative tools and the mindset to succeed. Graduates of the training program are awarded an associate certificate. To sign up for The School's 2017-18 Training Program in Los Angeles submit your online application now.

Coursework

Participants will engage in a curriculum of theatre specialties and disciplines across dramatic territories: 

  • Play & Improvisation
  • Spatial Awareness & Rhythm Work
  • Ensemble: Devising, Writing, Directing
  • Elements of Acrobatics
  • Mask Work
  • Movement Analysis & Technique
  • Alexander Technique & Vocal Preparation
  • Mime for Actors
  • Research-Based Projects

A Holistic Training Program

The journey is grounded in the European tradition of Physical Theatre, which centers on body, gesture, and play. Resident faculty and visiting instructors teach a wide range of coursework, providing a uniquely comprehensive training experience. Because of the intimate class size, intensive training, and rigorous daily schedule, students form a close-knit community. Students prepare original work. created throughout the program, for selection to be presented at public performances hosted by The School in Los Angeles.

we do not profess a method or system. 

An aim of The School is to provoke students to develop into independent artists who invent and affirm their own unique processes.

we do not give solutions. 

The School provides a solid artistic platform of tools for experimentation and learning though practice, discipline and commitment.

we help students teach themselves. 

This develops a growth mindset where no situation results in failure but only in opportunities for learning, advancing, and reinventing.

Students

This is a transformative course, designed for actors and artists who want to explore, experiment, take risks and dedicate themselves to making great work. The School shapes artists to apply personal agency and independently support their personal artistic journeys, whatever direction they choose to take. 

Past students work in a variety of capacities including commercial acting work, original stage pieces, text-based narrative-driven theatre and writing for TV & film. This training is primarily geared toward artists in the discipline of performance but it equally benefits directors, playwrights, athletes, designers, teachers, circus artists, lawyers, dancers, choreographers, singers, musicians,  athletes, and also professionals. 

It is a life-changing decision. Because of the rigorous schedule and unique curriculum, The School is similar to a bootcamp or retreat for your creative career. This journey requires full commitment and disciplined focus. If you feel you are ready to apply or are considering whether the program is right for you, feel free to contact us. You can ask questions or set up a time to talk.

Faculty

Paola Coletto is the Founder and Director of The School. She is one of forty students in the world have completed the pedagogical program as a teaching specialist under the French teacher Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has more than 25 years experience in teaching and leading international theatre companies. Paola is a certified personal trainer and the founder of the gym Linea e Sport, where she trained athletes for competition. In Italy, 

Ned Brauer teaches Play & Movement Studies at The School. He is a performing artist, a founding member of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and a member of the Actors' Gang in Los Angeles. Ned is a graduate of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in France and the London Academy of Dramatic Art, in England.

Lorin Salm is the Mime Instructor at The School. Lorin is a graduate of Marceau’s École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris where he studied with Marcel Marceau. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge. He is an actor and a theatrical mime and has performed on stages around the world as well as in television and commercials. He is a mime and movement coach for major Hollywood film and TV productions.

Brett Hershey is the Alexander Technique Instructor at The School. Brett is an AMSAT-certified Alexander Technique Instructor and Consultant in Los Angeles specializing in psychophysical re-education. He earned a B.A. from Williams College in 1994 and Alexander Technique certification from ATI-LA in 2008.


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"I took Paola’s full-time program and my career blossomed before my eyes. I booked more acting jobs and found the truth in my performance."

— Juzo Yoshida, Actor and Improviser, JETZO 


Daily Schedule

Classes take place Monday through Friday 8:45am—2.00pm.

Important Dates

SESSION ONE Oct 2 - Dec 15
Thanksgiving break (no class): November 23 – 26

SESSION TWO Jan 8 - March 25

Program Cost

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $9,800.

Standard Payment Schedule: $1,500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and the remaining amount is due by October 2nd, the beginning of school.

If you require more flexibility, contact us and we will work with you to customize a payment plan.

How to Apply

STEP 1. ONLINE APPLICATION

STEP 2. EMAIL

  • CV outlining details of your artistic experience 
  • Letter of motivation telling why you want to pursue an education at The School
  • Two letters of recommendation from a former teacher, director, workshop leader or colleague 
  • Recent Photo
  • Photocopy of valid ID

STEP 3. INTERVIEW

We will contact you to schedule your one-on-one in person, or Skype, interview with Paola Coletto.