Acting and Improv in San Miguel

The most fun you can have with your clothes on!

Who teaches the classes?

 

 ACTING 

Eli teaches most acting classes. Joseph teaches Improv (see below) and from time to time we will co-facilitate a class (Stand Up Comedy). Invited guest teachers from the local theater community teach "specialty" workshops.

We'll keep you on your toes! 
 

 

     (photo: Eli as St. Peter and Essy as a dead acrobat.)

BACKGROUND

Eli started acting in elementary school and continued his studies in High School and University. Later on, Eli attended The Stella Adler Academy, in Hollywood, and participated in numerous professional acting workshops.

As a professional actor, he has worked in TV commercials, industrial videos and films, and numerous musical and theatrical productions. He had a successful twenty-year voiceover career as announcer and characters for TV, video and radio. Eli has directed film and video productions, and eventually landed in theater education.

Currently, he loves writing plays and screenplays, as well as directing and acting in local SMA theatrical productions.

These are some highlights in "the biz":

  • Old Globe Theater - Director of Bilingual Educational Program "Teatro Meta"
  • Institute for Arts Education - Artistic Director (developed theater-arts curriculum, taught classes, trained teaching artists staff)
  • La Jolla Playhouse - Assistant to the Director in Spanish version of Blood Wedding.
  • Stella Adler Academy, Hollywood - alumnus
  • Talent agent in San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Professional Voice Over actor for 20 years
  • Producer of large-scale theatrical events for corporations
  • Producer/Director, Fritz Theater, San Diego, CA
  • Director Xtreme Unction in New York City
  • Assistant Director, Blue/Orange at the Old Globe Theater                                        (won award for Best Play of the season.)
  • Co-director, 35 mm. feature film Los Patriotas
  • Fritz Blitz new Playwright's festival Finalist with Intrusion       

                       

 

And locally, in San Miguel, you may have seen him in BROOKLYN BOY, THE PROPOSAL, THE BOOR, THE PSYCHIC, YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, CHAPTER TWO and the well-loved OPUS.

 

    
   

IMPROV THEATER and STAND-UP COMEDY

 JOSEPH BENNETT 

Joseph is co-founder of The Improv People troupe in San Miguel. He is an actor, an all-around funny man, and is passionate about Improv Theater and Stand up and their benefits, both on and off stage.

As a young man, Joseph had the amazing opportunity to attend a creative arts high school. His focus was theater arts, studying all facets of acting and production for 3 hours per day.

Later he discovered dance, and studied and performed with the Wilmington Ballet Company for eight years.

He has participated in numerous improv workshops in San Diego and New York and had the chance to perform at the P.I.T. (People's Improv Theater) in NYC nad recently at The Comedy palace in San Diego, CA.

He has been teaching Improv in San Miguel for almost three years.

Please visit his website for more details TheImprovPeople.com

   

GUEST TEACHERS 

 

GWENNETH HOLMES - Stage Combat

Gwen graduated from Cygnet Training School in 2011. Since then she has appeared in a number of shows in San Miguel including Players Workshop productions.  In her three years of training abroad, Gwen received her silver medal in advanced stage combat. Her favorite styles to play and teach are unarmed, quarter-staff and broad sword!  

Imagine a group of students (many over 60) all beating themselves up, pulling hair, strangling one another, without a single injury and a HUGE quotient of FUN!