about Acting

“Stagebridge is warm, welcoming, and fun. It gives elderly people an opportunity to come out of their shells and become another identity.” - Mona S., Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Shakespeare noticed that “All the world’s a stage,” but even the great bard would have been impressed with Stagebridge’s warm welcome of each and every player. Our acting and playwriting classes are exhilarating as well as supportive, customized for both beginning students and advanced actors. Our schedule indicates whether a class is beginning, advanced, or all levels.

Our Spring classes meet Mondays - Fridays, April - June; no classes held on Memorial Day. Stay tuned for more information about Summer classes on our website and newsletter. You can register over the phone or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email [email protected].

Stagebridge's acting instructors have included Bruce Bierman, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Jeff and Susan Dunn, Lauren English, Martin Holtz, Christie Maturo, Josiah Polhemus, Suzanne Schmidt, Trish Tillman and many more. These notable performers, directors, and innovators will guide you through role play, text analysis and movement skills to help you make strong and connected acting choices. Enjoy the camaraderie of other players as you create engaging characters, enhance your sense of timing, and learn how to project complex emotions.

Tapping into the power of playwriting, you can also get involved in creating a play or sketch-working with award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe. Recently, we've had the pleasure of supporting our playwrights in having their work performed by professional actors on stage at The Flight Deck Theatre in Downtown Oakland.

To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size, which means that some classes do fill. If a class you're interested in has a wait-list, we encourage you to sign up and attend the first day of class, as we often have spots open up in the first week. For more information about classes or registrations, contact us today.