“In college I only did the safe stuff.

Now I don’t care… and I’m growing more.” 

- Marcia , 68, performing arts student.

Registration for Summer classes opens Tuesday May 29th at 9:30am. Classes run from June 22nd through August 24th. Read course descriptions below.

If you are interested in classes please contact us!

Are you ready to take your talents to the stage? Our Performing Arts Institute (PAI) will help you develop the skills and confidence in a fun, supportive community. Stagebridge's PAI program is the nation’s first professional performing arts training program for older adults. Our classes are customized for beginning to advanced students with instructors drawn from prestigious local theater programs such as Studio ACT, CalShakes, the Theater Department of California State East Bay, and the Drama Therapy Program of CIIS. Our program includes the following:

  • Acting
  • Dance & Movement
  • Improv
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Singing
  • Storytelling

...and more!

Whether you’re looking for an extra dose of fun, or are seeking employment as an actor, director or teacher, PAI is an exciting and affordable way to develop a wide range of performing arts skills.

Click the + HEADERS below to see a full list of our spring classes with descriptions.

+ Acting Classes

Advanced Meisner Technique with Suzanne Schmidt and Christie Maturo Monday-Friday, 10:00am–2:30pm, $310 June 25-June 29
For students who have worked with us in the past, please join us for a contemporary scene study class as we apply some of our favorite exercises from previously taught workshops. We will revisit and apply the techniques of Meisner, Chekhov, and Laban in combination with some dramatic imagination work and other fun exercises. This scene study class will offer you an exciting opportunity to put to practice the skills you have learned and further hone your process.


Hip Hop Theatre with AeJay Mitchell Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-5:00pm, $175 June 25-29
"Who tells your story?" A question asked by the chorus of Lin-Manuel Miranda's current hit Hamilton has been asked by hip hop theatre artists since its creation with one single answer: YOU. In this class, you will tell your story through the syncopated language and percussive movement of the hip hop cannon. Beginning with breaking down works from the jazz poets and moving to making poetry from your personal life, you will create rhythm to bring your work to life. Don't throw away your shot.

Voice Your Discontent with Martin Holtz Tuesdays, 2:00pm–4:00pm, June 26-August 21 $200
Use your talent to express feelings of outrage and despair at the politics threatening our country and the world. This will be a group devised performance collage using improv-created skits, original student poems and songs, short dramatic scenes and inspired mockery. This summer before the midterm elections will be politically charged. Have the fun of artistically connecting people with laughter and tears instead of powerless complaints. Max 10 students

Beginning & Intermediate Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz Wednesdays, 1:00pm–3:30pm, June 27-August 22, $200
This class is designed for beginners, advanced beginners, and advanced students to act as mentors to newcomers in a smaller class size. Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. In this class participants will experience warm-up games, short forms and story improvisation techniques that capture the essence of this interactive art form. Fun, challenging and meaningful!


Laban Efforts: Finding the Movement in Text! with AeJay Mitchell 10:00am–12:00pm, July 9-13 $175
Take your character development to the next level through Laban Movement! This technique will build your movement vocabulary and open up your ability to physicalize character. AeJay Mitchell is an educator, actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer based in Oakland, California. Originally from Louisiana, he has been granted opportunities to study, perform and teach for the past decade across the United States. He trained in Dance, Theatre, and Music at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is an alumni of Jacob's Pillow Dance Apprenticeship Program where he took classes from Monica Bill Barnes, Camille A. Brown, Hofesh Schecter, and Barak Marshall among others. He has also worked with dance theatre and performance artists Yin Mei, Tim Miller, Joe Goode, and the Architects.

+Dance Classes

Beginning Intermediate Tap with Lucia Fanelli 1:00pm–2:30pm, July 9, 23, August 6, 20 $100
We are excited to bring back Lucia Fanelli for our 2018 Summer Session. If you are able to execute shuffles, flaps, flap changes, flap ball changes, shuffle hop steps, brush steps and brush step ball changes comfortably, then this class is for you! The focus will be to learn technique with short combinations appropriate for a beginning Intermediate tap class curriculum. The tap class is scheduled every other Monday (July 9, 23 and August 6, 20) from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. If you would not be able to stay for a 1.5 hour class, please come to class anyway and participate for as long as you are able. What is important is that you do what you are able or as life permits. If you come for 1 hour or 1.25 hours, you will still benefit! You are also welcome to watch beyond the time you dance. We encourage you to enjoy yourself by participating in this opportunity to dance with Lucia and learn more

Laban Efforts: Finding the Movement in Text! with AeJay Mitchell 10:00am–12:00pm, July 9-13 $175
Take your character development to the next level through Laban Movement! This technique will build your movement vocabulary and open up your ability to physicalize character. AeJay Mitchell is an educator, actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer based in Oakland, California. Originally from Louisiana, he has been granted opportunities to study, perform and teach for the past decade across the United States. He trained in Dance, Theatre, and Music at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is an alumni of Jacob's Pillow Dance Apprenticeship Program where he took classes from Monica Bill Barnes, Camille A. Brown, Hofesh Schecter, and Barak Marshall among others. He has also worked with dance theatre and performance artists Yin Mei, Tim Miller, Joe Goode, and the Architects.


Musical Theatre Intensive with Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither Monday-Friday, 1:00pm–4:00pm, $310 July 9-13
Join Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither for songs from the Broadway Musical “42nd Street”. Students in this class will work on ensemble singing and choreography.

+Improv Classes

Voice Your Discontent with Martin Holtz Tuesdays, 2:00pm–4:00pm, June 26-August 21 $200
Use your talent to express feelings of outrage and despair at the politics threatening our country and the world. This will be a group devised performance collage using improv-created skits, original student poems and songs, short dramatic scenes and inspired mockery. This summer before the midterm elections will be politically charged. Have the fun of artistically connecting people with laughter and tears instead of powerless complaints. Max 10 students

Beginning & Intermediate Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz Wednesdays, 1:00pm–3:30pm, June 27-August 22, $200
This class is designed for beginners, advanced beginners, and advanced students to act as mentors to newcomers in a smaller class size. Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. In this class participants will experience warm-up games, short forms and story improvisation techniques that capture the essence of this interactive art form. Fun, challenging and meaningful!

Improv & Clowning with Reid Davis: 10:00am–12:00pm, July 23-27, $175
Learn the basics of improvisation and clowning with humor and fun in games and exercises that emphasize spontaneity, cooperation and storytelling. Embrace the unplanned and unscripted with instructor Reid Davis! Improvisational techniques are helpful for actors and other performers as preparation and training and to develop communication skills, creative problem solving, and supportive collaborative work.

+Singing Classes

Singing with Scrumbly, Two Sections: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-12:00, June 26-August 21, $200
Choose one section from Tuesday or Thursday. One of Stagebridge’s best-loved classes. For singers, both experienced and aspiring, who want to broaden their singing experience. The class features group warm-ups and work on technique, plus individual work with an emphasis on finding and developing the real singer in you. Students should bring a solo to work on, sheet music, or just lyrics for fairly well-known songs. Scrumbly is a popular and well-known pianist, singer, performer, teacher and the composer for many musicals, including several Stagebridge productions. Max 14 students.


Musical Theatre Intensive with Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither Monday-Friday, 1:00pm–4:00pm, $310 July 9-13
Join Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither for songs from the Broadway Musical “42nd Street”. Students in this class will work on ensemble singing and choreography.

Weimar Kabaret with Scrumbly Koldewyn Fridays, 1:00pm–3:00pm, $125 June 22, 29, and July 6
Come to the Kabaret! The actual cabaret from the Berlin Weimar period where the musical Cabaret is set, when Berlin was one of the 3 big sin cities in the world and the party was in full swing before the Nazi crackdown. Some amazingly wonderful material came out of that period by songwriters equal to Coward, Gershwin, Porter, Irving Berlin, etc. and I have translated some myself while other translations exist already. The creator of “Falling In Love Again” and his colleagues wrote hundreds of songs, and I have many of them in my home library. Let me help you find a good fit for you from this richly creative and very FUN period. We will meet 3 times, putting on our own Kabaret at the 3rd meeting.

+Storytelling Classes

Storytelling Intensive with Olga Loya and Marijo 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm, $310

Games Storytellers Play with Olga Loya 10:00am–12:00pm, $175
Using the senses and listening skills, participants explore a story so it may be more clearly seen and heard. We will explore one story from many different angles. As part of the class we will also explore different storytelling games.

The Latina teller of tales, from San Jose, CA, is also an author, performance artist, keynote speaker, and teacher, who has performed and taught workshops throughout the United States and Mexico. Loya performs a large repertoire of family and personal stories with the goal of exploring the struggles and complexity of being bicultural—a Mexican–American in the United States. Loya also tells bilingual Latin-American folklore and colorful and sometimes magical stories from Africa, India, Asia, the Antilles, and Europe. Loya uses stories as a way of examining themes like healing, racism, and multiculturalism. She incorporates a variety of performance styles, including improvisation, movement and dance, song, and instruments. Olga Loya performs in theaters, universities, festivals, conferences, museums, libraries, and schools.

Storytelling with Marijo 1:00pm–3:00pm, $175
Come explore story-making to create your own myths from family and personal experiences, current events and traditional folklore. In this workshop you will be encouraged to discover your own unique rhythms by interweaving a variety of elements, such as story, poetry, photos, journal entries and music. This workshop is focused on the creation of new tales for storytelling, solo theatre performance, literary works, or as a legacy for your descendants.

Marijo is an Actor, Storyteller, Writer, & Arts Educator. She has been performing for 20-plus years, & has toured her solo shows throughout the US, London, Germany, & Zimbabwe, Africa. Marijo has taught drama & storytelling at schools in the Bay Area and many states throughout the country. She was the storyteller for the California Governor’s conference on Arts in Education and the California Arts Council Artists-in-Schools.