Ages 8 – 25
An exploration into the ABCs…
- How does the TV/Film Industry work?
(funding, budgets, casting, auditions, lingo & terms, the Hollywood Food Chain, etc.)
- What is acting and what are the fundamentals?
(theory, basic storytelling, Mesiner vs Method, text analysis & understanding scripts, etc.)
- How do I get started?
(resumés and headshots, finding and agent/manager, building a reel, unions and casting websites, etc.)
- How do I get good?
(basic cold reading, monologue study, scene study, voice and movement exercises, etc.)
- How do I book work?
(audition etiquette, self-taping, Casting Director workshops, etc.)
- How does social media work?
(self-branding, social media tools, tactics and strategies, etc.)
- How do I create content?
(apps for creating content, indie filmmaking 101, new media content strategies, etc.)
Producing & performing for the camera…
- Students, in groups, will begin to create short films that will be used in the showcase
(AV needs will only be 1 smartphone per group)
Mock auditions with sides from current screenplays and TV scripts
(using a camera, auditions will be taped and immediately evaluated on screen)
Intensive improv training
Q&As or AMAs with Industry Professionals
(successful actors, webisode producers, casting directors, etc.)
Preparation for a multi-media showcase on the last day of the program.Students must attend 2 weeks to be in the showcase.
Josie Walsh is the Artistic Director / Choreographer of BalletRED, “Project Protégé” and the Joffrey Ballet School in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Josie has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she began her choreographic career. Moving onto several freelance projects throughout Europe she returned to Los Angeles and integrated this vast background into the commercial as well as concert dance world. Known as the “Renegade” ballerina for her cutting edge hybrid style of edgy classical and contemporary ballet fusion, Josie is infamous for transcending boundaries and setting new trends. Josie was named 25 to watch by Dance Magazine, awarded the “Outstanding Choreography Award 2016 at the Youth American Grand Prix and honored with the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to Watch 2014” for Dance.
Josie directs and choreographs for TV, film and stage. Commercial Credits include: Walt Disney “Tinkerbell”, A&E The Cleaner “Cinderella”, “YAHOO” national commercial, UTV international movie logo identity, STARZ “Torchwood”, MGM movie premiere “Bullet Proof Monk”, CBS “That’s Life”, Red Bull “Formula One”, LA Music Awards, Paul Mitchell Industrial, “Inappropriate Comedy” feature film, “Get Ur Ballet On” and “OMG she’s a REAL Ballerina” music videos for Jealous Angel, “Pilgrim” Rock Opera, Asia Entertainment, Queen Mary Live, Focus Fish Flying Circus, Project Angel Food.
CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMMISSIONS: “Dreams” with Rock Legend Sammy Hagar live for Gala De Danza, “Intertwined” Ballet West/YAGP Gala, “Convergence” Gala De Danza, “Eternity” Gala De Danza “Texture of Time” Festival Ballet Theatre, “Secret Garden” (full length) State Street Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre, “Bach to Rock” State Street Ballet, “Sirens” Los Angeles Ballet, “Transmutation“ Los Angeles Ballet, “Timeless” Joffrey SF, “Marine Machines” Joffrey West, “Lingogo” Joffrey West”,“Luminate” Luminario Ballet, “Deconstructed” Harvard Ballet, “Taming of the Shrew” Aeolian Ballet, “Found” & “Internal Affairs” Celebrate Dance, “Artemis” Santa Monica College, MyoKyo™ RED full length Renegade Rock Ballet productions: Urban Angels, Concrete Rose, Garden of Reason, Image-Nation, Gone with the Whim, Avalon and Carnivinyl.
Peter Story is a professional actor and acting coach. He brings his many years of experience as a writer, director and perfomer to the table when preparing students of all ages for auditions and work in the industry. He is known for Cornered! (2009), The Ethnic Strategy (2016) and For or In (2011). As a coach, his approach is not to mold the student into the way one would prepare the audition. Instead, it’s his priority to help the student recognize their unique talents, feel confident in them and best showcase those assets in an audition or performance situation.
NICK HUFF — Monologue & Scene Study — for over a decade, Nick Huff has been teaching acting classes and coaching kids and teens across the country. Most of that time has been spent working with the acting program at the famous Rage Entertainment Complex in Los Angeles, teaching scene study and improv classes as well as intensive workshops and camps. Two of the camps Nick developed as writing workshops that led to the students creating their own original musicals as a part of the showcase. Nick is also proud to have a long history of working with special needs children in the public school systems in and around LA. For years, Nick has been developing and implementing a revolutionary new system that introduces Comedia Del Arte and Improv to students with special needs as a means of creating community and developing social skills. Nick is passionate about developing programs that have a powerful impact on the hearts and minds of young artists.
BRITTNI BARGER— Social Media/Branding — a member of the Acting Company of the successful B Street Theatre in Sacramento. Brittni has been in numerous productions there, from the touring company, to their Children’s Theatre to new works on the Mainstage. She has also appeared in numerous Northern California Regional productions, from Sacramento Theatre Company to Capitol Stage. Her true success, though, lies in her online presence where she has hosted or been featured in several viral projects. Her online review show “Brittni’s Book Boner Bistro” nets thousands of views an episode while her most noticeable work — sketch videos with internet sensation SMOSH (22M subscribers) — has netted her several million views an episode. Brittni has had leading and supporting roles in several independent features and her new series “Beyond Geek” recently premiered on PBS. She is a self-proclaimed nerd and is knowledgeable in all things from Reddit to Snapchat. She brings her extensive experience with improv and sketch comedy to creating successful online content and loves sharing her helpful know-how with young artists.
RICH LICCARDO — Character & Movement — after studying and performing with the National Conservatory Theatre in Denver, Rich went on to a successful career in New York performing in various Regional Theatres, including noticeable performances with the NY Fringe Festival. Rich branched off for a time into the Peace Corp where worked in health education programs in Kenya for two years. It was here where he would develop his love for teaching. Rich built off his work in Africa to develop techniques of using theatre as an form of therapy to help students from various cultures understand the art of storytelling and be able to use it as a means of self-expression. Trained in mask and clown, Rich brings an incredible amount of physicality to his work and his philosophy of character development and storytelling. Currently, Rich lives in LA where he teaches acting classes and works in Regional Theatres. Having worked with Canada’s famous Summer Literary Seminars and been a regular teacher at the Perry- Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp, Rich brings a wealth of experience and a fun spirit that sheds new light on what it means to “create a character”.
JEFF GALFER — On Camera — An actor and photographer, Jeff Galfer holds a Master’s degree in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Political Theory from the University of Evansville in Indiana. He has worked professionally on stage in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, & Los Angeles. Television credits include SCORPION
(recurring), NCIS, CASTLE, LAW & ORDER, NUMBERS, Z ROCK, and a recurring role on the Steven Spielberg/Oren Peli produced THE RIVER for ABC. Film credits include the Brian Wilson biopic LOVE & MERCY and 6 WAYS TO DIE. Commercially, he has represented over 35 brands in national, cable, made-for internet, and radio campaigns. As a producer and content creator, Jeff’s previous short film BURIED TREASURE traveled to festivals around the world picking up a Best Narrative Short award at the Rome International Film Festival, a Best of Fest award at the Illinois International Film Festival, and an Audience Choice award at the Zero Film Festival, Los Angeles. He also co-created and produced the web series Date-A-Max, which was distributed by Fullscreen Media. Starting from scratch on each and every project, Jeff has mastered the process of self financing – both privately and publicly. In 2012, he completed his second, successful Kickstarter campaign raising over twenty five thousand dollars for BURIED TREASURE. Currently, he helms Pepsi’s new campaign as a “soda sommelier” for their release of Pepsi 1893.
TARA COPELAND — Improvisation — has been performing and teaching improv comedy for over 15 years. She’s been a member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade community since 1997 and was a member of the Harold Team “Mother” at UCBNY for over ten years. Other shows included The Third Degree, Commedia Del High School, People People, Ms. Jackson and Diamond Lion. She can be seen every Thursday at at UCB Sunset with the musical improv house team Magic To Do and is a regular performer in the monthly show, Gravid Water. Tara has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and was seen most recently as Pip in The Crushing Blow (www.thecrushingblow.tv). Tara taught improv in New York for over five years with Chicago City Limits and currently teaches for the The Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood.
NATHANAEL JOHNSON — Voice & Movement — has directed Blithe Spirit (Texas Shakespeare Festival), The Tempest (Scott Pask, Scenic Designer), Blood Knot (Los Angeles Ovation Awards Recommendation), The Shape of Things as well as The Adding Machine, The School for Wives, Prometheus Bound, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Much Ado About Nothing at AMDA, among others. He has also served as an Assistant Director / SDCF Observer under Michael Kahn for Henry IV, Part 1 & 2 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Additionally, he has directed for the Zeitgeist International Festival in Washington, D.C., the Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin, Texas (where his production was a “Best of Week” winner) and the Dramatist’s Lab at the Mid-America Theatre Conference. As an actor, he has appeared on the television shows “The O.C.”, “Veronica Mars”,
“Numb3rs” and “Medium” and has likewise performed at regional theatres across the nation – most notably the Yale Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory. He is currently serving on the faculty of AMDA in Los Angeles and has previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Other teaching credits include guest artist residencies at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), PCPA Theaterfest, Willamette University and Lamar University. EDUCATION: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; B.F.A.
(summa cum laude), University of Evansville. CERTIFICATION: RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), Yoga Alliance. MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS: SDC, Yale Alumni Schools Committee, SAG-AFTRA, AEA.
JUD WILLIFORD — Shakespeare — has been a professional actor for over a decade and has been involved in more than seventy productions on stage and screen. Career highlights include: Scapin with Bill Irwin, the title role in Macbeth at the California Shakespeare Theatre, The 1st and 2nd national tours of Wicked as Dr. Dillamond, core company member of the American Conservatory Theater from 2007-2010 and numerous productions with Tony Award winning theater artists at regional theaters across the country. He has used his professional acting experience to inspire his work as a coach and teacher. His love for teaching began at the American Conservatory Theater where he had the rare opportunity to act in several plays a season while teaching and directing the MFA students. At The New York Film Academy, he taught scene study and directed showcases. At the Art of Acting Studio, he directed a full length production and taught perhaps his favorite subject, Shakespeare. His most recent teaching project is a self-created Shakespeare workshop designed to be an experience in connection to self expression as an active practice to get back to why we act in the first place.
MEGAN O’NEIL — Improvisation — is an avid improv and sketch comedy performer in Los Angeles. She began her training with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2010 and continues to perform and hone her comedy skills there today. She wrote and performed original sketches for Showtime (Chocolate Sundae’s Comedy Show) and became a regular sketch performer at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Megan is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and has worked at theaters across the country including The B Street Theatre, Lewis Family Playhouse, Canterbury Summer Theatre and The Pfeiffer Stage. Megan loves teaching and has taught at The Acting Studio of Beverly Hills (acting, improv, audition technique, print), Class Act Musical Theatre (acting, direction, vocal performance and improv), The Rage (acting for TV and Film) and Lights Up! (an after school improv program). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from North Central College where she received the honor of Outstanding Theatre Student of the Year. She also enjoys performing and working with The Young Storytellers organization — a non-profit that brings professional actors together to perform scenes written by young students from underprivileged schools.
Tuition Due at Registration: $300
Tuition Balance Deadline: May 1st
Registration Fee: $99
Housing Due at Registration: $250
Housing Balance Deadline: April 1st
Meal Plan Due at Registration: 50%
Prices include food & beverages plus sales tax.
Meal Plan Balance Deadline: May 1st
Due April 1st
(Ages 13 and under)
1-2 Weeks: $250
Due April 1st
1-3 Weeks: $125
Pinon Hall: 17950 Lassen St Northridge, CA 91325-8286
Musical Theater LA Students are housed at CSUN’s Pinon Hall (also referred to as building 9 found on the main campus map). South of Lassen St and east of Lindley Ave. Campus Map Download
It is recommended you park in Lot F8 or F9.
South of Lassen St and east of Lindley Ave.
Important: Scooters are forbidden in buildings.
10 years of age or older to be in Joffrey Ballet School housing. Students under 10 years of age that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive.
We will do our best to honor roommate requests that are completed and remain within the established guidelines.
A dancer may request up to a maximum of three roommates for a total of four dancers in a chain. Please note that all roommate requests must be completed by both sets of parents, at least fourteen days prior to arrival.
Please note that confirmed roommates will be in the same room, but we are unable to accommodate requests for a bunk assignment near another dancer. Dancers are assigned their beds by their Resident Assistants based on numerous factors including medical conditions, sleepwalking, etc. and these assignments may not be changed during the arrival process.
Students are on the meal plan and will have access to Geronimo’s, the primary dining area in student housing for conference guests. During 2010, this facility was renovated into a dazzling new food court. Breakfast and dinner will be served daily. On performance day, dinner will be served earlier for the dancers. Students may either purchase lunch on campus or make a sack lunch.
The Joffrey Ballet School has setup a very simple and orderly housing check in and check out process. Please drop off your dancer Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Pinon Hall. When picking up your happy dancer, please assist your child to be packed and on their way home prior to 12:00 PM Saturday. Please note after check-in that evening the dancers will have a mandatory orientation.
There is a mandatory orientation at all dormitories at 7pm on the day of check in.
What to Bring
Your room will fill up quickly; so only bring what you really need. Remember, you can always purchase extras or have your family send them to you. Linens and towels are provided. A linen packet consists of 2 Twin XL sheets, 1 pillowcase, 1 pillow, 1 blanket, and 3 towels. On Mondays, linens can be exchanged at the Conference Services Office.
- Toiletries: Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant and other personal toiletry products.
- Bathroom Essentials: Hair dryer, shower shoes, UL tested surge protectors, etc.
- Recreational Clothing: Jeans, t-shirts, swimsuit, walking shoes, sandals, etc.
- Dance Attire: Dance clothes, shoes, and other related supplies.
- Electronics: Alarm clock. Computers, iPods, iPads and valuables at your own discretion.
- Cell Phone: Every student is required to bring or purchase upon arrival, a personal mobile phone. This phone number must be provided to the RAs upon arrival and will serve as the primary method of communication between Joffrey staff and the dancers.
What Not to Bring
The following items are prohibited in Joffrey housing and may be confiscated if found in your room.
- Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemakers, BBQ grill or any other cooking appliances
- Candles or incense
- Halogen lights
- Pets of any kind
- Illegal substances of any nature
- Anything that produces a flame/spark, fireworks, sparklers. When not in use, your lighters for pointe shoes must remain in your dance bag.
There is a Lost and Found table set-up during check-out on Saturday. Please check this section for any misplaced items before you leave. If you realize that you did not make it home with an item, please call Customer Service at +1 888.438.3808 and leave a message describing the missing item(s). All claimed items will be returned C.O.D. Items will be held for two weeks, and after that time they will be donated to charity. Please label all items and make sure that you have all your belongings before leaving. JBS is not responsible for lost or broken items.
This intensive does not have a finale performance but will hold informal in-studio performances on Fridays.
Pinon Hall bedrooms are furnished with:
- a desk
- Apartments are Internet ready.
- Central air conditioners are provided.
Each apartment has:
- a living room
- a full bathroom
- a private balcony or patio
- a kitchen, although pots/pans/flatware/dishes are NOT provided. (Joffrey has limited pots/plates for loan.)
- Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator and a stove (no microwave).
This document lists the most important housing policies. Please refer to the housing manual of your assigned facility for a complete list of rules, policies, and procedures.
Please download, print, and complete the following forms and bring them with you when checking into housing. Please also provide *a hard copy of a doctor’s note giving health clearance for your dancer’s attendance. In the body of the letter, simply have the doctor state that the dancer is healthy to participate in the summer program. Please see an attachment of a sample doctor’s note. Please note, a health physical of your dancer from the doctor’s office is not necessary.
Please download, print, and complete the following form and bring it to you during orientation. Please also provide *a hard copy of a doctor’s note giving health clearance for your dancer’s attendance. In the body of the letter, simply have the doctor state that the dancer is healthy to participate in the summer program. Please see an attachment of a sample doctor’s note. Please note, a health physical of your dancer from the doctor’s office is not necessary.
We do not provide transportation from the airport for this intensive.
Non-Refundable Tuition and Other Fees
It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student’s parents or guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been canceled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program; in the event that no such substantially similar program exists, the School will issue a full refund.
All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.
It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student’s parents or guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program; in the event that no such substantially similar program exists, the School will issue a full refund.
The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself in taking photos of the dancers that represent their superb experience and will utilize the photos for its website and or marleting and advertisig purposes. Dancers and parents are welcome to take photos of the dance experience. When attending the program you consent to the use of your photography in our website and marketing materials.
We have taken great care in providing superb and exciting weekend and after class activities. Please see our activities page for details.
9:00AM – 9:30AM
Warmup Games & Excercise
Storytelling Through Movement/Social Media Show & Tell/Improv
10:00AM – 10:30AM
Icebreakers/Games & Exercise *Mondays
Imrpov/Class Demonstration/Tricks of Comedy, Tools of Drama/The Body Is An Instrument
11:00AM – 11:30AM
Make a Movie/Auditioning for the Camera/Showcase Assignments
11:30AM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 1:30PM
Improv/WakeUp Your Imagination/Social Media 101/Class Viewing of Taped Auditions/Rehearsal
2:00PM – 2:30PM
Monologue Class/Commercial Class/Free Time (Content Creation)/ Social Media Show and Tell
3:00PM – 3:30PM
Commercial Class/Monologue Class/On Camera Class/Scene Class/Games & Exercises
You will be emailed a link to your dance schedule. You will receive it a week before your session starts.