Theatricum Offers Virtual Fall Classes for Adults

Annemarie DonkinBy Annemarie Donkin      September 18, 2020

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Theatricum Offers Virtual Fall Classes for Adults
Courtesy of Theatricum Botanicum
Over the decades it has been a privilege to sit beneath the oaks each summer season at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum and enjoy outstanding performances by the first family of theater in Southern California. Shakespeare, classics, modern and original plays performed by their acclaimed repertory group of actors have graced their large wooden stage and thrilled thousands of playgoers. Sadly, with COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Season was cancelled, but was quickly replaced by virtual classes that have proved surprisingly popular. Starting this fall, virtual classes are again available for those who would like to experience theater through mind and body exercises—Shakespeare’s Rhetoric, Modern Monologues, and movement with the Alexander Technique and Tai Chi. “Theatricum has a great reputation,” said Debi Tinsley, Adult Programs Manager. “We have to reinvent and adapt for what we can do digitally; it’s a new adventure for the theater.” Tinsley emphasized that after learning techniques, it can enrich your life and experience while watching theater, TV and film. “If you can do Shakespeare, it transcends all genres,” she said. “We put stuff up there that we would not ordinarily teach and see if it works [as we] dig into a play, learn how to read Cymbeline, how to do deep interpretation, and how to dissect other plays going forward.” Tinsley said that there are also virtual fall classes for children and youth. For more information, contact Youth/Teen Programs Manager Cindy Kania-Guasteferro at or online at “We are still here and we have not allowed the current situation to stop our creativity, reach to the community and work with kids,” Tinsley said. “We are looking forward to getting people back into the Canyon again.”
Susan Angelo. Courtesy of Theatricum Botanicum
Theatricum’s Distance Learning Fall Academy of the Classics for 2020. Master Shakespeare educator and actor Susan Angelo teaches “Shakespeare’s Rhetoric.” Bring a Shakespeare monologue of your own choosing and dig deeper into the rhythms, rhetorical devices and arguments that reveal the character alongside Susan Angelo. Max. students—15.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., PDT, September 23 to Oct. 21. Online, via Zoom App. Tuition: $250. Enroll at

Modern Monologues with Cindy Kania-Guastaferro, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17. Whether you want to polish an old monologue or start work on a new one, whether you are prepping for an audition or just looking to build your repertoire, this class will be helpful and inspiring. Seasoned professional Cindy Kania-Guastaferro shares 40 years of experience on stage, in film and TV to help you explore the text and coach you to performance level. Develop serious and comedic pieces from modern and contemporary plays. Maximum 15 students. Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. PDT, Oct. 20 to Nov. 17. Online, via Zoom App. Tuition: $250. Enroll at

Alexander Technique/Tai Chi Adult Classes with Misako Tsuchiya, Oct. 21 to Nov. 18. Discover how to free yourself and become an extraordinary being. Be in the moment with Alexander Technique and Tai Chi expert Misako Tsuchiya. Maximum 15 students. Wednesdays 9 to 11 a.m. PDT. Oct. 21 to Nov. 18. Online, via Zoom App. Tuition: $250. Enroll at

For more information, contact Tinsley at, (310) 455-2322.
Annemarie Donkin
      September 18, 2020

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