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California Actors Workshop

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California Actors Workshop offers a concentrated summer training experience in the art and craft of acting. Young actors have the opportunity to learn the crucial skills of building characters, playing objectives, and expressing interior emotions physically and vocally. Students discover not only how to express themselves individually but also how to work as an ensemble, gaining valuable leadership skills while having fun and making friends.

Practice the Techniques Professionals Use This hands-on, conservatory-style program gives students a chance to learn some of the most important and influential acting practices of the modern theater. Our core curriculum draws from Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares, the foundation of twentieth century realistic acting. Other courses (based on faculty expertise) may include Improvisation, Voice, Movement, Script Analysis, Shakespeare, and Acting for the Camera. Courses become more advanced and intensive over the course of our three specialized sessions.

Learn from Real Theater Artists At the California Actors Workshop, we believe that actors learn best by actively working with professional and academic theater artists who are devoted to nurturing the next generation of actors. Students here immerse themselves in scene work and exercises under the instruction of a top-notch faculty. All of our instructors either teach acting at prestigious universities such as UC Berkeley and Stanford University or have substantial professional acting and directing experience. Additional master classes offer students the rare opportunity to develop their craft with inspiring and accomplished guest artists.

Visit Theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area Located on the Stanford University campus, the California Actors Workshop exposes students to the rich theatrical heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area. Actors ranging from Annette Bening to Robin Williams got their starts in San Francisco. Bay Area theaters such as the American Conservatory Theater, the Magic Theater, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater have launched many successful acting careers and have given voice to some of the most important playwrights of the twentieth century, including Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, and David Henry Hwang. Students at this Workshop will attend plays at professional San Francisco and Berkeley theaters, discuss production choices with actors and directors, and even have the opportunity to see what goes on “behind the scenes.”


2015 California Actors Workshop Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2015 staff

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.


2014 California Actors Workshop Staff Members Include:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and directed several short films. Recently, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” and regularly collaborates with writers/directors as a reader and guide. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films, and a television series for Fuse.

She graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA and The New School with an MFA. She studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology on a Rotary International Fellowship and taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has taught writing with Education Unlimited for seven years, and started directing the A+ and Emerging Writers Institute programs in 2010.  


Education Unlimited - Pamela Davis (Acting Instructor)

Pamela Davis, Acting Instructor

Acting Instructor

Pamela is tickled to be back for another summer with EU and the California Actors Workshop, and to be heading the CAW team this year. Although she currently lives and works in Chicago, Pamela is from California originally, and holds a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, as well as an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. 

As an actor, Pamela has worked with companies like Strawdog, Victory Gardens, Timeline, and About Face in Chicago, and Impact, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Central Works in the Bay Area. She also does short films, industrials, and commercials. As a playwright and educator, her interests lie especially in devised work, ensemble movement composition, and the place of myth/archetype in modern life. 

She also plays the ukulele and will knit you something if you ask her really nicely.


Education Unlimited - Aditi Sriram (EWI Camp Director)

Aditi Sriram, EWI Camp Director

Aditi Sriram's writing has appeared in Narratively, The Brooklyn Rail, and Guernica Magazine, among other publications, covering fiction, essays, non-fiction reporting, and author interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners. Aditi has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, hitchhiked along the Red Sea in Egypt, trekked into hidden stepwells in New Delhi, and befriended 70-year old strangers, all for the sake of a story. She has lived in New York City for the past ten years, where she has written her way through jobs in financial consulting, book publishing, an environmental non-profit, an a storytelling performance series. She studied Math and Economics at Columbia University, and then did a Master's in Creative Writing at The New School. Aditi is working on a novel She has adapted parts of her novel-in-progress and other stories for “harikatha,” an ancient Indian oral storytelling tradition comprising speech, song, and prayer.



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