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Acting with Zoom: Yes, and…



“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances”. This prophetic Meisner quote has never been more relevant than in this new Zoom world of theatre. Say “Yes” to this new medium AND continue to develop and sharpen your work as an actor. As challenging as our circumstances are in the theater, the “new” medium of Zoom can be a silver lining. Use the first three weeks to develop a monologue or two for your self-tape auditions--Be ready for your “On-line” audition. The second half of class will be scene work (or you are welcome to continue with monologue work)! Using a combination of different “methods” (Stanislavski, Meisner, Hagen, Barrish, etc.), strengthen your technique and use this time to make your work “truthful” and engaging. Some experience and/or knowledge of acting technique is required.


Teaching Artist Luisa Sermol


Luisa Sermol is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from Portland, Oregon, An actress, director, and educator for over 30 years, she is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama, and holds a Masters in Teaching (Lewis and Clark) and a BA in English Literature (PSU). She has taught students of all ages working with Portland Actors’ Conservatory, Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, University of Washington, The Oregon Symphony, The Yakima Symphony, Theatreworks, many theatre outreach programs as well as public school teaching. Her acting credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, Williamstown, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, many Portland theatres, and is honored to be a 5-time award winner of Portland’s Outstanding Performance by an actress. Her Bay Area work includes The Siegel for City Lights, Noises Off and The Play’s the Thing for Hillbarn Theatre, and Archduke and They Promised Her the Moon for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. Film/television work includes Leverage, Personals, Zero Effect, Grimm, and the award winning animated short, Insect Poetry. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and The Screen Actors' Guild.



Refund Policies 

1) TUITION: For our four-week, three-week, and two-week long camps, you have the option of processing your camp tuition in full, or by installments. Final payments are due at the start of the camp session. A first payment of $250 is required at the time of registration. For classes payment is due at the time of registration. Students who have not paid by the first class will not be admitted into the classroom. Tuition can be processed by credit card, check, or cash.


$25 is non-refundable for after school class tuition. There are no refunds after the first day of class. Please see summer camp pages for detailed information about our summer 2021 camp refund policy.

3) LATE REGISTRATION: If you would like to register after the first day of a class, you may do so up until the second class meeting. After the second class meeting, we may not be able add additional students as the script has already been developed, casting has taken place, etc. We do not pro-rate classes that are added late.

4) TRIAL CLASS: We understand that some of our younger artists may be hesitant about trying a theatre class. If you have a young student and wish to test a class, please feel free to call the theatre office at (650) 530-2428 to make arrangements for a trial class before formally registering online.

​5) SCHOLARSHIPS: PVTC offers a limited amount of need-based scholarships for our after school classes and camps. Families can apply for a scholarship HERE. Questions? Please email ​​ for more information.

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