Lola Mae Performing Arts Presents
Crafting a Song:
An Acting Workshop
The Foundation of acting is the reality of knowing and doing. Everything is based on life and our experiences. The foundation of acting is you. The greatest piece of acting or music always has its roots in the truth of human emotion. The truth of us is the root of our acting.
At the end of the course, each student will be showcasing their final piece in front of industry professionals who will give the student written and verbal feedback. Students will also have a Q & A with our guest industry professionals.
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Camryn Zelinger (Instructor/Founder of LMPA): Camryn is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She had the wonderful opportunity to study and hone her craft on both the West and East Coast. She graduated in New York City and lived there over 4 years. Youth theatre education was always her number one passion and while living in the Big Apple started her very own youth summer theatre camp. She traveled back to Southern California every summer to teach her beloved students everything from Musical theatre to commercial and TV. Acting. Camryn is currently assistant directing Chance Theater’s production of Little Women, and she is thrilled to have two of her students in the production as Young Amy. She recently produced and directed Lola Mae’s production of Starmites at the Rose Center Theater and she had the privilege to Artist Direct, Direct and Choreograph Saddleback Civic Light Operas brand new Youth Summer Program MAINSTAGE KIDS. In California Camryn has produced many summer musical theater camps, and privately coaches all year round. Her students can be seen in National Commercials, feature films, and regional theater. In New York City she was seen on many stages including off-Broadway productions. She toured the country on National Tours and can be seen on episodes of Gossip Girl (CW). Some of her favorite roles have been Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Olive (Spelling Bee), Queenie (The Wild Party), Maria (Sound of Music), Michelle (New York Premier, BFF Soulmates), and Female #2 (I love you,....Now Change). Camryn is proud member of Actors Equity.
Taylor Stephenson (Instructor/LMPA’s Resident Musical Director): Taylor is a private vocal coach and musical theater acting instructor. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Drama where he specialized in musical theater. While at UCI he also studied voice and conducting with his mentor Dr. Gary Busby. He started his career in the theater as an actor, but has branched into music directing, directing, composing, and accompanying. Currently, Taylor can be seen as John Brooke in Chance Theater’s production of Little Women. This past summer he music directed Starmites for Lola Mae Performing Arts, Honk! for Dana Hills High School, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the Huntington Beach Playhouse.
Oanh Nguyen (Founder/Artistic Director - Chance Theater) has been serving as the founding artistic director of Chance Theater since 1999. He also serves as the Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory, where he's spearheading Studio SCR: the alternative theatre presenting series. Oanh is a recipient of TCG’s New Generations Grant and the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color fellowship. He was also awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County and was inducted into Anaheim High School’s Hall of Fame. Oanh serves on the advisory board of the Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory and recently served 4 years on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theatres. His directing credits include productions at Chance Theater, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, East West Players, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. His acting credits include TWO BROTHERS with Guy Pearce and Freddie Highmore, RUSH HOUR 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and the upcoming LONELY BOY with Alev Aydin. Oanh is a proud member of SDC, and SAG-AFTRA.
Casey Long (Founder/Managing Director - Chance Theater) has been a part of Chance Theater since 1999, where he first appeared onstage in the world premiere of Memories on the Wind. Casey has directed the world premieres of I Am Santa Claus and Ripe Peach, OC Premiere of Anne of Green Gables (the original 2007 staging and the remounting in 2008 at The Heritage Forum), as well as Little Women - The Broadway Musical and The Secret Garden - The Musical. Casey’s Chance acting credits include Porcelain (2006 GLAAD Media Award Nomination - Outstanding Los Angeles Theater, Back Stage Critic’s Pick, OC Weekly Theater Award Nominee - Best Production), Cabaret (Back Stage Critic’s Pick), Stephen Belber’s Tape (OC Weekly Theater Award Nominee - Best Actor), The Laramie Project (OC Register’s Noteworthy Ensembles of 2005), with their eyes: September 11th - The View from a High School at Ground Zero (LA Times Critic’s Choice), Coyote On A Fence (Back Stage Critic’s Pick, Chancie Award for Best Supporting Actor), Inventing Van Gogh, seven years (and counting) as Dasher and/or Hollywood in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (2005 OC Weekly Award Winner - Best Ensemble and Nominee for Best Production, Chancie Award for Best Supporting Actor), Talk About The Passion (Chancie Award - Best Actor), the Southern California Premiere of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (Chancie Award: Best Actor) and the West Coast Premiere of Nerve.
Gretchen Dawson (Producer - 3D Theatricals) has been working onstage since age 9. This APA graduate know how important it is to work and stay focused to achieve personal goals, as well as the importance of teamwork. Recent credits include producer/choreograher/director for OC Pavillion’s THRILLER NIGHT, DCLO’s 42nd street, Lorraine Flemming in 42nd STREET, Helga in CABARET, Choreographer of GRETCHEN’S WORLD (Best choreographer award), as well as various gigs as a back-up dancer for musical artist Makayla Nikol (Freemont Street, Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, The Knitting Factory, and the Roxy-LA). Gretchen currently continues her honing her craft in California.
Bobby Bennett (Singer/Actor) is most known for his rendition of the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana" on the fifth season of the pop culture phenomenon "American Idol" Since the show he's gone on to have a successful career in the cabaret circuit selling out most venues he's played. In early 2010 he was a finalist in the acclaimed singing competition "LA's Next Stage Star” In the summer of 2011 he starred in the HBPH production of Seussical the Musical as Horton the Elephant. Bennett is also a performer at DISNEYLAND. And has a new cabaret called HERE”S TO LIFE! According to "Stage Star" producer Michael Sterling, Bennett is " A singer of engaging texture and simple elegance, Bennett flirts with perfection"