5-Star Academy of Performing Arts is an extensive and professional theatrical training ground for youth. This educational program, run by Educational Director and Co-Producer Tal Fox, fosters connections between theatre performance and the Conejo Valley/Ventura County community.
We aim to introduce children and teens to professional theatre and give them the opportunity to develop into skilled actors for theatre productions and beyond! Through interactive lesson plans in the online classroom, feedback and insight we strive to develop future theatre leaders by offering a program led by industry professionals.
In addition to offering ongoing classes each session, 5-Star offers enrolled students with ongoing support from working actors, choreographers, casting directors, agents/managers, musical directors, etc. providing kids and teens in the community an opportunity for top-notch expert feedback and networking.
ACTING THROUGH SONG – two age brackets
In this class, students will explore acting technique through their individual musical theatre songs. Students will develop a repertoire of new songs throughout the session, observe other student’s work, and strengthen their auditioning skills.
ACTING/SCENE STUDY – one age bracket
This class is an opportunity for students to flex their acting muscles and refine their craft on a consistent basis. Students will work through the foundations of multiple techniques through exercises, games, monologues, and scenes.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR, TAL FOX
Tal Fox has worked professionally for over 10 years in the entertainment industry. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications from Pace University in New York City and has lectured and taught across the US at schools, acting programs, and theatres. In her five years as a Talent Agent at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates she ran the Equity/Theatre department and developed the Youth TV/ Film Department, advancing many careers and putting a multitude of actors on Broadway, in Television and Film, in National Tours, and Regional Theatre productions. Additionally, with her experience performing, working in Casting (credits include Center Theatre Group, 5- Star Theatricals, Theatre @ Boston Court, The Echo Theatre, Greenway Court Theatre, The Rockwell Table & Stage, Bleecker St. Theatre in NYC), and in producing, she brings a high quality of understanding of both acting technique and business savvy to her students. Tal is the Education Director for 5-Star Academy, the educational wing of 5-Star Theatricals, the regional theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA. In addition to developing, teaching classes and bringing in teaching artists and industry guests, she continues to act as Casting Director and Co-Producer for the company. She continues to act and teaches throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.
Student Sample of Work from Hamilton Camp 2020:
Previous guests include:
-Ashley Argota (TV: True Jackson VP, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, How to Build a Better Boy, Lab Rats, The Fosters; Broadway Tour:Young Nala in Lion King)
-Anneliese van der Pol (TV: Raven’s Home, That’s So Raven. Broadway: Belle in Beauty and the Beast)
-Jason Michael Snow (Broadway’s Book of Mormon, South Pacific, Xanadu. Television: Black Monday, This Is Us, One Day at a Time…)
-Katherine Tokarz (Broadway’s Rock of Ages, Wicked, A Chorus Line, White Christmas. Television: A Christmas Story Live!, The Neighbors, Alexa & Katie…)
-Erin McIntyre (Wicked, Love Never Dies, Into the Woods, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder…)
-Michelle Elkin (Choreographer and Actress. Acting credits include Annie (with Carol Burnett), Choreography credits include Younger (with Sutton Foster), Bunheads, Ally McBeal, 10 Things I Hate About You, American Idol…)
-Ashley Wible (Talent Agent- Equity/Theater Department at Kazarian, Measures, Ruskin & Associates)
-Todd Eskin (Talent Agent and Head of Across the Board Talent)
-Kara Slocum (Youth Talent Agent at Firestarter Entertainment)
… and many more
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