ABOUT THEATRE OF ARTS
Our mission today is to provide a stimulating, challenging and practical acting training, enabling our students to enjoy a fulfilling career in today’s competitive entertainment industry. We are accredited by The National Association of Schools of Theatre , licensed by the State of California and approved to offer a two year associate degree in acting. Our students are selected from around the world and from many different environments; our faculty are highly experienced working professionals. Our program is based on a wide spectrum of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of professional demands encountered in all aspects of television, film and theatre today.
Theatre of Arts features a two year associate degree program specializing in a conservatory approach to actor training. It’s two week summer film-making course complements the core program. Theatre of Arts has an average class size of 12 students, 15 faculty and 5 staff, Theatre of Arts is an intimate and nurturing environment for the actor in training for a successful career in film, television and theatre.
Theatre of Arts, College for the Contemporary Actor, was founded in 1927 in Los Angeles by the film actor Ben Bard and later developed by film and theatre director, Max Reinhart and principal teacher Michael Chekhov. Some of the most celebrated film and theatre actors trained with these masters during this period, including international stars like Shirley Temple, Olivia de Havilland, Mickey Rooney, Alan Ladd, Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood. Between 1960 and 2000, the school was managed by Madame Velma Oleska from a theatre on Wilshire and Fairfax. In 2001, the school merged with a trail blazing group of performing arts colleges headed by the Musician’s Institute and moved to our current location in the heart of Hollywood.
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