LOS ANGELES, CA, Wednesday June 23, 2021 — Theatre of Arts, the longest-running acting conservatory in Hollywood, today announced it will fully reopen August 30th, 2021 for full-time, in-person instruction on the first day of its fall academic term.
“TOA is back!” exults David Law, Director of Education for Theatre of Arts. “After nearly a year and half of remote instruction via Zoom, we are incredibly excited to return to live teaching and acting at our historic new facility at The Complex Hollywood.”
Fully half of students in Theatre of Arts’ two-year acting degree program have yet to set foot in a TOA classroom due to the COVID-19 shutdown. August 30th will see students finally convene again in Los Angeles to resume training at the original Hollywood acting school.
Of the transition back to live instruction, Law explains, “Online learning has been an invaluable tool during the pandemic, and we intend to continue to offer select classes online. That said, acting is an inherently physical art form, and there’s no substitute for in-person interaction for various key pillars of our curriculum. Additionally, our Stage Combat classes were impossible to teach online, and sadly put on hiatus during the pandemic. We are ecstatic about resuming combat and weapons training, which is essential for any well-rounded modern actor.”
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be a requirement for all faculty, staff and students in order to resume live instruction on August 30th. Law comments, “The health and safety of the entire TOA family is of paramount importance to us. Feedback from our staff and students has informed this common-sense policy, and we look forward to helping ensure that everyone at TOA gets their vaccine so we can return to our important work together.”
Theatre of Arts recently vacated its former campus on Sunset Boulevard to take up permanent residence at The Complex Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. At the beloved theatre row facility, now under renovation, TOA students will benefit from practicing their craft daily in five well-appointed studios and one main theatre. All studios are outfitted with stage lighting for training and rehearsals, and two 50-seat theatres featuring a 400 square foot stage that’s fully rigged for professional sound, lights, and 120” projection capability.
Established in 1927, Theatre of Arts is a fully accredited conservatory, offering a two-year Associates Degree acting program on its Hollywood campus. TOA prepares students for successful careers in theatre, film, television and media, and has produced such legendary alumni as Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean. Learn more today at TOA.edu.
David Law, Director of Education
Theatre of Arts