The Theatre Arts School of San Diego, founded in 2012, is a proud resident organization of the
NTC Arts and Cultural District in Liberty Station.
Conveniently located, TAS+SD has lots to offer:
COURTNEY COREY - Founder / Director
From the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies of WICKED, as well as both the 1st and 2nd National Broadway tours of RENT, Courtney is proud to bring her years of experience in the theatre to San Diego. Many people may have seen her onstage at exceptional theatres such as the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and the San Diego Rep, but she has also traveled the world, exploring arts and culture. Courtney has lived in Japan, spent the summer of 2011 teaching music to children in Shenzhen, China, and has made numerous journeys to Central America to adapt tribal stories into plays for US audiences. From her many journeys, she is pleased to offer a new spectrum of theatre arts classes at the THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL OF SAN DIEGO.
San Diego Magazine has named Courtney Corey as one of “50 People To Watch in 2013.” Having taught privately, and at universities and high schools throughout San Diego County for over a decade, Courtney recognizes each student’s unique learning style, works with her students to establish goals, and encourages growth by positive reinforcement. She values the artistic process and believes that children (and adults) possess wonderfully creative and innovative ideas that should be expressed through the arts.
On any given day, you may find Courtney teaching, directing, choreographing, designing, or building! She is involved in every aspect of the theatre arts and is proud to share these crafts with her students.
Matthew Armstrong – TAS+SD Music Supervisor / Composer, THE JUNGLE BOOK
Matthew Armstrong currently heads the visual and performing arts department at San Marcos High School. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State, he is a highly sought after performer, clinician, and arranger. As a performer he freelances throughout San Diego and regularly performs in San Diego Symphony chamber ensembles, has held the position of principal percussionist with the California Chamber Orchestra, and works regularly in jazz and dixie ensembles.
Mr. Armstrong has taken groups to prestigious events all over the world including Japan, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Australia, China and special performances at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, the Bands of America National Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble Festival and concerts for U. S. Presidents. Mr. Armstrong is a member of Percussive Arts Society, and the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association. Mr. Armstrong teaches and performs as an Innovative Percussion Artist.
Kürt Norby - Acting Instructor / Assistant Director, THE JUNGLE BOOK
WORLD PREMIERES: Allegiance (The Old Globe), Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, and Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse). REGIONAL: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), Cats (SDMT), Company, Assassins, Man of La Mancha, and Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company), miXtape, Leaving Iowa, Room Service, Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance and The Winslow Boy (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Evita, The Desert Song, and Bye Bye Birdie (Welk Resorts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Moonlight Amphitheater), Suds: The Rocking ‘60s Musical Soap Opera, Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera). Film credits include 29th & Gay, U R Pre-Approved and Rubix Cube Dinner. B.A. in Drama, UC Irvine. www.kurtnorby.com
Alexandra Slade - Dance Instructor / Assistant Choreographer, THE JUNGLE BOOK
In addition to her work on TAS+SD's "The Jungle Book," Alexandra has choreographed for Monte Vista High School’s honor choir and Spring Valley Middle School’s both intermediate and advanced choirs. Some of her favorite performance credits include Lil Inez in Hairspray, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Tierney St. John - Yoga Instructor, in partnership with Happy U Namaste Yoga Center
Tierney moved to San Diego after performing and touring internationally as a dancer, actor and puppeteer for 10 years. After receiving her bachelors in Sociology and Dance from Tulane University, Tierney was afforded the opportunity to choreograph and perform in over 20 countries with a variety of theatrical arts companies including First Physical Theatre Company (South Africa), Tsunami Dance Company (New Orleans) and LightWire Theatre (formerly Corbian Visual Arts and Dance). Feelings satisfied with her performing career, Tierney decided to shift her attention towards yoga in order to explore how one’s physical experience connects to self-awareness and overall sense of happiness.
Completing her first 200-hr yoga certification in the spring of 2013, Tierney has since participated in and assisted with two additional 200-hour yoga teahcer certification programs. Tierney teaches 5 to 9 classes per week at Happy-U Namaste Yoga Center in Ocean Beach. She is thrilled to share her unique experience and perspective on how mindfulness practices, breathing techniques and physical/mental/emotional awareness can enrich not only one’s approach to expressive arts, but one's overall sense of self-satisfaction and joyful living.
GAYLE COREY - Administrative Assistant
Ms. Corey is an invaluable member of our team at TAS+SD. She holds a B.S. degree in Education from the University of North Texas and has been trained in Montessori education from the Association Montessori International, USA. She comes with many years of experience to the world of theater and the arts. She believes the true value of theatrical training, more than developing a craft, is the poise and confidence it gives young people as they grow up.
EMILY PADGETT - 2013 Guest Instructor, "Triple Threat Workshop for Teens"
Ms. Padgett appeared as Daisy in the La Jolla Playhouse production of SIDESHOW this fall and will reprise the role on Broadway in 2014. Other Broadway credits include ROCK OF AGES (Sherrie), LEGALLY BLONDE, and GREASE, as well as the world premiere of FLASHDANCE (Alex).
JAMES VAZQUEZ - 2013 Guest Instructor, "Triple Threat Workshop for Teens"
Mr. Vasquez is an award-winning theatre and film director. A partner in Daisy Three pictures, their latest film, THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID, starring Anne Heche, recently made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. READY? OK! and 29TH AND GAY, both directed by Mr. Vasquez, have played film festivals throughout the country. Theatre directing credits include THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, both at The Old Globe, as well as West Coast Premieres of Fair Use, [title of show] (SD Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding Direction and Resident Musical), and Twist at Diversionary Theatre.
EVAN D’ANGELES - 2013 Guest Instructor, "CATS!" Workshop
In 1996, Mr. D’Angeles made his Broadway debut in Miss Saigon. Favorite roles include Angel in RENT (First National Tour), Quasimodo in Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (World Premiere), and Terk in Disney’s Tarzan (Post-Broadway Regional Premiere), CATS (German Company), and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Boston and San Francisco productions). He continues to broaden his multi-talents as an actor, writer, director, and producer to create new works with a mission to encourage the next generation of performers to create art which transforms, heals, and enlightens the world.
DORY RIGOPOULUS KAFOURE, M.A., CCC-SLP - 2013 Guest Instructor, "Singers' Vocal Intensive"
Ms. Kafoure is a licensed speech pathologist specializing in the voice. She uses Lessac, Estill, and Alexander techniques to help singers utilize their instruments safely and effectively. “My passion is voice development, preventing voice misuse, and helping people discover unique body energies they can use in their everyday lives.”
DIONI MICHELLE COLLINS - 2012 Guest Instructor, "Stage Acting versus Acting for the Camera" Workshop
Ms. Collins is a San Francisco native who fell in love with the arts at a very young age. She was seen in the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies, as well as the Broadway production, of WICKED. Other Broadway credits include: RAGTIME and TABOO (written by Boy George, and produced by Rosie O’Donnell.) Dioni’s passion for performing on stage has also helped her to transition to TV, film and voice overs.
She can be seen as the character Melody on the Hit Nickelodeon/ Nick Jr. show THE FRESH BEAT BAND. Other TV credits include: UP ALL NIGHT (NBC) with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, COMMUNITY (NBC), NICK SWARDSON’S PRETEND TIME (Comedy Central) ; HUGE (ABC Family), THE FRED SHOW (Nickelodeon), and ‘TIL DEATH (NBC).
The mission of Theatre Arts School of San Diego is to teach the cornerstones of theatrical technique and training in a non-competitive environment in which the individual creative potential of each student is encouraged and equally balanced with his/her collaboration with the group. We provide a solid foundation in the theatre arts where the focus is not only on the final product, but the process of artistic learning.
Over the past two years, Theatre Arts School of San Diego has produced six student-written one-act plays, hosted numerous workshops with leading theatre professionals, created a public art exhibition at NTC@Liberty Station, adapted "The Jungle Book" for the stage with a original Indian-inspired score...and the list goes on and on!
We are constantly creating new projects not only for our students, but for the San Diego community.
Come see what all the buzz is about!