The THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL of SAN DIEGO offers theatre classes ranging from music/movement and creative play classes for pre-school age children to advanced acting and musical theatre classes for pre-teens and teens. Our mission is to teach young people the cornerstones of theatrical technique and training in a non-competitive environment in which the individual creative potential of each child 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.

COURTNEY COREY, Founder and 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.  She has traveled all over the world, exploring arts and culture. Courtney has lived in Japan, and spent the summer of 2011 teaching music to children in Shenzhen, China. 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.

Courtney has adapted Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK for our students, and will be presenting this fantastical production in June.

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Her favorite quote:  ”All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  - Pablo Picasso

Check out one of our fun class projects at TAS+SD, as well as an interview with Courtney Corey:
Mechanical Goose Puppets in JAMBO! WORLD THEATRE at TAS+SD



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Matthew Armstrong (top) – 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 (left) – 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 andThe Scarlet Pimpernel (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera).  His film credits include 29th & Gay, U R Pre-Approvedand Rubix Cube Dinner.  He received his B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine. www.kurtnorby.com

Alexandra Slade (right) – Assistant Choreographer, THE JUNGLE BOOK

“Alexandra is beyond excited to be a part of this unique and exciting production of The Jungle Book. Although this is the first time she has had the privilege of working at the Theatre Arts Schools of San Diego, she 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. She would like to thank Courtney for inspiring her every day with her grace and talent, and the kids in this production for allowing her to help them shine like the bright and beautiful stars that they are.”


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EMILY PADGETT (top) appeared as “Daisy” in the La Jolla Playhouse production of SIDESHOW this fall. Broadway credits include ROCK OF AGES (Sherrie), LEGALLY BLONDE, and GREASE, as well as the world premiere of FLASHDANCE (Alex).  She taught the Triple Threat Audition Workshop for Teens.

JAMES VAZQUEZ (center) 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 PICURE 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.  James coached young actors in the Triple Threat Audition Workshop.

DORY RIGOPOULUS KAFOURE, M.A., CCC-SLP (center) 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.”  Dory worked with our students on vocal health in the Singer’s Vocal Intensive.

EVAN D’ANGELES (bottom)  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.  Evan led a CATS! movement workshop for kids 8 and up.

THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL of SAN DIEGO would like to acknowledge
the following people for their support

Dean and Kaly Corey

Gayle Corey

Adam Corey

Trudy Armstrong

Matthew Armstrong

Kurt Norby

Carol DeLauro

Carl J. Skaja, Esq., SDLP Attorneys At Law

Alan Ziter, NTC Foundation

Sean Giffin, NTC Foundation

Ann Barry, Career Transitions for Dancers/Newhouse Fund

Linda Bunch, Career Transitions for Dancers/Newhouse Fund