About

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.

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 latest projects at TAS+SD, as well as an interview with Courtney Corey:
Mechanical Goose Puppets in JAMBO! WORLD THEATRE at TAS+SD

2013 GUEST INSTRUCTORS

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EMILY PADGETT (top) will be appearing 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).

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.

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.”

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.

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