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TAS+SD continues its third year of the CONSERVATORY PROGRAM, with classes beginning Monday, September 17, 2018.  Students in grades 6 through 10 may apply for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The program is geared towards young performing artists who seek highly focused training in theatre.  Students will train with top notch theatre educators and artists.  Coursework is taught in 2-6 week units such as: 


  • Unit One: Theatre History in the Western Hemisphere / Greek and Roman Theatre

  • Unit Two: Meisner and Stanislavsky Approaches to Acting

  • Unit Three: Authenticity in Musical Theatre Performance

  • Unit Four: American Drama

  • Unit Five: Intro to Shakespeare

  • Unit Six: On Camera Acting for the On Stage Actor

  • Unit Seven: Storytelling through Movement

  • Unit Eight: Play Analysis

  • Unit Nine: Mind and Body Awareness for the Theatre Performer

  • Unit Ten: Commedia del'Arte / Mask Work

  • Unit Eleven: Music Theory for the Theatre Performer

  • Unit Twelve: Audition Techniques


  • Unit One: Musical Theatre History in America and England

  • Unit Two: Composers from the 1920s-1950s

  • Unit Three: Developing the Mix

  • Unit Four: Composers from the 1960s-1970s

  • Unit Five: Developing the Belt

  • Unit Six: Contemporary Musical Theatre

  • Unit Seven: Connecting Music with the Body

  • Unit Eight: Music Theory for the Musical Theatre Performer

  • Unit Nine: Meisner and Stanislavsky Approaches to Musical Theatre

  • Unit Ten: Developing your Musical Theatre Repertoire - Monologues and Songs

  • Unit Eleven: Non-Musical Theatre Repertoire for the Musical Theatre Performer

  • Unit Twelve: Audition Techniques


4:45-6:45 on Mondays (excluding some holidays)


Three showcases will be held:  November, February, and May.  The Annual Recital is held in June 2018.  (Dates TBA)


$200 per month (9 month program beginning 9/17 and ending 6/10)



By audition only.  Applicants should prepare one monologue (approx. one minute in length) and a full song (musical theatre, or any other genre that shows off your vocal style).  Please bring accompaniment on an iPod, or mp3 player.  No CD’s please.  Auditions will be scheduled through September 10, 2018.  To schedule an appointment, please call (619) 786-6068, or email:


  • Students are automatically accepted into ALL productions at TAS+SD, if they choose to perform. (Normal production fees apply.)

  • They are featured in TAS+SD’s Annual Recital (included in Conservatory fee.)

  • They have three performance showcases (included in Conservatory fee.)

  • They may participate in ANY TAS+SD workshop with a 25% discount.

  • They train with the BEST instructors San Diego has to offer!



How will the Conservatory program help me?

These days, there is an abundance of talented young theatre performers.  Many if you have seen this, for instance, when you go to a professional audition or have seen the large numbers of applicants for university programs.  There are many, many GOOD performers.  They can belt high notes.  They can do triple pirouettes.  But, the difference between GOOD and GREAT is outstanding.  What is lacking in the performance of many young performers is authentic acting training.  Someone can sing a song with technical prowess, but that song will not move an audience (or a casting director) if there is not honest storytelling motivating the performance.  Acting is a craft, and students in Conservatory will work to refine their craft with great specificity, focus, and detail.  Level One lays a solid foundation of acting technique, where as Level Two continues an emphasis in authentic acting as students focus on musical theatre material.

What is expected of a Conservatory student?

Students are expected to attend all Monday classes (excluding national holidays.)  Students will be given "projects" to work on at home, such as monologues, scenes, and songs, and should be prepared for each class.  Students should be respectful, mindful, and diligent.  They are expected to perform at all showcases and the Annual Recital.  If possible, they are encouraged to participate in other performance opportunities at TAS+SD.  It will enhance their training experience in the Conservatory program.

What if I am in grades 11-12, but I would still like to be a part of the program?

Please email us at:  We will discuss your goals and experience level and see if the program would be a good fit for you.

What if I have occasional conflicts with the Monday class meeting time?

Some allowances will be made if a student is cast in a production and has, for instance, a tech conflict.  If a student misses a class, they are responsible for the material they missed.  We will provide resources to help them with makeup work.  Excessive conflicts will not help the student, nor the program.  A discussion about conflicts will occur at the audition.

Will there be singing and dancing in Conservatory?

Yes.  All students will work on musical theatre repertoire throughout the program year.  However, for Level One students, the major focus on vocal material will be on the acting approach.  We will also study dance, but again, the focus is on storytelling through movement.  We encourage Conservatory students to also take vocal lessons and dance classes to work on skills.  Vocal lessons are available at TAS+SD, and the Dance Place building (where we are located) has three wonderful dance companies which offer dance classes. Level Two students will focus more on musical theatre.

Do I receive any recognition for completing the program?

Yes.  Conservatory students who successfully complete the coursework will receive a TAS+SD Conservatory certificate. There will be a ceremony to honor our students.  

What happens if I need to leave the program mid-year?

Conservatory is a 9 month commitment.  (This is also a topic which will be discussed in the audition.)  However, if there are unforeseen circumstances that mean a student needs to leave mid-year, the student will not receive the TAS+SD Conservatory Certificate.

May I join the program mid-year?

  Possibly.  Students who wish to join past the September 17th start date will still need to audition, and will only be admitted late to the program if the director feels it is advantageous to the student and the program.  They will be responsible for the work they missed, and will be provided resources to help them with the missed work.

Is there a cancellation fee for leaving the program early?

Yes.  The cancellation fee for Conservatory is $350.  If a students drops mid month, they must pay for that month, as well as the cancellation fee.

What is the tuition fee and how are payments made?

The $200 monthly tuition is due the first day of each month.  Some months have five Mondays, some months only four.  Some Mondays are national holidays.  The $200 monthly tuition stays consistent throughout the 9 month program, regardless of the number of Monday class meetings.  TAS+SD will invoice students, and payments can be made by credit card which is kept on file.  If a student prefers to make payments by cash or check (payable to TAS+SD), please be aware there is a $25 late fee for payments made after the fifth day of the month.

What if I do not have Monday availability, cannot commit to the 9 months, or I do not get into the Conservatory Program?

There are wonderful classes at TAS+SD that could be a good fit for you.  We also have productions throughout the year that we encourage you to audition for.