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    Posted September 22, 2010

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AEA San Diego Membership Meeting

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 7 PM (6 PM Reception)
La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92090
Agenda includes:
Western Regional Director's Report
San Diego Liaison's Report
Membership Discussion Period

Click here for our San Diego Fall Newsletter... (PDF)

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Most people know what a theatre town San Diego is. Over the last six years, local theatres have supplied tens of thousands of AEA Work Weeks for actors and stage managers! Here is one snapshot!

AEA Work Weeks - Live in San Diego - 2004-2009

Old Globe - 1,751
La Jolla Playhouse - 638
Welk Resorts - 981
San Diego Rep - 617
North Coast Repertory - 806
Lamb's Players Theatre - 1,009
Starlight - 188
Cygnet Theatre - 628

AEA Work Weeks - Live outside San Diego - 2004-2009

Old Globe - 6,909
La Jolla Playhouse - 5,480
Welk Resorts - 2,492
San Diego Rep - 1,007
North Coast Repertory - 594
Lamb's Players Theatre - 470
Starlight - 287
Cygnet - 53

Figures include AEA actors and stage managers, based on home address zip codes on file with AEA.


Why take class? In most cities, ongoing classes are considered a necessity for working actors. Yet in San Diego, working actors in classes are an exception rather than the norm. For many actors, the idea of adding a class into the mix seems like a big hassle. You are already learning lines and working on material in shows (not to mention that you probably have a day job). Adding more to your workload may seem like just too much. Why bother?

It is good to consider that working with a director is different from working with a teacher. A director's primary consideration is in making a good show. That may or may not help you progress as an actor. Often what a director wants from you is something you already do well. That's why you were cast. As a result, forward progress in your work may be minimal. A good acting class gives you the opportunity to grow, free of the demands of "product", working on specific areas where you my feel stagnant or blocked. You are working in an environment where you can take more risks - even have successful failures.

Additionally, you may meet new faces from the community, which can never hurt!

Here are some ongoing acting classes catering to local professionals. Please note that AEA and the Liaison Committee do not endorse specific classes or teachers.

New Village Arts - Meisner technique, Beginning & Advanced.
Instructor: Lisa Berger
New classes start in September
Monday or Tuesday Nights 6-9pm
Contact Lisa at or NVA at 760.433.3245

Ion Theatre Company - Monologues, Scene Work & Audition Technique
Instructor: Glenn Paris
Saturdays, 10 AM - 1:00 PM at BLKBOX@6th& Penn or Morena Rehearsal Space
Tuition is $125/month ongoing, due every fifth class;
Special $100 rate for AASD members
Individual, private coaching available
Contact Trina Kaplan, ion Associate member and Class monitor at 858-278-5018 or to register.

Instructor: Albert Dayan
Intermediate/Advanced Scene Study Class
New classes begin in September
Mondays 2-5pm at Moxie's Rolando Theatre
Fall Rate - $125/month.
Contact Jason Heil at 619-213-8705 or to register.

This list is by no means inclusive. Resources such as the Actors Alliance of San Diego can direct you to other instruction (including classes that focus on musical theatre or on-camera work).

Following Preview of YELLOW FACE

Friday, October 8, 2010, 7:30 PM
Preview Performance of Yellow Face at Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company
YELLOW FACE tells the story of a Caucasian actor who is accidently cast as an Asian American. Join us on Oct 8 for a talk back with Samantha Barrie, Casting Director at The Old Globe, David Ellenstein, Artistic Director at North Coast Rep, and Sam Woodhouse, Artistic Director at San Diego Rep, as they share their own casting stories and insight.

Reservations:, 619-342-7395
Cost: Only $10 with Equity coupon code YF6172 (regular cost is $18)
Location: Mo`olelo at The 10th Avenue Theatre,
930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(Downtown San Diego, on 10th Ave, between Broadway & E Street)

These performances will sell out, so make your reservations early!


The Area Liaison system was established in 24 locales where a substantial number of members reside. Along with the Chair of the San Francisco/Bay Area Advisory Committee (BAAC), Area Liaisons are volunteers, selected by other members in their areas, to facilitate communications with the staff in the appropriate Equity office, Regional Board or the Council. Area Liaisons and the BAAC Chair are not official representatives of Equity, nor are they authorized to act on any policy or contractual matters.

Each Area Liaison locale maintains a hotline (San Diego's is 877-232-1913 x835) with information about local auditions and other local news items. Area Liaison Committees usually meet twice or three times per year. All local area members are encouraged to attend.

** New San Diego Liaison Committee Members will be elected at the Annual meeting on October 4.**

Click here for our San Diego Fall Newsletter... (PDF)

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