About Us

Stage Door Conservatory’s three week camps introduce young actors to the many dimensions of producing a musical.  Campers will be trained in acting, improvisation, singing and dancing for a musical as well as rehearse for a Jr. version production.  Each session culminates in a full scale production. No experience is necessary and participation in the production is guaranteed.

Philosophy

Stage Door Conservatory is committed to creating an environment that fosters creativity, team building and self esteem through the participation in the dramatic arts. 

Typical Day

Each day will begin with performing arts centered community building activities which are followed by skill building workshops such as musical theatre dance, basic acting, improvisation, singing and ensemble building. Each day will include rehearsals for the culminating performance. Each rehearsal will include one or more of the following staging (where to be on the stage when reciting a line), choreography, learning music, line memorization and character building.  The camp day will conclude with a community circle and reflection on the work as well as establishing goals for the next day.

 


 

 Who We Are

Juliette Carr first fell in love with theatre in her 4th grade class at Malcom X, when her teacher called in a friend to direct the class in a show of “Twelfth Night.” She attributes that experience with changing her life, and is passionate about the importance of arts education for youth. Since her college years in L.A., she’s spent ten years in the concrete village of New York City, acting in independent shows and taking classes at Michael Howard Studio and from the much-lauded Shakespearean acting expert Rob Clare. She was thrilled and honored to be specially asked to be a witch in Mr. Clare’s production of Macbeth in Staunton, VA. Eventually she tired of the big city and came back to Berkeley, where she is full of joy about the next adventure in life, and very excited to be involved in this year’s Stage Door Conservatory!

Rosalind Sarah, co-founder of Stage Door Conservatory, also known, to many, as Sarah Tomato face painter, clown and educator.  Roz who  is originally from Detroit, Michigan has lived in the Bay Area for over 45 years. She also has an extensive career as an educator and school administrator with Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts.   As a Principal at Malcolm X Academy, in San Francisco’s Hunter Point, Roz worked in collabortion with many agencies and foundation to bring visual and performing art programs into the school community.

Roz has taught Improvisation, theater games, make-up as well as courses in Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights.   Roz created and directed the Youth & Family program at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center from 1989-1996. Stage Door Conservatory started as an outcome of many talented folks who had once worked at the BRJCC.  It was their mission to provide opportunity for children who wanted a musical theater experience. Roz is very proud of where Stage Door is today and the role it has played in the lives of so many young actors.

“Why Stage Door, you ask? Who doesn’t love the sound of applause and the smile on a child’s face when they take a bow.”  –Sarah Tomato