Performance & Pedagogy - A Virtual Series

The Eastern Theatre Group is excited to announce our next adventure…

Introducing: “Performance & Pedagogy” - A Virtual Series



At The Eastern, our mission is to provide artists with a space to collaborate, create and grow.  Given the current state of the world, and the drastic shift of life and the arts from in-person to virtual, we are launching some new programs for growth, and community-focused opportunities for collaboration.

We also believe that the San Diego Theatre scene is a terrific, unified community.  San Diego Theatre is One Theatre. Throughout this time, and indeed afterward, we 100% intend to support and promote the outpouring of theatrical gifts that our theatre community is so creatively and generously offering.

Here’s what you can expect from our new virtual series, “Performance & Pedagogy:”

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Plays!
On select Tuesdays and Thursdays, join founding members of The Eastern, Steve Schmitz and Justin Allen Slagle, to explore plays. Some sessions will be virtual play-readings, some will be a class where we all read the play beforehand and discuss and analyze the text. Others will be advanced scene and character breakdowns as we discuss how you would handle the text as an actor or director.


A virtual “hang out.” Grab a beer, a snack and hangout with us… chatting about this and that, how you’re feeling, theatre and arts… or not. We’re easy.


Saturday: Voice for Actors 101 & Movement Class 
Take group voice and dialect classes with Vanessa Dinning. Voice for actors will focus on breath and body connection, freeing the voice, resonance and text-connection.  Dialect work will be an introduction to approaching dialects. Both will include effective warm up work and vocal health advice (from the voice, not medical view)


In addition, Alyssa Austin will offer Movement for Actors, and/or Dance classes that will vary from week to week (Warming Up the Body for Auditions, Musical Theatre Fundamentals, Intro to Tap, Intro to Jazz, and intermediate level combination-based dance classes).


Sundays: The Biz / Audition Prep / Self-Tapes / Resumes
As we’re all so often on the “Other” side of the table, we want to help you present yourself in the best way possible. These sessions will be pretty informal - each will cover a basic topic followed by a Q&A/Open Discussion

All sessions will take place on Zoom (information to join sessions will be shared privately with interested parties). These sessions are free and open to the public, but we will happily accept donations here:

You can register for individual sessions over at our Facebook page.