Bethany Price received her theatrical training at California State University, Long Beach, where she was a founding member of California Repertory Company. She has stage managed, directed and/or produced more than 50 productions, and performed on stage herself for more than 15 years in musicals, operas and plays. She is the mother of three children, ages 15, 23 & 31, and has more than 30 years experience casting, coaching, and directing school-age kids in stage productions. She is an in-demand director, audition coach, and private instructor in the Long Beach/Orange County region. Her teaching focuses on helping actors make strong, intentional choices rooted in emotional honesty to create compelling, interesting, and unique characters on stage and on film.
Jessica Hayes Nunez has a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach, and is a current student of The Second City, Hollywood. Jessica has been teaching and performing all over Southern California for over fifteen years. Her love of the stage began with choral music, and later evolved into musical theater, leading to a deep understanding of the vocal arts as a soloist as well as an ensemble member. She is currently an actor and manager for The Imagination Machine, where she brings students' creative writing to life on stage through acting, improvisation, and music. She is also a swing for every character in Buena Park's newest dinner theater 'Teatro Martini.' At Christmas time, you might catch her in a hoop skirt singing carols for LA's 'Definitely Dickens,' and throughout the year sings as a soprano for the OC a capella group 'Frequency.' Furthermore, she has taught acting, voice, movement, and improvisation to hundreds of children throughout Long Beach and Orange County. Some past teaching endeavors include Whaley Park Music and Arts Day Camp, Kindsingers of Santa Ana, the Long Beach Playhouse, and of course Take the Stage. Jessica is also a certified yoga instructor, and is building a new curriculum--- 'Yoga for Performers.'
Samuel Forbes is very excited to be joining Take the Stage Long Beach, and assisting during this session’s focus on Improv! Improvisation has always been a large passion and presence in his life. Growing up and first discovering acting, his favorite actors were the ones that were clearly making choices in direct response to their scene partners. Listening, speaking your truth, and making it about each other are tenets of improv, but also of life. He's grateful to share and teach the art form that's given him so much.