Our Story

 

The Beginning

Two of our first students in the very first Take the Stage Long Beach class (when we were not actually located in Long Beach...we were in Los Alamitos, technically.)

Two of our first students in the very first Take the Stage Long Beach class (when we were not actually located in Long Beach...we were in Los Alamitos, technically.)

I had too much fun directing kids!

When my third child was in kindergarten at Minnie Gant Elementary School - an excellent part of the Long Beach Unified School District - I was asked to direct the school play - a production of Disney's The Jungle Book. I had such a wonderful experience working with the very talented cast of young performers that I didn't want to stop once the production was over. Thus, Take the Stage Long Beach was born as a single class for older elementary school and middle school students. We met on Sundays and explored scenes, improvisation games, public speaking, and how to strengthen our choices as actors. 

As the class size grew (and as my kindergartner pushed to be in the class) the number of classes expanded, the age range in classes opened up, and our curriculum evolved to include specialty topics like Musical Theatre, Stage Combat, Audition Technique, and Acting for the Camera.  


 

Now

Shauna Markey and Take the Stage owner Bethany Price surrounded by some of the Working Pro Teen students.

Shauna Markey and Take the Stage owner Bethany Price surrounded by some of the Working Pro Teen students.

Multiple Classes of all ages and experience.

Take the Stage Long Beach has evolved into a full-service young actor training and professional development business. We offer private coaching, demo reel creation, classes for kids, youth and teens, industry workshops, and professional headshot services. With the addition of  Shauna Markey from The Star You Already Are as our commercial and industry team instructor, we have greatly expanded our inclusion of video training and current audition technique into our classes. We have a class that is right for students just starting out, and those who are regulars on TV series. Come play, learn, and create with us!