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Spring 2021 Youth Theater Workshops


The Morgan-Wixson Theatre and the Youth Education / Entertainment Series (Y.E.S) have been working with youth actors and delighting audiences throughout the Los Angeles area for over 25 years.  This educational program, having just completed an extremely successful Fall Workshops, is now offering updated Spring workshops for all levels of experience from the novice to the advanced.  A highly skilled team is leading sessions in vocals, dance, acting, audition preparation and self-tape techniques.  We hope you can join us!


Location All Workshops will take place via Zoom.  Details provided upon registration.


Dates:  All Workshops begin the week of February 1, 2021 for 15 sessions ending May 24, 2021.  There will be a 2 week break from March 29 through April 11.


Tuition:  Our goal is for total inclusion and we realize that there will be families that cannot afford this opportunity given current circumstances.  The tuition is listed below under each workshop description, but if you are unable to pay part or all of the tuition, we are accepting all students on a “pay what you can” basis.  There is no need to apply for a scholarship or to provide any family financial information.  If your family is able to donate monies above the tuition to help support this program, we will provide you with a donation letter for your tax return (and be eternally grateful).




Intro to Theater

Goals: To introduce novice artists to all aspects of theatre by teaching fundamental skills

Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm for ages 9-11 (currently in 4th or 5th grade)

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm for ages 12 -14 (currently in 6th-8th grade)

- for youth with very little or no experience and or training.  


Description:  Actors will overview basic theater techniques including Improv Skills, Acting/Scene work, Voice, Musical Theatre Auditions and Dance 

Tuition:  $275

Instructors:  Eve Keller, Jenae Thompson, Rachel Lamell, Maggie Randolph, Ruby Lapeyre & Mirai Booth-Ong




Goals:  Build upon basic knowledge and expand skills with specific acting and voice techniques

Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 pm for ages 9-14  

for youth who have some experience and/or training (private lessons, Kids on Stage, YADA), who have completed 3 or 4 YES shows or who have completed the Fall Workshop Intermediate 1.  This workshop is a prerequisite for Advanced Acting and Building Your Book.


Description:  The first half of the session focuses on learning the Stanislavski “System of Wants” acting technique and applying those skills to scene work.  The second half consists of two concurrent sessions of either group Voice Training or Vocal Musical Auditions.  The instructors will guide each student into the appropriate session.

Includes 2-45 minute sessions of private instruction per student during Voice or Vocal Musical Auditions

Tuition:  $400

Instructors:  Mirai Booth-Ong, Jenae Thompson, Maggie Randolph & Rachel Lamell



Advanced Acting

Goals:  Continued application of acting techniques with an emphasis in cold reading, monologues and deepening skills in scene work

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 for ages 13-17 

for youth who have completed the Fall Workshop Intermediate 2 or Advanced Sessions


Description:  Actors begin with further exploration of the Stanislavski “System of Wants” applied to Scene Work, followed by training in Cold Reading Techniques. The final part of the session will focus on Monologues with an emphasis in the System of Wants, scoring and beats.

Tuition:  $350*  

Instructors:  Anne Gesling and Kristin Towers-Rowles



Building Your Book – Musical Theatre Auditions

Goals:  Expanding the audition book with songs from each musical genre, an overview of the history of musical theatre,  and developing skills through practice auditions

Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 for ages 13-17 

for youth who have completed the Fall Workshop Intermediate 2 or Advanced Sessions


Description:  The students will explore the various periods of musical theatre history from Operetta to the present adding a song from each period to their Audition Book.  They will also continue working on audition techniques and the System of Wants as it applies to song.

Includes 3-45 minute sessions of private instruction per student.

Tuition:  $400*  

Instructors:  Anne Gesling and Kristin Towers-Rowles



*It is highly recommended that students who have completed the Fall Workshop Intermediate 2 or Advanced sessions take both Advanced Acting and Building Your Book.  If you do choose to take both, tuition will be discounted to $600 for both classes combined.  You are, of course, free to only take one of the sessions.




Additional Training Modules

The modules are designed to be taken with one of the workshops above or separately


Self-Tape Techniques for Theatre, Film and Television

April 16 through May 28 (7 sessions), Fridays from 4:00 to 5:30 for ages 11-18

With the advent of the coronavirus, self-tape auditions are now the norm and will likely continue

past this crisis.  This workshop will cover the equipment requirements for a successful self-tape (for

 all price levels) and the on-camera techniques for theatre, film and television.

Tuition:  $150 as a single module or $100 in combination with a workshop above

Instructors:  Maggie Randolph & Jaxson Malcolm


Basic Musical Theatre Dance

February 15 through March 15 (5 sessions), Fridays from 4:00 to 5:00 for ages 9-18

Get comfortable and confident with basic musical theatre dance steps and learn how to have a great audition no matter what your level. Each class will feature a short piece of choreography to a song from a Broadway show!

Tuition:  $100 as a single module or $75 in combination with a workshop above

Instructor:  Mirai Booth-Ong


Beginning Tap

April 24 through May 28 (6 sessions), Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 for pages 9-18

Tuition:  $100 as a single module or $75 in combination with a workshop above

Instructor:  Krystal Combs


Workshop Placement:  It is our goal that each participant has the most beneficial experience. Please email us if you would like guidance to find the workshop that most fits your students needs. In addition, our administrators may wish to move a participant into a different class dependent on experience and will consult with the participant and parent(s) as needed.


Workshop Materials:  Each participant needs a device (laptop, PC, MAC or tablet) with camera and sound capabilities, internet access, Zoom app downloaded.  If you need help obtaining any of these, please contact us. 


Registration:  Limited Enrollment - please register by Monday, January 24 to reserve your place. 

If we receive a high volume of requests, we will consider adding workshops that would be scheduled during the same time frames based on instructor availability.  To register for a workshop, please follow the link to our registration form:


If you have any questions, please contact us at


Praise for our Fall Workshops


From the Parent/Guardians:


“You were all wonderful and so encouraging to the students. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”


“My child grew because of the constructive feedback that was provided by the instructors.”


“… wanted to thank you all SO MUCH for this incredible opportunity and for opening the doors of musical theater for (our daughter). She absolutely LOVES theater, stories, performing, musicals, and music so the integration of all these into one passion outlet is dream come true for her.  You've been amazing and a wonderful source of joy for her during a most challenging season of life. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”


“What a wonderful program you created for our kids to learn and practice their craft.  (Our daughter) would light up every Wednesday knowing she got to spend time with her MWT peeps.  In times like this, it means even more to give our children positive experiences that bring them joy.”


From the Participants:


“I really grew so much as a performer! It was really helpful.”


“I loved this workshop so much. It definitely changed all of skills for the better.”


“Since I am really wanting to continue with the MWT, these workshops were extremely helpful to me because I could get familiar with some of the theater's/director's expectations and styles.”


Our Instructors


Anne Gesling (Administrator Foundations, Advanced Acting and Building Your Book, Instructor in Advanced Acting and Building Your Book) is the founder of the Annual Youth Musical and a co-founder of the YES Program at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.  In 34 years at the MWT, she has directed and/or music directed over 150 youth and mainstage productions and served as costume designer on over 50 productions.  She has received awards for direction from the National Youth Arts and the NAACP in addition to numerous awards at the MWT.   Her passion is working with and training young actors.  


Eve Keller (Administrator Intro to Theatre, Instructor in Acting and Musical Theater Audition Techniques) has been teaching musical theatre and audition techniques to youth (throughout the LA area) for over 20 years. She is also a director for the Y.E.S program at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre where she has received nominations for her directing from National Youth Arts. Eve has her Masters in Child Psychology and combines her passion for children’s development with her knowledge of the performing arts to create an inspiring theatrical space to allow young performers to comfortably tap into their artistic gifts. 


Mirai Booth-Ong (Instructor in Acting for Intro and Foundations and Dance) has been directing and choreographing youth theatre for over 10 years and has been performing for young audiences even longer than that! She has worked on numerous TV shows and films, in theatres across the country, and also does voice over and audiobook narration. More than anything she loves to share her love of theatre and performing with kids and help to train the next generation of storytellers. Mirai holds a BFA from Elon University.


Rachel Lamell (Instructor in Voice for Intro and Foundations) is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Choral Music Education. She has spent many years mentoring junior theatre companies and teaching private voice lessons. She hopes that despite the world’s current situation, students can still learn and enjoy musical theatre from their own home.


Ruby Lapeyre (Instructor in Dance for Intro 1, Dance Assistant all other dance sessions) is a senior at Venice High School in the WLGS Magnet. She has been performing at the Morgan Wixson for almost 5 years now; you may have seen her play Paulette in "Legally Blonde." Besides performing, Ruby has choreographed shows and audition dances at the MWT and works as a counselor for Theatre31. 


Jax Malcolm (Instructor in Self-Tape Techniques) is an award-winning actor and filmmaker who's garnered 10 awards and many nominations for his visionary work. Jax stars in the new holiday film "Jingle Trails," now streaming on Amazon Prime and is a rising TikTok creator with millions of views on his popular verified comedy channel. Jax is best known for his nominated work as an actor on The CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," FOX's "The Other Side of the Door," and FX's "The League." Jax won both a Young Entertainer Award and Young Artists Academy Award as Best Young Actor for his Music Video Run Run Rudolph.  Jax also stars in the YOUTUBE series "Conservation Invasion" that teaches environmental stewardship to children. Jax lends his star power as a celebrity Ambassador to Heal the Bay, SNPLA, and the Starlight Children's Foundation. 


Maggie Randolph (Instructor in Voice and Musical Theatre Audition Techniques for Intro and Foundations) is a musical theater actress that moved from performing in multiple productions to working in theater education. Since moving back home to Los Angeles she has worked with children to find their voice through song, through many theater productions and through the many stories she’s collected about her travels as a performer herself.


Jenae Thompson (Instructor in Acting and Musical Theatre Audition Technique for Intro and Foundations) attended Azusa Pacific University majoring in Theatre Arts and English with a Creative Writing emphasis.   She has performed in national tours, and now infuses her passions for theatre and the arts into her business: SayQuoi Entertainment; as well as into her role as Associate Producer of the Theatre Department with ChoZen Productions in Los Angeles, CA.  


Kristin Towers-Rowles (Instructor in Advanced Acting and Building Your Book) is a Los Angeles native who trained in Acting and Musical Theatre in NYC at AMDA. She has played leading roles in 7 National Tours and in over 100 regional productions all over the USA. As a director, she has directed many award-winning productions of plays and musicals. Kristin has taught Musical Theatre and acting all over Southern California and is a college placement audition coach. She is excited to be back at one of her theatrical homes, The Morgan-Wixson Theatre. 

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