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WHAT: An acting studio where students are encouraged to explore new ways of breathing life, specific intentions, and a grounded freedom to their singing pieces. 

WHEN: Three Thursdays • August 9, 16 & 23 • 7:00-10:00 pm

WHERE: The San Francisco Mime Troupe, 855 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

HOW MUCH: $175 for all 3 weeks

HOW: Using traditional acting techniques and physical theatre exercises, each student will have individualized work sessions in every class, in addition to group work. Audition technique, performance practice, and character exploration will be worked on over the course of the month.

WHO: From amateurs/music lovers to seasoned professionals, this class is suitable for all levels; each student’s work session will be tailored to their specific needs. Actors, Singers, Dancers, Professionals, Amateurs & Students are all welcome. This class would also be perfect for classical singers wishing to explore musical theater and crossover repertoire more deeply, and actors and dancers who are looking to gain more experience singing.

WHY: Singing and storytelling go hand-in-hand, and I believe each person has the ability to give the gift of catharsis, emotional connection, and inspiration through their art. We are passionate about creating spaces that unleash unbridled creativity and connect to our authentic, expressive selves. 

WHO WE ARE: Ariela Morgenstern is a NY transplant and native San Franciscan, as well as an accomplished actor and teacher who worked worked professionally in the New York theatre world and across the country for nearly ten years. Now that she's back in the Bay, she wants to work on music that excites people, with people who are excited to be there!   See below for her bio and info on Musical Director and accompanist Grace Renaud.

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Ariela Morgenstern, Acting Teacher

Ariela has gained recognition in the world of Musical Theatre, Opera, and Cabaret. She has sung as the soloist at Carnegie Hall for Imant Ramnish’s Symphony of Psalms, and won 2nd place in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s International Lotte Lenya Competition in New York.  She was in the original Off-Broadway production of the Obie & Drama-Desk winning musical Adding Machine, and originated the role of Ms. Wilde in the national tour of Flashdance, The Musical. She has also helped found and cultivate theatre companies that promote audacious works - Rococo Risqué (SF Weekly “Best Theatre Ensemble” Winner), and Studio 42 in New York.

Favorite Regional Credits include: Diana, Next To Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), Franca, The Light In The Piazza (Theatreworks & Arena Stage), the title role of Carmen, (The San Francisco & Bay Shore Lyric Opera), Jenny, The Threepenny Opera  (West Bay Opera & Marvel Rep, Drama Desk-Nominated), and Aldonza, The Man of La Mancha (Flat Rock Playhouse). In addition to acting, Ariela is also a vocal director, and is currently working on a production of Ragtime at the Woodside Community Theater. She's a Leadership Communications teacher at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, a facilitator with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, and has a private Presence & Presentation coaching practice in San Francisco.



What students of the Singing Actor Studio are saying...

If you love to sing, but don’t know what to do with your hands, your eyes, your body, or the arc of a song: take this class.
— Mark Gibson
Ariela’s acting class for singers is a spectacular opportunity to grow and expand my craft. She’s provides and safe and fun environment to explore different approaches to song and I performed at a level I never thought I would be capable of. I will keep going back for the pure joy of playing and performing.
— Sarah Sloan
The thing I loved most about this class is that Ariela provided a great space to try things and we got instant feedback. We had fun performing for each other and learned how to improve for next time.
— Jennifer Young
Ariela is such a a great coach! Not only is she dynamic, boisterous and just plain lovely as a person, she creates such a safe and fun space for people to express themselves and tap into their inner genius, to bring out their best creative SELF. I really got to grow as a ‘singing actress’ and feel way more confident in auditioning and my abilities to take on roles I may have shied away from. Take the class, it’s rewarding and fulfilling!
— Lauren Minis

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Grace Renaud, Music Director

Born on Maui, Grace Renaud moved to Marin as a child and fell in love with the Bay Area. She attended Mills College (Oakland) for both her undergrad and graduate studies in pipe organ performance, studying under Sandra Soderlund. Grace has an extensive background in dance and plays piano, harpsichord, ukulele, Baroque recorder, and percussion. She sings and composes, and has been active as a music teacher, choral conductor, worship leader, and arranger in the Bay Area for over twenty years. In addition to being the Artistic Director for the Marin Girls Chorus, she is the Organist & Choir Director for the Spanish Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral (San Francisco), Music Director at Notre Dame des Victoires Church (San Francisco), Worship Leader for the chapel service at Starr King School for the Ministry (Berkeley), and Music Director for Bay Area Children’s Theater, (Oakland).  She was awarded “Best Music Director” in the TBA Awards 2016 for her work on Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site with BACT! 

Her specialities are bringing out the voice of the individual and blending the voices of a group into a refined expression of harmony and truth through music. She has a special love for gospel choirs, and her favorite musical influences are J.S. Bach and Stevie Wonder. 

When she's not performing or driving around the gorgeous Bay, Grace enjoys painting, eating organic fruits, and spending as much time as possible with her four musical children, who are the delight of her heart!