A training program created for working actors

October 2nd 2017 - March 25th 2018

Not just another actors’ training but a real transformative education that promotes
Discipline - Practice - Persistence - Commitment

Develop an Olympic mind-set
Authenticity and truth
Start playing, stop acting
Develop presence
Enhance performance quality
Develop the ability to connect
Increase the capacity to produce and maintain a certain level of energy
Recognize your own unique power
Reconnect with who you really are
Distinguish between being-state and do-state
Heighten the body’s innate expressive ability
Build a strong connection with the space
Become unstoppable
Find the pleasure in a process that never ends and never can be done

It is more than an actor’s training program - it presents a transformative education
where the creative side of each participant is carefully encouraged to emerge.
— Former Student

Internationally renowned Italian teacher Paola Coletto specifically created this unique program to train a group of selected artists hungry to acquire new skill-sets and tools to advance their craft, and equally ready to develop the mindset necessary to grow and succeed. 

The work is grounded in the European-based tradition of “physical theatre” where body, gesture, and play are placed at the centre of the creative process. The aim of The School is to provoke students to develop into independent artists enabling them to invent and affirm their own unique artistic journey. At The School we do not profess a method or a system and we don’t give solutions but we instead provide students with a solid artistic platform of tools in which to experiment and learn though discipline, practice and commitment ......"we help the students to teach themselves"....

This develops a "growth mindset" where no situation results in failure but only in learning and advancing.

The aim is to create independent artists able to independently support their artistic journey whatever direction they choose to take: from text-based stage work, television and film, to original theater creations.

This training is primarily geared toward artists in the discipline of performance but it equally benefits directors, playwrights, designers, teachers, circus artists, dancers, choreographers, singers and musicians.


Elements of Acrobatics
The 20 Movements of Jacques Lecoq
Alexander Technique
Mime for Actors
Vocal Preparation

Character Work
Spatial Awareness
Relationship With The Audience

Play & Levels Of play
Mask Work
Levels Of Energy
Rhythm Work
Devised Class & The Creative Ensemble

 Master the Business of Acting: TALKS WITh Los Angeles–based casting directors

One on one coaching with Paola Coletto  



Elements of Acrobatics

We use acrobatic to expand our understanding of the possibilities of the body onstage and stretch students to their limits, regardless of age and shape. Balance, flexibility, strength: this class is intended to provide students with a broad palette of movement that they can use for their craft.


Be in the present, the priority of response and reaction on the action, action in play, the availability of "emptiness," rhythm, tempo, range, development of themes, the overturning of a theme, the recall of a theme and more. The daily practice and understanding of improvisation allows artists to play and "write" the theatre of their own creation.

Mime for Actors

Mime provides the actor with a greater understanding of the body and its expressive potential, with or without words.  Focused physical techniques offer the actor greater control over every attitude and movement, so that the body expresses what they want to express, and so that it more fully and precisely responds to their instincts.  This training helps develop stage presence, coordination, and various qualities of movement, and offers techniques for physically expressing thought, emotion, and character with the body.

Movement Analysis and Technique

Analysis of movement provides an unlimited amount of resources for play and creation while movement technique provides structure for artistic mastery. The practice of this work enables the artist to discover the source of personal impulse for action while training a greater awareness of the body in space. You will have the opportunity to apply the results of your analysis to the construction of characters, performances or even writing for the stage.

Devised Class

This daily class is a self-taught, collective collaboration course. Without the direct supervision of the teachers, small groups of students work on themes connected to the overall coursework. This work develops performance skills, playwriting and directing.

Alexander Technique & Vocal Preparation

This is designed to increase your presence, power and range as an actor and a human being; to use your body to create organic characters and to tune-up your instrument and psycho-physical connection for audition and performance. Transform stage fright into stage readiness. Like ways, voice training have an emphasis on the connection between body movement and sound: very physical and it involves the use of the whole body. Class will mainly focus on the fundamentals of Alexander Technique but at times it will serve as gym in which actor’s can bring in material they are working on (monologue, scene, character, movement) and examine it from the Alexander perspective.             


Rhythm reside in all of us and can be felt by everybody and play is built on this invisible matrix. This course component want to explore and deepen the access of  each individual into the world of rhythm  in order to understand it and apply it to the process of theatre. No prior musical training necessary.

This final work is based on the observation of life in existing locations and its theatrical transposition. 




First day of class: January 8th - Last day of class: March 25th
Monday through Friday 8.45am to 2pm (with short snack breaks)


First day of class:  October 2nd - Last day of class: December 15th
Monday through Friday 8.45am to 2pm  (with short snack breaks)
Thanksgiving break (no class): November 23 – 26


$9,800 (for the entire program)
Standard Payment Schedule: $1,500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program
the remaining amount is due by October 2nd, the beginning of school.

If you require more flexibility, contact us, we can work with you to customize a payment pan


After the online application, one-on-one in person interviews with Paola Coletto will be held in Los Angeles.
For those students out of State or out of the Country, a Skype meeting will be arranged.