The 2017-2018 Professional Training Program season is on hold due to our relocation to Padua, Italy.

Following, some general information while we are working on the details of our new Professional Training Program


A complete training program for working actors

The School for Theatre Creators is a privately-run, independent school that accepts 15-20 students per year. Paola Coletto crafted this unique program to train a select group in practical creative tools and the mindset to succeed. Graduates of the training program are awarded an associate certificate. To sign up for The School's Training Program submit your online application now.


Participants will engage in a curriculum of theatre specialties and disciplines across dramatic territories: 

  • Play & Improvisation
  • Spatial Awareness & Rhythm Work
  • Ensemble: Devising, Writing, Directing
  • Elements of Acrobatics
  • Mask Work
  • Movement Analysis & Technique
  • Alexander Technique & Vocal Preparation
  • Mime for Actors
  • Research-Based Projects

A Holistic Training Program

The journey is grounded in the European tradition of Physical Theatre, which centers on body, gesture, and play. Resident faculty and visiting instructors teach a wide range of coursework, providing a uniquely comprehensive training experience. Because of the intimate class size, intensive training, and rigorous daily schedule, students form a close-knit community. Students prepare original work. created throughout the program, for selection to be presented at public performances hosted by The School in Los Angeles.

we do not profess a method or system. 

An aim of The School is to provoke students to develop into independent artists who invent and affirm their own unique processes.

we do not give solutions. 

The School provides a solid artistic platform of tools for experimentation and learning though practice, discipline and commitment.

we help students teach themselves. 

This develops a growth mindset where no situation results in failure but only in opportunities for learning, advancing, and reinventing.


This is a transformative course, designed for actors and artists who want to explore, experiment, take risks and dedicate themselves to making great work. The School shapes artists to apply personal agency and independently support their personal artistic journeys, whatever direction they choose to take. 

Past students work in a variety of capacities including commercial acting work, original stage pieces, text-based narrative-driven theatre and writing for TV & film. This training is primarily geared toward artists in the discipline of performance but it equally benefits directors, playwrights, athletes, designers, teachers, circus artists, lawyers, dancers, choreographers, singers, musicians,  athletes, and also professionals. 

It is a life-changing decision. Because of the rigorous schedule and unique curriculum, The School is similar to a bootcamp or retreat for your creative career. This journey requires full commitment and disciplined focus. If you feel you are ready to apply or are considering whether the program is right for you, feel free to contact us. You can ask questions or set up a time to talk.

L.A. Training Program Faculty

Paola Coletto is the Founder and Director of The School. She is one of forty students in the world have completed the pedagogical program as a teaching specialist under the French teacher Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has more than 25 years experience in teaching and leading international theatre companies. Paola is a certified personal trainer and the founder of the gym Linea e Sport, where she trained athletes for competition. In Italy, 

Ned Brauer teaches Play & Movement Studies at The School. He is a performing artist, a founding member of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and a member of the Actors' Gang in Los Angeles. Ned is a graduate of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in France and the London Academy of Dramatic Art, in England.

Lorin Salm is the Mime Instructor at The School. Lorin is a graduate of Marceau’s École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris where he studied with Marcel Marceau. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge. He is an actor and a theatrical mime and has performed on stages around the world as well as in television and commercials. He is a mime and movement coach for major Hollywood film and TV productions.

Brett Hershey is the Alexander Technique Instructor at The School. Brett is an AMSAT-certified Alexander Technique Instructor and Consultant in Los Angeles specializing in psychophysical re-education. He earned a B.A. from Williams College in 1994 and Alexander Technique certification from ATI-LA in 2008.

Ernie Thrash
Ernie has been a gymnast since he was eight years old, and a Stuntman for Film and Television for over 30 years. Ernie's experience holds roots in Santa Monica Old Muscle Beach where he learned acro sports from Bob Yerkes and Jack LaLanne in the 80s and 90s. His circus skills include everything from the trapeze to Russian pole. He has also coached kids' gymnastics, acro sports, and cheerleading for over a decade.


"I took Paola’s full-time program and my career blossomed before my eyes. I booked more acting jobs and found the truth in my performance."

— Juzo Yoshida, Actor and Improviser, JETZO 

Daily Schedule

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Program Cost

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How to Apply

The 2017-2018 Professional Training Program season is on hold due to our relocation to Padua, Italy.

Contact us for information about the next available
Professional Training Program.






  • CV outlining details of your artistic experience 
  • Letter of motivation telling why you want to pursue an education at The School
  • Two letters of recommendation from a former teacher, director, workshop leader or colleague 
  • Recent Photo
  • Photocopy of valid ID


We will contact you to schedule your one-on-one Skype interview with Paola Coletto.