Weekly workshops begin March 14 at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Are you ready to take the leap from ingénue to leading lady, from Anthony to Sweeney? Were you Maria, and now Mother Abbess? Are you searching for that audition song or monologue that will make you stand out and will showcase your unique talents?

Announcing an extraordinary theatre workshop at Sierra Madre Playhouse taught by award-winning musical theatre and theatre professionals Alison Kalmus and Graham Jackson that will inspire participants to dig deeper into their repertoire and take their acting/musical theatre career to the next level. Each week, participants will receive insightful one-on-one coaching in an intimate, nurturing environment that will help participants discover their true potential. Space is limited, so e-mail alison.kalmus@sierramadreplayhouse.org to reserve your spot now!

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10% discount for professional performers, and for registration paid in full by March 1, 2017


Alison Kalmus

With over 25 years of film/ theater performance experience, Ms. Kalmus has also been a Casting and Voice-Over Director for NASA’s Space Place in a Snap, NOAA’s Scijinx educational videos, Walt Disney Co. and Independent Shakespeare Co. She is a resource acting coach for L.A and Orange County High School for the Arts. An award-winning director of theater, musicals and opera, nationally and internationally - some directing credits:
Musicals:The Fantasticks* Once Upon A Shoe (Knightsbridge Theater),The Sound of Music, Narnia (The Musical), The Gondoliers** A Christmas Memory, A Little House Christmas (SMP), Wanting Miss Julie, City of Light, Mary Marie.*** Hans Brinker (for New Musicals, Inc.). Theatrical: L.A. County’s Shakespeare in the Park’ - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing,Twelfth Night, Fairytales and Fantasy (2005–2009). Opera – Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado, Magic Flute (Pasadena Opera Co.); La Boheme (Hradek Kralove Filharmonie, Czech Rep.); Aesopera**** (So. Cal Lyric Opera).
In association with Pasadena Polytechnic School she developed curricula, taught, trained and supervised teachers for Non-Profit Noteworthy Music & Learning Systems for school drama programs throughout Los Angeles County. Upcoming: Alan Menken’s Dream On Royal Street (August 2017 SMP) alisonkalmustheater.com sierramadreplayhouse.org
*L.A. Times Critic’s Pick **NACCP Theatre Awards Nomination Best Direction – Musical 2015 ***2015 Richard Rodgers Award, 2014 NAMT Festival Selection **** American Composers Forum Subito Grant and New Opera Works' Competition Winner

Graham Jackson

has been a theater/musical theater educator for numerous schools and organizations, including Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Marlborough School, Theatre 360, Act-1, MyArt, MET2, Turning Point School and Covina High School. He also teaches each summer in Beijing and Shenzhen, China.

As an actor and musical director, Graham has performed with many theater companies throughout the Los Angeles area, including Theatre West, Zoo District , Sacred Fools, Evidence Room, and the Getty Villa . These award-winning productions include Nosferatu, The Master and Margarita, Pathe X and Gorey Stories. He also performed with Zoo District at the first annual Bulgakov Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, presenting the world premiere of Heart of a Dog.

He brought Go True West to Tadashi Suzuki’s Spring Festival in Toyama, Japan . With actress Zooey Deschanel he started the successful cabaret revue If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies.
Graham has directed numerous shows, including Cabaret, Woyzeck, Machinal, Urinetown, Into the Woods, On the Town, Company, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweet Charity, Merrily We Roll Along, Thieves’ Carnival, 42nd St., Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, Hello, Dolly! and many more. Graham has musically directed over 50 shows, and has played piano since the age of 5. When he’s not leading a class or directing a cast, he’s at the piano.



Tuesdays, March 14 – April 18, 7:00pm – 9:30pm


Sierra Madre Playhouse – 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, 91024

AGES: 19+ –

FEE: $495 (10% discount for professional performers, and for registration paid in full by March 1, 2017)


· Your sheet music to a musical theatre song(s), songbook

· Recording device

· Water

"Alison Kalmus's strong theatrical instinct, musicality, attention to detail, plus a life time of experience, make her one of the most sought- after directors and teachers in the Southland. I can't wait to start her new class!"

-Suzanna Guzmán, Los Angeles Opera, Grammy nominee, host of KCET Open Call, AEA,SAGAFTRA, AGMA for almost 30 years.

“Graham has been one of my most influential teachers to date. His belief in me and acceptance of my own unique energy gave me the confidence to achieve my highest dreams.” Gabrielle McClinton: Pippin and Chicago on Broadway. American Idiot National Tour.

“With Graham, there was always laughter, a sense of play and fun which ultimately led to us finding the most fresh and exciting ways to block a scene or sing a song that was written 50 some odd years ago. That is definitely something that has shaped my attitude throughout my career.”

Emma Pfaeffle: Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway, West Side Story international tour.

“No acting training from any institution, including Orange County School of the Arts and Oklahoma City University, compares to what Alison taught me. She is the perfect balance of teacher and theater director. She always saw the potential in me (as in all of her students), pushing us past what we thought were our limits until we came to total freedom in the work”- Elise Vannerson, Snapshots – (Directed by the composer, Steven Schwartz) "Susie" (Lead) NoHo Arts Center; Lovelace: A Rock Opera “Lindsey” (Linda Lovelace’s daughter) music by the Go-Go’s. U.K. Premier Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Daddy Long Legs “Jerusha” (Lead) directed by Michael Mastro George Street Playhouse, New Jersey