NextStage Classes and Workshops


Comedy Buffet Workshop

Co-Sponsored by Vets4Vets

This workshop is a wonderful mixture of comedy improvisation and standup comedy writing techniques.  If you are curious about one or both this is a safe and supportive place to try them out. In this two-day workshop you will play fun, easy comedy improv games. Then after break you will learn easy standup comedy writing exercises and techniques.  On day two, continue comedy improv games. After break those who wish to can perform routines, they wrote using the standup writing exercises or just tell a simple story such as “My vacation disaster.” Beginners and experienced welcome. Military veterans and veterans of life (that’s you, older people) welcome. Prepare to laugh!

April 27-28

Cost: $80.00 *
($68 Early Bird price ends April 13)
*Veteran’s pay at door for special pricing.

Veterans Memorial Building Post Room
846 Front St. Santa Cruz, CA


Instructor: Carol Rogers

Carol Roberts is a teacher of standup and improv comedy in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. She was a member of Femprov, a popular all-female comedy improv troupe in San Francisco. And a standup comic (Ellen Degeneres was her opening act) and 1983 winner of the San Francisco Cable Car Award for Entertainer of the Year.

B.C. (Before Comedy) Carol earned a B.A. in Communications and Psychology from Antioch College and an M.A. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.  A.D. (After Comedy) she worked as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice.

Carol has combined social service with comedy to conduct “Accidental Social Skills” experiential workshops where she uses comedy improv games to improv social skills of youth on the Autism Spectrum.  Carol also teaches standup to adults in Santa Cruz and comedy improv to older adults at the Carmel Foundation (it’s great for memory, cognition and connection).  Her workshops stress creative comedy that’s respectful of all people.

No animals were hurt in the development of her career.

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This 4-session class will take students through the process of developing a show, with prewritten script or designed (musical revue) show. Students will identify unifying themes, define characters, attend casting auditions and cast a show. Students will create rehearsal and production schedules, develop actor movement and visual pictures and discuss rehearsal etiquette. They will assist each other in learning Stage Manager duties. At the end of this session students will have a "ready to rehearse" show.


Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb.16, March 16
& Sunday March 3


Mid County Senior Center Annex
829 Bay Ave. Capitola, CA

Instructor: Kathryn Adkins

Cost: $80.00


Bio: Kathryn Adkins has 20+ years teaching theater, voice and directing for the Cabrillo Theater Arts department as well as companies in San Jose and Santa Clara. She has performed in Europe and for diverse companies including Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Tandy Beal and Co. and many musical theatre companies including 7 leading ladies for Cabrillo Stage.


Recreate the moves and sounds from the girl groups and solo female singers of the Top of the Chart Hit’s of the 50’s and 60’s. This class will put the “show” in your choir with great choral sound, “choral-ography” and FUN!   Build skills throughout the Show Choir With Pop 1-2 series. (Includes Saturday May 11 final rehearsal/showcase.)


Thursdays March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9,11

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Soquel Congregational Church Parish Hall

Instructor: Suzanne Duval

Cost: $136.00 ($122 Early Bird price ends March 7)


Bio: Suzanne Duval, MFA, has over 20 years experience teaching voice in Santa Cruz. She has performed with Santa Cruz and Bay Area choirs, with Cabrillo Stage, Opera San Jose, and many other diverse musical ensembles. Her passion is using movement, imagery, and full body engagement to enhance healthy singing technique.


Each dance class will consist of a full-body warm-up, general dance technique instruction and an originally choreographed routine that we will build onto gradually throughout the Motown 1-2 series. All set to a fun and lively playlist of the Motown classics!

Previous dance experience is not necessary but greatly appreciated. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled closed-toed shoes, preferably dance sneakers, tennis shoes or jazz shoes. Bring your refillable water bottle. Most importantly, bring your zest for life to share as we explore our love of the amazing artform of dance! (Includes Saturday May 11 final showcase.)


Mondays April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
May 6,11

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Synergy Dance Fitness Tai Chi
9055 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Instructor: Jill Steel

Cost: $108.00 ($98 Early Bird price ends March 18)

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Bio: Jill is a California native with extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom and Latin Dance. An 8- year member of San Fransisco 49er's Goldrush Cheerleaders, she also served as line captain and choreographed for the team. During her time with Goldrush she performed in England, Japan and at four NFL Superbowls. Other noteworthy credits include 5 years as lead Instructor for United Spirit.