Kerry Rosenblatt, founder of Stage Time Los Angeles believes exposure to the arts at a young age builds life skills, whether the student wants to pursue acting professionally or not. Through theater, Stage Time Los Angeles aims to shape young actors to be creative, imaginative, uninhibited, confident, and bold.
What sets Stage Time Los Angeles apart, is that we often offer original work for the students to perform, tailored to meet and challenge each student’s strengths and weaknesses. At times, we even collaborate with the students to create a unique performance piece.
Kerry holds an MFA degree in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has taught acting at ACT’s Studio Program, Glendale’s A Noise Within, Brooklyn’s Irondale Ensemble and is currently on staff at Gary Spatz’s The Playground in Century City. Kerry has also served as a guest instructor at The Guthrie Theater’s MAX Conference in MN.
Where it all began…
After graduating from the prestigious, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Kerry began her professional career finding success in theater. It wasn’t until starting her own family that Kerry realized she wanted to find a career, in addition to being a working actress, which allowed more time to spend with her family. Having worked as an acting teacher for years, Kerry realized that she could put her extensive training, passion for acting and love of teaching into a company of her own. She felt that Los Angeles lacked a theater school geared towards children without a focus on “making money” or “getting on tv”.
At the same time, she wanted to find an area of the city which desperately needed an affordable arts program since most public schools has little to no funding for the arts. After some consideration, she chose the Silver Lake community, knowing that a school there could reach students from miles around. In 2008, Kerry chose the name Stage Time Los Angeles, and soon secured a location in Silver Lake. She decided to start with a summer camp, one week for teens and one week for pre-teens, and with the help of some amazing moms and word of mouth, the summer camp was an instant hit! In fact, the parents loved what Kerry had to offer so much that she decided to start ongoing classes, every Saturday for Younger Actors (ages 6-8), Pre-Teen Actors (ages 9-12) and Teens (13-17).
In the five years since the Stage Time Los Angeles debut, Kerry has grown the business to include original performance pieces at the end of the camp and classes, original monologues, and children-written performance pieces. Most recently, Stage Time Los Angeles has begun bringing their talents to local schools, with a well thought out after school enrichment program. A future goal is to work with their advanced students in building an Acting Conservatory. Each semester would consist of casting the students in the Conservatory in a play, rehearsing on weekends, and then eventually performing the play with professionally inspired costumes, lighting, and set for an audience in a real theater! As Stage Time continues to grow and learn, Kerry looks forward to bringing even more challenges and fun to the students who her team so much.