Conservatory Faculty

Christopher Shaw

Program Director and Acting Teacher

Chris trained with disciples of Lee Strasberg and the Group Theatre in NYC as well as the legendary Nikos Psacharopoulos (Williamstown, Yale Drama) and Michael Kahn (Juilliard, Folger Shakespeare, Shakespeare Theatre Company, John Houseman’s Acting Company). He has worked as a professional actor on stage, film and television in NYC and Los Angeles, as well as some of the most respected regional theatres throughout the United States. He is a member of the acting companies at Pacific Resident Theatre and The Echo Theater Company. Chris has taught acting in New York, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, including UCLA summer High School programs, Pennsylvania State University Systems Upward Bound Summer HS programs, and NYC and Los Angeles Public School Systems.

Eric Anderson

Stage Combat and Movement


Michael Balsley

Acting and Shakespeare

Michael spent 2000-2005 living and studying in New York City, where he received his MFA in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program in 2003






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Brad Greenquist

Acting for Camera

Brad began teaching as a teaching assistant to Mr. Michael Moriarty in New York in the 1980s. He has since taught at the David Kagen Film Acting School in North Hollywood, The Governors’ School in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Idaho Film and Television Workshop in Driggs, Idaho, the Classical Theatre Lab in West Hollywood, and at the PRT Conservatory in Venice, CA. He has also taught privately for many years. As an actor, Brad has been working for over thirty years in film, television and theatre. Brad has also directed many stage productions, and is an award-winning film director. He is an active member of PRT and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Sarah Zinsser


Sarah is a founding member of PRT and works with the company in many capacities including acting, directing, costuming and teaching. She taught two acting class sessions in the PRT, Venice City Counsel, and Venice Library partnership. She is also a founding member of the 24th Street Theatre where she works in their acclaimed Arts Education Program, Enter Stage Right, and is a team teacher of ‘After Cool, a theatre program for neighborhood children. She was the director of a theatre camp for U.S. Performing Arts in 2005, and before that taught acting at The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Camp. According to Sarah, bringing the craft of acting to the next generation is a joy!

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