Peppy Garner and Darnell Whitt
School of Dramatic Arts (SoDA)

Pacific Repertory Theatre would like to acknowledge the extraordinary gift of Darnell Whitt.
PacRep's Board, staff, performers, students and volunteers will be forever thankful!


     PacRep's Peppy Garner & Darnell Whitt School of Dramatic Arts (SoDA) offers quality performing arts training in a safe and nurturing environment, where students build self-esteem and creative confidence, as they learn to express themselves onstage.

     Due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus, and for the safety of our students and staff,
     we highly recommend that all students be fully vaccinated. Masks may be required in some indoor locations. 
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Young actors in PacRep's School of Dramatic Arts

SoDA's 2023 Fall Classes 
Sept 23 through Dec 13, 2023

All Classes are held at Carmel's historic Forest Theater,
Santa Rita & Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea




Saturday Academy


  Saturdays: Sept 23 – Dec 9

  INSTRUCTOR: Shaquira Robinson
TIME: 10:00AM – 10:55AM
  GRADES 1-5
  FEE: $145

  INSTRUCTOR: Mickie Mosley
  TIME: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
 GRADES 6–12
FEE: $185

In PacRep's signature training program, students are encouraged
to find and develop their own
of creative confidence
through theatrical disciplines
and techniques of speech, movement, historical 
pantomime, stage combat, improvisation, and more.
Students advance from basic to a more challenging curriculum on a year-by-year basis, developing 
leadership skills by serving in key roles, such as actor, stage manager, assistant director, videographer, sound mixer, and more!

Students learn to enhance their awareness, self-esteem and the ability to work with others towards a common goal.

*Student showcases, open to
family and friends, will be scheduled at the end of thew semester.

   Wednesdays: Sept 27 – Dec 12

  TIME: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
GRADES: TBA, or permission of
the instructor

Description: TBA.


Show Stoppers


  Instructor:  Tanya Olson
  Mondays: Sept 25 
– Dec 11                                  
  TIME: 3:30PM – 5:00PM
 GRADES 2–4, or permission of
the instructor  

FEE: $185 

Students dive right into learning theatrical performance in a fun, nurturing and creative environ-ment. Building upon their intro- duction to drama, students will showcase an original, funny Christmas play written by the
lead instructor, with creative and hilarious input from former
students – sure to delight an audience of all ages!

Film Essentials


    Instructor: Sarah Gaudoin
    Tuesdays: Sept 26 – Dec 12

    TIME: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
    GRADES: 5 -12 

FEE $185 

For both beginning and continuing aspiring filmmakers: this course
will provide plenty of  hands-on experience in making movies.
Class will cover pre-production (script-writing, storyboarding), production (shooting a film!), and post-production (editing). The
class will finish with a “premiere” film screening to show off the students’ hard work! Continuing students are welcome!

 Music Instit III

        MUSIC INSTITUTE III          Vocal Performance 

   Instructor: Justin Gaudoin
    Wednesdays: Sept 27 – Dec 13  

   TIME: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
RADES: 5 - 12

  FEE $185

If you like to sing, love to sing, or live to sing, take this class. You will learn everything necessary to succeed in auditions, rehearsals, and performances whether you’re a singer, an actor, a singer who acts, or a dancer who sings! This class will not only teach healthy singing technique, but will provide an environment in which students can overcome fears and nerves about being on stage. Both beginning and continuing students are welcome to take this class.


Musical Theatre Performance

Guest Instructor Workshop
  with Palmer Davis

   Instructor: Palmer Davis
   Saturdays: Sept 23 – Dec 9

   TIME: 12:30PM – 1:55PM
   GRADES: 5
   FEE $195



 In Palmer’s 12-week Musical Theatre Workshop students will create a showcase of scenes and songs from popular American Musical Theatre to perform at the end of the session. 

The course will break down the components of a musical, create characters, teach choreography, music and staging. In a safe and supportive environment, students are encouraged to push out of
their comfort zone and grow beyond self-imposed limitations. With an emphasis on creative discipline, positivity and passion, students will thrive in PacRep's Musical Theatre Workshop!

Palmer Davis has been in the performing arts industry for over 35 years.  A graduate of UCLA dance department, Palmer worked in LA dancing in the Academy Awards, Emmys, television, and film (Rent, What Women Want, The Muppet Movie, Drew Carey Show, Frasier and more.)  Palmer toured as a Radio City Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the 1st National Tour of The Will Rogers Follies starring Keith Carradine, 42nd Street, Crazy for You to name a few. As an actress, Palmer guest starred in Castle, Beverly Hills 90210, Parks and Recreation, and recurred for 10 seasons as public defender Margaret Finn in CSI Las Vegas. 


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