The Susan Peretz
The Susan Peretz
As a registered Not-For-Profit Society in the Province of BC, your support means the world to us. We can't thank you enough.
For more information on where your contribution goes, please read on...
" Susan Peretz was one of my biggest influences and greatest acting teachers. I attended her Saturday morning class at 3rd Street in Los Angeles for about 10 years. We formed a theatre company within that class and produced such plays as Mamet’s Edmund, Sam Shepards’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, others from Pinter, Shanley and so on… We worked countless scenes and exercises. It was acting, directing, producing, and the gift of always walking around with a play in my back pocket, always carrying a character I was exploring. There were lean times through those 10 years and I didn't pay for class if that was the case. Susan never kept anyone out of the theatre because of lack of money, not if you were committed and generous, doing the work and wanted to be there.
At Railtown Actors Studio, we do the same thing. Over the years, we have always offered a free semester, or a class at no cost to students who have been with us for a time, and who want to keep digging in but need a financial break. We just never called it anything specific.
Until now. That is why we officially launch the Susan Peretz scholarship fund, in her honour, to continue the tradition of supporting dedicated, hard-working actors as they pursue their training ".
The Black Box
We are very proud to make the Black Box at Railtown available for students to use as a rehearsal space outside of class hours - free of charge. This gives them an opportunity to continue their class work through the week and between sessions, in the same space and with the same props and furniture being used in their scenes. Students are better prepared and get more out of class. We make this available because it allows for improved training, but it also fosters community, by giving them a place to meet for their work. Your contribution allows us to make the Black Box available at no cost to the students. You literally help us keep the lights and heat on.
Workshop & Development
By contributing to the Railtown Lab, you allow us to continue supporting and mentoring artists who are creating their own new and original work. Railtown Lab functions within Railtown Actors Studio as a committed space for writers, directors and actors to come together. Most recently, we were able to use the studio to shoot a movie written and directed by Anthony Shim, former Railtown Student and now one of our instructors. Railtown became a Lab to host table reads, workshop the material and rehearse it on its feet, then transformed into a production studio for the duration of the shoot. Many past and present Railtown actors were in front of and / or behind the camera, once again creating art and building community. Your support helps us to bring up the next generation of artists and to host established, award-winning guest speakers to share their knowledge and passion. Click here for more on what the Railtown Lab supports.