New Classes Fall 2019

New classes follow the Imaginists’ process in making contemporary theater: experimenting with the possibilities of what theater can be, thinking out of the box, opening our minds, surprising ourselves and in turn creating new works that surprise our audiences/community.


DIY FILMMAKING: from Paper to Camera to Screen (ages 14-18)
Saturdays, September 21– October 19

5 Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm
September 21– October 19
Cost: $240

Learn the basics of filmmaking and the power of your own storytelling ideas. Students will write & produce five minute shorts and gain experience in the entire filmmaking process; from writing and acting, to filming and editing, in a collaborative, creative environment.

Here’s a REEL showing some of Instructor Schuldt’s past projects.

Broken Things, 2019, dir. Julie Schuldt

Broken Things, 2019, dir. Julie Schuldt


JULIE SCHULDT: Julie is a writer/director with a passion for creating stories that explore, fundamentally, the connections we try—sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding—to form with one another. Schuldt received her B.A. of Theatre Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated with Highest Honors in Directing. With a passion for all aspects of filmmaking, Schuldt is a self-taught, on the job learner who has written and directed three feature films (she made her directorial debut at the precocious age of fifteen with the psychological thriller film 'Insensate) as well as countless smaller scale productions ranging from short films to promotional videos. Continuously striving to conquer the many trials of independent filmmaking, she has worn any and all of the hats; from scheduling the production, heading locations/props/costumes, and stepping in as an actor, to cinematography, and the editing room. Her latest feature Young Harper, tells the story of a young artist struggling to come to grips with her limitless passion and limited ability. 

AMY PINTO: Amy is founding Artistic Director of the Imaginists. She has been making and teaching theater for over twenty years. Her work has been seen at ACT Costume Shop, Z Space, the Green Center, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, in city parks, and classrooms, and regularly at the Imaginists home base in Santa Rosa. She’s particularly excited to be helping to facilitate this first ever film class at the Imaginists with Julie Schuldt!

The Imaginists are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage young people of all gender, racial, and ethnic identities and abilities to participate.

Theater Lab


Theater workshop for ages 14-18
10 weeks
Thursdays 4-6 pm
Cost: $200

In this class we will use all our tools as thinkers, investigators, actors, writers, improvisers. We'll incorporate visual & audio elements, improvisation, and text to make theater. What's the theater we haven't seen? What are the new ideas that are waiting to emerge?  What can you bring to the process? TheaterLab focuses on creating contemporary theater and includes training in voice, movement, text, and performance through collaborative group process. Each year exercises are structured around two diverse performance projects: a group-created original work and a classic play. Every project's process is designed to generate images, ideas, and staging from the group through a variety of exercises. Through this practice we find innovative ways to involve the ensemble as a whole throughout every production. The class asks students to challenge themselves and remain open to new ideas. No auditions, no prior experience necessary. Two performances for the public at the end of the workshop.

The Imaginists are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage young people of all gender, racial, and ethnic identities and abilities to participate.

Led by teaching artist Amy Pinto


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