“Great in so many ways!” exclaims Maroon 5’s Mickey Madden. It’s Chris DeCarlo’s Actors’ Workshop at Santa Monica Playhouse, helping you conquer the critic within, overcome competition fear, and have fun discovering your artist’s voice. And it’s the only workshop in town where you get to hone your skills and then put them in action in an original play – not a showcase - performed for the public at the end of every session. Every Actors’ Workshop session offers a new play, a new opportunity, a new role written especially for you via the internationally acclaimed ShortBurst® Theatre process.


Unleash your creative self in a unique experience that uses theatre to enhance communication, build self-confidence, and explore interpersonal relationships. It’s a great tool for actors at all levels of proficiency, augmenting audition, cold reading and scene study techniques. “I always leave the workshop energized and ready to take on the acting world!” says actress Julie Smith, and an empowering experience for anyone who would like to power up their ability to speak up. And it’s also a great experience for non-actors who want to be more comfortable in their bodies and hone their communication skills. “He's a wonderful instructor and has helped me grow a lot more than I thought possible. He’s awesome!” raves Alexandra Lemus.


Actor/director/playwright DeCarlo has worked with thousands of performers and is directly responsible for more than 250 world premiere productions. Recent credits include Doug Knott’s Last of the Knotts (Critic’s Choice! LA TIMES), Jerry Mayer’s acclaimed Aspirin & ELEPHANTS (Critic’s Choice! LA TIMES) and Albert James Kallis’s world premiere A DeLUSIONAL Affair.


Small classes! Personal attention! Students have included Broadway actors and television personalities, athletes, therapists, engineers, architects, sculptors, poets, university professors, teachers, a neurosurgeon and a Los Angeles District Attorney. ShortBurst® shows have performed not only at the Playhouse, but at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and all across the globe. Enrollment is now open for Winter (Feb 4-March 25, performances March 29 & 31). Acceptance is by interview only and includes free personal consultation and evaluation by one of LA’s foremost directors.


Alumni of Mr. DeCarlo’s method include producer/writer Rina Mimoun (Gilmore Girls, Mistresses), Teri Nunn (Berlin), Jason Segel, Jason Ritter, Shana Feste, Diana Silvers, Cami Anderson (Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World). 


  • Starting Thursday, August 8th, 2019, repeats every week on Thursday until Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Santa Monica Playhouse Education Conservatory

Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401