CapStage Academy

The CapStage Academy is an opportunity for local and visiting theatre professionals to share their skills with the Sacramento community. All levels of experience and interest are welcome. Develop your skills and expand your performing arts network with Capital Stage professionals. Learn more about our Teaching Artists.  






Free Affinity Trusts Seminar

There is a perception that estate planning is only for the rich. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, an estate plan is a critical part of ensuring that wishes are carried out should an individual become incapacitated or pass away. This applies to estates of all sizes, large and small, the elderly and the young. Each individual’s situation is unique; therefore it is critical to get proper legal, tax, and insurance expertise. Join Affinity Trusts President Natalie Spiwak and Capital Stage Artistic Director Michael Stevenson for this special free seminar on estate planning on Thursday, September 20th. SAFE Credit Union will provide complimentary beverages and appetizers.

Location: CLARA, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, Studio 135

Time: Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tuition: FREE

RSVP: Marketing Manager, Misty McDowell at 


Presenter Bio: Natalie Spiwak is the President of Affinity Trusts and is a Certified Citadel Estate Planner. Prior to launching Affinity Trusts, Natalie was the Director of Marketing and subsequently the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at California State University, Los Angeles, where she promoted the value of education and charitable giving for over a decade. Natalie is passionate about educating consumers about the importance of protecting their wealth for generations to come. She has presented hundreds of educational seminars and radio broadcasts that speak to the importance of establishing a plan that efficiently and cost effectively transfers a person’s assets upon death and/or incapacity, thereby avoiding family conflict and resource-intensive probate. Natalie serves the life-planning needs of many with a high level of passion, expertise, and integrity.



Audition Technique with Jamie Jones

Class Description: Jamie Jones will help you refine your monologue by teaching techniques to foster entertaining, human, compelling behavior. The class includes one-on-one coaching in choosing the monologue that is the most “you” and then honing it to help you realize your full, potential with the material. We will also discuss etiquette, dress for the audition, professionalism, and the practical components of the audition process.

Class Location: CLARA, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, Studio 135

Class Times: Mondays, August 27 – October 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tuition: $230

Teacher Bio: Jamie has been an acting coach and teacher for 13 years. Her recent credits include Mary Stuart (Davis Shakespeare Festival), Marjorie Prime (Capital Stage & American Stage), A Moving Day (B Street Theatre) and Luna Gale (Aurora Theatre Company). Other regional theatres include: American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Musical Theatre, Center REPertory Company, Encore Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Z Space. New York theatres include: The Connelly Theatre, Theatre at St. Clements and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab at HERE Arts Center. Television credits include: Law and Order and the mini-series Gone But Not Forgotten. Jamie is a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company and an Associate Artist at Capital Stage. She holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre. 




Scene Study with Janis Stevens

Class Description: Scene work will be assigned by Ms. Stevens and catered to each student. Coaching and direction will be based on the tools of Stanislavski and focus will also be given to “external skills” (vocal and physical expressiveness) in creating a character.

Class Location: CLARA, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, Studio 135

Class Times: Mondays, August 27 – October 15 from 8:30 – 10:30 pm

Tuition: $230

Teacher Bio: Janis has been working with Capital Stage on a regular basis since 2006. After receiving her MFA from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program, she began her professional career at the Old Globe in San Diego and went on to work in the English-speaking theatres of Vienna, Austria for the next ten years. Upon returning to the States, her work has been seen in regional theatres across the country, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Lost Nation Theatre, VT; TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley; the Magic Theatre, San Francisco; Sierra Repertory Theatre, Sonora, CA and local Equity companies in Sacramento. Janis is a 2006 Drama Desk Nominee for her portrayal of Vivien Leigh in the off-off Broadway production of Vivien, a role for which she also received the Bay Area’s Dean Goodman Choice Award for Solo Performance. She is a Resident Company Member of the Theater at Monmouth in Maine where she directs and performs during the summertime. As well as teaching in the Theatre Arts Department at American River College, Janis conducts classes for the CapStage Apprentice Company and offers private coaching throughout the year. Her work as a director has also received much acclaim across the country. She is extremely proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity and of the Capital Stage Company.



Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Events

Thu 20

The Wolves

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 21

The Wolves

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 22

Pre-Show CapChat

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat 22

The Wolves

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sat 22

The Wolves

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm