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Rancho Santiago College is accepting applications for its new full-time professional actor conservatory program that begins in the fall. After applications are screened, auditions will be held Saturday, and June 28 and July 26.

The conservatory is a two-year intensive training and certificate program designed to prepare students for jobs at graduation. Applicants must have some theater experience and be willing to spend 40 hours a week in classes.

Students will receive training in a wide range of skills, including acting methods, scene study, voice, dance, rehearsal and performance, career preparation, auditions, theater literature and acting for television.


Career preparation courses will be taught by agents, casting directions and professional actors, and students will participate in an intensive repertory program in the final semester.

The program is designed and headed by Jerry McGonigle, an actor and teacher who trained at the University of Dallas and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, and Phillip Beck, a Cal State Long Beach graduate who also attended Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and completed an actor’s advanced training program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

For applications, write to McGonigle or Beck, Rancho Santiago College Theater Conservatory Program, 17th and Bristol streets, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Or call (714) 667-3109 or (714) 667-3177.