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As a workforce development program, the Dorris Staples Theatrical Conservatory (DSTC) creates access to and
pathways for careers and experiences in the arts, ensuring the industry belongs to everyone.


The Dorris Staples Theatricals Conservatory (DSTC) is made possible through a generous gift from the David T. and Dorris E. Staples Foundation. The conservatory's namesake, the late Dorris Staples, cared deeply for humanity and sought opportunities to help others in need. An accomplished singer herself, Dorris was passionate about creating opportunities for children to experience and appreciate the arts who might not otherwise be able. To honor her legacy, the Dorris Staples Theatrical Conservatory boasts a mission of ensuring access to theatrical experiences and opportunities for all. 


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Our year-round apprentices work closely with artistic and administrative staff to learn hands-on the inner workings of a professional theatre company. Their keystone project is an apprentice-produced staged reading series, developed, planned, and executed under their leadership with guidance from the executive team. 


To see our available apprenticeships, click here.


DSTC also hosts per-show internships for high school and college students. Interns work on a shorter time frame, but concentrate on a single show and department. Academic credit for apprenticeships can be arranged. 


To check out our available internships, click here


Under the lens of workforce development, DSTC provides masterclasses throughout the year in various areas of theatrical production.

Here is a look at our upcoming masterclasses and the Instructors who will lead them.

Class Description

In this class, you will learn the basics of analyzing, scanning, understanding, breaking down, and performing a Shakespeare monologue. You will choose from two monologues to work on in this intensive, and together we will work with both and perform one at the end of the class. You will leave the class with a thorough understanding of how to approach working on Shakespeare, which is an essential skill to apply to all styles of theatre.

Participant: $30

Age: 15 and up

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Artist Bio Allison Spratt Pearce started her career in Music Theatre where she studied and attained her B.F.A in MT from Elon University. She spent many years in New York and on tour performing on Broadway and film/tv. She always had a desire to learn about the classics and Shakespeare and was fortunate to be accepted into USD/The Old Globe M.F.A program. Allison continues to perform on stage in all styles around San Diego and can be seen in many commercials and ads regionally and globally. She coaches for Google, AWS, MTCA, and privately. Allison resides in San Diego with her husband and 10 year old daughter, Ella. For more information on Allison visit:

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Class Description

Delve into the intricate melodies and poignant lyrics of Stephen Sondheim's renowned repertoire in this immersive masterclass. Selected participants will come prepared with a Sondheim selection and work with DeAndre to explore vocal techniques tailored to Sondheim's distinctive style while delving into the narrative complexities and emotional depth of his compositions. From the classic ballads of "Send in the Clowns" to the intricate wordplay of "Being Alive," refine your vocal artistry and deepen your understanding of musical storytelling in this enriching journey through the world of Sondheim.

Participant: $50 | 15 and up

Audit: $10 | any age

Artist Bio A native San Diegan, DeAndre is well at home on the musical theatre stage having performed in a wide variety of musicals from Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Kerchak in Tarzan, Boatman in Sunday in the Park with George and Ken in Ain't Misbehavin', the last two being with CCEA Theatricals. He has played Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me, the Wolf in Into The Woods, Curtis in Dreamgirls and the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Al in Working, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Father in Children of Eden and others including Sweet Charity and Candide. Having spent years under the tutelage of the great Barbara Cook, he frequently performs the music of musical theater and the  American Songbook in recitals, concerts and cabaret. His recent cabaret of songs by Stephen Sondheim titled, "Just me and Stephen: the songs of Stephen Sondheim" has been highly regarded and is now in popular demand across the country. DeAndre is an alumni of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, The Old Globe Theatre Intensive, The University of the Arts (B.A., Phila), Manhattan School of Music (M.A.) and The Curtis Institute of Music (M.M). As an international opera singer, DeAndre is often immersed in the operas of Händel, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi. DeAndre has worked with Barbara Cook, studied the work of Fosse with Ann Reinking and Jacques D’Amboise, and acting with Uta Hagen. Future performances include Montrellous in Clyde's with The Moxie Theatre, Bonze in Madame Butterfly with the San Diego Opera and the West Coast premiere of the opera, The Rising and Falling with Bodhi Tree Concerts in San Diego. IG @deandresvoice 


Are you interested in becoming a teaching artist for the Department of Education & Engagement at CCAE Theatricals?

Please submit an interest form below and the Director of Education & Engagement will contact you should your skill set meet our needs. 

Please submit a form below at the following link:

     Teaching Artist Interest Form

If you have any questions, please email Tom Abruzzo at

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