Welcome to Acting!

Welcome to our new webpage where you will find an abundance of information about who we are and what we do! Get a glimpse of our accomplished faculty, learn about our curriculum, see highlights of our student and alumni achievements and check out what’s in store on the conservatory calendar as to our productions, events, workshops, master classes and more!


The Acting Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts provides a platform of inspiration and the techniques, training and knowledge necessary for admittance into the best college, university or professional training programs or entrance into the industry, while guiding and empowering students to achieve the highest levels of confidence, focus, self-expression and a professional work ethic.



Hannah Franklin (ACT '19)

Los Angeles Regional Finalist - Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition
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Daniel Zolghadri (ACT '18)

2017 Orange County Register Artist of the Year
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Deanna Alvarado (ACT '19)

Winner - OC Poetry Out Loud Competition

Meet our Faculty!

Our faculty is comprised of working professionals with a variety of backgrounds and training and the majority hold advanced degrees in their specialties.


Other than musical/singing work, the majority of jobs in this profession come through one of two streams: On-camera or Shakespeare. These streams represent the spine of our curriculum. Our students get extensive exposure and training in both in addition to other core classes, ensuring they graduate thoroughly prepared to enter higher education or the industry.

VOLUNTEER OPPortunities 

VOLUNTEER OPPortunities 

Get involved by contacting Janelle Odishoo at janelleodishoo@gmail.com


Q: Why is the Parent Funding Agreement so important?

A: The PFA is the donation* each family pledges to the conservatory. These pledges help support all aspects of the program.

Our 2016-2017 Budget Overview:

  • $847,000 supports 198 students
  • PFA pledge: $648,000, or 76.5% of budget
  • Projected unfulfilled pledges (Fallout): $117,000 
  • Current actual budget: $531,000, or 63% of total budget

*Donations are tax deductible. 


Supporting our conservatory through monetary donations for individual performances, our annual Actors’ Showcase, or general conservatory support is VERY IMPORTANT in enabling us to provide multiple performance opportunities for our students.

Please note that these donations are not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).

Contact John Walcutt at (714) 560-0900 x6201 or john.walcutt@ocsarts.net with any questions regarding these types of donations.

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c) (3). Our Tax ID# is 33-0891574.

All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

Acting Conservatory Producers Guild

This year, our  Acting Conservatory Producers Guild production will be "THE MATCHMAKER", on April 26-28, 2019.

Membership in the Acting Conservatory Producers Guild includes an acknowledgment in our program, VIP seating, a pre-opening reception hosted by John Walcutt, a special invitation to attend the first rehearsal-readthrough-design presentation of the production, and select other rehearsals. If you should have any questions, feel free to contact John Walcutt at 714-560-0900, ext. 6201 or by email at: john.walcutt@ocsarts.net.

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

Please note that this donation should be beyond and above your Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).