Conservatory Testimonials
Students in play

The Conservatory experience provided me the chance to grow, succeed, fail and triumph in the company of a dedicated group of peers. This, coupled with a staff of immense talent, experience, and professional savvy, and an exciting and engaging course curriculum, made the two years an intense, unforgettable experience. - Robb Derringer; L.A. Film & TV Actor: "CSI: Miami", "NYPD Blue", "Yes, Dear"

The Conservatory is an invaluable program that prepared me for every aspect of my professional career in the entertainment industry. My training there has been essential in all of my jobs, from casting to acting to writing. It is a must-do for anyone serious about working in the industry. - Valerie Allen; Commercial, Film and Stage Actress, Freelance Playwright

As the only formal theatre/film training I have had, the Conservatory and its fine teachers taught me a strong work ethic and the value of collaboration. The foundation of valuable experiences and opportunities I received inspired me to co-found the successful production company Tin Can Films. The experience and knowledge I gained from the Conservatory has been a daily presence in my life, and in my work as a Producer, Director and Actor. - Matt Goff; Producer, Director, Actor

Students in play

The Foothill Theatre Conservatory staff takes the time to get to know each student's strengths and works to shape these into skills. I was given extensive training and support in the field of directing. - Mary Welty-Dapkus; Associate Director, Foothill Music Theatre

When I entered the Foothill Theatre Conservatory, I thought I had gone to heaven. The two years I spent there gave me the skills and confidence I needed to begin a theatre conservatory in my own town. - Cheryl Goodman-Morris; Artistic Director, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

During my two years in the program, I gained valuable tools that have enabled me to pursue a professional career. My experience at Foothill not only challenged my own expectations of acting; it gave me a newfound confidence and hunger for success. In addition, it gave me some of the best friends I could ask for. - Lauren English; Actor, Co-founder, San Francisco Playhouse

When I first came into the Conservatory, I knew little about the craft of acting. In the program, I was exposed to many different training styles and techniques, which helped me to grow as an actor and as a person. Being an actor of Latino heritage, I found the Foothill Conservatory to be one of the most diverse programs I've ever been involved in. - Anthony Aranda; Writer, Actor

Students in play

This program instilled in me certain principles that I will carry with me forever, including an enormous respect for the process of acting. I found here a sense of community, collaboration, and unadulterated expression. I fully endorse the Foothill Theatre Conservatory for anyone who is serious about pursuing this craft. - Brian Stevens; Actor

For me, it was definitely worth leaving Japan to be a part of the Conservatory. I learned so much from my talented peers and the splendid, thoughtful instruction. Best of all, the confidence and training that I gained in the program has stayed with me as I continue to act in Japan. I can say that this experience was the "big step" that helped begin my career. - Hisako Okada; Actor (Japan)

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