Village Arts Studio Classes


Classes are held at the Caldwell Hall
Faith Presbyterian Church of Valley Village-
5000 Colfax Ave. (Parking on Addison) Valley Village, CA  91607


    Ms. Pam’s  Jr. Acting Class

    Saturdays January 28— March 25, 11AM-12PM
    Ages 2nd-5th grade
    Cost: $120 ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    An eight-week course filled with improvisation, theatre games, character and text work. Kids explore drama through a diverse and playful dramatic curriculum designed to stimulate their creativity, increase their confidence, and promote connection with classmates in a safe and nurturing environment.

    Ms. Pam’s Teen Acting Class

    Saturdays January 28— March 25, 1:30PM-3PM
    Ages Middle School-High School
    Cost: $160 ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    An eight-week course engaging older kids with more advanced improvisation, theatre games, character and text work. Whether your child is new to the acting process or a veteran this program challenges the older student with more in-depth scene and character work.

    Pam Shafer Moser

    pam-teachingFor the past 20 years, aside from acting and raising her three children, Pam has been developing and teaching dance and theatre. For the Bendheim Performing Arts Center in Scarsdale New York, she created a jazz dance division and then was asked to create a theatre arts division that was a combination of acting classes and productions.  She directed over 20 productions at this venue.  Hollywood Arts Council commissioned Pam to create an educational theatre program to be used in schools, she implemented the program at Cheremoya school and was honored with an educational achievement award by then CA State Assemblyman Mike Fuerer. Pam has been the 7th grade drama teacher at The Wesley School in North Hollywood for the last 4 years. Her company,Village Arts, has grown into a robust program on the campus of Colfax Charter School where Pam directs an after school play (with multiple casts) and in the summer a 5 week Theatre arts camp. Pam has a BFA degree from Point Park University and has enjoyed an acting career on stage, film and television as well as penning two plays produced in New York, LA and Boston.



    Saturdays January 28— March 25, 10:00AM-11:00AM
    Ages 2nd-7th grade
    Cost: $120 ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    Feel the Beat is an “all abilities” movement class that offers a fun, inclusive approach to dancing. This class is designed for students of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities.  As we ‘Feel the Beat’, the dancers will learn basic class etiquette and dance technique, explore different techniques to remember choreography, and develop body awareness and the comfort of dancing in a group.  Dancers will be able to express themselves and build self-esteem, self-respect and confidence in a fun safe environment

    Jodie Patterson Bio

    Jodie Patterson has taught dance in the Valley Village and LA area for over nine years.  As her kids entered Colfax she decided to use her extensive background as a jodi-teachingdancer to offer the Colfax students a chance to enjoy the fun of hip-hop, Salsa and the opportunity of just going crazy.  She has created her own unique style of teaching dance based on her years of training and professional dancing where she fuses athleticism, Hip Hop and many Latin and African cultures.
    Jodi is a Chicago native that started dancing at the age of nine and would go on to study ballet, jazz and hip-hop.  Her undergraduate work brought her to Columbia College’s Marshall Lindsay School of Dance.  From there, she earned a scholarship and apprenticeship with Chicago’s Joseph Holmes Dance Company.As a professional dancer she toured with a wide range of 90’s R&B and Hip Hop artists that include such artists as Sammy, Jagged Edge , Guiwine and Alfonso Hunter.  Music Videos include “The Way I Am,” Christine Aguilera’s “Dirty” and many more.  She also was featured in commercials for Wendy’s, Crunch, Gatorade and was the spoke person for Miller-Brewing Company and Power Bar as well as appearing in fitness videos for Crunch, Fit-TV and Pop Sugar.


    Presence, Awareness, Movement

    Tuesday, January 24— March 25, 2PM-3PM
    Grades 1 – 8
    Cost: $120 ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    Presence, Awareness, Movement: Coach Leroy brings to Village Arts his unique blend of athletic and theatrical experience.  This class explores physical aspects of the stage.  Students learn stage presence, spatial awareness and physical movement.   When Coach Leroy says; “Ready?”  They say; “Yes, let’s!”


    Musical Theatre Dance

    Wednesday January 25— March 15, 4-5PM
    Grades 2-8
    Cost: $120 ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    Musical Theatre Dance.  Steeped in the world of Musical Theatre, this class allows students to acquire better strength, flexibility, rhythm and overall body confidence. Students learn and practice a series of basic choreography from the best musicals past and present.  Tina has a dynamic, energetic, positive and fun style of teaching.  Her biggest thrill is helping students of all ages light up to the possibilities within themselves.

    Tina Cardinale Bio:

    Tina Cardinale is a dancer, choreographer, actor, writer and director who began dancing tap, jazz and ballet at the age of 2.  She trained at the top professional studios in L.A.(Dupre/EDGE) and forged a professional career working in videos, film, and stage dancing with Madonna, Chita Rivera and Cher as well as working with Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) on the movie “Salsa”.  As an actor she trained at Playhouse West, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and A.C.T.  Focusing her work as a writer/ director she directed numerous productions for Dublin Theatre Company in northern California including Brighton Beach Memoirs.  She also, co-wrote, directed and produced a feature length documentary with her husband/partner Chris Burns that premiered at the New York Independent Film Festival and several other short films that ran the festival circuit.   As a member of Theatre West she has directed several plays, most notably “Lion in Winter” with Jim Beaver (Deadwood, Supernatural, Justified) and “Mornings at Seven” with Betty Garret (On the Town, Laverne and Shirley) and Lee Merriwether (Cat Woman/Barnaby Jones). She has a passion for teaching theatre arts and dance to students of every age level.  She has taught jazz classes at EDGE Performing Arts Center here in Los Angeles and, also, ran theatre camps, children’s programs, adult level Meisner Technique classes in Northern California for several years.  She is currently performing with the salsa dance company “Calle Calliente” under the direction of Desi Jevon (Dancing With the Stars), working on a solo show entitled “Stripped” and looking forward to continuing to teach the wonderful community Village Arts has created.


    Art – Mixed Media Classes

    Wednesday January 25— March 15, 4:00PM-5:00PM
    Grades 2-8
    Cost: $140 ($20 Supply Fee) ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    Art – Mixed Media Classes.  Enjoy a fun and creative day as you explore the possibilities with Mixed Media art! From recycled and reused materials, to a finished piece of art! Our kids mixed media classes are custom to children ages 6 and up.



    Art – Mixed Media Classes

    Saturday January 28— March 25, 12:30PM-1:30PM
    Grades 2-8
    Cost: $140 ($20 Supply Fee) ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    Art – Mixed Media Classes.  Enjoy a fun and creative day as you explore the possibilities with Mixed Media art! From recycled and reused materials, to a finished piece of art! Our kids mixed media classes are custom to children ages 6 and up.

    Kara Duffus Bio:

    kara-teaching-at-chArt has been a part of my life from a young age – I was introduced to it as a child at my mom’s alternative learning school in New Jersey, that emphasized expression and creativity. My father was a film, music, and sound editor in Manhattan. I bought my first Polaroid camera when I was young, and later graduated to my father’s 35 mm film cameras when I was in high school.
    As a result, I’m an artist who’s never been content to settle in just one area – I earned bachelor’s degrees in both photography and drawing at State University of New York at Purchase and studied communication design in Roanoke, Virginia. I take pictures. I draw and paint. I design.
    Film and digital, acrylics and oils, tempera and charcoal are among the materials use — but they’re certainly not all of the materials I use.
    I like finding light within darkness and beauty within disorder, and I love capturing an image or a moment in time that I can share, for others to see and experience.

  • Paula Jane Newman

    Little Stand-ups – A Comedy stand up class for kids

    Tuesdays January 24— March 1, 3:30PM-4:30PM
    Grades 2-7
    Cost: $120 ($10 off if registered for Fiddler on the Roof)

    Little Stand Ups is a six-week introductory class to Stand Up Comedy for children
    through 7 th grade. No prior experience is required. If your child is always cracking jokes,
    or is the wallflower all are welcome to attend. The class consists of; confidence building techniques, joke formatting, microphone etiquette, creating an intro for yourself, finding your voice and developing your individual stage charm. The last class will be a culmination of performances where family and friends are invited to be their supportive audience. We will emphasize the positive side of comedy, encouraging all students to be supportive, gracious and develop collaboration skills. Constructive feedback is given each class, encouraging each student to stay involved in their creative process without diminishing confidence. Looking forward to having you with us!

    Paula Jane Newman Bio

    paula-teachingOriginally raised in England, she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Southern England theatre Tours and Theatre in Education programs in her teens. Paula moved to the USA in her late teens and graduated from the acting BFA program at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, creating the first Los Angeles showcase for graduates (which continues today). She was the youngest member of the Pittsburgh TheatreSports Improv Troupe and became a Second Company participant in the San Francisco group. In Los Angles, she has performed Stand Up Comedy in the Burbank Comedy Festival, Numerous fundraisers (including going on stage AFTER Margaret Cho) and the World Famous Comedy Store to name a few. Paula has taught in LAUSD afterschool programs for Elementary and Middle School programs under Theatre Phoenix, taught ESL at Polytechnic Highschool, Movies by Kids and Improv programs for other kids organizations. She has worked on numerous TV and Movies including; Pirates of the Caribbean (I and 5), Music in Another Room, Garfield 2, The Bourne Identity, How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Once Upon A Time, Lost, Guilt and the upcoming Emerald City.

  • Janet Fontaine

    Story Theatre with Miss Janet

    Saturdays January 28— March 25, 10AM-11AM
    Ages 4 1/2 – 6 years
    Cost: $120 

    An eight week class for children ages 4 1/2 to 6 years old exploring imagination and theatre play.  Children will engage in storytelling, improvisation and theatre games all designed to help them socialize, build confidence and share their own unique talents and imagination.

    Janet Fontaine Bio
    msjanetvillageartsbwJanet Fontaine has an extensive background working with children. She taught ice skating beginning at the age of 19 and had a range of students from beginners to seasoned competitive skaters with Olympic dreams. She has been working with children on both the stage and in the classroom sharing her knowledge of theatre games, acting and improv for many years. Janet has been the middle school dance teacher/choreographer at the Wesley School for the last six years, as well as assisting Miss Pam Moser with the 7th grade drama for the last four years. She is also an audition coach for children working on basic strategies for relaxation, creating an authentic character and the tools to make your performance “pop” Janet has been a performer since she was in the Ice Capades at 15 and she has a tremendous passion to share her joy, love and enthusiasm for the performing arts with children.