Spring 2018 - Ojai Rec Classes 


Ever wonder how actors make fight scenes look so realistic?  Stage Combat will introduce students to unarmed combat skills used in theatre and film.  Students will learn how to work together, move together, and gain experience in make-believe hand-to-hand combat choreography, tumbling, falling and working with props. This very active class is a great introduction to fight choreography often used in productions such as Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shakespeare and more! Showcase final class. All levels welcome! No experience required.  Instructed by Gavin Takse-Sanchez. 


February 1 – March 15 (6 weeks)

April 12 – May 17 (6 weeks)

  • Age 9-12
  • Thursdays
  •  3:15 - 4:15pm


January 22 – March 7 (6 weeks)

April 9 – May 16 (6 weeks)

  • Age 13-17
  • Wednesdays
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Fall 2017 - Ojai Rec Classes


Ensemble Story

Oct 30 – Dec 13

Mondays: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Wednesdays: 7:15 – 9:15pm

Ages 12 - 17

No class 11/20-24

As a group we learn how to tell the story of Alice in a retelling of Alice In Wonderland. We bring the audience on a strange on wondrous journey through Wonderland. We will use the minimalist techniques, to help the actor learn to rely on their natural skills to create an adventure.

Ensemble Story Showcase: Wednesday, December 13 @ 7:30pm


Fee: $225

Instructor: Kat Payseno

Class held at Ojai Recreation Department


Creative Drama

Nov 3 – Dec 15

Fridays: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Ages 9-17

Time to play and use your imagination! Through exercises and improve we ignite our creativity. With a focus on teamwork, students will explore the truth, honesty, and spontaneity that comes with both short and long form improvisation. Students will learn to react and respond to unexpected situations while building confidence.



Fee: $130

Instructor: Kat Payseno

Class held at Ojai Rec.


Body Talks

Nov 2 – Dec 14

Thursdays: 3:00 - 4:15pm

Ages 9 - 17

No class 11/20-24

Physical theatre is a well-known genre of theatrical performance that encompasses storytelling primarilythrough physical movement.

Students will morph their bodies to tell a story and create a world of possibilities. Students learn to express through play with musical tones and listen to their body, rather than their head.  Main movement theories: Growtoski, Laqoc, Butuh, Somatic Movement, Dance, View Pionts and Laban.



Fee: $105

Instructor: Kat Payseno



Kytriena Payseno holds her B.A. in Theatre and Literature from The Metropolitan University of Denver, and her M.A. in Acting from The University Essex in England. Kytriena toured with The Denver Civic Theatre for 7 years, and Kaiser Permanente ' s Theatre Education Program for 2 years.  In 2010, Kytriena moved to Ojai, where she started to work with Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio's theatre arts education program.  Kytriena works as a Theatre Educator, Actress and Director. 


Sing Song Story

Nov 2 – Dec 14

Thursdays: 5:30 - 7:30pm

Ages 10 - 17

No class 11/20-24

Choose your own solo, duet and group songs,
and learn how to tell a story through the singing voice.  Discover how your body moves and grooves with their creative musical theatre class. Students work together to
create Broadway ensembles while learning to sing, dance, choreograph, and perform for an audience!

Sing Song Story Recital: Thursday
DEC 14 @ 6:15pm


Fee: $155

Instructor: Kat Payseno

Class held at Ojai Recreation Department