Conservatories, Intensives & Camps

ZBS Conservatory

The ZBS Conservatory is an in-depth, online training spanning several areas of professional and artistic concentration throughout the year.  Taught by the incomparable ZBS Faculty, who combine their extensive professional experience in film and television, with their experience at many of the great conservatories from around the world: Julliard, NYU, Suny Purchase, The Old Globe, Trinity Rep, American Conservatory Theater, The Actors Studio and so on.

The program weaves personal development, with artistic craft and industry need resulting in actors who know themselves and the market, and are able to consistently access what makes them grounded, indispensable, and creatively resilient.

The program meets 3 days/week, online, and is structured with various entry points, allowing students to commit to one month, three-month or yearly increments. As the conservatory is primarily designed for working actors, specific accommodations are made allowing actors to work while in the program and pausing their membership for larger bookings.

ZBS Intensives

The ZBS Intensives are in-person, all-day, weeklong immersive that are meant to complement the ZBS Conservatory, as well as function as independent courses of study.  This allows actors in the conservatory to work-in-person with the actors they have been training with throughout the year, as well as opening the door to fresh perspectives from new actors, not in the conservatory, seeking a more intensive course of study.  The Intensives also feature a panel of industry experts (showrunners, directors, casting directors, executives, and community leaders) that are navigating and setting the evolving trends of Hollywood on a daily basis.

Enrollment Options

Students can choose to enroll in a singular conservatory or intensive, or participate in ZBS’ comprehensive “Certificate Program”.

The “Certificate Program” is our most comprehensive program, combining ZBS Membership, with 10 months of Conservatory and 2 in-person intensives throughout the year. Students who complete the full certificate program will get an official certificate celebrating their course of study, as well as a virtual showcase for top Casting Directors and Reps.

Episodic & Pilot Package

The Episodic & Pilot Conservatory Package combines our two most popular ZBS Conservatories. You will have 8 weeks of each, learning how to confidentially approach auditioning in LA’s two most demanding seasons. You will learn the distinction of auditioning for co, guest, recurring, and series regular across 5 tv genres and multiple networks, in both pilots and established shows. It’s the “everything you could possibly want to know about tv auditioning conservatory”, and you will be prepped and ready to go as soon as the Pilot season begins!
This is the conservatory your rep is begging you to take. And with over 200 series regular bookings and 600 guest stars in the last three years, can you really blame them?
Conservatory Details:
Dates: Oct, 25 2021 – Feb, 25 2021 (16-weeks)
Episodic: Oct 25 – Dec 22, 2021
Break: Dec 23, 2021 – Jan 02, 2022
Pilot: Jan 03 – Feb 25, 2022
Adult Section: 10:30 AM to 1 PM PST
Teen Section: 3:30 PM to 6 PM PST
Kid Section: 3:30 PM to 6 PM PST
Days: M, W, F (2.5 hours/day)
Via Zoom
Pricing: $3500 (Save $500!)

Conservatory & Intensive:

Two of the biggest mistakes an actor can make—not understanding the tone and style of a show, and thinking the scene is about them.” –Said Every Casting Director Ever

Television is going through a true renaissance. With a wide variety of content platforms, and writers experimenting with a mix of traditional genres, actors need to be particularly sensitive to the material they are working with, in both tone and style, and nuance their performance accordingly.  Similarly, actors need to understand the role of a co, guest and recurring guest star, as opposed to a series regular, and how those roles vary greatly across different genres. The sister to the Pilot Intensive, the Episodic Conservatory & Intensive is focused on bringing an actor’s nuanced awareness of the writer’s intent across multiple genres, as they learn the art and practicality of auditioning for co, guest and recurring guest star roles during episodic season.

Conservatory Details:
Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 22, 2021* (8-weeks)
Adult Section: 10:30 AM to 1 PM PST
Teen Section: 3:30 PM to 6 PM PST
Kid Section: 3:30 PM to 6 PM PST
Days: M W F (2.5 hours/day)
Via Zoom
Nov 22 – Nov 26 (Off for Thanksgiving – No Online Conservatory)
Only for the last week, the classes will take place on Mon, Tue & Wed to accommodate for Christmas Break
$2000 (8-weeks)
Intensive Details:
Episodic Intensive I
For Adults
Dates: Sep 27 – Oct 1, 2021
10 AM to 12:30 PM (Morning Session)
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (Lunch)
1:30 PM to 4 PM (Evening Session)
Days: M T W T F (6 hours/day)
Episodic Intensive II
For Adults
Dates: Oct 25 –  29, 2021
Time & Days: Same as Episodic Intensive I
In-Person (Might be transitioned into an online format if directed by CDC & State Guidelines)
Pricing: $1000 for 1 intensive, or combine both for $1700 (Save $300!)