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About Allen Schmeltz Productions

Allen Schmeltz provides instruction for young people and adults that allow them to become "real" on stage and 100% honest as their character. It is not about how to act but how to stop "acting" and start "doing." This is accomplished through scene study, character analysis, theatre games, improvisation, monologues and building on the strengths of each student as well as developing new skills. Techniques are geared to the student's age, needs and interests.

Bio: Allen Schmeltz, is an award winning director, having directed over 80 plays, and was the founder and artistic director of the award winning Garbeau’s Acorn & Oak Theatre for young people. For the past 16 years he has been an Artistic Associate, director and teacher at the acclaimed Sutter Street Theatre in Historic Folsom. His productions have received over 100 Elly nominations for excellence in theatre in every category from design to acting to best production and he has received three Elly awards and numerous nominations for Best Direction, Lighting Design and Sound Design. He is also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance.

As an actor, Mr. Schmeltz appeared at Sutter Street Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, The Woodland Opera House, and The Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento. His most rewarding roles were the Stage Manager in “Our Town,” Blind Captain Jack in the critically acclaimed four star production of “Under Milkwood" and as Henry in “The Fantasticks.” He received three Elly nominations for his acting. He has studied with Miriam Gray, Jack Lynn, Charlie Holliday and Ed Claudio, founder and former artistic director of The Actor’s Workshop Theatre of Sacramento.

If you have any questions, please email Allen Schmeltz at

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players.”

--William Shakespeare

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