Basic goodness is very closely connected to the idea of bodhicitta in the Buddhist tradition.
In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a pay what you can afford policy. Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programsĀ free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. Shambhala – A Global CommunityShambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is part of Shambhala, a global social movement to bring kindness, insight, meditation, and sacredness into society with mindfulness, awareness and compassion.
Please note: In support of those with environmental sensitivities, please refrain from wearing scented products. MEDITATION GROUPSShambhala Meditaton Groups also in Ojai, Carpinteria, Orange County and Ventura County.
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Improvisation is an important tool used to enhance the actor's imagination and develop the ability to be in the moment within a character, and think on one's feet.
Cold reading is an essential skill to master for auditions, and builds on the skills of improvisation.
Scripts for scene study are provided in class, but students are also welcome to bring in scripts they wish to work on.


Monologues can serve as focused individual practice developing a character and are frequently used in the auditioning process to see how deep the actor can go with a memorized, polished piece. Students are encouraged to find their own scripts for monologues, but they can also be provided by the instructor if desired. Peter Valentino has been a working actor, instructor of acting and music, writer, director, and producer for over 20 years. In New York City he was a member of an Improv group called The Flying Monkeys, which performed at the famous Don't Tell Mama's in Manhattan. Peter also taught voice and guitar in New York City for over 15 years, and applies his knowledge of vocal music to acting.
In 2009 he opened a second Neon Venus Art Theatre location in Hollywood, where he expanded his work to include his current Film Acting class and explore filmmaking. This 3-hour weekly workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring actors as well as writers, directors and filmmakers to develop their skills through the practice of multi-layered acting, which requires imagining and immersing oneself fully in the world of the character.
Class begins with fun improvisation exercises which encourage actors to work together in the moment to build the characters and the scene.
In cold reading practice actors learn to make immediate choices about their character, and fully engage with their scene partner to develop a relationship between the characters and build the scene, all without letting reading the script get in the way.
In class students practice with a scene partner on 2-person scenes from films, and are encouraged to work on their scene together outside of class during the week whenever possible and bring it back to class for performance and further instruction.
He began his professional training in Los Angeles with Donald Petrie (Director of Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men, and many others), and with Barry Pearl (from the movie Grease). They were an outgrowth of the Chicago City Limits Improv Group, itself founded by members of Second City Improv.


In 2008 he brought his passion for acting, music, writing, directing and teaching to Las Vegas, where he co-founded the Neon Venus Art Theatre. Open Door is one of the only meditation centers in Southern California that offers diverse meditation practices taught by certified instructors and a Buddhist meditation teacher trained as a Zen Buddhist Monk. Instruction includes both cognitive and practical approaches in the areas of improvisation, cold reading, scene study, and monologues. Once the scene is polished we will often film it, which provides experience being on camera as well as deepening the learning experience through watching the footage and getting the audience perspective. There he began writing, directing and producing plays for children and adults, in addition to teaching music and acting. He also began providing technical and managerial support for live performances and community events around Las Vegas. Open Door offers the only RYS teacher training in Meditation and Mindfulness along with Yoga!
We open our doors to public workshops so that we may allow our community the opportunity to share their unique skills as well.



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