FAQ's - North County School of the Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the North County School of the Arts?

North County School of the Arts (NCSA) is one of the very few places in San Diego where students get to study with working, professional actors, singers and dancers.  The NCSA serves the greater North County/ San Diego area, its mission is to bring quality theater arts instruction to people of all ages.

What kind of classes are taught at the NCSA?

The NCSA offers both individual instruction and group classes in voice, acting, musical theater, and dance.  Week- and two-week-long workshops are conducted throughout the year, as well as full theatrical productions.  To provide comprehensive instruction in the performing arts, the NCSA is continually expanding its curriculum.

What kind of students attend the NCSA?

Students at the NCSA range from aspiring amateur wanting to improve their voice, acting and/or dance skills, to professionals needing polish and shine to help them achieve their professional goals.

What have NCSA students done professionally?

Students at the NCSA have performed with numerous theater companies in  San Diego, Los Angeles, and throughout the United States and Europe.  Some of the venues/companies at which they have performed include: The West End in London; Neue Flora Theater, Hamburg; The Old Globe; La Jolla Playhouse; Starlight Theater; Moonlight Theater; The Welk Resort; and the San Diego Lyric Opera.  Students also have appeared on Nickelodeon and Disney TV, and in films by Disney Productions and Paramount Pictures.  Others have appeared in local and national commercials.

What have NCSA alumni done scholastically?

Alumni of the NCSA have gone on to receive scholarships at some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and musical theater institutions in the country. 

Here is a partial list of some accomplishments of our students.

*  Loren Williams received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago as a music major.
* Jessica Jones received a full scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic.
* Alexandra Weisel received a full scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
* Leslie Tammon was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
* Tiffany Gaines received a scholarship to Wagoner University.
* Lauren Bagby received a music scholarship to the University of Puget Sound.

Four NCSA students were accepted to La Jolla Playhouse Summer Intensive Program.  Three student were accepted to the Old Globe Summer Intensive Summer Program.  Two students were accepted to the Mira Costa College Summer Theater Intensive Program. 

Is the staff really made-up of professional performers?

The NCSA only works with professional performers who are also outstanding and accomplished teachers. This ensures that students learn from individuals who have extensive real-world experience on the stage, which they can then apply in their own performances. NCSA instructors also serve as mentors and tutors, helping students make real their artistic.

NCSA instructors have performed leading roles all over the world: New York (Broadway), Chicago, Seattle, Hamburg, Tokyo, Helsinki and San Diego.

See our Instructors page for additional information on our staff.