"The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional artists. It’s to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives”.
- Kelly Pollock
Julie Suazo: Julie has performed and created theater for over 20 years. She holds a BS degree in Theatre Arts from Utah Valley University. While at UVU, Julie was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award 4 times and competed at regionals. She concluded her time at UVU with her Senior project performance of Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice). During her time at UVU she taught youth theatre and directed youth full stage productions for 5 years at Scera Youth Theatre and Utah Valley University summer youth programs. Film credits include Voteutah.gov commercials (wife) and Love, Fall and Order for the Hallmark Channel (mayor). Her favorite role of all time was Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility at the Orem Hale Centre Theatre. Creating and teaching acting is my passion!
Jacob Ben Suazo: He has twenty years of stage directing and producing experience. Was a founding member of the Warboy Theatre Projects and Thrillionaires Improv Musical Theatre. He has 20 years of improv teaching experience. Was a member of Comedysportz for 15 years and has studied improv with Improv Olympic, The Groundlings. The Impro Theatre and Second City. He currently adjuncts at Utah Valley University where he teaches acting for stage and film and has developed and established their improv courses and improv team.
The mission of COPA Acting Company is to give young actors real world rehearsal and performance experience that will help them develop a process that defines them and prepares them to enter the professional world of acting for stage and film.
COPA ACTING COMPANY OVERVIEW: (See link below for more details)
CAC (Sr Acting Company) will come for 4 hours weekly for company rehearsal.
JAC (Jr Acting Company) will come for 3 hours weekly for company rehearsal.
Section 1: Classical Training- Classical One Act Play
Section 2: Contemporary Acting/Film (Demo Reel)- Contemporary Scenes/Monologues and Filming of Demo Reels
Section 3: Improv- One hour Improv show with pianist