One of the busiest—and talented—media entrepreneurs we know is Patricia Shanks. An Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor and professional singer-musician, she recently opened her own teaching studio in Laguna Niguel. Maybe you attended the September '15 MCA-I meeting at Studio Shanks.
There she presented a trifecta of talent: vivacious actress, Stephanie Arne, the new globe-trotting host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom; Hollywood casting director Wayne Morse; and a terrific trio of Patricia's acting students, Julia Urone, Rhiana Schatz and Meredyth Swafford.
As impressive as that evening was, as an introduction to Patricia, her studio and her talents, it barely scratched the surface. A long time member of MCA-I, Patricia's reincarnation in Laguna Niguel is only a change of location. She has always been an active performing member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA, and a teacher of acting, voice and piano. (See the video here) Unless you've studied with her you may not know that Patricia's background includes TV show host, radio host and singing with Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific and as a staff soloist at the former Crystal Cathedral. She is also a former Los Angeles Daily News Arts and Entertainment columnist and a beauty pageant title holder.
Under Particia's tutelage Studio Shanks is offering private lessons, group classes, casting director workshops (3 established CDs from LA offer workshops), vocal performance groups, small performances, readers theatre and writers showcase. "I love giving actors and writers a chance to work their chops," says the mentor in her, " and I really want to give something back to the creative community in the form of casting sessions for student and independent filmmakers, where all participants might benefit from the experience."
By the way, Studio Shanks is a great auditioning and rehearsal space, compact but plenty of room. It's even got a private office. No doubt it will become a central meeting place for performers and producers. And don't get the idea Patricia is off the market as a performer. As busy as she is teaching and coaching she can find some time for your next production!
Finding Patricia and her studio is easy, if a little off the beaten path. Exit the I-5 Freeway at Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo. Turn West (opposite from the Kaleidoscope and The Mission Viejo Mall) and take the first RIGHT turn onto Forbes Road. Follow it all the way down and enter the business park at the very end. Studio Shanks in on the right side towards the corner of the L shaped building.
Studio Shanks Productions
27601 Forbes Road, Suite 45
Laguna Niguel CA 92677