Emmy-nominated actress to bring professional acting classes to Big Bear
Michele Greene is currently the artistic director of Lake Arrowhead’s Adelante Arts, the premier performing and language arts program of Lake Arrowhead. Working in conjunction Big Bear Theater, Inc, a Big Bear-based media corporation, Greene is now bring professional acting classes to Big Bear.
Greene will be offering on-going classes and workshops in acting; theater production and design; creative writing; show choir; short film boot camp; screenplay development and more in Big Bear.
The classes take place at the historic Knickerbocker Mansion, a beautiful bed and breakfast hotel in Big Bear Lake. The mansion, which is one of America’s largest, hand-constructed vertical log cabins featuring four floors, rooms and an award-winning bistro, hosts an indoor conference/class area and an outdoor performance stage. For more on the mansion, visit www.knickerbockermansion.com.
The mission statement Greene created for Adelante Arts says, “Our mission is to bring a professional performing and language arts training program to underserved communities and to empower youth and adults to explore their creative potential and to find their own artistic voices. We work to bridge cultural divides and expand awareness of the myriad ways that we are all connected by our human experience.”
John Phane, president of Big Bear Theater, said being able to co-present the theater training programs in Big Bear helps to fulfill the mission of the nonprofit he oversees.
“We want to bring professional acting classes to Big Bear.
“The specific purpose of the corporation is to teach and perform the arts. It works to encourage community participation in all aspects of media, be it on the stage, on the radio, television or in the classroom.”
He said when he and Greene first spoke it was quickly evident they share a passion for the arts and a dream to bring theater alive in the San Bernardino Mountains.
“We want to offer high level training classes and would like to create a theater company that will draw visitors from across the country and the world to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear much as theater attracts visitors to the camps at Idyllwild just a few miles down the road and the Shakespeare productions in Ashland, Oregon.
In addition to the theater courses, Big Bear Theater will be offering classes in audio production and classes in radio announcing. Big Bear Theater Inc has produced several shows in Big Bear, and a couple of summer theater festivals. Three years ago it obtained a Federal Communications Commission FM radio broadcast license for KVBB-LP Big Bear Lake, 94.5 FM, the Voice of Big Bear.
Greene’s resume lists dozens of professional credits. She was cast as a young lawyer, “Abigail Perkins,” on the NBC series, “L.A. Law” for five years. She was appeared on many television shows, such as “Highway to Heaven,” “Matlock,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Twice in a Lifetime,” and “Stargate SG-1.”
Greene released two critically-acclaimed bilingual albums, “Ojo de Tiburon,” and “Luna Roja,” released under the name Michele Dominguez Greene. Her debut young novel, “Chasing the Jaguar,” was published by Harper Collins in June 2006. Her novel, “Keep Sweet,” was released by Simon & Shuster in March 2010.
Big Bear Theater is also starting to support other nonprofits in the Big Bear area such as Relay for Life. Relay has a comedy night fundraiser coming in June.