PDM Young Actors Workshop

PDM Young Actors Workshop

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27 years in business

About this pro

Welcome to the PDM Young Actors Workshop.

    Celebrating over 25 years of live theatre with the youths of Orange, Riverside, and Los Angels Counties. Our program is founded on the beliefs that all individuals, young and old, are at their highest levels of productivity when:

1. They have a high level of self-esteem.

2. They have a high level of self-motivation.

3. They are surrounded by others who believe this to be true and continue to it encourage within themselves.

    With the use of Theatrics, Music, and Dance our program works on the "Within Theory," showing that all our achievements and success in life come from within. Also through "Teamwork," a word not unfamiliar to us because of its time-honored meaning. 

     Each person in our program has an individual aspiration, level of skill, and attitude toward their duties. Since people think, feel, and respond according to their individuality, they sometimes do not consider the benefits of supporting and cooperating with others to achieve a common goal. This is where a skilled director will be able to pool their talents and train them to work together, compensating for individual strengths and weaknesses.Our program continues to believe that without proper guidance, the youths of today will not develop the personal skills needed to overcome the obstacles that life has to offer. However, with the proper motivational training and environment, they will not see these as obstacles, but as challenges that they are ready to overcome.

Paul-Dean Martin

Program Director

Meet The Director

    Actor/Comedian Paul-Dean Martin has appeared in the TLC Reality special "Invasion of the Christmas Lights" and has been featured in guest spots on NBC's "City Guys," ABC's "America's Funniest People," and Radio Disney's "Kids Talk With Dr. Laura." Paul-Dean can also be seen in the A&E Home Video "Miracle Of The Holy Family," hosted by Roger Moore and the Meg Thayer Comedy, "True Rights" which scored high praise at the 2005 Canne Film Festival.  

   Paul-Dean has performed live on stage in Universal Studios "The Flintstones Show," "Blues Brothers 2000 R&B Revue," and "The Motown Block Party," as well as Disneyland's "Beauty and the Beast" along with productions of "The Sound of Music, "The Wizard of Oz," and "The Odd Couple."  

   Paul-Dean's love for improv comedy has kept him working as a Warm-Up for such shows as Fox's "The Screen Actors Guild Awards," CBS's "The People's Choice Awards," and Nickelodeon's "World Challenge Awards."  Paul-Dean's ability to spot talent in our young people nabbed him a spot as a judge for the National American Miss Pageant in 2007 and 2008. Paul-Dean is also continuing his volunteer work in the community with his high energy, self-help symposium for at-risk teens entitled, "If All The World's A Stage, Why Am I Still Working the Ticket Booth?" This is work that has honored him with the Universal Studios Volunteer Of The Year Award as well as being nominated for President Clinton's Community Service Award.
 

   Paul-Dean also served two-months as National Spokesperson for the Governor's "Read California" program. The program promotes reading for kids of all ages through a live stage show starring Paul-Dean. The show uses comedy and music to show kids the importance and values of reading. This program is something with whom Paul-Dean is no stranger. He also performed as the National Spokesperson for Visa's "Read Me A Story," a 32-city, East Coast tour. 

   Paul-Dean has also used his amazing vocal gifts as the flesh eating plant in in over 60 performances of "Little Shop Of Horrors" at The Buena Park Civic Theater, Temecula Civic Theatre, TIBBIES Center Stage Theatre, and the Costa Mesa Playhouse.

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Anaheim, CA 92808
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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Every student is different. We offer our group productions which gives you a chance to actually learn while in the process of producing a full blown theatrical musical in just 8 weeks. Or you can take one on one lessons working on specific tools you need for an upcoming audition or to just better improve your acting ability. We also work with Pageant girls on Talent, Personal interview, and more.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Actor/Comedian Paul-Dean Martin has appeared in the TLC Reality special "Invasion of the Christmas Lights" and has been featured in guest spots on NBC's "City Guys," ABC's "America's Funniest People," and Radio Disney's "Kids Talk With Dr. Laura." Paul-Dean can also be seen in the A&E Home Video "Miracle Of The Holy Family," hosted by Roger Moore and the Meg Thayer Comedy, "True Rights" which scored high praise at the 2005 Canne Film Festival.  

   Paul-Dean has performed live on stage in Universal Studios "The Flintstones Show," "Blues Brothers 2000 R&B Revue," and "The Motown Block Party," as well as Disneyland's "Beauty and the Beast" along with productions of "The Sound of Music, "The Wizard of Oz," and "The Odd Couple."  

   Paul-Dean's love for improv comedy has kept him working as a Warm-Up for such shows as Fox's "The Screen Actors Guild Awards," CBS's "The People's Choice Awards," and Nickelodeon's "World Challenge Awards."  Paul-Dean's ability to spot talent in our young people nabbed him a spot as a judge for the National American Miss Pageant in 2007 and 2008. Paul-Dean is also continuing his volunteer work in the community with his high energy, self-help symposium for at-risk teens entitled, "If All The World's A Stage, Why Am I Still Working the Ticket Booth?" This is work that has honored him with the Universal Studios Volunteer Of The Year Award as well as being nominated for President Clinton's Community Service Award.
 

   Paul-Dean also served two-months as National Spokesperson for the Governor's "Read California" program. The program promotes reading for kids of all ages through a live stage show starring Paul-Dean. The show uses comedy and music to show kids the importance and values of reading. This program is something with whom Paul-Dean is no stranger. He also performed as the National Spokesperson for Visa's "Read Me A Story," a 32-city, East Coast tour. 

   Paul-Dean has also used his amazing vocal gifts as the flesh eating plant in in over 60 performances of "Little Shop Of Horrors" at The Buena Park Civic Theater, Temecula Civic Theatre, TIBBIES Center Stage Theatre, and the Costa Mesa Playhouse.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our entire 8-week program is covered by a one time enrollment fee of $150.00. Every student enrolled is automatically in the show. Throughout the 8 weeks, the troupe will be taken through an intensive study of a theatre production from the audition, to the rehearsal, to a live performance. Parent involvement is crucial to our program's success; we rely heavily on volunteers, donations of materials, and time. The program offers a great opportunity to build new relationships and strengthen family ties. Costumes are a seperate price and range around just $40 per show. Each student is required to sell just 9 tickest to the production.

Our Hourly Private Lessons are $40 for 30 mn or $50 for an hour.


How did you get started teaching?

While I was working at Universal Studios I hears a local elemntary school had lost it's theater program.  I was asked to create a small after school program to highlight the arts. 25 years later, The PDM Young Actors Wokshop is now availbale at mutille public, and private schools as well as a special summer program at saddleback Collage.


What types of students have you worked with?

Our web site introduced a NEw Alumni Page this year. Here is our first honoree. See what our classes meant to her https://pdmyoungactorsworkshop.com/pdm-alumni-spotlight

This program has done so much for our students at Canyon Rim. I am so grateful for Paul-Dean Martin bringing the Young Actors Workshop to our children. It is fabulous!

Randi Leach, Canyon Rim Principal

Mr. Martin is wonderful with the students. He has helped my daughter overcome her shyness.

Lydia Roach, Asst. Principal Running Springs

This program gives children the incentive to really excel at the performing arts. Not every child is a sports star, but every child can be a star in one of PDM's productions. This program is truly an asset to our districts schools.

Regina Rohm, Anaheim Hills, Ca.

I was a teacher for OUSD. Many of my former students were in this production. I am overwhelmed by their accomplishments and how this program worked to bring out their self-confidence and creativity.

Julie Lowry, Westminster, Ca

Paul-Dean has a way with the students that allows them all to have a positive experience and raise self-esteem of all who are involved.

Pam Verdone, Anaheim, Ca.

I enjoyed the show very much! The production is very professional and the children are treated with respect and kindness.

Nancy Pascale, Anaheim Ca. 

This is one of the most amazing programs I have seen in school.

Lawrence T. Gentile, Torrance, C

My son has flourished with this program.

Teresa Oliver, Anaheim Hills, Ca.

The arts are such an important factor in a child's education. Programs like this enrich their lives and teaches them so much.

Maria Lindsey, Anaheim Hills, Ca.

My son has thoroughly enjoyed participating in this program. Mr. Martin enjoys working with the kids and it shows.

Julie Doran, Anaheim, C

This was a really fine opportunity for the children to experience live performance, music and acting in a very professional performance.

Pat Stanley, Shreveport, LA.

Programs like these are a great way for our kids to hone their talents and skills. It teaches them the value of having confidence in themselves, and they learn the spirit of camaraderie.

Myra Villaromon, Orange, Ca.

The performance was spectacular. Very professional. We want more of these in our school district.

Cheryl Salene, Anaheim, Ca.

The shows are wonderful and you can just see the pride the kids have in their work.

Betty Miller, Glen Ivy, Ca.

An excellent play and a really great chance for my daughter to perform. Paul-Dean Martin is an excellent director and should be encouraged to continue to come to our schools.

Sarah Hughes, Anaheim, Ca.

This is the most fantastic activity my child has participated in.

Kim Welch, Anaheim, Ca.

This is the greatest program for kids and their parents.

Ingi Hong, Anaheim, Ca.

This is a fantastic performance, very professional. My daughter has participated in three shows and all have been great.

Marty Pribble, Anaheim, Ca.

A great program for our youth.

Joan Olivier, Fullerton, Ca.

Extremely cute and entertaining. Loved it!

Mike McColley, Buena Park, Ca.

 Great way for the kids to develop confidence and added skills.

Douglas Booth, Hawthorne Ca.

A wonderful thing for the kids.

Roberta Welch, LaMirada, Ca

Mr. Martin is terrific with the children. Besides learning theatre arts and performance, they learn discipline, working together, and much more.

Betty Nakahira, Buena Park, Ca.

It's obvious the kids were well taught and directed. An excellent program!

Beth Rowland, Anaheim, Ca.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

For the past 8 years I have been donating my time and talents performing in the Annaual CHOC Follies for CHOC Children's Hospital. This past year in just 3 nights of shows we wee able to raise over 1 Million Dollars for the hospital.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find someone that 1st, you get along with. 2nd understands your needs and works thier lesson to cater to your needs. 3. moves you along by challenging you but, not provoking you. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

A student should have a plan of what it is they wish to do with thier lessons. Don't just take classes thinking that they are going to make you a star. Make sure you have a teacher that isnt just blowing smoke to keep you paying for lessons. Have a teacher that has worked in the industry and continues to use thier talents and is able to guide you towards your goals.


Lessons offered

Acting Classes Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes Musical Theater Classes