Teachers Bios

Our classes are led by a repertory of renowned theatre professionals.
They specialize in techniques of Voice, Movement and Text,
and are proud to pass their insight and experience on to both
the beginner and seasoned professional.

(Scene Study, Monologues & and Scansion)

Susan Angelo,
Theatricum's Education Director, oversees the theatre's Academy of the Classics and Classroom Enrichment programs, serving more than 12,000 children, teens and adults each year.  She has directed and taught Shakespeare for over 25 years at hundreds of Los Angeles public and private schools and also guest teaches at many colleges, including UCLA, NYU and Cal Lutheran.  Ms. Angelo utilizes a highly visceral, energetic approach to Shakespeare with an equal emphasis on scansion, rhetoric and Elizabethan history.  As an actress, she has played many of Shakespeare’s ingénues and leading ladies and has directed countless Shakespeare plays for young people, as well as mainstage productions in Theatricum’s professional repertory season and at The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival.  Her stage credits include performances at Theatricum Botanicum, A Noise Within, The American Players Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, William Inge Theatre, New York Actors Ensemble, the Odyssey and Los Angeles Repertory.  She has also appeared in many films and television shows, including Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Law & Order: CI, Desperate Housewives and Heroes.  Susan has a BFA from Cal Arts and MFA from George Washington University.



(Scene Study & Monologues)

Alan Blumenfeld has been a professional actor for 30 years and has been privileged to work at Theatricum Botanicum for the past 20-something years, playing such Shakespearean clowns as Falstaff, Autolycus, Touchstone, Peter Quince, Gremio, Trinculo, Dogberry as well as  Shylock , Kent and Friar Lawrence. He has been in over 50 plays throughout the country, including Broadway, South Coast Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival, A Noise Within, the Odyssey Theatre, ACT, PCPA and the San Francisco Opera. Alan has guest starred in more than 200 television shows, including Heros, CSI,

The Mentalist and Without a Trace, as well as many films.  Alan is the co-founder of ACT of Communication where he teaches trial advocacy, witness preparation and case strategy for lawyers. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Theater Department at Pomona College in Claremont. He has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from American Conservatory Theatre.



(Voice & Speech)

Linda Brennan is on the faculty of American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Voice and Speech Department Chair) and South Coast Repertory. Film and TV credits include American Pie, The Scorpion King,That’s Life (CBS), The Hughleys (UPN),  For the People (Lifetime) and Sonny (Nicholas Cage, director). Besides individual coaching, production theatre coaching includes A Streetcar Named Desire (South Coast Rep), The Crimson Thread (Pasadena Playhouse), Arms and the Man (A Noise Within), Old Times (El Portal Center for the Arts) and The Nibroc Trilogy (Actor’s Co-Op).  Linda has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association). Her article “T’s and Sympathy: Adventures in the Hollywood Dialects Trade” appears in the VASTA Journal, “Essays on Voice and Speech.”



(Linklater Voice)

Adele Cabot is a designated Linklater Voice teacher, trained and certified by Kristin Linklater.  She served as Dialects/Vocal Consultant for  Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. for four years, as well as at many other theatres (A Noise Within, Actor’s Gang) and on film and television sets.  A company member at Shakespeare & Co. in Lennox, MA, Adele has also performed and/or taught at The Shakespeare Project, African Continuum Theatre, Cal Arts, Cal State Northridge, University of Maryland, Southern California Shakespeare Festival, and is currently on the faculty at UCLA.  She was in residence twice at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, first as an actor and then as a Master Teacher and Program Director for the Teaching Shakespeare through Performance program.



(Alexander Technique)

Janet Crouch Shulman trained as a teacher of The Alexander Technique at the Alexander Technique Studio in London, England, and at the Alexander Training Institute, Los Angeles. She is currently professor of Alexander Technique at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and also gives workshops and classes at various institutions throughout the Los Angeles area including The California Institute for The Arts (CalArts), the Antaeus Theater Company  and the Will Geer 'Theatricum Botanicum' in Topanga. Janet works closely with Elizabeth Howard, vocal teacher and founder of the 'Vocal Power' method, and offers private Alexander coaching from her studio in Topanga. With thirty years of experience as a professional cellist, she takes a particular interest in working with performers of all kinds. She is one of only a handful of Alexander Technique teachers in the United States with an advanced certification to teach Jessica Wolf's 'The Art of Breathing'.



(Laban Movement)

Trained at the Old Vic and Royal Court theatres in London, Madeleine Dahm garnered a coveted scholarship to study under Martha Graham and spent 20 years performing in international theatre and modern dance, including works at the Royal Salders Wells Theatre, Covent Garden Opera House, and The National Theatre.  As artistic director of critically acclaimed physical theatre company, Gärung, she has created expressionistic theatre works for major international performing arts festivals and concert theatre venues across Europe and the U.S.  Madeleine, who holds a post-graduate diploma from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies in London, was a guest faculty member at USC for three years and is a Master Teaching Artist with the Music Center, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.





Milan Dragicevich currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theater at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He formerly taught Rhetoric at UCLA and privately in Los Angeles.  He has performed with numerous regional theater companies, including The Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Pasadena Playhouse, as well as a ten-year stint with Theatricum Botanicum, where he received a Drama-Logue award for his portrayal of Richard III.  Milan is drawn to vibrant, compelling theater, where the spoken word intersects with dynamic physicality and bold design.  He is currently completing a book on the “electric” use of language in the theater, looking at the adventurous ways contemporary actors can harness super-charged verbal tools can be used to create character and energize audience listening