Theatre is transformative. We believe theatre arts education can help foster the growth of compassionate, creative, and courageous individuals of all ages, and are proud to be able to provide our communities with the opportunity to engage in quality theatre arts camps and classes. Each year approximately 8,500 students from schools across the Bay Area participate in our programs. Though those numbers have changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still here and still excited to provide new opportunities for theatre exploration.
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The Drama Conservatory’s mission is to introduce students to a professional quality theatrical experience in a friendly, comfortable, educational setting. We strive to help students reach their fullest potential in the arts and beyond.
Our Drama Camps provide students with a chance to try their hand at performing and storytelling in fun and exciting seasonal offerings.
Marin Theatre Company has been working in and with schools for over 15 years, providing workshops, Artists in Residency (AiR), live performances through our School Touring Program, and bringing students to see our productions through Student Matinees.
Our Education Team
Meet our new team!
Education Coordinator & Teaching Artist
Daniel is thrilled to continue his career as an educator here at MTC, after serving as a teaching artist at The Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, where he is also a member of the Resident Acting Company. As a professional actor, he has acted at theaters regionally and off-broadway, including WP Theater, Second Stage, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Dallas Theater Center. He holds A BA from UC Berkeley and and MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
“The value of arts education, to me, has nothing to do with practicality. it’s never had anything to do with whether or not a person pursues a career as an actor, or a writer, or a painter, whatever it is. The value of engaging yourself in an art is always that moment that sneaks up on you in the process, when you feel a little bit taller, you burn a little brighter, your reach reaches further, and you take up the space around you in a completely different way: the moment you locate the art in yourself. That’s the thing you take out of the classroom and into the world. That is the thing that matters.” - Daniel Duque-Estrada
Alicia M. P. Nelson
Education Coordinator & Teaching Artist
Alicia M. P. Nelson (she/her) is an award-winning San Francisco/Bay Area based actor and arts educator. Originally a ballet dancer, she has strong foundations in dance and a deep love of movement in storytelling. She is a graduate of Boston University where she acquired a BFA in Acting, and has trained in classical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte in both Greece and Italy. As an actor she has worked in theatres across the country, and has worked as a teaching artist in various companies in the Bay Area. She specializes in working with students in preschool and kindergarten. Nelson is passionate about all things that spark the imagination. She is an avid believer in playing pretend, making a fool of yourself, diving in head-first, and increased diversity in theatre. She hopes to make theatre accessible to its youngest audiences and, in doing so, inspire creativity in the generations to come.
“I believe a well-rounded arts education fosters the growth of well-rounded individuals. As a child I was lucky enough to have access to arts programs of many kinds, and it is a dream of mine to provide such to our youth of today. The things I learned in my dance classes, theatre classes, singing lessons, and painting classes still stick with me to this day. Art was a space in which I felt I could truly be myself. And as a young Black/mixed child who often felt out of place, that space and opportunity was invaluable. I want to give that opportunity to every young person: the freedom to express, experience, and explore in a space that embraces creativity, compassion, and courage.” - Alicia M. P. Nelson
Generous season and program support for our education programs provided by The Shubert Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, The Haughton Family Foundation, County of Marin, and Marin Charitable Foundation.