New theater opens with drama, classes, yoga

Actasana inspires world-changing art

The inviting interior of the new Actasana neighborhood theater awaits audiences and drama students. Courtesy photo
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“Your Art Can Change the World” that’s Actasana’s message to all.

The new venue, open four months, invites residents of its mid-century modern Virginia Village neighborhood — and others who might be looking for special classes — to get acquainted.

The stylish, intimate theater at Florida Avenue and S. Holly Street just completed its first production, “Two for the Seesaw” by William Gibson and has started a variety of winter classes for actors of all ages in public speaking, on-camera audition/interview techniques and more.

Future productions will be announced on the website, www.Actasana.com, perhaps new works as well as those in circulation, such as the mid-century Gibson play.
Acting is taught with the Meisner Technique, which Lea Marlene — the artistic director and founder — studied in depth in Hollywood. It includes two weekly three-hour classes involving repetition, independent activities, emotional preparation and scene work. The website also offers a video about the Meisner Technique.

On the first Thursdays of the month, one will find Laughasana, an open mic night for five-minute comedy acts, which could lead to being booked for a full-length show. Those are also welcome to just sit and be entertained.

Marlene, a Colorado native and CSU graduate, has produced and wrote many successful shows. She developed a stand-up comedy act, producing, hosting and performing in numerous comedy venues. Comedy workshops are in the theater’s future plans, following one with Comedy Central’s Bret Ernst in late August.

Yoga has been an important element in Marlene’s life and she teaches it at Actasana as well as other Denver studios. The acting program incorporates yoga into all classes, making it different from other acting studios.

Co-Founder is David Lauer, whose experience in the film industry will contribute to the theater’s class schedule. His impressive visual effects credits are listed on the Actasana website. He also has a business as architectural photographer and his work was exhibited in the theater’s surrounding gallery when we visited.

If you go:

Actasana is located in a strip mall at Holly and Florida in Denver, with a very visible ice blue sign. The address is 1491 S. Holly St., Denver. Check www.Actasana.com for class schedules and/or future play productions. Visit for the first Thursday Laughasana at 8 p.m. Signup begins at 7:30 for those who have material to try out on an audience. Call 720-638-2612.
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