Private Acting lessons/coaching


Instructor: Jim Gradillas

 AGES 8 and up! Private acting coaching is available for those students who wish to prepare for an upcoming audition, help with current character/production or need individual attention. Focus can include: monologues, audition preparation, and career guidance. This is a great way for beginners to get acquainted with the studio in preparation for joining a group class. All levels are welcome; ages 8 and up (will consider 7 year olds on a case-by-case basis.)

Jim Gradillas (Director/Writer/Theatre Specialist/Acting Instructor)


Jim Gradillas has been teaching /directing youth theatre for 26 years. He has been a professional actor, teacher, director and writer all over Arizona during this time. Jim has won Fourteen AriZoni Awards for Theatre Excellence, which includes five for original writing. He has also won and several National Arts Awards and Child Empowerment Awards. He was also a teaching artist for Arizona Commission on the Arts. He has directed and taught for Mesa Arts Center, Valley Youth Theatre, Theater Works, East Valley Children’s Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Greasepaint Youth Theatre, and has directed and wrote for Scottsdale Christian Academy, Montessori Kingdom of Learning and Mesa Arts Academy. He currently produces, directs and writes for a youth theatre, Acting Zone in Goodyear, AZ. In addition, he teaches and directs at Greasepaint Scottsdale Youth Theatre and is director and co writer of the esteemed Speak Up Stand Up Save a Life program. Jim has also been the Auditorium Manager for Paradise Valley School District for eight years. Jim lives with his lovely wife, Michelle (and writing partner) in Buckeye.