professional summary

 

Master acting teacher with more than 25 years of experience.  Expertise in ensemble building and teaching various acting methods in many disciplines. Proven leadership experience. A working professional actor, director and producer who brings first-hand experience to his students.

work history

 

teacher
 

1991 - present

Atlantic Theater Company Acting School - Practical Aesthetics

Taught all levels of acting and improvisation in the NYU BFA program and private conservatory

  • First-year script analysis and performance technique

  • Developed and implemented a styles curriculum focusing on rhyming verse, classic screwball comedy, film noir and silent physical comedy

  • Immersive semester: the plays of Clifford Odets

  • Immersive semester: American playwrights from the Great Depression through the 1950’s

  • Immersive semester – the craft of comedy: silent, theatrical, TV and film

  • Script analysis and performance technique to American college students as well as international students in six-week, summer intensive program

  • 14-week semester of improvisation focusing on impulse, ensemble building and story telling

  • On-camera commercial audition technique

  • Directed numerous full-length and one-act productions as well as produced evenings of one-acts performed by 2nd year students in the program (see directing resume for detailed information)

  • Trained new faculty

 

2014 - 2015

Tom Todoroff Conservatory

Improvisation: six-week intensive focusing on impulse, ensemble building, short form story telling

 

 

adjunct faculty

 

1994 - 1997

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University           

Taught Acting for Non-Majors to NYU undergraduates

  • Curriculum included theater games, simple objectives, stage craft, basic script analysis and scene study

 

 

artist in residence

 

1986 - 1989

Oberlin Theater Institute, Oberlin College 

Taught students 18-25 in summer intensive program while performing with Oberlin Theater Institute repertory company

  • Acting, movement, clowning, basic stage combat & improvisation

  • Performed with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company including Patrick Stewart, Lisa Harrow and Peter Needham

  • Created/directed original one-act plays and improvised ensemble movement choreography

 

 

artist in the schools

 

2014 - present

Stages on the Sound

  • Weekly workshops in NYC public schools starting with basic skills and stagecraft building to a Shakespeare Performance at year’s end

 

1984 - 1990

Good Clean Fun: an Educational Improvisation Company

  • Performed Story Theater, conducted workshops and created original work with students throughout the NY metropolitan area.

  • Wrote and performed new scenes and plays on demand tailored to the teaching points of high schools, temples and youth groups

 

 

administration

 

1993 - 1997

Associate Director, Atlantic Theater Company Acting School  

  • Managed curriculum development, scheduling and student advisement

  • Produced and directed full-length and one-act student productions

  • Managed advertising, payroll and interns

  • Liaised with NYU Department of Undergraduate Drama on capitation and other key administrative issues

 

 

education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts

Circle in the Square Theater School and Practical Aesthetics Workshop (now known as Atlantic Theater Company Acting School)

Faculty Included William H. Macy, David Mamet, Felicity Huffman, Alan Langdon, Therese Hayden

 

references

Available on request

 

 

publications

Contributed a chapter on stagecraft and movement in improvisation classes for Movement for Actors Edited by Nicole Porter, Allworth Press, 2002

2010 - present

2010 - present

skills

 

Curriculum Development       Program Leadership                  Ensemble Building

Proficient in Styles                   Improvisation                              On Camera

Directing                                    Teacher Training                         Commercial Technique