When The Actors Center was formed in 1996,
it brought together leading teachers from America , England ,
Russia and other countries. While our intent was to provide established
actors with access to Master Teachers throughout their careers,
we soon realized that these same Master Teachers should also be
made available to other teachers.
The teaching of acting is an art in itself.
We define a Master Teacher as someone to whom a generation
of established actors look to as their primary artistic influence.
Among our initial faculty were four acting teachers who embodied
that definition: Earle Gister, Michael Kahn, Lloyd Richards and
Ron Van Lieu . Those who joined us in ensuing years included:
Maria Aitken , Robert Cohen, Slava Dolgachev, and Olympia Dukakis.
The art of teaching involves helping each
uniquely gifted student discover and take ownership of his/her
possibilities as an artist. The standards of artistic achievement
that teacher holds to is key to the lasting effect. While there
are more and more people teaching acting these days, there are
fewer Master Teachers than there were fifty years
ago. The Actors Center is doing everything it can to address that
>> Your Needs as a Teacher
APPLICATION (Word document)
June 10-21, 2013
Participants in this workshop will be introduced
to some of the most interesting and respected teachers in America
and abroad. The goal is to re-enforce the tenets of the craft
the participants would impart to their students. While the workshop
is offered as a seminar for the benefit of established teachers
and established actors who are starting to teach, it will be conducted
essentially as an acting class. Everyone will work on their feet
every day. Questions will be answered in "the doing."
Issues of teaching methodology will be examined first through
experiencing them, then through specific hours set aside to discuss
their particular merits.
The workshop is an intensive two-week immersion.
Classes run Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 10:00pm with
additional acting classes on Saturday morning. Enrollment will
be limited to fourteen (14) participants. We encourage you to
apply early to avoid disappointment. Admission is made on a rolling
basis to give applicants time to secure funding.
Admission is based on your stated personal
understanding of the actor's process, your background, and your
demonstrated interest in personal development. To apply, please
send a copy of your teaching résumé, your acting
résumé and a 1-2 page statement of interest as it
applies to your own teaching and/or approach to the craft. For full consideration, please submit all materials by April 1, 2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after April 1st if spaces on the program remain available.
WORKSHOP COST: $3,500
June Workshop Faculty:
Slava Dolgachev, Artistic Director, New Theatre of Moscow
J. Michael Miller, Founder, The Actors Center
Jane Nichols, Acting Teacher (Games, Physical Comedy, Clown), Yale School of Drama
Fay Simpson, Founder, The Lucid Body
Ron Van Lieu, Chair of the Acting Program, Yale School of Drama
schedule for the Teacher Development Workshop
Monday through Friday:
Ron Van Lieu 10am to 1pm
Slava Dolgachev 2pm to 5pm
Monday through Thursday week one:
Fay Simpson 6pm to 10pm
Monday through Thursday week two:
Jane Nichols 6pm to 10pm
J. Michael Miller 5:30pm to 10pm
J. Michael Miller 11am to 3:00pm
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Simply put, the three summers I spent in The Actors
Center Teacher Development Program rank among the most important
acting experiences I've had. I will never look at acting the same
way. Earle, Slava and Per in their own idiosyncratic fashion profoundly
affected how I look at our art form, how I think about it, how
I do it, and, perhaps most importantly, how I now teach it. For
any acting teacher, nascent or seasoned, serious about improving
their approach toward, eye for, and understanding of the actor's
work this program is de rigueur.
Hugh O'Gorman , Teacher Development Participant 2003, 2004, 2005
Actor, University of Connecticut
I feel immensely fortunate to have been a part
of this programeasily the best training I've encountered
anywhere. The two weeks of exceptional teaching, vital discussion,
and intensive hands-on work continue to inspire me on a daily
basis, and the connections I made with the talented and dedicated
theatre artists who were my classmates have been strong and surprisingly
lasting. I was challenged, encouraged, and renewed.
Amy Herzberg , Teacher Development Participant 2003 & 2004
Actor/Director, University of Arkansas
I just wanted to express my sincerest gratitude
once again for an extraordinary two weeks. All the classes were
tremendously stimulating, and I know my work will benefit and
be informed by those experiences for years to come. I hope future
grantees of the Fox Fellowship will follow my lead. I'm about
to write a glowing letter to Emilya Cachapero at Theatre Communications
Group regarding the whole experience. I don't know if there's
anything she can do to steer people in this direction, but I'm
certainly going to suggest that she think about it. Anyway, I
hope that when I get back to teaching this season, I'll be able
to pass on at least some of those traditions that Ron, Chris and
Slava embody. I'm certainly anxious to have a crack at it. I hope
that you are well and that you continue to do the great work that
you've been doing all these years. Once again, thank you for an
experience I will always cherish.
Bill McNulty , Teacher Development Participant 2008
Actor/teacher, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fox Foundation Fellow
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do you need?
Given our standards and objectives,
where do you fit in? How can we help you?
Note: these two-week programs can be as helpful
to established actors of twenty years experience as they are to
teachers of twenty years experience. Re-examining one's basic
assumptions and one's current practices in relation to each other
is almost always a helpful exercise. Our goal is to re-ground
those who would practice and those who would teach this art form.
email us your responses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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