Favorite theater roles include: Point Last Seen (Atlantic Stage 2), Three Women in Indecision (The Kraine Theater), God of 16 Acres (Atlantic 453), Happy Journey from Trenton to Camden (Atlantic Conservatory), The John Wayne Principle (The Ohio Theater), and Antigone (Nashville Shakespeare Festival) among many others. Kathryn can be seen in the film Choke (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, 2008). Television roles include Law & Order and Dickens in America (BBC Scotland). She received her BA from Brown University and completed the Conservatory Program at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.
As a proud alumna of the Atlantic, Alison Beatty has been the School Artistic Director for the past 3 years, where she is responsible for programming and producing 15 shows a year with students from both the NYU and Conservatory programs, as well as 2 Atlantic for Kids productions. Additionally, she has had the pleasure of directing and/or choreographing several ATC for Kids shows, including: The Hundred Dresses, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Miss Nelson is Missing, No Dogs Allowed, Really Rosie, Strega Nona, The Big Stew, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Choreography: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Pericles, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Directing: Modern Dance for Beginners by Sarah Phelps.
Katie Bull teaches Whole Body Voice © which she evolved from her work with the late great vocal coach Chuck Jones. Katie is also a Certified Fitzmaurice © Associate Teacher. Credits in Universities: Brooklyn College, and the Playwright’s Horizon Studio Level I; at NYU/Tisch advanced vocal production at the Atlantic Studio at NYU/Tisch since 1999 & Head of Vocal Production since 2004. Private Coaching: Felicity Huffman in TransAmerica, Phoebe in Wonderland and Desperate Housewives; Eden Regal in All My Children; Mime artist David Shiner as the Cat-In-the-Hat in Seussical; Jonathan Cake in his role as Coriolanus at the Old Globe in London; Bill Irwin in Waiting for Godot on Broadway; Bradley Fleisher in the Broadway production of Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo; Eva Longoria for a screentest/feature film; and James Spader and Kerry Washington on Broadway in RACE. In addition, Katie has coached numerous actors from the Atlantic Theater Company core ensemble in their ATC mainstage productions. Katie is a ’83 graduate of SUNY Purchase Theater Arts Conservatory (BFA). She is a jazz singer, composer and bandleader. For more information, go to www.katiebull.com.
Philip Carlson was an agent and a manger for over thirty years. He was the first agent to sign Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrian Grenier, Idris Elba and Paul Giamatti. For this course, he has distilled what worked for those actors and what did not and how even they might have been able to shorten the time between training and working consistently in the profession.
An actor and singer, Nathan Crocker holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine, where he studied with Fitzmaurice Voicework® Master teachers Phil Thompson and Cynthia Bassham. He recently served as Artistic Associate and voice/dialect coach for Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre. He has also taught voice/speech/accents, acting, and musical theatre singing at UC Irvine. He served as Assistant Voice/Text Coach for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Othello. Recent NYC acting credits include Richard III (Boomerang Theatre Company), Freedom Train (Theatreworks USA), Life On The Mississippi (WorkShop Theatre Co.). Regional credits include Angels In America, The Piano Lesson, Company, Othello, and The Producers. Crocker also currently teaches Vocal Production and Speech at American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New York Film Academy. He is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework, and has studied extensively with Phil Thompson of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.
Susan Finch has been a voice, speech and dialect coach for over 25 years. Alumna of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, graduate of the Juilliard School where she regularly returns to teach and coach productions. Other teaching credits: Head of the Speech The Atlantic Theater School NYU 1987-2010, Playwright Horizons (1987-1997), Marymount College, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Alongside coaching theater productions she teaches private voice and speech courses in NYC. Recipient of the Drama League Award, The Edith Skinner Prize, Voice Fellow at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab Summer 2011.
Hilary Hinckle is a long-time Atlantic Theater company member. She has directed and produced off-Broadway throughout her years in New York. For the ATC, and the acting school, she has directed works by David Mamet, Craig Lucas, Warren Leight, Hilary Bell, Lucy Thurber and numerous one-acts. She was the managing director of the company for many years, prior to that position she served as executive director of the school, and she has been a master teacher at the school for over 20 years. She is currently is teaching Performance Technique in the first year program.
Katie Honaker is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School’s two year conservatory program after which she spent a year working with directors in the Graduate Directing program at Columbia University. She completed shadowing Scott Miller in his voice classes for two years at NYU Graduate Acting in the spring of 2014. Katie has been teaching first year speech students at Atlantic Acting School since 2003. She is also an actor and a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA.
Abigil Katz serves as Director of New Play Development for Atlantic Theater Company and is entering her sixth season on the artistic staff. She previously held the position of Literary Associate and Dramaturg for The Civilians, where she worked on productions Brooklyn at Eye Level, This Beautiful City (The Vineyard Theatre) and Paris Commune (The Public Theater). She was also Producer for Voice & Vision, a company devoted to developing women theater artists. She teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia University School of the Arts and SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton and has taught workshops at The New School, PlayPenn, Southampton Writers Conference, the Commercial Theater Institute, the Playwrights Foundation and Samuel French. She also heads up the Arts Committee for the Alumni Career Task Force for The Dalton School and serves on the New York City team for the American Theatre Archive Project. A native New Yorker, Abigail received her MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University School of the Arts.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Thomas has worked as an actor with directors and playwrights including Tom O’Horgan, Edward Cornell, Terry Gilliam, Peter Hedges, John Vaccaro, Maria Irene Fornes, Jeff Weiss, Sharon Ott, Clifford Williams, Kathryn Long, and Ellen Stewart, and played principal roles in over forty commercials. The Creative Producer for the Drama League-nominated Off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ comedy The Mutilated, Keith has served as a dramaturg for The Sundance Institute Theater Lab. He taught theater and acting at Ohio University and Lee Strasberg Institute, and currently at Pace University. Consulting Editor for New Directions Publishing, Keith has edited sixteen titles by Tennessee Williams, including three volumes of previously unpublished one-acts, and he serves as an advisor to Williams Festivals in New Orleans and Provincetown.
Kristen Johnston is a long-time member of the Atlantic Theater Company and faculty member. Productions with Atlantic include “The Lights” at Lincoln Center (Drama Desk Nom) and “Scarcity”. Other stage credits include “The Women,” “Aunt Dan & Lemon,” “Love Song,” and “So Help Me God!” (Drama Desk Nom.) In the Park:“Much Ado”, “12th Night” & “Skin of our Teeth” Film: “Vamps,” “Lovesick,” “Bride Wars,” “Music & Lyrics,” “Strangers with Candy” & “Austin Powers 2″ Television: “3rd Rock From the Sun” (winner 2 Emmy awards), “Ugly Betty,” “ER,” “Bored to Death,” and “Sex in the City.” She can currently be seen on TV Land’s hit show “the Exes.” Johnston recently wrote a New York Times bestseller, “GUTS: the Endless Follies & Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster.”
Karen Kohlhaas is a theater director, teacher, author, and filmmaker. She is currently at work on a feature documentary, Tennessee Williams in the Mississippi Delta: The Love of Things Irreconcilable. Karen is a senior teacher and founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company and has directed at Atlantic and other theaters in NYC, regionally, and in the UK and Australia. She is the author of How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (foreword by David Mamet), The Monologue Audition Teacher’s Manual, and is the director/writer/producer of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD). Her website for actors is www.monologueaudition.com. Karen has directed several short documentaries and films, including two with acclaimed performer Taylor Mac.
Judy Kuhn was nominated for three Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performances in She Loves Me, Chess, Les Miserables, and Rags. Also on Bway: Two Shakespearean Actors, King David, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other theater: Fosca in Passion (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Sunset Boulevard, Three Sisters, Eli’s Comin’ (Obie Award), The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf /Jeff Award Nomination), The Glass Menagerie. Film/TV: Disney’s Pocahontas, Enchanted, Hope & Faith, Law & Order, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, The Kennedy Center Honors, In Performance At The White House. Solo CD’s: Serious Playground:The Songs of Laura Nyro and Just In Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jule Styne. Upcoming: Passion at CSC Feb. 2013
Jordan Lage has been a member of the Atlantic school faculty since 1990. He teaches introductory & advanced script analysis, has taught Meisner-based repetition and on-camera acting classes, and devised & conducts the Writing Performance Workshop for NYU Undergraduate Drama students. A founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, he has worked extensively as an actor in films and television, on stage, and on the radio. As a playwright, he has written two full-length plays, Matriarchate and Mona Wants, and the one-act plays, Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning and Alums.
Jacquelyn Landgraf is an actor/director/writer, and has taught First Year Script Analysis at the Atlantic since 2006. Her recent performances include ANNA NICOLE (BAM/New York City Opera), the premiere of John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile at the Atlantic Theater Company, and the Drama Desk nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill… From 2005-2011 Jacquelyn was an ensemble member and co-artistic director of The New York Neo-Futurists, the writer/performers of the long-running show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. She has been a Resident Theater Artist at the Invisible Dog Art Space, a curator of the hotINK International Festival of Playreadings, and performs and teaches workshops across the country and internationally. She holds a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and is an alumna of the Atlantic Acting School.
Charley Layton is a professional speech/dialect coach who has been working in New York City since 2001. He attended the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, graduated through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (BFA Drama), and is a current faculty member. He has coached dialects for over 40 theatrical productions in NYC and abroad and works privately with actors, singers and public speakers. www.accentsnyc.com
Josh Lewis is an actor, writer, and director. With his comedy group, The Bert Fershners, he worked frequently with Comedy Central, creating and performing original comedy for the channel, including the group’s own half-hour special. He was a cast member and Co-writer of “Crepuscule,” which evolved into ” The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” He is author of the Disney-Hyperion kids’ book series, Super Chicken Nugget Boy. Other acting credits include: “Law & Order,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and commercials for burgers, beer, and gas.
Mary McCann (Executive Director, Atlantic Acting School) is an actor and founding member of Atlantic Theater Company where she has appeared in many productions. Mary recently performed the role of Valarie in The Weir at Irish Repertory Theater directed by Ciaran O’Reilly. Atlantic Theater Productions include Simon Stephens’ play’s critically acclaimed Harper Regan and Bluebird opposite Simon Russell Beale, Almost An Evening, Offices by Ethan Coen, Body Awareness by Annie Baker, the original production of Spring Awakening – the musical, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, The Night Heron by Jez Butterworth, This Thing of Darkness by Craig Lucas, The Beginning of August by Tom Donaghy, The Water Engine, Edmond by David among others. Broadway: The Old Neighborhood, Our Town with Spalding Gray and Search and Destroy. Other Off-Broadway: Oleanna (Orpheum Theater); Uncommon Women and Others (Second Stage); Boys’ Life (Lincoln Center) and Hot Keys (Naked Angels). American Repertory Theater: Oleanna and Boston Marriage. Film: The Accident, Phil Spector Bio Pic Flood, TIMBER, The Green, The Broad Room, Little Children, Sordid Things, House of the Devil, The Spanish Prisoner, Things Change and The Night We Never Met. Television: “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (recurring)”, “Person of Interest” “A Gifted Man” directed by Jonathon Demme, “Mercy”,”The Unit (recurring)” ”Law & Order,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order Criminal Intent”, “Cashmere Mafia,” “The Naked Brothers Band,” “Sex and the City,” “Sports Night,” “ER,” “Spin City,” “Promised Land, ” “It Must Be Love,” “Door to Door” and “The Con.” Producing credits include the films Edmond starring William H. Macy and Colin Fitz directed by Robert Bella.
Lorielle is the Director of Conservatory Training & Academic Affairs and a faculty member. Credits include: SELF: BY ALISON CARSEN (writer/director/actor, Student Emmy, UCLA Directors Spotlight Award), THE WONDER PETS! (writer), I Never Saw Another Butterfly… (producer/director), Lovers (VTA Best Actress Award). Current projects: THIS AMERICAN DEATH (producer), WHAT IF, RIGHT NOW…? Based on the short story “Victory Lap” by George Saunders (writer/director). In LA she worked for six years for Jodie Foster and her Paramount Pictures financed company, Egg Pictures (Meg LeFauve, president) on multiple features and as story editor for projects Egg was developing. BFA (NYU-Atlantic), MFA (UCLA), Ed.M. (Harvard), FIND Producing Lab Fellow.
Broadway: West Side Story; Twelve Angry Men; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Judgement at Nuremberg; Side Man; Barrymore. Off Broadway and Regional work at Naked Angels, George Street Playhouse (also directed), New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Old Globe, Williamstown, and Penguin Rep. Films: Kissing Jessica Stein, The Night We Never Met, and Jungle 2 Jungle. TV: Currently recurring on “Law and Order: SVU” as Judge Solani. Coaching/teaching privately and in workshops for over ten years. Has lectured and taught at several other training programs, including the Actors Center, Naked Angels Theatre School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Rutgers.
Donnie Mather has almost 20 years experience with Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method, training with Mary Overlie, Tina Landau, Anne Bogart, and SITI Company (Associate Artist 2001-2007). He has been a frequent instructor at the Atlantic Acting School since 1999 and has also taught at NYU, Columbia, Bard, Fordham, New School, NYCDA, Marymount, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, and the O’Neill Theatre Center. Internationally, Mather has worked with artists throughout Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Germany. Mather has performed with SITI Company, WeildWorks, NYC Opera, LA Opera, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, International Wow Company, En Garde Arts, the Toronto Fringe & the Manizales International Theatre Festival. Mather has worked frequently with playwright Charles L Mee performing in “Trojan Women A Love Story” (Dir. Tina Landau); co-choreographing and performing in “Fetes de la Nuit” (NY Premiere) as well as directing and choreographing “bobrauschenbergamerica.” His original work includes “A Show of Force.” Mather is the founding artist of The Adaptations Project performing in “Kaddish (or The Key in the Window)” based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg.
Kelly Maurer is a founding member of the SITI Company (artistic director, Anne Bogart). With the company she has performed in many productions including, bobraushenberamerica and Radio Macbeth. Regionally, Kelly has been seen as Rainbow in Maria Irene Fornes’ And What of the Night and as Hamlet at Stagewest. Internationally, she has toured with director Tadashi Suzuki in the Suzuki Company of Toga’s production of Dionysus. She performed the role of Jolly (as stand-by for Patti Lupone) in The Old Neighborhood (Broadway) and Hermia in Dead Man Cell Phone (Playwrights Horizons). Kelly teaches the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints Training with SITI, the Atlantic Acting School and NYU.
Selected theater: 24 Hour Plays, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Atlantic Theater Company). Connect Five: The Room and a Richard and the 2011 FringeNYC production of What the Sparrow Said (The Common Tongue). The 29 Questions Project (Bull Family Orchestra). She has appeared in television, independent films and was Nicole Kidman’s stand-in for Sydney Pollack’s last feature film, The Interpreter. Heather is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University and is an alumna of the Atlantic Acting School, where she now a faculty member.
Artistic Director of Actors Movement Studio NYC, Movement Specialist, Period Style Choreographer for: “The Other Mozart”, Here Arts Festival NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre “All for One” Festival, Berkshire Fringe Festival. Directing credits include: “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies” (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival), St. James Theatre Studio London UK; Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59 Theater in NYC, “Garbo Dreams” (Red Room NYC). Movement Director “The Contrast” (Mirror Repertory Company St Clements), “An Ideal Husband” and “Tartuffe” (Sonnet Repertory NYC). Certified teacher Williamson Technique and Period Styles including; Edwardian, Elizabethan and Restoration. Certified Teacher Michael Chekhov Technique, trained with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, SITI Company, Viewpoints & Suzuki. Extensive training in (RasaBoxes ),with Richard Schechner NYU. Performance studies and East Coast Artists, trained in Laban Fundamentals, at Laban Institute NYC. Assistant Professor University of the Arts, Philadelphia, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, taught movement Internationally at Acting Conservatories and Universities including: Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers State University; Williamstown Theatre Festival; BAM, De Lindenberg in Netherlands; State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark; Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen and NYSSA New York State Summer School of the Arts. Founding Member of Expanded Arts & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot NYC. Featured in Backstage and American Theater Magazine in 2011 on the current trends in movement training in theater education. Currently writing a book on physical technique for the actor, The Art of Transformation; Crossing Pedagogy. Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, SSDC.
Neil most recently directed David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre on Broadway with Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight. Prior to that, he made his Broadway debut with the acclaimed hit revival of Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. Atlantic productions include Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening and Offices, David Mamet’sKeep Your Pantheon and School (also Center Theatre Group LA); David Pittu’s What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling; David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring William H. Macy (also Donmar Warehouse, London); Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room; David Mamet’s Romance (also Mark Taper Forum, L.A.);Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, The Night Heron and Parlour Song; Milos by John Guare; Tom Donaghy’s The Beginning of August (also South Coast Rep.); Howard Korder’s Sea of Tranquility;Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange; Hilary Bell’s Wolf Lullaby; Edwin Sanchez’s Clean. Other credits include Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses with Martin Sheen and Frances Conroy; Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Jessica Goldberg’s Refuge (Playwrights Horizons). Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company since 1992.
Michael is an actor, director, and a proud theater educator. He has been a teaching artist in New York City since 2004, working with several organizations in the public schools in all five boroughs. As well as teaching at the Atlantic, he has taught as an adjunct professor of Acting at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Michael holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with the Atlantic and the Experimental Theater Wing. Recent acting credits: Romeo and Juliet (American Theater of Actors), The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Atlantic for Kids), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Pipeline Theatre Co.), Igor’s Monster (Idiom Theatre of Washington), The Confidence Man (The Woodshed Collective).
Renee Redding-Jones has been on the faculty of The Atlantic since 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University as a Physical Education major minoring in Dance. Renee continued her studies in dance at Sarah Lawrence College where she received the degree of Master of Fine Arts. In 1998 Renee completed her studies at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies to become a Certified Movement Analyst. As a dancer, Renee was a featured performer in the companies of Ronald K. Brown and David Rousseve. In 1995 she received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award.
Jennifer trained at Atlantic Acting School and teaches Moment Lab and Performance Technique. Her Off-Broadway and Regional Theater credits include: Once In A Lifetime (Atlantic Theater Company), The Hologram Theory (Blue Light), Sex Parasite (Mark Taper Forum), M Butterfly (East West Players), Miracles and The Baby Dance (Barter Theatre). Film and Television credits: Finding Amanda, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Without A Trace, yes,dear, Inconceivable, and the award-winning short film Some Boys Don’t Leave, directed by Atlantic company member Maggie Kiley.
Anya Saffir is a theater director, educator and alumna of Atlantic-Tisch School of the Arts-NYU. She teaches Advanced Script Analysis classes in Chekhov, Throughline and Postwar British Drama. Directing credits include American Sojourns: 3 Plays by Thornton Wilder at Moscow Art Theater, Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle (ITBA Award, Outstanding Show), an all-male Romeo and Juliet at American Theater of Actors, Hamlet (Innovative Theater Award nomination, Best Direction), Three Sisters, The Seagull, Corneille’s The Illusion and an upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing at the A.R.T. Institute. Anya has served as Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, Adjunct Professor at Tisch/NYU, Atlantic faculty member since 1997, and is a regular contributor on Shakespeare topics on NPR’s The Takeaway.
Diann Sichel, certified Alexander Technique teacher, movement artist, performance advisor and director; choreographs for visual and performance artists with venues in media, main-stage and non-traditional spaces. On the faculty of the Atlantic Acting School and Montclair State University, with a private Alexander Technique practice in NYC/NJ, Diann teaches Alexander Technique, breathing coordination and movement. Artistic and educational work include Princeton University, Wake Forest, Connecticut College, CSU/Long Beach, University of Colorado, Dansens Hus, Musique de Norte Temps en Thouet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Smokebrush Foundation, Colorado Springs Symphony, Harbinger Dance Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse. MFA/dance.
Cynthia Silver has been on faculty at Atlantic since 1998, teaching Performance Technique, Moment Lab, and the Business of Acting. Her solo show, BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK!, co-written w/ Kenny Finkle, has earned her much critical acclaim and the Outstanding Solo Show award at FringeNYC. She is an ensemble member of Partial Comfort Productions and has been seen in their productions of Ten, KIDSTUFF and Open House (Outstanding Ensemble, FringeNYC). Her directing credits include NYU 2nd year productions of Shel Shocked: An Evening of Grown-Up One-Acts by Shel Silverstein; Almost, Maine; and Melancholy Play with NYU3. Cynthia earned a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an alumnus of Atlantic. Full credits, press & reviews may be found at www.cynsilver.com.
Andy Schneeflock, studied at the Atlantic and has taught there for the past five years. Theater: Harry The Hunk On His Way Out (The Cherry Lane Theatre) Mush (NY Fringe at La Mama) Really Rosie & Miss Nelson is Missing (Atlantic Theater For Kids) A Winter’s Tale (Atlantic Stage 2) The Steel Tower (Theater Arts Japan) OMFG Sketch Comedy & Too Many Zombies TV (UCB). TV: “History Channels Epic History of Everyday Things” “Señor Nugget”. Film: Staring At the Sun, GUYnecology, Marketing Minorities, OMFG Instructional Videos. You can often catch him perform with the nationally recognized comedy group, The Story Pirates.
Ted Sluberski is an audition/acting coach in New York who brings over 25 years experience to his work at his studio. He was in casting for over twenty years, in addition to being the Work Shop director at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has been the director of the ABC Diversity Showcase in New York and Los Angeles as well as having directed theatre at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Premiere Stages and several plays and readings in New York and LA. He teaches classes about the business of being an actor at Stonestreet Studios, the finer points of auditioning at Atlantic Theatre School and One on One.
Todd Thaler is a prolific Film & Television Casting Director, teacher, (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Atlantic Acting School), and private acting coach. Among many others, he served as Casting Director on Sidney Lumet’s RUNNING ON EMPTY, Luc Besson’s THE PROFESSIONAL, Todd Field’s LITTLE CHILDREN, Ed Harris’ directorial debut, POLLOCK, Barbra Streisand’s THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES, James Foley’s PERFECT STRANGERS, Stacy Cochran’s MY NEW GUN and BOYS, Irwin Winkler’s NIGHT AND THE CITY, John McNaughton’s MAD DOG & GLORY, Gavin O’Connor’s TUMBLEWEEDS, James Mangold’s HEAVY and COP LAND, Wayne Wang’s BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE and MAID IN MANHATTAN, and all the films of John Turturro: MAC, ILLUMINATA, ROMANCE & CIGARETTES and, his most recent, FADING GIGOLO. Television projects include: TBS’ Are We There Yet?, Peter Berg’s Wonderland, and NBC’s, Ed, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Charles Tuthill was an actor for 15 years before joining the Atlantic Faculty, where he teaches Shakespeare. He also serves on the faculties of SUNY Purchase where he is a first year and fourth year teacher, as well as the Tepper Semester offered by Syracuse University. He maintains a private practice where he coaches actors for graduate school, as well as individuals who are working on feature films or television. For more information see www.charlestuthill.com.
Off-Broadway: Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater); Laura Marks’s Bethany with America Ferrera (Women’s Project, Lortel nomination for Best New Play and Best Actress); Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Theater, Obie Award for Hilltown Play Cycle); Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan with Mary McCann (Atlantic Theater, NY Times Top Ten Production 2012); Simon Stephens’s Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater). Regional: Bethany (Old Globe, San Diego); She Loves Me (UNCSA). Her work has been seen at the Culture Project, La Mama, and Lincoln Center Institute among others, and she has developed new work at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm, NY Stage & Film, The Kennedy Center, Playwright’s Center, LCT Director’s Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She worked with Sam Mendes as his Associate Director for two years on The Bridge Project’s productions of The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, Tempest, and As You Like It (BAM/Old Vic/International tour). She is an alumna of The Women’s Project Directors Lab, The Drama League and North Carolina School of the Arts.
Actor, Producer, Director and ATC Faculty since 1991. Film & TV: Morning Glory, 3 Backyards, Thanks for Sharing, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Unforgettable, The Unusuals, Fringe, Cashmere Mafia, Six Degrees, all the Law and Orders, Sex & the City; Theater: Americana Absurdum (Lucille Lortel, P.S. 122); Eat the Taste (Barrow Street); Goner, Over the River and Through the Woods. Directing: Reckless, Our Town, The Rimers of Eldritch, Suspicious Package, The Women, Revenge of the Space Pandas, Twelfth Night, The Devil & Billy Markham; Producing: Phoenix, Grace of God.
Aaron R. White, Chicago, IL native, found dance at the age of 14. His training began in high school with Deidre M. Dawson (former member of Joseph Holmes Dance Theater) and soon intertwined with Pierre Locket of the Joffrey Ballet. White leapt to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to acquire his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance and was the progenitor of the Outstanding Performance Award, presented by the Department of Dance. He has performed works by Jennifer Archibald, Germaul Barnes, Sean Curran, Paige Cunningham, Whitney V. Hunter, Bill T. Jones, Renee Redding-Jones, Alex Ketly, Linda Lehovec, Andrea Miller, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Cynthia Oliver, Paul Singh and Caitlin Trainor. Immediately upon graduating with his B.F.A., White attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to obtain his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance. During his time of study, he discovered the healing power of Reiki. Serendipitously, his path linked with Marilyn Vega to further deepen his energetic studies. AaronRWhite.com
Shelley Wyant’s company, JOY presenters has performed critically acclaimed original works using masks and giant puppets for audiences in NY Hudson Valley, in NYC and at the Edinburgh Festival. Shelley won a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant and traveled to The National University Of Theatre and Film I.L.Caragiale, in Bucharest, Romania. She directed New Zealand’s Hamatsa at La Mama, Hot L Baltimore at New School for Drama and among other directing credits Beggars Opera and The Medium at Bard College. She is on the faculty of the New School’s MFA and BFA Drama program, NYU New Studio on Broadway and is a founding member of Actors and Writers of Olivebridge.
Francine Zerfas is a voice teacher and coach for the Atlantic Acting School, as well as an Adjunct Professor for Brooklyn College’s Theater Department. She teaches Voice and Speech at Sarah Lawrence and was the head of Voice and Speech for 10 years at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Ms. Zerfas has conducted Fitzmaurice Voicework™ and Shakespeare workshops in Melbourne, Australia and at the Centro Em Movimento in Lisbon, Portugal, where she coached a production of Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. In addition, Ms. Zerfas has been vocal consultant on 666 PARK AVENUE TV series and vocal coach for Signature Theater’s production of AND I AND SILENCE by Naomi Wallace, featuring Emily Skeggs and Trae Harris. Ms. Zerfas holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing from New School University. She is a Master Teacher of Chuck Jones Vocal Production and an Associate Teacher of Catherine Fitzmaurice’s Voicework™, and has completed level two certification for the Alba Emoting technique. Ms. Zerfas was a co-founder of Tiny Mythic Theater, where she appeared in numerous roles. Acting credits include leading roles in A DREAM PLAY by August Strindberg, ICARUS an original work directed by Tim Maner, and films IRONY, IN SHADOW CITY, and THE SMALLEST PARTICLE by Ken Feingold. Ms. Zerfas created and produced VOCAL PRACTICE, an audio recording of Chuck Jones’ Warm Up. She also contributed to the Second Edition of Chuck Jones’ seminal book, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
Founding member and past Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater and Atlantic Theater Acting School, where he has taught since 1987. Co-author of A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Currently Director of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Mr. Zigler has taught acting at universities around the country as well as in Canada, Italy, and Australia. As a director Mr. Zigler has worked on and off Broadway and at major regional theaters around the country including the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the American Repertory Theater, the McCarter Theatre and many others.