First Year Meisner, NYC
After receiving a B.A. from Williams College, I found home again with the same artistic family at Rutgers University, where I received an MFA in directing with Amy Saltz, and other working directors from both Broadway and LORT theaters, and also completed Meisner training with William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. This training built naturally upon my Stanislavski-based course work at Performing Arts. I felt I had been getting the right information all along, for which I’m truly grateful.
I have now taught acting and coached privately in New York for twelve years. While teaching for Labyrinth Theater Company’s Master Classes, my students asked me to build a private class, which I did. For the next six years from 2008 to 2014 I taught Meisner work and designed many additional classes including Audition Technique, Shakespeare and Scene Study. During that time, I also began to work as an adjunct professor in such acting programs as NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Cornell University, Rutgers University and most recently at Shenandoah Conservatory. And I have taught graduate level courses at Rutgers and, in connection with Labyrinth, for Columbia University and for NYU Tisch.
I have known for a long time that I could only be happy teaching if I was also currently working as an artist. For me, this feels like a qualification for teaching. Now, however, my students have taught me something else. It seems I can’t be happy performing or directing for extended periods without also working as a teacher. The benefit of my student’s curiosity, and wholehearted bravery is a godsend. Teaching strengthens me and gives me joy.
Finally, I often try to take a class myself. Craft demands learning. I’ve known people who run studios who think it’s somehow degrading to be seen in a class – worried I suppose about maintaining their students’ proper awe. But I recently took a playwriting class (the wondrously insightful Padraic Lillis), and a TV pilot writing class (the smart and inspiring Andrea Ciannavei).
I continue to teach and coach here in the city. I do take classes when I can, and I work professionally as a member of AEA and SAG AFTRA, with whom I’ve been a member since 1995.
Labyrinth Theater Company
New York City (member since ‘95)
NYU, Tisch School of the Arts