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As a young professional actor in Ohio, I was thrilled to move to New York and enroll at the The LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts by Times Square. There I was introduced to the finest traditions of American acting training, because our teachers were themselves the students of Group Theater members Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strasburg, and Harold Clurman.

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.

ACTING COACH

I have been an acting coach in New York since 2005. I work with actors at all levels, helping them with auditions or for roles they’ve been cast in, both in theater and in film & television. Sometimes I work with clients on specific, longer-term projects, such as guiding them as they create a show—which of course overlaps with directing. As I work with actors on both coasts now, my coaching is about one-third for theater, and two-thirds for television & film.

I Skype with clients in L.A., and I find that Skype works best for on-camera work, although it can be helpful, too, when actors are analyzing scripts or carving out choices for a monologue audition. Skype sessions do not work as well for theatrical scene work, or when an actor has worked out a theater audition and wants feedback on choices he or she has already made. That work should be in the room, so I tend to do most of that here in the city.

My rate is $85.00 per hour.

SELECTED TEACHING

Labyrinth Theater Company

Acting and Directing Instructor

New York City (member since ‘95)

NYU, Tisch School of the Arts

Adjunct Professor Acting

BFA Program

Meisner Studio

Maggie Flanigan Studio

Faculty

New York City

Rutgers University

Director / Dramaturg

Columbia University & NYU Graduate

Acting Instructor through Labyrinth

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Center Theater, Chicago

Shenandoah Conservatory (SU)

Adjunct Professor Acting

BFA Conservatory Program

Winchester, VA

Charles Goforth

(646) 263.8151

goforthacting@gmail.com

SKYPE: Goforthcoaching

FaceBook: Goforth Acting

Web: CharlesGoforth.com