James Price - Studio Director, Acting For Beginners, Intro To Meisner, Meisner Technique 1 & 2, Scene Study/Rehearsal, Private coaching
James Price (Acting For Beginners, Intro To Meisner, Meisner Technique 1 & 2, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Private coaching) is the founding Director of The Acting Studio - New York and Chelsea Repertory Company where he has trained generations of actors and teachers since their inceptions in 1983 and 1984 respectively. Prior to his moving to New York in 1974, Mr. Price majored in theatre at Indiana University and worked as a professional AEA actor. From 1974-76 he attended and graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater where he studied under William Esper and Sanford Meisner. In 1983 he returned to the Playhouse on staff where he trained as a teacher under the direct guidance of Mr. Sanford Meisner; to whom he was both personal friend and protege for over 15 years. Among the most influential teachers with whom Mr Price has trained he lists Sanford Meisner, Vivian Matalon, Suzanne Shepherd, Rose Arrick, John Grabowski, Benjamin Mordecai, Philip Gushee and William Esper.
Mr. Price has been a full time acting instructor since 1982. In addition to The Acting Studio - New York, he has taught at Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, RI; the Neighborhood Playhouse, the T. Schreiber Studio, NYC; and at the New York Film Academy in their one-year acting for film program where he served as senior Meisner instructor from 2003-2013. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia Universary teaching Acting To Screenwriters/Directors/Producers in their MFA program Film School of the Arts. He also continues to teach actors from around the world in Meisner Master Class Workshops in Rome, Cairo and soon in Barcelona, Belfast, London and Paris. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Price has worked as actor (SAG/AFTRA), director, teacher, private acting coach and producer in regional, Off-Off Broadway, stock and college theatres. A task-master with 58 years of experience, he continues to actively train and practice with his fellow Studio associates in conjunction with Chelsea Repertory Company where he actively produces, acts and directs. Mr Price has also produced In New York City over 36 fullly staged off-off Broadway productions and over 20 play festivals.
Over the years he has also trained numerous teachers in the Meisner technique fostering a new generation of teachers and he is featured in several books on acting, among them Stagecraft: (Stanislvsky and External Acting Techniques) by Robert Blumenfeld, The Actor's Guide to Qualified Acting Coaches in New York by Larry Silverberg, and Acting Professionally by James Manos. Mr. Price has begun to slowly re-enter the acting profession in conjunction with his teaching, celebrity coaching and producing duties. He was most recently seen in the role of "Sister Mary Ignatius" in an online Chelsea Rep LAB Play Reading Group reading presentation of SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU by Christopher Durang.
Tish Brandt - Accent Reduction, Private coaching
Tish Brandt (Accent Reduction, Private coaching) has been involved in the acting profession for twenty years. She is a certified secondary school teacher in Speech Communication and Radio and Television Production. She is a certified Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL), having taught in private and public schools. Her credits include regional theatre, independent films, television and commercials in Austin and New York. She was nominated for an B. Iden Payne Award for Best Featured Actress in a Drama for her work in THE EXONERATED at Zachary Scott Theatre (Austin). Tish also wrote and performed her one-woman show ACTING LESSONS. She has performed in plays produced by Chelsea Repertory, mostly recently SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY.
Chris Chirdon - Intro To Meisner, Acting For Beginners, Meisner Technique 1, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private coaching
Chris Chirdon (Intro to Meisner, Meisner Technique, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private Coaching) graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Dramatic Arts and American Studies. He is a graduate of the The Acting Studio - New York two-year actor training program where he has trained extensively under founding director James Price and associate directors John Grabowski and Bruce Hermann. As an actor, Chris is currently recurring on screen in the role of "Don" in the Amazon hit show, THE MARVELOUS MAISEL. His other television credits include LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIM'S UNIT and Marvel's LUKE CAGE. His theatre credits include the Williamstown Theatre Festival's JUNE MOON, "TRIFLES, along with Sink or Swim Repertory's ROMEO AND JULIET and more.
Chris calls The Acting Studio - New York home and he believes it is a vital place where actors learn not just to survive but thrive. He frequently returns to work with the Chelsea Repertory Company where his favorite roles include "Mike" in Sam Shepard's A LIE OF THE MIND, "Willie Mossop" in HOBSON'S CHOICE and "Mikhail Czaba" in PENTECOST. He acts, directs, and teaches in New York City.
Peter Evangelista - Sunday Teen Acting Workshop
Peter Evangelista (Meisner For Teens - Acting Workshop) is a graduate of The Acting Studio - New York and New York Film Academy. As a student he worked very closely with studio director James Price and staff on the craft of acting for both theater and film. His theater credits include: 12 ANGRY MEN (John W. Engeman Theater), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Antrim Playhouse), THE RASCALS: ONCE UPON A DREAM (Richard Rodgers Theater), ROMEO & JULIET (Chelsea Repertory Company, Castle Repertory). Film credits: STARCROSSED LOVERS, WHERE THE LAUGHTER ENDS, THE WAR AT HOME, THE CHASE, TREES AND INK. He is also a member of Chelsea Repertory Company & LAB where he continues to work and train. In his recent LAB endeavor he directed THE LOVELIEST AFTERNOON OF THE YEAR by John Guare and performed in BIRDBATH by Leonard Melfi as part of the Chelsea Repertory Company LAB production, CAFFE CINO RETROSPECTIVE.
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. - On Set Workshop
Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (On Set Workshop) is an American character actor who has appeared in films, television series, and theatre. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of D’Angelo Barksdale on the HBO drama series The Wire, a role which earned him much critical acclaim. He is also recently known for his role as Bob Stookey in the AMC horror drama The Walking Dead.
Gilliard was born in New York City. He and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was 7. Gilliard studied classical clarinet at Baltimore School for the Arts and Juilliard School, but decided to pursue acting instead. He made his film debut as the lead in the independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991). He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Acting Studio-New York, and the Stella Adler Conservatory.
Gilliard has appeared on numerous television crime dramas such as Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, New York Undercover, and CSI: NY. His notable film roles include: a love-struck ghetto teen in LottoLand (1995), an earnest college football player in The Waterboy (1998), and a member of the Dead Rabbits in Gangs of New York (2002). Gilliard recently had a role on the television series The Beast (2009).
Gilliard is also a stage actor. He received positive reviews for his role of Booth in a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog, as well as winning the “Best Ensemble” award from the NAACP with co-star Harold Perrineau.
He joined The Walking Dead television series cast as a regular, playing Bob Stookey, as of season 4, appearing in thirteen episodes.
John Grabowski - Associate Studio Director, Monologue Audition, Directing 1 & 2, Performance Workshop, Acting LAB, Private coaching
John Grabowski (Associate Director, Monologue Audition, Directing 1 & 2, Performance Workshop, Private Coaching ) is the resident director of Chelsea Repertory Company at The Acting Studio - New York where he is also a teacher. He is a graduate of Illinois State University, where he majored in theatre.
Most recently he directed OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY featuring Andrea Navedo, studio alumna and Jane The Virgin actress, and Michael Aguirre's play A LETTER for New Light Theatre Project and Adam Esquanazi Douglas's play THE LAST DAYS OF OSCAR WILDE'S LIFE at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival at HERE Arts Center. In 2012, he directed Chelsea Rep LAB's production of ALMOST A FANTASY (premiere) by Michael Aguirre at the 2012 FringeNYC Festival as well as Mr. Aguirre's most recent work, JOHN WAYNE'S AMERICA (premiere) for Chelsea Rep in 2014. Also for Chelsea Rep he has directed NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY; HOBSON'S CHOICE; STAGE DOOR; ROMEO AND JULIET; ONE FLEA SPARE; GETTING OUT; MOONCHILDREN; ON THE BUM; WHAT THE BUTLER SAW; LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY; MAD FOREST; MINOR ECCENTRICITIES (Williams one-acts); HEAT; THREE MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS; HOT L BALTIMORE; STREAMERS; TWELFE NIGHT; TRANSLATIONS; TOP GIRLS; VINEGAR TOM; THE INCREDIBLY FAMOUS WILLY RIVERS; EARLY DARK; THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS; THE JOURNEY OF THE FIFTH HORSEMAN; PARADISE LOST; DARK OF THE MOON; THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT; THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH; and THE LESSON. He also wrote and directed KNOXVILLE 1915, adapted from James Agee's novel A DEATH IN THE FAMILY and THE LOVES OF A, based on Arthur Schnitzler's THE ANATOLE PLAYS for Chelsea Repertory Company.
John has directed ON THE VERGE for Fools Pearls and CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY for Brava Company. He has also directed numerous workshop and lab productions for Chelsea Rep LAB and other off-off Broadway New York companies. Those productions include TURF (premiere); THE FLOATING SESSION (premiere); FUTZ; ASIAN SHADE; THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE; PITCHING TO THE STAR; MARISOL; BLACK HOLE (premiere); and THE NATURE AND THE PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE.
He also directs staged readings of new plays at The Acting Studio and other NY theatre companies and is currently head of Chelsea Rep LAB.
Jesse Hapke - Intro To Meisner, Acting For Beginners, Technique 1
Jesse Hapke (Acting For Beginners, Intro to Meisner, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Technique 1,2, Private Coaching) is a graduate of The Acting Studio - New York, where he studied under James Price, John Grabowski, Bruce Hermann, Brian Henry, and Chris Chirdon. He is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York in 2013. His theater credits include: PENTECOST (Chelsea Repertory Company), THE SECRET KEEPER (Chelsea Repertory Company), THE WEDDING (Moscow Art Theatre), THE PROPOSAL (Moscow Art Theatre), THE TELL-TALE HEART (Joslyn Castle), and FIGHTING MR. RIGHT (Shelterbelt). His film credits include BURIED CHILD, SHE’S COOL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, and MARTY AND THE BEEHIVE. He continues to work as a member of Chelsea Repertory Company & LAB. He recently performed in GIRL OF MY DREAMS at the Chelsea Repertory Company’s e-Merging Artists Festival.
Brian Henry - Movement For Actors,6-Wk Acting Conservatory
Brian Henry (Movement for Actors, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Director, Producer) has had an extensive career as a singer, dancer, actor, director and choreographer. He has trained extensively at the Performing Arts School in Philadelphia, the Lee Strasberg Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the American Dance Machine, and The Acting Studio – New York, including voice with Maitland Peters of the City Opera and classical ballet with Mme. Gabriella Darvash of the Kirov Ballet.
As a performer, Brian has had lead roles in many regional theatres and national tours including GODSPELL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, WEST SIDE STORY, ANNIE, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. On Broadway Brian performed the role of “Motel” in the 1990 revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF directed by legendary director Jerome Robbins who originated the show and featuring Topol who played “Tevye” in the film version. Brian also worked in a number of films and television shows in Hollywood where he also began teaching, choreographing and directing at the Debbie Reynolds and Moro Landis Studios. He continued his teaching with the New Dance Group, the American Theatre Dance Workshop, and the Eglevski Ballet, in New York. He has choreographed numerous productions, including FIDDLER for Theatre League, WEST SIDE STORY at the San Bernadino Civic Light Opera, and at numerous other venues around the country. Brian is currently active as a producer, director, and playwright for the studio’s Chelsea Repertory Company and LAB where he oversees the monthly Playwriting LAB. He is co-producer of two annual studio/Chelsea Rep events, the e-Merging Artists One-act Play Festival and the SPRINGFEST: Director’s Choice One-act Play Festival, as well as The Acting Program’s annual Industry Showcase of the studio’s graduating actors.
Jeremy Kareken - Playwriting Workshop; Chelsea Rep Playwriting LAB
Jeremy Kareken (Playwriting Workshop; Chelsea Rep Playwriting LAB, Private Coaching) is a writer/actor. His play THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT which he co-authored with David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, was on Broadway 2018-2019 starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. His plays have been performed in Dublin, New York, Melbourne, and at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. For the past 16 years, he has been the sole researcher for BRAVO TV's INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO. He has taught writing at Independence College, the Actors Studio Drama School and he teaches writing at NYU.
Jeremy has also taught corporate seminars to Audible.com, Ziff Investments, and the Clinton Foundation. As a corporate communications specialist, he has been a speechwiter to both a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate. He was a co-writer on the MY AMERICA project directed by Hal Hartley.
Christian Kelly-Sordelet - Stage Violence, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory
Christian Kelly-Sordelet (Stage Violence, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory) Fight Director, Broadway: Picnic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Waiting for Godot and No Mans Land. Off-Broadway: Masked, Slipping, Unlock’d, The Brother/Sister Plays. As a TV stunt coordinator for: ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and SCHOOL SPIRITS. Christian assisted in: THE SNOW GEESE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tour: South Africa and Argentina. In Fuerza Bruta, BEN HUR LIVE: Rome, and AS YOU LIKE IT, COMEDY OF ERRORS and KING LEAR in Central Park. Christian has taught at: Rutgers, NYU, Yale, The New School, Wagner College and City College of New York in Harlem.
Nicolas Kane Landry - Meisner Technique, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Scene Study, Private coaching
Nicolas Landry (Meisner Technique, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Scene Study) has been involved in the acting profession for over twenty years, devoting ten years of study to The Meisner Technique with many teachers including James Price, Jeff Goldblum, and Martin Barter. His working credits include television shows such as DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS, GENERAL HOSPITAL and the Showtime series, RUDE AWAKENING starring Lynn Redgrave. He has also appeared in several national commercials, Independent feature films, including HOBOKEN LOU which was nominated for the 2002 b-movie award. His many stage credits are regional and off off Broadway including the Dramalogue's Critics Choice award for the twentieth anniversary of BENT.
Matthew J. Nichols - Acting for Beginners, Intro To Meisner, Technique 1, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private coaching
Matthew J. Nichols (Acting for Beginners, Intro To Meisner, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private Coaching ) has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University,and graduated magna cum laude from Rollins College with a BA in Theatre arts (acting and directing). He is a member of Actors' Equity Association, and has acted in regional theater and in film. Matthew also co-founded and served as Artistic Director for Zootopia Theatre Company for several years, where he produced, directed and acted in plays that were reviewed in The New York Times and received multiple New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations. Additionally, he has trained in the Meisner Technique with The Acting Studio - New York under the tutelage of James Price, and where he has acted, directed and produced for Chelsea Repertory Company. Most recently, he appeared in Chelsea Rep LAB's SPRINGFEST 2019 in LOVER'S LEAP and prior to that in the Chelsea Repertory Company production of PENTECOST, followed by (NEVER) WANTED TO, as part of the Chelsea Rep LAB 2017 e-Merging Artists Festival. Matthew has appeared in well over 26 plays and musicals.
Ravin Patterson - Acting For Beginners; Intro to Meisner
Ravin Patterson (Acting For Beginners; Intro To Meisner) graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Communications - Radio/TV/Film. She is a graduate of The Acting Studio - New York two year acting program where she has trained with founding director James Price and associate director John Grabowski.
Her theater credits include the leading role as Jane Jupiter in HOUSE OF TOMORROW and Siobhan in THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Boise Contemporary Theater. She has also played Connie in “Red Velvet” at Shakespeare and Company.
Ravin’s television credits include co-star roles in THE O.A. (Netflix) and SPACE AVAILABLE (Amazon Prime). Her favorite roles performed with Chelsea Repertory Company are GET OUT, NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY, and ON THE BUM...OR THE NEXT TRAIN THROUGH. Ravin is also a writer and producer. She is excited to officially launch her production company, Prosperity Productions, in 2022.
John Prestianni - Singing For Actors, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory-Singing/Musical Direction
John Prestianni (Singing For Actors, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory-Singing/Musical Direction, Private Coaching) has been a freelance Musical Director, accompanist, club date musician and composer in New York City for over 20 years, after getting a BFA from SUNY Purchase. He teaches vocals and accompanies dance classes at LaGuardia High School, NYU, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Shuffles Academy, ADM21, and is the singing teacher at the Conservatory for The Acting Studio/Chelsea Rep. He has also been a teaching artist at numerous other schools and colleges, as well as conducting master classes in New York City and abroad. John has been the Musical Director of Kids Company at the West Side Y for twelve consecutive shows, as well as Music Specialist for YMCA Arts Camp for six summers running.
As a composer: most recently THE GOLDEN CONTENDER and PIE RATS for Brooklyn Children's Theatre, THE BLACK DAHLIA at the York Theatre in 2008. THE VAUDEVILLIAN at the Lark Theatre in 2005. A member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Barry Shapiro - Commercial Audition For The Camera
Barry Shapiro (Commercial Audition On-Camera, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private Coaching) has a breadth of industry experience including, producing, casting, directing and teaching. He is current owner of Herman & Lipson Casting where he has spent over 39 years in the casting industry. During these years at Herman & Lipson he has been involved with the casting of over 8000 commercials, including voice-overs and on-camera, for a great many household brand names including L‘Oreal, American Express, Mastercard, ESPN, Advil, Verizon, Toy R Us among many other A-list companies. Barry’s outside casting credits also includes film, television and theatre, including several Off Broadway plays and musicals as well as international casting. Barry has also been involved with the casting of several Off Broadway plays and musicals. Over the years he has also offered his experience to actors of all ages, helping them to hone their on-camera audition skills, and to better understand the overall casting process and the industry as a whole through his commercial audition workshops and one on one private coaching and through many interviews online and in print.
Robert Siverls - Acting For Beginners, Intro To Meisner
Robert Siverls (Intro To Meisner, Acting For Beginners) completed the 2 year Meisner Acting Conservatory Program at The Acting Studio – New York where he studied under James Price and John Grabowski, and where he is a member of the acting ensemble of Chelsea Repertory Company. Robert has appeared in principle roles in the company's productions of WIDE AWAKE, THE QUESTIONING OF NICK, MONK AND THE MAN, PITMAN STREET, and HOLIDAY BEST. Other off-off Broadway credits include: THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL, at the NY Fringe Festival(2014); JUMBO AND THE MAGIC HOUSE, and THE MAY JAIMSON STORY at the Black Spectrum Theatre. Robert portrayed the role of Jacob in THAT BOOK AINT WRITTEN YET (2018) at the 2018 Hudson Guild Theatre Festival which won him the Award for Best Actor. Of note, Robert was recipient of first place award at The Acting Studio – New York’s 2014 Annual Children Story Book Reading Competition. Other theatre credits include THE DINNER at the 16th Midtown International Theatre Festival (2015); MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA, written by Amiri Baraka and directed by Woodie King, Jr. at the Castillo Theatre.
Robert’s film/television credits reflect a diverse array of independent short & feature films including: MAPPLETHORPE, VIRTUOUS MONGRELS, an original feature currently in post-production; a series of independent short films; EASTER SUNDAY, DESTINY JONES, 10 SECOND BARRIER (2015), ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (2016), CULTIVATION (2018), IN BETWEEN (2019) and ENCLOSED (2020). Robert’s television credits include co-starring roles in LAW AND ORDER SVU, BROAD CITY, LUKE CAGE, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, MASTER OF NONE, and THE TICK. His roles in television also include HIGH MAINTENANCE (2018) and NEW AMSTERDAM (2019). Robert acted the lead role in the web series, PALE BLUE LIGHT, and most recently, a supporting role in LISEY'S STORY, a 2021 TV mini series.
Mary Workman - 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Voice Over, Voice/Speech, Dialects, Private coaching
Mary Workman (Voice Over, Accent Correction, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Dialects, Public Speaking, Private coaching) began her career as a television actress and voice-over artist in Los Angeles working with such memorable personalities as James Whitmore and Pearl Bailey. She earned her BA from Pomona College and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine (full-fellowship award) where she studied with Robert Cohen, Jerzy Grotowski, Dudley Knight and Carla Meyer. She has performed extensively in regional theatre and in national tours and has been recognized with several Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards. In New York she has performed leading roles at BAM and Off-Broadway. She has taught for over 20 years in classrooms ranging from the University of California to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York Film Academy in New York. Her students are performing on Broadway and in major motion pictures. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association, SAG, AFTRA and AEA.