Here is a little more information about the teachers involved.  You can read about their individual style along with credentials.  Take your time and find the perfect fit for yourself.  These artists are individuals that are creating new and exciting tools for actors to use in the audition, rehearsal and beyond.  Each artist has multiple classes running at the same time.  Note the bullet format next to each image.

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Teachers & Class Breakdowns

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Courtney Self
  • Dance

                        (Saturdays @ 1-3pm)

  • Movement Practicum
                        (Saturdays @ 3-5pm)
Jess "Jay" Akin
  • Shakespeare

                        (Mondays @ 7-9pm)

  • Working From the Self
                        (Saturdays @ 3-5pm)
 
Adeola Role
  • Acting Intensive 
                        (Mondays @ 6-8pm)
 

Bio: COURTNEY LAINE SELF has worked as director and/or choreographer in NYC for Medium Face Productions, Rebel Theatre Company, The Dirty Blondes, Concrete Temple Theatre, The Chappell Players, and The Gallery Players.  Most recent productions in NYC include directing The Tunnel Play in the New York International Fringe Festival, Ruin Porn (part of Detroit NY Theatre Festival), Hallowed Ground (The Brick Theater), In The Heights, Next To Normal (Off-Off Bway), Showgirls The Musical (Theatre 80), and Spears: The Gospel According to Britney (Foxwoods Studios). She also has performed, choreographed, and directed professionally across the nation at theatres such as Barrington Stage Co., Arizona Broadway Theatre, The Little Theatre On The Square, the Broadway Palm, and the Dutch Apple in shows such as 42nd St., Anything Goes, Swing!, Cats, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Kiss Me, Kate.   Courtney has her MFA in Directing and was previously the Head of Dance and an Acting/Movement professor at Southern Illinois University. She was the SDC Observer for the workshop of Big Fish with Susan Stroman and has presented at national and regional conferences on topics such as innovative music theatre dance pedagogy, experimental movement rehearsal techniques, sound training of directors in music theatre, the experience of the director/choreographer, and the development of integrated choreography.

 

Philosophy: “My teaching philosophy is rooted in a deep passion for the practice of theatre, both in bringing it to the community as well as educating those interested and invested in it as a career, along with a drive to explore and evolve the efficacy of theatre in culture.  As both a director and educator, I seek out innovative practices that will inspire people to move beyond their previous standards of work ethic and commitment in order to attain their greatest potential. I firmly believe in the importance of both the cerebral and the visceral in the creative theatrical process and mirror that process in how I construct and teach my courses. I strive to be an effective teacher that students trust but still maintain a humility that allows for an open, free and creative situation for all. I approach the classroom fully prepared with a strong course of objectives and methodology’s for how to achieve both the long-term goal as well as the stepping-stones along the way.  This then allows me the freedom for a dynamic and responsive teaching attitude in the moment with my students that can be molded around the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses.”

 

Personal Training: Courtney has been a personal trainer since 2005 and has been privately training since then.  She recently trained at Blink Fitness Penn Plaza and is currently at both Mid-City Gym and Radical MMA.  She focuses on high intensity interval training that is her own blend of plyometric, balance, agility, endurance, power, reactivity, and flexibility work.

“I’m a trainer who values innovation and body awareness/knowledge first with her clients. I’m interested in cultivating clients who learn more every session, which I believe empowers a person to take greater ownership of their fitness rather than forcing a client to remain dependent on his/her trainer. I have an exceptional understanding of the body in motion and am constantly analyzing new ways for clients to lead more efficient lives through their fitness progress. I craft workouts around balance, flexibility, reactivity, and agility just as much as strength and calorie burn. I look to activate a client on as many levels as possible—including mentally—in order to promote a fully dimensionally fit person. Potentially my greatest asset is my ability to communicate and motivate all types of people with diverse physical/fitness backgrounds. I use humor, optimism, and a relentless enthusiasm to access a client’s potential.”

 

www.courtneylaineself.com

www.cselffitness.com

Clown: What would happen if you could live your life loving to get into trouble? In this playful workshop, participants will learn what is to be a clown, the place and importance of the fool in culture and history, and discover their own clown. Participants will engage in exercises and activities that will allow them to honor the now, obey impulse, and unleash inhibitions to become a wise fool. Our clowns are inside us, waiting for us to invite them to come out and play! 

 

Bio: Jeremiah Clay Neal is a performing artist originally from Las Vegas, NV. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University. He has been a teaching artist with Cirque Du Monde, Cirque Du Soleil, Tumbleweed AZ and CYT Phoenix. He has also worked as a professional actor and musician for the past 10 years with theatres

across the country including: Rainbow Company in Las Vegas, NV. The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO. First Stage Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Childsplay Inc and Phoenix Theatre in AZ and Pennsylvania Youth Theatre in PA. Published works include: U:Bug:Me! and The Kid Who Ran For President.

 

Philosophy: "As a fight director and instructor, my intent is always to educate through repeatable action, in order to provide effective yet powerful movement."

 

Bio: Adele has staged fights and taught both across the States as well as in Canada.  She has worked in institutions such as New York University, Yale, UNCSA, City College, York University, and George Brown Theatre School, among others.  Her fights for Toronto Shakespeare in the Quad's Richard III earned her an Iggy Award for Best Choreography.  Adele is also a Wing Tsun practitioner, trained First Aider, and Professional Stunt Performer in Film & Television.  BFA in Directing from New York University.  

 

www.adelerylands.com

 

Reviews: "Adele’s personal philosophy is: 'leave people better than how you found them.' It is, I believe, demonstrated by her daily actions and not only in her words."

Julie Danaylov

Partner, A2D2 Inc, Aerial Dance Cirque Co.

 

"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Adele for several years now, and have continually been impressed with her technical skills, her good humour, and her drive and love of this work."

J. David Brimmer

Broadway Fight Director and Associate Teacher of Stage Combat, New York University

 

"If you place a challenge in front of her, she will prevail... gracefully and certainly.  If you give her a job, it will get done efficiently.  She is a force to be reckoned with."

Adam McLean

Assistant Teacher of Movement and Stage Combat, Indiana University 

 

"She is a powerhouse with the heart of an angel. She is a straight shooter, honest and kind. Actors love working with her."

Rick Sordelet

Broadway Fight Director and Co-Founder of Sordelet INK

 

Jeremiah Neal
  • Clown
                        (Tuesdays @ 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Playwriting
                        (Tuesdays @ 7:30-9:30pm)
Adele Rylands
  • Stage Combat (Unarmed)
                        (Fridays @ 1-3pm)
  • Stage Combat (Knife)

                        (Fridays @ 3:30-5:30pm)

 
 
Katya Campbell
  • Audition and Monologue Coaching
                        (Sundays @ 5:30-7:30pm)
 
 

Bio: Katya Campbell teaches Acting at Pace University and loves audition coaching - her clients have booked guest star, recurring and series regular roles on BANSHEE, CHICAGO FIRE, THE AMERICANS, BLACK BOX, THE FOLLOWING, BLUE BLOODS and PERSON OF INTEREST as well as Broadway's OVER THE RAINBOW and numerous off-Broadway and regional plays.   

 

Katya received her MFA from Rutgers University where she studied with William Esper and Deborah Hedwall.  As an actress she most recently appeared on Broadway in DISGRACED (u/s for Gretchen Mol), in HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND THEN KILL THEM at Rattlestick Theatre and THE OTHER PLACE at Barrington Stage.  For her full resume and reviews, please visit www.katyacampbell.com

 

Philosophy: I'm most interested in heightening actor's skills so that they can bring themselves to truthful, vivid and spontaneous life in auditions.  I love seeing an actor's anxiety and timidity fade away when we step into a more FUN, powerful and deeply personal way of working.

 

"In this class we'll heighten the actor's auditioning technique utilizing actual sides from recent theatre, film and television roles cast in NYC.  I tailor my classes to fit each actor's needs - I'll provide you with hand-picked material suited to your type and/or you can bring in a monologue you're wanting to use (or I'll make suggestions!) or sides for an upcoming audition and we'll turn them into material you are dying to share."

Bio: Adeola Role holds an MFA in Acting from ART/MXAT Harvard University, and a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She’s trained not only with United States’ leading drama professors, but also with Russia’s preeminent theater practitioners at the top acting university in the world, the Moscow Art Theater School.  She’s taught and coached acting students from ages 4 to 54.  She was, recently, cast as a principal in the Off-Broadway Bound production of “Witness Uganda”, directed by Tony Winner, Diane Paulus. She’s performed or worked with artists such as Sting, Stephen Schwartz, Billy Porter, Julius Thomas III, Emma Hunton, Adam Kantor, and many more.

 

Philosophy: I think the best actors are those who can become the most vulnerable, both physically and emotionally, to their audiences. Given this, it only makes sense that my training praxis is tailored to each student’s personal progress.  Together, we’ll adapt the curriculum I’ve devised to their specific needs, as the swiftest path to mastery will naturally be unique to them. I’ll work to strengthen their vocal quality, physical dexterity, text analysis skills, acting technique, and general awareness.

A student who trains with me can expect to develop sharper emotional and technical texture onstage, as well as working knowledge of such techniques as Meisner, Stanislavsky ("As-if", Method of Physical Action), Practical Aesthetics, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Grotowski, Alexander, and Fitzmaurice Vocal Work. They’ll also build an audition repertoire, expand their familiarity with major playwrights, and learn more about the business side of "the business”.

To me, acting is an accessible, practical craft. It doesn’t require that we commune with otherworldly forces or summon up powerful memories to induce a “performative state,” but simply that we actively express well-articulated emotions moment-to-moment. How do we do that?  We identify a character’s given circumstances and desires, and build his or her physicality and voice. Next, we hone our fundamental ability to pursue dramatic objectives. The result is a nuanced, layered performance.

 

Bio:

    I have an endless love for the classical theatre. I began my career as an artist working with Dr. Sidney Berger at The Houston Shakespeare festival. I immediately fell head over heels for the works of the bard. I have since worked on numerous adaptations, various artists and a multitude of concepts in Shakespeare as well as other classical authors with amazing artists known for their work in the classics. (Sir Peter Hall, Barry Kyle, Moises Kaufman, and Theodore Swetz to name a few.).

    I achieved my MFA in classical acting and directing from UMKC in 2009 and prior to that a BA in Directing with honors in major from the University of Houston in 2006.  I have years of management as well as hundreds of productions in the world of stage and film as an actor, director, producer and combat specialist combined with ample experience teaching at every level from the collegiate to the budding artistry of youth.  I am a storyteller and lover of the theatre.

     I have developed a pronounced skill set in the world fight choreography and stage combat through the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) as well as commedia, clown and many movement based performance techniques. I am always involved in the pursuit of learning and would like to expand my knowledge further.  As you peruse my Curriculum Vitae you will see that I have worked in almost every department of film, television and stage production. I just want to work. 

Jess "Jay"" Akin holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a BA in Directing from the University of Houston. He is a movement specialist and Shakespearean clown that has studied with some of the top Shakespeare Practitioners and Scholars in the world. He is proud to have performed in many local and regional theatres in recent history. Thank you for your support.

 

Philosophy: Acting shoupld be pursued for the sheer joy of performance. It should be studied, taken seriously and become an obsession; then, when we get on our feet we can let loose and really enjoy life. Only when we truly live in the moment can we enjoy our lives. The pursuit of performance is the pursuit of that same philosophy.

 

Personal Training:  Jay approaches personal training as one approaches sports or performance of any kind.  A trainer since 2015, he takes on clients on a case by case basis depending on specific needs and sets realistic, yet challenging goals for the student.

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