Though the Yale School of Drama gave me a rich, imaginative, and technique-based classical actor training, there are many lessons for a lasting career it did not prepare me for. I’ve earned a living for over ten years in film, television, theatre, and even motion capture–most recently in Recurring roles on True Blood, Arrow, Lab Rats, Guest Starring roles in over twenty network series such as The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Client List, and in the studio feature films Yes Man, Thor: The Dark World, and the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.
We are in the business of auditioning. Not just the business of acting. IThe audition’s goal is to be short-listed to the “must-work-with” list. My intention is to give the student the tools with which to consistently book and we work exclusively with current Film & TV sides to accomplish this.
The late Earle R. Gister, famed acting teacher of the Yale School of Drama, said “all an acting teacher can give you in an aesthetic.” So why on earth would we ever study with anyone who is not currently a working actor, director, writer, or producer? Anyone can look and watch great acting and say it’s great acting, but it takes an informed professional to equip you with the tools to get there. Like a Himalayan sherpa, the teacher’s job is bring you to the base of the mountain, fully confident you have the tools to reach its mountain.
Yale School of Drama alumni are Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winners… Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Giamatti, Liev Schreiber, Kathryn Hahn, C.S. Lee, Jane Kaczmarek, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Noth, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Winkler, Christopher Lloyd, Courtney B. Vance, Sanaa Lathan, Maulik Pancholy, Brett Dalton, Adam Richman, Malcolm Gets, D.B. Woodside, David Alan Grier, Pun Bandhu, David Marshall Grant, Charles “Rock” Dutton, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, John Shea, Kate Burton, Alan Rosenberg, Amy Aquino, Jayne Atkinson, Jill Eikenberry, Stacey Keach, Joan Van Ark…