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Suzuki Eric Hill, Kristen Wold
Acting Larry Singer, Eric Hill, Kristen Wold, Bob McDonald
Dialects & Voice Dr. David Alan Stern
Movement and Period Dance Jean Sabatine
Scene Study Larry Singer at Michael Howard Studios, NYC
BFA Acting, Summa Cum Laude University of Connecticut
Audition for Film and TV Jennifer Rudolph
Summer Acting Program 1997 Carnegie Mellon University

Larry Singer (Scene Study/Private Coaching)
 is one of the leading Acting Teachers of his generation. He teaches classes for professionals, is a faculty member of the MFA Theatre Program at Columbia University, the core teacher of the Conservatory programs of the Michael Howard Studios and coaches actors for major films, television and the theater.
Larry received a BFA from Boston University in 1977 and came to New York to pursue his dream of being an Actor. Within three years of his arrival he made his Broadway debut in the comedy Gemini. He then worked Off-Broadway, landing the lead in Andora by Max Frisch, various roles at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Circle Rep Lab. Larry’s acting career also included working in regional theaters, commercials, television and film. In 1988, spurred by a desire to inspire other theatre artists, he began his work as a teacher and director. In the early 1990s Larry found himself in demand to teach and direct—juggling assignments at NYU (CAP 21—where he was a founding board member), AADA, AMDA and a professional acting class at the studio of his mentor and teacher Michael Howard. During that period he directed over 30 productions for various academies and conservatories; staging plays by Shakespeare, Odets, Shaw, Inge, Shanley, Shepard as well as original works. In 2001 he was sought out by Kristin Linklater to teach a scene study workshop at the Columbia University MFA theatre program. The workshop was a resounding success resulting in Larry’s inauguration as a respected faculty member at the program; a position he still occupies today. On the international realm, he has taught workshops in Japan and looks forward to doing so again in the near future. 

KRISTIN WOLD (Acting): Ms. Wold has worked as an actor, director and teacher for the past twenty years. Her professional acting career began at StageWest in Springfield, MA where she played Iphigenia in VISIONS OF AN ANCIENT DREAMER and Diane Symonds in SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU. In 1987, Ms. Wold became a member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Her roles there include Sarah Harding in ICE GLEN, Cordelia in KING LEAR, Ariel in THE TEMPEST, Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT, Isabella in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET, Helen Pettigrew in BERKELEY SQUARE and Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. She teaches movement and text for Shakespeare & Company's renowned professional actor training programs and has directed and assisted on productions of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, PERICLES and A WINTER'S TALE. Ms. Wold worked extensively in the company's Education program, widely recognized for its innovation and leadership in the field of integrating the arts into education on the elementary, secondary and undergraduate levels. In 1999, Ms. Wold came to Connecticut Repertory Theatre where she has played Hannah in ARCADIA and Julie/Frederic in LOVERS AND EXECUTIONERS. For the CRT Studio Series, she has directed MARCUS IS WALKING, JUDEVINE, BRUTALITY OF FACT and LOOSE KNIT. Ms. Wold trained with Tadashi Suzuki's company in Toga-mura, Japan and at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training. She holds a BFA in Acting from Florida State University.

Eric Hill (Suzuki Training/Acting) MFA Temple University; BA Bethany College. Professor of Dramatic Arts Director of Performance Studies/ Associate Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Mr. Hill has worked as an actor, director, and teacher for the past twenty years. His professional career began at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he was a resident actor and director for five seasons. After serving for three seasons in the same capacities at Stage West in Springfield, MA he was appointed Artistic Director in 1988 and continued in that position for seven years. Hill's work has extended to the international arena During his tenure at Stage West, Hill developed his relationship with Japanese experimental director Tadashi Suzuki, whose method of acting served as the basis for the creation of original productions that brought Stage West and its acting ensemble national and international acclaim. Mr. Hill has toured internationally with the Suzuki Company of Toga and was one of the first Americans to teach at Suzuki's International Actor Training Program in Japan. Hill is also the founding Artistic Director of the Blue Hill Performance Ensemble, an experimental company based in the Berkshires in Massachusetts where he also directs with the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA Recent credits with BTF include the 1996 world premiere of Beth Henley's L-PLAY; WILDER, WILDER... an evening of Thornton Wilder one acts in 1997, Calderone de Ia Barca's LIFE'S A DREAM and SECRET LIVES OF THE SEXIST by Charles Ludlam in 1998; MOBY DICK-REHEARSED by Orson Welles in 1999; and this past season's productions of Lerner and Loewe's CAMELOT and THE EINSTEIN PROJECT by John Klein and Paul D'Andrea His 1995 Connecticut Repertory Theatre production of KING LEAR was nominated for a Best Play award by the Connecticut Critic's Circle. Other credits at the CRT include Frank Galati's adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck, A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY by Tony Kushner, Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA and an original adaptation of Shakespeare's HAMLET. He is currently the Chair of Theatre Arts at Brandeis University.

Robert MacDonald (Acting/Directing/Dramatic Literature) MFA Yale of School Drama; PhD Michigan State. Professor of Dramatic As', committed to the development of new scripts. Dr. McDonald's professional directing credits include the professional premiere of TOWARD HALF DONE, by Bob Buxbury at Present Company Theatorium, New York City (Off-Off Broadway), and the premiere production of EROS AND PSYCHE, an original opera for Teen Opera of New England, New Haven, CT. An associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, his recent directing credits at the University of Connecticut include LOVE'S FIRE, A SENSE OF PLACE, THE MISER, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, and STAGES (an East Coast premiere). The scenic design for THE MISER has won regional, national, and international recognition, including Best Set Design from the Connecticut Critics Circle (1998). THE MISER represented the United States in the prestigious Prague Quadrennial international design exhibition in the. Czech Republic (1999). As an actor, he has performed with the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Theatre/Trinity (Hartford, CT), the Ledges Playhouse (Michigan), the Mickery Theatre (Netherlands), and The Soho Poly (London, England), among others, and has played featured roles in several education and industrial films. A former President of the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) and an elected member of NETC's College of Fellows, Dr. McDonald is a frequent judge for the Moss Hart Awards, Connecticut Drama Association, the New England Drama Council, the Connecticut Community Theatre Festival, and other organizations. He has given workshops on acting and directing for the American Theatre Association, the National Educational Theatre Conference, and the American Association of State and Local History. He has written several dramatizations for Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. As a songwriter, he has recorded for Phillips Records, London, England, and has composed incidental music for several productions at UConn.

Jean Sabatine (Dance/Movement) MA University of Utah. Professor of Dramatic Arts. Ms. Sabatine is a leader in the fields of jazz dance and movement for actors. She is Head of the Movement and Dance area at UConn She has extensive training and experience in both academic and professional areas. She trained extensively in New York City in Modern Dance, Ballet, and Jazz Dance and studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studio. Ms. Sahatine is the founder of JAZZ DANCE TEHATRE (Wayne State, 1970, Penn State University, 1974, and UConn, 1980), the first jazz company in a university. JAZZ DANCE THEATRE and Ms. Sabatine's choreography have been hailed as powerfull and innovative in both national and local media. Films and video tapes of Ms. Sahatine' concert level jazz dance choreography, as well as a documentary on her work in movement for actor's training are now a part of the New York Public Library's permanent Jerome Robbins archive at Lincoln Center. Profeasor Sabatine has published a number of articles in both fields and her books, TECHNIQUE AND STYLES OF JAZZ DANCING and THE ACTOR IMAGE and MOVEMENT TRAINING FOR THE STAGE AND SCREEN, THE ORGANIC CONNECTON serve as primary reference and text books in their respective fields. She has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, lecture-demonstrations and panels in Movement for Actors, Jazz Dance, and Musical Theatre Dance for ATA, ACTF, ADC and other organizations, universities across the country and in Europe. In 1988 Professor Sabatine represented the United States and the INTERNATIONAL DANCE AND MOVEMENT FESTIVAL in Budapest, Hungary. She has a concise motivation for all her work: "I'm working for the concept of the actor/dancer, the person who has control of his/her mind, spirit, and body, and is in touch with his/her emotions.

Dr. David Alan Stern (Voice/Diction/Dialects) BFA University of Connecticut, MA and PhD Temple University. Professor of Dramatic Arts. Faculty member at Wichita State University, Pennsylvania State University, and American Academy of Dramatic Arts—West. Dr. Stern has been a guest lecturer and artist-in- residence at numerous other Universities. His forty-five training cassettes and manuals for learning and reducing accents and for improving the speaking voice are used by theatre, speech and ESL departments in over One thousand colleges and universities and by professional actors around the world. In 1980 he founded Dialect Accent Specialists in Hollywood where, among others, he trained Forest Whitaker for THE CRYING GAME and BIRD, Lynn Redgrave for MIDNIGHT, Michael York for SPACE, Geena Davis for THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, Jack Klugman for LYNDON, Mike Farrel for JFK: A ONE MAN SHOW, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and DaryI Hannah for STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and most recently Stephen Baldwin for ONE TOUGH COP.

Jerry Krasser (Acting Interpretation) MA University of Akansas. Mr. Krasser attended Northwestern University, studying in the Departments on Interpretation and Theatre. Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts. He has acted in over 50 professional and semi-professional productions on stage and television and has directed over 30 productions ranging from Chamber Theatre to Performance Art to television. Recent projects include directing THE SCOURGING for THE WAKEFIELD CYCLE and THE WOMAN TAKEN IN ADULTERY in Toronto; SUMMER AND SMOKE, BIRTH OF THE SON, SIMPATICO, 'WINGS, THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, MEDEA, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for CRT and Nutmeg Theatre; THE SECOND SHEPHERD'S PLAY in New York CITY; THE PUPPETMASTER OF LODZ, a post-Holocaust play, received the UNIMA "Award for Excellence" and the world premiere of a puppet adaptation of A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, under Krasser's direction, was awarded The Connecticut Critic's Circle award for best ensemble, 1999.