At The Simon Studio actors, writers
and directors freely mix in class.
This working process often allows
scenes and monologues to develop organically into performances for public and industry audiences. Award winning projects for theater,TV/film and Radio.
Q: What led you to create your professional lab for young actors, writers and directors a gymnasium approach to training?
Q: So your beginning with Robert Brusteins Yale Repertory Company gave you
A: All the good and bad you have in a revolution. All of a sudden there were all these great ways to work as opposed to saying theres just one particular school. We had Paul Sills and Viola Spolin from Second City the same year the Royal Shakespeare Company taught us. It became very hard to say theres only one way that really works. Its a matter of breaking down walls. You learn you dont have to fear the writer or director.
Q: So your emphasis as a teacher is on
A: Putting contemporary writers side be side with the classics, as well as actors with writers and directors. The best training to help the artist grow is one night youre doing Pinter, or Williams, the next Shakespeare. New works loosens the language of the classics. The continual work on the classics also gives you a discipline and through that respect, it reinforces your respect in contemporary works.