David Robinette

David R.

North Hollywood, CA

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 18+

Teaching since:
August 2004

As an acting instructor I have enjoyed not only introducing and awakening a joy for theater/film among many students, but also the transformative qualities of character that I have witnessed countless times. The process of exploration both internal and external through story yields a better and more empathetic understanding of ourselves and those around us.

I am a dedicated acting instructor that has both practical and academic experience.  I have Masters degree primarily focusing on playwriting, performance literature, and performance theory. In addition to my academic pursuits, I have studied acting under elite instructors in both Los Angeles and New York. I have professional credits as an actor in theater, film, and television.  I have written and directed plays. My most recent play won an Encore Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014. Additionally, I have been teaching acting for over a decade in both New York and Los Angeles.

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Experience

Acting Instructor
Aug 2004 - Present
NYFA

Additional professional workshops where I have taught:
Ernie Martin Studios, NY, NY 2007-2008
• Taught intro and immediate acting workshops.
• Prepared actors for professional employment. Refined the process of auditioning, scene study,
and auditioning.
David Robinette Acting Workshop, NY, NY.
• Lead a workshop tailored to the needs of the working New York actor. • Emphasized the Lee Strasberg method of acting.
• Coached actors on Acting Technique, Scene study, and Auditioning.

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Education

M.A. (main focus Playwriting & Performance Theory)
Sep 2007 - May 2009
Cal State Northridge
BA playwriting and a minor in theater
Sep 2000 - May 2003
Hunter

Awards

Encore Producer's Award
Jun 2014
Hollywood Fringe Festival

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 2004

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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Ignacio Jul 22, 2015
Acting · In studio

David Robinette is, without a doubt, one of the most influential and inspiring acting coaches that I ever had. The things I learned from him had (and still have) a great impact on my life and my career as an actor and director; and not only because of the technique and skills that I was able to develop with him but, most importantly, because he made me realize what my true potential was.

I met him in a time of self doubt, when I most needed to find inspiration and a meaningful reason to continue in this (sometimes) crazy world of the show business. He provided the necessary guidance to help me find my voice back again.

He goes beyond the technique to get to the very core of things. His methods sometimes are unconventional and bold; which is both freeing and refreshing, because he has an extraordinary sense of humor and because he works hand in hand with you without judging, accompanying you along the journey as a friend, as a fellow actor. An actor with an extraordinary keen eye and very unusual sensitivity and commitment.

I find this to be very important, because it opens you up to the work and to the material in a way that would not be possible at all otherwise. I found joy, and confidence, and boldness in my choices as a result of this.

It is common knowledge that It is easier to work with great actors: they can react to everything that you give them, let it affect them in a truthful and organic way, and then give something back to you in a way that genuinely affects you. They just make your work easier and fun and meaningful; and they make you look good. It works the same way with great acting coaches, because they manage get to the best part of your artistic self. It is inspiring and freeing and a joy. Some people have the talent to inspire all those things, and David is, without question, among the very best.

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Caleb Jul 18, 2015
Acting ·

David is one of the most knowledgeable and understanding of the techniques out of any teacher I have worked with. David's passion for the arts fueled my fire, he gave me the comfort to be able to go outside of my boundaries and take risks.

Adam Jul 18, 2015
Acting · In studio

David is a true professional that every actor (or anyone for that matter) should be fighting to work with him. He creates a highly artistic environment and allows for creativity and exploration. He is not just an outstanding artist, but an outstanding human as well! I look forward to working with David in the future.

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Susannah Jul 17, 2015
Acting · In studio

David will help you take your acting to the next level, he will challenge and push you to always be better, while helping you discover what you already know. His passion and knowledge about the art is what makes him a great teacher. Working with David has been a blessing and life changing and if you are willing to put in the work, David will help you achieve greatness.

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Benjamin Jul 17, 2015
Acting · In studio

Working with David Robinette was life changing for me. Not only did he allow myself to get a deeper understanding of who I am, but he also sparked the passion I have for the craft. David is fully committed to his students, passionate about the craft and extremely honest. A bond is created when working with him for he is with you on the road to discovery and there is never a lack of support from him. David provides a wide range of techniques and exercises and will always make sure that you're feeling 100% safe and comfortable around him.

David Robinette is an outstanding teacher, a man that I trust and will always regard as my mentor.

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Carlos Jul 17, 2015
Acting · In studio

David's passion and experience in acting gave me the confidence I needed to pursue this career. His approach to acting opened my eyes and made me love and respect the arts even more. Not always you find such an amazing teacher and human being like him.

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