Franklyn Wepner

Franklyn W.

New York, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

for me singing is only one part of total expression and creativity. my approach combines gestalt work on awareness, dreams and personal relationships with traditional methods of performer training, whether acting, movement or singing. for that reason your one on one session lasts three hours. you need time to get the process happening for yourself.

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Franklyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18 to 90 and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a med school dropout who decided one day not to keep fighting his creativity demon. Next came 6 years of Musical Theater training at Julliard (2 years), Columbia (2years, ma degree), Indiana school of music (2 years), and one year of social work training at Pittsburgh, 1970-1980 I spent 10 years immersing myself in the avaunt guarde musical theater scene in NYC.

I studied physical theater with Richard Schechner and Brechtian theater with mabou mines, the uta hagen system with Jack Axelrod, and classical acting technique with Wal Cherry, also a workshop with the Grotowski company. Meanwhile, along the way I more and more integrated the gestalt therapy techniques I learned at Pittsburgh into my teaching/directing style. 1981-2016 I spent 35 years mostly in Israel running my own studio and teaching for a while acting at tel aviv u. theater dept. also in Israel I sopped up a lot of Kabbalah wisdom, especially of the Bratislava and chabbad sorts, though i am mostly avant garde and not at all "religious" in the usual sense.

Since 2016 I am teaching here in NYC and directing three musical theater shows which I wrote/composed. from my BA in chemistry at Cornell U till my social work training at Pittsburgh i studied 14 years total at 9 universities. Along with all the philosophy and kabbalah. Also, I am a pro dixiland and klezmer trombone player, with many years experience in that field. I teach acting, singing, and movement, all grounded in gestalt work as reality 101. "If you don't deal the reality of the situation, the reality of the situation will deal with you." It's your choice, but this stuff is not for everybody. You gotta have the intelligence for the ideas, the quest for the truth search, and the talent to weld it all into your own work as an artist of the theater.

You can be the horse and let me be the jockey/teacher/coach, or together we can create your own personal brand of musical theater using your particular set of skills: acting, singing, movement, writing, etc. from mabou mines theater I learned about creating a "personal myth" project". The gestalt work gives you polarities, opposites sides of your personality. These polarities director Michael Chekhov labels your "psychological gestures". Next, you use these polarities as subtext for a one person show, and overlay whatever metaphor or "character" or image suits your fancy. For example, you as donald trump, or you as a humming bird. the meld of two levels then shines as illuminated "live form".

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my own private studio to teach acting
Sep 1975 - Feb 2019
merkavah theater

43 years using gestalt techniques as a supplement to traditional acting techniques to teach acting, creativity

teacher of acting
Sep 1984 - Jun 1985
u. of tel aviv school of theater

teacher of music, theater and science in public & private schools, k-12
Sep 1968 - Jun 1980
schools in nyc, newark, nj, philadelphia

licensed to teach music, chemistry, biology in public schools

composer/choreographer of multimedia ballet, "in the morning, jody"
Sep 1968 - Nov 1970
indiana u. school of music

part of work on phd in music and theater. i left this program to go to the avant garde theater scene in nyc


b.a. chemistry
Sep 1958 - Jun 1982
cornell u.
social work msw program
Sep 1973 - Jun 1974
u. of pittburgh
music and theater
Sep 1968 - Jun 1970
indiana university
music & theater education
Sep 1967 - Jun 1968
columbia university
music composition
Sep 1965 - Jun 1967
juilliard school of music
Sep 1962 - Nov 1963
u. of rochester


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


music, chemistry, biology, earth science
Sep 1990
board of education, florida

licensed to teach k-12

Photos & Videos

interview with actor/lawyer david BEFORE he does his first gestalt session on awareness
boris goralnik's "personal myth" show, based on his gestalt awareness work. in hebrew with english subtitles
svetlana ben's "personal myth project" show. hebrew with english titles
actress bel baca doing her gestalt work on awareness. in english. part 1. 2006.
aharon chaim markowitz from patient reviewing gestalt essences to performer using michael chekhov psychological gestures
actor/lawyer david doing part 1 of his first gestalt session on awareness
actor/lawyer david doing part 2 of his first gestalt session on awareness
actor/lawyer david after his gestalt awareness sessions now  reviewing the results, making the transition from patient to performer
actor/lawyer david applying results of gestalt work to brechtian acting techniques
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8 Reviews

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Lorraine Feb 16, 2019
Acting · In studio

I worked with Franklyn from 1975-76. His Gestalt Theater workshop helped me to learn about myself, gain self-confidence, work with others, and discover and sharpen my skills.

David Feb 14, 2019
Acting · In studio

Working with Franklyn is being with a true master of a field. Not only was the process well organized, done pragmatically, and attention paid to the details, but also Franklyn taught his trade as he took you along his particular Gestalt influenced method. He is well versed and highly skilled in helping actors and people reach their potential. I recommend him for his vast knowledge, dedication, and hard work in making a final product, the product is a better you! Thank you Franklyn!

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Eugene Feb 14, 2019
Acting · In studio

I am an introvert by nature . It is hard for me some times to express my feelings openly . Franklyn helped me to open up , to trust my self more ! He showed me the way to express my self , he showed me some actin techniques , we did some weird staff like expressive body movement and other ,weird for the guy who never took acting before , but i had a great joy , and learned some wisdom from this knowledgeable and passionate Teacher ! Thank you Franklyn !

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Irina Feb 14, 2019

I invite You to the lessons of Director Franklyn Wepner for the theatrics mastery.
Mr Wepner used Gestalt therapy technique to help You aware your dreams, feelings, relationships and express your experience in voice ,gestures and movements. He will teach you transform this material in singing, dance and dramatic ability, develop fantasy, creativity and become be musical theater actor.
I was student of mr. Wepner 2 years ago. It was exiting experience. Our play named "Mirrors and Masks". It was pleasure to find artistic form to express my personal experience.

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Avi Feb 14, 2019

I've known Franklyn both as a gestalt therapist and as a director. The combo of gestalt, philosophy and practuce of theater, deep experience, and a dash of genius make him a truly unique and profound teacher.

Sara W Feb 13, 2019
Acting · In studio

A true pleasure to work with Franklyn.

Anna D’Agostino Feb 13, 2019
Acting · In studio

I’ve been taking one-on-one sessions with Franklyn Wepner and sessions with 2+ people. Both were very helpful, opened different sides of me as an actor.
Franklyn gave me many techniques (how to work with the text, how to project my voice, how to focus on stage, working with the partner lead and be led and feel the partner) he helped my creativity overall and helped me be more present and aware and use it in my work. I give my best review to Franklyn Wepner.

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David Feb 13, 2019
Acting · In studio

Franklyn is a totally dedicated and sincere performing artist, teacher and gestalt therapist, with extensive knowledge of his field (among many other things). I always enjoy learning with him.

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