Theater Acting Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a teacher and acting coach, Gregory is dedicated to facilitating the marriage of technique, imagination and confidence in order for each student to reach his or her goals as an actor, performer or public speaker.
Audition Preparation for:
Classical and Contemporary Theatre, Television, Film, Training Programs.
Continued Studies in:
Monologue and Scene Work, Text Analysis, Audition Technique, Voice and Speech Training, Public Speaking.
About Gregory W.
Affiliated Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Approaching Shakespeare, Introduction to Acting, Shakespeare Scene Study, Acting for Adults, Investigating Romeo and Juliet, Investigating Twelfth Night, Investigating Hamlet, Investigating A Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc); Head of Acting for the Overtures Program at Signature Theatre; Guest Lecturer for the High School Theatre Department with Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in NYC (In partnership with Theatre for a New Audience), Acting Intensive at Bendheim Performing Arts Center, Panel Lecturer at National Student Leadership Conference in New York; Acting Instructor for City Hearts and Much Ado About Shakespeare in Los Angeles; Private Acting Coach for more than twenty years in New York, California and Washington DC.
Gregory is a fantastic acting coach and all around awesome person. Our son (age 11) has been working with him and has learned such great techniques that he can take with him to every audition. Greg doesn't stick to one teaching method, he adapts to what our son needs and uses language that is helpful for him. We have seen significant improvement in our son's abilities in just a few lessons with Greg. Highly recommend!!Show More
Took my first performance class with Gregory (after decades away), a Hamlet Scene Study. Class was a nice size (14 people), diverse in age and previous experience, several of them were returning to Gregory's class for a second time, and it was just fantastic. Several of the folks had done some professional work, some were plotting an escape from a current non-theatre career into acting, quite a few were active participants in community theatre here in DC, and some were just passionate about The Bard, reading and analyzing the text,and deepening their understanding of the work. I marveled at how well he addressed all his students, meeting them at their level, whatever that was. He created a very welcoming environment, lots of humor, lots of physicality, open-mindedness, and it was just fascinating to see each scene study pairing, no matter what their level, improve their performance of the scene after some direction and creative input from Gregory, as well as the other students. Highly recommend. I plan to take his class again as soon as convenient, and maybe other classes as well.Show More
Gregory Wooddell is a phenomenal acting teacher and coach. I have taken many classes with him, and I have also had private lessons from him. He works with everyone at whatever level they are at, and he makes excellent, insightful, and understandable suggestions to improve the acting. And there is always a very noticeable improvement. Gregory is fair, patient, and always encouraging. He creates a safe and fun environment for students.Show More
I have taken both group Shakespearean scene study courses and private monologue classes with Gregory. He is a superb teacher. For me , the following teaching approaches set him apart from other acting teachers:
1-a democratic and inclusive attitude towards the work
of all students in the class 2-his focus on clarity and mining the words of a text , and 3-no bologna, constructive feedback!
My first class with Gregory was at Shakespeare Theater Company for approaching Shakespeare class. He brought out the inner abilities and creativity of the students, encouraging us to believe in the moments
before and the outcome our characters so much wanted. Had a lot of fun, and came back to Gregory for private coaching on monologues. Helped to develop my style in a way sensitive to me as a person. Glad that I got to work with him.
I have worked with Gregory in scene study at The Shakespeare Theatre and in private coaching . Gregory has the rare combination of mastery of craft and a deep talent and passion for teaching. His background and experience allows him to work with actors to help each find their own, individual process, voice, and to hone their skills to take them to the next level. I highly recommend working with Gregory.Show More
My wife and I took a Shakespeare (Hamlet) group scene study class with Gregory Wooddell and we loved it. He is very inventive and it is almost like playing a game. We would do a scene as rehearsed and then he would suggest a whole new and surprising angle.Show More
THEATRE: BROADWAY: The Lyons; Cymbeline. Off-BROADWAY: The Lyons (World Premiere by Nicky Silver, Vineyard Theatre); Girl Crazy (Encores! at City Center, Director: Jerry Zaks); Volpone (Red Bull Theatre); Splitting Infinity (Clurman Theatre). REGIONAL: Some Men (World Premiere by Terrence McNally, Philadelphia Theatre Company); title role in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (World Premiere by Ken Ludwig, Arena Stage and McCarter Theatre); School of Night (American Premiere by Peter Whelan, Mark Taper Forum); Miracle at Naples (World Premiere by David Grimm, Huntington Theatre); title role in Henry VIII (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Hamlet, Othello (2017), The School for Lies (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Othello (2005), Lady Windermere’s Fan, Cyrano, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Don Carlos, Richard II, Merchant of Venice, Country Wife, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Cabaret (Signature Theatre); Stage Kiss, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Round House Theatre); Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Alley Theatre); Dissonance (Bay Street Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Kevin Kline nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor), Richard III (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis); Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare On The Sound). TELEVISION: ''30 Rock'', “Person of Interest”, ”The Good Wife", ''Third Watch'', ''Guiding Light'' (recurring), ''One Life to Live'' (recurring), ''Days of Our Lives''. FILM: Exposed, Paradise Virus.
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