Kyle Schnack

Kyle .

West Palm Beach, FL
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Shakespearean Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
While acting is a magnificent art, it is also a labyrinth of techniques and ideologies. Throughout time there have been many disagreements about the best way to approach the teaching of acting, but I believe that no matter which way you enter the maze, we are all moving towards the same goal; that is to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances. The craft of acting can falter into a personal nature, however there are common terms and tools that can be learned to aid in achieving the universal goal that is set in front of us. I therefore am bound to teach and specify the rudimentary tools that I have come to consider profoundly vital to the integrity of any serious actor, many of which are drastically overlooked by most.

In An Actor Prepares Stanislavski writes, “… A nagging critic can drive an actor mad and reduce him to a state of helplessness. Search for falseness only so far as it helps you to find truth. Don’t forget that the carping critic can create more falsehood on stage than anyone else because the actor whom he is criticizing involuntarily ceases to pursue his right course and exaggerates truth itself to the point of becoming false. What you should develop is a sane, calm, wise and understanding critic, who is the artist’s best friend.”

This is the type of critic that I believe in and aim to display towards my students. Acting demands vulnerability, therefore there must be an environment in which freedom to share, show and live a character’s deepest and darkest secrets is not only allowed, but also encouraged.

It is my hope that as a result of this type of environment students will respond with and eagerness to learn, willingness to work and love and respect for the art of theatre. I desire to give actors the tools they need to live truthfully on stage, all the while becoming a rare and cultivated artist. I have high expectations of every student who approaches the theatre and I am confident that every student has the ability to surpass my expectation if they are nurtured, free and encouraged to do so.
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About

Kyle passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Kyle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 25

Teaching since:
September 2010

Kyle is currently a Professor of Theatre, with a specialty in Acting (Musical and Non-Musical Theatre) and Playing Shakespeare at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to his current appointment, Kyle spent three years as the Director of Theatre at a private high school in Memphis, TN, where he also served on the board of the Tennessee Theatre Association. Kyle is a professional actor, a member of the Actor's Equity Association, has been a member of several professional and semi professional Shakespeare companies, has been represented by stage, tv and film agents based out of New York City, as well as regional markets, is an award winning teacher and stage director and continues to book work in all of those fields.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are just starting out in acting, or are a seasoned professional - it is valuable to remember that talent is common. I strive to help my students cultivate what talent they have into become an excellent and truthful artist. My students will never be less then good, but will develop a hunger for excellence which we will work to make consistent in their auditions and performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Journal, Pencil(s), Headshot/Resume, Recording device

*** Specialties ***
Shakespeare, Acting for Stage and Screen, Acting in Musical Theatre, Reel/ Headshot/ Resume Production, Directing, Building an Acting Career, Auditions

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Experience

Secondary School Scholarship Committee
Mar 2018 - Present
South Eastern Theatre Conference

Committee Member

Professor of Theatre
Aug 2017 - Present
Palm Beach Atlantic University

Speciality: Shakespeare, Acting for Stage and Screen, Musical Theatre

Board Member
Jan 2015 - Jul 2017
Tennessee Theatre Association

Director of Theatre, Teacher
Jul 2014 - Jul 2017
Christian Brothers High School

Director of Theatre (6 plays/ year)
Teacher (9-12, 6 classes daily)

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Acting
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Palm Beach Atlantic University

Languages

ASL
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

St. John Bosco Award - Teaching
Oct 2017
Christian Brothers High School
1st Place - Secondary One Act Festival (Director)
Oct 2015
Tennessee Theatre Association

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Jun 2014

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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3 Reviews

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sydney Jun 22, 2018
Acting · In studio

love him alreadya after one lesson. doesnt just care about the physicality and statistics of acting, but the emotion and history of it

Kendall Apr 11, 2018
Shakespearean Acting · In studio

Kyle truly cares about helping his students achieve their personal best and strive for excellence. He is knowledgable in his field and gives practical applications that help make concepts more clear to the actor. Working with him helped me to gain confidence in my acting as well as push me to work towards bettering my craft.

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Aszkara Apr 11, 2018
Acting · In studio

Professor Schnack is extremely knowledgable about theatre, and his passion for it is infectious. He values hard work, and he will push you to be excellent. He cares about you and wants you to be great. As long as you are willing to work, he will use his knowledge and skill to make you successful.

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