“Creativity and it’s expression is something nobody can take away
The Universe/God has given you gifts and my job is to grow them beyond your fears and perceived limitations. To live a creative life the artist must define their approach to the craft and stay true to their voice.
I've trained actors since 1985, first in New York City, then starting in 1996 in Los Angeles. I’ve taught Meisner, Adler, Method and Stanislavsky; but I specialize in On-Camera, focusing on audition materials, sides, monologues, cold reading and character creation all using techniques that I have developed: © Character Preference™ , Character Expression℠, Character Pathology℠ and Writers Preference℠. The Preference Techniques are taught online interactively, where I share my computer screen with the student showing various slides and movie clips.
Learn how not to give up your power to others, regardless if they are an agent/director/producer, instead create your own opportunities. Creativity is a force of it’s own, it needs to be expressed otherwise it could find a destructive outlet. The life of the artist is incredibly rewarding but can also be very difficult. We’ve all seen the struggle: Robin Williams, John Belushi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Farley, Amy Winehouse, etc. Creativity needs to be respected, honed and taken care of. This is why it’s important to me to guide those on a path of creative expression.
I’m interested in students seeking to express their own unique individuality; staying motivated, maintaining a positive mindset, realizing your vision, developing focused and accomplishing your goals.
There’s only one YOU in this world, with your own specific set of skills and talents. We tend to discount our own natural abilities, not fully recognizing and owning them. My job is to bring forward and build up those unique attributes while also giving you the tools to see the unique qualities in whatever character you are playing.
No two people learn alike, I design a tailor-made syllabus for each individual. For special auditions I can be available in person at my studio. I have clients who reside in Europe, so my hours can be flexible by special arrangement.
EXPRESSION MEETS EXPERIENCE.
-Sandy Meisner selected me to study with him in the West Indies in 1985.
-Completed the 2 Year Meisner program with William Alderson,
-Stanislavsky, Method Acting and character study with Stella Adler.
-Created the Duality Playhouse and the Piero Acting Studio in
-Founder and Artistic Director of The New York Italian Theater
-Co-Founder and Artistic Director of S.T.A.R. Teens; A non-profit and one of the first theater outreach program for troubled youth in conjunction with Mt. Sinai Hospital Adolescent Health Center.
-Artistic Director of The Piero Acting Conservatory in Los
-Directed the trilogy, Dead by Morning By Tom Thomas at The Taper Two, Hollywood.
-Directed a one woman show at The Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.
-Adapted The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument for actors and
-Created © Character Preference™ including: Character
Expression℠, Destructive Preference℠, Writers Preference℠.
-Collaborated with Syd Field in a new writers workshop called The
Matrix of Character Preference.
I know this to be true - I’m eccentric, I break the clock, I like being playful and must have humor in order to work. My strongest addition to the world of acting is the creation of “Character Preference” to help actors play the preference of the character without injecting one's own natural preference.
Many true artist’s in all kinds of professions have touched my life, and you, like me, will discover that while it is not always easy to determine whether some people and experiences were for the better, each one is, nevertheless, an important part of your tapestry - many of these influences will leave your life, but they will live on through your work.
Specialize in: Creative Coaching, Career and Professional Image, Relationships, Addictions, Happiness and Spirituality.
I like to provide value and I love to transform people's lives.
© Character Preference™
Definition: A character’s style of thinking & behaving that chooses
certain actions over others.
Definition: The actions that the actor manifests through artistic
execution in the body & phrasing to create the character’s essence, emotional life & inner rhythm; expressed in preference & brought to life in performance.
Definition: The character’s Pathology soul suffering.
The origin of their suffering will empower them or destroy them in the journey of the script. The actions the character plays are ruled by their suffering; evoking recognition, feelings of happiness, pity, rage or sympathy in the audience. Overcoming their soul’s suffering becomes one of their major obstacles.
Definition: Binds the Preference Model, giving the writer new insights and an extra dimension in creating characters; compelling dialogue, action and behavior, must be injected into each character without interference from the writer's natural preference. The result will be character's with strong distinct voices and preference's.
Coaching for auditions, agent/manager interviews, monologues and scenes for college admissions, screen-tests and on-location.
Taught On-Camera, Cold Reading, Teens, Commercials, Agent Showcases, Meisner, Adler, Stanislavsky. Method and Character Preference Techniques.
Directed numerous plays. From John Patrick Shanley to David Mamet to Chekov.
Along with Co-founder Dr. Cydelle Berlin, we would tour inner city schools. Educational material written by both me and the teens and directed by me. Topic covered: Aids, drugs, peer pressure, etc. Non profit.
A non-profit theatre company dedicated to producing works of Italian and Italian-American playwrights in both Italian and English.
I directed numerous plays, including works by Dario Fo, Richard Vetere and Luigi Pirandello.
A casting office for actors with foreign languages skills in movie and television for visiting production companies shooting in the U.S.
Industrial and billboard model. Performed in numerous national commercials, soap operas, television shows and films.
A course on how our internal preference, thinking style and personality makes choices and how individual’s style of thinking & behaving chooses certain actions over others.
A certification in fitness and nutrition.
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.
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.