Robert Epstein

Robert E.

Washington, DC
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught and directed for 30 years in NY and DC. From lesson 1, students engage with a dynamic approach to acting through Meisner-based improv. During the 1st 12 weeks, we go from basic truthful acting to dynamic scene work, followed by 12 weeks of in-depth scene study, then extensive character training and in-depth film and audition technique. My students are successful in film, theater, commercials and TV in DC, NY and LA.
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Robert delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
June 1982

I have taught acting for over 30 years based in the Meisner Technique, and I write and direct my own plays and films. I have years of experience as an actor, jazz saxophone player, singer and poet, as well as a philosophy degree, which I bring to my understanding of acting. I use this rich background to focus on the creativity, intelligence and improvisational abilities of each student in their acting process. I know what it takes to walk into any acting situation ready to play the role. My goal is to create actors who enjoy their work and can act skillfully in film, theater, tv and auditions. I emphasize character work in the program, an important and often neglected part of the acting process. I have cast my advanced students in my original projects in the DC area, and most recently directed my original play, "The Big A: Scenes from a Vanishing Landscape" for the 2014 DC Fringe Festival. I have directed two films: "Adams Morgan: The Movie," which premiered at the Avalon Theater in 2010 and was selected and shown as part of the East of the River Festival in DC; and a short film from my original screenplay titled "Crazy" which is currently in the editing phase. My student Mack Leamon is currently appearing in the Arena Stage production of "Raisin in the Sun" and I am very proud of his accomplishment!

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Acting Instructor and Stage and Film Director
Jun 1982 - Present
Robert Epstein Acting Studio

As a Meisner Technique expert I have taught my comprehensive acting program, "The Complete Actor's Training" for over thirty years. In addition to teaching students from beginner level to advanced professionals, I greatly enjoy directing film and theater projects, directing my students, and using these vehicles to continue their training. My students and graduates are currently appearing in national commercials, professional theater and film and tv projects in the DC area and beyond.

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BA in Philosophy
Sep 1973 - May 1976
Hampshire College


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Limited Proficiency


Registered Minister
Jun 1992
The New Seminary

I graduated and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister from the New Seminary in New York City with a special interest in spiritual counseling. This was my way of gaining experience and certification in a counseling method that could be helpful to people of all backgrounds. I worked with clients on their individual problems for a period of time, but in my current phase of work as an acting teacher I have integrated this background into my understanding of the talents and obstacles my acting students engage with, in reaching fulfillment of their creative goals.

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Photos & Videos

Program Graduate Samantha McEwen Deininger in a DC play.

Acting students in a class scene.

Robert Directing


9 Reviews

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Michael Jan 16, 2019
Acting · Online

Robert is super easy to talk to and he has great ideas. He leads with passion, curiosity and understanding and opened new worlds to me. Although I was a terrible student, Robert made me realize how much potential I have and now I'm exploring many new things on my own. I'm very tankful!

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Alyse Jan 2, 2019
Acting · In studio

I enjoyed my lessons with Robert. He helped me develop and strengthen 2 monologues that I will be performing for grad school. I highly recommend!

Zelia L. Aug 14, 2018
Acting · In studio

I’m really excited to be working with Robert & it’s only been 1 day!! I can’t wait to see what’s next

James B. Apr 26, 2018
Acting · Online

My 9 year old is beginning his acting training and is working well with Robert. Robert had been helpful with guiding us on what is needed to prepare him for auditions and improve his abilities. We are very pleased so far!

Noah R. Mar 17, 2018
Child Acting · In home

Great first class lots of fun

Janora Feb 6, 2018
Film and TV Acting · In studio

Robert was awesome to work with. His home studio is spacious, comfortable and well lit. He also had the video and playback equipment to effectively tape and review all of our work together. He gave great direction, was extremely patient, knowledgable and fun. I highly recommend Robert for any of your tv/film acting needs.

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Tony G Sep 27, 2017
Acting · In home

Wonderful...kind and generous man who compels the truth out of you gently.

Drake Aug 16, 2017
Acting · In studio

Very attentive and intuitive teacher

Steve P. Apr 22, 2017
Acting · In home

Very well spoken, projected competence and was great with the 64 yer old first time acting student.

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