Shauna Kanter
New York, NY
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Shauna Kanter

Shauna K.

New York, NY
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ACTORS will learn how to connect and open up to their emotional life, trust their instincts and gain confidence in performance. You will learn emotional memory, Stanislavski's basic acting tools and how to apply The Method to any script using your life experiences to make the script live.

Having coached actors for many years, audition preparation and performance are two of my specialities. You'll learn detailed exercises that you can use in any situation. You will learn how to let go of non-productive habits that impede your creative process and how to increase use your vocal and physical expressiveness. You will learn exercises and insights that will increase your ACTOR TOOLBOX so you are equipped to face rehearsals and performances.

I have been teaching acting for over 25 years. I am the artistic director of Voice Theatre and have directed over 40 productions on 4 continents. Check out some of the videos!

In America I have taught acting at; New York University, Stella Adler Studio, Williams College, Bowdoin College the T. Schreiber Studio and in the UK at; The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Middlesex University and in London's West End at the Drill Hall Studio.

About Shauna K.

Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher and artistic director of Voice Theatre. She is currently teaching at BARD LLI.

Shauna has taught voice and acting in many universities in the UK and US. She has directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.

For the past three years she has been a mentor to immigrant performing artists for the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. She has taught actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.

She is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and SUNY College at Purchase where she earned a BFA in acting. Post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. She is published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors".

Her students experience improvements and change most weeks. In Her students become the masters of specific exercises that unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result and you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance.Her students learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on their own.

She teaches students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. She works out of her own studio in the East Village in NYC, or in her home in Upsate, NY and online. She teaches many different styles.

Here are a few of the schools she has taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.

Looking forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!


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Excellent, professional instruction. She has helped me make significant progress.

Posted Sep 23, 2021
kimberly gueldner
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Shauna is an excellent, super knowledgeable instructor. I immediately felt relaxed and comfortable in my lesson.

Posted Aug 12, 2021
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I've never acted before, and Shauna was warm, welcoming, and instantly made me feel comfortable. She creates a space that is open and relaxing. I am really looking forward to our work together.

Posted Aug 3, 2021
Carol D.
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I love her manner and kind spirit. I look forward to each week. She is showing me how to slow down and FEEL myself. I am one that feels others more often. She is fantastic in reading people and knowing what they need in particular to reach their goal.

Posted Aug 3, 2021
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Shauna has been great! Patient with beginners, and even in the short time I have been working with her, I've noticed the improvements.

Posted Jul 26, 2021
Barry *.
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My daughters have been taking lessons with Shauna for several months now. I'm continually impressed with how well she connects with them and inspires them. Not only is she an amazing voice teacher, she is also a good, positive influence on my daughters. She's amazing!

Posted Jun 17, 2021
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I've been gearing toward getting back out to professional auditions, and working with Shauna in her online class for several months has helped walk me closer to that end. I'd very highly recommend Shauna -particularly if you want to experience how a professional Director/Teacher really works and creates/collaborates with actors. It's clear she has worked with actors at the top of their fields, so I feel I can really trust her eye for what works and what doesn't. On top of all that, I feel her collaborative feedback and direction is full of insights, highly relevant, relatable, respectful, professional, actor-friendly, truthful, gentle, and inspiringly and humanly artistic!

Posted May 29, 2021
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Shauna Kanter is a remarkable teacher. While I've been taking classes with her for a year, I learned more from her in the first two months--about how to layer my performance as an actor, using both voice and body--than I did at a previous acting school where I was for almost two years. She provides tons of feedback on monologue and scene work, which is grounded in a vast knowledge of technique and her experience as a director and actor. I've experienced her guidance for scenes and monolgues from Three Sisters, Orpheus Descending, Closer, and an online reading called Covid Pages (on YouTube), among others. What I've learned has helped my performances tremendously. Shauna clearly loves what she does--seeing acting as both a craft and a community affirming art. Take lessons from her!

Posted May 20, 2021
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Shauna is spectacular! She is a highly experienced acting teacher and super knowledgeable. She creates a safe and comfortable space yet still challenges you to be a great actor. I’ve had many acting teachers and she is at the very top! She helps me with private vocal work and I also take her scene class. Excellent excellent teacher - can’t recommend her highly enough!

Posted May 13, 2021
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I decided to to acting lessons after 35 years of NO acting. I loved Shauna’s class and highly recommend her as a teacher. She had amazing improv exercises that led up to great monologues and scene work. Her criticism and suggestions were firm yet very encouraging and constructive. It was a very good experience. She is extremely knowledgeable

Posted May 13, 2021
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I had the great good fortune to hear about Shauna last year and have been taking an acting class with her on Zoom since then. She works with all levels and has a keen eye, kind heart, and gentle way of bringing every level of actor to a deeper, genuine way of expression with layer upon layer of development of character. Her classes have also included a wide range of exercises to connect us with our voice and body, something I had not had the benefit of getting in other scene study classes and workshops. I'm looking forward to studying with her in person. I wish I'd have found her sooner!

Posted May 13, 2021
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I was lucky to find Shauna teaching online acting classes. I signed up even though I’ve never done any kind of acting class before. It was wild, interesting and fun and I’ve been learning so much. As soon as I found out she also taught vocal lessons I had to schedule one. Her lessons have started with breath control which helped me sing with more energy, fullness and power. Then moved on to technique and connection to the words, movement and meaning. She is patient, kind, and knowledgeable and has given me so much confidence. People have given me more compliments on my singing and I know it’s because of what I’m taking away from her lessons. Definitely recommend taking her lessons.

Posted May 12, 2021
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The breadth of Shauna's experience reaches out and informs her students, professionals and newbies like me. I have benefitted enormously and would emphasize the tools to step through and use my fear and insecurity to blossom as a student of acting/performing. Her support has and continues to nurture and bring out my best!

Posted May 8, 2021
Marcus Beatty
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I am really enjoying my vocal lessons with Shauna. She's nice, patient and really good at what she does. She's really taken the time understand my goals and my story and uses it to help bring the best out of me as an artist.

Posted Apr 12, 2021
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Posted Feb 17, 2021
Barry *.
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Shauna is an excellent teacher!

Posted Feb 13, 2021
Lorena R.
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Shauna is awesome! Just completed my fourth lesson, and she really emphasizes and teaches the foundation of voice and singing. She is kind, patient and intelligent! Definitely take her classes!

Posted Jan 25, 2021
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I am so grateful to have found Shauna for singing lessons. I have no prior experience singing and Shauna has taught me the fundamentals of singing and how to use my voice. She possesses every quality in an instructor I look for. She's patient, observant, and you can tell she truly wants you to succeed. The online format fits with my schedule and my lesson has turned into one of my favorite things to look forward to each week.

Posted Jan 11, 2021
Su P.
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Great first lesson, looking forward to more.

Posted Dec 30, 2020
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A few months ago, I was applying to colleges and wanted to work on my acting skills. I thankfully found Shauna. She has been such an incredible, supportive teacher. She knows how to get you into your body and character, even over Zoom, and I have seen a lot of improvement in my acting skills from only a couple months of lessons. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for acting lessons!

Posted Dec 2, 2020
Nicole D.
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I went through the list of tutors in this site and thankfully found the perfect match for my daughter. Shauna has been a 'breathe of fresh air' since my daughter started acting training with her. Even though our sessions have only been online thus far, her presence and excellent quality of teaching can be felt as if she is sitting right next to her. My daughter loves her and she has really been able to find 'her voice' and bring out the best in her as she prepares for her High School Auditions. Shauna is not only qualified to do the job but brings to her skill set a humanistic side that really makes her student want to learn and do better. I would give ten stars if I could!!!
I wouldn't recommend anyone else to help your child perfect and master their craft.

Posted Nov 30, 2020
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I’m about 5 or 6 lessons deep with Shauna and as a lifelong singer, she’s already helped immensely with correcting some bad habits I never realized I had — which is making for better performance with less effort! Highly recommended teacher, works at your pace, and the bonus is the breathing exercises she’s led me through each lesson, which completely change my day and are incredibly relaxing. Thanks so much Shauna!!

Posted Oct 28, 2020
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I am about to enter high school and I wanted to improve my acting skills in preparation for my goal to perform in school plays. I came to Shauna to learn acting techniques and skills to improve my acting abilities. I learned so much from Shauna. I looked forward to my weekly acting lessons and the preparation that went into each lesson. Shauna helped me feel at ease, even when doing something new and challenging. She encouraged me to reach outside my comfort zone and the exercises helped me really understand acting. This has been a great experience and I look forward to working with Shauna in the future!

Posted Aug 11, 2020
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Easily the best voice teacher I've had. I took a break for a long time from singing, and so it's really been starting from scratch. Shauna is an incredible teacher in her ability to not only explain the mechanics of singing, but also tie in the mental pieces as well. I've been working with her for a few months by now, and very excited to see what kind of progress is made as we keep working together.

Posted Jun 4, 2020
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I’ve been working with Shauna for the past 5 months, and in that time my voice has strengthened by leaps and bounds. She is an excellent teacher, and I feel lucky to be learning from her. Shauna is warm, insightful, and she has a wealth of knowledge and strategies that she utilizes to help her students. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 29, 2020
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Shauna is great, and I am grateful to have found her. My goal is to find my authentic voice, and her methods and expertise are perfectly suited to this purpose. She helps me understand how sound is made and moves through my body, where it is blocked and how to use it to truly express myself. I have greater awareness of my body, and of how sound connects me to my deepest self. I love my lessons and leave refreshed and energized!

Posted Mar 29, 2020
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Literally, I couldn’t ask for a better Broadway singing and acting coach! Honestly, she's been so patient with me since I am pretty new to this industry. She has been nothing but supportive and I really can’t thank her enough for that. With Shauna by my side, I feel like I'm getting closer to my dream! Her classes are always fun as she has a great sense of humor plus all the knowledge and on top of that, experience in the industry insight. In the tough times of coronavirus, Shauna suggested Facetime lessons that are actually very convenient and beneficial. Think about it, staying home, not spending time on commute and keeping yourself and others healthy. Thank you, Shauna. Really grateful for meeting you! Best regards, Karina

Posted Mar 23, 2020
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After one lesson I can already tell Shauna is an amazing teacher!. She really makes you feel comfortable and I'm confident I'll improve dramatically thanks to her. Also, she's super nice which is always a bonus!

Posted Feb 22, 2020
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Shauna is amazing to work with. She's kind, she's patient, and she genuinely seems to want you to succeed.

Posted Jan 15, 2020
Alexis S.
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Shauna is an excellent teacher. She really focuses on proper technique and breathing to build a foundation before singing. I already felt and heard a huge difference in just four lessons!

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Emma R.
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Shauna is a Goddess of the Voice ! She offers years of voice experience in both singing and drama. She begins with simple yet very effective techniques to get the best out of your voice, and as you are ready she will offer more specific techniques depending on what you need as an individual. Shauna has the ability to see where you are blocked and to see your potential. This is so much more than a singing lesson.

Posted Nov 27, 2019
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Super. Shauna made it a fun, zero anxiety, beginning.

Posted Nov 3, 2019
River A.
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It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!

Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.

She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.

Posted Sep 30, 2019
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Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️

Posted May 18, 2019
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Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)

Posted May 17, 2019
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I came to Dhauna as an experienced actor looking to work on my vocals. We very quickly csme to the conclusion i was reverse breathing, a habit I may have picked due to stress. It was great having her input and she was very knowledgeable about the industry in New York (I only just moved here). Which felt like a nice wee extra:) we also worked on a monologue and again her thoughts incredibly helpful.

It was great workung with her and I hope to work with her again in the future!

Posted May 14, 2019
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Shauna really goes above and beyond with her teaching method - she gets right to essence of what's holding you back and breaks it down with compassion and humor. She has a deep understanding of her craft in a way that connects it beyond the voice to every aspect of life. I went further in two lessons than I thought possible!

Posted Mar 16, 2019
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Shauna is an amazing, transformational teacher. She has knowledge of a range of performance genres, styles and techniques, and is an extremely supportive teacher. I have been learning from Shauna for several years now and plan to continue learning from her--I would highly recommend!

Posted Jan 28, 2019
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Shauna gives me her full attention, focus and knowledge when working with me. She is very passionate about her work and has been immensly helpful to me. She asks me to come prepared and ready to work, so if you are looking for a teacher who will let you slack...that is not Shauna! Her instruction has given me greater skills and confidence. And she is immensly enjoyable to work with. I HIGHLY reccomend her.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
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Shauna can really help you learn to get in touch with your breathing. I discovered where the sound comes from deep within, and exercises to help me learn how to free the sound out. Getting out of your own way can be half the battle! Very relaxing and fun class.

Posted Jan 14, 2019
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If I had more stars I would still indicate the maximum. I have been working with Shauna for a while. I am a (very) amateur singer, but really wish to work on my voice -- I love singing and also consider doing so in public my last phobia. Shauna is so knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and empathetic. I feel far from being "pushed," I am instead treated with remarkable understanding of where I'm at vocally and what I need in terms of both technique and support. I feel very lucky to work with her; she's a joy!

Posted Jan 14, 2019
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I can't recommend Shauna highly enough. She's very knowledgeable, very easy to work with (she's warm and approachable—she'll put you at ease right away), and she's also a lot of fun! She really understands actors, and, it's clear to me, loves working with them. She's also a terrific voice teacher, and a terrific audition coach. Take a lesson with her. You won't regret it.

Posted Jan 2, 2019
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Shauna Kanter is a master acting teacher for the beginner, intermediate, or seasoned pro. You have to put in the work, but she will guide you to discover the tools you have to be a truthful actor. She is intuitive, liberating, honest, tough, and compassionate. I wholeheartedly recommend Shauna to anyone looking grow as an actor.

Posted Dec 26, 2018
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The skills I gained as an actor studying with Shauna Kanter have never left my acting toolbox and feel as fresh in my mind today as when she first taught me. Shauna brought a whole world of new possibility to my acting, as I reached new heights with character physicality and also found new ways of accessing emotional depth within my character. Shauna always created an inspiring environment that felt safe to for me to push myself and not be afraid to fall. My experience with Shauna was inspiring and so valuable. Consider yourself lucky to have found her.

Posted Dec 23, 2018
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i have worked with shauna kanter as a student in acting and voice categories and have found her to be an exceptionally knowledgeable source of information and skill level. i would not hesitate to repeat my experience.

Posted Dec 23, 2018
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Shauna is a fabulous teacher she taught me to trust my instincts and have much more confidence in my work as an actor. She is insightful, patient and smart. Her guidance was invaluable to me.

Posted Dec 22, 2018
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Shauna is a great human being and a teacher learned so much from her ... highly recommend her.

Posted Dec 22, 2018
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I have taken a few classes with Shauna, the first two being acting classes, and the third a strictly-voice-oriented class. All have been great. The voice class I took with her was a group class that was only one session long, so I can't really comment on how effective the exercises were, as I believe one would need to practice more regularly to notice the effects! However, Shauna is a great instructor and I really enjoyed the class—especially learning some techniques that could be used in a routine vocal warm-up. The atmosphere was friendly and focused. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to improve clarity, volume, and connectedness in regards to their voice.

Posted Dec 19, 2018
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Shauna is a terrific teacher who knows how to hold the space for a group of varied level students, in which each receives a rich educational experience. Her voice training class was fun, engaging and I received tools and tips I'll be practicing for a lifetime!

Posted Dec 17, 2018
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Shauna is a generous and intuitive teacher, able to work with students at any level to gently help them find their voices. Her energy is infectious and positive, and she creates an environment in which you feel totally safe to explore your voice and possibility as an actor. I love working with her and would recommend to any student!

Posted Dec 12, 2018

I have worked on a number of projects with Shauna and have always found her to be kind, hardworking, caring, and excellent at helping you progress throughout the process.

Posted Dec 10, 2018

Shauna has a deep understanding of the physiology of the human voice.
Her teaching helped my voice become freer, stronger, and infinitely more expressive.
Thank you

Posted Dec 9, 2018
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Shauna is a great teacher who offers very clear, constructive, and consistent help! Her background enables her to draw from a variety of disciplines in order to provide students with comprehensive and insightful feedback, which is invaluable in an instructor.

Posted Dec 7, 2018

Shauna is a consummate professional who knows the voice and can guide every student to it best individual sound. You can trust your voice with her knowledge
~Kathy Anderson of The School for Young Artists

Posted Dec 4, 2018

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Teacher -- Director -- Artistic Director
May 1990 - Present

Voice Theatre

Off-Broadway: Birds on a Wire, (written/directed) Rattlestick Theatre, Retzach, 59E59 Theatre, Pushing Through, (written/directed), LA MAMA, Gaza Monologues, United Nations. International; Pushing Though, Arches Theatre, Glasgow, Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh, Legacy, (written/directed), Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, UK, Klecks Theatre, Hanover, Germany, Olympia Theatre, Bordeaux, France, Cockpit Theatre, London. Warriors of Fate, (written/directed), Tel Aviv & Ramallah, Palestine. The Most Dangerous Time in Life, Expo 2000, Germany, Brecht on Brecht, Ashtar Theatre, Palestine, Family Cycles, Espace de la Grace, Paris. London; Sweet Love Remembered, Globe, Loveplay, Battersea Arts Centre, You Can’t Take it With You, Simmonds Theatre, After the Fall, Orpheus Descending, Mountview Theatre. Confusions, Vodka Pancakes and Opium, Bristol Old Vic. Voice Theatre; Woodstock; The Skin of Our Teeth, All My Sons, End Days, Our Country’s Good, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Season’s Greetings, Lovers. US regional: The Homecoming Project, (written/directed), Columbia Festival of the Arts, Women’s Minyan, JET Theatre-Critics Choice Award Best Director, Measure For Measure, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Lovers & Master Class Festival of the Voice, Goiter on Rye, (written/directed), Louisiana Tech. Teaching; Stella Adler’s, NYU, T. Schreiber Studio. The UK; Mountview Theatre Academy, Middlesex University, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Guest directed; Williams College, Bowdoin College, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.


BFA in acting
Sep 1986 - Jun 1993

Carnegie-Mellon University and College at Purchase SUNY



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Post Graduate Directors Certificate
Sep 1993

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol. UK

Professional theatre training program in directing.
BFA in acting
Jun 1986

College at Purchase/SUNY Theatre Division

Four year conservatory training program in acting


Dec 2019

New York Foundation for the Arts

Dec 2018

New York Foundation for the Arts

People's Choice Award - Best Director - Women's Minyan
Jun 2008

Jet Theater - West Bloomfield, MI

Edinburgh Festival
Aug 2007

Time Out - Scotland

Grant to Combat Racism in England, Germany, Poland and France
May 1998

European Commission

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