The Actors Center is a collective of diverse professional actors committed to deepening their craft and challenging themselves in collaboration with likeminded peers. Through a process-oriented practice led by a group of Master Teachers, The Actors Center elevates and enhances a vibrant and vital artistic community.
The Actors Center membership is a self-selecting group of peers, who work together to become better actors individually. There are no other purposes beyond continued, individual growth. Younger actors have much to gain in working with older, more established, experienced, and tested actors. Established actors are afforded an opportunity to continue to explore and re-explore their creative possibilities with Master Teachers. This is the inner dynamic that sustains this unique company and is the core of its mission, namely the continued pursuit of their artistic goals.
How? The company meets on Monday mornings from 10 to 1. This weekly workshop is led by several Master Teachers and focuses on each individual actor’s issues through scenes the actors choose to work on.
In the upcoming season, we are offering Mondays with Stephen McKinley Henderson, Michael Kahn, Michele Shay, Rebecca Guy, and Ron Van Lieu. Other, longer workshops, tend to be more varied, for example, Andy Groteluschen (clown), Joanna Merlin (Michael Chekhov), Fay Simpson (lucid body) and Marcia Debonis (on camera). Other workshops have revolved around Shakespeare (Rob Clare, Dakin Matthews, David Hammond); Anton Chekhov (Viatcheslav Dolgachev, formerly a leading director of the Moscow Art Theatre and now Artistic Director of the New Drama Theatre in Moscow).
We rely on no particular aesthetic or approach to acting. It does argue for the actor as artist, for the actor’s individual commitment to artistic process, and the actor’s continued pursuit of deeply human performance. Membership does not require an audition. It rests more upon your current level of achievement and the recognition of your continuing promise by your peers. Members are encouraged to nominate actors they know well who would not only benefit from our work together, but bring another level of creativity to it. Those nominees are then interviewed by the Membership Committee and a selection of new members is made.