Faculty and Staff

Susan Aston, Director of MFA Acting; Acting and Audition Techniques

Susan Aston is a coach, teacher, actress, and director in New York City. She is most noted for her work with James Gandolfini on The Sopranos, having coached his Emmy-, Golden Globe-, SAG- and Tony- award winning performances. She coached Mr. Gandolfini’s performances in The Drop, Criminal Justice, Enough Said, Violet and Daisy, Not Fade Away, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Cinema Verite, Down the Shore, Welcome to the Rileys, Where the Wild Things Are, The Taking of Pelham 123, All the King’s Men, Lonely Hearts, Romance and Cigarettes, The Last Castle, The Mexican, and in the Broadway play, The God of Carnage.  Aston coached Jason Clarke, in Public Enemies, U.S. Attorney, The Human Contract, and in all seasons of Showtime’s Brotherhood, Jada Pinkett Smith in all seasons of HawthoRNe, and Jaden Smith in and The Get Down and Brothers in Atlanta.  She coached Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Bobby Funaro, and Sully Boyle in episodes of The Sopranos.  Aston has also coached performances in Bull (CBS), Billions (Showtime), The Deuce (HBO),Chicago Fire (NBC) The Family (ABC), Person of Interest (CBS), Shades of Blue (NBC), Law and Order (NBC), Monsterland, Episode Palacios, TX (Hulu) and the films Abnormal Attraction, Fever Pitch and The Punisher. Aston is a charter member of the core acting faculty at the Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, teaching Scene Study 1-IV, Basic Technique 1-II, and Audition Techniques. At New York’s School of Visual Arts, Aston taught Acting for Directors. Aston was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2002–2003 Primetime Emmy Awards for Contributions to the Emmy Award-Winning Achievement, James Gandolfini, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. As an actress, she has appeared on Broadway and in film and television. She is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.

Craig Bacon, Voice

A director and designated Linklater Voice teacher, Craig Bacon has held faculty appointments at SUNY Purchase, Columbia University, Fordham University, NYU (Altantic Theater Company), National Theater Institute (US and UK), The Actors Centre (London), The Linklater Center, and Shakespeare & Co (Lenox, MA). He has served as head of voice and text for the Mercury Theatre UK, where he directed Macbeth and The Tempest. In New York, in addition to his many directing credits, he has served as vocal coach for several productions including The English Channel by Robert Brustein at the Abington Theater.  Bacon also studied extensively with Richard Armstrong (founding member Roy Hart Theater), Uta Hagen, and Tina Packer. He has a BA from Vassar College.

Edward Allan Baker, Playwriting

Edward Allan Baker is a published and frequently produced New York City playwright. His one act-plays are produced all over US, Canada, and Europe, most notable among these are North Of Providence, Dolores, Rosemary With Ginger, Face Divided, ‘Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty And Truth,’ and Mafia On Prozac. Translations of Dolores include French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese. His Off-Broadway full-length plays include Prairie Avenue, American Storage, The Bride Of Olneyville Square, Ray On The Water, and The Framer. Other full length plays, Free Gift Inside, which premiered at The Actors Studio, and Sonny Under The Assumption, which premiered at The Neighborhood Playhouse. He is published by Dramatists Play Service, Faber And Faber, and Smith And Kraus Theatre Books. Dolores is included in Best Short Plays, 1989. Mr. Baker is also a screenwriter, adapting his plays for the screen. Filmed and chosen for film festivals, Dolores and Face Divided; full-length screen versions, of Dolores, and Rosemary With Ginger, both and optioned for production. Baker taught playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College for twelve years before joining the Actors Studio Drama School faculty in 2006. He received The 25th Anniversary Award For Theatrical Excellence by New York-based Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, East, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.edwardallanbaker.com

Kate T. (Taney) Billingsley, Acting and Movement

Kate Taney Billingsley is an actor, playwright and teaching-artist based in New York City. She received her B.A. from Emerson College with a major in Acting, along with her M.F.A. from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University with a concentration in Acting, where she is a professor of Improvisational Movement and Basic Acting Technique. Kate is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Kate's most recent credits include Sylvia in Barefoot, (a play Kate wrote in one evening, which subsequently ran for nine weeks at The Gene Frankel Theater), Yelena in Uncle Vanya (Actors Studio) and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Frog and Peach Theater Company). Kate’s play A Man of His Time, based on the legacy of the Dred Scott Decision, was directed by Estelle Parsons, developed at The Actors Studio and featured in the New York Times. The play is also featured on Playing On Air and stars Sam Waterston and John Douglas Thompson. A Man of His Time was inspiration for Radio Lab’s spinoff show More Perfect episode American Pendulum II. Kate is currently workshopping American Rot (the full-length version of A Man of His Time) at the Actors Studio. Kate Taney Billingsley is one of two recipients of the 2018 Theater Hall of Fame’s Emerging Artist Fellowship and received the National Judicial College’s Award for Justice and Service and the Alex Haley Award for Race and Reconciliation. Kate's latest and greatest creation arrived in July 2020, when her son Oz came into the world. Kate would like to thank fellow Movement Professor, Michael Billingsley for his role in this production.

Michael Billingsley, Movement

Michael Billingsley began his martial art training as soon as he could walk and has continued ever since. Raised in his father’s Tae Kwon Do school, he was awarded his first-degree black belt from the Jhoon Rhee Institute at the age of 17. Other styles he has studied include capoeira, tai chi, ju-jitsu and escrima. He is a senior instructor with Kids Kicking Cancer, teaching martial arts and meditation techniques as a form of pain management for children in hospitals throughout New York City. He has also performed in theater and films produced in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta. As a founding member of Woken’ Glacier Theater Company, he holds membership in Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School and is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.

Antonio Brown, Movement

Antonio Brown is the artistic force behind AntonioBrownDance, a native Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, SusanMarshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown has also worked with many companies and artists throughout New York City including Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure and Sidra Bell Dance New York, among others. After performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company for 11 years, Antonio continues to grace the stage with The DASH Ensemble and his own company AntonioBrownDance. Mr. Brown has choreographed works for Verb Ballets, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, MOVE(NYC), August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, Jacksonville University, Cleveland State University, Hunter College, Cleveland School of the Arts, Stivers School for the Arts, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE), Theatre Askew, The Arden Theater Company’s production of The Bluest Eye and most recently for Drama League DirectorFest, Earl Mosley’s Dancing Beyond and is currently the movement director for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative and Associate Choreographer for upcoming Broadway musical Black No More. Antonio teaches regularly in New York City and at various schools and intensives across the country. He is always so grateful to be sharing his gifts and talents around the world.

Paul Calderon, Acting

Paul Calderon has worked with such film luminaries as directors Quentin Tarantino; Steven Soderbergh; Spike Lee; Martin Scorcese; Alan Taylor; Abel Ferrara; Sidney Lumet; and actors Robert Deniro; Robert Redford; Al Pacino; Harvey Keitel;  Christopher Walken; and Ed Harris; among others. His stage credits include Broadway & Off-Broadway. He’s a recipient of an OBIE AWARD for his performance in “Blade to the Heat,” at the Public Theatre. Other stage appearances include “Cuba & his Teddy Bear” on Broadway opposite Robert Deniro; Troilus & Cressida at the Delacorte in Central Park; Blade to the Heat; Dancing on Her Knees; and Two Sisters and a Piano; (all at the Public Theater). In 1984 Paul was made a Lifetime member of the Actors’ Studio and in 1992 he co-wrote the cult classic The Bad Lieutenant, starring Harvey Keitel; and also co-founded the LAByrinth Theater Company. There, he directed productions starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Sam Rockwell; and Stephen Adly Guirgis. One production was a full length play, “Divine Horsemen,” which he wrote; directed and acted in opposite Phil Hoffman; David Zayas and John Ortiz. He is a current co-artistic director of the Primitive Grace Theater Ensemble, for which he has written and directed three full-length plays. In 2016 he joined the cast of Amazon’s series “Bosch” as Detective Jimmy “Santiago” Robertson. He's taught at the School of Visual Arts; Lee Strasberg Institute; and NYU Tisch's Graduate Film Program.

Clay McLeod Chapman, Playwriting

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. He is the author of seven books, most recently the horror novel THE REMAKING. In the world of comics, he is the writer of Marvel's on-going series SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE, as well as their ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, EDGE OF SPIDERVERSE and VENOMVERSE tie-ins, among others. In film, he is the writer of THE BOY (SXSW 2015), HENLEY (Sundance 2012) and LATE BLOOMER (Sundance 2005) with filmmaker Craig William Macneill.

 

Matthew Dudley, Neutral American Speech

Matthew Dudley is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, a Certified Joy of Phonetics instructor, a Meisner trained actor and voice-over artist. He currently teaches Neutral American Speech at the Actors Studio Drama School MFA program at Pace University and is Director of Voice and Speech at Terry Knickerbocker Studio. He has taught voice and speech at Playwrights Horizons Theater School / NYU Tisch School of The Arts; Experimental Theatre Wing / NYU Tisch School of the Arts; The Linklater Center; Maggie Flanigan Studio; The Actor’s Studio, New York; Maggie Flanigan Studio; The Wooster Group Summer Institute and HB Studios. Corporate workshop coaching includes The World Economic Forum and Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program. He is available for individual and ensemble coaching.

Jee Duman, Program Coordinator

Jee Duman is an actor and director. He assisted directed Avra Sidiropoulou in And God Said, and Brian Rhinehart in Butoh Medea. His recent directing credits include: HAK, Mend the Envelope, The Test, On the Run, The Answer-Killing Question Buys a Crisis. His recent acting credits include: Chekhov in New York, Lonely Souls and From Sacred Wrath. Jee received his MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School.

James Elliott; Classics, Period, and Style

James Elliott is a teacher, director and podcaster, he has taught Shakespeare around the country at places as diverse as Cooper Union, Fairleigh Dickinson, University of Texas, MIT, Juniata College, University of Tennessee, Norfolk School of the Arts and NY Film Academy. He taught a Master Class in acting for Taiwan Performing Arts Center in Taipei. James served as an Artistic Associate for New York Rep on Stalking the Bogeyman, a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play. His directing credits include 3 Graces Theatre Co. (Dissonance, published in Best Short Plays of 2011-12), ABC-TV Diversity Showcase, off-off-Broadway, regional theaters and colleges nationwide. Producing Director for Urban Empire: premiered Evolution by Jonathan Marc Sherman starring Peter Dinklage and Live Story, a reading series produced with Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope. Screenwriter and director of the award-winning short film Helen at Risk with Didi Conn. Directed Sonnet 97 as part of the Sonnet Project. Co-creator of the podcast series The State of Shakespeare. Featuring interviews with over 100 Artists, it can be found on iTunes, Google Play Music and at www.stateofshakespeare.com. BA English – Williams College, MFA Acting – University of Texas at Austin.

Jacqueline Jacobus, Acting

Jacqueline Jacobus was born in Paris and spent her early years in France and England. When 17, she had the extraordinary opportunity to begin her acting studies with Lee Strasberg in his private classes in NYC. Several years later, she became a member of the Actors Studio, where she had the opportunity to work with and be influenced by directors such as Arthur Penn, Elia Kazan, Frank Corsoro, and Vivian Nathan, just to mention a few. As a young actress, she worked in TV, Film, and the Theater, both in NYC and regionally. As a member of The Ensemble Studio Theater she worked with playwrights such as Jonathan Ringkamp, Rommulus Linney, and Conrad Bomberg as they developed their scripts. Favorite roles were Laura/The Glass Menagerie, Kim/Mama Sang the Blues, Nina/The Seagull, Florrie/Waiting for Lefty, Emily/Our Town, The Whore/La Ronde, Titania/Midsummer Summer Night’s Dream, Princess of France/Love’s Labour’s Lost, just to mention a few. Most recently she played Marty in Annie Baker’s Circle, Mirror, Transformation. Jacqueline has been teaching acting, and specifically The Method as it was taught to her by Lee Strasberg, for more than a decade. She teaches at Circle in the Square Theater School, where she serves as Head of Acting, along with teaching at NYU/Strasberg, and the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She is a classically trained and accomplished pianist, who treasures the literature for the piano as much as the literature for the actor.

Morgan Jenness, History of Directing

Morgan Jenness spent over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer. She was also Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects. She has worked as a dramaturg, workshop director, and/or artistic consultant at theaters and new play programs across the country, including the Young Playwrights Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, The Playwrights Center/Playlabs, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Double Image/New York Stage and Film, CSC, Victory Gardens, Hartford Stage, and Center Stage. She has participated as a visiting artist and adjunct in playwriting programs at the University of Iowa, Brown University, Breadloaf, Columbia and NYU and is currently on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University. She has served on peer panels for various funding institutions, including NYSCA and the NEA, with whom she served as a site evaluator for almost a decade. In 1998, Ms. Jenness joined Helen Merrill Ltd., an agency representing writers, directors, composers and designers, as Creative Director and subsequently held a position in the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency. She is currently Creative Director at This Distracted Globe Consultancy and a member of the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In 2003, Ms. Jenness was presented with an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights.

Jacqueline Knapp, ActingJacqueline Knapp, Acting

Jacqueline Knapp has been working as a professional actress for 40 years. She was Maggie in the Tony Award winning Broadway play:  Dancing At Lughnasa. She’s been in numerous Off-Broadway plays, and has appeared in 23 Regional Theatres in over 30 plays. She’s had running roles on soap operas, guest roles in television series-including Law & Order, Boardwalk Empire, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, The Defenders and The Leftovers. She worked with Al Pacino in You Don’t Know Jack, Tom Hulce in Dominick & Eugene, J.T. Petty’s Hellbenders, and A Song Still Inside. A voice-over artist for many years, Jacqueline was the voice for CBS TV’s public service series, Reach Out. She was also the voice for PBS TV’s  Who Is She? – a short series about women painted and sculpted by famous artists. Jacqueline also appeared in the PBS documentary Acting Through Life. She wrote and produced television specials for several years with her then husband, SNL Director Don King. She gives her workshop, The Creative Core, independently, as well as for the incoming class at ASDS. Jacqueline is also a private acting coach, and has had the honor of working with such esteemed professionals as Ben Stiller. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where she was under the amazing tutelage of Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Arthur Penn, and Ellen Burstyn. She was former Co-Associate Artistic Director and is presently the Secretary of the Board of Directors, and serves on the Studio’s Executive Committee. Jacqueline continues to moderate for the Actors Studio’s acting sessions.

Shawn Lewis, Executive Director of ASDS Repertory Season; Design

Based in Brooklyn, Lewis has designed over 75 productions ranging from straight plays, musicals, opera, as well as film throughout the United States and abroad over the past 20 years.   She started teaching at ASDS with her mentor, Tony Walton, in 1997 and has continued with the program to lead the school’s design courses.  In addition to teaching, Lewis is the resident designer for the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season and has designed more than 1,500 productions since its inaugural season.  In 2009 she assumed the position of Executive Director of ASDS Rep. She has taught master-level classes at the University of North Carolina and at Yale School of Drama in set design. Lewis is a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and of United Scenic Artists. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, she received her BA in painting from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and her MFA in scenic design from New York University’s Tisch School.

Andreas Manolikakis, Director of MFA Directing; Directing, Acting

Andreas Manolikakis has taught Master Classes and workshops in acting, directing and script analysis in New York, Berlin, Bucharest at the International Theater Schools Festival, Sibiu (Romania) at its International Theater Festival, Paris (at the French National Film School La Femis; the Conservatoire National Superieur d’Art Dramatique; at L’Escalier4; and at ARTA), Greece (at the Hellenic American Union; the University of Athens; the Drama School of the National Theater; the University of Northern Greece; and the National Organization of Theater Studies.) He has also given lectures on “Stanislavski and Vakhtangov,” “The Actors Studio,” “Method Acting and Greek Tragedy,” and “Method Acting and Directing” in the U.S.A. and Europe at Universities, Theater Organizations and Film schools. He has translated into Greek and published in Athens in 1997 Nikolai Gorchakov’s Russian classic The Vakhtangov School of Stage Art, which became a required text for the Theater Department of the University of Athens. As a director and as an actor, he has worked in the United States and Europe. Among his directing highlights are: Porte Close, by N. Darmon, at the National Theatre of East Paris; Elektra, by Sophocles, at the Actors Studio; Liliom, by F. Molnar, in Athens.  As an actor he has worked in the theater, film, and television both in the U.S.A. and Europe. Among his acting highlights are: on Broadway opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code; and a leading role in the feature film Ice House, opposite Melissa Gilbert. He directed and acted in numerous plays from the Greek and international repertoire for the New Hellenic Stage of New York, which he founded in 1983. He is also the author -and one of the leading roles- of The Classmates, a 13-episode television series produced by the National Greek Television ET3. He  holds a BA in acting from the Greek Art Theatre Drama School in Athens, founded by Karolos Koun, and an MA (Maitrise) in theater from the University of Paris VIII-Vincennes. He also studied with Marcel Marceau at his International School of Mime in Paris. He is a Lifetime Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio. Andreas Manolikakis has been a member of the acting and directing faculty at the Actors Studio Drama School since 1995 and served as Chairman of ASDS from 2006 – June 2020.

Corinna May, Voice

Corinna is an actor, writer, teacher, voice artist, vocal coach and voice consultant. She is a Designated Linklater voice teacher and a Feldenkrais practitioner, one of a fewer than a dozen people worldwide to be certified in both methods. Corinna is a 30-year member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA where she is a leading actor (33+ roles and counting), ) and senior faculty member in Training and Education. Corinna has worked in NY and regional theatre in classical, modern, and new plays, appeared in film, on television, in radio plays and narrated audio books. She stars in the indie feature Split Ends, directed by Dorothy Lyman. She spent two years touring in The Graduate with Jerry Hall, Linda Gray, Lorraine Bracco, Kelly McGillis and Morgan Fairchild.  Her play Dancing With The Czar was produced at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA.  Corinna has taught at Smith, MIT, Syracuse University, a couple of SUNYs, Fordham, the National Theatre Institute and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School, and in the Australian Bar Association’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive.  She and Feldenkrais trainer Arlyn Zones collaborated on the recently-published DVD set "Voice, Breath & Posture”.  Corinna is affiliated with The Voice Advisory/Australia.  Her own private coaching practice serves actors, lawyers, executives, politicians, academics and clergy.  She is a proud Union member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, UAFP, Dramatists Guild; and a graduate of Barnard College, and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School.

Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Process Lab

Raelle Myrick-Hodges has worked as a stage director for over 25 years and a producer/curator for more than 10. She is the founder of AzukaTheater in Philadelphia (over 25 years). As a practicing theater artist, Raelle had directed play genres ranging from classical work to interdisciplinary ensembles/presentations. Her regional work has been seen at Playmaker Repertory (NC), The National Black Theater, The Public Theater- NY; Magic Theater, Santa Cramong others Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, CalArts/REdcat (CA). She has worked with artists such as Geoffrey Arend, Yasiin Bey, Miriam Hyman, J. Alphonse, Nicholson, Jeffrey Wright, among others. As a Curator/Presenter Raelle has presented work by Denis O'Hare, The Rude Mechanicals, Meshell Ndgeocello, and other interdisciplinary works.  Though not from a theatrically academic background, Raelle is currently a professor at The Atlantic Acting School,/NYC Brown University MFA Theater program and she has been a guest artist in the undergraduate PACE University theater program. She is currently preparing a new performance work about her father to premiere in this season's upcoming Under the Radar Festival, directing the in-development musical by The Illustrious Blacks and is slated to direct the world=premiere of William Branch' s In Splendid Error Off-Broadway  (2021). She has theater to share avenues to have a better world since she can remember talking.

Carlyle Owens, Theatre History

Carlyle Owens has appeared onstage at McCarter Theatre Center, Shakespeare and Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, and Monomoy Theater, among others.  His work in NYC includes being an ensemble member of Peculiar Works Project, The Otterbein Group, and About Face Theater, as well as appearances in a number of off-off Broadway productions. He has also worked as a visiting artist in numerous high schools in New York City and New Jersey.  The directors he has worked with include Gerald Freeman, Tina Packer, John Hadden, Barry Rowell, Robert Lanchester, Edward Cornell and David Hurst.

Carlyle taught theater history, acting, voice, auditioning, juggling and mask work during his time as a member of the resident acting company at the Cleveland Play House, the About Face Theater, the Laurel School, Middlesex County College, Ocean County College High School for the Performing Arts and Ohio University.  He has also worked as a visiting artist in numerous high schools in New York City and New Jersey.  He is a founding member of Raconteur Radio, performing staged radio plays throughout New Jersey and in NYC.

Brian Rhinehart, PhD, Directing, Acting, Theatre History

Working primarily as a director of devised theatre and collaborative playmaking, Rhinehart’s productions have been seen in The Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Scotland, Germany and the U.S. He is a critically acclaimed actor (The New York Times, Show Business Weekly) and has performed in over 100 productions in the U.S. and Germany. The plays he has written or co-written have been seen in a variety of venues, from Off-Off Broadway to the site-specific. Brian is a Fulbright teaching-artist (University of Arts Braunschweig, Germany), an internationally published scholar on the subject of contemporary German theatre, and co-author of a book, titled Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen. He is an instructor of theatre at S.W.U.F.E, in Chengdu, China, and has given numerous seminars and workshops on acting, improvisation, and devising in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He holds an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.

Robert Serrell, Voice

Robert Serrell is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher and has taught voice, speech and text at Emerson College, Brandeis University, Shakespeare & Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, The Barrow Group, the NJ Performing Arts Center, and the Wheelock Family Theatre Company. He is a member of the Voice and Speech Teachers Association and has coached several off-Broadway and regional productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare & Company, Edith Wharton’s Summer with the Wharton Salon, and Macbeth, As You Like It, and Measure for Measure with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He has performed Off-Broadway, in several regional theaters and SAG films, and has directed over a dozen productions and workshops with the Shakespeare & Company Education Program. Robert currently serves as the Executive Director of The Barrow Group Theatre Company in New York City, where he has overseen the presentation of dozens of productions/readings, including recent NY Times Critic’s Pick Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh.  He holds a Professional Certificate in Acting Shakespeare from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, a MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, and a BA in Theatre and English from Vanderbilt University.

Ed Setrakian, PhD, Directing

Ed Setrakian has had a long-standing career in theater and film as a director, actor, and writer. For two years, he was director of the La Mama Ensemble. Among the experimental plays he directed are Home and the Queen of Greece, Stimulation, Myth or Maybe Meth, among others. Off-Broadway, he directed Easy Money, the musical Madam Bovary, There/This/Move, The Wound of Love and My Father’s House, among others. He directed several major productions at the Actors Studio including The Memoirs of Pontius Pilate and Silent Partners. Among his regional credits are the musicals Molly’s Dream, MacDougal Street and Finian’s Rainbow. He wrote and directed the documentary The Growth of our Children. He wrote several plays that were produced Off-Broadway including The Yellow Dog Contract, Virility and Mother was Sober. Setrakian is a veteran actor with many credits on Broadway, Off Broadway and in film and TV. More recently, he was seen in David Fincher’s acclaimed film Zodiac. He holds a PhD from NYU in Performance Studies and for several years he was the chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY.