Alumni

The Actors Studio Drama School alumni are an elite group of artists who have a strong foundation in the theatre, film, television, and entertainment industry, as well as the world of education. In addition to some of our graduates becoming Lifetime Members of The Actors Studio, many of our alumni have gone on to a wide range of accomplishments across the country and around the world. Below are some of their highlights.

MFA Acting

Ashley Adelman
Ashley Adelman started her own theatre company in 2011. Infinite Variety Productions uses its art to show the world that women are of infinite varieties. Using stories from women's history IVP spotlights the amazing stories and influences women have had throughout history; stories not found in our history books. Since 2011 Ashley has created a 501c3 registered theatre company, has produced 5 seasons of shows, traveled with each show to DC,VA, WY and all around NYS, working with various organizations to promote women and women's issues. IVP has also started funding on a web series based on their previous show about the first female astronomers, in which Ashley will act in as well as produce.

Ashley has produced shows from her company for the Wyoming Theatre Festival for the two past years. Next year IVP will produce a new play about the first female baseball players. IVP will produce the show at the 2017 Wyoming Theatre Festival where Ashley besides producing, will also work on the reading series and community outreach for the program.

www.infinitevarietynyc.org

Victor Almanzar
Victor Almanzar, is a New York based actor who came from the Dominican Republic at an early age.  He appeared as Oswaldo in the Pulitzer price winning production of Between Riverside And Crazy at The Atlantic Theater, Second Stage Theater (NYC) and The Steppenwolf Theatre (CHICAGO).  He also appeared as Oscar at The Steppenwolf Theater production of Grand Concourse.  He completed a lead role in the feature film 11:55 (INDEPENDENT), a recurring role in the hit TV series Empire as Big Heavy (FOX), a guess star role in Chicago PD (NBC), a guess star role in High Maintenance (HBO), and a role in LFE (a pilot for CBS).  Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was in the United States Marine Corp, where he served in Kosovo and Iraq.  Since then he has worked on the New York stage Regional Theaters and in London.  He was nominated for The Lucille Lortel Award for his role in Between Riverside And Crazy.

Austin Basis
Shortly after graduating The Actors Studio Drama School, Austin Basis became a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. There he had the privilege of working with the likes of Al Pacino, Faye Dunaway and Estelle Parsons; and under the tutelage of Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel, Martin Landau, Arthur Penn, Lou Antonio and Mark Rydell. He now studies with Cathleen Leslie at The Actors Studio West. In addition to several productions at The Actors Studio, he also co-created and performed in an improv and sketch comedy show in New York City called Mmm… Comedy. Basis’ television debut was in the Comedy Central film, Porn 'n' Chicken, but his big break came in 2004, when he was cast in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He then landed a lead role in the Fox TV pilot, Spellbound, with Christine Baranski, Barry Bostwick and Dave Annable. Since then, Basis has appeared on numerous television shows including: Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS, Supernatural, Life on Mars, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also played the character Math on the CW drama Life Unexpected. Most recently, he guest starred on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Necessary Roughness. Currently, Basis can be seen as J.T. Forbes on the two-time People’s Choice Award winning drama, Beauty & the Beast. He also starred in the Warner Bros. web series GHOSTFACERS, a spin-off of the Supernatural episode of the same name. His film credits include: J. Edgar (directed by Clint Eastwood), The Other End of the Line, My Sassy Girl, American Zombie, Boxboarders!, Re-Cut, and Dorian Blues, among others. Basis has been featured in national commercial spots for State Farm, Burger King, Toys ‘R’ Us, Wendy’s, Dr Pepper, and AT&T. He also portrayed Benjamin Bankes the Pig in the Ad Council’s “Feed the Pig” PSA campaign. Austin published his first book of poetry in 2011, An Actor Without An Audience: Poetry for Artists, Lovers & Everymen, available online. A native New Yorker, Basis temporarily resides in Toronto, but calls Los Angeles home.

Al Bernstein
Shortly after graduating from the Actors Studio Drama School, Al Bernstein appeared on numerous television shows including: Sue Thomas FBEye, Doc, the Series, Showtime’s Street Time (with Rob Morrow, Terrence Howard and Scott Cohen), Nip/Tuck, Everybody Hates Chris. Most recently, he guest starred on Nikita. Currently, Bernstein will be shooting his powerful short film The Meeting, about a trouble potential high school shooter and looks forward to joining the dialogue about mental health in our youth and the role of the educator with his film. Some of his film credits include: Godsend (with Robert DeNiro), How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days (with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey), Joao (directed by Mauro Limo). Bernstein has been featured in an international commercial for Audi, along with many other US and Canadian ad campaigns. A native Torontonian, Bernstein currently resides in Los Angeles.
 

Erick Betancourt
Erick Betancourt has recently been made Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Erick can be seen on Amazon Prime new series "Sneaky Pete" starring Bryan Cranston. This summer he was Prince Escalus in Romeo & Juliet at the Tony Award winning theater Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island in addition, he was a teaching artist at Trinity Repertory Company summer youth program. His current film credit is along side Actors Studio Drama School Alumni Victor Almanzar film titled "11:55" which is currently screening at The LA Film Festival and other surrounding cities. 

Charles Brice
Charles successfully segued from student to working professional shortly after earning his MFA in Acting.  Charles first broke into television with a co-star role in the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods. Since then Charles has gone on to book roles on HBO’s critically acclaimed mini-series, Show Me a Hero (Recurring), HBO’s limited series The Night Of (Guest Star), NBC’s cop drama Shades of Blue (Guest Star), and NBC’s Blindspot (Guest Star).

Charles is also a versatile theatre actor who has appeared on the New York stage as the role of boxer turned aviator, Elijah Sams in Layon Grays’ Black Angels Over Tuskegee, as well as the title role of Othello at The Looking Glass Theatre.

In most recent news, Charles starred as the controversial relationship blogger, Ray Livingston, in Tahir Jetters feature film, How to tell You’re a Douchebag. The film received its world premiere this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was also well received on the festival circuit at large.

Charlotte Cohn
While still a student at the prestigious Actors Studio Graduate MMFA Program, Charlotte Cohn had the great fortune to work alongside Elliott Gould in One Hundred Gates at The Jewish Theatre of NY, Off-Broadway. Merely a year after graduation, she made her Broadway debut in the first-ever Broadway production of Puccini's La Boheme, directed by Baz Luhrmann.  As part of the La Boheme cast, Cohn was privileged to appear on the 2003 Tony Awards broadcast and to be featured in Broadway Bares XIII, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Cohn has since performed in Coram Boy on Broadway and the lead in regional productions across the country. At Centerstage Theatre in Baltimore, she was lucky to work with the amazing Irene Lewis in The Murder of Isaac which later had a reading at The Public Theatre in New York City and was extremely honored to perform the lead role Hallelujah Lil in ACT's production of Happy End. Cohn just starred Off Broadway in her husband Jason Odell Williams’ play, Handle With Care, the New York TImes Critic's Pick. The play is being turned into a movie and is being published by Dramatists Play Service. There have been seven productions in the region and the world so far, with five more expected. The play has also been requested by 68 additional theaters worldwide.

Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper began working professionally while attending the Actors Studio Drama School, missing commencement because he was off filming Wet Hot American Summer. Guest appearances on numerous TV series followed, but it was his supporting role on Alias that introduced him to a wider audience. After leaving the drama in 2003, Cooper played Christine Lahti's much younger love interest on Jack & Bobby and finally landed his first leading role on the short-lived sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2006, he took a brief screen hiatus to make his Broadway debut opposite Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain. More success followed, with starring roles in the fifth season of Nip/Tuck, Yes Man (2008) and the 2009 box-office hit, The Hangover, and the plum part of Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the 2010 film adaptation of the 1980s TV series, The A-Team.  Cooper has been nominated for three Academy Awards, first for his leading role in Silver Linings Playbook (2013), his supporting role in American Hustle (2014), and his leading role in American Sniper (2015). He is the first graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School to be a guest on Inside the Actors Studio.

Eisa Davis
Eisa Davis was the 2012 Alpert Award winner in Theatre and a 2013 Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a Best of 2009 by The New Yorker. Other plays include Ramp (Ruby Prize winner), The History of Light (Barrymore nomination), Paper Armor, Umkovu, Six Minutes, Warriors Don’t Cry, and the collaborations Active Ingredients and Hip Hop Anansi. Her newest piece is the musical, Flowers Are Sleeping. Davis was a resident playwright at New Dramatists, where she won the Helen Merrill Award, and the Whitfield Cook Award, among others. She has received fellowships from Sundance/UCross, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and the Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. As an actor, recent theatre work includes David Auburn’s new play Lost Lake (O’Neill), The Cradle Will Rock at Encores! Off-Center, Luck of the Irish at LCT3 (Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO nominations), the world premieres of The Call and This at Playwrights Horizons, the first revival of The Piano Lesson at Yale Rep (also composer and music director), and her Obie Award-winning performance in the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange, captured on film by Spike Lee. Davis is featured in the films Free Angela, Welcome to the Rileys (opposite James Gandolfini), Jack Ryan, Robot Stories, The Architect, Confess, Happenstance, Pretty Bird, Apparition of the Eternal Church, Brass Tacks, In The Family, The Letter, and The Volunteer (Best Narrative Feature, Urbanworld). She was Bubbles’ sister on The Wire, has guest starred on The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Damages and Soul Food, and recurred on Smash and Hart of Dixie. She also contributes a storyline to the collaborative marketplace event Trade Practices and an episode to The Mysteries at the Flea. Davis is a member of the Actors Studio, a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop, and was an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space. As a singer-songwriter, her albums Something Else and Tinctures are available through iTunes and CDBaby. She sings her original music at venues including Joe’s Pub, BAMCafĂ©, the Whitney Museum, and the Apollo.

Xanthe Elbrick
For her role in Coram Boy, Xanthe Elbrick was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.  She has been featured on the BBC’s Doctors, and is the Director of the Edinburgh Footlights Theatre Company.

Thesa Loving
Thesa Loving is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and now a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.  She has worked extensively off-Broadway, regionally, and has been in the National Tour of Oklahoma! and Fiddler on the Roof.

Vin Kridakorn
New York theater credits: Butoh Electra (NY Fringe Festival); Future Anxiety and #Serials@TheFlea (The Flea Theater); Hamlet (Gallery Players); Taming of the Shrew (Queens Players); Tape (Dance New Amsterdam); Walkabout Yeolha (Columbia Stages) and The Spoon River Anthology (Roy Arias Studios & Theatres). Regional: The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre) and Yellow Face (Oregon Shakespeare FAIRplay program). Film: Play Name (SIFF, New Fest NYC, Out Fest); Dirty Knees (Winner Best Screenplay, Asian American International Film Fest NY, Asians on Film Festival LA) Milkshake (Short film corner, Festival De Cannes), and English-Vinglish. Upcoming: The White Snake at The Goodman Theatre; Producing/acting in the short film Adam. MFA from The Actors Studio, acting track 2010. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA. www.vin-kridakorn.net

Adam Petherbridge
Adam landed his first regional role after year one at the Actors Studio Drama School, and has been working onstage, primarily in the Northeast, ever since. While at the program, he co-produced the original All an Act, the thesis project of classmate Sean Michael Welch, and brought the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was so well received it was invited to Exeter, and enjoyed an additional run there at the BikeShed Theatre. At home, Adam has played regionally in Fiddler on the Roof, Boeing Boeing, The Drawer Boy, Over the Pub, Lombardi, and has made a habit of working in dialect-heavy shows, including Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, which required 7 separate characters with dialect. In 2015, Adam made his Off-Broadway debut as Young Charlie in Da, the 1978 Tony winner for best play, at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The show was selected for preservation in Lincoln Center’s Performing Arts Library, where it will be viewable for decades to come. The following year he was cast Off-Broadway again in In the Secret Sea, directed by the legendary Martin Charnin and featuring the legendary Glynnis O’Connor, whose mother was one of the first lifetime members of the Actors Studio. To stave off the shakes between shows, Adam is a frequent improviser in the indie scene in NYC.

Kara Rosella
Kara Rosella hit the ground running – literally – after graduating from The Actors Studio Drama School with her MFA in Acting. She segued right away into numerous action-oriented roles with stints (and stunts) on television shows including: The Mysteries of Laura, American Odyssey, Allegiance and Banshee. Most recently, Rosella has appeared in several other television shows including: CBS’s Blue Bloods, ABC’s Quantico, The Outsiders, Orange is the New Black, the acclaimed Netflix series Jessica Jones, and Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl. No stranger to films large and small, Rosella has appeared in films such as: Ghostbusters, Sisters, the indie drama Grafters, Fog City, The Brits are Coming, and most recently The Super and Catfight (where she stunt doubled Anne Heche). She hasn’t forgotten her roots on the stage, and she has appeared in The Diary of a Catholic School Girl Dropout, and The Autobiography of a Guy Who Knew Me. Rosella is a native from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and also a former scholarship athlete on the University of Michigan’s gymnastic team.  She currently calls New York City home.

MFA Directing

Colleen Britt
Colleen is a New York City based director, actor, and teaching artist.  Most recently, she directed two new plays in the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival, Svetlyachki by Alla Ilyasova and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Other NYC credits include a new play Insignificant by Sean Michael Welch with Infinite Variety Productions at the Kraine Theater. Last summer Colleen had the pleasure of directing two new plays for the Wyoming Theatre Festival, Utah and Untouched. Other productions with IVP include a recently remounted production of A Piece of my Heart for the Armory Museum in Long Island, Censored on Final Approach at the Aviation Museum, the Arlington Museum in Virginia and in the Judson Gym theatre in NYC. Other work includes co-directing Autobahn (Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Program) and assisting Brian Roff (Berkshire Theatre Festival) on the world premiere of Dutch Masters by Greg Keller. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Florida before attending ASDS.  She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Resident Director of Infinite Variety Productions and also the Drama teacher at The Hewitt School in NYC. www.colleenrbritt.com

Cosmin Chivu
Cosmin Chivu has been recognized as an outstanding vital force in the theatre world and has received multiple awards for his work. He has directed more than 50 professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, and Romania. His latest projects include The Mutilated by Tennessee Williams (NY Times and Time Out Critic's Picks), Beautiful Province by Clarence Coo (Lincoln Center Theater 3 and winner of the 2012 Yale New Drama Series) and a stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Recluse and His Guest as part of the Drama League’s New Directors New Works. In America, Chivu directed more than 30 plays in New York City (Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, The Actors Studio, UBU Rep, The Players), Massachusetts (The Provincetown T. Williams Festival, KO Festival), California, and New Jersey. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an alumnus of the Old Globe's Jack O’Brien fellowship. He is the founder of InterArt Theatre Group. Chivu is currently the Head of BA Directing Program, International Performance Ensemble at Pace University School of Performing Arts, New York City. In addition to the Theater courses he teaches at Pace, in recent months, he has also taught Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at the Tisch School at NYU, the University of Hawaii, and Theatre of Changes in Athens, Greece. He is actively involved in developing courses in translating contemporary European plays for an American audience and has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a BA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania.

Bryan Kopta
Bryan Kopta currently resides in Los Angeles, where he serves as Producing Director for the Alliance Repertory Company. Bryan has performed in ARC’s productions of Suzan Lori-Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays, and original works Anniversary and Eight, for which he also served as a producer and director. At the Alliance, he produced the west coast premieres of Cecil Castellucci’s Westward Expansion, Colette Freedman’s Sister Cities, and Steven Fechter’s The Golden Aurora. Kopta also continues to write and direct his own short films, which can be seen on his Vimeo page at vimeo.com/bryankopta

Bridget Leak
Bridget Leak has professionally directed in France, New York City, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio, and Wyoming. New York City directing credits include: Reconstruction (Lincoln Center), Night of the Living Deepwater Horizon (ANT Fest, Ars Nova), Rhapsodies on a National Tragedy (The Watermill Center), and Slut Shaming (Women Center Stage Festival, The Culture Project). She has been the assistant director to Lynne Meadow, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Timothy Douglas KJ Sanchez, Blake Robison, Ricardo Khan, and Michael Evan Haney.  Leak was an Artist in Residence at Robert Wilson's The Watermill Center and the Resident Assistant Director at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  She is a Lincoln Center Directors Lab alum, recipient of the SDCF Observership, finalist of the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship, and an Associate Member of SDC. www.bridgetleak.com

Danny Gorman
Danny Gorman has worked as a director, choreographer, and theater arts educator in New York for the past nine years. He currently assists Tony Award nominated and Emmy Award winning director Lonny Price, and has worked on projects including Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close at the English National Opera, and Sinatra: Voice for a Century featuring Bernadette Peters, Sting, and Christina Aguilera at the New York Philharmonic. They will return to London this winter to stage Carousel again for the English National Opera. He recently served as an artistic consultant for Lincoln Center curating a series of events called Lincoln Center Originals, which debuted new and entirely original content inspired by the Lincoln Center campus by some of the most prominent theatre artists of today. In New York, Danny's directing work has been featured at New York University, FringeNYC, the CRY HAVOC Company, the New York Children's Theatre Festival, and the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season. His play, Blanche on a Winter's Eve will play the United Solo Festival this fall after an award-winning engagement last summer in the Planet Connection Theatre Festival. Danny received his BA from NYU before coming to the Actors Studio Drama School.  www.DannyGorman.com

Nicholas Kowerko
Nicholas Kowerko has directed over 25 productions in various venues across the country.  In 2010, he was a casting assistant at Boston Casting, where he worked on ABC Television’s Body of Proof with Dana Delaney, commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts, Gillette, Verizon, as well as other independent feature films.  He was an assistant director to Paul Mason Barnes at the Great River Shakespeare Festival and completed a season-long directing assistantship at Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), where he was also on faculty, teaching undergraduate courses in Movement and Strasberg Method Acting.  He has also taught at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the Media Performance Institute in Boston, the State University of New York at Fredonia, and most recently, Syracuse University.  He will assist Michael Bloom on an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations at Syracuse Stage in the fall of 2016.  As a writer, he has written scripts for devised pieces Inertia: The Banjo Opera, The One They Call the Wind, and was a co-adapter for the musical Christmas Is Here Again with Brad Carroll.  Proud member of Casting Society of America, SDC Associate, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.  www.nicholaskowerko.com

Michael Rader
Michael Rader is a New York City based freelance director and the current Artistic Director of the oldest continually operating summer theatre in the United States, the historic Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His highlights as a director or associate include the Off-Broadway production of Stalking The Bogeyman (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Varekai (Cirque Du Soleil), A Christmas Story (National Tour), Mandela! with Norm Lewis, You are Not Alone with Betty Buckley and Lea DeLaria, Scrooge: The Musical (National Tour); productions with Sacramento Music Circus, The York Theatre Company, The Forestburgh Playhouse, The Human Race Theatre, The Dramatist Guild, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub, The Huron Playhouse and the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway benefit of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle. Michael is the adaptor and director of a radical new version of Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, which is currently in development in NYC. His diverse career in the arts has afforded him positions such as Artistic Director for Cirque du Soleil, a Broadway Liaison to the New York Department of Education, the Director of Entertainment for The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp, and the Resident Director for the annual national tour of the Broadway musical A Christmas Story. He is an alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a Fulbright Scholar finalist and a proud member of SDC.  www.michaelrader.com

Brian Rhinehart
Brian Rhinehart is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholarship to develop a co-production in Braunschweig, Germany, titled Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. An expert in devised theatre and collaborative playmaking, he has worked as a freelance theatre director in Florida and New York for the last seventeen years.  In the summer he works with the company “Forum for Arts and Culture” on their annual production in Heersum, Germany, titled Heersumer Sommerspiele.  In 2007, Rhinehart assistant-directed the first national tour of the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer, as well as its Atlantic City production in Harrah’s Casino, 2008.  He was named Best Director of the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival for the play Einstein’s Dreams, was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a Resident Artist of the Kraine Theater from 2002 to 2005. Rhinehart is also a critically acclaimed actor (The New York Times, Show Business Weekly), who has performed in more than 50 productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. The plays he has written or co-written have been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival and a variety of Off-Off Broadway venues. Rhinehart is an internationally published scholar on the subject of contemporary German theatre, and is co-author of a book, All Joking Aside: The Art and Craft of Comedy, to be published in 2014. He holds an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School, and a PhD in English from the University of Florida. He has given various theatre seminars in the US, Germany, Portugal and China, and teaches or has taught acting, directing, theatre history and playwriting at such schools as The Actors Studio Drama School, The City University of New York (Baruch College), Marymount Manhattan College, New School University (Eugene Lang College), and Kean University.

Rachel Stevens
Rachel is a New York City based director, actor and teaching artist. Most recently, Rachel served as Resident Director, for Front Porch Theatricals of Pittsburgh PA, where she directed both The Spitfire Grill and Floyd Collins. This fall, Rachel will be Assistant Director to Rachel Chavkin on the Broadway premiere of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Rachel was Assistant Director to Andy Blankenbeuhler at Papermill Playouse, for the world premiere of The Bandstand, scheduled for its Broadway debut this fall. Other highlights from Rachel’s work as Director and Assistant Director include: Henry & Mudge (TheatreworksUSA); Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Yo, Vikings! (Upper Darby Summer Stage, PA), Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (American Repertory Theater; dir. Rachel Chavkin), Preludes (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater; dir. Rachel Chavkin), Outside Mullingar (City Theatre in Pittsburgh; dir. Tracy Brigden) and Smart Blonde (City Theatre in Pittsburgh; dir. Peter Flynn). Rachel has developed and directed new works and workshops including: the world premiere of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk's Tales from the Bad Years (loft 172, Brooklyn), The World’s Fair, in conjunction with NYU’s  MFA Musical Theater Writing program, and Eastburn Avenue, a new musical currently in development in NYC. Rachel is an SDC Associate and MTC Fellow.Rachel has taught master classes in Devising, Musical Theater and Directing with Point Park University and University of the Arts.  Before attending the Actors Studio Drama School, Rachel received her BFA in Musical Theater from Point Park University. Read an exclusive Dyson interview with Rachel Stevens.

Ken Urso
Ken Urso has served as director, producer, actor, guest artist and dramaturg internationally and throughout the United States.  Upon graduating from the Actors Studio Drama School, he became an Artistic Associate of Interplayers Theatre in Washington where he directed Always… Patsy Cline, Never the Sinner, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and played Jules in Boom. New York credits include Red Light Winter, Amicable Parting, Kidnapping Laura Linney, and the world premiere of Worth House for Toy Box Theatre Company. His award-winning production of Gay Camp, which has been featured in Time Out, Next Magazine, Out Magazine, StageLight Magazine and the Huffington Post, ran in New York City for three years and continues to tour throughout the US. Urso directed the world premiere of an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England. He has taught workshops at Gonzaga University, Pacific University, and Baruch College.  Ken is on the Directing and Acting faculty at the Actors Studio Drama School where he also serves as the Director of Professional Development.  He is a member of the Actors Studio Director’s Unit and an Associate member of SDC. www.kenurso.com

MFA Playwriting

Michael Ross Albert
Michael Ross Albert is the author of several plays including For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard (FringeNYC; Top 10, Toronto’s Fringe Festival’s New Play Contest), Screech (finalist, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival), Tough Jews (Miles Nadal "Between Stages" series, dir David Ferry) and Four Sons (winner, Under 20s New Play Contest, Tarragon Theatre). His play, Starfishes, was included in the 2010-2011 anthology of Best American Short Plays, and has since been performed across the United States. The Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, Kentucky commissioned him to write a triptych of original works. The first part, entitled Feud, opened in August 2013 to a sold-out run. The second play in the series, Firebrand, was produced in August 2014.

John Patrick Bray
John Patrick Bray has written plays under grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and he has earned commissions from organizations in South Louisiana and Off-Off Broadway. He is a member and moderator of the Athens Playwrights’ Workshop, director of the Rose of Athens No Shame Play Reading series, and has previously been resident writer and literary manager for the Rising Sun Performance Company in New York City, a Finalist for the Ingram New Works Program at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and a Finalist for the 2010 Playwriting Residency at The Hangar Theatre. Bray’s works have been produced Off-Off Broadway (including productions with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Strawberry One-Act Festival, and Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), and in venues around the country. Bray’s plays have been developed with a number of organizations, including The Actors Studio, The Platform Group, EndTimes Bunker, Epic Rep. Theatre at The Players’ Club and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska.  In addition, his play Donkey (which received productions with Rose of Athens and Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) was read as part of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.’s Friday Night Footlights-Atlanta Style. His works are published with Smith and Kraus, Applause, Next Stage Press, Indie Theatre Now, The Riant Theatre, JACPublishing, and Heartland Plays, Inc. Also a scholar, Bray has presented at national and regional conferences and has essays published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Symposium, New England Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal and Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts (UK). John is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and he is an Equity Membership Candidate.  Originally from upstate New York, Bray is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia. www.johnpatrickbray.webs.com

Aurin Squire
Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and reporter. He is a recipient of the 2014 Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Squire graduated with honors from Northwestern University and worked as a radio reporter for the college’s national newsfeed. He was also a reporter for publications such as ESPNThe Miami Herald, and Chicago Tribune. After graduating from Actors Studio and New School University with an MFA in playwriting, he was commissioned as a screenwriter for Moxie Pictures, adapting the novel Velocity into a movie. His dark comedy, To Whom It May Concern, won New York LGBT theatre awards for best play, best playwright, and best actor in the Fresh Fruit Festival before being optioned and remounted Off Broadway with a commercial producer at the ArcLight Theatre. In 2007, Squire received a year-long commission to move to Albuquerque and work with Tectonic Theatre Company. He interviewed Jewish Latinos and worked with an ensemble to create A Light in My Soul, a docudrama produced around New Mexico about Jewish families who fled from the Spanish Inquisition and settled in the American southwest. Squire also wrote Dreams of Freedom, the multimedia installation video about Jewish immigrants in the 20th century for the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia. Dreams won three national museum awards and is in the permanent exhibit at NMAJH. In 2013, Squire was an associate producer and dramaturg for a concert series of new plays for the United Nations and Holocaust Remembrance. His drama, Freefalling, was produced at Barrington Stage Company and won the 2013 Fiat Lux Award ("Let There Be Light") from the Catholic Church’s Theatre Conference. In 2014, Freefalling won first place in InspiraTO International Play Contest and was produced in May 2014 in Toronto. Article 1191-1, his drama about a gay rights activist in Belarus fighting to hold a rally was produced in Florence, Italy, Norway, Vancouver, and Los Angeles in 2014. He has been a guest artist and lecturer at Gettysburg College, Malloy College, and New School University. His plays have been produced at venues like Abingdon Theatre, ArcLight Theatre, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage Company, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Lab, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Phil Bosakowski Theatre, Theatre for the New City, and Vital Theatre. He lives in New York City where he currently attends Juilliard.

Sean Michael Welch
Sean Michael Welch is a playwright and novelist currently residing in New York City. He has won the KC/ACTF John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire (1999), the KC-ACTF Region III Ten-minute Play Award for Charleston's Finger (2000), and Best Play for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Fall One Act Play Competition with Audience Participation (2015). Published plays include Earl the Vampire (Samuel French, 2000, 2012), Boise, Idaho (Playscripts, 2012), and Try Not to Step on the Naked Man (Zoetrope: All-Story, 2003). His plays have been produced across the United States and abroad, and he has attended the Edinburgh Festival Fringe twice with All An Act (2012) and Butoh Medea (2015). He was commissioned to write Insignificant by Infinite Variety Productions and is in the midst of adapting it for a webseries. His novel 1897: ALIENS! VAMPIRES! ZOMBIES! was published by Permuted Press in October of 2015.

Don Zolidis
With over 1,500 productions this year, Don Zolidis is one of the most-produced playwrights in America.  He has published 60 plays through Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing, Samuel French, and Youthplays, and has been translated into Icelandic, Greek, and French. Don has been awarded the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting in 2004, a Pulitzer Prize nomination 2012, Two Edgerton New Play Awards in 2012.

To a select number of theatre professionals, mainly actors, the Actors Studio offers free Life Membership, with no fee or tuition required, which entitles them to a unique opportunity to explore and improve their craft in a safe, laboratory environment with colleagues with whom they share the same process of work. Membership is granted through an audition process, where five-minute scenes are presented to a panel of judges which is comprised of the leadership of the Studio.

The number of new members varies from year to year, but is very select – some years only one or two members are accepted.

In 2015, there were only 10 new members to be granted the honor of a Life Membership. Pace’s Actors Studio alumni were six of this prestigious group.

2016 New Actors Studio Drama School Alumni Life Members

 
Erick Betancourt '15
MFA Acting
Liana Jackson '14
MFA Acting
 

Actors Studio Drama School Alumni Life Members

Fig Chilcott Samantha Tan Kate Taney
Fig Chilcott '14
MFA Acting
Samantha Tan '14
MFA Acting
Kate Taney '14
MFA Acting
Jillian K Waters Taylor Plas Lash Dooley
Jillian K. Waters '14
MFA Acting
Taylor Plas '13
MFA Acting
Lash Dooley '12
MFA Acting
Sarah Anne Miles Hannah Timmons Maria Viteri
Sarah Anne Miles '12
MFA Acting
Hannah Timmons '11
MFA Acting
Maria Viteri '11
MFA Acting
Lawrence Sharp David Dempsey Thesa Loving
Lawrence Sharp '10
MFA Acting
David Dempsey '09
MFA Acting
Thesa Loving '09
MFA Acting
Goya Robles Deema Salem
Javier Molina '09
MFA Directing
Goya Robles '09
MFA Acting
Deema Salem '09
MFA Acting
R-J Seikaly    
RJ Seikaly '09
MFA Acting
   


Notable members include: Robert Duvall, Mike Myers, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Lyle Kessler, Sally Field, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Marlon Brando, Ellen Burstyn, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Anthony Hopkins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Jaime Sanchez, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Sean Penn, Anthony Quinn, Estelle Parsons, Al Pacino, Felix Solis, Kevin Spacey

The Actors Studio was founded in New York by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis in 1947. Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel, and Al Pacino currently serve as co-Presidents.