GUEST TEACHER BIOS
Reed Birney has been an actor since 1974, making his Broadway debut at 21 in Albert Innaurato’s comedy smash, GEMINI. He made an auspicious film debut in 1981 in Arthur Penn and Steve Tesich’s FOUR FRIENDS. His work in the theater has been highly lauded, having nominated for two Tony Awards and winning once. He has won three OBIE Awards and a Drama Desk Award honoring his career. On television, he is best known as Vice President Donald Blythe in “House of Cards.” Other theater credits include Ian in the New York debut of Sarah Kane’s BLASTED, Tony Blair in STUFF HAPPENS, Harvey Fierstein’s CASA VALENTINA, the original production of CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. He can currently be seen in LOST GIRLS on Netflix, the Universal/Blumhouse film THE HUNT, directed by Craig Zobel, and season one of the Apple TV+ series, “Home Before Dark.” Upcoming film projects include MASS, written and directed by Fran Kranz, costarring with Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton and Jason Isaacs and THE 40 YEAR OLD VERSION, Radha Blank’s Sundance award-winning film which debuts this fall on Netflix.
Reed's extensive acting experience in theatre, film & television, has enabled him with a unique and valuable method for helping actors possess a greater understanding of the craft of acting.
In addition to his association with The Freeman Studio, he has taught at Columbia University, Primary Stages and HB Studio.
Jack Doulin is one the most respected Casting Directors in the country. He is currently the resident casting Director for Theatre for a New Audience, for which he has cast An Octoroon, The Winter's Tale and the current production of Julius Caesar. Among other NY shows he has cast are: Peter and the Starcatcher, Tony Kushner’s Homebody / Kabul, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, A Number (w/ Sam Shepard) and Love and Information; Ivo von Hove’s productions of Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, The Little Foxes; Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis and Blasted; The Master Builder, The Persians, Edgewise, Jack’s Precious Moment, Creature, Beebo Brinker, Dark Yellow, Living Room in Africa, Orange Flower Water. And two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: Andre Gregory’s production (with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn) and Sam Gold's production of Annie Baker's adaptation (with Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia and Michael Shannon.)
Regional credits include productions at Arena Stage, Long Wharf, The Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, The American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, The Chautauqua Theatre Company, Pig Iron Theatre, The Philadelphian Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre (Washington, DC) and the Wilma Theatre and Two River Theater. His film work includes Vanya on 42nd Street, A Master Builder, New Orleans, Mon Amour and What the Night Can Do.
In addition to his involvement with The Freeman Studio, he teaches at The Juilliard School.
As an actor, Welker has worked with extensively in film, television, and theatre. Her many credits include Goodfellas, Dead Poet’s Society, Eat, Pray, Love, as well as numerous television appearances. Most recently, Welker wrapped Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, opposite Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. Welker has had a longstanding presence in New York theatre and beyond, originating roles by major playwrights such as Lisa Kron, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Mac Wellman, Howard Korder, David Ives, Amy Freed, Joanna Murray Smith, and many others. Welker holds an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College, where she teaches The Art and Craft of Acting in Film and Television in the MFA acting program. Welker and Damian Young have conducted Screen Acting intensives for many artistic communities and training programs, including The Actors Center, NYU Graduate Acting, Brown/Trinity, FSU/Asolo, Montclair State, and the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Damian Young is a sought-after character actor, with nearly 100 credited appearances in tv and film projects. Damian is known for his early work in the films of Hal Hartley (Amateur, Simple Men), and has gone on to work as a regular or supporting character on numerous television shows: House of Cards, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Damages, USA’s The War Next Door, Californication, and HBO’s The Comeback alongside recurring and guest roles on shows such as Homeland, Ozark, Gotham, The Good Wife, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, Blacklist, White Collar, Person Of Interest, Sex and the City, Numb3rs, Elementary, Third Watch, and many others. His many films include Catfight, Birdman, We Only Know So Much, Ocean’s 8, and Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Far From Heaven) film Wonderstruck alongside Julianne Moore. Theatre credits include the Broadway shows Sacrilege with Ellen Bursytn and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring Dianne Weist and John Lithgow. Other theatre credits include off-Broadway and notable regional theaters such as The Vineyard, Playwright’s Horizons, The Women’s Project, The Atlantic Theater Company, Yale Rep, ART, and Hartford Stage. Damian and Welker White have conducted Screen Acting intensives for many artistic communities and training programs, including The Actors Center, NYU Graduate Acting, Brown/Trinity, FSU/Asolo, Montclair State, and the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Marin Ireland is one of our most noted and sought-after actors. She was nominated for a Tony Award, and won a Theatre World Award, for her role in Reasons To Be Pretty. She is also the recipient of an Obie Award for her role in Cyclone, and has been nominated for the Drama Desk, Lortel, Outer Critics, and Drama League Awards.
She also appeared on Broadway in After Miss Julie, and The Big Knife. Recent Off-Broadway roles include Ironbound, Kill Floor, Marie Antoinette, Blasted, and A Lie of the Mind. She has acted at many of New York's prestigious theatre companies - among them are: Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, The Public, Rattlestick, The New Group, Signature, and The New York Theatre Workshop.
Her notable work in television includes Homeland, Girls, The Slap, Masters of Sex, and three seasons of Sneaky Pete on Amazon.
Her film work includes: Hell or High Water, Flint, Light From Light, 28 Hotel Rooms, The Irishman, and Glass Chin (Independent Spirit Award nomination).
Philip Carlson is an author, teacher and career consultant. For more than thirty years, he represented actors as a manager and agent, serving as the New York head of talent at three of the most prestigious agencies in the business as well as his own agency.
Phil was the first agent to sign Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrien Grenier and Paul Giamatti and has represented Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and W.H. Macy among many gifted others.
In his book Breaking and Entering: A manual for the working actor in film, stage, and TV, From Auditions to Agents to a Career, Phil shares his practical trade secrets in a comprehensive guide on how to get into show business.
Phil has been an adjunct professor at NYU and at SUNY Purchase and is currently on the faculty of The Atlantic School. He has taught, spoken on expert panels, and lectured at many schools, including ACT Theatre School in San Francisco, The Juilliard School, Vassar College, The University of Washington, Emerson College, Dean College, Fordham University, The University of Tennessee and Hamilton College. He has also consulted for talent agencies, casting directors and theatre companies.
Amanda Quaid works extensively with heightened language, accents and dialects as an actor and in her work as an educator, she teaches dialects and verse skills to performers from around the world. She was selected by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to be a 2012 artist-in-residence with SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, placing her in NYC senior centers to lead workshops in Shakespeare. Actors are drawn to her unique and holistic approach, rooted in her performance background, which places emphasis on the speaker finding his or her individual voice within a dialect.
Her acting credits are diverse and substantial. Broadway: Equus. Off-Broadway: U.S. premiere of Cock directed by James Macdonald, Luck of the Irish (Lincoln Center/LCT3, Lucille Lortel nomination), Thomas Kilroy’s Irish adaptation of The Seagull directed by Max Stafford-Clark (Culture Project), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), Galileo opposite F. Murray Abraham (CSC), The Illusion dir. Michael Mayer (Signature), The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull); Banished Children of Eve (world premiere), W.B. Yeats’ A Full Moon in March and other plays in The Yeats Project (Irish Repertory Theatre); world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Not a Creature Was Stirring (The Flea).
Regional: Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession opposite Elizabeth Ashley (Shakespeare Theatre), Rosalind in As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Film/TV: Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, Law and Order: SVU opposite Patricia Arquette.
Film and television work includes: Masters of Sex and the upcoming I'm Dying Up Here.
Raised in Greenwich Village, Amanda received her B.A. in English from Vassar College and trained with Scott Freeman post graduation.
Ellen Novack has had a long and varied career with one consistent theme: working with and helping actors. She was a casting director for over 25 years working in TV, film and theatre. She gave early jobs to Nathan Fillion at 21, Anne Heche at 17, Ryan Phillippe at 14, and Hayden Panettiere at 4! She was casting director at the NY Shakespeare Festival, casting the original NY productions of Plenty and Mystery of Edwin Drood, both of which went to Broadway, and Top Girls and Fen. She directed, co-produced and co- wrote two short films, which were Official Selections at many festivals throughout the country and won several awards. She was Managing Director for CSC (Classic Stage Company) in New York, even as she cast plays for them with John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub, David Strathairn, Jean Stapleton, and Joe Morton, among many others. She was a casting director for the soap operas As the World Turns, Another World and One Life to Live, which she went on to produce as well.
To help actors who are new to the business or whose career has stalled, she started ActorLaunch, a one-on-one consulting service. She has taught on-camera auditioning at American Conservatory Theatre, The New School, New York University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the National Theatre Institute, She’s currently teaching it in New York City and has been teaching On-Camera Acting Technique and Professional Preparation/On-Camera Auditioning for many years at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Drama. Currently, she’s a Talent Consultant for Authentic Talent
and Literary Management. Her students, for example: Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Mamoudou Athie, Molly Bernard, Brett Dalton, Winston Duke, Marcus Henderson, Brian Tyree Henry, Aja Naomi King, Lupita Nyong’o, Allison Williams and many others, are doing quite well in TV and on film.