GUEST TEACHER BIOS
Reed Birney is currently in London, on the West End, in the Broadway production of The Humans (in his Tony Award winning role). Recently, he was on Broadway in George Orwell's 1984. He also has a recurring role on Netflix's House of Cards as Vice-President Donald Blythe. Reed is one of our finest veteran actors [Obie award for "Sustained Excellence" & a Special Drama Desk Award], having lent his keen intelligence and sly nuance to a vast array of characters, including a befuddled Tony Blair in Stuff Happens, a grieving high school principal in Tigers Be Still, a lustful carpenter in Circle Mirror Transformation, a dissolute journalist in Blasted, and a equivocal husband in Adam Bock's A Small Fire.
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 Primary Stages.
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 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.
Andrew Dolan has taught at the Stella Adler Studio, The American Conservatory Theater, AMDA and the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Acting credits include American Daughter (Broadway), Strictly Dishonorable (Vineyard), Pink, Ted Kaczynski (SPF), What Then (Clubbed Thumb), Tree House (NY Stage & Film), Measure for Measure (Target Margin) UK: Edmond (National Theatre). The Woods (National Studio), Boy from the Book (English Touring Theatre). Regional: Mamba’s Daughters (Spoleto Festival), Burn This, Marco Millions, Cyrano, 12th Night, Hapgood (ACT), Substance of Fire. Savage/Love (Magic Theatre), Loot, Amadeus (Arizona Theatre Co.), Road to Nirvana, Down the Road, Boy’s Life, Coming Attractions (Encore Theatre). TV/Film: Handsome Harry (Tribeca ’09) Unstoppable, Partners in Crime, 28 Days, Ash Tuesday, Deal Breakers (Sundance ’07), Elementary, House of Cards, Bull, Blue Bloods, Good Wife, The Americans, Person of Interest, Good Cop, The Tick, Blacklist , Being Human, David Letterman, all Law & Orders, Conviction, Return of Jezebel James, Guiding Light, Crash Life. As a writer, Andrew's plays have been developed and performed at EST West, Road Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Mile Square Theatre. Training: Bowdoin College, MFA: American Conservatory Theatre.
Tara Giordano is a New York-based actor, teacher, and director. A Helen Hayes Award nominee, her acting credits include roles at Arena Stage (Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, Christmas Carol 1941), Shakespeare Theatre (As You Like It), Folger Theatre (Conference of the Birds, Twelfth Night),Two River Theater (The Underpants, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Year with Frog and Toad), Olney Theatre (Anna Karenina, Blithe Spirit, Is He Dead?), Studio Theatre (Batboy: the Musical); 13 seasons with Off-Broadway Theatre company PTP/NYC, and new play developments at New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, New Victory Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth. Her work can also be seen & heard in national commercials (AT&T, CVS), independent films (YellowBrickRoad, Ex-Girlfriends), and over 40 audiobook narrations (Marvel’s The Death of Captain America). She was a co-producer on the feature film The Witch in the Window and a co-developer of the original musical The Village of Vale at Lincoln Center. As a teacher and director, Ms. Giordano has worked with actors at Boston University, Shakespeare Theatre Company, American University and various studios in NYC. She holds a BA in Theatre and English from Middlebury College and an MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University.
Meg Gibson recently finished an acclaimed run of Admissions at Studio Theater in DC. A NY based actor, she has been seen in numerous productions at The Public Theater, from The Gabriels to the inaugural run of The Shakespeare Mobile Unit playing the Duke in Measure for Measure. She has worked for The Atlantic Theater Company, MTC, EST, Next Wave Festival. Meg has also been a company member of ART, as well as doing extensive resident work with ATL, Yale Rep, The Old Globe, and more. In film and TV her latest work can be seen in Vox Lux, Modern Love, Constance, Noah Wise, and the online web series, It’s Freezing Out There. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has been a member of The Actor’s Center. As a director she created Too Much Memory which won best play at The Fringe Festival, moving to a sold out run at NYTW. She attended the Yale School of Drama as a directing fellow in design. She has created new work for Salt Lake Acting Company and continues to expand her directing.
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 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 the lead role in NBC's The Slap, as well as Girls, and The Divide.
Her film work includes: Hell or High Water, Aardvark, In the Radiant Hour, and The Evening Hour.
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.
Director, dramaturge and teacher, Robert McQueen, has worked across the United States, Canada and internationally. On Broadway Robert was the Associate Director of MAMMA MIA and directed the US National, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires companies of the show. Robert was also the Resident Director on the National Tour of the Hal Prince and Susan Stroman production of SHOWBOAT. Robert is the Director of New Musical Development for The Musical Stage Company; a Toronto based company who commission and develop new works from Canadian and American musical theatre writers. This past season for Musical Stage Company Robert directed the premiere production LIFE AFTER, which was pro-produced by Canadian Stage and for which he won the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical.
Additionally Robert directed the Musical Stage Company/Mirvish Productions co-production of FUN HOME, for which he was awarded the 2018 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. For Musical Stage Company Robert has also directed productions of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, FALSETTOS, THE WILD PARTY as well as the company’s premiere productions of REFRAMED, 3 one act musicals inspired by paintings from the Art Gallery of Ontario collection and YOU ARE HERE; a new work by the writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (Broadway; THE STORY OF MY LIFE).
Other recent theatre production includes directing THE MAN OF LA MANCHA for the Stratford Festival of Canada, FOREST BOY, for the New York Musical Festival, as well as regional productions of PAL JOEY, AS YOU LIKE IT, I AM MY OWN WIFE, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK and YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.
Internationally, Robert’s latest work includes direction and dramaturgy of the a new music theatre piece entitled WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP, which had it’s world premiere at the Chenla Theatre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia as well as directing a Tokyo based creative team and acting company in a Japanese language production of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical CAROUSEL at the Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo.
SIMONE REYNOLDS, CDG
Casting Director/Career Consultant
Simone has a City and Guilds, Level 4 Teaching Diploma, she is the founder of the Casting Directors’ Guild and has been a member of the Advisory Council at LAMDA since 1994.
In 2014 she was invited to join the Board of the Actors Centre. During her period on the Board, Simone set up ATLANTIC CROSSING, a partnership between the Actors Centre London and The Freeman Studio New York, enabling actors to have free membership of both organizations while enjoying workshop discounts and mentoring during their stay in both cities. Simone is a member of the Guest Teaching Team at the Freeman Studio NYC and returns regularly to run Film Technique Workshops.
In 2009 Simone became Career Consultant at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama until 2012, moving as Career Consultant to Giles Foreman Centre for Acting in 2013, where she teaches on the Advanced Professional Intensive Diploma.
In 2006, Simone devised the very successful Audition Technique Course as part of LAMDA’s summer school, directing the course until 2013. She directed ALRA’s MA Showcase in 2009 & 2010, while also completing Professional Practice Workshops with the BA students.
At City Literary Institute, Simone devised and ran a four week theatre/screen acting course, entitled Casting Director, Director, and You, with Vivienne Rochester, head of Drama, Dance & Speech. She has given workshops for theatre & screen acting at many leading drama schools and organizations including Guildhall, LAMDA, Rose Bruford, Arts Ed, Drama Centre, and the Actors Centre.