TEACHER BIOS

 
Studio Head, SCOTT FREEMAN

 

For the past twenty-five years, Studio Head, Scott Freeman, has taught at many of the nation's premiere actor training programs and is recognized as one of the leading acting teachers in the country. Mr. Freeman was a member of the founding faculty of The Actors Center in New York City, where he taught throughout the eleven years of its existence. In addition, he enjoyed a long association with The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco as a core faculty member of its MFA program and a member of its acting company. He also served as the founding Head of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. He has also taught at Rutgers University, NYU, SUNY Purchase, The Atlantic Theatre Company, and The Stella Adler School of Acting.

As an actor, theatres he has worked at include The  American Conservatory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, New York Theatre Workshop, Mark Taper Forum, The Magic Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare, San Jose Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse, and St. Louis Repertory. In addition, he has several film and television roles to his credit.

 
MARIA DIZZIA

 

Maria Dizzia has taught at the University of California at San Diego and master classes at the Penghao Theater in Beijing and the Sichuan People's Art Theater in Chengdu, China. She is currently a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama. She is also a 2011 recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship.

As a much sought-after actress, her Broadway credits include: In The Next Room by Sarah Ruhl (Tony nomination Featured Actress; Lincoln Center). Recent theater credits include If I Forget by Steven Levenson (Roundabount Theater Company),  Belleville by Amy Herzog (Drama Desk Nomination; New York Theater Workshop, Yale Rep), Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep), Drunken City by Adam Bock (Playwrights Horizons), and Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (Second Stage, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep). Outside of the United States, Maria has performed at The Gate Theater in London and at the Garasjen theater in Norway.


Television credits include: a recurring role on Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete, recurring role on Orange Is the New Black, Louie, Master of None, Newsroom, Elementary, and The Blacklist. Among her film roles are: Martha Marcy May Marlene (Gotham Film Award nomination, Best Ensemble), While We're Young, and Margin Call.

 
ALEXANDRA NEIL

Alexandra Neil was a core member of the faculty at Michael Howard Studios for many years. In addition, she has taught at NYU/Tisch, National Theater Institute, and the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College.

As an actress, she has appeared on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Rock'n'Roll and Stephen Belber’s Match. Her film credits include Listen Up Philip, The Longest Week, Simon Killer, Afterschool, Twelve, Something’s Gotta Give, Pretty Happy, among others. Television roles include all the Law and Order, Madigan Men, The Sopranos, Ed, Dudley, and five contract roles on daytime drama.


Off-Broadway credits include productions at The Barrow Street Theater, EST, SoHo Rep, Jewish Rep, Theater at St. Clements, and LaMama, ETC.


Regionally she appeared at The Huntington Theatre, The Alley Theater, Syracuse Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia Theater Company, and many others.


Visit her website for more information www.AlexandraNeil.com

 

 
VANCE BARBER

 

In addition to his teaching at The Freeman Studio, Vance Barber has been associated with noted acting coach and teacher, Bob Krakower since 2012. Vance enjoys a noted reputation as an acting coach. His clients include many successful actors in film and television, who rely on him for their audition preparation. Vance teaches several ongoing acting classes throughout the city. In 2012, Vance started Let's Get Reel, an audition and edit studio he ran out of his guest room in Astoria. From 2013-2018, he was the head on-camera audition teacher at Stonestreet Studio, the Film and TV Conservatory of NYU's Tisch School Drama Department.


Visit his website for more information www.vancebarber.com

 

JESSICA CUMMINGS

 

Jessica Cummings is a NYC-based acting teacher and coach. In addition to her teaching, she is also an actress, director, and award-winning film producer. As an actress, she has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally, as well as in major television shows and films. Most recently, Jessica was seen in Therese Raquin on Broadway (starring Kiera Knightley) and can be seen in the films Astraea and Gold (starring Matthew McConaughey).
 

Jessica has been associated with noted acting coach and teacher, Bob Krakower for the past six years.

 

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