TEACHER BIOS

 
SCOTT FREEMAN, Studio Head

 

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 has taught Scene Study at the Freeman Studio for the past six years. She was a core member of the faculty at Michael Howard Studios. In addition, she has taught at NYU/Tisch, National Theater Institute, the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College and the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab.

 

As an actor, she 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 Madoff, Blue Bloods, Blacklist, Prodigal Son, all the Law and OrderMadigan Men, The SopranosEd, Dudley, and five contract roles on daytime drama.

 

Off-Broadway, Alex appeared last fall in Reparations at the Billy Holiday Theatre. Other credits include Lincoln Center Theater,  Barrow Street Theater, EST, SoHo Rep, Theater at St. Clements, and LaMama, ETC, among others. Regionally she has worked at The Huntington Theatre, The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, CATF, The Alley Theater, Syracuse Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia Theater Company, and others.

 

She is a proud member of the Actors Center, and a graduate of Williams College and the National Theatre Institute.


Visit her website for more information www.AlexandraNeil.com

 

TARA GIORDANO

 

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.

 
LISA ARRINDELL

 

LISA ARRINDELL's long and varied acting career include Films: Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Family Reunion, HBO’s A Lesson Before Dying, Disappearing Acts, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sin Seer, Having Our Say:The Delany Sisters, etc. Television: Bull, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Law and Order SVU, Saints & Sinners, The Quad and Notorious, etc. Theatre: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof [Broadway], Jubilee [Arena Stage], Reparations [The Billie Holiday Theatre] Richard III [NY Shakespeare Theater] Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, etc. Her starring film credits include, First Hundred years, Christmas Wedding Baby, First Impression, and A Christmas Blessing.


Her work as an acting coach and teacher include private clients and as an Artist in Residence at the Harlem School of the Arts, as well as masterclasses for high school and college theatre students.


She received her BFA from The Juilliard School.

 
 
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 actor, director, and award-winning film producer. As an actor, 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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