The New Actors Workshop
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|The New Actors Workshop|
The New Actors Workshop was a two-year acting conservatory in New York City founded by Master Teachers Mike Nichols, George Morrison and Paul Sills in 1988. The school offered a unique, dual-track curriculum combining Stanislavski-based technique with Viola Spolin Theater Games. The workshop stopped accepting students in 2010.
Sills, Morrison, and Nichols enjoyed a long association dating back to the 50's at the University of Chicago. Their experience convinced them that there was a unique value for the actor in the double challenge of performance improvisation and Stanislavski-based training, and they founded The Workshop specifically to offer this powerful experience to a new generation of actors.
There were different types of performances throughout the year in which students participated.
Friday Night Improv
Students of the workshop played Spolin theatre games for an audience. These shows were free and open to the public.
At the end of their first year, students performed for family and friends in a New Actors Workshop Scene Night.
At the end of their second year, students went into a rehearsal period with a guest director. This production was most often a Story Theater show, a genre invented by Paul Sills in the 1960s. Guest directors included Paul Sills, Gene Hackman, Diane Paulus, Shira Piven, David Turner, Lester Thomas Shane, K Tanzer, Carol Sills
- Diane Paulus, director Hair (musical)
- Hal Brooks, director Thom Pain (based on nothing), No Child...
- Kimberly D'Armond, actor Saving Mr. Banks
- Jack Andrew Cook, actor The Private Eye