Neighborhood Playhouse

Faculty

The faculty at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is comprised of highly qualified teachers, each with extensive professional experience in their respective disciplines. The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6 to 1, ensuring individual attention for every student in our acting program.

Acting 

James Brill ~ Meisner Acting Technique I

Graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, 1983. Studied with Sanford Meisner, William Alderson and Richard Pinter. Mr. Brill has appeared as an actor in theatre, film and television. He has taught acting at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Mr. Brill has been on the staff at The Neighborhood Playhouse for over 10 years.

Sean Hagerty ~ Shakespeare


Sean Hagerty trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre under Sanford Meisner, Ron Stetson and Richard Pinter. He studied classical theatre at the renowned Bristol Old Vic in England and holds a Masters Degree in Shakespeare and Theatre from the Shakespeare Institute/University of Birmingham in Stratford-upon-Avon. Sean has worked as an actor, teacher and director regionally and internationally for many years. Credits include: New York Classical Theatre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, The Group Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Bath Shakespeare Festival, The John Caird Company, The New Vic, Theatre Royal Bristol, and BBC Radio, among others. Sean is the Associate Artistic Director for New York Classical Theatre and has served as the Chair of Education & Training for the Shakespeare Theatre Association.

Gary Kingston ~ Meisner Acting Technique I

Gary Kingston is a native of California, where he was a member of LACT in San Francisco. While there he appeared in a number of plays, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Present Laughter, and A Cry of Players. Later he acted in both Stockholm and London. In NYC he has appeared at Synchronicity Space, Playwrights Horizons and is a founding member of The Neighborhood Group Theater, where he played the lead in the original production of William Mastrosimone’s Air Guitar on Theater Row. He appeared regionally at The Schoolhouse Theater in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer. Mr. Kingston is also a director whose work has been seen at various NYC venues including The Arclight Theater and Alice’s Upstairs. He graduated in 1981 from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre where he studied with Sanford Meisner, Richard Pinter and Ron Stetson. Mr. Kingston was later trained by Mr. Meisner to be a teacher and has been a senior member of the acting faculty of The Neighborhood Playhouse for over 20 years.

Stephanie Jones ~ Meisner Acting Technique I

Stephanie Jones hails from Ontario, Canada and is a prolific actor, playwright, and theater educator. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Essential Collective (ECT): a Niagara based theater company committed to the creation and production of new Canadian work. Stephanie trained at Canada’s Humber College Theater Department, and Brock University’s Dramatic Arts Program. She studied extensively with prominent Canadian Playhouse graduate and Meisner Technique teacher, Jacqueline McClintock and was awarded an OAC Chalmers Professional Development grant to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse with Ron Stetson. She was later invited to apprentice with Mr. Pinter and Mr. Stetson in Meisner instruction. Ms. Jones established the Niagara Region’s first Meisner training program. In 2010 she was presented with the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award and recently received the St. Catherines Established Artist Award.”

Ron Stetson ~ Meisner Acting Technique II

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B.A., Rhode Island College. Trained as an actor at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre under Sanford Meisner and as a teacher under Mr. Meisner and William Alderson. Mr. Stetson has appeared Off-Broadway and in regional stock productions. He directs often in New York. Mr. Stetson is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Players.

Todd Susman ~ Voiceover & On Camera Acting

Todd Susman

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Todd Susman has been a professional actor for forty-eight years.  His latest features are “The Taking Of Pelham 123,” starring Denzel Washington, “You Don’t Know Jack,” starring Al Pacino, “The ‘A’ Plate,” starring Sam McMurray, and “The Discovers,” starring Griffin Dunne.  Todd has co-starred in a TV series six times as a series regular; he recurred in twelve more, including five years as “Officer Shifflett,” the town cop in “Newhart.”  Todd has done twenty-two television pilots, myriad Movies Of The Week, and performed in countless episodic television shows, voice-overs and on-camera commercials. He was the “Public Address Announcer” in the TV series “MASH” for eight years, and the “Man From Mitsubishi” on radio for eight years as well.  Todd starred as “Wilbur Turnblad” in "Hairspray" on Broadway and co-starred in “Old Jews Telling Jokes” at Westside Arts. He recurs as Jason Biggs’s father in “Orange Is The New Black” for Netflix and recently filmed episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and the CBS spinoff, “The Good Fight,” starring Christine Baranski.  Todd has written two plays that received EQUITY productions and rave reviews. His first play, “Locked and Loaded,” garnered additional raves and ran six months in its Los Angeles premiere.

John Tyrrell ~ Meisner Acting Technique II

John Tyrrell has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Equus, The Merchant with Zero Mostel, and The Miser with Philip Bosco. Off-Broadway: The Crucible and Nora (The ArcLight Theater). National Tour: The Elephant Man. John’s regional credits include appearances at: The Schoolhouse Theater (where he was last seen as in Richard in The Seafarer), Cape May Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare on the Sound, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Fulton Playhouse, and South Jersey Regional Theatre. He was nominated for a Boston Outer Critics Award (Best Supporting Actor) for Racing Demon. Television: Deadline. John is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied with the late Sanford Meisner.

Voice

Gary Ramsey ~ Voice & Speech

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M.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (Scholarship Program); B.F.A. Stephens College, (Scholarship Program); Technical Training under Jacklyn Maddux; Certified Alexander Technique Teacher (ACAT); Worked with renowned Breathing Coordinators’ Dr. Carl Stough and Jessica Wolf. Coached: Ethan Hawke, Broadway production of “Macbeth”, Tom Skerritt, Broadway production of ” A Time to Kill”, Colin Quinn, Broadway production of “Long Story Short”, directed and produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Victoria Clark, “The Light in the Piazza, Vivian Beaumont, (Tony Award). Siobhan Fallon, one-woman show, “Momma”, Atlantic Theatre Company. Dialect Coach: one-woman show, Priscilla Lopez, “Class Mothers ‘68”, Clurman Theatre. “Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, Judith Ivey, Westbeth Theatre. He has appeared Off-Broadway, Regionally and abroad as an actor. Teaches acting: St. Mary’s College, Leap Program. Currently singing opera both regionally and internationally. www.garyrramsey.com

Colleen Smith Wallnau ~ Voice

M.F.A., Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, B.A., the College of New Jersey. Adjunct faculty Centenary College teaching Acting Workshop, Voice and Articulation and Film Appreciation. Taught at Gately-Poole Studios, New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts, Guest Lecturer at Drew University and George School. Colleen appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Fodor in Crazy for You. She appeared Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in the one-person show Mary Todd: A Woman Apart. Other Off-Broadway credits include: Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Soho Rep, Peccadillo Theatre, Mint Theatre and Ohio Theatre. Regional Credits include: North Shore Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Meadowbrook Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Centenary Stage Co. Daytime TV includes Loving, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and All My Children. Colleen is a proud member of Equity, SAG, AFTRA and VASTA.

Elizabeth Reese ~ Alexander Technique

Elizabeth Reese, AmSAT, M.Ed, LMHC, is a certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, a certified dressage instructor, and a licensed mental health counselor. Elizabeth has had a thirty year career as a teacher of mindfulness and kinesthetic awareness. She began studying the AT in 1981 with Marjorie Barstow and considered the work as a core part of her training as a dancer/choreographer/performer in NYC. She trained to be an Alexander teacher from 1991-94 at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. In 2004 and 2006, she completed year-long graduate courses for AT teachers, first with John Nicholls followed by Jessica Wolf’s course The Art of Breathing, based on the practices of Carl Stough. She completed her master's degree at Hunter College. In 2014, she was a research associate on a study exploring the significance of posture in performance, injury, relationship and emotional regulation, using horses as models, funded by the American Holistic Veterinary Foundation. She was a senior faculty member at AT-NYC, a certification program for Alexander teachers, and a co-founder/instructor at Postural Rehabilitation,a continuing education program for veterinarians using alternative care in treatment. Her Alexander workshops have been presented around the country and at several of the American Society for the Alexander Technique’s annual national conferences. Elizabeth is currently on faculty at Bard College Graduate Vocal Arts Program and maintains a private practice. www.ResilientPosture.com

Music

Andrea DelGiudice ~ Music I (First Year)

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Ms. DelGiudice has enjoyed a full career in Europe and the United States as a leading international soprano. Theaters include the Scottish National Opera, Munich State Opera, Liege Opera, Bonn Opera, Edmonton Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, DiCapo Opera Theater and Arizona Opera. Her roles include the Puccini and Verdi heroines alongside renowned artists such as Placido Domingo, Johan Botha, Sherill Milnes, Alexei Steblianko, and Nicola Martinucci. Andrea has been a frequent concert soloist at Boston’s Jordan Hall, and WGBH’s “Morning Classics.” Andrea’s diverse talents led to numerous recording contracts in Rome, Italy with Walt Disney/Buena Vista, RAI television and Sundance Films. Ms. DelGiudice currently serves as Artistic Advisor and Voice Faculty at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo Italy, Italian American Opera Foundation in Orange County California, and Young Artist Consultant at Dicapo Opera Theater in New York City. She is Founder and Artistic Director, of the DelGiudice Vocal Arts Academy and Operatunity Outreach in addition to her private voice studios in Boston and New York City. Ms. DelGiudice is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and also an accomplished pianist. She studied at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut in both voice and piano. She has served as voice faculty at Dean College, Salem State College and Stonehill College in MA. www.andreadelgiudice.com

Douglas J. Cohen ~ Music II (Second Year)

Mr. Cohen received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting and won two Richard Rodgers Awards for writing book, music, and lyrics for No Way to Treat a Lady (produced twice off-Broadway resulting in productions worldwide) and The Gig (Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, Goodspeed). He is the composer/lyricist of The Big Time (book by Douglas Carter Beane) which debuted at the NYMF Festival. Nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Lyrics, Children’s Letters to God), he penned co-book, music, and lyrics for The Opposite of Sex (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and received a Jonathan Larson Grant for composing Barnstormer. His latest musical is Nine Wives with Dan Elish which will receive an off-Broadway showcase in 2013. As a vocal coach, Mr. Cohen has taught privately in New York since 2002. He was selected by Backstage to coach performers at Actorfest and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and helped prepare students from LaGuardia High School and PPAS. As a pianist-vocalist, he joined Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to Burton Lane and has performed at the Metropolitan Room and the Triad. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the Tony Nominating Committee.

Dance

Christine Dakin ~ Modern Dance I & II

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Ms. Dakin is known for her performance of classic Martha Graham roles and for those Graham created for her in Rite of Spring and Phaedra’s Dream (partnered by Rudolf Nureyev). A member of the Martha Graham Dance Company since 1976, Ms. Dakin was principal dancer, Artistic Director, and now Artistic Director Laureate of the Company. Roles were also created for her by Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson and Martha Clarke. She received a The New York Dance and Performance Award, a Dance Magazine Award, a Fulbright Grant and two Rockefeller U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture Grants for teaching, choreography and research in Mexico. For more than a decade she has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School. Ms. Dakin is a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, teacher/performer for Danzfest (Italy), Invernadero Danza (Mexico) and dancer/Associate Founder of Buglisi Dance Theatre. With an international collaboration of dancers and musicians she is creating and filming, La Voz del Cuerpo/The Body Speaks. www.christinedakin.com

Gary Gendell ~ Jazz Dance

Graduate, High School of Performing Arts. Former Director of Showtime Dance Studios in Queens. Appeared in Annie on Broadway following a long engagement in the Broadway hit Chicago. Mr. Gendell has been Peter Gennaro’s assistant at the Radio City Music Hall and has performed everywhere from television to nightclubs to Europe. Gary is currently performing in NYC in Dance-Over-40.

Movement

Megan Campisi ~ Physical Theatre II

Megan Campisi is a performer, playwright and teacher who works extensively with her Brooklyn theater company, Gold No Trade. Recent work includes The Subtle Body, a bilingual comedy (English/Mandarin) about different interpretations of the human heart in 18th-century China. The Subtle Body was awarded a TCG Global Connections grant, was a semifinalist for the 2014 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and premiered at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s ACT Festival in an international collaboration with both Chinese and American performers. Other plays include: The Pinks (Collapsible Hole, Brooklyn), Floating Brothel (ACT Festival Shanghai; The Tank & Dixon Place, NYC), and Les Musciens de Brême (Avignon Festival). Campisi received the French Alfa and ADAMI prizes for new theater and the Yale Lustman Award for Artistic Achievement. She has served as adjunct faculty in the Yale University Theatre Studies department and Theater in Education department at the Shanghai Theatre Academy (one of the top performing arts universities in China). She has twice been a guest speaker on theater for the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools. Campisi received her B.A. from Yale University and MFA (French equivalent) from L’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in France.

Danyon Davis ~ Physical Theatre I

New York theater includes: BROTHER, BROTHER; OF RIVERS, OF DAYS; FETES de la NUIT (Drama Desk nomination for Most Unique Theatrical Experience, 2010); TAMING OF THE SHREW and HENRY V with the Public Theater in Central Park. Regional: EDWARD II, TAMBURLAINE, HAMLET, GUM, CIDER HOUSE RULES; as well as the world-premiere of Richard Wilbur’s translation of Moliere’s THE BUNGLER at the Long Wharf Theatre. At the Guthrie Theater: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, TWELFTH NIGHT, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; also Assistant Director on DA, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and RESURRECTION BLUES, one of Arthur Miller’s final plays. Additionally, Danyon has assisted Bill T. Jones in developing commercial musical theater. From 2001-2006, Danyon toured the U.S. and Europe in bobrauschenbergamerica with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. Television: “HBO Voyeur”, “Law and Order”; “All My Children”; and “The High Life”. Danyon also teaches movement as a faculty member of Circle in the Square Theater School and HB Studio’s Hagen Core Training Program. Training: Juilliard Drama Division (Group 25). Please visit danyondavis.com.

Brad Lemons ~ Stage Combat I & II

Broadway: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang w/ B.H. Barry; Off-Broadway: Treasure Island, Macbeth, Evil Dead: The Musical, Hamlet, Othello, Where’s My Money, A Stone Carver; NYC: Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Wild Party. Regionally: White Noise, Oleanna, That Championship Season, King Lear, American Buffalo, Dead Ringer, Murder in the Cathedral, Klonsky and Schwartz, Old Clown Wanted. Film: Lies I told My Little Sister, Beyond Belief, Asylum Seekers, Bust, Elevator Music, Paralysis. Opera: Fanciulla Del West, Stiffelio, Simon Boccanegra, Carmen, Otello, Cosi Fan Tutte, Les Contes d’Hoffman, Don Giovani; TV: “All My Children,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He has taught at Juilliard, Mannes School of Music, New York Conservatory of Dramatic Art, Cornell University, Lafayette College, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Southern Connecticut State University, New York Film Academy, Broadway Classroom and Circle in the Square Theatre School.

History

Carmen Lamar-Daehler ~ Theatre History I & II (Library I & Library II)