Directing Workshop: How to Work with Actors… and more

A Hands on Workshop for Directors

This 7-week workshop, applicable to film and stage, begins with a learning-by-doing acting practicum for directors and goes on to introduce directors to the principles that shape success – from preparation and audition to exercises, improv techniques, rehearsal practices, and final performance. The workshop concludes with guided hands-on work with professional actors.

  • Acting mini-bootcamp for directors
  • Casting considerations
  • Collaboration with actors for optimal results
  • Unearthing character and relationship dynamics
  • Conceiving circumstances for effective improvisations
  • Effective and truthful blocking
  • Managing performance anxiety

Upcoming Dates

Mon November 5 - Fri December 21
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Limited to 6 participants
Fee: $550/7 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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Instructor: Peter Jensen

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Peter Jensen

Prior to joining T. Schreiber as Artistic Director, Peter Jensen was a member of the Core Faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and served as the 3rd year Academy Company Director. Recently Peter directed Danni, official selection in 24 film festivals around the world, garnering two wins for best film, one best actress and two best actress nominations for Diane Reilly (TSS alum). Peter is currently in pre-production for the film The Passion. For the stage, he directed Junshin Soga (TSS alum) in One Fine Day, nominated for the 2017 New York Innovative Theatre award for best original play, and In Dreams. Other New York directing credits include the premieres of John Patrick Shanley’s Poison and Jack Karp’s Incendiary Agents at Nylon Fusion, and The Glass Menagerie at the Sanford Meisner Theatre. Regionally, he directed Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, earning an excellent review in the New Orleans Times Picayune (with TSS alums Jamie Neumann and Josh Sienkiewicz), and Biloxi Blues in Charleston, SCDirecting credits at T. Schreiber include Balm in Gilead winner of the 2011 NYIT Award for Outstanding Production, Hot L Baltimore, nominated for NYIT Outstanding Production, Mother Fucker with The Hat, The Pillowman, Lobby Hero, Joking ApartHurlyburlyA Taste of HoneyMarvin’s RoomYou Can’t Take It With YouThe Real Inspector HoundThe Actor’s NightmareFifth of July, and Doubt.

Peter has most recently acted in the following: About a Donkey, The Ring Thing, and the soon to be released Extra Innings and Lie to Me.  Other films include A Memory (PBS Reel 13 award winner for Short Film), Unexpected Company, Metamorphosis, The Bite, The Father, as well as The Trailer Park Prophet and Razor.

Peter is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Max Fisher award recipient). He studied with Uta Hagen, Terry Schreiber, Chuck Olsen (Actors Studio), Janis Powell (Meisner), as well as Mark and Dana Zeller at the 78th Street Theatre Lab.

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