The Classical Studio Faculty


J. David Brimmer, Violence Specialist (Fight Master, SAFD) has choreographed some stuff (Broadway: Grace, An Enemy of the People, Wit, Born Yesterday, A life in the Theatre, Speed the Plow, Come Back, Little Sheba, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, NY premieres: Blasted, The Whipping Man, Ages of the Moon, Medieval Play, The American Pilot, Blackbird, Bug, Killer Joe, as well as The Red Bull Theatre’s productions of The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi, and the Druid Theatre Company’s The Cripple of Inishmaan), worked at some wonderful venues (NY Public Theater, Metropolitan Opera, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, TFANA, TBTB, Signature Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, ART, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Center Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, The Guthrie), taught a few places (NYU/TSOA, RADA-{Guest Instructor}, Strasberg Institute, Yale), ! and collaborated with some great folks- writers (David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Ethan Coen, Jez Butterworth, Kenneth Lonergan, Martin McDonough, Tracy Letts), directors (Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, Ethan McSweeney, Sarah Benson, Wilson Milam, Joe Mantello, Neil Pepe, Michael Mayer, Kathleen Turner, Lynne Meadow, Garry Hines, Ken Russell, Franco Zeffirelli), and performers (Cynthia Nixon, William H. Macy, Andre Braugher, Raul Esparza, Elizabeth Moss, F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Kathleen Chalfant, Stephen Rea, Ed Asner, Kate Mulgrew, Reed Birney, Michael Shannon, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Johnston, Lily Rabe, Zoe Kazan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nina Arianda, Jim Belushi, Kerry Condon, Alison Pill, Kate Burton, Jeff Daniels, Paul Rudd, and Sir Patrick Stewart).

Tim Carroll   Master Class in Verse   

Tim Carroll was Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe from 1999-2005, where he directed Augustine’s Oak, Macbeth, The Golden Ass, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Storm, Dido Queen of Carthage, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. In 2002 his Globe production of Twelfth Night won Evening Standard, Time Out, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards, and toured the United States. In 2005 his staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment playing Mendelssohn’s score, performed at the Lincoln Centre, New York, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.  Tim has directed several productions in Spain, including Cabaret Classico at the Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona and The Turn of the Screw for Oviedo Opera, and in Portugal (The Tempest at the Teatro Sao Luiz, Lisbon). He is also a popular director in Hungary, where his many productions include The Duchess of Malfi and Hamlet.  He is Artistic Director of Kent Opera, for whom he has staged Benjamin Britten’s The Prodigal Son, Purcell in the Theatre, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Britten’s Albert Herring and Mozart’s il re pastore.  Tim recently directed Peter Pan at the Stratford Festival, Peer Gynt at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, and The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Tim is a founding member of The Factory (London), for whom he has directed two theatre experiments: Hamlet and The Seagull.

Donna Germain   - Voice & Speech   

Donna Germain has taught voice and speech at NYU for eighteen years. She has taught at both the Classical Studio and the Meisner Studio. She also has coached over twenty five Shakespeare productions at the Classical Studio and many Shakspeare productions for the Judith Shakespeare Company. She is the creator of Word Orgy: a poetry project based on a theme which includes songs and prose. Some of many shows she created are Paradise Mis-Laid and Love and It's Discontents. She continues to create a poetry show with the Meisner II students called Capturing Animals. Donna attended the University of California at Berkeley and Hunter College. She studied acting with Michael Howard and Paul E Richards. She studied voice and speech with Shane Anne Younts at the Robert Neff Williams Studio and then studied an additional year with Mr. Williams. She has taken numerous workshops with Andrew Wade and John Barton. She appeared in several productions with Richard Forman, including Vertical Mobility. In 1973 she traveled to Poland and to part in a four month program at Jerezy Grotowski's theater in Wrozlaw. Besides teaching at NYU, she has taught voice and speech privately for many years.

Nancy Magarill   Resident Composer  

Nancy Magarill is an artist, producer, composer and performer. She recently scored the independent feature "Without" with cellist Dave Eggar and has scored a host of projects with Daniel Mintseris for their company, MMmusicLab. She has composed several scores for the Yung-li dance company and has composed for choreographer Gabrielle Lansner.  She co-wrote the musical "Mankynde" with Julie Crosby, directed by Louis Scheeder and presented at the NY Fringe Festival in 2005.  She has several indie releases to her name which all can be found on itunes and other online outlets.

Orlando Pabotoy

Orlando Pabotoy has worked nationally and internationally for: Lamama Etc., The Public Theater, The Met Opera House, Classic Stage Company, New York Theater Workshop, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theater, Ma-Yi Theater, Center Theater Group (Los Angeles), Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg, Austria) and for The Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Orlando's recent works include directiing The Serpent Woman, by Carlo Gozzi (Tisch UG Drama) and The Frogs, by Aristophanes (Juilliard School). He performed in Holoscenes, by Lars Jan, I Understand Everything Better, by David Neumann, and Ruzzante, directed by Christopher Bayes.

He is a recipient of: The John Houseman Award, The Fox Fellowship Grant, and a 2003 OBIE Award. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Department.

Nancy Piccione   Master Class in Auditioning

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Darci Picoult   Acting 

Darci's screenplay MA' GEORGE directed by Andrew Dosunmu, wrapped production in September 2011. It was developed at the Sundance Film Labs where it was awarded the 2006 Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, an Annenberg grant and was one of three USA finalists for the International NHK/Sundance award. Darci's one woman show, MY VIRGINIA, was presented in theaters and solo festivals both nationally and internationally. Performances include New York Theater Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theater, LA Theater Work's "The Play's The Thing" series, which was broadcast throughout the country on National Public Radio, "Women Center Stage" in St. Louis, San Francisco's Solo Mio Festival, Philadelphia's Women's Theater Festival, Slovenia's "City of Women" Theater Festival and in Croatia at the Cultural Center for Women Refugees. MY VIRGINIA has also been performed for legal and medical conferences across the country in programs cosponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health; and in Brussels for a program sponsored by the European Commission and was showcased on the BBC series MEDICINE AT THE CROSSROADS.Her play LIL'S 90th was developed at the Sundance Theater Lab in 2008 and received its world premiere at The Long Wharf Theater in New Haven under the direction of Jo Bonney. 

Her play JAYSON WITH A Y was developed at NY Stage and Film and produced by The New Group in New York, and is under option with commercial producers. Her plays ANCIENT LIGHTS and MAKING THE WORLD ROUND were workshopped at New York Theater Workshop and read at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Public Library Reading series.

Darci taught writing for the  Legacy Project at the Public Theater, NY Shakepeare Festival and currently teaches acting at the Tisch School of the Arts/New York University. 
She is the recipient of the 2008 National Theater Conference/Paul Green Award for her theatrical work.

Renee Redding-Jones   Word Orgy Choreographer

Renée Redding-Jones is a Certified Movement Analyst with an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.S. from Morgan State University.  From 1997-2001, Renee was designated Master Teaching Artist/Artistic Advisor for New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Arts Education Department for dance residences. As a dancer, Renee was a featured performer in the companies of Ronald K. Brown and David Rousseve.  In 1995 she received a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance in Brown's Dirt Road.  Renee served as Associate Artistic Director for Brown's company from 1997-2007.  She has also performed in the company of Bebe Miller, in addition to dancing with independent choreographers, Sue Bernhard, Alan Danielson, Andrew Jannetti and Sondra Loring.  At present, Renee continues to perform with Cynthia Oliver, which she has done since 1995. In addition to performing internationally, Renee has toured the country teaching, as well as setting and creating work at various colleges, universities, and dance festivals.  She served six years as a faculty member in the dance department at Sarah Lawrence College under the direction of Sara Rudner.  Her work has been presented at Middlebury College, Colorado College, Dance Theater Workshop and Bergen Community College.  As part of the American College Dance Festival, Renee’s On the Pulse of the Morning, was selected to be performed as part of the gala concert. More than fifteen years ago Redding-Jones began choreographing and teaching movement for actors at NYU/Undergraduate Drama in The Classical Studio with Louie Scheeder.  During her long tenure with The Classical Studio Renee has choreographed numerous plays, including The Winter’s Tale, directed by Louie Scheeder and performed at The Jack A. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.  Today, she continues her affiliation with the studio as guest teacher and choreographer.  In 1998 Renee expanded her work with actors to include teaching at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which she happily continues.

Louis Scheeder, Director, The Classical Studio, Associate Dean of Faculty

Area: Classical Actor Training.  Founder and director of The Classical Studio, Louis Scheeder has taught at Tisch since 1989. He has directed on, off, and off-off Broadway, and at regional theatres in the U.S. and Canada. He served as Producer of Washington’s Folger Theatre Group, was associated with the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. He has produced three off-Broadway shows, most notably Amlin Gray’s Obie-winner How I Got That Story.  He co-authored (with Shane Ann Younts of the Grad Acting Program) All The Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the Plays of William Shakespeareand contributed two chapters to Training of the American Actor. On behalf of the School, he has conducted acting workshops in Los Angeles, London, Havana, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.  He is a member of The Factory UK in London and a co-director of their ongoing “secret” Hamlet

Greg Seel   - Alexander Technique

A graduate of Wilmington College, Ohio before training at the Drama Studio, London, he first studied Alexander Technique with Walter Carrington and Mary Holland while training at The Drama Studio, London. He was certified in Alexander Technique under Judith Leibowitz in 1983. Continued with Mr. Patrick McDonald, Tom Lemens, Rivka Cohen and was S.T.A.T. certified in 1987. He trained in voice for the actor for four years under Frederick Wilkerson and later studied Meisner with Kathryn Gately.   
He was a founding member of the Riverside Shakespeare Co. and an Associate Director of The Mint Theater Co. where he both acted and directed. He has worked with Ray Yeats of the Abbey Theater, Dublin on Brendan Kennelly's "Antigone" and "Medea", directed an all Irish cast of "Picnic and more recently “The Widow's Blind Date."   
Faculty appointments have included SUNY Purchase, The Actors Center, Columbia University, NYU’s Classical Studio & Meisner Extension, NY Conservatory of Dramatic Art, (aka School for Film and Television), Mathews School of the Alexander Technique, Institute for the Alexander Technique and is past Chair of the AmSAT Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee. He is more recently a graduate of The Actors Center Teacher Development Program, Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing and holds a Yondan in Seido Karate under Kaicho Nakamura. He maintains a private teaching/coaching practice with his wife Genevieve.

Daniel Spector, Teacher

Daniel Spector has directed or coached actors on 35 productions of 25 Shakespeare plays. He's even directed a non-Shakespeare play: “Shakespeare’s R & J." Most recently, he directed “Othello” for the Kinetic Theater Ensemble. Daniel is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and is an alumnus of the Broadway Theatre Project. He has served as the Director of Training for the New York Neo-Classical Ensemble and directed their inaugural production of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. He has served as a consultant to PBS on matters Shakespearean, moderated Artist Talks at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, led workshops for the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and produced many readings of new plays. A frequent collaborator in the classroom, he has taught with Alec Baldwin, Louis Scheeder, and Tim Carroll. Daniel holds a joint appointment with the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing and the Department of Drama.

Education: B.F.A., M.A., New York University

Courses: The Classical Studio, Workshop in Shakespearean Verse, Heightened Language, Audition/Casting