"Thank you for having this program. There are so few available. The staff was amazing and very caring. They went above expectations when it came to individual needs... " br>- George Washington University - Musical Theater parent
"Without USPA and all of their help, I really don't believe that I would have been accepted into The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (my first choice college)." br>- Alex Roesler
"It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the college theatre audition process. And it made me less nervous for them. I applied for 9 colleges and had to audition for all of them, but the workshop prepared me mentally and physically." br> - Anna (College Audition Boot Camp Student)
H. Richard Greene
Acting Coach/Master Guest Teaching Artist
In his New York debut, Mr. Greene received critical acclaim as MacDuff in MACBETH with Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. He was a resident member of the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, appearing there in MARY STUART, TWELFTH NIGHT, NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH, PLAY STRINDBERG, and THE CRUCIBLE. His other Broadway credits include THE SURVIVOR, ROMEO AND JULIET, and the international tour of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, directed by Gene Saks. He appeared in RICHARD III with Kevin Kline at The New York Shakespeare Festival and toured with Janet Gaynor in ON GOLDEN POND and Cybill Shepherd in LUNCH HOUR. In the world premiere of the Off-Broadway hit, FAMILY BUSINESS, he originated the role of Bobby Stein, reprising this part for the American Playhouse Series on PBS. His extensive regional credits include TIMON OF ATHENS with James Earl Jones at the Yale Repertory Theatre, TAMING OF THE SHREW with Glenn Close at the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Festival, DEATH OF A SALESMAN with Pat Hingle at Buffalo's Studio Arena, and CYRANO DE BERGERAC with Frank Langella at Williamstown.
On the West Coast, Mr. Greene was seen as The Headmaster in The Ahmanson's production of THE HISTORY BOYS. He performed in THE PRICE at International City Theatre, DANCE OF DEATH at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and in KING LEAR, MERCHANT OF VENICE and TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at the Old Globe in San Diego. Recent television appearances include guest-starring and recurring roles on MAD MEN, CSI, CRIMINAL MINDS, MEDIUM, BONES, THE MENTALIST, COLD CASE, NCIS, and BOSTON LEGAL. He originated the recurring role of Senate Majority Leader, Robert Royce, on THE WEST WING. Besides serving as Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and Relativity/LA Center Studios's School of Theatre, Film and Television's Relativity/LA Center Studios Arts Camp Workshops, Mr. Greene teaches scene study at The Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles and directs a master class for the professional actor at The Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood. actorslabensemble.com
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Jean-Louis Rodrigue lived and was educated in Italy and France. He began his actor training in 1967 with Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio in New York. In 1969, William Ball awarded Rodrigue a full scholarship to study in the Advanced Training Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. During his training and performing at ACT, Rodrigue discovered the Alexander Technique. He spent three more years training as an Alexander teacher with Frank Ottiwell at the American Center for the Alexander Technique.
His unique style of acting coaching, movement training, and choreography can be seen in many films including the upcoming "W" with Josh Brolin as George W. Bush and directed by Oliver Stone. Other films include "HUMAN NATURE" with Patricia Arquette, "PASSION FISH" with Mary MacDonnell, "THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE" with Hilary Swank and cast, "THE CAT'S MEOW" with Kirsten Dunst, "THE TIME MACHINE" with cast, "SEABISCUIT" with Elizabeth Banks, and "BEE SEASON" with Juliette Binoche. He has worked with many actors and performers including Sir Ian McKellen, Martha Argerich, Herb Alpert, Helena Bonham Carter, Keanu Reeves, Tate Donovan, Julia Sweeney, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Joely Richardson, Sally Kellerman, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and JoBeth Williams.
Adriana Sevahn Nichols
Acting Coach/Master Guest Teaching Artist
Adriana Sevahn Nichols is an award-winning actress and playwright. Her solo show, Taking Flight, was named by the Daily News as "one of the 10 best plays of the year" and hailed by critics as a "celebration of life." It was awarded a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Womenís Theatre Festival Award and a Spencer Cherashore Fund Award. The audio CD was a finalist for a 2008 Audie Award.
Ms. Nicholsí TV credits include guest-starring appearances on "Law & Order", "The Unit," "Sex and the City", and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
Her theater credits include The Children (Boston Court), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Repertory), The Clean House (South Coast Repertory), Anna in the Tropics (South Coast Repertory, Coconut Grove Playhouse), Two Sisters and a Piano (The Public Theater, South Coast Rep), Henry V (Shakespeare & Co.), and Indian Ink (ACT).
As a playwright, Ms. Nichols has created, developed and performed her work across the country in such locales as the Sundance Theater Lab, Costa Mesaís South Coast Repertory, Los Angelesí Mark Taper Forum, Chicagoís Goodman Theatre, Fullertonís Stages Theatre, New York Cityís INTAR Theater, and The Lark Play Development Center.
Her most recent play, Night Over Erzinga, was inspired by her Armenian grandparentsí survival of the 1915 Genocide. The play has had critically acclaimed productions at Chicagoís Silk Road Rising; San Franciscoís Golden Thread Middle East Center Stage; and New York Cityís Lark Play Development Center. The play has been translated into Western Armenian and will be produced by Hamazkayin, the Armenian Education and Cultural Society, in 2014. In 2008, the play earned Ms. Nicholsí the Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. She was also a finalist for the Armenian Dramatic Arts Allianceís William Saroyan Prize.
Her plays have been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and Northwestern Press.
Ms. Nichols is passionate about bringing theater and youth together and has taught at the Goodman Theatre; at Orran in Yerevan, Armenia; at Virginia Tech; CalArts, the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
The Theater Acting Conservatory Camp develops the advanced theater actor's physical, emotional, and imaginative resources. This two-week journey, taught within an active working Hollywood studio, incorporates the physical expression of movement, the spontaneity of improvisation, the liberating alchemy of mask and myths, and transformation into authentic character. Contemporary and classical scene work is at the heart of the workshop. This area is mandatory for any young actor who desires to work in the theater or who will be auditioning for a performing arts college or university. It is the foundation for a successful career and one that actors are constantly involved with as they hone their craft. Emphasis is placed upon making effective choices based on the given circumstances of the play and playing them from an open, present self in a way that is genuinely felt. Actors will learn to uncover their own humanity, to stand in a more spontaneous self, and to give more deeply to the character and the play.
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** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.