Many people think of acting as a mystical gift, but Bernard Glincosky knows better. Like any skill, acting requires practice, and that’s where The Philadelphia Acting Studio comes in. At the studio, aspiring thespians bulk up their skills through a variety of classes taught by seasoned actors, producers, and directors. Himself a Hollywood veteran, Glincosky employs a stable of experienced instructors including acting teachers who have worked with the likes of Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Ron Pearlman, and Martin Scorcese. Classes are offered throughout the week, covering scene work, audition tactics, and how to cry on command when the maitre d' can’t find an empty table.
Star Maker School boasts a staff full of professionals as well as alumni from all over the entertainment industry, including professional, tour, and major recording artist dancers; Broadway performers; commercial and voice-over actors. For nearly 40 years, its instructors have helped kids aged 2.5–18 accomplish transformations into these fields with positive reinforcement and confidence-building methods in dance, acting, and singing. Their philosophy prizes healthy self-image above all else, and they also help parents make educated decisions regarding breaking into showbiz.
Rise Dance Studios’ team of expert dance instructors leads students of all ages through dance and theater classes in their two dance studios and private vocal room. Classes introduce children as young as 2 to ballet, tap, and jazz dancing. For those with more niche dance interests, Rise offers all-boys hip-hop classes and musical-theater classes. The instructors also lead adults through fitness-oriented classes, including Zumba classes that use dance techniques alongside pop and hip-hop beats to develop strength and flexibility, and ballet-inspired barre classes that target all major muscle groups to tone the body and relax the mind.
A student of legendary instructors such as Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg, Mel Williams combines various methods to create his own style of acting and teaching. Along with coaching marquee names such as Queen Latifah and Common, Mel readies aspiring thespians for stage and screen during courses at The New York Acting Academy.
In intimately sized classes, Mel focuses on tenants of the craft such as improvisation, speech and diction, and character development. Besides working on acting itself, students pose for headshots, improve their résumés, learn the basics of auditioning, and receive info on auditions for upcoming projects. The academy even hosts weekly seminars from industry professionals such as producers and directors, who offer tips for landing agents and work.
The Puppet Kitchen is a full service puppet design, build, performance, and puppet instruction shop. If you need help with any aspect of puppetry from the creation, to their construction, to making them move, we are your one-stop-shop.