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.
With alumni including professional, tour, and major recording artist dancers; Broadway performers; commercial and voice-over actors; and college scholarship recipients, The Star Maker School can help parents make educated decisions about breaking into showbiz. For nearly 40 years, its instructors have helped kids aged 2.5–18 accomplish these transformations 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 their kids' training and careers.
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.
Before taking the reins at Broadway Performing Arts, Elisa Heinsohn appeared on the TV series Fame, and Cleve Asbury acted in the Oscar-winning film Chicago. The duo also racked up an impressive set of Broadway credits—Asbury most recently played Mr. Ovington in the hit How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—and starred in more television commercials than a dog who can talk. Nowadays, the two continue their performing-arts work while co-owning and co-directing their studio, leading their team as they teach students from 3-year-olds to adults. The studio’s eclectic curricula hone students’ skills in disciplines such as musical theater, dance, and guitar.