explore & enjoy.

#1 me, watching an actor work.
photo: Geoffrey Wade

#2 Matisse's "workroom" The Red Studio, where there are no hands on the clock & most everything is unreal but the art.

#3 A letter from Tennessee Williams a few weeks after he cast me in his Vieux Carre at the theater bearing his name in Key West. He died about one week before we started rehearsals.
photo: my iphone

#4 The cast of La Ronde, performed by my students in Antaeus' A2 company, directed by Young Ji.
photo: Geoffrey Wade

#5 The artist's studio from my production of Cousin Bette by Jeffery Hatcher, set design by Tom Buderwitz.
photo: Michele K. Short

#6 Click on the image to visit my WORKROOM board on Pinterest. &/or create one of your own!

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THE WORKROOM = my space for          
all things acting + creative process + theater art  
I AM = an actor, director, author, teacher, artistic director  
THE GOAL = to live in our full potential as artists  

       I do not seek, I find.   PICASSO                            
 find: start / finish / exhilaration / collaboration / expanse      
why / mastery / oh, just play around.                  






Process = Power 2.15.15

What if, what if … as kids, as adults, we got praise & recognition not for our intelligence or talent or achievements … but for our effort? What if there was a game that scored points not for wins but for progress? For developing ever more sophisticated strategies, building perseverance & improvement over time? What if the quality of our effort became our sole criteria for self-evaluation?

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Scene Study & Audition Technique
special industry guest every month

To audit / audition, use link above
Jeanie w/ CD Beth Holmes, 
January industry guest


Anna Christie
by Eugene O'Neill
 @ The Odyssey Theatre
sat / feb 28 ~ 2pm
w/ Jeff & Zoe Perry.
code WORKROOM = $17.50 tickets.


                     Tribes by Nina Raine 
professional comps!
thurs. / March 12 ~ 8pm
Each month on the Weds. before 1st perf., LATW makes 30 free tickets available to actors enrolled in any studio. Call box office between 2 - 6 /// code #WORKROOM = your free ticket.


my new Facebook group to gather the purist tribe: what you're doing, what I'm doing, what we're doing. JOIN!


The Art of Seeing / 8.25.14

   Mastery is in the reaching, not the arriving. It's in constantly wanting to close that gap between where you are & where you want to be. Mastery is about sacrificing for your craft & not for the sake of crafting your career.
TED TALK: Embracing The Near Win

The pursuit of mastery is the event of an artist’s lifetime. Teaching is an integral part of my own personal drive toward mastery: through engagement with the process of other actors I come to better understand my own. This is the privilege & the gift of the work I get to do. Its value to me is inestimable.

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The Process Journal ~ ongoing

I ask actors who study with me to commit to writing a Workroom post about being in acting class. The Process Journel focuses on craft, challenge, break-throughs, journey. When we have access to others' thoughts, feelings, instincts, insights, etc., we build comradery / as cheerlead & mentor / celebrate success & failure. It =s belonging to a creative collective ... The Workroom as a space we each create & own: a home-base + a laboratory to nurture flight.   

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Thoughts for the Journey, 2014

My still center & constant touchstone remains my ongoing work with actors — coaching one-on-one in my studio & the various classes I teach in The Workroom, at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory & other places in LA; at Williamstown & other colleges & universities across the country. This is the daily practice that feeds everything else I do. 

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Processing Joy / 11.23.13

Joy. The topic du jour for me, in the few months since I got married. After living together for 9 years, I don’t think either of us expected it to feel this different. We married without a lot of hoopla, we live in the same house, with the same cat, & after a brief honeymoon, not that much changed. But to our surprise, ordinary life now seems to be unfolding on another plane entirely. 

I recognize this — aloft — feeling I’ve been waking up with every day. It’s the same elation that comes when I connect to the work in a meaningful way. (For me, stage acting delivers the ‘art-high’ in its most concentrated form, that’s the arm-drip.)

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Room for Everybody / 9.22.13

The Workroom is just about one year old! Since I launched, it seems like new resource sites for actors are cropping up everywhere. A dizzying array of teachers & coaches & casting director workshops, blogs, branding experts &  social media consultants -- dispensing good, sometimes great, & sometimes just plain bad advice at every turn. 

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Previous Posts


Owning The Role / 5.20.13



4.16.13 / It's Called Show Art  



Where To Start / 3.3.13 


1.20.13 / Be Famous 


Chaos, Order & All Things New
 / 1.3.13


12.12.12 / 
50 Shades of Auditioning 


RSS & The Meaning of Life
 / 11.26.12


                          11.8.12 / Embrace the Crisis 

To Compete or To Create
 / 10.27.12

                        10.19.12 / Bad Material / Good Audition 

Talent & Personality
 / 10.12.12

10.1.12 /
 15 Minutes a Day 

Mastery & Optimism
 / 9.18.12 

9.7.12 / Survival of the Creative-est 

The Art/Biz Diaries
 / Ongoing

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