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!

are credited at the end of each blog post.



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



by George Bernard Shaw
sat. / April 11 ~ 8pm
with PARTY to follow in the Carrie Hamilton

use code #WORKROOM for $20 tickets (mezzanine) /// code #JEANIE for $41 tickets (orchestra)


      Arthur Miller - A Life
by Jonathan Holloway & Mike Walker

professional comps!

thurs. / April 16 ~ 8pm
Each month on Weds. before 1st perf., LATW makes 30 free tickets available to actors enrolled in any studio. Call box office between 2 - 6 /// code #WORKROOM = free ticket.


   Anna Christie
by Eugene O'Neill
 @ The Odyssey Theatre

We were blown away. Join us next time!

Phyllis Schuringa, Jeanie, Zoe Perry, Mary Mara, Jane Kaczmarek, Nina Smilow, Sharon Lawrence



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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