This new ensemble company offers young actors ages 14–18 an opportunity to rehearse and perform a play under the guidance of senior Conservatory faculty.
As members of the YC Actors Ensemble, actors will be encouraged to make mistakes, accept risks, and allow room in their work for more spontaneity, honesty, and personal connection.
We are looking for a company of dedicated, committed, adventurous actors who are committed to a rigorous experimental time frame for this project.
We will expect that you have already gained some experience onstage and acquired some basic skills, as the playwrights and texts that we choose to work with are challenging. Under consideration are works by playwrights ranging from classical to contemporary, including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Mac Wellman and Chuck Mee.
Acceptance into the Ensemble is by audition only and actors will be expected to attend every rehearsal. The Actors Ensemble will culminate in a public matinee performance for family and friends in The Garret, the intimate fifth-floor space at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.
W. D. Keith is an actor, teacher and director. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Yale School of Drama and has served on the faculties of Barnard College, The New School, U.C. Davis, American Conservatory Theatre, The Nueva School and as a Teaching Fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to theaters in NYC and across the East Coast he has also appeared at A.C.T., Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theater Company, S.F. Playhouse, TheatreWorks and Word for Word. On-screen appearances include: Haiku Tunnel, Love and Taxes, Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski and A Serious Man.
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