Education: Acting Coaches
Denis Bateman (AEA, SAG, AFTRA)
Private audition coaching
Denis Bateman studied with Uta Hagen for 3 years at the HB studio in New York and has taken master classes with Mike Nichols and Horton Foote. He has been a professional actor for 32 years. (See also Commercial Training)
Lani Brockman (AEA, SAG)
Lanie Brockman trained at Circle in The Square Theatre in New York City and is currently artistic director at Studio East. She is an excellent resource for audition pieces and excels in getting that “old standard” rejuvenated and ready for that last-minute time slot. (See Youth Theatre)
Toni Douglas (AEA, AFTRA)
Private audition coaching
Toni Douglas is an actor/director/playwright whose regional acting credits include Intiman, ACT, Empty Space, Seattle Group Theatre, Tacoma Actor’s Guild and Southcoast Repertory Co. A playwright with 26 published plays to her credit, Douglass also writes custom audition pieces which she will coach to performance level.
Gregg Gilmore (AEA, SAG, AFTRA)
Gilmore studied acting with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, robert X. modica at his studio in Carnegie Hall and William Alderson at The Alderson Acting Studio in Los Angeles. ( See Chaper 2, Studios)
Rita Giomi (MFA)
Audition workshops and private coaching
Rita Giomi is a recognized Seattle director with an MFA in directing and 25 years of professional experience at many of the Northwest’s leading Equity houses.
Aaron Levin (AEA, SAG, AFTRA; MFA)
Private coaching; monologue and scene study classes
Aaron Levin has taught acting for over 25 years. Trained by Mira Rostova , Aaron studied in London under directors of the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA in Acting) and the University of Washington (MFA in Directing). In addition, he was Executive Director of Seattle’s Bridges International Repertory Theatre for which he directed A Map of the World by Sir David Hare, The Primary English Class by Israel Horovitz, and Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman. He has directed all across the country, including the New York premieres of The Workroom by Jean-Clause Grumberg (New York Drama Desk Awared nomination) and was the first American theatre director to work with the famous Sovremennik Theatre of Moscow. Aaron has over 500 monologues for actors.
Michael J. Loggins
A graduate of London’s Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA). He is a veteran actor who has worked at Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Seattle Group Theater, the Empty Space, Dallas Summer Musicals, MacOwan Theater in London as well as in film, TV and industrials. He has taught at , Seattle Children's Theatre, The Northwest School and currently teaches at Seattle Talent, downtown. From pre-teens to adults, from beginner to advanced, he teaches all levels and ages. (ch. 2 Speaking voice
Workshops and private coaching that combine stagework and movement theory; acting and Alexander Technique
Catherine Madden is the Alexander Technique instructor of the Univeristy of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. Her specialty is the practical application of the Alexander Technique to all performing arts, including theatre, music, and dance. She is the Director of the Alexander Technique Teaching and Performance Studio in Seattle and Associate Director of ATA in Japan and UKATA in England. (See Alexander Technique)
Maureen Mershon (AEA)
Maureen Mershon has been working professionally since she was 12 and has been a member of Actor's Equity since she was 19. She studied at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she performed in plays, cabarets, musicals, independent films and commercials. Ms. Mershon has taught all levels, from college (UCLA) to high school and grammar school. In addition, Ms. Mershon has produced, directed and choreographed many plays, musicals and wrote a play, produced at NWAS in 1996. Ms. Mershon directed Murder in the Cathedral for the Fringe Festival, a production that one critic deemed “best vocal performance in Seattle.” (See Youth Theatre)
Terry Edward Moore (AEA, SAG, AFTRA; MFA)
Website: terryedwardmoore. com
Private audition coaching
Terry Edward Moore has an MFA in Acting/Directing from Brandeis University. He has acted, directed and taught around the country, including in New York, Minneapolis and Phoenix, and has performed with most of the Equity Theatres in the Northwest.
Laurel holds a BFA from Cornish, has been acting and directing for 25 years, and has taught for the last 10. As a trainee Alexander Teacher, her coaching has a movement basis.
Robin Lynn Smith (AEA, SAG, AFTRA; MFA)
(206) 323-7499ext. 15
A professional director and teacher, Smith is a founding member of Freehold and is on the faculty at Cornish College of the Arts. Since moving to Seattle from New York 20 years ago, she has directed at many of Seattle’s major theatres. She has also been a guest director/faculty member at New York University and the University of Washington. She holds an MFA in Directing from New York University and a BFA in Acting from Boston University. (See Freehold Studio)
John Vreeke (MFA)
John Vreeke is a regional theatre director in the Seattle and Washington, D.C. areas. He coaches acting basics from script anaylsis to auditioning and has over thirty years of experience.
Veronica Weikel (AFTRA)
(206) 547-3230 or (360) 863-6298
Commercial voice coaching; private instruction in TV/Radio voice-over, audition and cold reading techniques; assistance in producing audition CDs
Arne Zaslove is renowned all over the world as a director and teacher. In Seattle, he co-founded the Professional Actor’s Training Program at the University of Washington, was co-artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre, and founded and was artistic director of the Bathhouse Theatre. He studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University, movement at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and served an apprenticeship with Commedia dell’Arte master Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. He has directed at Teatro Zinzani in Seattle, Pomp, Duck and Circumstance in Berlin, and has created cabaret performances interweaving clown routines with high-level circus skills. In addition, Arne has directed over 30 highly innovative Shakespeare productions. (see Physical Training, Shakespeare and his website)