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I have been teaching and coaching actors for 18 years in New York City. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and was a Theater Arts major at San Jose State University as well as part of a special theater program developed by Stanford University. In New York I studied with Dana Zeller Alexis and Stephen Strimpell.
My professional acting career began with such parts as Kitty in Time of Your Life; Laura in The Glass Menagerie; Stella in Streetcar Named Desire and Martha in The Children's Hour. I was a member of the Palo Alto-based Bureau of Western Mythology where I performed such parts as Barbara Allen in Dark of the Moon and Joan of Arc in Chamber Music. In San Francisco I studied at ACT and was a member of the first year company of StageGroup Theater headed by The Group Theater's Wendell Phillips.
Since moving to NYC in the early 1980's, I have appeared Off-Broadway in Taken in Marriage and Julianne Bernstein's original work, Take a Letter, Love Peg, where I originated the role of "Mom."
In 1994 I founded and am the Artistic Director of NYC's Working Girls Productions. A company I formed to fill the void for women who were "no long 21" to have a place to develop and perform their work. At WGP I produced and acted in The Mother Daughter Dance; directed the first installment of the New York Premier trilogy My Nam, (Tears of Rage); acted in the second installment (Mimi's Guide) and produced the third installment (May) written by Doris Baizley. The following season I produced and acted in Could Angels Be Blessed. Aside from WGP I have directed 'Night Mother and Conversations With a Parrot. I have studied directing at Ensemble Studio Theater.
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By working on assigned scenes and/or monologues, you will learn the foundation for building a character from first read-through, to character exploration and discovery, and to full presentation in class. You will learn how to develop a strong sense of place, how to work with your partner not against him and the importance of listening on stage. You will take all the components of what you have already learned from various teachers and disciplines -- as well as the knowledge gained from your performance experience -- and I will simply "guide" you toward making the most interesting choices that you can. I will also bring in local playwrights occasionally to have their works read by the actors. It's good for an actor to read new works and practice "cold" readings as well as advantages for the playwright to hear his words out loud.
I believe that creativity can best be nourished in a positive atmosphere. An atmosphere not laden with competitiveness. A place where an actor can make choices without fear of "doing it wrong;" a place where the joy that brought the actor to the stage to begin with is encouraged and integrated into the work. I want the actor to learn to love the process not just the outcome.
What Others Have to Say . . .
"As an actress, Sammi knows the frustrations and blocks that plague actors and inhibit them from bringing a character to life, and she knows how to work through them."
-- Michael Wilson, Actor
"Sammi has learned to speak to actors; to help them create on stage; to turn classroom technique into a living, breathing person. With a keen eye and a gentle hand, Sammi helped guide me into building a vision of the character
Relevant Education / Credentials
San Jose State University/Theater Arts Stanford University Special Theater Program Acting: Dana Zeller Alexis; Stephen Strimpell (NYC) Founder/Artistic Director of NYC's Working Girls Productions
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