Thursday, February 10, 2011

Our Mission

Hello all! 

Welcome to Step Into Shakespeare! 
Many young actors move to Los Angeles to begin the transition from their college and university training programs to the life of the professional actor.   For young actors, Los Angeles can be a challenging place to build a supportive community with shared values.  Step Into Shakespeare offers a bridge for young actors determined and committed to keeping their acting skills sharp, while balancing their day jobs, auditions, personal relationships and spiritual lives. 
Classes and performance workshops are the core activities.  Actors receive reinforcement and support as they develop their personalized approach to acting and refine their craftsmanship in the areas of acting and rehearsal technique, vocal technique, text and scene analysis, and a variety of movement styles and practices.  As actors train together, a unique bond and aesthetic develops and a class may elect to form a company that creates and produces plays and performances that enrich the artists as well as their audiences.
Lead Teacher - Ben Donenberg has been teaching acting and directing actors for more than 30 years.  A graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division, he has acted on and off Broadway, in film, and on television prior to launching his teaching and directing career in the mid 1980's, in New York City.  As a director, he has worked with many of the world's finest and best known actors.  He has been a private acting coach and taught private classes in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as at professional training programs such as California Institute for the Arts.  He was privileged to assist Robert (Bobby) Lewis, a Master Acting Teacher and Founder of The Group Theater and The Robert Lewis Theater Workshop in the late 1980's.  He subsequently founded The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, where he has been Artistic Director for 26 years.  He is currently serving a six year term as a Presidentially appointed and U.S. Senate confirmed member of the National Council on the Arts, overseeing the work of the National Endowment for the Arts.