"a dynamic ensemble of highly committed artists." Back Stage
The New American Studio Ensemble is the resident acting company of The New American Theatre. Members collaborate on the production of new and classic plays, and are invited to audition for all New American Theatre main stage productions. Our members are advanced professional working actors in theatre, film and television. All members participate in a weekly Studio. The Studios are inspired by the teachings of Stanislavsky. The Studios are not limited to the actor’s work in the theatre. We also seek to interpret the actors’ challenge on film and in television.
All members participate in a weekly Studio. The Studios are inspired by the teachings of Stanislavsky. The Studios are not limited to the actor's work in the theatre. We also seek to interpret the actor's challenge on film and in television.
Company Membership Benefits:
**** Membership to a community of vibrant, working actors in theatre, TV and film.
**** Collaboration on the production of new and classic plays.
**** Industry scene showcases.
**** Weekly acting studios which focus on scene study and technique.
**** The benefit of a shared dialogue between motivated and experienced actors who strive for fulfilling and long-lasting acting careers.
The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is celebrating eighteen years of residence in Los Angeles and has enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nomination from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations and more. CBS Los Angeles named The New American Theare as one of the top five 99-seat theatre companies in Los Angeles.
The New American Theatre is in residence at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Our Saturday Studio is held at the Odyssey, and our Monday and Tuesday Studios are held in Culver City.
Membership includes one of the following ongoing Studios:
|Scene Study and Technique Studio with Jack Stehlin
When: (Saturdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Location: Odyssey Theatre
About the Studio:
Ensemble members participate in a weekly ongoing scene study and technique Studio. Jack Stehlin's Studio concentrates on the secret of the craft of acting - which is how to free your innate creativity and allow the beauty of who you are already to help make it possible to tell the story of your character. The freedom of acting comes from discipline, playfullness, and the practice of how to develop a relationship with the character in a story that's worth telling.
Steeped in the tradition of Stanislavsky and Jack Stehlin's own New American Actor technique, his studio focuses on acting technique, voice, speech, movement and text throught scene study, monologue work, and the reading of classic and new plays. The Studio focuses on the craft of storytelling for the actor.
Actors who participate in the New American Studio Ensemble Saturday Studio are professional actors who work in theatre, film and television. The Studio is designed to further all aspects of the the art of acting, and members seek to create an atmosphere of collaboration towards the development of a common working language.
The actors in the studio perform scenes from plays, but Stehlin's acting technique can be applied to acting on film, television or on stage.
Actors in the Saturday Studio are also members of the New American Studio Ensemble, and have the opportunity to perform onstage.
If you're a fan of the theatre, perhaps you've seen Jack on the stages in New York, Los Angeles, regionally and abroad. A graduate of the acclaimed Juilliard School, Jack has been entertaining audiences in both modern plays and the classics, comedy and drama - garnering awards and critical acclaim. Jack also serves as founding artistic director of The New American Theatre.
Some theatre credits include: New York/Regional; Salome with Al Pacino; nine productions at NYC's Public Theatre including Richard II, Henry V, Casanova, Henry IV, Part I, Julius Caesar. New American Theatre: More Lies About Jerzy (director, David Trainer), Julius Caesar, Harm's Way (LA /NYC), Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Redux (Not Man Apart co-production/Kirk Douglas Theatre/RadarLA,). Odyssey/New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals) co-productions: Taming of the Shrew, Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, Scapin.
You may know Jack best from his longtime role as DEA Captain Roy Till on Showtime's Weeds, or from one of his many guest-starring roles on countless hit TV series such as NCIS-Los Angeles, Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, NCIS, Love Bites, ER, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG and The Practice. Recent films include Wilde Salome, starring/directed by Al Pacino.
Scene Study and Technique Studio with Robert Cicchini and Jordan Lund
(Mondays 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM or Tuesdays 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM)
Location: Culver City
Explore the teachings of Stanislavsky through technique exercises and scenes.
Every actor works every Studio. The first hour is dedicated to
acting exercises inspired by Stanislavsky. The remainder of the
Studio is dedicated to scene study and monologue work.
ROBERT CICCHINI is an associate artist with Circus Theatricals and has been with the company since 1987. CT directing credits include: The Maids, The Lower Depths, Antigone, The Heiress, and many one-act plays including: Starsong, First to the Egg, and The Sauasage Eaters. Among his numerous CT acting credits are: No Exit, Three Sisters, Tartuffe, Hedda Gabler, The Job (Garland award), Twelfth Night, Man.Gov.Robert is a veteran of over twenty-five films including: "Dreamgirls", "War of the Worlds", "Primary Colors", "Path to War", "The Godfather III", and will star in the film "Waterwalk" this summer. He has appeared as a star, guest star or recurring character in over 50 television programs including: "24", "The Closer", "CSI", "Desperate Housewives", "Six Feet Under", "The Sopranos", "Mission of the Shark". Robert is a graduate of Wayne State University and of the NYU Grad-acting program.
Jordan Lund received his training at Carnegie-Mellon, has worked on and off-Broadway, made over eighty appearances on television and film, coaches and teaches acting in LA and NY. Jordan is an associate artist of The New American Theatre.
Appearances for NAT/CT include: Julius Caesar, More Lies About Jerzy,
The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Man.Gov, and As You Like It.
Broadway: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth (Belasco
Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival). NY: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure For Measure, The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (NY Shakespeare Festival in Central Park), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama) Regional: Ahmanson, Portland Stage, TheatreWorks, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland PlayHouse. Over 80 film and TV appearances include: The Bucket List, Doc Hollywood, Speed, The American President, Species, Lonesome Dove, The Stand, Without A Trace, Cheers, Frasier, Firefly, Law & Order, Star Trek DS9, TNG & Enterprise. -
How to Join
Membership is by audition/interview only. During the audition/interview process, potential members choose the Studio(s) they’re interested in. After the audition / Interview process is completed, the artistic director will recommend the Studio we feel will be best suited for each new member.
While each member does their Studio work in a main Studio, all
members are encouraged to attend both Studios if they desire, for no
additional membership fee.
What to Prepare for Your Audition:
Please prepare a 2 minute (or less) monologue. Check our our FAQ page for more details and tips.
For a monthly fee of $175, actors belong to an award-winning theatre company, AND participate in a weekly professional acting studio. If you are interested in joining The New American Studio Ensemble, you are required to audition / interview. Auditions are usually held by appointment on Saturday afternoons as well as other designated times throughout the week. Potential members can audit a Studio for $25. There is a maximum of two auditors per week. Auditors must reserve their seat and pay in advance by emailing Jeannine@NewAmericanTheatre.com.
Frequently Asked Questions:
To Audition, email Managing Director Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin or phone 310-701-0788.
The New American Theatre
PO BOX 586
Culver City, CA 90232