"I thought I knew everything there was to know about acting...until I met Jack Stehlin"
- Alfred Molina
ALFRED MOLINA is an accomplished and versatile actor with over one hundred film, television and theater productions to his credit. He currently stars in the television series "Law and Order, Los Angeles."
His many film projects include Poe, Vivaldi, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Tempest, Carmel, Big Buy, Lessons in Self-Defense, An Education, Da Vinci Code, Spiderman II; Hoax , As You Like It , Frida, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A veteran of the stage, Alfred Molina recently was nominated for a Tony Award for his outstanding portrayal of Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko in RED.
Alfred Molina is a Associate Artist of Circus Theatricals.
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"Jack Stehlin is not only an amazingly talented artist, but truly the best acting teacher I have ever had."
In the four years I have studied with Jack, I have become a better actress and am constantly challenged. Jack teaches pure Stanislavski and gives his students the tools that enable you to work on your own. Each class is profound. Each time I listen to Jack I am inspired as an actress and leave with excitement to work. He is a humble, no nonsense teacher. I appreciate the truth Jack brings to my work. Jack is a gem in a town full of people who claim to have all the answers. Jack really does, or at least makes searching for the answers a true artistic endeavor. I feel so lucky to be practicing the craft in Jack's studio."
- Vanessa Waters
Vanessa Waters' TV credits include: "House," Voiceover: "Tinkerbell: The Great Fairy Rescue" Theatre: "The Women," "Gibberish," "Three Sisters," "Macbeth"
"Jack Stehlin has provided me with utterly inspiring and truthful direction and coaching in the pursuit of my artistic goals."
He is truly a visionary when it comes to theatre, not to mention teaching acting. Without Jack, I would have moved to a farm somewhere to hide under a rock long ago! Honestly, he has transformed my perception of the craft and has driven home the most basic Stanislavskyan fundamentals that I never would have fully understood without him. Just the fact of Jack Stehlin and Circus Theatricals' existence and has kept hope alive in me for the fate of theatre arts and the craft of acting."
- Jade Sealey
Jade Sealey's Film/TV credits include: "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Saturday Night Live", "Bridesmaid #3", "How to Cheat", "The Hunger Artist", "Cul De Sac" and "Fool's Paradise". Theatre credits include: Sister Cities (Circus Theatricals in LA / Edinburgh Festival), The Women, Safe, Twelfth Night, The Heiress, Deconstructing the Torah, Weedwacker, Taming of the Shrew, (all with Circus Theatricals); Portia in The Author's Voice and Constanze in Amadeus. (Steve Dobuzyinski Theatre)
"I auditioned for The New American Theatre in 2002. That's the best thing I've ever done for myself as an actor."
I had been in and out of classes and training programs for years, never finding one that gave me a way of working. Oh, I had been working professionally for a decade before meeting Jack [Stehlin], but wasn't getting any better.
I started off in his Scene Study class which met on Mondays and finished every six months with a showcase of the work we were doing. From my first day in class with Jack, I knew that I was in the right place. I watched him work with actors on scenes, and was amazed not only at his insight, but at his tireless approach to the work. He simply never gives up. He never glosses over anything. He never moves on without making the work fuller, richer, and more real. That's an amazing talent. There are times when I check out, even now, while watching others work on a five minute scene for an hour. But Jack never does. Not for a moment. After watching him work for a couple of weeks, I had finally got a scene ready to put on its feet. It can be hard to get criticism. We're actors, and our very nature makes us somewhat sensitive. Jack attacks the work like a surgeon. He's precise, methodical and by his own admission he'll focus on what's not working instead of trying to ingratiate himself with lots of praise. So when he said I wasn't breathing well and wasn't working as deeply as I could be, I wondered if I could take it. However I did my best to take every direction he gave me. I had seen him get the best out of every actor in class, so I figured he was probably right when it came to me as well. Not only did he help me identify the things I needed to work on, he gave me a way to work. That's a gift I treasure and one that has kept me working steadily, often taking me away from my Circus Theatricals home for months on end. But I always find my way back when my gig ends. It's been nearly a decade now that I've been going to studio--although I moved into the Saturday class a few years back. We're still going deeper into the work. Still identifying the actions, figuring out what the character is doing, and not moving on until we've moved forward in the work.
I sincerely believe that all of the success that I've had--all the wonderful roles I've had the honor to play over the past 8 years--my now tireless work ethic can be traced directly to Jack Stehlin. My mentor. My friend. The best damn teacher and actor I've had the pleasure to know."
- Patrick Vest
Patrick Vest's credits include over 100 theatrical productions, including Seduced, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, The Circle, and All My Sons (all with Circus Theatricals). He also wrote and performed a one man show about Henry David Thoreau. He is a member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
"Jack Stehlin and the Studio is an oasis of artistry in a desert of pizza and beer commercials."
It's fuel for the artistic soul to come in on Saturdays and study the best plays ever written, and then feel inspired to go back to the grind of auditions and rejections. Jack has a keen, intense mind for acting and directing, and his passion is contagious. He has most certainly made me a better actor.
- Brendan Brandt
Brendan Brandt's credits:
Film: "Tic" (LionsGate, June 2011)
TV: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Working Class, Close to Home
Commercials: Domino's, Microsoft, Kaplan, Sprite, Bud Light, etc.
Theater: Macbeth, Getting Out (both with Circus Theatricals), Miss Margarita's Way (The Odyssey), Twist (Avery Shreiber)
wrote "Waiting Tables, Dodging Bullets", available at bookstores...
| ROBERT CICCHINI:
"Working with Bob (Robert Cicchini) , I have become as relaxed and effective as an actor in front of a camera as I do onstage."
- Jim McCaffree
Jim hails from Chicago, where he performed with WNEP Theater, among many other companies. In Los Angeles, he has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows, most recently “Wizards of Waverly Place”. He performed organic improvisation for several years as part of the Hothouse Spontaneous Theatre Company and has appeared in improvisation festivals around the country, including the San Francisco Improv Festival and Hawaii Improvaganza. Currently with Circus Theatircals, Jim's stage roles include Warning Labels, Taming of the Shrew, and Marsha Norman's Getting Out.
Bob (Robert) Cicchini knows, not just "acting", but the subtleties, the nuances, the moments of artistic surprise that make good acting great."
In his class he helps his students find such subtleties, unique and authentic to each actor's performance. And it is that uniqueness and authenticity that casting directors want to see.
- Hannah Logan
Hannah Logan has been performing and creating stories ever since she realized a sheet made a good curtain and a hairbrush was a decent microphone. Hannah is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Favorite roles include Connie in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, Sophie in Star-spangled Girl and Meg in Crimes of the Heart. Hannah is a published short story writer and her first play, Trailerville, was produced in Los Angeles and New York and is currently being adapted for the screen. She is a member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble, where she recently performed in Running in Circles Screaming.
| JORDAN LUND:
It is my opinion that an actor, as any artist, must continue to grow. The New American Theatre with Jordan and Bob has provided me with that opportunity. A wonderful workplace for the serious actor.
Working with Jordan is an exemplary experience. He listens as well as he speaks. Each students' work is honored with Jordan's receptively to what they bring and then carefully guided by his expertise. Bringing rich stage, film and television experience, Jordan shares not only his passion for this work but also his wisdom as a working actor, having told many of our cultures richest stories on stage and screen and sharing the stage with many other prominent figures of our times' acting community in New York and LA. He is a joy and a gift to work with and helps each student grow with keen instincts and knowledgeable skills. He helps carry on the rich tradition of classical acting while imbuing it with grounded technique and a modern sensibility and style.
Jordan is one of those rare coaches that you just don't find. His training, combined with all his on stage and film experience, brings a wealth of good coaching that an LA actor craves and needs. Jordan cuts right to the heart of the character, and gives directions that you can take hold of as an actor. your character will be as alive as you are.
- Rebecca Carr
Jordan is a wealth of knowledge; both insightful and passionate. He has a vast amount of experience he brings to his teaching, which is a great benefit to his students.
- Candace Rowland