Ezra Barnes is an actor, award-winning director, producer and teacher. His numerous Off-Broadway appearances include the hit Breakfast With Mugabe, a critic’s pick of the New York Times and Best New Play nominee for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. He received the Outstanding Director Award from the Connecticut Critics Circle for his production of The Diary of Anne Frank in 2018. A Shakespearean expert, he founded Connecticut’s Shakespeare on the Sound, considered one of the premier outdoor classical theaters in the area, and served as its Artistic Director for 14 years, directing and playing in many of the Bard’s plays. TV appearances include featured roles on Orange is The New Black, Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, SVU, Bored to Death, and As the World Turns. Film appearance include Motherless Brooklyn, Noah, Joshua and Once More With Feeling. A longtime Brooklyn resident and parent, Ezra has taught theater for young people at Saint Ann’s School, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Poly Prep, the Harvey Milk School and Piper Theatre. www.ezrabarnes.com
Gloria Biegler (Teacher at Large) (Co-Teacher, High School Teen Actors Workout & Audition Prep) has appeared on Broadway with the likes of Nathan Lane and Hal Holbrook, in numerous regional theaters, and on television. She has taught at the graduate level for the National Theatre Conservatory, and taught and directed young actors at the Geva Summer Academy in Rochester.
Wolf Clarke Roth (Teacher at Large) is an actor, playwright, teacher, and musician. Currently she teaches Contemporary Neutral Mask at The Tom Todoroff Conservatory. Wolf is a protege of and teacher assistant for both Mask Legend Shelly Wyant; and world renowned Jerzy Grotowski instructor Erica Fae. Wolf's training and teaching in movement includes Mask, Grotowski, Clown, Michael Chekhov, Viewpoints, Stage Combat, and Alexander. She has an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Select recent theatre credits: "As You Like It" (Cradle Theatre); "Caught" workshop (The Play Company); "Mistero Buffo" (Balcony Theatre at West Park Church, starring Panos Vlahos); "It's Not My Decision" solo show (Dixon Place, The Bridge, Estrogenius); "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Queen's Theatre); Feminism Issues Lab (Naked Angels).
Tim Dowd (Teacher at Large) is a New York based actor, writer, producer and board recognized lord of the geeks. He has worked with most recently with Shakespeare and Company, The Pearl Theater and Greenbriar Valley Theater. He has taught with Shakespeare and Company, Shakespearience and most recently served as the Shakespeare Youth Director for Piper Theatre company in Brooklyn NY.
Naren Weiss, (Teacher at Large) is an actor, playwright and teacher who has appeared onstage at the Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, Off-Broadway and on TV shows such as Broad City, Elementary, The Brave, Deception, Law & Order: SVU and more. His plays have been performed throughout India, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. He has taught extensively in Brooklyn (Piper Theater, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Off The Page, etc.); The Bronx (M.S. 391); and received an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, during which time he taught undergraduates. He has two little sisters in 8th grade who are so much cooler than him.
Ezra Barnes in the film Joshua.