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About the Man Behind the Workshops
Stephen Stahl takes great pride in developing the
individual talents of each student. He gives the actor the opportunity
to build a strong, assured creative player. Full of spontaneous imagination,
talent and strength, Mr. Stahl will stretch the actor's ability and
leave them with self-assured courage that demands truth and respect
through all work and characterization.
Stephen Maxamillion Stahl has been called a "superb
director" who fills his work with "sincerity and passion",
according to theater critics. For more than 30 years, this Philadelphia
native has been delighting audiences with his powerful direction
and writing as well as sharing his knowledge and experience with
students of all ages.
In 2006 Mr. Stahl won the top award for "Best
Director" and "Best Featured Thriller" for his film "Consequences" at
the International Independent Film and Video Festival held in Los
Angeles, New York City and Cannes, France. The award ceremony for
Best Featured Film genre was held in Los Angeles and for Best Director
of a Feature (2500 movies entered, 500 shown) was held in New York
City. In France the movie gained European distribution as well as
United States release.
Stahl's prior, "Tony and the Playwright" placed top 10 in the San
Francisco Film Festival.
An internationally renowned writer and director, Mr.
Stahl received his early training at The Hedgerow Theatre under Jasper
Deeter and Rose Schulman, then moved to New York and studied with
Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. Production and directorial credits
include over 150 stage shows. A few of his favorites are : Lady
Day which featured Tony-Award winning actresses Dee Dee
Bridgewater, Tonya Pinkins, Hattie Winston and Ann Duquesnay; the
touring production of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All
for You which
starred Mink Stole; By Strouse which starred Charles
Strouse and Maury Povich for ABC-TV; ACoupla White Chicks
Sitting Around Talking which starred Debroahlee Scott; Hosanna which
starred Lynne Carter; Psycho Beach Party which ran
for a summer at TropWorld in Atlantic City; Porno Stars at
Home; Women Behind Bars; Tallulah; Thirty
Thousand Pigs Roamed the City; Jerker;
and After the Fall. His writings include Philly's
Beat; American Vaudeville; Yo Philly! written
for the New Yorker starring Melba Moore; For the Show;
and Lady Day. The West End production of Lady
Day in London was nominated for an Olivier Award and he
became an honoree of Des Auteurs et Composituers Dramatiques in Paris
for the same show. Lady Day also won a Bay Critic's
Award and the National Drama Award. Recently Stahl penned Queen
of Hearts, Ella! and Hope Falls.
He has directed, written for, produced and worked with such well-known
talents as Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle, Sandy Duncan, Jason Bateman,
Phyllis Hyman, Evander Holyfield, Billy Joel, Kitty Kallen, Hall & Oates,
Grant Shaud, Julie Gold, Joyce Heyser, Hattie Winston, Clint Holmes,
Bobbie Rydel, Peggy King, Divine, James Ingram, and Teddy Pendergrass.
Recently, Mr. Stahl directed Stories of the
City, Lenny, Airborne
from Deerborn, Full Bloom, Queen
Summer in Smoke, That Holman
Woman and a concert version of Judy
at the Stonewall Inn starring Tommy Femia and David Drake
which later moved into full production. Stahl has also produced and
directed award shows for P.M.A Music Foundation and the ARTY Awards, both starring dozens of Grammy-Award winning Artists.
Where else is there a teacher with such strong professional
credits who also takes great pride in each and every actor that works
with him. Stahl personally teaches the intermediate, advanced and
ongoing acting workshops as well as the director's program. Beginners
and young performers are taught by trained teachers in Stahl's technique.
Classes are limited. Call or log on today for a brochure and scheduling.
All workshops are held in Bucks County, PA unless otherwise noted
Beginners & Intermediate
This course is designed to guide and prepare
you in the necessary areas to further your ability to act. You
will work with relaxation, sensory recall, and improvisation. This
will help to lead you in finding what your creative blocks
are and how to overcome them. Discovering your openess helps your
creative life to push forward and also helps you to reach stage
believability. In this course you begin to unlock the "magic" within
you, allowing your talent to be set free.
Advanced & Ongoing
This workshop is designed to give the actor a professional gymnasium
in which he or she can exercise their creativity to its fullest.
You will vigorously work on scene study, the objective and super
objective, the playwrite's intention, the incorporating of yourself
into the character.
You will stretch your imagination and strengthen your talent with
sensory recall, turning your negative energy into positive energy.
Admittance to this course will be by audition only.
On Camera Acting
Beginner & Intermediate
This workshop is a unique and exciting opportunity for the actor
who wishes to master film acting. This intensive workshop covers
character creation, imagination, composition of performance, scene
study and creating a reality. You get the benefit of instant replay
via video and critique of your work. You learn the "do's and
don'ts" of performing on film.
This course also guides you in the business aspect of the industry.
You learn how to audition, how to deal with agents, unions and how
to join them, how to get proper head shots, designing a marketable
resume and how to effectively sell yourself as a professional actor.
Admittance to this course is through interview only.
Children and Teenager's Workshops
This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of
acting. The areas covered range from projection, movement, stage
direction, exploring the individual's talent and creativity. Emphasis
is on teaching confidence, ease in front of an audience, control,
imagination, and improvisation. Theatre games are designed to free
the student of negative emotions and install the positive. The class
will complete with a finished play in front of a selective audience.
Children's and teen workshops are conducted in a totally supportive
atmosphere in which the student's natural inclination towards creativity
This challenging and daring workshop is designed to give you a rounded
understanding in the field of directing. The course covers the
director's creative process, the given situation of a script, analysis
in finding the subtext and the playwrite's intention, how to cast,
emotional communication, working the given circumstances of a play,
reaching truth and belief, finding the tempo and rhythm. staging
and blocking, the actor's physical communication, and how to set,
light and costume a show. During the workshop you will achieve
a self-directed scene which will preview in front of a live audience.
Admittance to this workshop is through interview only.
N.Y.C. Showcasing (actual producing of your work)
Ongoing Workshops (Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA,
New York City)
Cold Reading, Audition and Monologue
Private Professional Coaching
All workshops are held in Bucks County, PA unless
otherwise noted. You may register by mail for classes that do not
require an audition or you may call to arrange an appointment. If
the class requires an audition or interview, it must be arranged
(2) weeks before your desired starting date.