FACULTY

 

Our Core Faculty, Master Teachers and Guest Teaching Artists are New York City industry professionals, working in universities, acting conservatories and professional theatre companies, nationally and internationally.

 

KATIE
McHUGH

 

CORE FACULTY & CO-FOUNDER
New York Teen Shakespeare Intensive


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Yonder Window
Theatre Company


Shakespeare Text, Scene Study &
First Folio Technique

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ELKE
VAN DYKE

 

CORE FACULTY & CO-FOUNDER
New York Teen Shakespeare Intensive


DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
Yonder Window
Theatre Company


Shakespeare Text, Scene Study &
First Folio Technique

Katie McHugh is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre and film with a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and an MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. She is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory at the Actors Movement Studio, and Co-Artistic Director of Les Exportables, a theatre company in New York and Quebec. Katie is an award-winning director who specializes in devised and experimental theatre. Her enthusiasm for educational theatre earned her a nomination for the Champion of the Arts Award in 2006, and the Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007. New York directing credits include: Travis Winters by Nick Gandiello in the New York 15-Minute Play Festival (Winner of Best Play, Audience Choice Award, and Best Director), The Author’s Voice at The Cell Theater, Euripides’ Medea in the New School for Drama’s New Visions festival, Jubilation Mississippi by Stephen Bittrich in the Drilling Company’s Happiness Festival, Producer and Director of The Winter Comedy Fest at Theatre 54, Dim Sum by Deborah Savadge in the Drilling Company's Debt Festival, and The List by Jennifer Tremblay in the New York International Fringe Festival 2012 (Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance).  The List was chosen to perform internationally in the first Mexican Fringe Festival of San Miguel de Allende, October 2013.  Film credits include: Co-director of “Off Off the Webseries” www.offoffwebseries.com, Director and Associate Producer of “Internet Affairs” www.internetaffairs.tv.  Katie is an Associate Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and producer of the Playwright’s Gallery reading series 2013-2014. She is also a four-time director for the Writopia World Wide Plays Festival sponsored by David Letterman, as well as a guest director with the NYU dramatic writing program. After directing her second production in Mexico in February of 2015, Waiting for Goddreau preceded by Shut up Kathleen, Katie was named an Artistic Ambassador of the Mexican Fringe Festival San Miguel.  

Elke Van Dyke is a New York based teacher, director, actor, aerialist and producer of theatre and Shakespeare. She is the Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory NYC at the Actors Movement Studio and Co-Founding Artistic Director of Gotham Shakespeare Co. She trained as a teacher and actor at Shakespeare & Company with Founders Tina Packer and Dennis Krausnick and is a graduate of Brooklyn College 's MFA Performing Arts Management and The New School University's BA Theatre programs. In addition to coaching professional and young professional actors in workshops and private sessions, she has also headed three high school theatre programs (nationally and internationally, including Mexico.) Elke also served as the Theatre Education Special Projects Manager at the New York City Department of Education where she co-authored American Voices (a theatre curriculum for high school teachers) and collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department to bring Shakespeare into NYC classrooms for the RSC's summer residency at Lincoln Center. Elke continues to teacher facilitate in the NYCDOE’s Professional Development workshops where she trains teachers in theatre pedagogy and physical theatre techniques. Directing credits include: Servant of Two Masters (University of West Florida), Tempest (Shakespeare & Co. Fall Festival) and Everywhere I Look (International Applied Theatre Conference, London, UK).  Stage credits include: Titania in The Dream Project (Yonder Window Theatre Company, NYC), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre), Alva Vanderbilt in the Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch (Actors Movement Studio, NYC), Tamora in Titus Andronicus (Gotham Shakespeare Co. NYC), and Emma in Fefu and Her Friends (20% Theatre Company, NYC). Elke has also been an avid improv performer with London’s Hoopla group. Elke performed her first professional aerial silks performance in Oct 2017 and continues to train in aerial silks for Yonder Window Theatre Company's ongoing production of The Dream Project.

 
 Janice Orlandi   Movement Specialist  Williamson Movement Certified Viewpoints & Composition Michael Chekhov Acting Technique  Movement Specialist in Psychophysical Methods of Training , Character Transformation, Physical Dramaturgy and Period Styles. London Premier Movement Director & Period Style Choreographer: THE OTHER MOZART at St James Theater London, Winner Outstanding Solo Show, Innovative Theater Awards, Drama Desk Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Nominee Best Solo Performance” Here Arts Festival NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre ALL FOR ONE Solo Festival, Berkshire Fringe Festival. Directing credits include: BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival), St. James Theatre Studio London UK; Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59 Theater in NYC, GARBO DREAMS (Red Room NYC). Movement Director THE CONTRAST (Mirror Repertory Company St Clements), AN IDEAL HUSBAND and TARTUFFE (Sonnet Repertory NYC). Certified Teacher & designated teacher trainer of Williamson Physical Technique, Period Style Specialist including Period Movement, Character and Dance in ; Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, Elizabethan and Restoration, classical and 1920-1950’s. Certified teacher Michael Chekhov Technique, Extensive training in Rasaboxes, with founder Dr Richard Schechner , trained extensively with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, SITI Company in Viewpoints/Composition & Suzuki, trained in Laban Fundamentals and Yat Malmgram/Laban system of character analysis. Artistic Director Actors Movement Studio NYC, and has taught movement as Assistant Professor of BFA Movement at University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers State University; Williamstown Theatre Festival; BAM Summer Programs, Atlantic Theater Company at NYU Tisch, and Internationally at; De Lindenberg in Netherlands; State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark; Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen and Summer 2016 at Rose Bruford College London, Founding Member of Expanded Arts & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot NYC. Featured in BACKSTAGE “The Physical Approach” to Shakespeare and AMERICAN THEATER MAGAZINE in 2011 on the current Trends in Movement Training in theater education. Currently writing a book on the history and trends in Movement and Physical Technique for the Actor & Character Transformation THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION ©- CROSSING PEDAGOGY. Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, SSDC and The Players Club.

Janice Orlandi

Master Movement Specialist
Williamson Movement Certified
Viewpoints & Composition
Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory, Movement Specialist in Psychophysical Methods of Training, Character Transformation, Physical Dramaturgy and Period Styles. London Premier Movement Director & Period Style Choreographer: THE OTHER MOZART at St. James Theater, London, Winner Outstanding Solo Show, Innovative Theater Awards, Drama Desk Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Nominee Best Solo Performance, Here Arts Festival NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre ALL FOR ONE Solo Festival, Berkshire Fringe Festival. Directing credits include: View Full Bio Here 

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Dave Demke

Linklater Voice Technique

Mr. Demke received his BA in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, and his MFA in Performance from the University of Maryland. He was the Artistic Director of Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, OR; the Associate Director of Training for Shakespeare & Company; and a principle dancer with the Red River Dance Company in Fargo, ND. As an actor he has appeared in productions in New York and regionally, as well as performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Beijing, China. As a director he has worked extensively in Portland, OR, and at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. He has guest directed at
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Andrew Hayes

Stage Combat
SAFD Certified Teacher

Professor of Communication and Theatre at DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana).  Twenty-five year higher education professional teaching, acting, directing, producing, and designing over thirty university, community, and professional productions in Nebraska, Virginia, Indiana, and Massachusetts.  Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors since 2001. Fight Direction for over twenty university and professional theatre productions and independent films. Certified teacher of the Society of American Fight Directors.

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Susan Littlefield

Administrative Director

Susan Littlefield is a free-lance writer and editor based in NYC. Her most recent work is The Freds at Barneys New York Cookbook (Grand Central Life & Style, April 2018), which she co-authored. Formerly an aspiring actor, always a passionate theatre goer, she is also the parent of an actor who is a two time participant in the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory at the Actors Movement Studio, co-founded by NYTSI founders Katie McHugh and Elke Van Dyke, and Master Teacher Janice Orlandi. His life-altering experience with the program was the impetus for her happily joining the NYTSI team. susanlittlefield.com