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The Gately/Poole Conservatory, previously the Gately Poole Acting Studio, was founded by Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole. It was located on 42nd Street, Theatre Row in New York City, from 1981-1995. During this period it trained approximately 200 students each year in its professional program. Its curriculum incorporated acting, movement, voice, and speech, and it was the only private studio in the country to offer this comprehensive, integrated approach to actor training. Its alumni have had successful careers in theatre, television, and film.

Since 1992, the Gately/Poole Conservatory continues to teach the next generation of actors through Acting Intensives in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and London.

Kathryn Gately - Artistic Director/Master Acting Teacher

Ms. Gately has been on the Board of Directors for The Nat Horne Theatre in New York City, and served as the head of the Undergraduate Division of the Illinois Theatre Association. She has been featured in interviews on NBC’s “Extra” and in People Magazine. She was featured in the recent book Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition, Marqui's Who's Who in America . Read More about Kathryn Gately.

Richard Poole - President/Master Acting Teacher

In New York City, Richard Poole was the Executive Director of The Nat Horne Theatre on 42nd Street's historic theater row. The Nat Horne was home to three separate theatre groups, including the award winning Manhattan Class Company. Before joining Ms. Gately, Mr. Poole taught and directed for several years at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rutgers University and The Philadelphia Repertory Company.  Before leaving New York, he was the Head of Acting for the Professional Program at Primary Stages Theatre Company, and co-head of the Playwriting Unit with Arthur Giron. Read More about Richard Poole

Kendra Holton


Kendra is on the performance faculty at Northern Illinois University and Elmhurst College, where she directs and teaches voice, movement, and period styles. She studied with Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole while pursuing her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and has served the studio since 2011.  Additional training includes Shakespeare and Company and the Moscow Art Theater.  Kendra is a member of the new generation of teacher-trainees of the Williamson Physical Technique for Actors.  Recent acting credits include A Bright Room Called Day, Macbeth, An Infinite Ache, A Winter's Tale, Pippin, and Into the Woods.

Janice Orlandi- Movement and Period Styles Instructor


Ms. Orlandi is the Artistic Director and Director of Education at Actors Movement Studio Conservatory in New York City. She is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of the Williamson Physical Technique for Actors, including Period Styles, Character, and Period Dance. She is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique, and has extensive training in Viewpoints and Composition with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company.  Read More about Janice Orlandi.

Joseph Matyas

Joseph is a teaching artist from the east coast where he has worked as an actor, fight choreographer, and movement coach. He is a graduate of University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Joseph is a certified teacher of the Williamson Technique and strives to guide actors in bypassing restlessness so they can experience effortless expression with their instrument.  Joseph has appeared with First Folio, Stage 773, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, PlayPenn Festival and the Sabanci International Theater Festival in Adana, Turkey.  Joseph is the owner of Floodlight Photography, a Chicagoland headshot and portrait service.