The Gately/Poole Conservatory, previously the Gately Poole Acting Studio, was founded by Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole. It was located on the prestigious block known as Theatre Row in New York City, from 1981-1994. During this period it trained approximately 200 students each year in its professional program. Its curriculum included movement, voice, and speech, and it was the only private studio in the country to offer this comprehensive 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 the Chicago, Boston, and New York City areas.
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, by Ronald Rand and Luigi Scorcia. Read More about Kathryn Gately
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
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. Ms. Orlandi is also trained in Rasaboxes with founder Richard Schechner, NYU Performance Studies. . Read More about Janice Orlandi
Scott Nice has served the Gately/Poole Conservatory since 2002 as the resident voice and movement instructor. He is also Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he also serves as the department’s Fight Director. Mr. Nice holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, a BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, and is a graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy. Read More about Scott Nice