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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 TraditionMarqui'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 ArtsRutgers 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 Matyas is Certified Teacher of the Williamson Technique, a physical training technique for actors, and a graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre Arts.  Currently, as a movement instructor with the Gately Poole Conservatory, Joseph is teaching a multi-level year-long Williamson progression and providing in-class physical coaching alongside master acting teachers Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole.  Read more about Joe Matyas.