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London - Acting Intensive

Ledgendary Acting Teachers

summer Training – at Top LOndon Drama School
TRained James GandolphIni, AManda Seyfried and
other award winning Alumni



A unique, concentrated approach to acting which will cover, in detail, 10 weeks of the Sanford Meisner Technique, as well as augmented lessons developed by Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole, which will bring this work into the 21st century. The lessons are clear, sequential, specific, and imaginative. In- depth development in observation, rich responsiveness, and vivid objectives will deal with the specific uniqueness of human behavior.


Classes include exercises & scene work to:

  • Develop effortless, spontaneous responsiveness to others

  • Discover how to use oneself simply and truthfully, poetically

    and expansively

  • Explore specific actions in the theatrical world of the dramatic


  • Create behavioral connectedness in relationships and to life-

    altering circumstances

In this intensive workshop, the students will work 8 hours each day with evening rehearsals, 6 days per week. The class work require discipline and the motivation to excel in one’s own artistic development. In addition, training in the Williamson Movement Technique, Voice Technique , On-Camera Technique, Dramatic Imagination, and Action/Verbs will be included.

By the end of the program, the students will have completed an extraordinary journey. They will have integrated and mastered some essential skills necessary to build a solid foundation in Acting. Through a visceral connection to the imaginary world, students will become:

  • more specific with their choices and implementation of their actions, objectives, and justifications

  • more emotionally connected and expressive

  • more fluid and responsive to their interaction with the other actors on


  • Their physical and vocal technique will support and enhance their work in


  • They will be a more confident and self-assured artist and will be prepared

    to move into a more advanced training context.


“What I learned most from Kathryn Gately is that your emotions are at your fingertips and that they have to  be fluid. She was very smart because she knew how to, not just push buttons, but push buttons in a good way”   ~James Gandolfini

London faculty

Richard Poole:

Richard Poole is the Executive director of The Gately/Poole Acting Studio and Conservatory where he developed one of the top-professional acting schools in New York City and Chicago with alumni awards and nominations on Broadway, off-Broadway, film, and television. 

Has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Rutgers University, and The Philadelphia Repertory Company. Former Head of Acting for the Professional Acting Program at Primary Stages Theatre, and co-head of the Playwriting Unit. 

He was co-founder and co-director of the Meisner Professional School for Film and Television, now known as (The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts) He has taught Meisner Technique in the MFA and BFA acting program and directed both main stage and black box productions at Northern Illinois University where he was recently appointed Professor Emeritus.

Kathryn gately:

Kathryn Gately served as the Head of the MFA Professional Acting Training Program at Northern Illinois University. She trained at the Neighbourhood Playhouse where she studied extensively under Sanford Meisner. Professor Gately co-taught the MFA/BFA acting and directing candidates in the professional program at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

She is the co-founder and artistic director of Gately/Poole Studio's two year Acting Conservatory in NYC on historic Theatre Row. Founder and Master Teacher of Gately/Poole/Jones Acting Intensives held in alliance with the Innovative, Gage, and Paradigm agencies in New York and San Diego. She was the co-creator and developer of the Gately/Poole Meisner Acting Teacher Certification (ATC) Program; and Master Acting Teacher for the School for Film and Television (New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts).

Her students are recognized in theatre, film, and television as recipients of the Palme d’Or, Golden Globe, Emmy, Ace, SAG, Obie, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Helen Hayes, Theatre World, Dramalogue, and the Joseph Jefferson Awards.

She is featured in the book Acting Teachers of America: a Vital Tradition, interviewed on NBC’s “Extra” and in People Magazine, listed in the Marquis edition of Who’s Who in America, and acknowledged by James Gandolfini on Bravo’s Actors Studio.

Janice Orlandi:

Artistic Director Actors Movement Studio NYC , Movement Specialist in Psychophysical Methods and Character Transformation.  Movement Director for: “The Other Mozart” London Premiere St James Theater, Innovative Theater Award winner and Drama Desk Nominee, Here Arts Center and Cherry Lane Theatre NYC Directing credits include: “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies” Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Certified teacher of Williamson Physical Technique and Period Styles including; Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, Elizabethan and Restoration, (Trained and co-taught with founder Loyd Williamson ) Certified Teacher Michael Chekhov Technique, Extensive training in Laban & Yat Mamlgren

Method Movement Phycology of Physical Character, Alba Method Certified level II , and Trained with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company in viewpoints & Suzuki.

Has taught movement for actors as Assistant Professor University of the Arts Philadelphia,  adjunct professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts , Rutgers University , Atlantic Theater Company at NYU Tisch, and Internationally at the State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark; and the Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen,

Featured in American Theater Magazine "Trends in Movement Training "Currently writing a book on Physical Technique for the Actor “The Art of Transformation".


Read about Janice's Edwardian Style Salon: