Anyone Can Act
Myth: Acting is about talent and talent is something you’re born with. Reality: Acting is a craft that anyone can learn at any age. Acting is also a fun and deeply satisfying activity, and Washington has more opportunities for doing it than practically anywhere else. Take two hours on a Saturday and learn some fundamentals while having a great time with other people who want to explore different sides of themselves. Get in on the act! We also offer this class for any groups interested in a fun outing.
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MaryBeth Wise is an actor, teacher and narrator of audio books. Her acting credits include How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Round House Theatre, Body Awareness at Theater J, Frozen at Studio Secondstage, The Importance of Being Earnest at Arena Stage, The Mineola Twins at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Midwives with Roundhouse Theatre, Perfect Pie and Piaf with Potomac Theatre Project, Vita and Virginia at Rep Stage, and numerous productions at Olney Theatre including Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Helen Hayes Award Nomination). She has performed with The Shakespeare Theatre, Ford's Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and The Folger Theatre. MaryBeth has toured nationally with the Kennedy Center and the National Players, and internationally with Music Tours, Inc. and USIA. She is a narrator of audio books for the Library of Congress, received her BA from Barry University, and holds an MFA in Acting from Catholic University.
Dorothy Neumann is a pioneer in the small professional theatre circuit, having directed in the Washington area for over 37 years. She received three Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Direction-for Top Girls, Johnny Bull (both Horizons productions) and Unidentified Human Remains... at Signature-and served as Artistic Director for D.C. Stage and Goosebump Theatre. An Artistic Associate at Source Theatre, Horizons and Signature in past years, Dot has taught at The Theatre Lab almost since its inception and particularly enjoys teaching Intro to Acting. She joined the seasonal staff at Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth where she has directed Cabaret, Shirley Valentine, La Cage Aux Folles; On Golden Pond; Love, Loss and What I Wore; and The Vagina Monologues, which was also recently performed at Keegan Theatre. In addition to her directing, Dot published Truth Serum, a book of poetry available on Amazon.
Vince Eisenson is very excited to be returning to The Theatre Lab this summer. As an actor he has worked with Synetic Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, WSC Avant Bard, and PlayMakers Rep. TV credits include several shows on Discovery, OWN and National Geographic Channel. Vince teaches theatre classes at various venues in the metro region, but nothing quite compares to summer camp at The Theatre Lab.
Amal Saade has been teaching on the Theatre Lab youth faculty since 2007, and the Life Stories faculty since 2010. She is currently on the theater faculty at the Lab School of Washington, and has also taught at ArtStream, Inc., Imagination Stage, and Jamestown Elementary School. She is a graduate of The Theatre Lab's Honors Acting Conservatory, and has performed at theaters including Theater J, Olney Theatre, 1st Stage, Rorschach Theatre, Taffety Punk, Young Playwright's Theatre, and The Source Theatre Festival. She holds a Masters in Theatre Education from Catholic University.