We have chosen exceptional faculty with a superb range of professional skills in acting, voice and dialect, directing, and teaching.
Robert Benedetti has wide and deep experience as an actor and as a director of both stage and film productions. He has been Director of Theater at Yale School of Drama and Director of Theater at the California Institute for the Arts. He has been head of the Department of Theater at York University in Canada and at Carnegie Mellon University. Robert has also won three Emmy awards for his television movies. Since moving to New Mexico, he has become Director of the New Mexico Actors Lab and also President of the British American Theater Academy. He has written four best-selling books on being an actor on stage, film, and television.
Judi Dickerson is a voice and dialect coach for numerous films, including Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster, Jurassic World, Saving Mr. Banks, and many more. She has been on the sets of hundreds of films, TV shows, and stage productions, helping actors sound authentic and get their voice and dialect just right.
She has coached Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank, and Olivia Wilde, among many many others. A teacher of the Skinner Method, her dialect work for stage includes The Kentucky Cycle on Broadway, and her television work has extended from Journeyman to Empire Falls. Originally from San Bernardino with an MFA from SMU, Judi taught Voice and Speech at the University of Nebraska in the mid-1980s.
Paola Dionisotti has been a regular member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for many years and has appeared in thirteen RSC productions. She won the Evening Standard Actress of the Year award for her performance in Further than the Furthest Thing at the National Theatre; she also won the Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her role as Mistress Quickly in the RSC productions of Henry the Fourth, Parts One and Two. Recently Paola received much acclaim for her performance as Lady Anya Waynwood in Games of Thrones.
Henry Goodman is one of Britain’s most versatile actors. He won the Olivier Actor of the Year award for his definitive performance in Trevor Nunn’s National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice and was voted Olivier Musical Actor of the Year for his RSC performance in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. On Broadway, Henry has starred in Tartuffe and The Producers. He has been nominated for many awards for Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Angels in America, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He has starred in many productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, among them Richard III, and in The Seagull with Vanessa Redgrave. Henry has taught many times for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and also the British American Drama Academy (BADA).
Rosemary Harris first appeared on the London stage in the production of The Seven Year Itch. Her early appearances include playing Desdemona opposite Richard Burton in Othello, and Ophelia opposite Peter O’Toole in Hamlet in the opening production of the National Theatre. The name Rosemary Harris is synonymous with great theater, which she dominated in both London and on Broadway. Her films include Beau Brummel with Elizabeth Taylor; Tom and Viv, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award; and the Sam Rami Spiderman films in which she plays Aunt May. Rosemary’s Broadway plays include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Merchant of Venice, Lost in Yonkers, Steel Magnolias, and Waiting in the Wings. She was nominated for ten Best Actress of the Year awards and won for The Lion in Winter. In Britain, one of her greatest performances was in a celebrated production of Uncle Vanya in which she starred with Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave.
Floyd King is renowned both as an eminent teacher and as an astonishing character actor. He was the leading Acting Shakespeare teacher at the Juilliard School when Michael Kahn was head of its theater division. When Kahn moved to Washington, D.C., to lead the Shakespeare Theater, Floyd King moved with him and quickly became an essential feature of the company. Since then he has played more than thirty roles and won four Helen Hayes Awards. Among the roles Floyd has played are Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Fool in King Lear, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Jaques in As You Like It. Floyd proved to be extremely popular and outstandingly successful when teaching for the British American Drama Academy. He recently retired from acting but still teaches for the Academy of Classical Acting in Washington, D.C.
Sean Mathias began his career as an actor, but in the 1990s he directed Bent and switched to being a director. The production enjoyed immense success in London, where it starred Anthony Sher, and again in New York, where it starred Ian McKellen, and then on film where Bent was also directed by Sean. His highly praised productions have included Uncle Vanya, starring Ralph Fiennes; Design for Living, starring Alan Rickman; A Little Night Music, starring Judi Dench; Antony and Cleopatra, starring Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren; Dance of Death, with Ian McKellen in both London and New York; Elephant Man, starring Billy Crudup in New York. In 2016, Sean’s production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, also starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, was seen in both London and New York and was released for showing in cinemas across Europe and the United States.