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ELOISE MUMFORD

Every line I say on set or on stage is really a secret ‘thank you’ to Atlantic. I learned something pivotal from each and every teacher and added all together, it made me who I am as a performer. I am incredibly lucky to have trained at Atlantic– it gave me an unshakeable foundation on which to build a life as an actor.

 


MARJA RYAN

 

The Atlantic taught me how to create stories by isolating three components: want, word and deed. In the best dramas, each character wants one thing but says something else all while doing a third thing. I also learned how to use power tools, which in retrospect, was equally helpful because it wasn’t enough to know how to write the thing, I needed to know how to secure some flats too. I met my best friends and business partners there. (Oh, and my wife too.) So… thanks Atlantic.

 


ANNA CHLUMSKY

They had even longer programs than the one I was in. I came to them a little bit, I felt, later into my 20s and so I was like, I’m ready to go and try to get jobs. I did their summer intensive, which was like a boot camp. It was beautiful. It was a whole summer of just living and breathing plays and scenes. We learned everything from scene analysis, to movement, to kind of like meditative Meisner work. It was all in. Oh man. To this day, I still use so much of what I learned from them in what I do. I still carry the notebook that I started back then, my gosh. Whenever I see Cynthia Silver, or Anya Saffir, or Robert Bella, I’m like, “Oh you guys taught me how to act! You’re the reason I’m making a living right now.


LARA VOSBURGH

I started acting professionally before attending Atlantic, but Atlantic gave me tools to turn acting in to my lifetime profession of passion by instilling in me the patience for practicing, preciseness and punctuality. Atlantic acting school became my home away from home when I was on my way back to Israel returning from the premier of my film ‘Inner Demons’ at the LA film festival. I had one day in New York, and I toured several studios and none of them felt right. Atlantic was the last one I went to and I knew the minute I stepped in that I had to come back. They were so nice and let me audition on the same day. Needless to say I was praying my whole flight back to Tel Aviv that I got accepted, and I am so blessed to be able to say I was. As for practical aesthetics, I am a super analytical person and I love studying and researching. Therefore, Practical Aesthetics is thew perfect fit for me as it gives me an intellectual rush every time. This intellectual rush turns in to shear magic on stage when I do my moment to moment work. Atlantic has turned my acting in to a labor of love, and I will forever be thankful to William H Macy, David Mamet and the founding members of Atlantic for creating this wonderful technique. Atlantic’s teacher’s, staff, Mary McCann the executive director of the Atlantic Acting School and Brandi Lea Harris changed my life. I hope to make them proud.


ELIZABETH OLSENElizabeth Olsen

Recent credits: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House, Therese, Liberal Arts. “They’re the reason I worked…They’re the people who got me my jobs and I’m so thankful to them…and their teachers.” CLICK HERE TO WATCH A BACKSTAGE Q&A WITH ELIZABETH OLSEN

 


 

Jeanie BacharachCASTING DIRECTOR JEANIE BACHARACH
(The River, Brothers and Sisters, The Guardian, Ally McBeal, Carla’s Song, Little Chenier…) “I have had the great pleasure to teach an audition class for Atlantic LA for the past several years. It has been as beneficial for me as a casting director as it has been for the students. I feel it is so important that young actors understand the casting process from an insider’s perspective so it can be demystified and these actors can become empowered and confident in knowing that in reality, all the people in the audition room WANT them to get the job! But there are important tools that go into the process as well, and as an actor you always want to do your best work possible, because even if you don’t book that particular job, you are going to make a positive impression on those people in the room who are in a position to hire you in the future. It’s not about winning the role-it’s about winning the room. As an actor you don’t always feel like you have a lot of power, but my goal in this program is to instill in my students that you actually truly do.”


Sharon BialyCASTING DIRECTOR SHARON BIALY
(The Firm, Breaking Bad, The Unit, Jericho…) “What I love about the Atlantic program is that they wisely prepare their students with the essential tools needed in order to procure work. They instill a foundation in truthful acting, and then focus on the business side. They work on practical tools in order to succeed in LA in the competitive world of auditions. Their teachers are successful professionals who teach because they love to pass on knowledge while they are at the top of their game. If I wasn’t working full time, I would attend the rest of the program myself to absorb anything Mr. Gregg, Ms. Huffman, Mr. Macy and that Mamet dude had to say.”

 

 

 


Felicity Huffman

FELICITY HUFFMAN

 

(Atlantic Theater Ensemble Member) “I have worked with many young actors both on film and television and I have witnessed that it is so easy to be lost in the conundrum of what it takes to do a scene well and overall what it takes to be a good actor. There are many components that answer those questions but I have seen that the training at Atlantic gives actors simple clear answers that they can lean on for the rest of their professional life.”

 


 

Christopher Nicholas SmithCHRISTOPHER NICHOLAS SMITH
(Paranormal Activity 3, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, “30 Rock”…) “Atlantic is awesome. The culture and environment that they create provides the perfect setting for students. They did so much for me. They made acting make sense. I met my best friends at Atlantic. Their philosophy has stayed with me – tell a story simply and truthfully.”

 

 


Philip MartinPHILIP MARTIN
Recent Credits: David Mamet’s Untitled Phil Spector Biopic starring Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor.”Being a part of Atlantic means being a part of a family committed to telling great stories. The Atlantic gave me the opportunity to learn from company members Clark Gregg, Chris Bauer, and David Mamet. I found my manager from the LA Conservatory showcase and was later cast in Mamet’s latest project.”

 


Amelia Rose BlaireAMELIA ROSE BLAIRE
Recent credits: “The Glades” (A&E), “Touch” (FOX), “Grimm” (NBC), “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime), “Perception” (ABC), Commencement (Indie Feature). “Atlantic’s LA program is the perfect start for anyone looking to begin a career out here. Coming to LA can be extremely daunting and this program offers an immediate foundation and valuable resources.”

 


Brian Charles JohnsonBRIAN JOHNSON
(Spring Awakening, American Idiot) “Atlantic Acting School is the reason why I am able to do what I love for a living. It provided me a safe haven for molding my acting craft, but more importantly became a home away from home. The Atlantic Theater Company cast me in my very first professional show (the Off-Broadway production of Spring Awakening), and I’ve been working in stage and film ever since. Thank you, Atlantic, for all that you’ve done for me, and continue to do for the theater community and the art of acting.”