ActorClass Founder, David L. Epstein

ActorClass Founder, David L. Epstein

STAFF

I spent years training at prestigious programs only to be frustrated with the results. When I abandoned what was popular and finally stretched my wings, I began to work not only as an actor who earned his union membership in both SAG and AEA, but also, as a published writer and professional director. With decades of experience developing dozens of projects from concept, to casting, to production, I've been able to closely study the actor's process and have designed a common sense form to the craft that doesn't fall back on old ideas. At my studio, we don't study a "technique" to acting, but rather, acting itself (go to our FAQ page to learn more). I train courageous artists to discover the joy of self expression and carve out lucrative careers in the process. Some have reached stardom, proving our studio really works. ActorClass offers two major classes a week in order to maintain quality over quantity. Our trim schedule makes it possible for the careers of our students to flourish in the real world instead of being stuck "in training". We present a singular message of discipline and hard work, not a coddled, romantic philosophy born from a different era. We maximize results for your career by training you to be a formidable actor, but also, arm you with first-hand knowledge about what to expect in the business and how to push your career forward. I proudly display my reviews and highlight credits in the hopes that I've earned the right to pass on what I have learned:

WRITING

My monologues, short scenes and full-length plays can be found in publications for actors from Applause and Smith Krauss Books. All titles have been used in acting classes across the United States and the United Kingdom, including Circle in the Square, Strasberg, Juilliard, Soho Theatre of London, Tisch at NYU, Mirror Stage of Seattle, La Mama, Venice Playhouse of California, University of Colorado, Madison Technical University, and a production via the Rehabilitation Through the Arts Program and the State of New York.

Includes excerpts from the play DRINKING & DIVING

Includes excerpts from the play DRINKING & DIVING

Includes material from the play HERO and FIRST CLASS

Includes material from the play HERO and FIRST CLASS

Includes excerpts from the play TOP FLOOR

Includes excerpts from the play TOP FLOOR

Includes excerpts from the play TOP FLOOR

Includes excerpts from the play TOP FLOOR

 
Includes a duet from the play TOP FLOOR

Includes a duet from the play TOP FLOOR

Includes a duet from the play STRANGE ATTRACTIONS

Includes a duet from the play STRANGE ATTRACTIONS

Includes the award winning full-length play MIDNIGHT

Includes the award winning full-length play MIDNIGHT

 

DIRECTING

Kathleen Wallace and Jason Macdonald in the world premiere of CORONADO

Kathleen Wallace and Jason Macdonald in the world premiere of CORONADO

After his work won acting Oscars in 2004, Dennis Lehane, best-selling author of Mystic River, Live by Night and Shutter Island, approached me in a theater in the Village and handed over a script. "I like your directing." He said. "Why don't we develop this?" We spent the summer with AC students and workshopped the scenes. One year later, Lehane and I co-produced the world premiere of Coronado. I was given the honor of directing the Off-Broadway show which became a New York Times Critic's Pick and went onto publication by Harper Collins. Our collaboration was featured in Time Out New York and has allowed me to direct dozens of projects and work with hundreds of professional actors at every level of the industry. Below are highlight productions during my time as Artistic Director of Invisible City Theater Company of NYC: 

 

 

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Writer/Director D. Epstein with Henri Belolo (center), & workshop cast

BROADWAY

The Broadway musical in development, Go West, was workshopped between 2010-2012, and produced by Broadway Across America, Moritz Borman (executive producer of Snowden), and Henri Belolo (multi-platinum music producer). I served as director and bookwriter, and was honored to tell the amazing life story of Mr. Belolo who invented and owns the world famous Village People.

The late Lazaro Perez, acting with D. Epstein, in Ground Level B, written & directed by Andres Heinz (screenwriter, Black Swan)

The late Lazaro Perez, acting with D. Epstein, in Ground Level B, written & directed by Andres Heinz (screenwriter, Black Swan)

ACTING

I graduated from Tisch at NYU with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. The gritty, short film I associate produced and starred in, Ground Level B, written and directed by Andres Heinz (screenwriter, Black Swan), was recipient of the Mobil Award for Best Picture as well as numerous festival accolades. I've since booked national commercials for AT&T, Microsoft, and Showtime, performed at amazing venues including Theatre Row, Amato Opera House, 59E59, Cherry Lane Theater, and have travelled as far as Cairo, Egypt for acting work in theater and film. I've been an active member of Screen Actor's guild and Actor's Equity Association for twenty years.

Ryan and David on-set

Anthony Jaswinski on the set of Airport Hilton

Anthony Jaswinski on the set of Airport Hilton

PRODUCING

Ryan Serhant, who debuts opposite Ben Stiller in While We're Young and stars in Bravo's Million Dollar Listing NY, has co-produced a number of projects including the world premiere of the critically acclaimed Fault Lines, as well as the New York premiere of Purple Hearts (where I directed and Serhant starred). Both productions were mounted under the banner of Invisible City, where I reside as Artistic Director since 2002.

I've also had the great pleasure of co-producing and directing, Airport Hilton, by Anthony Jaswinski, screenwriter of The Shallows, starring Blake Lively, recipient of the Nicholls Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for his feature, Killing Time.

Without the support and integrity of dreamers like Ryan, Anthony and all of the performers and creators mentioned here, ActorClass would not exist. I cannot thank those artists enough for trusting me with their ideas.