an actor, DAVID HALL has worked in film, television, and stage with
some of the most respected filmmakers in the entertainment Industry
including Mel Brooks, John Frankenheimer, Terrance Mallick, Garry
Marshall, Gordon Parks, Aaron Spelling and Gene Wilder, to name
just a few. He is a director for television and stage. Also a writer,
his first effort as a playwright, TAPROOT, was one of seven plays
selected out of fourteen hundred that were submitted to receive
a main-stage production at the prestigious Cast Theatre in Hollywood.
It was extended three times beyond the original scheduled run of
the play. TAPROOT was also produced at the landmark Red Barn Theatre
was while taking an acting class with emmy award wining director
Gordon Hunt (father of actress Helen Hunt) that David began teaching
acting. Mr Hunt had a waiting list of students for his classes,
and after observing some of the work David was doing in his class
not only as an actor, but also as a director and writer, he asked
if David would be interested in giving the students on the waiting
list a place to work and to grow by teaching his own class. David
agreed, and almost immediately this class expanded beyond the students
on the waiting list to include not only other actors, but also directors
and writers. This class became THE ACTORS SANCTUARY – a class
that has spawned the growth, development, and careers of countless
numbers of actors, producers, and directors in the film industry.
It continues up to the present time. David
has also conducted THE ACTORS SANCTUARY in Vienna, Austria.
offers private acting coaching, and has worked as a dialogue coach
for Film, TV and stage productions. David also conducts an all-exercise
workshop for adults and children : CHILDHOOD DREAMS - a class devoted
to the spirit & exploration of play.
IT IS: A scene-study/monologue class that begins each week with
an exercise. Exercises often consist of cold-reading, and audition
technique work. The purpose of this work is to prepare the actor
for the interviews and auditions that are at the heart of the audition
process. The second half of the class is devoted to scene-study
and monologue work. This is scripted material that the actor has
memorized and rehearsed and is performed without a script. In addition
to the growth potential inherent in this work, monologues are also
a tool through which the actor without a film demo, can, if the
opportunity presents itself in a casting session, perform something
right on the spot.
a guest speaker is invited to speak to the class, and/or view monologues.
Guests have included: Linda Hunt (BEST ACTOR Academy-Award winner
for The Year Of Living Dangerously), Bill McKinney (Deliverance),
Amy Lieberman* (Casting Director: The Mark Taper Forum), and H.
Wesley Kenney (Multi-Emmy Award Winning Producer/Director for The
Young & The Restless, among others.
“The best performed and organized showcase I’ve ever
Mondays @ 7PM
A FREE one-time audit is available.
Payable monthly; due on the first class meeting of the month.
I don’t subscribe to a method, per se. I believe actors get
cast in parts not only because of their acting abilities, but also
because of how they come across in the audition arena – as
individuals. I also believe that each actor has the richest of tapestries
to draw upon: his or her own life experience. Exploring the acting
process should be FUN, rather than being complicated and ponderous.
Acting tools must be concise, and easily accessed in order to best
serve the actor’s needs and expressiveness - tools that are
most serviceable when the actor is creatively “stuck.”
also believe that acting is more about ‘being’ than
‘doing.’ The camera records the actor who is willing
and able to ‘be’ in front of it, as well as the one
who is not. Our work at THE ACTORS SANCTUARY is centered around
this belief. Some of the exercises that take place in the class
explore and develop that elusive quality known as "PRESENCE,"
which is wholly conjoined to BEING.
ACTORS SANCTUARY is a safe harbor for the actor to learn and to
grow: creatively, personally, and spiritually.