Classes Begin October 15 – Limited Spots Available
We are pleased to announce that Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Transparent”) is bringing his 6-week creative workshop, Performing Your Life: The Art of the Personal Monologue to The Ridgefield Playhouse, Tuesdays, 7-10pm, October 15 - November 19. Over the past four decades, Tambor has been an inspiration both on and off-screen, bringing many iconic characters to life while cultivating a uniquely personal approach to his craft. Tambor's workshop guides actors, writers and directors through the art of the personal monologue in a hands-on exploration of process. This empowering class focuses on identifying and conquering the fears that keep us from trusting our own creative voices. The class culminates with a performance on November 26 on The Playhouse stage, starring some of the students of the class showcasing the monologues they have worked on. Students will walk away from this workshop with a five-minute monologue – perfect for an audition -- as they move on with more courage, confidence and creativity in their career. This workshop is part of the Adam Broderick Salon & Spa Whole New You Series with support from Reliance Merchant Services.
"All art is personal. This is why we are calling this creative workshop ‘Performing your Life’," explains Tambor. “We want all types of artists in the classroom – actors, writers, directors. In this first six-week session, we will explore through the art of the personal monologue how to get more authentic, ENJOY and rediscover play and freedom in our work: whether it be acting, writing or directing. And hopefully kick fear and worry out of the building. This is why we started as artists because it was so enjoyable, freeing and well...exhilarating.”
Tambor has been a teacher for nearly forty years, teaching acting at Wayne State University, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Santa Monica Playhouse, SXSW and the American Program Bureau lectures series. Students rave about their experience saying things such as:
"Jeffrey is a brilliant actor; that has been long-been established. But as a teacher and ‘curator’ of actors and artists, he is remarkable. I never had a teacher like him. He was probing, funny, and stunningly incisive in locating what it was that may be in your way - as he puts it “what’s stopping you." - Michael Laskin (Actor | Writer | Instructor)
"Jeffrey develops many tools for his students to use including imagination, self-examination, and finding that unexpected choice. His no-nonsense, 'just do it' advice along with reminders to be a person, a real, whole authentic person, are priceless tools for a creative life." - Leslie Zemeckis (Actress | Producer - Behind the Burly Q, Bound by Flesh, Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer)
"Jeffrey and his workshop brought the joy of acting back into my life. Through his guidance, I was able to shed the weighted cloak of technique — and release my imagination into the NOW." -- Larry Clarke (Director, Three Days With Dad)
Jeffrey Tambor has created some of the most iconic characters in television history from The Larry Sanders Show's Hank Kingsley to Arrested Development's George and Oscar Bluth to Transparent's Maura Pfefferman. Throughout his career, Tambor has developed a unique teaching style based on his own artistic philosophy. He is co-owner of Skylight Bookstore in Los Angeles and is also the author of his popular memoir Are You Anybody. He created and hosts the podcast “Acting Schmacting.”
To register ($450) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or, to learn more, go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.