I’m humbled by these kind words and grateful for their hard work.
Larry has forever changed the way I approach acting. He provides the actor with the tools to have complete focus and concentration, adds the element of personalization, and helps the student create an interesting and beautiful character that serves both the play and the actor. He also is able to create such a safe environment for the actors to work, resulting in ultimate exploration and growth! He is the one the best Acting teachers I have encountered.
Larry’s teaching has forever changed me as an actor. He is intuitive, generous, wise and skillful and he has taught me to apply all those qualities in my work.
His love of the acting process and willingness to nurture that love in others has allowed me to create work that is honest, courageous, and fulfilling.
Star of Scandal ABC. Other roles include Ray Charles’ wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin’s wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland and as Alicia Masters in the Fantastic Four films. Other lead roles include I think I love My Wife, Bad Company, She Hate Me, Mr. and Mrs. Smith etc. has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song and The Dead Girl.
TONY, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award winner; Law & Order: SVU, The Playboy Club, The Big C, Eli Stone
It’s hard for an actor intent on beginning or furthering serious training to find a clear and reliable path amidst the crowd of acting teachers and acting studios in New York. My number one recommendation is always Larry Singer.
He has all the attributes of a great teacher. He has a real passion for the art of acting; he has a laser intuition that cuts through blocks and inhibitions and limitations of habit to uncover the actor’s creative source; his methods are eclectic and personal; he cares deeply about each individual; he is emotionally open and knows how to release emotional authenticity in his students; he works minutely on the details of a scene, and he stays with an actor until something cracks open.
With all of this, Larry’s presence in a studio is encouraging, demanding, enthusiastic and (importantly) he has a great sense of humor. These are just a few of Larry’s gifts as a teacher. Every time I sit in on his classes I see huge changes happening in the deep tectonic layers of an actor’s craft.
Renowned Voice Teacher, Professor Columbia University school of the Arts Author of Freeing The Natural Voice, Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice etc. Co-Founder Shakespeare and Company
With just a few sessions in a few short weeks, I learned so much both about myself as a performer as well as my strengths and weaknesses within my acting instincts. I was not only prepared for my auditions, I was prepared to articulate the skills that I wanted to work on in graduate school.
Actor/Dancer/MFA Musical Theater Candidate, accepted to Boston Conservatory 2015
Pulitzer Prize winning Playwright
No one is better at guiding the actor to a full and courageous use of the self, moment-to-moment, in the work. No one creates a more constructive atmosphere for investigation. No one is more generous with colleagues or less ‘guru’-like as an artist.
For the beginning actor seeking serious training, Larry is the best. For the working professional seeking ongoing development, he’s also the best. For the college student seeking increased understanding, he’s still the best.
Faculty, American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University; Professor and Arts Division Chair, Guilford College
-Sebastian La Cause
Starred in Carnival! at The Kennedy Center, She Loves Me at The Arena Stage, Take Me Out (LORT Premiere) at The Caldwell Theatre and The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway
Larry’s guidance has allowed me to consistently access the power of imagination, emotion, intellect and joy in my work. His inclusive, comprehensive approach has helped me navigate the treacherous waters of an acting career. I feel confident making choices and following my own instincts. His classes are supportive, creative, challenging and inspiring. I recommend him as a teacher without reservation.
Thank you, Larry!
-Cristin J. Hubbard
Currently appearing as Madame Giry in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera. She was also an original cast member of The Pirate Queen.
Leading roles at the NYC Opera, Goodspeed, Paper Mill Playhouse, recurring role on The Sopranos etc.
2008 “Best Supporting Actress” award at the NZ Film and Television Awards for her work on Outrageous Fortune. Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer (2009), The Vagina Monologues (2010), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (2010-2011) and Veronica in the New Zealand play, Station to Station (2009 and 2011).
Hell On Wheels on AMC, Straw Dogs, Tully, Crossroads and “City by the Sea.” Some of Anson’s other film credits include Pool Hall Junkies, Urban Legends etc. TV: Conviction, Sex and The City, Law and Order etc.
Lead roles in Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups”, “Maid in Manhattan” etc.
Larry creates a safe, comfortable environment for the actor to experiment, explore, take risks, and make discoveries. Larry’s insight, imagination, scope of dramatic literature and collaborative approach to contemporary acting is unparalleled and truly a gift to my personal and professional life.
Studying with Larry Singer has been a crucial part of my success and development as a professional working actor. His insight, imagination and generosity are an inspiration to my own creativity. In a class setting or a private coaching, Larry is always right there with me, totally present, and working with me to attain the goals I have set forth. He is truly a gifted teacher and, over the years I have known him, has contributed a great deal to the growth of my artistry.
The Light in the Piazza 1st National Tour, Evita 25th Anniversary National Tour, CATS National Tour; regional work at Goodspeed Opera House, Westport Country Playhouse, CLOSBC, The Western Stage.
His attention to detail brought out the best in me. In a few sessions I made my character a thousand times stronger through pacing and rhythm. Every time I have a new character, I go straight to Larry to make it amazing.
Larry’s class is allowing me to consider so many new possibilities in the realm of my acting. I came out of school unconsciously thinking I had it all figured out. Not so!
Larry guides his students towards new levels of concentration and specificity in their work, always setting the bar higher.
First national tour of “Dirty Dancing, the Classic Story on Stage,” Carnegie Melon University Graduate
What I feel when I work with Larry is that I am truly being seen. That in each sensitive moment of discovering a character he is able somehow to see what is and what could be. He can appreciate the strength I bring to what I’m doing while intelligently guiding me to places that I would not have found on my own.
Having seen him do this in a classroom setting I am consistently amazed at how individual and how generous his approach is with each student. Larry’s work is the kind of raw and abiding material that comes back to me during what feels like an impossible rehearsal or a moment when a scene totally mystifies me. I can use it. It is palpable, living, generative stuff.
Best Actress Award by John Heilpern of the New York Observer
I had the pleasure to work with Larry at my first ever acting conservatory in NYC. He is a teacher who thinks outside the box and allows your creativity to shine. He organically works in a way that the choices you make are of your own intuition yet the results are what is needed for the particular scene/performance. I highly recommend his class!
Larry Singer combines the structure of technique with a person’s individuality to produce actors of great range and ability. He challenges and supports the talents of an individual, and has become one of the best acting teachers in the country.
Teacher and Head of the Movement Dept. at NYU’s Tisch Graduate School of Acting
Larry is a master teacher of acting. I have sent my best UVa students to his studio for many years to extend and expand their training. His work with actors is clear, concise, challenging and productive. His studio offers actors a healthy, trusting environment where actors can take risks and hone craft skills.
-Professor Richard Warner
Head of University of Virginia MFA Program
As someone who teaches acting mostly to college students, I was immediately struck, watching Larry Singer’s acting class, by how easily he incorporates actors of all ages and levels of experience. His own rapport with each of his actors translates into theirs with each other, and to their willingness to learn together. Larry himself, with his gentle and good-humored critiques, never lets even the most accomplished actor think that the work is ever complete.
-Professor Murray Biggs
Larry is the greatest acting teacher I’ve had in my career. He is able to see deeply inside every actor and get us to be our best with honesty.
University of Connecticut Theatre Program
Larry Singer is the best acting teacher I have ever had. I mean it. And I’ve studied with a number of great ones. He’s able to communicate with each actor in a way that helps us find the truth in our work and in ourselves. There are times I swear that he knows us better than we know ourselves, and that helps us break past barriers and have those amazing “aha moments.”
The tools that he gave me as an actor are the ones that I consistently utilize in auditions and jobs on both stage & screen. Because of Larry, I feel confident that I can give a truthful performance night after night in a long run of a play as well as make quick, strong choices for on camera work. He’s helped me bring so much of myself to each role by teaching me how to get out of my head in order to allow my impulses to come through. Because of Larry I know how to listen, breathe, respond, dissect a scene, take a note from a director and put it into action, ground even the biggest choices in reality, use my body, use the space, and on and on and on…
I can tell that Larry truly cares about us as actors. He establishes an environment in class that makes us feel safe to take risks and to talk about the work. I remember he once said that there isn’t just 1 path or method to acting, and that if a teacher ever told us that there was, we should probably find another studio. Instead, Larry teaches using a variety of the best tools and methods that can be useful at different times for different scenes, shows, and playwrights. I know he’s right about that, but I can tell you that there’s no one else I’d rather study with. And if you’re lucky enough to study with him, I can promise you that you will know your craft better, you will know yourself better, and you will no doubt feel more confident and more prepared for every audition and job that comes your way.
I went to acting school for college and worked regularly after graduating. But I reached a point in my career where I knew I needed more training, professional training as an adult. I needed someone who would tell me the truth, push me hard, explain my progress, call me on my habits and motivate me to put myself out there.
I found that and more than I could’ve hoped for in Larry Singer. In addition to the master coach, teacher and friend he is, I found a community of professional, generous, talented actors (Larry’s students) who make each other better. Everyday in Larry Singer’s class is a day I’m getting better as an artist.
-Jon Adam Ross
Jon has performed his one-man shows in over 90 cities around the globe. He is currently writing 5 new plays in 5 cities over the next 3 years. Home from a recent run in ‘Relics’ (Guthrie Theater), Jon is based in NYC where his stage credits include: a dog, a 2,000 year old bird, an elderly orthodox Jew, a horse, a British naval officer in 1700’s Jamaica, a goat, Jesus Christ, a lawyer, a hapless police chief, and a cyclops.
Larry has an exceptional ability to say exactly what needs to be said at exactly the time you need to hear it. Always encouraging to put more of ‘you’ into your characters he works in specificity and detail and has a great sense of when your really listening, really connected, really searching for the truth. He has not only improved the development of my work but the development of me. All of this he does in a fun, supportive class environment making you feel fearless and daring to challenge yourself.
LAMDA 2011, Boothby in Marvels ‘Thor: The Dark World’. He then went on to play Sam Thawley in ‘Downton Abbey’ as well as recurring roles in ‘Mr Selfridge’, Showtimes ‘Episodes’ and Syfys ‘Dominion’. Other film credits include World War Z with Brad Pitt and thriller Nightfare.