Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), the company's professional training school, has announced its Spring 2012 schedule of classes now open for enrollment. ESPA will offer new classes including Musical Theater Repertoire, Dialects Intensive, Advanced Scene Study: Chekhov in a Contemporary Climate, Musical Theater Collaboration, Directing and Producing for Film, Singing for the Non-Singer, and Solo Performance. New instructors Kelly AuCoin, Jack Doulin, Judy Gold, Daniel Goldstein, and Brian Lowdermilk will join returning faculty members Liz Duffy Adams, David Adjmi, Karen Braga, Bekah Brunstetter, Keith Bunin, Denis Butkus, Kara Lee Corthon, Jane Guyer Fujita, Jackson Gay, Randy Graff, Adam Gwon, Josh Hecht, Lila Rose Kaplan, Kait Kerrigan, Cynthia Mace, Cheri Magid, Rogelio Martinez, Winter Miller, Edwin Sanchez, Julian Sheppard, Saviana Stanescu, Caridad Svich, Daniel Talbott, Richard Topol, Ken Urban, Francine Volpe, Kim Weild, Sheri Wilner, and Primary Stages Literary Manager and Director of ESPA Tessa LaNeve, Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy, Artistic Director Andrew Leynse, and Founder and Executive Producer Casey Childs.
Now in its fifth year, ESPA offers classes in acting, writing, and directing taught by a faculty of established artists from all corners of the theater industry. In addition to receiving the highest caliber of artistic education, ESPA students have access to a supportive network of artistic peers, frequent collaborative opportunities, and countless other resources afforded to them by Primary Stages, now in its 27th season producing new works Off-Broadway.
Each session at ESPA offers five- to ten-week classes and weekend workshops, as well as specialty Master Classes with celebrated guest artists who have made profound contributions to the fields of acting, playwriting, and directing. Past Master Class instructors have included Charles Busch, Michael Cerveris, Neil LaBute, and Judith Light.
With the Spring 2012 session, ESPA will launch the Mary Louise Rockwell Work Study Scholarship in honor of extraordinary leader and long-time Primary Stages Board Member Louise Rockwell. Each year, five ESPA students will be selected for this distinguished award based on their commitment to their craft and generosity of spirit toward their peers and the school as a whole. The inaugural Mary Louise Rockwell Scholars are actors Patrice Bell and Anna Nugent, actor/playwrights David Brian Colbert and David Davila, and playwright Kristine M. Reyes.