Fall 1997
For more information call: 472-3160
New studio space at 107 E. 8th St.
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Our instructors – All professional, working actors, directors and eduators:

Babs George who founded the School of Acting has been the director since its inception. She is a professional actress and a member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild for the past 18 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Performance in Theatre. Ms. George is a member of the acting company at Live Oak Theatre and also pursues film, commercial work and does corporate training.

Babs has been teaching acting since moving to Austin from Los Angeles nine years ago. As a teacher she endeavors to lead each student to the most inspired state of being — "the creative, instinctual part of all of us that has often atrophied in our left brain world." "Teaching acting is an individual discovery process," she says. "It really is a journey which keeps me constantly suprised, both as a teacher and as a performer and thus, dedicated to its artistry. It is sometimes work, it is often frustrating, but it always gives back."

Gabriel Folse began acting in 1980 and began teaching in 1984. He continues to act professionally and also is a writer, photographer, director, and a pastel artist. His philosophy of acting can be seen in the atmosphere he creates for his students. To inspire, nurure, and foster an environment where the student can gain self confidence and believe in themselves, grow and have fun are the objectives of his approach. Limiting beliefs are identified and hopefully discarded.

Gabriel also has a wealth of technical knowledge about film. The student with a desire to pursue a career behind, as well as in fromt of the camera will find his classes beneficial. He believes life offers a variety of opportunities to create, learn and grow. The pursuit of one desire will benefit the pursuit of others. The ultimate aim is to find joy.

Ann Ciccolella is executive director of the Austin Circle of Theaters. In Austin, she has won Iden B. Payne awards for the Austin Shakespeare Festival (Midsummer Nights Dream) and Zilker Summer Musical (Into the Woods). A graduate of New York University in Dramatic Literature, History of Theatre and Cinema, Ciccolella directed Off-Off Broadway and on the East Coast for 12 years. In New York, she was resident director at Michael Schulman’s British-american Theatre Institue. Now a working playwright, Ciccolella brings a facility of dramatic construction to her classes.

Ann believes that theatre is a working art, and the actor is an interpretive artist. Like a dancer, or musician, an actor needs to explore his craft not just once or twice a year in production, but weekly in the studio. In Ciccolella’s classes, every actor is challenged to stretch beyond comfortable limits. Beginners and professional actors work side by side in the combined joy and struggle of creating a life onstage.

Janelle Buchanan is a member of the Live Oak Theatre Acting company, with numerous stage, film and commercial credits. She holds an M.F.A. degree in children’s theater and creative drama from the University of Texas, and has taught theater and creative drama in public and private schools in Austin for 20 years.

Ms. Buchanan’s approach to creative drama in her classes of 5-7 year olds emphasizes process over product. Rather than attempt to teach acting to these very young children, or present a finished play as the final goal of her classes, she hopes to give these young students some of their earliest experiences in cooperative, structured imaginative play and an inkling of what what goes into making theater. And of course, her kids always leave the studio saying "that was fun!"

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