MASTER CLASS / SCENE STUDY
Study in an environment that is both positive and rigorous. It is assumed that anyone who takes the class is serious about improving their craft and maximizing their potential to win auditions and land roles. Being that Frank has a background as both an award-winning actor and professional director, the class is structured to include not only the internal process of creating a role, but to give the students an insider's understanding of what a director is really looking for when casting a film or play.
Each week, we link intensive training forms and technique exercises with detailed work on contemporary and classical scenes and monologues. We place a special emphasis on practical application of actor training: rehearsal technique in real-life situations, working alone and with others, text analysis, given circumstances, actions and objectives, physical and vocal choices to create character, problem-solving, reading, and sensory skills. We equip each actor with vocabulary, tools, and skills to approach any acting task on stage or on film with honesty, clarity, depth, and confidence.
Which offers the actor ongoing practice on his/her craft by focusing on analysis of the text and on how the actor's technique is used to build the scene. The class allows the actor to work on challenging parts in a safe environment.
Frank Licato has been working for over 30 years as an actor, director, producer and teacher. He has collaborated with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaiken and Peter Brook and he was named best actor in Boston for his performance as Lt. Vukov in the American premiere of Barry Collin’s Judgment. He was nominated for an Obie award for his performance in “Deathwatch” by Jean Genet, which the New York Times called a ‘performance on another plane’.
Frank is currently preparing to direct George Orwell's Animal Farm at The Flea Theater in Manhattan.
Regionally he has worked at the American Repertory Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company and the Boston Shakespeare Company. He has appeared on TV in Third Watch, Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street and with Frank Sinatra in First Deadly Sin.
His directing career has been just as varied. His production of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Most recently he directed Enigma Variations at the Garage Theater in Teaneck, N.J.
Other recent credits include an Off-Broadway production of Lamppost Reunion and On the Waterfront, which was attended by Budd Schulberg the week before he passed away. Others are: Neil La Bute’s Fat Pig and My Italy Story by Joseph Gallo at 12 Miles, Tannhauser: The Play at the Obie award winning Ice Factory Festival, Clifford Odet's Rocket to the Moon at Soho Rep and Golden Boy at the Raw Space. He staged the Off-Broadway hit revival of Rod Serling's Requiem For A Heavyweight and the award winning Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's Seduced.
Additionally he directed the musical concert Sounds of a Better World at the 92nd Street Y with Geoffrey Holder, Odetta and the Boys Choir of Harlem. He directed Richard Vetere's Rockaway Boulevard and Gangster Apparel for the Belmont Italian-American Playhouse, as well as Mr. Vetere’s The Engagement at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. His production of David Mamet's American Buffalo ran to critical acclaim and a four-month run at the Elyze Theater in Athens, Greece.
Other New York shows include: White Noise by Gino DiIorio, La Compagnie by Oren Safdie at LaMama as part of the Series Canada, Asylum by Steven Sater at the Greenwich Street Theater, The Nest by Franz Xaver Kroetz at the Galleria, Sam Shepard's Action and the American premiere of Sarah Daniel's Masterpieces at the Cherry Lane Theater.