Thursday, May 31, 2012


Process to Performance Monologue Audition Class
Ages 13-16
Taught by Matthew Lawler

WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:30 PM, June 19, 21, 26, 28 and July 10, 12
Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken
TUITION: $260; Space is limited to 10 students
For enrollment and registration information:

How do you prepare yourself before going onstage? How do you prepare yourself for an audition? Students will receive instruction in selecting, rehearsing, and performing a contemporary monologue which they will then perform in the last session for veteran NYC casting director David Cady of Donna DeSeta casting. David has cast over 1,00 commercials and tons of film and theater including the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down The Wind directed by Harold Prince. After hearing monologues, David will provide feedback and share his audition tips for success.

Students will learn to build a character through physical, vocal, and imaginative work that will serve them in the audition room and onstage. Experience the demanding but exciting adventure of bringing a fully-realized character to the stage!

Matthew Lawler has made his living as an actor for the last 15 years. He has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and extensively in tv, film, and commercials including: Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order (several episodes) Anything But Love, Knight and Day. He is a founding member of the award-winning rUDE mECHANICALS theater company of NYC. For Mile Square Theatre he has performed in Rounding Third, God of Carnage and, most recently, The Pavilion, where he portrayed over 15 characters, and directed: It's A Wonderful Life and My Italy Story. He holds an MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater and has taught at The Peddie School, Dowling College, and several studios and public schools in New York City.

“I worked with Matt on a one-man show called My Italy Story. The role called for me to play 18 characters, male and female, from New Jersey all the way to Italy. Matt helped me to discover the characters through a series of unique exercises exploring physicality, voice, and inner life. He encouraged me to find these things for myself and guided me with a light touch which resulted in a performance that I felt ownership of and confident in. It went from the job I was most scared to take to one of the best times I've had performing a show. I have Matt to thank for that.”—Tom Pelphrey, 2-time Emmy winner currently starring on Broadway in Over the Rainbow.