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Thinking Theater ®

Box Office: (239) 218-0481

EDUCATION

January 25, 2020 at 2PM

This is a 3-hour introductory session of the Meisner technique, offering a sample of the most complete and systemic acting courses in the western world. Taught by none other than the founder of Meisner International, New York director, actor, and Sanford Meisner alum Steven Ditmyer. The full Meisner Level One course, which culminates in a Meisner Level One certification, will be offered Feb 1, 2, 8, 9. Please register by calling our box office at 239.218.0481. The taster and the course are for actors aged 18 and up; all experience levels welcome from beginners to experienced.


STEVEN IS AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND ACTING TEACHER WHO STUDIED WITH SANFORD MEISNER, UTA HAGEN, AND ZOE CALDWELL. HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE LATER WAS INVITED TO TRAIN AS A TEACHER OF THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE.

IN ADDITION TO BEING A GUEST TEACHER AND DIRECTOR AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY HE IS THE FOUNDER OF MEISNER INTERNATIONAL CURRENTLY TEACHING WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK, LONDON, AMSTERDAM, PARIS, ROME, BERLIN, VIENNA, HELSINKI, WARSAW, VILNIUS, TALLINN, RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO, QUITO, GUAYAQUIL AND BOGOTA WITH NEW WORKSHOPS STARTING NEXT YEAR IN BUENOS AIRES, CHINA, AND RUSSIA.

AS AN ACTOR, STEVEN WORKED WITH MANY GREAT ARTISTS SUCH AS AL PACINO, ARTHUR MILLER, TONY RANDALL, RON RIFKIN, SAM WATERSTON, DIANE WIEST, BLYTHE DANNER AND MORE.

AS A DIRECTOR, HE DIRECTED THE OFF THE PAGE READING SERIES FOR TONY RANDALLS NATIONAL ACTORS THEATRE IN NYC (2005-2008) WITH SUCH NOTABLE PRODUCTIONS AS THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA WITH ALEC BALDWIN, GOLF WITH ALAN SHEPARD WITH JACK KLUGMAN, CHARLES DURNING, LEN CARIOU AND JOHN CULLUM AND LADIES IN RETIREMENT WITH ROSEMARY HARRIS AND MARIAN SELDES. HE HAS DIRECTED MANY PRODUCTIONS IN NEW YORK WORKING WITH SUCH NOTABLE PLAYWRIGHTS AS ROBERT ASKINS, JAMES MCCLURE, BRUCE JAY FRIEDMAN, ALBERT BERMEL, JACK GILHOOLEY, GAIL SHEEHY AND WITH NOTABLE ACTORS AS MARIAN SELDES, BRIAN MURRAY, DANA IVEY, JOHN PANKOW, RICHARD BEY, BRIAN GERAGHTY, AND MANY MORE.

STEVEN WAS THE CO-DIRECTOR OF THE WORKSHOP AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE (1999-2003), WHERE HE DIRECTED OVER 20 NEW PLAYS AND WAS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE COMPANY IN NAPLES, FLORIDA (2003-2005) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE SYRINGA TREE WHICH RAN FOR TWO SEASONS. HE WAS A FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE A-TRAIN PLAYS IN NYC (WRITTEN AND PERFORMED IN 24 HOURS) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE CASSEROLES OF FAR ROCKAWAY BY SETH BAUER WINNER OF THE 2004 SAMUEL FRENCH FESTIVAL.

STEVEN WILL BE DIRECTING THE FLORIDA PREMIERE OF HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE BY SARAH RUHL AT THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA OPENING FEBRUARY 21, 2020.
This is a 20-hour course in the foundations of living truthfully under imagined circumstances - a foundation of the Meisner technique. Taught by none other than the founder of Meisner International, New York director, actor, and Sanford Meisner alum Steven Ditmyer. The full Meisner Level One course, which culminates in a Meisner Level One certification, will be offered Feb 1, 2, 8, 9. Please register by calling our box office at 239.218.0481. This course is for actors aged 18 and up; all experience levels welcome from beginners to experienced. Due to the accelerated pace of this course, students must attend all sessions for certification.

This course is $250.00 for Lab members and $325.00 for non-members. Members may call 239.218.0481 or message this event for their link to enroll at the discounted rate. Memberships available by calling the box office at 239.218.0481.

STEVEN IS AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND ACTING TEACHER WHO STUDIED WITH SANFORD MEISNER, UTA HAGEN, AND ZOE CALDWELL. HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE LATER WAS INVITED TO TRAIN AS A TEACHER OF THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE.

IN ADDITION TO BEING A GUEST TEACHER AND DIRECTOR AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY HE IS THE FOUNDER OF MEISNER INTERNATIONAL CURRENTLY TEACHING WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK, LONDON, AMSTERDAM, PARIS, ROME, BERLIN, VIENNA, HELSINKI, WARSAW, VILNIUS, TALLINN, RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO, QUITO, GUAYAQUIL AND BOGOTA WITH NEW WORKSHOPS STARTING NEXT YEAR IN BUENOS AIRES, CHINA, AND RUSSIA.

AS AN ACTOR, STEVEN WORKED WITH MANY GREAT ARTISTS SUCH AS AL PACINO, ARTHUR MILLER, TONY RANDALL, RON RIFKIN, SAM WATERSTON, DIANE WIEST, BLYTHE DANNER AND MORE.

AS A DIRECTOR, HE DIRECTED THE OFF THE PAGE READING SERIES FOR TONY RANDALLS NATIONAL ACTORS THEATRE IN NYC (2005-2008) WITH SUCH NOTABLE PRODUCTIONS AS THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA WITH ALEC BALDWIN, GOLF WITH ALAN SHEPARD WITH JACK KLUGMAN, CHARLES DURNING, LEN CARIOU AND JOHN CULLUM AND LADIES IN RETIREMENT WITH ROSEMARY HARRIS AND MARIAN SELDES. HE HAS DIRECTED MANY PRODUCTIONS IN NEW YORK WORKING WITH SUCH NOTABLE PLAYWRIGHTS AS ROBERT ASKINS, JAMES MCCLURE, BRUCE JAY FRIEDMAN, ALBERT BERMEL, JACK GILHOOLEY, GAIL SHEEHY AND WITH NOTABLE ACTORS AS MARIAN SELDES, BRIAN MURRAY, DANA IVEY, JOHN PANKOW, RICHARD BEY, BRIAN GERAGHTY, AND MANY MORE.

STEVEN WAS THE CO-DIRECTOR OF THE WORKSHOP AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE (1999-2003), WHERE HE DIRECTED OVER 20 NEW PLAYS AND WAS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE COMPANY IN NAPLES, FLORIDA (2003-2005) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE SYRINGA TREE WHICH RAN FOR TWO SEASONS. HE WAS A FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE A-TRAIN PLAYS IN NYC (WRITTEN AND PERFORMED IN 24 HOURS) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE CASSEROLES OF FAR ROCKAWAY BY SETH BAUER WINNER OF THE 2004 SAMUEL FRENCH FESTIVAL.

STEVEN WILL BE DIRECTING THE FLORIDA PREMIERE OF HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE BY SARAH RUHL AT THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA OPENING FEBRUARY 21, 2020.
Join our playwrights as they prepare for the Louise Wigglesworth Playwriting Award.

Master Playwright Laura Lorusso offer four sessions to get plays ready for submission to be staged at The Laboratory of Florida.
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FREE Tai Chi Sunday mornings at 10 am with Casey Davis.

Strengthen your core, settle your mind, create a sense of calm and balance to carry you through the chaos of everyday life.

Come and learn Tai Chi with Casey Davis - free on the green at The Laboratory Theater of Florida!

For additional information call 239-823-4613
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Prices
Learning to move fluidly on stage is a vital skill set for actors. Maestro Edwin Navarro will work with you on every aspect of basic ballet.

Please wear comfortable clothing and either ballet flats or plain socks. No street shoes of any type will be allowed.

This class will be held in the Arts Education Building behind the main theater.
The Public Access Series is an Actor’s Studio type of Q&A discussion event, featuring people of note in our area that can offer tips and stories from their careers in entertainment, with great humor and insight.

Wayne Morton is a professional comedian and actor. He’s been seen on MASH, Dukes of Hazard, Mork and Mindy, Happy Days, Private Benjamin, and Newhart, as well as being the Meineke muffler spokesman. He’s been seen in various musicals on Broadway, Las Vegas, and Naples, Fl. He’s worked extensively with Jack Benny and so many other incredible actors. And he will share his interesting life with its twists and turns and time spent with some of the great names in entertainment over the past 40 years.

The Public Access Series with Wayne Morton will be on Monday, December 9th at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 for members of the theater and $20.00 for non-members, and the event is included in the season pass. Group rates and membership packages are available upon request.

HOTEL PARTNERS

Hilton Garden Inn

Direct Booking Link - The Laboratory Theater of FL
 
Amenities and Services Included in the preferred rate:
*Special discounted rates for a king room or a room with 2 double beds
*Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
*Free Parking
*Complimentary shuttle within a 3 mile radius of the hotel – shopping and restaurant attractions
*Onsite restaurant serving breakfast daily; restaurant re-opens at 5pm along with the bar
*Hospitality Center in each room – microwave, refrigerator and coffee Keurig machine

SPONSORS

The Laboratory Theater of Florida - 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901
239.218.0481

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 334
Fort Myers, FL 33902

INFO@laboratorytheaterflorida.com