A Midsummer Day's Camp Faculty Bios 2013
LISA BENAVIDES (Scene Study) Graduate of The Juilliard School and The Teacher Development Program. Teaching credits include: SUNY-Puchase, The Actors Center New York, New York University, The Stella Adler Studio, and The Shakespeare Lab (Public Theater). Theater credits include: Lincoln Center, The Huntington Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Acting Company, The Alliance Theater and Portland Stage. Film credits include: The Upheaval, Eye of God, O, and The Grey Zone. She proudly serves on the board of The 52nd Street Project.
IAN HERSEY (Text/Camp Director) Ian has a Master's in Education from Harvard University. An alumnus of the NYSF Shakespeare Lab and The Actors Center, he served on the faculty at Barnard College, New World School of the Arts and The Actors Center. He has taught Shakespeare in schools, colleges, prisons, community centers, shelters and conservatories. A recipient of the Fox Foundation Fellowship, he studied Shakespeare with Ron Van Lieu, Barry Edelstein, Michael Langham, Mario Siletti, Peter Francis James, Brian Murray and Catherine Fitzmaurice. Other acting teachers include Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis and Earle Gister. Credits for dramaturgy and/or text coaching include The Last Goodbye at Williamstown, Ser or no Cervantes, Shakespeare on the Sound, The Public Theater Mobile Unit. As an actor he has performed on stage and television, in film and commercials. Ian is currently the master teacher and curriculum designer in the R.Evolucion Latina Shakespeare Project.
NANCY LEMENAGER (Movement) Recently starred as Velma in the Broadway production of Chicago. She has also starred on Broadway as Brenda in Movin’Out and Penny in Never Gonna Dance. Also on Broadway Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to succeed… and Guys and Dolls. Other NY credits include: New House Under Construction (59E59 ST.), The Curious Distance…(EST) and The Devils Right Hand (EST). She was seen in Unrequited at the Public Theater directed by Barry Edelstein, and appeared in John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation. Regionally Nancy starred as Lisa in the world premier of The Studio at South Coast Repertory and played Ilona in She Loves Me at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination). She played Bitsy in the world premier of Smart Cookie at the Alliance Theater and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. She has appeared on Television in: Law and Order and in the film Kate and Leopold starring Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan. Along with teaching dance around the country, Nancy has also taught at the Shakespeare Lab 2008 and at Cap 21 in New York. She is also a certified pilates instructor.
ROBERT PERILLO (Voice) is a Master Voice Teacher and has trained actors for over a quarter of a century. He has worked at Binghamton University, Marymount College, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting where he was head of the Voice Department. Mr. Perillo trains and coaches actors privately both for performance and auditions. In addition he has worked extensively with businessmen and women, writers, politicians and singers. He has given seminars and workshops to choral groups, readers of scripture and to other teachers of voice and speech. Mr. Perillo is a stage director and has directed playwrights as varied as William Shakespeare, Noel Coward, John Patrick Shanley, Tom Stoppard, and Charles Ludlam. He recently directed the musical The Spitfire Grill. Mr. Perillo is on the faculty of the New York Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab, and this past spring he was a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University. Mr. Perillo lives in New York City.
J. STEVEN WHITE (Stage Combat) has taught for the Shakespeare Lab every summer since its inauguration. His Broadway credits include The Pillowman, The Color Purple, Bombay Dreams, Uncle Vanya, Pirate Queen, A View From the Bridge, Golden Child, The Lion in Winter, All My Sons, as well as Shogun: The Musical (Assistant Director). His other New York credits include Don Juan, Fifth of July, Cyrano de Bergerac Monster, The Credeaux Canvas, A Skull in Connemara, Hotel Suite, and Burn This with Edward Norton. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, his fight work has been seen in 22 shows including Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King Lear, A Language of Their Own, The Triumph of Love, The Playboy of the Western World, and Cymbeline with Liev Schriber and Michael C. Hall, whom Mr. White trained at NYU Graduate Acting. His fights have been on the stages of every major New York theater, including the Manhattan Theater Club, Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theater Company, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. He has worked at many of the nation’s regional theaters, including eleven seasons at American Conservatory Theatre, where he began his teaching career 33 years ago. Mr. White is on the faculties of the Stella Adler Studio, Graduate Acting Program at NYU-Tisch, and Columbia University MFA. For the Lab, his combat workshop involves learning the simulation of punches, kicks, and other physical verbs. Then the class works on fight scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The emphasis is on blending the psychological into the physical and basing all action from character.
JANET ZARISH (Acting) is Head of Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program where she teaches and directs. She has also taught at The Actors Center, UCLA, USC, and North Carolina School of the Arts. As an actress, she has performed On and Off-Broadway, starring in such productions as Other People’s Money at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Romola & Nijinski at Primary Stages and Miss Julie at The Roundabout Theatre. She has originated roles, working with such writers as David Mamet, Shel Silverstein, Wendy Wasserstein and Terrance McNally. Regional credits include leading roles at Longwharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Sundance, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep, ACT, The Old Globe and The Shakespeare Theater working with such directors as Nycholas Hytner, Daniel Sullivan, Emily Mann, Mark Lamos and Michael Kahn. Film credits include The Next Big Thing, Object of My Affection, Malcolm X, Danny, Mystic Pizza, The Zoo and Without a Trace. She has guest starred on over twenty television shows and is currently directing Frank Gilroy’s “Piscary” for Ensemble Studio.