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The Actors Arena

Mission Statement

The Actors Arena provides dedicated, experienced professional actors a forum in which to hone and develop skills, facilitate substantive artistic exploration, and nourish the artistic spirit.

Through hands-on workshops, invited personal perspectives, and roundtable conversations, we create a space for dialogue and artistic growth in order to inspire, rejuvenate, and strengthen our D.C. theater community.

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2013-2014 Schedule

Monday, September 16th (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
In the Molly Smith Study
During the 2012/13 season more than 300 artists participated in our once-a-month events. Help us launch the fourth year of the Actors Arena at our Kick Off Party! The event is free and is an opportunity for participants of the group to get together, share the plans for this coming lineup of Actors Arena events and celebrate the beginning the new theater season in D.C.

Monday, September 30th (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. subject to change)
A Conversation with Joy Zinoman

Actors Arena will host a conversation with Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director of The Studio Theatre and its conservatory, exploring a topic dear to her heart, the craft of acting. If you've never had the pleasure of her singular vision and intelligence, treat yourself to a few hours of Joy's wisdom, insight and moxie.

Thursday, October 10th (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. subject to change)
A Conversation with Maurice Hines

Star of stage and screen Maurice Hines will sit down for a Q&A with local actors. Hines, a Tony Award nominee who last appeared at Arena Stage in the smash hit production of Sophisticated Ladies in 2010, will star in Arena’s upcoming Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, running November 15-December 29, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater.

Monday, October 21st (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. subject to change)
Theater Workshop - How to submit a video audition
Dan Pruksarnukul - Artistic Associate/Casting Director at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Monday, November 18th (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. subject to change)
The Art and Science of Selling You

David S. Leong - Theater Chair of Virginia Commonwealth University
How to promote yourself during the interview and audition process without  sounding like an egomaniac.

Monday, February 10st  (3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Moment Work with Tectonic Theatre Project
Moment Work is a devised theater method that has been used to build all of Tectonic's plays (including The Laramie Project) and is about first building the theatrical world of the play (the look, the sound, the feel) using the "elements of the stage" (i.e., lights, sound, set, costume, prop, movement, etc.) and then finding or writing the dialogue or text that it inspires.

Monday, February 24th  (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
"The New Normal"
Naomi Jacobson shares pre-rehearsal tools and techniques to help actors feel prepared, connected and vibrant while navigating a shortened rehearsal process.  Nancy Robinette will also open the floor and lead a discussion about topics including healthcare, parking, and/or other union issues. An Actors Equity Liaison will be on hand.

Monday, March 24th  (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)  
Alexander Technique
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher
Voice and Performance Coach, Mary Naden.

Monday, March 31st  (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Ann Randolph
WRITE YOUR LIFE FOR THE PAGE AND THE STAGE:  Through writing exercises, group discussion, and improvisation we will support one another in creating and speaking our stories. This is a workshop for those interested in personal essay, memoir, solo performance, and self-discovery.

Monday, April 14th  (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
Synetic Theater


Unless otherwise noted, events take place in Arena’s Community Engagement classroom. Enter the Mead Center through the main entrance. Go through the main lobby, up the stairs to the right of Concessions, and through the glass doors on the right; the classroom will be on your left.

There is no charge to participate, but we ask each participant to contribute $1 toward a fund that can be used for refreshments, future workshops, etc.

To RSVP for an event,
or to be added to our mailing list,
please email

Actors Arena
Steering Committee

Naomi Jacobson
Joy Jones
Kathryn Kelley
Larry Redmond
Nancy Robinette
Jefferson Russell
Stephen F. Schmidt
Kim Schraf