After studying at PW for ten years and teaching for four, Jim Parrack moved to Brooklyn, NY to start the PW BK Lab. He asked Robert Carnegie for his blessing and permission and was honored when that blessing was granted. In Spring of 2014 after exhausting every potential partner for the position of co-teacher at the Lab, Jim asked his colleague and fellow PW Student, Andrea Dantas to join him on this journey. She agreed and the two began the building work of an institution that doesn't just teach, but of trains and changes an actors ability and respect for the craft.
The Playhouse West-Brooklyn is built on simple principles of hard work, respect, passion and service. These roads, we believed, would lead to artistry, growth and confidence. They have so far. We continue to refine, and cultivate a 2-year program of study for the serious actor. In a short period of time, we have established a reputation that reflects our desire to be the hardworking-elite of acting institutions in New York City. We are totally committed and very strict. Class is on a month to month basis and we evaluate who stays enrolled month to month with an old fashioned criteria: Quality of Effort, Respect for Learning and Change. If these things are in place, we continue another month. If they are not, we part ways with the actor. This allows us to maintain a student body of only the most devoted actors and protects them from the lazy, egotistical and the excuse makers. We are deliberately a small school so that we can manage the quality of every student's growth and training.