Artistic Director : ANDREA DANTAS
Andrea Dantas is an actress, director, writer and Flamenco dancer. She has been performing professionally for 20 years in South America, Italy, England and USA; in film, theater and television. After years of working professionally in South America, in 2002 she moved to Australia to study the Meisner Technique under Sanford Meisner alumni Billy Milionis, at The Actor’s Pulse in Sydney, then relocated to Europe to act and direct. Her studies include: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, The School of Physical Theater in London, Teatro Olmetto in Milan and Playhouse West Los Angeles, where she studied for five years. She has won Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 PHW Film Festival in Los Angeles for the motion picture Daisy's. Her directorial works include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Luigi Pirandello’s Liola, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, What The Flowers Say ( inspired by the works of Garcia Lorca), James McLure’s Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star and Such Nice Shoes which debuted which debuted in NYC. Andrea currently teaches a legitimate two year program on the Meisner Technique in New York City, as well as several workshops at major acting studios around the world in cities that include: Paris, Rome, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (where she has been the only Meisner Technique teacher to be a part of the International Acting Exchange Festival). Recently, Andrea debuted her Fragmented Frida play at the prestigious BAM Theater, in which she portrayed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
A word from the Director:
When people ask me why I teach, my answer is always: "Because I absolutely ADORE it !" Teaching is part of my calling in life and in total alignment with my vocation. I love motivating my students, instilling passion and drive into their lives, and enhancing their craft. To see my students grow into independent, creative, unique artists is the ultimate victory for me, a true reward. Teaching is a noble profession, and teaching acting even more so, since the person you are willing to guide, mentor and educate is an artist with a dream in his/her heart. That is why I take this profession seriously. That is why my standards are high when dealing with my students, that is why I train them as if they were Olympians. I give the fullest of myself and know-how to each one of them, with tailored and detailed feedback and guidance, but in return, I accept nothing less than total commitment and respect for the craft. Welcome to my school!