Playhouse West’s unique process has been brought to Philadelphia by long-tenured senior instructor and Artistic Director Tony Savant. Mr. Savant is one of the foremost respected acting teachers in the country – who has trained hundreds of working actors, and many of the top actors in film and television. No teacher in Philadelphia has taught more working actors, and actors who work at the highest levels of industry, than Mr. Savant. His students can be seen working in major motion pictures and starring in television shows every night of the week. After almost 30 years in Los Angeles, he established the Playhouse West-Philadelphia branch in 2012.
“I wish the stage were as narrow as the wire of a tightrope dancer so that no incompetent would dare step upon it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Sanford Meisner's Favorite Quote
Playhouse West is a training ground for actors, writers and directors founded by Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum. Since 1981, Playhouse West has been highly regarded and recommended by industry professionals as one of the premiere acting schools in the country. Many of our members work at highest level within the entertainment business, including James Franco, Ashley Judd, Scott Caan, Sean Astin, Mark Pellegrino, Tessa Thompson, Scott Haze, Scott Wolf, Jim Parrack, Heather Morris, Cassidy Freenman, Reed Diamond, Michael Trevino, Chace Crawford, Heather Graham, Nia Peeples, Kathryn Morris, Shawnee Smith, Alain Uy, Jordana Brewster, Adrianne Palicki, Blair Redford, and many, many more. We are very proud of the fact that Playhouse West is always among the top programs in having the highest rate of working actors in film and television today.
"On the recommendation of my good friend, James Franco, another of Tony’s students, I went and saw Tony and immediately recognized the value and the legitimacy of his teaching. As the years went by I became more and more involved at Playhouse West and it became apparent to me that the reason the school was able to run so fluidly with such consistent success and an ever growing reputation for excellence and authentic creative community was in large part to Tony running the school."
Jim Parrack, star of HBO’s 9-1-1 Lone Star, True Blood, Fury, and Suicide Squad
"Mastering the art of acting, as well as mastering the art of teaching acting requires a special devotion few people possess. Tony is one of those rare teachers. He is not only a gifted practitioner of the craft himself, devoted to continued study and expertise in his field, but he also has that unique gift for stimulating and guiding others. I have witnessed his talent for leadership, and for inspiring others to work hard and reach beyond their own perceived potential, doing so with a kind spirit, patience and enthusiasm.”