JAYD MCCARTY (Scene Study) is an actor, director, teacher, and private coach. He served for the three years as Director of Programs and Conservatories for The Actors Center where he placed actors in classes and workshops with some of the most respected names in theater and actor training: Olympia Dukakis, Dianne Weist, Lloyd Richards, and Chris Bayes, as well as teachers and directors from Moscow Art Theater, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Juilliard, Yale School of Drama, NYU, New Moscow Theatre, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Jayd attributes the core of his teaching to the training he received from Ron Van Lieu (Chair of Acting, Yale School of Drama), Lloyd Richards (former Artistic Director, Yale Repertory), and Earle Gister (former Chair of Acting, Yale School of Drama). Jayd spent two years with Mr. Gister as a teaching assistant before joining the faculty at The Actors Center in 2004. While at The Actors Center, Jayd also completed a three year mentorship with J. Michael Miller (founder of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts) in Actor Training & Development. He also enjoys a career as a professional actor. Founder of The Studio / New York.
SITA MANI (Movement) is a graduate of the Actor's Center Teacher Development Program and is currently on faculty at Herbert Berghof Studio and a Guest Teacher at CRS Studio in New York. She is a founding faculty member of The Studio / New York and has been a guest teacher at Mark Morris Dance School, Scott Freeman Studio, The New School and The Feldenkrais Institute in New York. Sita began her movement training early, studying Yoga and Tae Kwon Do as a child. She later studied Classical Ballet and Musical Theater Dance forms in Bombay and started her professional career on stage. She was Principal Dancer and Choreographer's Assistant in The Shiamak Davar Dance Company in India from 1997-1990, primarily doing Musical Theatre, Music Videos and Teaching Dance. In 1992 she completed The Certificate Program at the Alvin Ailey School in New York and spent ten years working with Dance and Physical Theater companies in New York, as well as with independent choreographers from India, Europe, South America, and the United States. She studied Acting at The Michael Howard Studio in New York and took up long term studies in new movement modalities, interning for several years with Fay Simpson in Lucid Body Work and in Alexander Technique with Jean McClelland. She maintains an ongoing study and exploration of Contact Improvisation, is a certified Facilitator (Joker) for Theater For Social Change, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a Licensed Massage Therapist. Her unique, eclectic background has lead her to develop her own form of movement training which works towards giving performers a more refined self awareness, physical awareness, visceral authenticity and working process. Sita has worked at all levels of training, ranging from the Yale School of Drama to kindergartens in the slums of Mumbai.
ILSE F. PFEIFER (Voice) is a voice teacher, dancer, choreographer, bodyworker and a certified Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework�. Born in the southern part of Germany, Ilse F. Pfeifer received her dance and physical theater training in London and the United States. Her teaching credits include the two-year Fitzmaurice Voicework� certificate Teacher Training program, the Atlantic Acting School Spring Comprehensive, The Studio / New York Summer Conservatory, NYU, Fordham University, Eastern Connecticut State University, The Actors Center and The Hagen Summer Intensive program. Internationally she has taught at the Freie Universit�t Berlin, Institute del Theatre Barcelona, Verband deutscher Musikschulen Sing- und Musikschule Memmingen, Germany. Creative collaborations include work with award-winning director and visual storyteller, filmmaker Glenn Holsten, Dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Rennie Harris Pure Movement Company. She was an artist-in-residence under the Choreographers Project at the Susan Hess Modern Dance Organization. Ilse was honored with a Pew Fellowships in the Arts Discipline Winner in Choreography & Dance-based Performance Art. She holds Graduate Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Dancing, Graduate Diplomas Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theater. Further Education: The Actors Center Teachers Development Program, NYC, and advanced studies from the Ohashiatsu� Institute, Touch for Peace where she received advanced study under Master Ohashi. She currently is deepening her own practice of mindfulness meditation and the study of the Chinese Five Element Theory.
LUCAS CALEB ROONEY (Clown) teaches at The Juilliard School and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In the past Mr. Rooney taught at The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab, The Actors Center and The Old Globe Theatre. Lucas apprenticed Christopher Bayes in Clown and Physical Comedy, and received additional training with Phillippe Gaulier in London. He received his MFA from the Old Globe Theatre's professional actor training program at University of San Diego. He credits most of who he is as an artist and actor to the years he spent in The Actors Center, studying with Chris Bayes, Ron Van Lieu, Per Brahe, Frank Deal, Felix Ivanov, David Bridel, and Catherine Fitzmaurice. Lucas's clown show Creation had a successful run Off-Broadway at the Mint Theatre. On Broadway, Lucas played opposite Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand in Mike Nichols's production of The Country Girl, and most recently in the Lincoln Center revival of Golden Boy. He was also strewn among the dead in Jack O'Brien's Henry IV at Lincoln Center. Other New York credits include Stuart in Yellow Face at The Public Theater, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer at the Irish Repertory Theater; Aaron in Mimesphobia at the Beckett Theatre, and understudying Father Flynn in Doubt at Manhattan Theatre Club. At the Old Globe Theatre, Lucas played Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, directed by Jack O'Brien; Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Kyle Donnelly; Frank Lubey in in All My Sons, directed by Rick Seer; and Thomas Killigrew in Complete Female Stage Beauty, directed by Mark Lamos. Lucas was recently seen in The Orphans' Home Cycle at The Signature Theatre Company and Caryl Churchill's Love and Compassion at New York Theatre Workshop.
FAY SIMPSON (Lucid Body) has been the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre since its creation in 1990. Informed by her work in the rehearsal room, the teaching studio and onstage over the last 20 years, Ms. Simpson has developed a unique physical training method for the actor called The Lucid Body. She taught at The Yale School of Drama, the New School's Eugene Lang, Michael Howard Studios, The Studio/NY, Marymount Manhattan College, and at the Actor's Center. She currently teaches this technique at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU's Graduate Acting Program, and privately at the Lucid Body House. Fay wrote The Lucid Body; A Guide for the Physical Actor, published in 2008 by Allworth Press. She has a two-year Lucid Body Teacher Training program now in place. In 1999, Fay was awarded a Fox Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to serve as an Assistant Director at the New Globe Theatre in London under the artistic directorship of Mark Rylance for the 1999 - 2000 London theatrical season, collaborating with Mr. Rylance on productions of Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra. She was awarded a Tennessee Williams Fellowship from The University of the South, Sewanee, and has worked in collaboration with actor/director Joseph Siravo presenting Shakespeare works in development at the Cherry Lane Alternative Theatre and The Actors Center, NYC. Fay received her B.F.A. in Theatre & Dance from Colorado College and her M.A. from NYU.