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"First, but not foremost, Larry's range and insight as an actor
astonishes me. In production after production with Willow Cabin,
Larry shows so many colors, so much heart and proves to be such
a great colleague. He is thoughtful, demanding and challenges
everyone around him to be better, to bring more to their
performances just as he does with his own work.
Now as teacher, Larry is helping more and more people find more
in text and life on stage. People who work with him develop a
depth and a clarity in thinking and feeling that illumines the
written word with great humanity."
Edward Berkeley Director (Aspen Opera Theater Center), Teacher
(Juilliard Undergraduate Opera Studies, Circle In The Square)
"Larry Gleason is the first actor I would consider in casting. He is
also the first teacher I encourage my students and others to
take from in New York. He's a smart, fun, and incredibly
talented actor. And I know from having taught alongside him and
from the comments I get back from those I send to him, that his
teaching is as consummate as his acting. For my money and
time, there simply isn't a better teacher of acting in New York."
Scott LaFeber Director, Emerson College Associate Professor
(2005-present), B.A., Colgate University; M.F.A., University of
Texas, Austin, TX
"Hey, so you can't argue with results. Got the part. But either
way, really enjoyed the process of working with the script. Puts me
at ease, gives me lots of ideas, makes me much more
comfortable with the situation and the language of the audition,
and let's me know what I'm in for. Will call you soon about more
Bill Santiago, Comedy Central Standup and Author, "PARDON MY
SPANGLISH ¡Porque Because!"
"Larry, I had a great experience in your class! From what I
remember, pacing myself, breathing, and building action from
thought were some of my issues, and also trusting my ability to
execute the material, like the Midsummer/Hermia monologue...
hopefully I'll get to participate in one of your classes again."
Trisha Jeffrey, Actor, Circle alumna, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors,
Caroline or Change
"I was so affected by yesterday's exercise that I haven't been
able to stop thinking about it! I'm very grateful to you. That was
such an amazing experience. I don't think I can effectively put it
into words yet, but I just have to tell you that I had a HUGE
breakthrough about self-consciousness....This exercise shed a
new light on things, and made me realize WHY... And that's half
the battle, isn't it? Thanks, Larry. I definitely look forward to
working with you again."
Patrick Cann, Actor, Circle Alumni
"I just want to thank you for the help and I wanted to let you
know that they (New York Film Academy) loved what they saw
from my audition. I got the scholarship so thank you I really
Ike Rice, actor
"Thanks for our session on Sunday (weekend special). It really
helped a lot and reminded me how easy it can be to work on a
Dave Burdett, Actor, Emerson grad
"Congratulations on your technique being 'invisible' and
seamless. I tried it today on a talent agent and he liked what I
did. He's calling me to come in and sign with his agency. They're
big on theater and TV/film. Thank you for your coaching. I will
be contacting you when I book a major role, for coaching and for
J. Santiago, Actor
"Thank you for all the work we did this summer. I want you to
know that I really appreciate all the help you gave me. Working
with you really helped me to understand some of the things I
need to work on and I have a better grasp now on how to tackle a
monologue. I hope to contact you again in the future for
continued coaching. Thank you very, very much."
Krista Buccellato, Actor, Emerson grad
but also on stage acting beside him. Larry coached me on
monologue preparation, as well as scene work for numerous
auditions. What makes him such an excellent teacher is the fact
that he's an excellent actor who knows how to communicate with
the students he coaches. He just gets 'it,' making sure you do
Kurt Bauccio Actor, numerous current commercials, Circle alumnus
"Larry is quite a talented actor and coach-I've seen Larry on
stage, and I've worked with him in a class at Circle in the
Square. He's particularly experienced and knowledgeable with
the classics. Most importantly, he's worked steadily at various
theatres in the Northeast over the past few years and received
terrific reviews for his work.
He's one of the few people I would highly recommend. After all,
we can always continue to brush up monologues, work on new
ones, and just generally stay creatively stimulated, excited about
the work. He also offers private coaching for those of you less
interested in a class environment."
Dana Benningfield Actor, Director (NJ Rep), Circle alumna
"I just wanted to tell you that my audition with the agent went
very well. She paid me a lot of nice compliments! So, thank you
for your help. I would like to work again during your Monday
Natalie Smyka Actor
"Working with Larry has sharpened my skills tremendously on
cold readings as well as by taking those tools from our sessions
and applying them to the rigors of making very specific choices
on text I only received minutes before. I have a much more
discerning approach to copy when auditioning which has upped
my game considerably in this arena. I have found my individual
and/or class work with Larry to be exceedingly rewarding both
personally and professionally.
His ability to dissect a monologue or scene to get right to the
kernel of the piece gives incredible freedom to the actor to then
make that piece their own."
Amy Gaipa Actor (Titanic), Circle alumna
"Thank you for coming to my rescue for my Shakespeare
auditions. I have had a good year."
Donald Panella Actor, Circle Alumnus
"Larry's classes are infused with his passion and devotion to the
theatre. Larry has taught me in a number of capacities -- in the
formal setting of Circle in the Square Theatre School, in private
classes and individual coaching sessions. I have now been acting
professionally for four years and Larry's creative guidance
remains essential to my craft.
He is deeply committed to his students and brings his warm and
generous spirit to all of his work. Both challenging and
encouraging, Larry is an amazing acting teacher!"
excellent tutalage! I would like to join again in the future and
possibly meet for private monologue coaching."
Rebecca Eddy Actor
"Thank you so much for your help with our scene night cuts.
They're really wonderful-you were dead on! I appreciate how
attentive you were to our needs as characters and how quickly
you got back to us. You're great! All my best..."
Rachel Kincaid Actor, Circle student
"Larry opened my eyes to the language of Shakespeare and
Moliere in a way I never thought I would see it. I was always
hesitant to dive into classical text because of my fear of it but
Larry taught me how to not only understand the process but how
to enjoy the work as well. "
Jordan Burnett Actor/Singer, Emerson College
"It has been a privilege working with you this year at Circle. You
always bring the most profound insight to every character and
play we work on. But what has been more valuable to me as your
student is the gift you have for sharing this insight in a way that
activates me as an actor and immediately informs my
understanding and portrayal of my character.
It was an invaluable experience for me and a pleasure working
Natalie Blackman Actor, Circle student
"Larry's passion and dedication to acting is both inspiring and
contagious. He is an intelligent and sensitive actor which makes
him an incredible acting teacher."
"Thank you so much for all that you did; you are a very effective
teacher. I will keep you in mind for one-on-one coaching. Thank
you for helping me finally update my monologue repertoire! Good
Cara Maltz Actor, singer
"I went to an audition on Wednesday in Boston --it went so
well!!! I tried everything you suggested and it helped more than
you know. So thanks for everything- and I'll be in touch to
schedule another coaching session."
Rana Kay Actor
"I just got cast in a very interesting play called "The Physicists"
and it's by Frederich Durrenmatt. All of that text analysis on the
playwright work that we did was so useful in this process. As well
as the examinations. I feel like I understand the play and my
character in great detail.
Thought I'd just let you know."
Micaele Johnson Actor
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"RE: The Sonnets and our last and very inspiring meeting. Thank
you for helping me with exactly what I wanted and hoped to
achieve. You are a wonderfully patient and forgiving teacher and I
felt very much at ease with you, which allowed me to have that
tiny break-through our last meeting. I hope you are well, and
your art and teaching are as inspiring to you as it was to me."
Patti Onorato, Teacher, Turtle Bay Music School
"Thanks for your help on the pieces and the process. University
of San Diego and University of Delaware were great. I went in
very much relaxed and in control. My focus was great. Now its
the waiting game. I still have one more to go in for ACA in DC.
That is in two weeks. Wish me luck..."
Derrick Sanders, Actor www.DerrickLeMont.com
"Thank you very much, I really appreciate your help, and I had a
great time working with you. I feel much more comfortable, as
well as excited, about these pieces, and will definitely recommend
you to anyone looking for a coach."
Adam Lerman, Actor
"I just want to thank you once again for being so dedicated to
your work and getting me to where I need to be with my
monologue. You're great to work with. Also, my new
monologues are great."
Sonia Torres, Actor
"Your help was right on, highly accurate and incredible. I got a
big scholarship to study at the Guthrie program in Minneapolis."
Josh Fazeli Actor, Circle alumnus
"I am doing "Two Noble Kinsmen" this summer (Jailer's
Daughter) thanks to your help with my Desdemona monologue,
Abigail Flynn, Actor, Penn State alumna
"I'm still getting some really good comments on the Short Eyes
monologue we worked on. I've been told that it's a good piece
for me, that the work was smart with intelligent choices, and that
it was downright creepy and chilling. In fact, whenever anyone
asks, I have nothing but praise for him as a teacher."
David Wagenheim Actor (recent film: "Falling")
"I'm very happy to strongly recommend Larry Gleason's
monologue course which I have just completed. I believe that I
made enormous improvement in my Shakespeare and Pinter
monologues. Larry's wide knowledge of drama and his broad
experience as an actor along with his warmth and encouragement
were most valuable and the class is challenging yet highly
Dudley Stone Associate Artistic Director and member of The
Deptford Players and the Gap Theater
"Just wanted to say thanks again for your time,
AND........................they must have liked me cause I got the
callback! Yes, we'll see how Lady Anne turns out at the end of the
week and I will be in touch for either classes or more private
BTW, yes I have a callback for the other Shakespeare audition
"Just wanted to say thanks for yesterday, I always feel better
after having a session with you!
PS Just booked microsoft print as well as a nokia print campaign
|"Larry Gleason is a consummate actor--focused on his craft,
truthful in his work, generous as a scene partner. As an actor, I
feel blessed to have shared the stage with him several times and
eagerly anticipate the next opportunity to do so. I have seen his
work span the gamut from romantic comedy to devastating
tragedy; with wit, warmth and humor he can paint the youthful
picture of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales with all the
colors of the rainbow, yet give Sir Toby Belch of Twelfth Night the
deteriorated dignity of Richard Burton.
A class with Larry Gleason will challenge you, invigorate you,
educate you, and above all expect of you the best you have to
bring to the craft of acting."
Kirsti Carnahan Actor/Singer Kiss of the Spider Woman (B'way),
Producer, StrawHat Auditions
April 2008. "Dear Mr. Gleason, I am a 20-
year old Musical Theatre student from
Vienna, Austria. In summer I will be in NY
for training. I will be there from 20th of
June till 31st of July. I have come across
your home page when reading through
Circle in the Square School information! As
it is not possible for me to take part in
any of the longer running summer
courses, because I cannot come to NY for
auditioning, I wanted to ask you whether
you would give private lessons and how
much are the rates, as I do want to take
some acting training as well.
Sincerely, Patrizia Leitzoni"
April 2008. "Patrizia: We can tailor the
private sessions in two ways: 1) frequency
and 2) length. We can set a schedule
frequency to meet your needs, as in once
or twice a week; we can make each
session as long as you would like, as in
one or two hours (or more) in length. We
can tailor session content according to
your needs, as in monologue/audition
work, emotional exploration, cold
reading/audition work, text analysis work--
or a combination of all these areas.
Additionally, that content can be with
contemporary or classical material or both.
If you would like to work on songs, there
are two ways to go about this. First, we
can work text-only, either a cappella or with
you bringing in pre-recorded
accompaniment. Secondly, if you would
like a live accompanist, it would mean an
additional cost to that which is explained
above to cover their fee and a rental
studio with a piano. I do not work on
music theory or vocal production; I work
on song interpretation. Ultimately, no
matter what we put together for you, it's
all about you and your needs and what
you want to accomplish while here in NYC.
Let me know if this works for you. If it
does, we can go further into customizing
your studies when you are here.
Thank you for your inquiry.
--And so Patrizia worked with me in June and
Late July 2008. "Hey Larry, just wanted
you to know, I had the audition with Circle
today and they said I could take part (for
next summer)!!! So thanks again for the
great work we did!!! I wrote in my
application your name as one who would
act to recommend me, as you allowed and
Colin said, “this is fine and you do not
have to write anything” because of course,
they know you :). Thanks again!!! I will
write you again when I will be back in
Greetings, Patrizia :))
|"I have finally heard back from schools
so I thought I would keep you posted! I
was accepted into Montclair State
University and Rider University for Musical
Theater! I'll probably wind up going to
Rider. It's a good fit for me and it is about
an hour from New York which is good. I
am still waiting to hear back about the Full
Ride Acting Scholarship at Rider University.
If I get that, then I'll be going for Acting
instead of Musical Theater.
I was also recently cast as John in Peter
Pan at the Paper Mill Playhouse! So, I am
excited to start working on that. Once
college starts up in the fall, I will definitely
start back up with some acting classes with
you. I want to try to work on some
Josh Pins, actor
|"Hey its Jaclyn. I just wanted to let you know I got called back
for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. So at the next call back
I'll do the same thing I did at the first audition, but for the
production staff. If I make it past that I'll have a dance call and
sides from the shows in the season, probably from Twelfth Night
and Timon of Athens. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for your
Jaclyn Blythe, actor
"I just wanted to tell you the good news, since you helped me so
much in preparing for Grad Schools. I got accepted to California
State University...or as the kids say "Cal State." They offered me
a really great package: they waived my full tuition and they are
giving me a $10,200 a year stipend for an assistant-ship to teach
acting to non-majors. I'm so excited about the teaching and the
film and TV training (they have a sound studio on campus) and
being in California ('cause my boyfriend and I will finally be able
to live together).
So I just want to thank you for everything. I really could not have
done this without your help. With the choosing of monologues
and basically teaching me a crash course in how to make sense of
Shakespeare, you helped me get into a school.
Thank you again Larry. I sent a few friends your way, I couldn't
help bragging about you."
Julie Cardia, actor, singer, teacher
"Larry was fantastic at organizing
monologues for entrance into Fiorello
Laguardia High School For The Performing
Arts. He showed my son how to ace the
audition by giving him the tools to rehearse
his monologues line by line.
Thank u Larry -- we R in!!!"
"We haven’t forgotten about you! Sarah
Beth got the part of Lydia in Pride and
In the meantime, she was just cast in a
huge role for the Repertory Company’s
production of The Hot L Baltimore. All this
and trying to prepare for next year’s college
auditions! So she’ll need some monologue
coaching for that plus she’ll be auditioning
for a summer program pretty soon.
I’ll let you know when she has a moment to
squeeze in some lessons with you."
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"Hi Larry, I got into Circle In The Square! I am very excited and
thrilled. Thank you again for helping me prepare and writing my
reference. I appreciate it and am very much looking forward to
your class next year!
Elyssa Ackerman, aspiring Actor
"Well, I auditioned on Saturday and it went very well. I got a
callback yesterday! There was a group of 15 of us in an
ensemble. But they only bring in no more than 10 people to
complete the ensemble. So now it's a waiting game.
They told all of us that we'd know by the end of March. But your
work with me got me through the audition and the callback! I
didn't rush either of the monologues. I took my time. I actually
had fun. I did what I did, because I am an actor. Plain and
simple! Thank you so much!"
-------- One Week Later -------
"I thought I'd write and let you know that BC just called and
offered me a place in their Fall 2013 MFA program! My official
letter is coming in the mail later this week, but Professor Vivier
wanted to call me and let me know. I told her I 'informally accept!'
Again, I would not have been able to do it without your help!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!"
Allen Hale, actor
"Hi Larry, I got the part! The role--it should be a hoot. I will be
in touch about working once we get the script."
Rita, an actor
"I've been auditioning like crazy!
I wanted to thank you so much for helping me select
monologues. I've received lots of positive feedback on the
material I chose! One of the people I auditioned for said he'd
been waiting years for someone to walk in with the material that I
had chosen. Thank you so much. I will keep you posted if I need
Thank you again and I look forward to working with you soon."
Nicole Gvoth, actor
"You were the first in helping me get back into the biz. Fast
forward 2 1/2 years later, I still use the monologue you coached
me on, which by the way got me a personal manager and a role
on an Independent film, which by the way got me a Personal
Manager and a role on an Independent Film, a Guest Starring
Role on CBS' Blue Blood, Episode 2.18 and a role in upcoming
Feature Film "Dead Man Down" Starring Colin Farrell and Terrence
Howard, Directed by Niels Arden Oplev."
J. Santiago, actor, http://j-santiago.com
"I was accepted into
the Bachelor of
program at Capilano
Vancouver. So thank
you again for all the
work you helped me
"I was accepted in to the AADA
(American Academy of Dramatic Arts!).
Luis Garcia Palmi, actor who flew in from
Spain to improve his monologue choices
and to audition here in NYC.
|"Great news! I just got
my Equity Card!"
Jaclyn Blythe, actor