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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

"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


"Larry, thank you so much for all of your help and support with my 01-B Artist Visa Application. After months of work and waiting my 3-year Visa has been approved. I could not have done it without you. Thank you, I truly appreciate all the love and support! I hope to see you soon. Best."

M. Bailey, a Canadian actor, Circle Alum

"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 sessions."

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 appreciate it."

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 speech."

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 encouragement."

——2 1/2 years later——

"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,

"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

"I've had the pleasure to work with Larry not only as his student, 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 too. "

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 afternoon specials."

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!"

Jessica Greenberg, Toronto-based Actor, Circle alumna

"I loved the class and it was very helpful! Thank you for your 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 with you."

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."

Nina Millin, Actor, Circle alumna

"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 class yesterday!"

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

"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, Actor
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"I just wanted to let you know that Atticus had his audition on Wednesday. I was not in the room, but he felt good about how it went. He said that the other kids all seemed to rush through and recite their monologues, rather than really “act.” So, hopefully he will get a call back next month! Thanks so much for working with him on such short notice. And, I will definitely let you know about the callback- we’ll definitely need your coaching again!"

"Atticus's" Mom

"I am delighted that Rea is happy and she has found a teacher that she feels can help her stretch her limits and prepare for the upcoming auditions. I only wish we had found you first!"

"Rea's" Mom

"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!!!"

"Josh's" Mom

"You were terrific; Sarah Beth just got the cast list and she was cast as Miranda! Thanks again."

"Sarah Beth's" Mom
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—a card from a very happy Mom
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I just got back from my BU audition and it went really well! I was just the right amount of nervous so it wasn't hindering me but still kept me awake and excited. The guy I auditioned for was actually the Shakespeare teacher, and after my monologues were over he asked how i think I did, and I said "I think I did good!" and he said "Well I'd have to agree with you!" So we talked for about 10 minutes and at the end he said that he rarely ever feels like he can get a good sense of who the prospective students are, but that he really feels like he knows me as an artist and a person and he just wanted me to know that. (Which was so awesome that just tickled me) So I feel good. Of course, I'm my own worst critic so I think that I could have done other things better but I'm sure I came across fine. Just thought I should let you know!"

(a few weeks later....)

"I just wanted to let you know that come fall I'll be studying at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I got a killer scholarship thanks to your audition help! Anyway, as soon as I go to Santa Fe they have main stage production auditions right away. I was wondering if you were going to be free soon to just work on some new monologues and play around with them so I have a bunch of material with me when I go to Santa Fe. Thanks."

(a few weeks later...)

"From the moment I stepped off the plane I've been immersed in acting. I auditioned the day after I moved in for the season. I got call backs for every single show this season. EVERY SINGLE SHOW! Which is pretty awesome!
I just want to thank you for helping me out!"

Rachel, aspiring Actor

"Hi Larry, this is Lola (
Anna and the Tropics). Just wanted to let u know that thanks to u I aced the audition. It was for the Stella Adler School. They said I had "chops!" I was thrilled, thanks so much."

Doris Lola Martir, 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, 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 further coaching! Thank you again and I look forward to working with you soon."

Nicole Gvoth, 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 help!"

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

"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

"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, of course!"

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 enjoyable."

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 coaching. BTW, yes I have a callback for the other Shakespeare audition
tomorrow-Thanks again!"…I always feel better after having a session with you! PS Just booked Microsoft print as well as a Nokia print campaign too! YEAH!"

Ana Parsons, Actor, Circle alumna

"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 film/television stuff.

Josh Pins, Actor


"I was accepted in to the AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts!). Hahaha!"

Luis Garcia Palmi, Actor who flew in from Spain to improve his monologue choices and to audition here in NYC.

"Larry, thank you so much for all of your help and support with my 01-B Artist Visa Application. After months of work and waiting my 3-year Visa has been approved. I could not have done it without you. Thank you, I truly appreciate all the love and support! I hope to see you soon. Best."

M. Bailey, a Canadian actor, Circle Alum

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 July.--

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 Austria."
Greetings, Patrizia :))
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