Acting Intensive Program Staff

Program Director

Matthew ArkinMatthew Arkin, Director of the Acting Intensive Program
Arkin's Broadway credits include the revival of Neil Simon's;The Sunshine Boys with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, as well as Mr. Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor (also national tour). He has numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits including his Drama Desk-nominated performance as Gabe in Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends, and he received acclaim for his portrayal of the 600-pound Charlie in the West Coast premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale, one of his many appearances at SCR. Films include indies Second Best, and Raising Flagg, as well as Death to Smoochy, Liar, Liar, North, and An Unmarried Woman. Television appearances include recurring roles on "Rescue Me," "100 Centre Street," "Third Watch" and "All My Children," and guest spots on "Aquarius," "NCIS," and "Switched at Birth," among many others. He is an adjunct professor at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, has taught Technique and Scene Study at New York's world-renowned HB Studio, and now teaches privately in Los Angeles. He studied technique, scene study and Shakespeare with Uta Hagen, and studied as well with Austin Pendleton and Sheldon Patinkin.

Current and Past Faculty Members:

Karen Hensel
Award-winning actor, director and writer; directed SCR's Acting Intensive Program, 1987-2014
Jill Newton
Casting director for "The Young and the Restless"
John de Lancie
Emmy-nominated performer (Q, "Star Trek"), stage performer and director
Nicholas Hormann
Award-winning director, stage and television actor
Hal Landon Jr.
Theatre and film performer (The Artist), SCR Founding Artist
Joanne DeNaut
SCR ​casting ​director
Jenifer Parker
Award-winning stage actor, director
Carl Reggiardo
Award-winning stage performer and director at Shakespeare Orange County
Greg Atkins
Author of IMPROV!, creator of shows for Dreamworks, Sony, etc.
Matthew Arkin
Theatre and film performer
Hisa Takakuwa
SCR's Conservatory ​director
 


Photo: Acting Intensive Program graduates, Alicia Erlinger, James MacEwan, Fleur Zanna and Aaron McGee before a performance of SCR's 201​8 production of ​Shakespeare in Love. Photo by ​Jordan Kubat..