Acting Intensive Program Staff

Program Director

Matthew ArkinMatthew Arkin
is an actor, author, and educator. Among his extensive television credits are Get Shorty, Hawaii Five-0, Bull, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Aquarius, and Law and Order. Film credits include indies Margot at the Wedding, Second Best, Raising Flagg, The Curse, and Bittersweet Place, as well as Death to Smoochy, Liar, Liar, North, and An Unmarried Woman. His Broadway credits include Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, Mr. Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Manhattan Theater Club’s Losing Louie. Other New York credits include originating the role of Gabe in Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends (Drama Desk nomination), Moonlight and Magnolias at MTC, Rounding Third and War in Paramus. Among his regional theater credits are The Sisters Rosenswieg, The Siegel, All the WayThe Whale, The Prince of Atlantis, and Our Mother’s Brief Affair, all at South Coast Rep, Surf Report at La Jolla Playhouse, and The Scene at Hartford Stage Company. He teaches acting in Los Angeles, and is Director of the Acting Intensive Program at South Coast Repertory and an adjunct professor at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. He is also the author of the suspense novel In the Country of the Blind.

Current and Past Faculty Members:

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
Linda Gehringer
Theatre, film and TV performer
​Adam J. Smith
​Theatre, film and TV performer
Matthew Arkin
Theatre, film and TV 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.