Acting Intensive Program Staff

Program Director

Matthew ArkinMatthew Arkin, Director of the Acting Intensive Program
Arkin received acclaim for his portrayal of the 600-pound Charlie in SCR’s West Coast premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale. In the 2016-17 season, he was in Robert Schenkkan's All the Way and in the world premiere of Michael Mitnick's The Siegel. He has appeared on Broadway in The Sunshine Boys, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, Losing Louie and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (also national tour). Off-Broadway, he received a Drama Desk Nomination when he originated the role of Gabe in Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner With Friends, for which he was also a Drama League ​honoree. ​His other off-Broadway credits include originating roles in Moonlight and Magnolias at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rounding Third, A. R. Gurney's Indian Blood at Primary Stages, You Should Be So Lucky with Charles Busch, and Barbara Dana’s War in Paramus, directed by Austin Pendleton. He has worked extensively in regional theatre, including the world premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair and Steven Drukman's The Prince of Atlantis, both at SCR, and Surf Report at The La Jolla Playhouse. His film credits include indies Second Best, Raising Flagg, and Bittersweet Place; as well as Death to Smoochy, Liar, Liar, North, and An Unmarried Woman. His television appearances include recurring roles on Rescue Me, 100 Centre Street, Third Watch and All My Children; and numerous guest spots on such shows as NCIS, Medium, Switched at Birth, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Kojak. He has performed hundreds of radio spots and television commercial voiceovers. He teaches advanced acting classes in SCR's Theatre Conservatory and has taught at New York's world-renowned HB Studio, where he studied technique, scene study and Shakespeare with Uta Hagen. He also studied 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, from left to right, Jordan Bellow, Dylan DoVale, Jennifer Stang, Emmett Lee Stang and Jaycob Hunter in SCR's 2011 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Henry DiRocco.