Nov 19


Larry Sliverberg teaching the Meisner technique to Shenandoah Conservatory students

BIOGRAPHY: LARRY SILVERBERG

Larry Silverberg is one of the foremost authorities on the Sanford Meisner technique of acting and is author of the internationally-acclaimed, four-volume series the “Sanford Meisner Approach,” widely considered the primary source for training actors at studios worldwide.

Since 1987, he has trained professional actors and directors in every part of the world through his True Acting Institute, and teaches both his “College Actor Master Class” and “Teen Actor Master Class” to college and high school actors across the U.S. and Canada.

In the summer of 2007, Larry began a special training program in the Meisner technique for Professors of Acting. This two-summer certificate program, The Meisner Teacher Training Program, is held each summer at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Professors, heads of acting departments and professional actors and directors come from around the world to study how to do and teach the Meisner technique.

With 20 years teaching experience in the art of self-expression and creativity, Silverberg developed an empowering workshop, “The True Living Seminar,” for college and high school students with any interest or major.

In addition to his “Sanford Meisner Approach” series, Silverberg has also published “Loving to Audition,” “The 7 Simple Truths of Acting: For The Teen Actor,” “Meisner For Teens: A Life of True Acting” and “True Acting Tips: A Path to Aliveness, Freedom, Passion and Vitality.” He is the author of 13 feature articles for “Dramatics Magazine,” published by the the Educational Theatre Association.

Silverberg has acted professionally Off-Broadway in New York City, in regional theatre and in film and television. Most recently, he co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of Athol Fugard’s, “People Are Living There,” at the Signature Theatre in New York City. Silverberg won Seattle’s “Stellar Acting Award” for his portrayal of “Teach” in the David Mamet play “American Buffalo,” at the Belltown Theatre Center in Seattle, Washington.

Silverberg directed the one man play, “Circumference of a Squirrel,” at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The play was awarded “One Of The 10 Best Plays of 2008” by the Tampa Bay theatre critics and was given a second run at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg. Last year, Silverberg directed “Becky Shaw” at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg, winner of the “Best Professional Theatre in Florida” award. He will direct Freefall Theatre’s January 2014 production of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play, “The Normal Heart.”

Silverberg teaches both beginning and advanced Meisner intensives for the professional actors of Europe at his acting studio in Brussels, Belgium. He is a founding faculty member of European Act, Europe’s multi-national, professional certificate training program for working actors from all across Europe. Silverberg also serves as a faculty member for the International Institute of the Performing Arts (Paris, France).

He has served as a guest master teacher, artist and keynote speaker at engagements throughout Europe, including the Munich Film Academy (Munich, Germany); FAAP University (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Interkunst (Berlin, Germany).

Silverberg founded and served as artistic director for the Meisner Studio (New York City, N.Y.) and Belltown Theatre Center (Seattle, Wash.). He has taught at the New World School of the Arts (Miami, Fla.); Coconut Grove Playhouse Conservatory (Miami, Fla.); and the University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.).

Silverberg earned his Bachelor of Science in Theatre from the State University New York (SUNY) at Oneonta and is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. He is a member Screen Actors Guild and a Member of Actors Equity Association since 1980. Silverberg is married to Jill Silverberg, and they have two children, Sarah and Aaron.

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