Monday, October 28, 2013

Ongoing Acting Classes with major area director-Frank Licato


"Frank works within that rare environment where creativity is a balance of seriousness and playful freedom, rooted in a trustworthy sense of truth and expanded and challenged by boundless imagination." - Michael Ornstein, Chuck Marstein on Sons of Anarchy

"Frank Licato is a wonderful director, actor and teacher in that his stage and TV career has been a stellar combination of acting and directing.  He gives his colleagues first hand knowledge because he has been there and done that.  His work is gritty, truthful and on the money." - Richard Vetere, Pulitzer nominated playwright/screenwriter    

"One of the things I appreciate the most about Frank as a monologue coach is his ability to quickly hone in on what isn't working in an audition piece. He then provides clear, specific direction for how to improve upon it.  He also sees what IS working and manages to make suggestions that strengthen the piece even further. His sense of humour and pleasant demeanor are an added bonus, which makes the time spent working with him feel more like play.  I couldn't recommend him more highly to anyone looking to refine a new monologue or shake up an old one." - Dana Benningfield, Actress

"Frank Licato is a gifted director, teacher. He has a great rapport with both beginners and professionals alike. Frank is always guided by the principle, "if it doesn't work for the actors, it doesn't work".  It's refreshing to watch him work, because he has such a strong understanding of the play AND the actor's process." -  Gino Diorio, Director of Theatre Arts Program, Clark University 

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"Frank Licato is a superbly gifted acting teacher, coach, and director. Under his guidance as an audition coach, I was able to book roles in 2 independent feature films! I highly admire his ability to help me make honest, interesting, unique choices that really bring a scene to life by incorporating unexpected, unpredictable colors, exploration of subtext, discoveries, variety, and truthfulness.

I have taken his monologue and scene study classes as well, where, under his expert tutelage,  I have grown considerably as an actress. I appreciate the way he incorporates a variety of acting methods and techniques within his approach. Frank is very discerning and is able to tailor his teaching to each student's individual need and capacity.  I also love how he helps us explore the text line by line, enabling us to act moment to moment with the utmost truth and spontaneity.  He treats all of his students with great respect." - Cathy Gale, Actress



@Shetler Studios 244 W 54th St #12      $60 a session with a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a spot


@Shetler Studios
244 W 54th St #12      $60 a session with a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a spot


“The cornerstone of my work, both in rehearsal and coaching, is to help the actor find his or her own unique voice to ignite the text, while at the same time creating a grounded, motivated and honest performance.

My goal is to give actors the tools they need to prepare audition material - bold, focused and clear choices - and the confidence to do their best moment to moment work in the audition room itself.

Having worked as an actor, I understand the actor's process and language. Being a director and having watched countless auditions, I know what will get you noticed.  I give practical advice and a safe space to help actors do their best work, as well as advice on monologue selection and general audition techniques.”


“This class is designed to sharpen your acting skills by working on scenes from plays in which you would realistically be cast. Our focus will be on strong, clear and honest choices that are the basis of all my work with actors. In addition, we will also discuss audition techniques and examine choices that will help you to stand out in the audition room. Workshop limited to 10.”

"Having recently worked with Frank Licato in his scene study class,  I have never felt more empowered and reminded of the thoroughness of the process of character. It was incredibly rewarding. Frank is an excellent guide and teacher who will walk you through a scene moment to moment, and help you find the little truths that make a performance great. Frank reminds you of the roots of acting; the reason I fell in love with acting in the first place. I highly recommend Frank, he is thoroughly dedicated to you, the performer!" - Monica Trombetta, Actress/Board Member- NY, SAG-AFTRA 


This 4 week workshop will help you polish your existing monologues, as well as find and work on new pieces (contemporary and/or classical). Along with your fellow participants, I will assist you in finding pieces that show you off and make your unique talents shine. In addition to monologue work, we will also cover general audition techniques and preparation. Workshop limited to 8.

"Acting teacher Frank Licato's focus is totally on the work. He helps his students by teaching them how to analyze text closely for maximum impact. An accomplished theatre director, Frank has also worked extensively as an actor. He knows what directors and casting agents want to see, and he is an expert at showing his students how to seek out -- and reveal -- the living, beating heart of any scene or monologue." -Michael Folie, Playwright/Actor


These sessions can be tailored to the individual's needs in working on a monologue, a scene, material for an audition or to just work on something new. The fee for these sessions is $80 an hour.

"When you work with Frank, you're getting coached by an accomplished actor...and a seasoned director.  He knows how it feels to be on both sides of the casting table.  He can 'talk' like an actor, but has a director's eye and knows just how to guide you to your strongest performance." - Liz Sheber, NYU Theatre Graduate

If you have any further questions call or email me @: or call 646-522-5689

"Frank is a consummate professional. He works closely with his actors, making sure he gets the best performance he can without compromising that actor's abilities.  He has a warm way about him which also makes for a great experience.  He has an intelligence and great knowledge of theater, film and the arts.  He knows how to get , not just a performance from his actors, but the right type of performance.  His teaching is just as important.  He more then senses what an individual needs.  He seems to intuit it and after creating a secure and safe environment he brings actors to an understanding of their own gifts and voice.  I can't recommend him highly enough."

- Garry Pastore, President of Hudson Film Group

Frank is Artistic Director of  Hudson Theatre Works

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