The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca
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Team

Meet Our Team

"AWI gave me the necessary foundation to base my acting craft on.
Any success that I’ve found I have to dedicate in large part to their tutelage."

LUCIEN DODGE, LA RESIDENT, VOICE ACTOR FEATURED IN:
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Katie and her TAs holding a gift from their students.

Katie and her TAs holding a gift from their students.


Eliza (middle) with her students

Eliza (middle) with her students

Eliza VANCORT
FOUNDER, CO-DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR  

Eliza has been acting since she was 11, and directing and teaching for almost 20 years. Credits include: AWITC’s Rabbit Hole (Izzy), The Melodramatics Bare (Claire), Nice Girls Films Poker Face (Janet), No Fare (Jennie). Directing credits include: AWITC’s My Name is Rachel Corrie starring Asia Katie Dillon, Hatshepsut the Female Pharaoh starring Esosa Edosomwan, Love, Loss and What I Wore and was Assistant Director, and later an actor, on Becky Lane's popular webisode series, The  Chanticleer. Eliza's students have found great success, performing all over the world. Eliza has seen first hand the power of The Meisner Technique. AWI students become superior actors, but they also become superior communicators. This realization led Eliza to her second career. Today, when she’s not teaching, Eliza spends much of her time traveling both nationally and internationally, running seminars and giving talks on communication.
For more info go to: www.elizavancort.com, check out this video of her work (edited by an award winning AWI grad, Daniel Masciari), or view her TEDx. In her spare time Eliza is a casting director and film producer. She most recently cast the acclaimed feature film The Manhattan Front, and is currently a producer on the feature film Stationed At Home. In her spare time Eliza serves on the Board for Performing Arts for Social Change, is a Cornell University Cook House Fellow, cycles avidly and is a proud parent of four fantastic humans.
Contact Eliza: eliza@actorsworkshop.biz


Katie teaching former TA Masa Gibson

Katie teaching former TA Masa Gibson

KATIE SPALLONE
CO-DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR

In addition to being a graduate of AWI, Katie has been a Meisner technique instructor since 2005 and was appointed Co-Director of AWI in 2012. Katie has worked with just about every theater group in town in one capacity or another; her favorite role to date was Becca in the AWITC production of Rabbit Hole in 2010. She was recently onstage at the Kitchen Theatre in 2016 in the Homecoming Player's production of Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room, as well as acting in Ithaca’s first 1 Minute PlayFest in July 2018, also at The Kitchen Theatre. She has taught several acting seminars at Ithaca College, and has done local and regional voice over work and has appeared in several short films. From 2000-2015, Katie was the owner of evolution 102 and avanti boutique, two clothing stores in downtown Ithaca. In 2016 she joined the Cornell University community, finding her new home at The Cornell Store as their Retail Manager of Satellite Stores. To learn more about Katie's journey to AWI, go to this NPR radio show.
Contact Katie: katie@actorsworkshop.biz


David at his "day job" on set

David at his "day job" on set

david Kossack
Instructor

A long time Ithacan, David graduated from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications with a degree in Cinema Production. As an editor and videographer at PhotoSynthesis Productions he has worked on numerous film and video projects, including editing documentary, They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain. Read the New Times article about the award winning documentary. David recently completed an educational project for the FDA on meta-cognition and is currently working on a new documentary focusing on Cambodia. After studying under and apprenticing with Eliza, David has been an instructor at AWI since 2008 and has directed several stage productions for the Workshop’s theater company.
 Contact David: david@actorsworkshop.biz


Ariel sharing her amazing voice!

Ariel sharing her amazing voice!

ARIEL ARBISSER
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Ariel Arbisser is a singer-songwriter and an internationally award-winning vocalist and vocal coach best known in the a cappella world. In addition to the Actor's Workshop of Ithaca, she's performed with soul-funk outfit The Jeff Love Band, musical theater troupe The Melodramatics Inc, operetta company The Savoyards, female ensemble Lady Jaye, and around Ithaca and the United States with vocal supergroup The Funx. Since finding AWI and Meisner, Ariel created a popular Meisner-singing workshop already attended by hundreds of students (and counting) of all ages from all around the world. Currently Ariel is planning the release of her first all original solo album.


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KIEREN MUNSON-BURKE
TEACHING ASSISTANT, Production Manager

Kieren Munson-Burke is a performer raised in Ithaca, New York. She is one of the youngest students to have graduated from The Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca’s Comprehensive Sanford Meisner Technique Program. In addition, she is currently an undergraduate student at TC3. She has been recently seen performing a series of one-acts plays on the collegiate stage at Cornell University and has been fortunate enough to be featured in various short films. She looks forward to her feature film debut working alongside award winning filmmaker, Daniel Masciari, in his groundbreaking film, Stationed at Home. In addition, Kieren has a great passion for family, animals and social justice. 
Contact Kieren: kieren@actorsworkshop.biz


 
Alek on an AWI production set.

Alek on an AWI production set.

ALEK OSINKI
STUDIO MANAGER

Alek has been involved in theater and music performance since high school. However, he began his adult life serving our country in the United States Army.  After being honorably discharged, Alek worked his way through school and became a physical therapist. In 2010 he found the Actors Workshop Ithaca and his passion for the arts was reawakened.  Since his first semester, he has been a part of every workshop production, acting in "Poona the Fuckdog", "Mitzi's Abortion", and "Museum", assistant stage managing "Rabbit Hole", and stage managing "4 Dogs and a Bone" and "Hapshetsut".  Most recently appeared in Theatre Incognita's  "Our Town" and "Hamlet", and, appeared in The Ithaca Fringe Festival's "4 Easy Pieces".  Alek has been in several films, including  "The Observatory" and "No Fare", produced by award winning film maker Daniel Masciari.
Contact Alek: alek@actorsworkshop.biz