Beginning Acting Workshop


For students just getting started. A class designed to connect actors with their instrument and to introduce different acting techniques. Taught by superb professionals. Registration begins September 1, 2023

First SemesterSecond Semester
October 1, 2023 thru Dec. 18, 2023February 5, 2024 thru May 20, 2024
Mondays, 6 – 9 PMMondays, 6 – 9 PM

Classes are normally held at NFT offices. During COVID, some or all classes may be conducted via Zoom. Yearly Tuition is $375 (Two Semesters). You have the option to pay up-front, or split payment into 3x$125

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Ajene D. Washington, Workshop Coordinator
Phone: 212-353-1176
Fax: 212-353-1088


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For over 30 years, Carla Brothers has been a professional actor in film, television, and Broadway. As an actor, she has starred in the films The Five Heartbeats and 10,000 Black Men Named George for Showtime. On television she has done guest spots on Cosby, Third Watch, Guiding Light, Miami Vice, One Life to Live and numerous commercials. On Broadway she starred in the hit a cappella musical, Sheila’s Day, which received international accolades as well. Off- Broadway venues include New Federal Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, Manhattan Theatre Club and Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. Regional credits include Crossroads Theatre, Hartford Stage, Ford’s Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. Acting awards include an AUDELCO AWARD Best Actress nomination for NEW FEDERAL THEATRE’S production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and an AUDELCO AWARD win for NEW FEDERAL THEATRE’S production of The Trial of One Short Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae.

Carla began her teaching career in the 1980’s, serving 4 years as head acting instructor of the Young Peoples Acting Program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film in New York City. Since then, she has conducted her acting workshops and classes throughout the New York metropolitan area and across the country. Other teaching venues include New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as a teaching artist and casting director. For 2 consecutive years Carla directed plays premiering at NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre. For 8 years Carla served on the faculty of Montclair State University’s Gifted and Talented Program. Additionally, Carla has formulated a methodology for dynamic public speaking. Over the past 10 years, she has taught numerous students of all ages how to effectively enhance their public speaking skills. 

Carla Brothers holds a BFA in Theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a “Teacher of Theater” certification from the N.J. Department of Education. 

Nora Cole

Ms. Cole is a veteran performing artist of NYC theatre community and abroad. Her career highlights include Rinde Eckert’s Obie Award winning, two character chamber opera, And God Created Great Whales; Culture Project (2012 Drama League and Audelco nominee); with George C. Wolfe, Caroline Or Change, Royal National Theatre;  Jelly’s Last Jam  on Broadway opposite Gregory Hines and the National Tour opposite Maurice Hines and On The Town on Broadway. She was in Fences opposite Tony Todd at the GEVA Theatre Center, Doubt at the Milwaukee Rep and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Studio Arena..  

She appeared in Woodie King Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit production, I Have A Dream as Coretta Scott King.  Venues included festivals in Brighton and Birmingham, England and the first National Black Theatre Festival in 1989.

Rosalyn Coleman

This Yale Drama School graduate is a busy actress and an incredible acting coach.  Voted “Favorite On Camera Teacher’ in the 2011 Backstage Readers Poll, Roz served as on-set coach for HBO’s hit series In Treatment. Roz will be covering on-camera basics, script analysis, cold reads, and techniques for working with camera, script and reader.

Roz has just finished a run on Broadway as Stand By for Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop. Other Broadway credits include Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, Mule Bone and Piano Lesson. With numerous film and TV credits, including the films Brooklyn’s Finest, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Frankie and, Alice starring Halle Berry, Roz was most recently cast in the HBO pilot Spring/Fall.

With her film production company, Red Wall Productions, Rosalyn has cast and directed several award winning films that have screened on TV nationwide and in film festivals all over the world. “The greatest pleasure for me as a teacher is to facilitate the person to reach their humanity. I want my clients to leave the room knowing their personal power as a base to communicate anything that a human is capable of experiencing. It’s not a job; it’s a joy.

Eric Coleman is a veteran New York-born actor and director who is proud to add teacher to his resume. His many acting credits include the title roles in Nat Turner, Ira Aldridge, Hamlet, and Othello for such theater companies as the original Negro Co., Riverside Shakespeare, and UBU Rep. In 1999 he was the winner of the New York Fringe Festival Best Actor Award for Strindberg’s PARIA.

Directing credits include The Meeting, With Grits and Gravy, Killing of Sam Cooke, Purple Hearts, 3 On the Fringe, and J.e. Franklin’s Freedom Summer. Over the past 25 seasons, he has produced and/or directed more than 90 staged readings of new and classical plays, three of which went on to successful full runs. He was the 2008 AUDELCO Award winner as Best Director for two plays on Negro League baseball—- Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, produced by Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theater. A retrospective of his career was recently archived into the Hatch-Billops collection.

Mary Hodges is an actor, director, *sometime dramaturge, and teacher.   She has been at the craft of acting for 25+ years, mostly onstage from Berkeley, California to The Berkshires of Massachusetts. 

I have studied a wide variety of acting methodologies and techniques: traditional and not so traditional.  For example, Sandy Meisner and Uta Hagen to Ernie McClintock’s “Jazz Acting Technique” or Suzuki Training for Actors.  I use ALL of these teachings ALL of the time, regardless if I am acting or directing. 

Is it confusing to the actor to use more than one technique? No.  You take teachings that connect to who you are as a person and an actor and utilize them to the best of your ability and keep it moving.  The more ways you can access the depths of who you are inside and out, the better and that means grasping and decoding teachings from different lenses. 

I have a BFA and MFA in Acting: Virginia Commonwealth University and from The University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Mary was recently in a production of MACBETH at Here Arts Center where she played five different roles, all men.  The show starred internationally acclaimed actor/director/teacher/gender-bend specialist, Lisa Wolpe and Nick Salamone of New York Classical Theatre.  Mary has worked extensively with Harlem Shakespeare’s Festival founder and producing artistic director, Debra Ann Byrd for several years in Harlem, taking on challenging roles such as “Cassio” in OTHELLO, “The Fool” in KING LEAR, and “Ophelia” in HAMLET.  

Joyce is an awarding winning actress, director, playwright, and TV screenwriter. The recipient of the first August Wilson’s Best Playwright’s Audelco Award for A Freeman Hope and also author of Mercedes, Grace In The Light, Faith On Line and Freeda Peoples and the highly acclaimed Women In The Pit.