Kelley is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to helping actors of all levels realize their full potential and establish a strong technique in their craft. He is skilled at helping prepare actors pursuing a career in the professional acting world, bringing over 30 years of his award-winning active professional work in NYC, Los Angeles, and regionally in all facets of the industry: film, television, theater, musical theater, commercials, industrials, and voiceovers. He conveys a practical, fresh, supportive, and personal approach to teaching a time-tested acting technique.
Kelley studied directly with two icons of the modern American acting technique:
Kelley's additional training in New York City includes:
Scene Study with Suzanne Shepherd (GOODFELLAS, THE SOPRANOS), an early student of Meisner and the first woman to teach his technique. https://suzanneshepherd.com/about/
Scene Study and Character Work with Sande Shurin, author of STAR POWER and TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTING: A STEP BEYOND http://sandeshurin.com
Voice and vocal performance with Dominic Cossa of the NYC Opera
Kelley was a guest observer at the Actors Studio in NYC in 1986-87 and acted in Eve Ensler’s (author of The Vagina Monologues) THE DEPOT, a two character play with Shirley Knight (Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe winning actress) directed by Joanne Woodward.
Kelley's training in LA includes:
Shakespeare performance with Kevin Kelly and monologue work with legendary casting director Stanley Soble as well as numerous auditioning workshops.
Kelley visits the Austin Film Society's (Austin, TX) newest addition with Rebecca Campbell, CEO of the AFS, to see Alexander Payne's film ELECTION (on election night): the AFS Cinema has two screens, a full bar and café, and an event hall available for rentals. AFS curates a wide selection of films for its signature programs at the cinema, including repertory series, new restorations, documentaries, independent films and premieres.
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