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This acting class is for anyone wanting to dive into classic theater literature and expand their vocal and physical expression through a psychological approach to texts. EgoPo Artistic Director, Lane Savadove, leads a three-week MasterClass on Acting, with weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with an EgoPo Associate Teacher of your

choosing.  Students provide their own monologue or choose from a

suggested list (classical or modernist through 1950). A bonus fourth

week will offer the students the opportunity to present their work to

their peers.  Currently, MasterCLASS Plus takes place virtually to

adhere to social distancing.


Registration Fee: $180

Includes three Master classes plus three 45-minute private coaching

sessions.  Space is limited to 15 people.

Private sessions will be scheduled based on yours and your

Associate Teacher's schedule.

We are inbetween MasterClass sessons right now, but if you

are interested in being notified when the next session is

scheduled,please contact with the

Subject Line: "Next MasterClass"

"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller

Director: Lane Savadove
Photo: David Cimetta 
Pictured: Mary Lee Bednarek, Ed Swidey, Sean Lally, and Kevin Chick

Previous Associate Teachers

Ross Beschler (he/him) is a founding member of the Wilma HotHouse. In addition to a robust performance career spanning more than 20 years, Ross teaches  HotHouse techniques through Wilma summer intensives and workshops (most recently at Divadlo Archa, Prague); Movement for Actors at the Ira Brind School at the University of the Art; the fundamentals of acting at Temple University and Rowan University; and provides scene study and monologue coaching to private students., which devises immersive, physical, site-specific works that tour nationally.

Niya Colbert (she/her) is a North Philly raised actress who started her love for theatre at an early age. The old Freedom Theatre was once her theatre home.  In 2016 she joined the theatre company Theatre in the X and did her first appearance The New Black Math by Susan Lori Parks. Other theatre credits:  La Ronde, Yellow, Rachel, The Colored Museum, Mother Courage, A Human Being Died That Night, Troilus and Cressida, The Black Panther Project, A Walk by the Fire, and Running Numbers

Walter DeShields (he/him) is co-founder and Co-artistic director for Theater in the X. Performances include Sweat, Swallowing Dark, Hairy Ape;  Othello; The Meeting; Milk Like Sugar, The Bends, Our Lady of 121st Street, Titus Andronicus, A Lesson Before Dying; Two Noble Kinsmen, To Be Young Gifted & Black; Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Soldier’s Play, Night Watch, A Raisin in the Sun, and Wonder of the World. In addition, Walter works as a facilitator for a theater based sexual health intervention called BrotherSpeak with young black men in Philadelphia.  Previous work with EgoPo includes the tour of The Hairy Ape to the Provincetown Theater Festival, Egoli, and Buried Child. Walter holds a BA in English and Theatre from Penn State.

Dane Eissler (he/him) is a maker of theatre and visual art, as well as a freelance teaching artist. Serving as Associate Producer at EgoPo Classic Theater, he has directed (UND3RGR0UND, Buried Child, The Nose, associate directed The Lydie Breeze Trilogy, co-directed Stairs to the Roof), performed (Medvedenko in the Barrymore-winning production of The Seagull and Jude in Lydie Breeze Part III: Madaket Road), and production designed (And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens... and The Nose). Dane co-created EgoPo's theater education program at Nebinger Elementary in 2016 (which he now supervises), and has worked as a guest artist at multiple theater programs (Triple Threat Workshop in South Jersey, Windy City Performs in Chicago) and academic institutions (including high schools throughout South Jersey, and his alma mater Rowan University, where he most recently directed a theatrical staging of Beckett's The Lost Ones, among other Beckett short plays). In Chicago, Dane co-founded the multidisciplinary pop-up theatre collective, A Dead Whale Productions, which he still proudly serves as Artistic Director.  

Melanie Julian (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Theater at Temple University in Philadelphia where she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Acting programs. Prior to her arrival at Temple in 2008, she taught Voice, Speech, and Acting at the University of California at Davis. She is a professional actress who is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and she is a voice and dialect coach in the Philadelphia area, having coached at the Philadelphia Theater Company, Peoples’ Light and Theater Company, Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, EgoPo Classic Theater, and many others. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Genevieve Perrier (she/her) is a Barrymore-winning actor and teaching artist in Philadelphia. She has been a teaching artist at Rowan University since 2011, holding the three-quarter professor position in the Department of Theater and Dance from 2015 to 2017, where she taught majors in Voice for the Stage, Acting 2, Shakespeare in Performance, and a course of her own design called Practical Aesthetics. She has also taught at West Chester University, and is currently teaching Voice for the Stage at Rutgers University - Camden. As an actor, Genevieve has performed throughout Philadelphia with companies such as Lantern Theater, Theatre Exile, Azuka Theatre, The Arden, Philadelphia Theatre Co, and EgoPo Classic Theater. She has also performed throughout New York with La Mama E.T.C., Dance Theatre Workshop, and St. Marks Church, among others. BFA from NYU, MFA from Temple University. 

Damien J. Wallace (he/him) has performed with EgoPo most recently in UNDERGROUND, in last season's production of Buried Child and in the 2018-2019 seasons production of Master Harold and the Boys.  He currently hails as the Artistic Director of Lawrence Theatre Company, with which EgoPo has partnered this season.  Damien was formally trained under the tutelage of Lee Strasburg disciples, Ty Collins and Vernon Blackman, and holds a BFA Distinguished Honors degree in Theatre from Arcadia University. Damien is most known for his extensive work in the August Wilson century cycle. He was also in both the Philadelphia Theatre Company and People’s Light productions of Lynn Notage’s Sweat. Additionally, Damien appeared in the Arden Theatre Company’s productions of The Bluest Eye and The Legend of Georgia McBride.​  Later this season, Damien will direct Rockaby and perform in Nocturne.

Davey White (he/him) is an actor and playwright who recently performed his solo piece, Gintry - A Play With Drinks for Die-Cast Productions. Other acting credits include several productions with EgoPo including The Lydie Breeze Trilogy and Buried Child, Lulu’s Golden Shoes for Flashpoint, A Winter’s Tale for Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Macbeth at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cloud9 at the Wilma, Last of the Boys and In The Heart of America at InterAct. His written work has been seen at PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company’s @Play Festival, The New Leaf Theatre in Chicago, Maples Rep in Macon, Missouri, Plays and Players, the Nantucket Short Play Festival, and elsewhere. Davey received is MFA from Temple University where he currently teaches playwriting as an adjunct professor.

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Master Teacher

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Lane Savadove is the Founding Artistic Director of EgoPo Classic Theater, now in its 27th season. He has directed over 40 productions locally, regionally, Off-Broadway, and on NPR. He is a TCG Leadership recipient, Independence Fellow, Drama League Directing Fellow, and Henry Luce Fellow, for which he served as the Resident Director of the National Cultural Center of Indonesia in Surakarta, Java, where he forged a company with Javanese artists. Notable productions: World premiere of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze Trilogy; Beckett’s Company (NPR, Phila Fringe); world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ House Not Meant to Stand (Southern Repertory); dual version of Genet’s The Maids (Jean Cocteau Rep.); Wedekind’s Spring Awakening (Annenberg); Maeterlinck’s Bluebird (Mandell Theater). His EgoPo production of Chekhov’s The Seagull won Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Best Production and Set, among six nominations. He is a Professor and Head of Acting and Directing at Rowan University.