MasterCLASS Plus

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.



Saturday, January 9th, 10-1p

Saturday, January 16th, 10-12:30p

Saturday, January 23rd, 10-12:30p

Saturday, January 30th, 10-12: 30p - FINAL PRESENTATION

Private sessions will be scheduled based on yours and your Associate Teacher's schedule.

"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller

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

Meet the Instructors

Lane Savadove, EgoPo Founding Artistic Director & Master Teacher

Lane 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.

Associate Teachers

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Ross Beschler, EgoPo Associate Teacher

Ross 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.


Walter DeShields, EgoPo Associate Teacher

Walter 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.

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Melanie Julian, EgoPo Associate Teacher

Melanie Julian 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, EgoPo Associate Teacher

Genevieve 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. 

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Damien J. Wallace, EgoPo Associate Teacher & Artist-in-Residence

Damien 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.