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 2.5 hour master classes plus three 45-minute private coaching sessions.



The next MasterCLASS session will be offered in the fall.  Space is limited to 14 people.

"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller

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

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Meet the Past 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.

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.

Niya Colbert, EgoPo Associate Teacher

Niya 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 (Die-Cast), Yellow (Troy Foundry Theatre), Rachel (Quintessence), The Colored Museum (Theatre in the X), Mother Courage (Subscension), A Human Being Died That Night (EgoPo), Troilus and Cressida (Revolution Shakespeare), The Black Panther Project and A Walk by the Fire (Iron Age Theatre), Running Numbers (Theatre in the X).

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.

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.  

Davey Strattan White, EgoPo Associate Teacher

Davey is an actor and playwright who recently performed his solo piece, Gintry - A Play With Drinks for DieCast Productions. Other acting credits include several productions with EgoPo including The Lydie Breeze Trilogy and this season's Buried ChildLulu’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 and currently teaches in the theatre departments at Temple and Rowan Universities.​

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