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Photo Gallery Stage Productions

Round One
In The Public Domain
March 22-April 13, 2002
Photos by Dorka
Mary Pringle, Max Bretos, Rachel Toles,
"The Bear"

Max Bretos, Rachel Toles,
"The Bear"

Melissa Timme,"The Stronger"

Melissa Timme, Katharina Wressnig,
"The Stronger"

Amanda Sickler, Sean Foley,
"How He Lied To Her Husband"

Amanda Sickler,
"How He Lied To Her Husband"

Sean Foley, Bernard Van Bilderbeek,
"How He Lied To Her Husband"

Round 2
May 10-June 8, 2002
Photos by Dorka
Melissa Timme, Amanda Sickler,
Jessica Cunningham

Amanda Sickler, Melissa Timme

Melissa Timme

Amanda Sickler

Jessica Cunningham

Melissa Timme

Todd Malta, Dave Clark, Chip Sickler

Dave Clark, Chip Sickler

Todd Malta

Dave Clark, Chip Sickler

Chip Sickler, Dave Clark

Round 3
Memory and Imagination
July 26-August 17, 2002
Photos by Scott Libol

Morgan Vukovic, Jack Noonan
"Waltzing DeNiro"

Tara Ciabattoni, Morgan Vukovic
"Waltzing DeNiro"

Tara Ciabattoni, Jack Noonan
"Waltzing DeNiro"

Bernard Van Bilderbeek

Kristin Lorenz

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Kristin Lorenz

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Kristin Lorenz

John Hoskins, Mary Pringle

John Hoskins, Mary Pringle

Mary Pringle, John Hoskins
Round 4
September 7-November 23, 2002
Photos by Dorka

John Hoskins, Mary Pringle

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, John Hoskins, Mary Pringle,
Amanda Sickler, Brian O'Brien

Brian O'Brien

Amanda Sickler

Todd Malta, Mary Pringle

Amanda Sickler, Todd Malta, Mary Pringle, Max Bretos

Amanda Sickler, Max Bretos, Todd Malta

Amanda Sickler, Todd Malta

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Max Bretos

Amanda Sickler, Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Max Bretos

Max Bretos, Bernard Van Bilderbeek

Amanda Sickler, Max Bretos, Mary Pringle,
Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Melissa Timme

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Melissa Timme

Mary Pringle, Max Bretos

Max Bretos, Mary Pringle

Max Bretos, Melissa Timme

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Chip Sickler, Max Bretos

Chip Sickler

Todd Malta, John Hoskins, Mary Pringle, Max Bretos,
Chip Sickler, Bernard Van Bilderbeek,
Melissa Timme, Brian O'Brien

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Max Bretos, John Hoskins,
Mary Pringle, Dave Clark

Todd Malta, Amanda Sickler, Bernard Van Bilderbeek,
Dave Clark, Mary Pringle, John Hoskins, Brian O'Brien

John Hoskins, Dave Clark, Amanda Sickler, Max Bretos,
Todd Malta, Mary Pringle, Chip Sickler, Brian O'Brien,
Melissa Timme, Bernard Van Bilderbeek

Judith at the chalkboard

Einstein at the chalkboard

Round 5
Isn't it Romantic?
March 1-29, 2003
Photos by Dorka

Chris Backus, Adam Sneller

Johanna Watts

Adam Sneller, Todd Malta, Jean Bradshaw, Johanna Watts

Jean Bradshaw, Adam Sneller

Chris Backus

Adam Sneller, Todd Malta, Chris Backus

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams, Samantha Bahramian

Ryan Williams, Samantha Bahramian

Ryan Williams, Samantha Bahramian

"Benjamin Splits"
by Seth Jaret

Augi Caimi, Bernard Van Bilderbeek

Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Chris Backus

Margo Hara, Bernard Van Bilderbeek

Ruthie Frank, Chris Backus

Margo Hara, Augi Caimi,
Ruthie Frank, Bernard Van Bilderbeek

Margo Hara
Round 6
Dreams and Nightmares
July 18-August 9, 2003
Photos by Dorka

"The Battle Of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry"
by Carole Real

Ruthie Frank, Kim Garcia, Morgan Vukovic

Ruthie Frank, Kim Garcia, Morgan Vukovic

Ruthie Frank, Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams, Ruthie Frank

Ruthie Frank

Kim Garcia, Morgan Vukovic

"Peace In Our Time"
by Larry Cadman

John Hoskins, Joel King

Joel King, John Hoskins

John Hoskins, Joel King

John Hoskins, Joel King

John Hoskins, Joel King

John Hoskins, Joel King

"I Dream Before I Take The Stand"
by Arlene Hutton

Sean Foley, Amanda Sickler

Sean Foley, Amanda Sickler

Sean Foley, Amanda Sicklerg

Sean Foley, Amanda Sickler

Amanda Sickler, Sean Foley

Sean Foley, Amanda Sickler

"Company Man"
by Michael Alan Wright

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Round 7
Flower Murderer
September 28-November 9, 2003
Photos by Dorka

Written and Performed by Sabrina Stevenson

Round 8
I Love You...and Other Half-Truths
July 9-31, 2004
Photos by Panos Skoulidas

"The Author's Voice"
by Richard Greenberg

Jamie Damron, Henry Maguire

Henry Maguire, Sean Foley

Sean Foley

"Brother"
by Mary Gallagher

Binky Van Bilderbeek, Gina Hieber

"Perfect"
by Mary Gallagher

Renee DeBevoise

Eric Peter-Kaiser, Renee DeBevoise

Amanda Sickler, Renee DeBevoise
Round 9
"Mrs Cage"
by Nancy Barr
March 18-May 7, 2005
photos by Dorka Hegedus and Cat Gwynn

John Burton, Jr. and Judith Weston

John Burton, Jr. and Judith Weston

Judith Weston

John Burton, Jr. and Meredith Flynn

John Burton, Jr. and Meredith Flynn

John Burton, Jr. and Meredith Flynn

  • "Judith taught me how to communicate with actors in a completely new way, and what I learned from her has had a huge influence over both my work and my life. She is an incredible communicator, a gifted teacher, and a remarkable human being. I can't recommend her classes highly enough for directors and actors who want to bring more emotional truth to their craft."

    JULIUS RAMSAY, director, THE WALKING DEAD
  • "All the scary transformative moments I've had in your class really paid off. And I can never begin to thank you for all that you've done for me. I'm simply not the same person I was when I started my journey with you."

    ANDREA TOYIAS, Voice Director, Blizzard Entertainment, WORLD OF WARCRAFT / DIABLO / STARCRAFT
  • “I really wanted to thank you because I know that I could have not done it without the knowledge I got from you. You will always be one of the greatest teachers I've ever had and I'm truly proud to be one of your students. Thank you for teaching me to love my actors.”

    TANEL TOOM, writer-director, THE CONFESSION (nominated for Academy Award, Live Action Short Film, 2011)
  • “I took a seminar with an acting teacher named Judith Weston. I learned a key insight to character. She believed that all well-drawn characters have a spine, and the idea is that the character has an inner motor, a dominant, unconscious goal that they’re striving for, an itch that they can’t scratch. I took to this like a duck to water.”

    ANDREW STANTON [from his Feb 2012 TED Talk] writer-director, WALL-E, FINDING NEMO, A BUG’S LIFE; writer, TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2, TOY STORY 3
  • "Directing my first movie would have been impossible without Judith's book, 'Directing Actors.' Her insights taught me how to audition actors, how to cast intelligently, how to rehearse. When production began, I cribbed a set of Weston reminders on to a 3-by-5 index card, and kept it in my shirt pocket every single day of shooting. She saved me."

    BILLY RAY, writer-director, SHATTERED GLASS, BREACH; writer, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE HUNGER GAMES, STATE OF PLAY, FLIGHTPLAN
  • "Judith, you're the one that gave me the tools for success with actors!"

    KAREN GAVIOLA, director, SONS OF ANARCHY, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI, NCIS, BLUE BLOODS, CSI:MIAMI, CASTLE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, LOST, GHOST WHISPERER, PRISON BREAK, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, NYPD BLUE
  • “Judith Weston taught me how to listen – what she called ‘listening with your whole body.’ She taught me about the power and the magic of the subconscious world. She showed me doors and windows and portals into creative possibilities I scarcely knew existed. Her wisdom changed the way I write, the way I direct actors – and, with no exaggeration, the way I look at life.”

    MARK FERGUS, co-writer: CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN; director: FIRST SNOW
  • "Judith Weston is a great teacher. She's inspired me to be interested in people more than concepts, behavior more than attitudes, process more than results. In her classes I've learned to ask more questions, to trust what is happening, and to always be willing to dig deeper. She is the kind of teacher who makes me excited about taking chances." 

    NORMAN BUCKLEY, director, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, RIZZOLI & ISLES, THE FOSTERS, THE CLIENT LIST, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, GOSSIP GIRL, CHUCK, MELROSE PLACE, 90210, THE O.C.
  • “You've taught me the essential tools so I could carry on with the visions that haunt me day and night and to embrace the process which I will continue to learn. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

    DEJA PREM, writer/producer/director/actor, at Green Coco Production
  • “Your workshop was wonderful in letting me know that many of the things I am already doing are the correct way of dealing with actors and taught me other things that add to that knowledge. And your patience and unbridled energy and passion for what you teach is more than admirable, it is inspiring. So thank you once again for this wonderful experience, one I will never forget and that will continue to help me on this path on which I am forever learning about new and wonderful things.”

    MICHAEL TRIM, director, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, WEEDS, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • "Judith Weston is not a drama teacher, she is an art teacher. She understands that at the heart of great drama is a powerful mystery. What she shows you in her workshops and her book are simple and effective tools that help you get deeper and deeper into that rich, complex and surprising place."

    DAVID JACOBSON, writer-director, DOWN IN THE VALLEY, DAHMER
  • “In your classes I learned to love actors and acting. The experience opened for me the secret door to the magic I witnessed when actor and material find each other in just the right way. What I once thought were 'happy accidents' and performance miracles are now the kernels of creativity I relentlessly pursue with an actor finding a performance. You helped me find that part I could play in the process and how to capture it.”

    FRED TOYE, director, THE GOOD WIFE, PERSON OF INTEREST, RIZZOLI & ISLES, FRINGE, CHUCK, CSI:NY, LOST, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, GHOST WHISPERER, CHUCK
  • “Judith Weston gave me the greatest gift you can give to a first-time director - she gave me confidence in my ability to work with actors. I will be forever grateful for her extremely hands on and applicable advice for directing actors and I know I will use it for the rest of my career. She has a contagious love of the process and an unbelievable understanding of human emotion. I would not be where I am today if it had not been for her.” 

    SHANA FESTE, writer-director, ENDLESS LOVE, COUNTRY STRONG, THE GREATEST
  • "Judith's method is wonderful because it is practical. She has given me numerous tools to solve problems on the set and to earn the trust of actors. Her classes and her book are invaluable resources to any director."

    LAWRENCE TRILLING, director, MASTERS OF SEX, PARENTHOOD, PUSHING DAISIES, DAMAGES, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, NIP/TUCK, MONK, SCRUBS, INVASION, ALIAS, FELICITY
  • "Every time I step on a set, I think of what Judith taught me. Every time I begin a project, I review a notebook I kept during the years I studied with her. Every time I'm in rehearsal, I'm using her techniques. Every time I'm in a bind within a scene, I go back to the foundation she gave me. I didn't go to film school. I sat in Judith Weston's workshops, took everything she said to heart, then went out and started telling my stories. I'm so grateful for that path - and for her."

    AVA DuVERNAY, director, SELMA (2015 Golden Globe nominee for Best Film, and Best Director), SCANDAL, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (winner of the Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival and the I
  • "Judith's ideas and principles are incredibly useful when it comes to giving clear, actionable direction to actors. To anyone aspiring to direct, I would recommend making her classroom one of your first stops."

    LEV L. SPIRO, director, MODERN FAMILY, UGLY BETTY, WEEDS, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, ARLI$$, THE O.C., EVERWOOD, GILMORE GIRLS
  • "Everything you taught me was more than useful. I am deeply grateful."

    ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU, director, BIRDMAN, BIUTIFUL, BABEL, 21 GRAMS, AMORES PERROS