Geoffrey Cantor/Actors' Workshop

Geoffrey Cantor/Actors' Workshop

5.0 (6)
Best of 2022
1 employee
38 years in business

About this pro

Taught by veteran actor and coach Geoffrey Cantor, whose work includes films such as The Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!, The Longest Week, Man on a Ledge, Fair Game, Michael Mann's Public Enemies and who can be seen in the role of Ellison in Marvel's Daredevil and The Punisher on Netflix, The ACTORS’ WORKSHOP ™ focuses on process. His unique text-based approach focuses on process over product or result. Regarless of age or experience, Geoffrey provides his students with a strong foundation for any style or medium. 

A magna cum laude graduate from Amherst College with a degree in theater, he also attended the National Theater Institute (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Conn), and continued his training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London, England.

He has been teaching for over 25 years throughout the country including Virginia, New Orleans, New York City and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (NYTI) in Connecticut. Geoffrey was also the Artistic Director and Artist in Residence for the JCC Association’s Maccabi Artsfest, an international youth arts festival. Work of current clients includes YOUNGER, WEST WORLD, SCHOOL OF ROCK, LES MIZ, JESSICA JONES, LUKE CAGE, WALKNG DEAD, THE AMERICANS, THE WIRE, LION KING, CHAPLIN, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, MARY POPPINS, BILLY ELLIOT, HURRICANE SEASON, MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND, SECRET LIFE OF BEES, DAN IN REAL LIFE, HAROLD, ROCKET SCIENCE, THE WIRE, 90210, LAW AND ORDER, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, HOPE & FAITH, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, THE SOPRANOS, RESCUE ME, COLD CASE, THE MOUNTAIN. They have also been accepted to drama departments at colleges and universities throughout the country including Fordham, Ithaca, Rutgers, Emerson, Michigan, Marymount.

Other TV credits include TNT's Civil, Feed the Beast, Madam Secretary, House of Cards, Elementary, The Blacklist, Forever, Believe, The Americans, The Following, Deception, Zero Hour, Person of Interest, Pan Am, Damages, Smash, The Big C, Sopranos, Bored to Death, all of the Law & Order's, Mercy, Brotherhood, Life on Mars, Ed, Third Watch, The $treet, Queens' Supreme, All My Children, Guiding Light, and Spike TV's The Kill Point.

His stage work includes Side Man (Broadway), Warren Leight's Sec 310, Row D, Seats 5&6, Dinner With Friends, Julie Taymor's Titus Andronicus, Saturday Sunday Monday, Denial (Long Wharf), Death of A Salesman with Judd Hirsch, Talley's Folly, Romeo & Juliet (Acting Company), and Lone Star (London and Edinburgh).

Teaching offers the opportunity to fully live in the middle of what drew me to this artform in the first place. The journey of discovery is where the joy is for me, and when that journey is shared, it is even more fulfilling. So what better than to travel with a student on that journey. 

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New York, NY 10001
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6 Reviews


  • Joann Lamneck

    I was lucky to have Geoff coach me for an audition. He emphasized that i should "tell the truth, tell the story". This resonated with me and i have used this theory every time i approach an audition.

  • Jeff Thompson

    His ability to listen to a question, draw on his intellect as well as his mastery of the craft, and offer up a real answer, not some stock response. I have had 8 prior acting teachers and none have been able to explain it to me like Geoff. I have grown with Geoff in ways not available through other teachers. His students are very lucky, whether they know it or not.

  • Brian Sheppard

    Geoffrey Cantor is what I consider my secret weapon. When I feel overwhelmed, Unspecific, or Intimidated in this business I call him immediately. He gives me a perspective and specificity that has turned my career around.

  • Joann Lamneck.

    His ease and naturalness at bringing out your own comfort and emphasis on keeping it real and telling the story. I always remember that and bring it to every piece.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

All of my work is text based. I use the script as the doorway or window into behavior, intention, and the specifics of the character. This kind of process-based work is aplicable to all mediums. That said, every actor or acting student is different, and I ask for at least one monologue to start so that I can better understand his/her own approach to the work and determine a path or course that suits that student specifically. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am an actor, and have a huge range of professional experience across the spectrum -- from print modeling to broadway, industrials and commericals to major films and TV series. A product of training, both here and in the UK, I apply what I've learned to my teaching. My three years as a social worker also gives me additional and unique insight into behavior and thought - the mind of the character. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My prices are as follows

$80 per 1/2 hour not including studio rental.

$150 per hour not including studio rental. 

$1350 for 10 anytime hours not including studio rental.

$1700 for 10 anytime hours, rental included.

If you choose to prepay, there is no refund, but the hours never expire. Anytime hours can be broken up into 1/2 hours periods.

Same day cancellations will be chaged at the full rate for single hour appointments, and will count toward one hour for students who prepay.

Skype and FT are both available for the same price. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

No teacher can or should promise paying gigs or huge successful careers. But all teachers should be able to raise the level of the actual work for all their students, and guide them as they develop an individualized approach. 

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Film Acting Classes