The Acting Class With Tom Fulton

The Acting Class With Tom Fulton

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45 years in business

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The Acting Class will begin online and in-person workshops beginning September 2022.   Classes will be offered in: 

ACTING FOR THE NOVICE  (Minimum age 17)
ACTING FOR PROS  (Any Age - requires interview &      


Acting  (Stanislavski)
Sensory / Experiencing (Strasberg)
Audition Coaching
Rhetorical Power on the Stage
       The key to being vocally and physically persuasive
Acting Shakespeare

Private Study (On-Line)
Workshops are available both ONLINE and IN PERSON

If you are interested, please go to our (under construction) website and join our mailing list. 


Core Philosophy:  

Your uniqueness (voice, body, face, physical life, mental accuity, emotional freedom, core beliefs) is your power.

The character comes to you as little ink markings in a script - words and stage directions - inert matter, without a soul.  

Our job as actors is to provide the thoughts, the behavior, the emotional truth, and the soul.  Just remember:  there is no place for you to borrow, copy or imitate another's soul.  You must use yours and all the miracle of life that energizes and delights you.

I hold a BFA in Theatre, and MA in Education and have 50 years of experience in the professional theatre as an Artistic Director, Director, Actor, Producer, Adjunct Professor and 40 years of experience developing an approach to acting training based on my own training with members of the Actors Studio and my study of Constantin Stanislavski.

My job as a coach and instructor is to inspire the courage to create in each student.  

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Moreland Hills, OH 44022
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I teach the Stanislavski system of actor development; the system used my most teachers and professional theatre schools world wide.  It is the most impactful and practical approach to acting, teaching aspects of self, connection to the world of the play, and how to use physical action to discover your own personal connection to the world of the play.

Additionally, I teach a year-long class on Acting Shakespeare, which focuses on the rules of rhetoric, persuasive speech, the use of Iambic Pentameter, and developing clarity in action, behavior and passion in the works of William Shakespeare.

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

Graduate, Interlochen Arts Academy
BFA, Southern Methidist University, Acting, Directing
M.E. Kent State University  Education in Theatre
AEA, Member of Actor's Equity Association since 1972
FEDAPT  - Workshops (Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre)
Voice with Kristin Linklater (Shakespeare & Co.)
Voice with Arthur Lessac  (In Person Workshop)

In Person study with:
Ray Bolger, (Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ),  
Zelda Fichhandler (artistic director of Arena Stage), Marshall Mason (founder and director of Circle Rep), Adrian Hall (artistic director of Trinity Square Rep.) Mortan DaCosta (film dir. Auntie Mame, Music Man)  Joseph Anthony (Broadway director - The Rainmaker)
Alvina Krause
Mildred Dunnock
James Earl Jones 
Joan Potter (Member Actor's Studio)
Jack Clay (Member Actor's Studio)

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

Prices will be posted in August.

Basically, Online Classes - for 2-a-week workshops with a limit of 12 students will be around $320.00

Online one-on-one audition workshops will be $50.00 for an hour.

In-Person Scene-Study and Rhetoric and Shakespeare Workshops will be eight weeks, two classes per week, three hours each class in the Cleveland Area.  Each workshop will be $480.00 - will be able to pay in two-installments if requested.

Classes will begin in September of 2022.

How did you get started teaching?

As Artistic Director of Center Repertory Theatre, I started an actor training program to induct talented actors into the company.  1976-1980.  I’ve been teaching these workshops for 46 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

Primarily professional Actors with varying years of professional experience.  

As Instructor for the Academy for the Performing Arts, I worked with young 16-18 year old young artists with aspirations of becomin professional.  these workshops were college preparatory.  

Over the years I have taught well over a thousand students.  Testimonials are on the website, which is viewable, but still under construction.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just this year (2022) I directed THE THREE SISTERS by  Anton Chekhov for the third time.  But it never ceases to astonish and move me.  What a magnificent work of Art.  Very proud of our work.

Just recently, I was Narrator for the AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA doing Berstein's Kaddish Symphony at CARNEGIE HALL, in New York.  What a trip to stand on that stage.

Over the years, I have served as Artistic Director for Five professional theatre companies:

Center Repertory Theatre  (LORT)
The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble (GA)
Cain Park Summer Theatre (GA)
The Cleveland Theatre Company (SPT)

Each was an endeavor of passion and love.  So many brilliant artists, so many friends who worked and trained together.   Time Well Spent.

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

A good teacher will celebrate your uniqueness.
A good teacher will challenge you - push you beyond your comfort zone.

Inspire you.  

A good teacher will teacher will give you a consistent course of study over your time at the school.  For us, we work foundationally with Stanislavski's system of actor development.

IMPORTANT:  To create a believable on-stage character, teh actor must become the human being that is the character he is portraying.  The process is 'rehearsal' where you gradually discover similarities between yourself and the character and go there - seeking a new individuality based on the actor's life as he exists in the world of the play.

Until he internally exists within another logic of behavior, no costume, make up, choreography, accent, style, physical beauty will serve to create a living character.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do I want In-Person Workshops?
Do I want online Workshops?
If I have little experience, can I still benefit from the workshops?
If I am a seasoned pro, is there anything here that can actually help my skill level and keep my artistic aspirations alive?
How much does it cost?
Can I pay  in installments?
Is there an opportunity for networking?
MOST IMPORTANTLY:  Do I love myself in the art, or the art in myself?  

Lessons offered

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