The Frisch Approach


Peter Frisch, Director

Jillian Bavar, Assistant

Class Details

Maximum of 12 students per class. Online classes maximum of 8. Age 18 and over. In person and online. Intermediate, advanced, and professional level. Auditing is permitted. 2–4 month long sessions. Work-study occasionally offered. Audition and interview required. Two "John Lewis Fellowships" at 50% tuition for people of color.


Acting Technique/Scene Study, On-Camera Technique, Private Coaching


The imaginative, risk-taking, transformational actor can inhabit new emotional, physical, and vocal territory. To achieve these goals, students are encouraged to approach their work boldly and with a spirited sense of play. They are trained to be in the habit of experimenting and working without fear. By taking risks an actor can fully create and inhabit a character. Precise craft knowledge and character creation are emphasized.

Peter has directed 160 productions in the New York and regional theatre, produced 150 hours of network television, was Head of Drama at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and has been on the conservatory faculty at Carnegie, The Juilliard School, Harvard, and Boston Universities. Author of "The Transformational Actor, Innovative Approaches to 21st Century Rehearsal and Performance."