Moderators Announced for Classical Styles!

CLASSICAL STYLES begins tonight!

A series of master classes in classical scene work moderated by a variety of Antaeus members as well as other acclaimed professional directors and actors.

At Antaeus, we believe mastering the acting challenges of great classics takes a lifetime and that the desire to take on these challenges is central to achieving great acting. Here, we’re constantly putting young artists-in-training together with seasoned professionals – in the classroom, in readings, workshops and in full productions — so that skills, work ethics and inspiration are not just taught but ‘passed down.’

JEANIE HACKETT: Shakespeare, The Greeks, Shaw, Coward & Wilde

Ms. Hackett has been part of the Artistic Leadership team of Antaeus for the past 8 years.  She has been a professional actress for over 20 years, and has appeared in classical and new plays on Broadway (including Stella in A Streetcar

Jeanie Hackett

Jeanie Hackett

Named Desire with Blythe Danner), as well as many off-Broadway productions.  She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and is a graduate of NYU’s acting program. She appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with legendary actors Rosemary Harris, Frank Langella, Colleen Dewhurst and Christopher Reeve among many others.  Her television work includes guest stars on “The West Wing” “The L Word” “Criminal Minds” and film work includes the recent “King of California” and the upcoming “Kids in America” with Topher Grace. In Los Angeles theatre she has played leading roles at the South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Cannon Theatre (The Vagina Monologues), and at The Matrix Theatre (The Seagull, Ovation Award, Best Ensemble.) At the Odyssey Theatre she played Clytemnestra in the 8 hour marathon play The Greeks, which she also co-directed with Ron Sossi.  She is the former Artistic Director of LA’s Classical Theatre Lab where she directed Tennessee Williams, A Celebration, a theatre piece which she originally conceived with renowned director Nikos Psacharopoulos for The Williamstown Theatre Festival.  She is the founder and director of the Antaeus Company’s Academy, a classical theatre training program for emerging young actors.  With John Apicella, she creatively oversaw Antaeus’ acclaimed mainstage productions, as well as creating a series of Antaeus events called CLASSICSFEST — a gathering of over 100 actors in the summer for the presentation of readings and workshop productions of classical plays and new plays with classical themes.  Jeanie is the author of two books on acting:  The Actor’s Chekhov, and Toward Mastery, both based on the work of director Nikos Psacharopoulos.

GEOFFREY WADE: Shakespeare, The Greeks, Shaw, Coward & Wilde

WADE_GEOFFREYMr. Wade is just back from three months playing the title role in the world premier of Lincoln: Upon the Altar of Freedom.  He has performed on and off-Broadway and continues to work extensively in regional theater (a sampling includes several seasons at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Rep Theatre of St. Louis, also Pennsylvania Stage, Center Stage, GeVa, the Guthrie, Denver Center, Carbonell nominated performances at the Caldwell, and a long association with Vermont’s Weston Playhouse).  His LA theatre credits include Heathen Valley and The Savannah Option as well as award winning productions of The Man Who Had All The Luck, Mercadet and Mother Courage along with numerous other Antaeus shows.  He works in episodic television, and in radio and on tour with LA Theatre Works. He trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London.  He has taught at the Antaeus Academy since 2001.

GREGORY ITZIN: Shakespeare

Gregory Itzin has been making his living as an actor for quite a while now. At the moment Mr. Itzin is probably best known for his portrayal of “President Charles Logan” on the TV show “24”, a role for which he received an EmmyITZIN_GREG Nomination in 2006.  Mr. Itzin has appeared on 130+ other TV shows including (as a regular or recurring character) “Murder One”, “The Nutt House”, “Boston Legal”, “The Practice”, “Philly”, “Something Wilder”, “L.A. Law”, “Picket Fences”, “Eerie, Indiana”, and can at present be seen as Agent Minelli in the CBS series “The Mentalist”. As a guest star he has appeared on: numerous “Star Trek” episodes on “Deep Space Nine”, “Voyager”, and “Enterprise” ; “NYPD Blue”, “ER”, “Chicago Hope”, “CSI”, “JAG”, “NCIS”, “Profiler”, “The Pretender”, “Firefly”, etc. Movie appearances include: “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”, “Original Sin”, “Life Or Something Like It”, “Airplane!”, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “Adaptation”, “Evolution”, etc. His numerous stage credits include several Dramalogue awards, three L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards, a Drama Desk and Tony Award nomination. Venues include: Broadway, The Kennedy Center, The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA, The Globe Theatre, San Diego, The Intiman Theatre, Seattle, The Public Theatre, NY, The Actor’s Playpen, LA, and his theatrical home, The Matrix Theatre, LA, where he is a company member and award winner for such productions as Endgame, Waiting For Godot, The Homecoming, The Birthday Party, Dealing With Claire, and the World Premiere of Yield Of The Long Bond. Other personal theatrical milestones include: The Kentucky Cycle which he performed in at the Intiman Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, and Broadway and for which Mr. Itzin received the aforementioned Drama Desk and Tony nominations; ALL Brian Friel plays performed (Translations, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Faith Healer, Lovers), Mercutio, Benedick, Richard II, The Fool in Stand Up Shakespeare, and the insane Al Sereno in Road To Nirvana. Mr. Itzin resides in Los Angeles with his amazing wife Judie and some dogs and cats and has two children out in the world; Julia and Will, of whom he is very proud.

ELIZABETH SWAINliz swain: Shakespeare

Her recent directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cal State, Long Beach, Medea for the Antaeus Company and Macbeth for NY State Theatre Institute. Other credits include Pam Gems’ Camille, Stoppard’s Arcadia, The Winter’s Tale, an all-female Hamlet, two plays by Aphra Behn: The Rover and The Lucky Chance, Susanna Centlivre’s The Wonder, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good and The Love of the Nightingale, Mishima’s Hanjo and the NY premiere of Wendy Kesselman’s The Executioner’s Daughter.  She teaches at the Shakespeare Sedona Institute and at the Michael Howard Studio in Manhattan. She was a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities 2002 summer institute, Shakespeare’s Staging :Inside and Out at the Blackfriars Theatre in Virginia and at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and holds a doctorate from the City University of NY.



Michael Hackett

Michael Hackett

Michael Hackett is a Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at the Hague; the Centrum Sztuki Studio and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw; the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; the Los Angeles Opera (children’s series); the L. A. Theatre Works and the Getty Museum. He was the artistic producer for Robert Wilson?s King Lear at Studio One, Metromedia in Hollywood and he was co-producer, with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles for two radio plays directed by Peter Sellars.

His presentation on 18th century French children’s costume, Dressing for the Carnival, was commissioned for the opening day of the Getty Center. Recently he has directed and composed fragments from Elektra by Euripides for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut and he has directed six productions for KCRW and KPCC/National Public Radio including Wilde’s An Ideal Husband with Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Jarvis, and Alfred Molina.

NIKE DOUKAS: Shaw, Coward & Wilde

Nike Doukas
Nike Doukas

Nike Doukas has performed regionally at South Coast Rep (including Barbara in Major Barbara, Beatrice in Much Ado, Raina in Arms and the Man, Eliza in Pygmalion, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and in the world premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Everett Beekin, and Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon), The Mark Taper Forum (The Wood Demon with Antaeus, and The Affliction of Glory, a joint project with the Getty), The Old Globe (Much Ado), A.C.T., in Seattle (Communicating Doors and the world premiere of Donald Margulies’ God of Vengeance), Berkeley Rep (The Importance of Being Earnest), and the American Conservatory Theatre (including Private Lives and The Majestic Kid), and seasons at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Festival LA.  Recent TV credits include guest spots on “Without a Trace”, “Criminal Minds”, “Blind Justice”, “Boston Legal”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “NYPD Blue”, “Judging Amy” and recurring roles on “Desperate Housewives”, “Almost Perfect”, and “The Guardian”.  She has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre.

BARRY CREYTON: Shaw, Coward & Wilde

Barry Creyton  is an Australian actor and playwright.  Creyton began his professional career in radio and revue in Australia. He is probably best known as one of the stars and writers of the satirical comedy television series The Mavis Bramston Show. He also authored two successful plays for Sydney’s Music Hall Theatre: Lady Audley’s Secret, in which he also starred and How The West Was Lost, a satire on the TV western genre.  Creyton moved to England for thumb_Barry Creyton - Duetsnine years, playing in comedy, dramatic roles, and revue in the West End. He played a leading role in the BBC’s popular radio serial Waggoner’s Walk, and was a frequent broadcaster for the BBC World Service. He also wrote a farce for the stage, Follow That Husband, which was produced by Ray Cooney.  In 1977, Creyton returned to Australia. During the next ten years he worked in TV, the movies, and the theatre. He was a lead writer on TV series Carson’s Law and contributed regular episodes to its long run, at the same time writing comedy material for The Mike Walsh Show; he also appeared in some ninety guest spots on this variety show.  In 1987, he directed the musical Nunsense which broke box office records all over Australia. With the author’s permission he revised the dialogue for Australian audiences, an exercise he repeated for Irish audiences in the Dublin production which he directed in June 1988.  His play, Double Act has been produced in over twenty languages. 

In 1988, Creyton was honoured with the Norman Kessel Memorial Award for his contributions to Australian theatre as actor, playwright and director.  Since 1989, he has worked almost exclusively in the United States where he has written movies-of-the-week for TV. He wrote all the sketch material for the off Broadway revue Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know which ran for two and a half years in New York.  In 1996, Barry returned to Australia to star in the Queensland State Theatre Company’s production of Coward’s Blithe Spirit. He returned to Sydney to direct and star in his own play Valentine’s Day at Marian Street Theatre where it played to capacity. Valentine’s Day is currently playing in Germany (Valentinstag) and in Holland (Valentijnsdag). Two years later, he wrote, directed and starred in the bitter-sweet comedy Later Than Spring, also for Marian Street and to critical acclaim. In 2007 he again co-starred with Noeline Brown in the play Glorious at the Ensemble, Sydney.  His novels, The Dogs of Pompeii and Nero Goes to Rome, co-authored with American writer Vaughan Edwards, are published by Random House.




The Antaeus Academy: Origins & Curriculum

“The Academy is a door into a wonderful community of actors who truly, wholeheartedly love what they do, and I am honored to be a part of it.” -Chris Pine

ABOUT THE ACADEMY: By Jeanie Hackett, Artistic and Academy Director

At Antaeus, we believe mastering the acting challenges of great classics takes a lifetime. And we believe that wanting to take on these challenges is what makes for great acting. Here, we’re constantly putting young artists-in-training together with seasoned professionals — in the classroom, in readings, workshops and in full productions. So that skills, work ethics, inspiration are not just taught but ‘passed down.’

At Antaeus, you learn through study and by osmosis from some of the most talented and acclaimed actors and directors in the country, as you take part in a program that makes the utmost demands on your instrument: voice, body, intellect and talent. Antaeus is a company of artists who share your passion for great acting, great language, great human stories. The exhilaration of this lifelong collaboration—artist to text, artist to process, artist to artist – is what informs our productions and feeds our hunger for exploration and theatrical truth. It’s why an ongoing ensemble company can make theater that can thrill audiences– and maybe even make a difference in the world.

“Taking classes at Antaeus has been an incredibly illuminating and fruitful experience for me. The unique thing about the Academy that I feel is lacking in other courses in this town, or anywhere for that matter, is the inspirational way we are encouraged to look at the text and our characters. Antaeus does not produce “cookie-cutter” actors but inspires us all to think outside the box and really home in our unique selves, which then creates unique characters and a truly spectacular result, which is captivating theatre.” -Rebecca Mozo


Academy training programs are for established professionals and upcoming, early-career actors. Our ability to give students the opportunity to explore complex texts in front of an exciting array of esteemed actors, directors, and instructors makes us unique among Los Angeles acting schools. Created in part so that we could get to know the work of younger actors for company projects, actors in Academy workshops become a part of a community of artists who cultivate and nourish a passion for the greatest (scripted!) hits of all time.

Our astonishing roster of ongoing Academy guest moderators includes some of the finest actors, directors and acting teachers in the country: Annette Bening, Alfred Molina, Daniel Sullivan, Stefan Novinski, Kate Burton, Jonathan Lynn, Tom Moore, Jessica Kubzansky, Dakin Mattews, Brendon Fox, Art Manke, Bart DeLorenzo, Gordon Hunt, Austin Pendleton, Nike Doukas, Olympia Dukakis, Susan Sullivan, Michael Hackett, Barnet Kellman, Sheldon Epps, Andy Robinson, Stephen Wadsworth, Mark Rucker, Simon Levy, Jeanie Hackett, Susan Sullivan, Andrew Barnicle, Jeffrey Nordling, Arye Gross, Armin Shimerman, Jean Louis Rodrigue, Rowena Balos, Stephen Collins, Alan Mandell, Stephanie Shroyer, Blythe Danner and Gregory Itzin among many others are regular guests in our scene study and Shakespeare classes.

We believe that working on great material with a variety of experienced teachers is the best way to create dynamic, flexible actors who can excel, inspire, and amaze, whether working on stage, or in film or television. Actors coming to the classics for the first time have the opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with a wide range of dramatic literature and acting styles. Well-trained actors coming to us from graduate programs have the invaluable experience of testing their technique against real-world scenarios: multiple points-of-view, methods — and directors. Thus, the workshops provide both a safe and supportive atmosphere and one that mirrors the realities of the professional world where actors are called upon to adapt to many different styles and ways of working over the course of a career.

Most Academy workshops culminate in invited presentations of scene work for the company; in doing so we hope to foster a community of artists who share a common artistic language as well as a dedication to a company spirit of working together to create vibrant, moving, entertaining theater.

“The space, the people, the instructors made it so that I dared take my acting to higher levels and push myself to the limit. It made me feel like an actor again – not an auditioner, which is how LA sometimes makes you feel.” — Kristin Proctor Campbell


A fourteen-week scene study class for actors from 18 to 35 years old. Each four-week segment focuses on a different aspect of classical theater, including modern classics. In the Fall, each month is divided into Shakespeare, the Greeks, and work on Shaw, Wilde and Coward. The Spring session covers Chekhov, Ibsen and Strindberg, American Classics, and Moliere and Restoration Comedy. Jeanie Hackett (actress, teacher, and author of The Actor’s Chekhov and Towards Mastery) is the principal moderator with a variety of guest moderators leading the class every other week.

Class Details & Requirements
Classical Styles meets Tuesday evenings from 7 -11 pm and culminates in a scene presentation open to Antaeus members and invited guests. Students are eligible for casting in Antaeus Company readings, projects, and productions, and the presentation is the primary way Company members get to know students and their work. 24 – 26 students participate in each session, students do at least three new scenes and two reworks over the three month period. Admission by audition only. We look for strong, classically trained actors, as well as younger actors who show genuine potential for meeting the challenges presented by classical texts.

“One of the best parts of Antaeus is that the class leads to a performance. You get the excitement of moving towards something.” –Ryan Spahn

Experience the challenges and rewards of playing Shakespeare in sessions moderated by a rotating group of L.A.’s top actors, directors and acting teachers. An ongoing, year-round program, SW features a different guest moderator every month.

Class Details & Requirements
Open to actors of all ages and levels of experience, the workout focuses on text analysis, monologue and scene work. Open to actors in of any age with the discipline and potential skills for classical work. This workshop meets Tuesdays from 2 – 5 pm for twelve (12) weeks. Actors new to the workshop commit to an initial 12-week session; returning actors may join the workshop on by the month. We are looking for actors of any age eager to learn or re-discover the skills required for dealing with Shakespeare’s text.


These workshops focus on a single playwright, style, or acting technique, are led by a master teacher and culminate in a presentation for Antaeus Company members and guests. In the past, these workshops have included Dakin Matthews’ Intensive Immersion in Shakespeare and John Achorn’s master class in Commedia dell’Arte. Future Intensive Immersions may include a workshop in myth and mask work led by Andy Robinson, a Russian Theater/Chekhov Immersion led by Jeanie Hackett, and a Language in Shakespeare workshop led by Gregory Itzin and/or Alfred Molina.

Class Details & Requirements
These two-weekend long workshops are open to actors with extensive experience in classical theater, and by audition to actors who have completed Classical Styles. Actors recommended by Company members will be accepted without audition. Workshop fees vary according to program and length.

The Antaeus Academy announces auditions!

Welcome to Another Year at the Antaeus Academy,

The prestigious Antaeus Academy announces auditions for the fall sessions of Shakespeare Workout and Classical Styles.   Become a part of a vibrant theater community as you tackle material that demands the utmost of your talent!Michael Hackett instructs on the Greeks

From A2 (Academy Company) member Chris Pine:

“What I enjoyed about the class was the feeling that good work was demanded of you.  It always felt like a ‘no bullshit’ class.  It wasn’t ‘Hollywood’: didn’t matter how you looked or how many credits you had.  You were being taught great literature, it’s analysis and its performance from people whose credits would make you blush.  And I loved that.  There’s a tremendous respect for the actor as an important artist that’s taught in the academy and reflected in the community as a whole.  I think that’s really it: the academy is a door into a wonderful community of actors who truly, wholeheartedly love what they do, and I am honored to be part of it.”

Our classes open for auditions include…


An intense excursion in classical scenework, this 14 week workshop focuses on Shakespeare, The Greeks, and Shaw, Coward, or Wilde.

Taught by Artistic Director Jeanie Hackett with Company Member Geoffrey Wade and Artistic Associate Cindy Marie Jenkins, and featuring our usual dazzling array of expert guest moderators! Workshop culminates in a presentation for Antaeus Company members and invited guests.

Meets Tuesdays, 7 – 11pm beginning September 15th
Class fee: $550 for 14 week session
Class size: 24 – 26
Open to actors age 18 – 35

Past Moderators included: Rowena Balos, Annette Bening, Kate Burton, Brian Cox, Olympia Dukakis, Sheldon Epps, Sabin Epstein, Jeanie Hackett, Michael Hackett, Gregory Itzin, Jessica Kubzansky, Jonathan Lynn, Art Manke, Dakin Matthews, Alfred Molina, Tom Moore, Jeffrey Nordling, Stefan Novinski, Austin Pendleton, Andy Robinson, Stephanie Shroyer, Daniel Sullivan, Geoffrey Wade and many others


Experience the challenges and rewards of playing Shakespeare in sessions moderated by a rotating group of L.A.’s top actors, directors and acting teachers. Now an ongoing, year-round program, SW features a different guest moderator every month. Actors new to the workshop commit to an initial 12-week session; returning actors may join the workshop on a by-the-month basis. Open to actors of all ages and levels of experience, the workout focuses on text analysis, monologue and scene work.

Meets Tuesdays 2 – 5 pm, beginning September 8th
Class fee, new actors: $550 for initial 12 week session
Class fee, returning actors: $135 per month
Class size: 16 – 20 actors per class
Open to actors of all ages

Please email your picture and resume with audition request to Or, mail to:

The Antaeus Company
5114 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Attn: Cindy Marie Jenkins

Upon review, you will be contacted for an audition appointment.

Please prepare one classical monologue, no longer than two-minutes.

THE YOUNG IDEA: A Noel Coward Weekend Extravaganze – June 26-28, 2009

What a swell weekend we’re planning for those who love Coward — and who doesn’t?!? Please join us for one or more of these special events!

With the generous support of the The Noël Coward Foundation, Antaeus presents a weekend of events celebrating the master writer in all of his manifestations! Drawing on the title of an early Coward play, dozens of young, upcoming professional actors perform staged readings of some of Coward’s most fascinating, lesser-known work; brought to life by young directors, all mentored by noted, seasoned professionals. Plus, we have workshops on the life and style of Coward. See below for a detailed schedule.

$10.00 suggested donation for each event. Audience members between the ages of 16 – 25 are FREE! 40 seats will be held every night for Young Adult Audiences. Space is VERY limited–make your reservations NOW by emailing All events take place at Antaeus at Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

xoxo US at Antaeus


Who was Noel Coward and why are we drawn to him? Moderated by Kathy Williams,
the West Coast Liason to the Noel Coward Society
Where: Antaeus Library

**Reading followed by reception
Director: Douglas Clayton
Mentor: Jonathan Lynn
Cast: Christina Pickles, Robert Pine, Brooke Bastinelli, Etta Divine, Gabe Diani, Drew Doyle, Whitney Hudson, Annie Melchor, Adam Meyer & Adeye Sahran


AH, SAMOLO Reading
An adaptation of Coward’s novel POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
Written By K.M. Williams, Directed By Elizabeth Swain
With Rhonda Aldrich, Antonio Anagaran, Ben Chang, Mark Deklin, Whitney Hudson, Antonio Jaramillo, Lynn Milgrim, Maggie Peach, Ned Schmidtke, Janellen Steininger, Joel Swetow, Kitty Swink, Reba Thomas & Laura Wernette.

3:00 – 6:00pm
An Interactive Workshop for singers and non-singers to learn how to act a Noel Coward song.
Taught by Harry Groener and Nike Doukas
Reservations required – limited spots available!

During WWII, London asked much of its countrymen–how much did Coward give?
Location: Antaeus Library

**U.S. Premiere!
Complacency or freedom: Which would you choose?
Noël Coward’s one and only anti-war propaganda play
**Reading followed by reception
Director: Jessica Bard
Mentor: Barry Creyton
Cast: Josh Clark, Lily Knight, Melinda Peterson, Phil Proctor, Janellen Steininger, Josh Ansley, Eric Bloom, Kendra Chell, Brett Colbeth, Etta Devine, Danielle Doyen, Drew Doyle, Karianne Flaathen, Jeff Gardner, Alexandra Goodman, Aaron Lyons, Kellie Matteson, Mark Moore & John O’Brien.


3:30 – 4:30pm
Antaeus actors come together for a exchange of ideas on Coward’s themes, world-view, and acting style.

One woman’s fight against the rigid moralities of her time.
**Reading followed by reception

Director: Kari Hayter
Mentor: Art Manke
Cast: Rhonda Aldrich, Ned Schmidtke, Brett Colbeth, Joe Delafield, Wyatt Fenner, Karianne Flaathen, Amy Hendrickson, Raleigh Holmes, Aaron Lyons, John O’Brien, Jason Thomas, Jocelyn Towne, Rebekah Tripp & Nicol Zanzarella –Giacalone.

Abby’s Wilde Idea: Part 2 – The Crooner

Abby’s Wilde Idea: Part 2 – The Crooner

In which Ms. Abby Wilde describes her obsession with Harry Groener and how the Antaeus Company is 3 degrees of Joss Whedon.