AOH Acting Workshops

The Ancram Opera House holds classes in Acting and Voice throughout the year.  Certain courses are tailored for professionals while others are geared for students of all levels, including those with no prior experience. 

Register for the Next Class:  Acting-Crafting the Monologue

Four consecutive Wednesdays starting on July 26 and culminating with a final showing on Wednesday, August 16.  Classes begin at 6 pm and end at 8.30 pm.  The final class/showing begins at 5 pm and ends at 9.30 pm. 

Acting-Crafting the Monologue is designed for actors of all levels.  Each student will receive a training plan that is based on their experience, ability level and need.  In this workshop lead by AOH director, Paul Ricciardi, participants will learn how to creatively approach preparing a monologue for an audition or performance.  Participants who have enrolled in previous AOH classes and Friends of the AOH receive a 10% discount!

The workshop tuition is $120. To register or for more info, contact Paul at

Here is what Ancram Opera House students are saying about Paul:

MC Stockl, Communications Consultant: “Thank you for a wonderful experience. I don't know which I enjoyed most: your thoughtful guiding through the [Linklater Voice] progression, the use of images that resonated, or how you brought out the best In each of the amazing people in the voice workshop.  You have a new fan!”
Marilyn Oser, Author: “Paul is a luminous teacher--generous, animated, wholehearted, irresistible. I had fun, learned a lot and met some great people.” 
Paul Ricciardi received his MFA in Acting from Trinity Repertory Company where he had the good fortune to work with theatre artists such as Oscar Eustis, Craig Lucas, Basil Twist, and Paula Vogel, among others.  Paul has studied intensely with Kristin Linklater and other master Linklater Teachers and he received his Linklater Teacher Designation in 2012.  Paul is an actor, director, solo performer, and voice/speech/dialect coach.  He is part of the leadership team of the Ancram Opera House, an intimate rural performance hall in the Hudson Valley of New York.  As an award winning solo-performer, Paul has staged his 1-man shows in theaters, colleges, and festivals across the northeast US and abroad.  Recent work as an actor includes Playhouse Creatures’ New Play Festival, Hamlet with Saratoga Shakespeare Festival, Lovesong at Chester Theatre Company, and many others. Paul has designed dialects for countless college theatre productions, as well as for professional theaters including Playhouse Creatures, Stageworks, WAM, America-in-Play, and others.  Paul teaches voice and acting at the City University of New York/Kingsborough CC.  Formerly, he was on the theatre faculty of Siena College, University at Albany and Rhode Island College.  He is Immediate-Past Co-Chair for Region I of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award.  Memberships:  AEA, VASTA.