AOH Acting Workshops

Ancram Opera House holds classes in Acting and Voice throughout the year, taught by Paul Ricciardi, Ancram Opera House co-director and recipient of the 2018 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award.  Certain courses are tailored for professionals, while others are geared for students of all levels, including those with no prior experience. Every student receives a training plan that is based on their experience, ability level and need.  Participants who have enrolled in previous AOH classes as well as Friends of the AOH receive a 10% discount!  

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Following are the classes and schedules for Spring/Summer 2018:

Crafting the Monologue


Four consecutive Wednesdays starting on July 25 and culminating with a final showing on Wednesday, August 15.  Classes begin at 6 pm and end at 8.30 pm. 

Acting-Crafting the Monologue is designed for the professional actor, or for those who are simply curious.  In this workshop led by AOH director, Paul Ricciardi, participants will learn how to creatively approach preparing a monologue for an audition or performance. 

The workshop tuition is $120. 


new class: An Introduction to Storytelling

Saturday, June 30 at 10am - 12pm. 

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Do you have a story to tell? Perhaps you’ve wondered about how to organize your story, and how to create that deep performer/audience member connection that can only happen through the intimacy of storytelling? If so, come to this workshop and learn how to bring your personal, compelling experiences to life on stage.  Using techniques developed in the REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES series, AOH Director Paul Ricciardi will guide participants through fun exercises that will lead to a dynamic story.  No experience necessary!

The workshop tuition is $40. 

Voice for the Stage

Three consecutive Saturdays:  May 5,12 & 19 at 10am - 1pm  


Ancram Opera House Director and Designated Linklater Voice Teacher Paul Ricciardi offers Linklater Voice classes at the Opera House on a regular basis. These classes are intended to introduce participants to Kristin Linklater’s approach to voice training.  The Linklater approach to voice training, known as the progression, examines how habitual tension often inhibits one's natural voice, and through an exploration of releasing this tension, opportunities for freeing the natural voice emerge.

For these classes, participants should dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing, such as sweat pants.  Students should come prepared with 10 lines of memorized text (a poem or sonnet is fine).

The workshop tuition is $120.

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.