Aug. 2012-May 2015

The New School for Drama; New York, NY

Master’s of Fine Arts; Graduated May 2015 (GPA- 3.8)


Sept. 2008-May 2012

Pacific Lutheran University; Tacoma, WA

Theatre BFA Major, English Minor; Graduated May 2012 (GPA- 3.87)


Teaching Experience

Jan 2020-May 2021

Columbia University; New York, NY

Teaching Assistant to Peter Jay Fernandez’s 1st year Scene Study course

  • Assist Peter Jay in administrative duties 

  • Provide feedback to students after their scene work

  • Provide post-graduate counseling to students to give an early-career artist’s perspective 

July 2019-Present

Independent Analysis Through Action Workshops; New York, NY

Workshop Teacher

  • Create curriculum for a 2-day Analysis Through Action Workshop

  • Teach the history/lineage of the Russian development of Analysis Through Action

  • Lead étude explorations for 8-10 students from various plays

  • Provide feedback to students after their étude work

  • Introduce new script analysis techniques based on the Analysis Through Action work

  • Provide overall feedback to students after the entire workshop

Sept 2016- Jan 2019

The New School for Drama; New York, NY

Associate Teacher/Teaching Asst. to David Chambers’ 1st & 2nd year courses

  • Assisted David in explanations of Analysis through Action technique

  • Collaborated with David to set curriculum

  • Coached students through script analysis assignments 

  • Led étude explorations of scenes from The Cherry Orchard

  • Led independent rehearsals for technique work with The Seagull

  • Led physical warm-ups for each session

  • Crafted and led physical explorations of storytelling

  • Liaison between students and other faculty

  • Collected written assignments

Jan 2016- March 2017

Cotter Smith Independent Study; New York, NY

Teaching Asst. to Cotter’s ongoing workshop series

  • Assisted Cotter in administrative duties

  • Provided feedback to students after their étude work

  • Introduced and led new components of the Analysis Through Action technique

  • Assisted Cotter with integration of new technique exercises 

Sept 2018- Dec 2018

Circle in the Square Theatre School; New York, NY

Guest Teaching Artist

  • Crafted and led physical explorations of storytelling

  • Introduced Analysis Through Action technique

  • Led étude explorations of the technique with provided scenes

  • Assisted Masque teacher with integration of technique

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Students will first gain a fundamental understanding of what an Étude is through energetic explorations, before then using the 4 Étude Structure to dive into assigned text and get to the raw, physical heart of the scene. In doing so, they will discover an action-based method of script analysis that will free them from The Table, and provide tools for using this process for auditions and more traditional American Theatre rehearsals. 


This workshop is open to new and returning students, so if you've been curious about Analysis Through Action, this would be a great way to learn what it's all about. If you've worked with this technique before, this would be perfect for deepening your understanding and sharpening tools to use Études in your outside work. I'll be assigning text specific to who you are as an artist and we'll have a couple more hours at our disposal, which will allow us to get further than we ever have before. 


Date: Sept 18 & 19, 10am-5pm each day

Location: ART/NY Studios

                520 8th Ave, 3rd floor, New York, NY

Price: $165 total ($50 deposit--check, cash, Venmo, PayPal or Cash App)

Note: The class is limited to 12 students

To secure your spot or get more information, email actennant12@gmail.com.

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