Testimonials from Master Class students

Brooke Campbell (e-mail to Eileen Burke on Monday, June 1, 2015 2:39 PM)

I am enormously grateful for the time I spent in Thurman E. Scott’s Master Class at the Actor’s Theatre Workshop. Under his influential teachings I learned how to feel my presence, express my thoughts and feelings with confidence, tap into my imagination, trust my intuition, and work toward actualizing my true potential. I continue to apply the lessons, techniques, and approaches I learned while attending Mr. Scott’s class to both my personal and professional life. His teachings are powerful and extremely relevant to achieving fulfillment and success in any arena of life. I highly recommend working with Thurman E. Scott. It was an honor and privilege to learn from him. He was a nurturing and inspiring guide on my journey toward personal and professional growth and development. I am incredibly appreciative for him and the wisdom and love he imparts to all he comes in contact with.
-Brooke Campbell, MA, RDT-BCT, LCAT
AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor and Founder and Director of Creative Kinections, LLC

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Javier Milligan (e-mail to Eileen Burke on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 7:35 AM)

I studied at ATW for over a year during 2008-2009, before I left New York to move to Florida. As my very first introduction to acting, the program far exceeded my initial expectations. It was a very intense learning experience, not only about acting but about being present and living creatively. In each class I was challenged to be fully engaged, alive and connected, and for that I will always be grateful. I truly appreciate Thurman E. Scott’s guidance and his personal interest in my development, and for opening up a new world of creative expression that I could share with others. I highly recommend his classes and his technique.

Javier Milligan, Writer

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Bahiyyah Asante (e-mail to Eileen Burke on Monday, June 1, 2015 5:20 PM)

I am so grateful to have found a community like ATW with such profound structure. Being a student of the Master class has allowed me to truly see myself without the layers and learn how to remove the false habitual behaviors that keep me from connecting to who I truly am. The Master Class has helped me in many aspects in my life. As an actor I am more aware of myself, my body and others and In my personal life I have become more organized and accountable for my actions. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned which I didn’t find so important before is having overall awareness. I give ATW my highest recommendation for any student of theatre who is just starting on their journey as an actor or have been in the business for years. I strongly believe every student can learn something rare and worthwhile from Thurman Scott.

Bahiyyah Asante

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Whitney Johnson (e-mail to Eileen Burke on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 7:31 PM)

Simply put, The Actors Theatre Workshop has changed my life as an artist. I attribute much of my growth, not only as an actor, but also as a person to my time spent working with Thurman E. Scott in the Master Class. ATW is a place that I revisit and re-engage in as much as I can because each experience is as equally valuable as the first. That’s one of the reasons why I consider ATW my artistic home; I’ve always been drawn to the sense of community that it provides. I’m so grateful for having trained my instrument there and I have a huge appreciation for Thurman’s accessibility and his genuine nature. I wish everyone I know could experience ATW, because it’s been a truly priceless one for me.

Whitney Johnson, Actress

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Michael Griffith (e-mail to Eileen Burke on Thursday, June 4, 2015 1:08 AM)

Working with Thurman enabled me to discover and develop and ultimately share the most beautiful parts of who I am with the world.

I learned about drama. I learned about how important it is – for me – to be simple and direct.

I was able to find out how truly valuable I am.

It would be impossible, I think, to write in one paragraph the experience I had working with Thurman in the master class.
Can I articulate something that represents the essence of my experience?

I learned what it feels like to be present and to live truthfully.

I experientially learned to see big ideas that open my mind and inspire me. And how to make choices that warm my soul, bringing to life that which can change people and the world.

I was given a technique that allows my imagination to open, which liberates me.

I laughed deeply. I cried deeply.

I learned how to live with clarity and intention. I learned about action.

My growth has allowed me to be fascinated and amazed by life and also to have compassion for myself along the journey.

I have deep gratitude for Thurman being a powerful stand for me to be committed to myself and my continuous development as a creative human being, in service to my community and the world.

It was not easy & I had fun.

Oh… I learned how to iron a shirt.
And I learned the behavior of getting out of the shower, after Thurman dumped water on my head. Ha!
It was wonderful.

Thank you.

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Jessica Habie Unedited (e-mail to Eileen Burke on Friday, June 5, 2015 12:25 PM)

Studying acting at the Actors Theatre Workshop has had a profound effect on my life as a filmmaker, artist and mother. The tools that were passed on to in the Master Class inspire me to constantly aspire to excellence in my career as an independent filmmaker. Thurman E. Scott taught me how to see beyond the limits of modern technological society and live my life connected to my imagination. Through this connection I have learned I can achieve the unimaginable. The work at the theatre has given me confidence to attempt and complete large complex project such as writing, directing and producing my first feature film Mars at Sunrise, while keeping me grounded in the creative nature of the smallest things I do during my daily routine. The study of breakdown, sense memory and Thurman’s specific acting technique showed me the true power of Drama and helped me to understand a healthy society cannot live without Theatre. As a mother, I see myself applying principles I learned in the theatre to my relationship with my son, trying to nurture the limitless creativity my of child in the way that Thurman nurtures and protects the creativity in his students. There is not a single aspect of my life that the legacy of the Actors theatre Workshop has not influenced. The theatre has been my mentor, my teacher and my fellow actors are my creative family, always with me wherever I am.
-Jessica Habie, Director of Eyesinfinite Films