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What should I consider when looking for the right material?
Should I ever use props or costumes?
The most important thing to establish when I first enter the room is..?

Should I ever walk into the room in character?
Do I ever make eye contact with the casting director during my piece?
What's the best way to transition between monologues?
How do I keep an old favorite monologue fresh?
What tools can I add to my skill set to deal with nerves?
How do I sharpen my ability to focus whenever I present my work?
How do I deepen my own choices and involvement in the material?

Get better at honestly evaluating your own work,
even if you don't get the job!

It is Worth Your Honest Effort to Improve!



Melodie Somers has been a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre since its inception.  She was co-founder of the Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute with the late Curt Dempster and has taught at Playwrights' Horizons Professional School; The 42nd Street Collective for Randee Smith Nguyen; Actors' Theatre of Louisville; The Tyrone Guthrie and Illusion Theatres in Minneapolis;  Rutgers University; and Marymount and Ithaca Colleges, to name a few.  Her vast experience of training and coaching theatre professionals, covers over three decades.

Melodie has worked as an actress in professional theatre On and Off Broadway, with such notable playwrights as David Mamet, Christopher Durang, Arthur Giron, Hal Corley, Shirley Lauro, John Guare,  Hal Corley, Albert Innaurato, the late Frank Gilroy, Romulus Linney and Tennessee Williams. She was fortunate to have worked with director Jerry Zaks several times (still living!) as well as, Carl and Rob Reiner, Donald Scardino and the late Curt Dempster and Garland Wright. Melodie is a founding member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, where she also directed in Ensemble Studio Theatre's One Act Marathon and other formats, as well as, Manhattan Punchline.  She has worked with many emerging playwrights as a dramaturg and has developed theatre pieces of her own.  Melodie has been known in the business as an actress, a master teacher of actor’s craft and a coach of professional actors in New York City for many years.  She is active as a singer in the tri-state area with her musical duo, Somers & Steel.  She is currently developing the book and lyrics of her new musical, "The Last Showgirl," with composer Rich Campbell.

Melodie Somers:  “I came to NYC to be in the arts. My study and professional work in the theatre led me to more interests in psychology. My professional study and work in psychology led me to interests in philosophy. Everything I continue to pursue and pass on is influenced by these interests.”

Founding Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Graduate of New York Center of Psychoanalytic Training

 SATURDAYS: 680 West End Avenue (West 93rd Street, between Broadway and WEA)
Suite 2E
New York, NY 10025


For Information Contact:
Melodie Somers

Telephone: (973) 715-8106