Professional Actor Training Program: Faculty

rdooleyRay Dooley 
(PATP Head, Teacher of Acting; Actor, PlayMakers Repertory Company) has taught by example and in the studio for the Professional Actor Training Program since 1990.  He has been a guest instructor for numerous universities and training programs including the University of Texas at Austin, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the University of San Diego / Old Globe Theatre. Mr. Dooley has played leading roles in theaters in New York, throughout the United States, and abroad, including Circle in the Square; CSC Repertory Company (OBIE Award, Distinguished Performance, Peer Gynt); Yale Repertory Theatre; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Hartford Stage Company; American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT; Huntington Theatre, Boston; the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Canada, among many others. Mr. Dooley traveled to Vienna’s English Theatre, Vienna, Austria, to play Father Flynn in the European premier of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony-winning Doubt. He has appeared in numerous films, daytime dramas, and commercials.

johnpatrickJohn Patrick (Teacher of Voice and Speech, On-Camera: Resident Vocal Coach, PlayMakers Repertory Company) has taught for New York University Graduate Acting & NYU Steinhardt School, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, The Lyric Theatre and Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Theater Academy at the University of the Arts at Helsinki, Finland, New York Film Academy, and is the co-founder of Miller Voice Method Studio NYC. John was mentored as a teacher by Scott Miller hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor he trained under William Esper, Lloyd Richards and Deborah Hedwall at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts where he received his MFA and his BFA in Acting and Musical Theater from TCU. JP trained in and employs the methodologies of Miller Voice Method (Scott Miller), Knight/Thompson Speechwork (Erik Singer & Liam Joynt), Patricia Fletcher (Ms. Fletcher), Edith Skinner & Kristin Linklater (Margaret Loft), & Michael Chekhov (Lenard Petit). Originally from Kansas City, John is also an actor and has appeared off-Broadway, regionally such as The Dallas Theater Center & Casa Manana, in feature films, and has shot national and regional network commercials.


juliagibsonJulia Gibson (Teacher of Acting; Actor, PlayMakers Repertory Company) has performed on Broadway and in other celebrated theaters in New York City and throughout the country for many years.  She toured nationally with “The Exonerated” and has performed major roles at The Roundabout, Circle in the Square, Manhattan Theatre Club, Classic Stage Company, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theatre and the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, the Arden, Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Goodman, George Street Playhouse, The Long Wharf, New York Stage and Film, New York Theatre Workshop, Milwaukee Rep., Dallas Theatre Center, and the American Conservatory Theatre, among others.  TV and Film credits include:  Blue Bloods, Michael Clayton, Changing Lanes, So Close, Second Born, several episodes of Law and Order and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live. As a director she has worked with Portland Stage Company, New London Barn Playhouse, Atlantic Theatre Studio, 28th Street Theatre, Rattlestick Theatre; Epic Theatre Company; Naked Angels, Origin Theatre Company, Circle East, Estrogenius Festival, and Chautauqua Theatre Company.  She has directed student productions with NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, the Juilliard School, SMU in Dallas, A.C.T.’s Acting Conservatory in San Francisco, the Stella Adler Studio, Stony Brook University, and The Actors Center.  Julia served as the Associate Director for The Signature Theatre’s revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. She received her MFA from New York University, is a Fox Fellowship recipient, a founding member of The Actors Center, and attended NYU’s Graduate Director’s Lab.  She taught acting for several years at Stony Brook University.  Additionally, she works as a voice artist, having recorded over 100 audio books.

craigturnerCraig Turner
 (Spring, 2017; Teacher of Movement, coach for PlayMakers Repertory Company) has taught in actor training programs at Penn State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Washington, Ohio University, Boston University, California Institute of the Arts, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Conservatory and the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center Theatre. He has been a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and is a founding member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. He is a Certified Master Practitioner and Modeler of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He has published articles on juggling, mime, movement theory, martial arts and masking process and is co-author of the book Methods and Practice of Elizabethan


TracyBersley-600x0-c-defaultTracy Bersley (Teacher of Movement, coach for PlayMakers Repertory Company): specializing in movement based theatre, has adapted, directed and choreographed many stories including: Three Incestuous Sisters (CSV), Alice in Wonderland (Dorset Theater Festival), The Epic of Sunjata (Loft Theatre), The House on Mango Street (Syracuse Stage), Tibet: Through the Red Box (at HERE in conjunction with the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab), lamb of gods (NYC Fringe Festival), The Awful Rowing Toward God (Ontological Theatre’s Blueprint Series), The Anatomy of Touch (Foreman’s Ontological Theatre), Rappaccini’s Daughter (Chashama NYC/Jim Henson Foundation’s Festival), Beyond Static and J’tombe (The Studio New York).

Tracy has also been choreographer/movement director for On the Levee (Lincoln Center, LCT3), Anna in the Tropics (Broadway, Royal Theatre), All Over (Broadway, Round About Theatre), Paris Commune (BAM/Public Theatre/Arts Emerson) and Great Immensity (The Pubic/Kansas City Rep) with the Civilians, Pericles, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton (Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Choreography) The Changeling and Volpone (Red Bull Theatre), Love Child (New World Stages/Primary Stages), The Civil War (Callaway Award Finalist for Choreography) and Max and Ruby (Lortel/Theatreworks USA), Punk Play and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb/Ohio Theatre), Takarazuka (HERE/Clubbed Thumb), St. Joan of the Stockyards (PS 122), The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure (Hudson Valley Shakespeare), The Scarlet Letter (Intiman, Seattle), Monstrosity (13P), Quixote (Broad St. Theatre, Philadelphia); Romeo and Juliet (Williamstown).

Tracy runs an artist posse called DDT with two performer/writers whose work aims to transform the actor/audience relationship. She also teaches acting, movement and devising work at conservatories and studios in and out of New York City and is currently guest faculty at Yale School of Drama and Princeton University. Tracy received her MFA in Directing (Syracuse), is currently the Head of Movement for the Professional Actor Training Program in the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill and PlayMakers Repertory Company, is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and a Drama League Fellow.

AMIRA-GLASER-HS-150x150Amira Glaser (Alexander Technique) is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher who trained at the American Center of the Alexander Technique in New York City. She is also a graduate of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing training for Alexander teachers, and has been mentored extensively by Jessica in her work with performers. Amira served on the faculty of Pace University’s BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice Over and Commercials where she designed and implemented their original Alexander Technique curriculum. After a decade of teaching in NYC, Amira relocated to Chapel Hill in 2015 and continues her work with actors, performers, and people from all walks of life in private practice as well as at various institutions. Amira is also a Licensed Acupuncturist, having received her MSTOM from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and is a Diplomat of the NCCAOM.