About Matthew Harrison:
Matthew Harrison is known worldwide as a coach and teacher who has forged many careers and honed many professionals in their craft both on set and in class.
For nearly twenty years he has given actors the machinery necessary for success: clear directives, solid tools, and a fresh and profound acting process.
Working in acting schools and studios since 1996, Matthew has developed a distinct and comprehensive professional technique and a life philosophy that has evolved into what is now known as THE ACTOR’S FOUNDRY.
Matthew’s emphasis on self-knowledge as the springboard to ego-less acting and its conduit to clear story telling has earned him a loyal roster of many working actors.
Ms. DuPuy’s New York Acting Coach:
THURMAN E. SCOTT is an award winning actor, director, writer and teacher of acting and creative process. His extensive work on the stage includes a wide range of roles in over 50 classical and contemporary plays, including six seasons with the New York Shakespeare Festival; a special performance for the Moscow Art Theatre as Thomas Becket in Becket; an Obie Award winning performance in Open 24 Hours; the lead in the national tour of Lorraine Hansberry’s To Be Young, Gifted, and Black; the lead in the national tour of Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot; Tatum in The Bridgehead at Actors Theatre of Louisville; the psychiatrist in Getting Out, a role he originated for the Actors Theatre of Louisville; and Caliban in Baltimore’s Center Stage The Tempest, for which he received a Best Actor Award.
As a stage director, Mr. Scott received a Best Director Award from the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers for Soldiers of Freedom. He has served as the Artistic Director of the National Black Theater, is a founding member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, an acting/directing member of the American Renaissance Theater, and a member of the Actors Studio. Mr. Scott’s film acting credits include The Incident, Across 110th Street, Voices, Firepower, Three Tough Guys, and The Paper Lion. His television roles include the CBS special “Frederick Douglas”, “N.Y.P.D.”, the original cast of “One Life to Live”, “The Doctors” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”.
A Letter About Thurman E. Scott
Thurman E. Scott is the inheritor of the Stanislavsky legacy and of my legacy. Thurman came to me a child. I raised him in the theatre. He lived in my home. He worked on himself tirelessly. I sent him daily to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to study paintings, images, and style. I gave him plays and books to read. He struggled to learn to speak and walk and gesture with grace. He struggled to enlarge his capacity to see creatively, to imagine, to act with truth. Through tremendous discipline, Thurman grew to be a classical actor of great size, range, and complexity. His mastery of technique liberated his unbounded talent.Thurman E. Scott is a creative revolutionary. His demand for truth in his artistic expression and in the theatre he creates is relentless. Thurman’s vision is big. Very big. He has never ever compromised himself, his talents, his beliefs, or his willingness to meet and surpass all creative challenges. His work advances acting technique for the next generation.
New York City
March 20, 1990