Philosophy

"The need of a young actor to act is stronger than an intelligent nonprofessional can comprehend. The world may think that an actor's ambition is focused on an appetite for money, success, and fame. Even those actors who admit to these aims tell only part of the story. The theatre is different from most other professions because it requires its dedicated practitioners to struggle toward a brutally honest, creative way of life.

All tangible professions that are recognized and understood are good; but they tend to be too confining for an actor's chaotic psyche. Once channeled in the theatre and through acting, the actor quickly realizes the unlimited powers of imagination. A blossoming of emotional range follows this realization. Plays are no longer read for amusement, they are studied to learn about life. The world is no longer an occasional space for vicarious being; it is a constant staging area for vital engagement. The actor ceases to be an observer on the fringe of life, but feels permission to investigate, audaciously, life's every nook and cranny.

Everyday reality is no longer enough for the actor. Only an art form will do to express the reality of life. Even if you take the physical staging platform away, the actor will grow; for the tools, training, and discipline are there.

To grow, by the way, is the deepest and truest need of any human being who says, I want to be an actor!"

- Stella Adler

Having studied with Ms. Adler, Frank has incorporated a number of her belief's and techniques into his approach on teaching. She, along with several other prominent teachers, have enabled Frank to develop a style of his own discovery, as well as incorporating what he has learned from them.