Art and Amanda Hennessey, Teachers
Our desire is to help students develop their own unique expression and bring honesty to their work. We have been offering classes since 2001.
We treat each student as an individual and are excited to work with people wherever they are in their artistic journey - whether they are a complete beginner or are pursuing a professional career. Developing the craft of acting is a lifetime pursuit.
We have worked with professional actors, writers, dancers, singers, sculptors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, therapists, teachers, scientists, bankers, doctors, business women and men, computer programmers, students and even a magician.
Whatever your current level or background, we're excited to help you grow and move outside of your comfort zone!
Amanda received her MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School in NYC. She currently teaches at Boston University, and has also taught at the Huntington Theatre Company, the New York Film Academy, Children Together in the Arts!, and privately. She has also studied with Jack Plotnick, Karen Kohlhaas, Matthew Bonifacio and at The Barrow Group in New York City.
Amanda has performed on stage, in films, industrials, voice-overs and commercials.
Amanda's next project is a thriller entitled OFF SEASON, which shoots on Martha's Vineyard April, 2013.
She has a meaty supporting role in the feature RUBBERNECK, directed by and starring award-winning Alex Karpovsky (HBO's GIRLS). This feature film was co-written by Karpovsky and Garth Donovan (Phillip the Fossil). RUBBERNECK premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Independent Film Festival Boston and is now available on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.
Other recent roles include playing an aloof doctor in the feature A DAY OF YOUTH directed by Jared Vincenti and a cheating wife in HAPPILY EVER AFTER directed by Filip Kasperaszek.
On the theatrical front, Amanda played Lois Lane in the critically acclaimed SUPERHEROINE MONOLOGUES with Phoenix Theatre Artists/Company One. The Hub Review included her in its list of the Best Actresses of 2009 for her portrayal of Lois Lane. The Boston Herald, EdgeBoston, and The Hub Review all included THE SUPERHEROINE MONOLOGUES on their Best Theatre of 2009 lists.
Amanda also works with Dramatic Results, a company that employs actors to assist with training in both corporate and non-profit sectors.
Art is a teacher, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor and runs a popular theatre blog:
The Mirror up to Nature. Art has performed on stage and in a variety of commercials and short films. He also works for Dramatic Results, a company that uses actors to assist with training in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Art is a founding member of Albion Park Productions, a film production company. Its first short film, THE OBLIQUE SECTOR, premiered at the Nantucket Film Festival in June. Amanda served as a co-writer, producer and lead (a snobby foodie). For more about the film and to see the trailer, please go to: http://www.obliquesector.com/trailer. The Oblique Sector is currently on the festival circuit.
Theatrically speaking, Art played many different roles in the critically acclaimed SUPERHEROINE MONOLOGUES, a co-production by Phoenix Theatre Artists and Company One. The Boston Herald, EdgeBoston, and The Hub Review all included THE SUPERHEROINE MONOLOGUES on their Best Theatre of 2009 lists. He also appeared in Rick Park's play PLEASE REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY at the 2009 Boston Theatre Marathon. Art directed LOST OASIS by Patrick Gabridge as part of the Best of the Best Festival presented by The Factory Theatre and Another Country Productions in May.
Art's play I GO SOLO was nominated for Best New Play of 2003 by the Independent Reviewers of New England. He was nominated for the same honor again in 2005 as part of a team of writers who created Europhochylus, Massachusetts. Art has also been a Finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's National Ten Minute Play competition for his plays TRUMPETER, STAGEY READING and BAG OF BONES. TRUMPETER also won Best Play as part of the Arlington Friends of the Drama Short Takes Festival in 2004.
Art teaches New Media Journalism at Emerson College and has taught playwriting at the the Boston Center for Adult Education.
(In the picture at the top of the page, we are playing Lois Lane and Superman in the critically acclaimed production of The Superheroine Monologues, produced by Phoenix Theatre Artists & Company One. This show was performed in Boston in both the spring and fall of 2009.)