Process preparation professionalism

The highly competitive world of the professional actor and director requires that you have a creative process that gives you an edge. Whether onstage or on camera, developing an approach to each of these mediums means having a detailed and effective strategy from script to performance.

Your training should have one goal: a more effective process that brings out the best in you and prepares you for the professional world.

Lead by theatre and television director and former professor of drama Andrew Tsao, The Studio offers actors the opportunity to train one-on-in a small company of actors with a director and acting teacher who has worked at the highest levels of television and theatre and top-ranked university MFA acting programs. Directing seminars are designed for individuals with some background in the fine arts who are looking to evolve their directing skills.

Because there is no substitute for real experience.

If you are ready to learn the tools of a professional actor or director, come take a class or workshop at The Studio. We are a proud member of Theatre Puget Sound.

The Studio Seattle Workshops

studio foundations

Essential for all beginning actors, this class teaches you a highly effective acting process upon which you can develop your craft. Script analysis and interpretation, living authentically in the present circumstances, working responsively in space and time with other actors. Learn the tools that all professional actors must master.

The Studio Seattle Classics

studio scene study

Work in depth on multiple styles and genres. Close text analysis, bold imaginative interpretation and character creation, working in depth with a scene partner. For the actor who has a fundamental craft and process.

The Studio Seattle Cinema

studio cinema

The cinematic close up changed acting forever. The process, technique and challenges of developing unique characters for visual mediums requires specific skills from the actor.


Studio Cinema directing

A seminar and workshop style course. Over 9 weeks, the fundamental craft of the director. Script and dramatic story analysis, casting and directing the actor, cinema grammar and visual storytelling. By application only.


The Studio classes are taught by Andrew Tsao, former head of the Undergraduate School of Drama and associate professor for the Professional Actor and Director Training Programs at the University of Washington.

Andrew has extensive professional directing experience in film, theatre and television in a career spanning decades. From regional and off-Broadway theatre, to prime time network television and cinema, his work has been seen by millions and he has worked with hundreds of actors.

As an educator in the dramatic arts, Andrew takes a deep and thorough approach to classic and heightened texts that give the actor and director the necessary tools to approach complex drama with confidence.

For more information about Andrew, click here