October 14th - November 22nd, 2019

This fall, FIASCO THEATER will launch an exciting new phase of its training program. 16 actors will receive six weeks of full-time theater training in classes taught by Fiasco’s co-artistic directors and associate artists. Students will be immersed in the textual, vocal, physical, and aesthetic techniques that are at the core of Fiasco’s signature ensemble-based productions.

Daily classes for the first five weeks will include: Modern scene study, Shakespeare scene study, Voice & Speech, Clown, and Yoga. The sixth and final week will be a team-taught workshop, in which the power of dynamic rehearsal will be explored by the full group, with a focus on a single text.

Classes will be held from 10:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday at Sunlight Studios in Manhattan. Students will also be expected to rehearse outside of these class hours.

Application Information

Applications are due no later than July 15th at 11:59pm EST. Once your application is received we will contact you to schedule your audition slot. Auditions will be held in New York City in mid August. (You may submit a video audition if you are unable to attend in person.)

For the audition, please prepare one monologue from a play by Shakespeare, and one monologue from a modern or contemporary play.

Applicants must be pursuing a career in theater and cannot be a full-time student.
Download Application & Instructions via Dropbox

Tuition & Financial Aid Information

Auditions: August 16 - 18, 2019 in New York City.
Tuition: $3500
Financial Aid: It is has always been part of Fiasco's mission that training should be accessible and affordable for all passionate and dedicated students. Financial aid will be applied toward students who demonstrate financial need.



JESSIE AUSTRIAN is a theater-maker, educator, activist and parent. She is one of Fiasco Theater’s Co-Artistic Directors and founders.Previously with Roundabout: Fiasco’s Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Other NY Theater: Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor, Fiasco’s Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (BST, TFANA, New Vic). London: Fiasco’s Into the Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory). Regional: The Old Globe, McCarter, Folger Theatre, The Guthrie, Trinity Rep, ATL and Williamstown, among others. TV/Film: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Made in Jersey, Futurestates. As a director/co-director: Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Helen Hayes nominee for Best Direction) at The Folger Theater and Theatre For A New Audience, Fiasco’s The Imaginary Invalid at The Old Globe, Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood at Playmakers Rep. Adjunct faculty at NYU’s Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown and the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program. Proud mom of Asher and partner of Noah.


NOAH BRODY is an actor, director, teacher and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. He co-directed and acted in Fiasco’s productions of Into the Woods (Roundabout, McCarter, Old Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory), The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe), Measure for Measure (New Victory, Long Wharf), Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Co.) and Cymbeline (TFANA, Barrow Street). He appeared in Fiasco’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger, TFANA) and co-directed the national tour of Fiasco’s production of Into the Woods. Recent credits include As You Like It (CSC, John Doyle, dir.) and directing Lungs at the Wolfe Street Theatre. He loves Asher and Jessie beyond space and time, and past forever.


BEN STEINFELD is an actor, director, teacher and co-artistic director of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater. As an actor, Ben has been seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off-Broadway acting and directing work for Fiasco includes: the Baker in Into the Woods (Lucille Lortel Award nomination) at the Roundabout and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory; Cymbelineat Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre (Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); and Measure for Measure at the New Victory Theatre (New York Times Top Ten of 2014). Co-director: The Two Gentlemen of Verona at TFANA/Folger (Helen Hayes nom.). Regional theater work includes: McCarter, Long Wharf, the Old Globe, Trinity Rep and many others. His television and film acting work includes: HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,the upcoming film Callahan, “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from NYU’s Gallatin School, where he is an adjunct professor and artistic associate. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

LIZ HAYES - Voice & Speech

LIZ HAYES is an actor, teaching artist and dialect coach. She currently teaches Voice & Speech in the BFA Acting & Musical Theater Programs at Pace University, at NYU/Tisch's New Studio on Broadway and in the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College, and also coaches 4th Year productions at The Juilliard School. Liz previously served on the faculties of Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and has vocal and dialect coached for numerous theater companies and institutions regionally and both on and off-Broadway. Liz holds an MFA from GWU/The Shakespeare Theatre Company and is a graduate of Brown University.

ANNIE PIPER - Yoga, Qi Gong & Movement

ANNIE PIPER teaches at Kula Yoga in Tribeca, The Shala and Prema Yoga in Brooklyn.  She is on the movement faculty at NYU's Tisch School of Graduate Acting and The Yale School of Drama. She is the co- teacher of  'The Open Voice' with Jessie Austrian at NYU's Gallatin School.  She is certified to teach trauma-sensitive yoga by both the Trauma Center in Boston and with the national organization Warriors at Ease, and continues to bring yoga to veterans throughout the New York area. She has served on the faculty at the Brown University / Trinity Rep Consortium as well as undergraduate Theater Studies at NYU. Formerly an actor and director,  She received an MFA in Acting from The University of Minnesota and a BA in Theater from Oberlin College. She certified to teach in 1997 at OM yoga, and studies Qi Gong with Thomas Droge.  She is also a Reiki practitioner and the mother of two beautiful and feisty boys in Brooklyn, New York.

Zachary Fine - Clown & Games

ZACHARY FINE is an actor, writer, director, and teacher. Broadway credits include China Doll with Al Pacino. Off-Broadway credits include The Acting Company, The Mint Theater, Pearl, Red Bull, Fiasco, Theater For A New Audience, New York Classical Theater. Regionally Guthrie, Folger (Helen Hayes Award Winner), Playmakers, and many more. Director; Spanish language premiere of El Bien Del Pais (Our Country’s Good) at Teatro Helenico, Mexico City; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Key West Theater; Thin Air Shakespeare Festival, Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham’s Between The Moon and Me at Birdland. TV/Film; Person of Interest, BlackBox, One Life to Live. Writing has been supported by the Lark, EAT Festival’s One Man Talking, Space on Ryder Farm, IRT, The Acting Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Playmakers Rep. Apprenticed with Christopher Bayes and trained at Ecole du Phillipe Gaulier, The Circus Center in San Francisco, Spymonkey w/Aitor Basauri and received an MFA from the University of Tennessee and B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) Oberlin College. He teaches clown and games at NYU and holds workshops around the world.

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