Fanchon Miller Scheier

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

BA, Adelphi University. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Film, television, and theatre actress; member, Robert Lewis Acting Company and Green Gate Theatre; director and actress, regional and educational theatre; University of Virginia artist-in-residence program; founder, In Stages theatre company; recipient of two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts; co-director of London Theatre Intersession ’88. SLC, 1985–2017

Previous Courses

Actor’s Workshop: Exploring Human Motivation and Craft

Open , Component

This class meets twice a week.

The character is in action…struggling —Stanislavski

This class is dedicated to the actor’s personal growth through improvisations and exercises. Our other concentration is on the fashioning of the actor’s’ craft based on Uta Hagen’s five “W’s”: who you are, where you are, what you want, why you want it, and when you want it. Scene work is only in the second semester . Our motto: “You use yourself in order to transform yourself.” Improvisation forces you to use the pain and the joy in your life. Use it…and then move on. Only connect… —E.M. Forster.

Improvisation Laboratory

Advanced , Component—Year

This class meets twice a week.

Improvisation forces you to face the pain and the joy in your life, use it, and then move on. Using experimental exercises and improvisation, we will explore the character’s connections to his or her environment, relationships, needs, and wants. In the second semester, we will concentrate on fashioning a workable technique, as well as on using improvisation to illuminate scene work from the great dramatic playwrights: Lorca, Chekhov, Strindberg, O’Neill, Shaw, etc. This course is open to students who are willing to approach material experimentally in a laboratory setting.