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“When Bedlam announced they were holding an acting camp via Zoom, we signed our daughter up immediately. Our daughter had been active in our town’s local theater group for years. In four days with Bedlam, she learned more about acting — including working with a director, auditioning, creating a scene, using her body, using the space around her, discovering point of view, and finding the specific motivation of every line — than she had in all the prior years combined! Yes…four days! If you’re familiar with the extraordinary levels of creativity and excellence Bedlam brings to every one of its productions, imagine that applied to teaching, and you’ll have a sense of what a transformative experience it is to work directly with this exceptional group of deeply dedicated artists. ” – STEPHEN S., PARENT

“We were so impressed with the level and breadth of the work… surely this was the most exciting and motivating drama experience our daughter has had so far – she really loved it – and a great inspiration for her entry next month into LaGuardia Arts’ freshman Drama class.” – SUMMER INTENSIVE PARENT

“One thing I’ve learned this week is the importance of diving deeper into the characters we’re learning about/playing, and taking note of the intentions behind their words.” – SUMMER INTENSIVE STUDENT

“I’d just like to thank all of Bedlam for being so nice and for letting us learn from people who are not only amazing at what they do, but also love doing it.” – SUMMER INTENSIVE STUDENT

Our Instructors

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Esther Williamson is Bedlam’s Resident Teaching Artist. She has worked all over the country as an actor, musician, and teaching artist with such companies as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alchemical Theatre of Wilmington (NC), Ford’s Theater (DC), Happenstance Theater (DC), Opera House Arts (ME), Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre (WA), and many others. Esther is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company in Washington, DC and has performed over half of Shakespeare’s canon with the Punks and their all-female Shakespeare arm, the Riot Grrrls. She has taught for most of the companies listed above, as well as for The Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Seattle Pacific University, and other schools and organizations. Esther holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting.

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Zuzanna Szadkowski played Dorota in the CW’s hit drama series “Gossip Girl”. She can be seen as Nurse Pell on the Cinemax series from Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick.” Other television credits include: “Search Party,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Film credits include Pigeon, Growing up and Other Lies, Loserville and Butterflies of Bill Baker. Off-Broadway theater credits include queens at LCT3, Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (WSJ Performance of the Year 2018) with Bedlam and Peter Pan also with Bedlam, The Comedy of Errors as part of the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, and Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore. Regional theater credits include The 39 Steps at The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater and The Nerd at Bucks County Playhouse. Zuzanna is a Master Teacher for YoungArts in Miami. She received a B.A. from Barnard College


Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Bedlam’s Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet; Pygmalion; Peter Pan; Vanity Fair; Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom., Best Director, Drama League nom., Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom. Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014)Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times Top 10; Time Out NY/Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s Women of Will.  For Bedlam: Hamlet/Saint Joan: McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Picks). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT); Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production), Copenhagen (Central Square Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors’ Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam.


Zachary Elkind is a director & teaching artist based in New York City. Selected directing: Joan of Arc by William Shakespeare (Under St. Marks)His Dark Materials (Acting Manitou), Macbeth (NYU/Steinhardt), Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Arcadia (Yale). Assistant Director: Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet and The Crucible (BEDLAM), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The New Group), Lincoln Center Education, Theater for the New City, Yale School of Drama, Symphony Space, Heartbeat Opera. Assistant Producer: Page 73, BRIC, Dixon Place, Notch Theatre, Dramatists Guild Foundation, Live from Lincoln Center. Zack has taught theater and English at Friends Seminary in New York, as well as seven summers teaching and directing at Acting Manitou, a summer theater program in Maine. Education: Yale. zacharyelkind.com 


Caroline Grogan is a NY based actor and teaching artist. Her theater credits include: Bedlam’s The Crucible (Boston & NY), Mona Mansour’s Beginning Days of True Jubilation directed by Scott Illingworth, Chuck Mee’s Jesus (13th Street Rep), and Polaroid Stories (Tisch Stage Works). Caroline received a BFA in Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts and double major in broadcast journalism. Caroline is the Development Director and resident teaching artist for the arts nonprofit, Zara Aina. Zara Aina is a New York-based nonprofit organization focused on helping at-risk children harness the transformative power of theatrical storytelling and performance. Caroline is a teacher & performer at Puppetsburg, bringing educational & interactive puppet shows to babies and toddlers across New York City. She’s also taught with Urban Art Beat & the Lead the Charge Program. http://www.caroline-grogan.com

Ryan Quinn

Ryan Quinn

Ryan Quinn is an actor, director, teacher and frequent collaborator with Bedlam, appearing in DeadDogPark (John Jones) at 59E59, and in Sense and Sensibility at both A.R.T. (John Middleton) and Portland Center Stage (Colonel Brandon).  OFF Broadway:  Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage), The Killer, King Lear, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra (TFANA), Vanity Fair (The Pearl).  Selected Regional:  Yellowman (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe), The King Stag (Yale Repertory Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Dorset Theater Festival) and eight seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  TV/Film:  Blindspot, Madam Secretary, Friends from College, Blacklist Redemtion, Person of Interest, The Circuit, and OVUM.  Ryan serves as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Esperance Theater Company, where he directed Twelfth Night, Youth and Ambition, and the world premiere of Breitwisch Farm by Jeremy Kamps.  Additionally he has directed for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, TinyRhino, NYU Tisch, and LIU Post.  He has taught with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYU Tisch, Manhattanville College, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, West Point Academy, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program, The National Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Academy and others.  He received a B.A from UW Madison and a MFA from The Yale School of Drama.

Veteran Outreach

Bedlam offers a FREE ongoing acting class for Veterans on Monday evenings with a focus on Shakespeare’s plays. Other areas of study include Scene Study, Acting for the Camera, Movement for Actors and Voice and Speech. Participants are also welcome to bring in material of their choice to work on for auditions and performances. The class is open to actors of all levels of experience as well as “non-actors.” Veterans only.

For more information, email: info@bedlam.org

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Monday Evenings
(Ongoing) | 6pm–9pm


622 Third Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10017

VETERANS ONLY. (Enter the building on the 41st Street Side of the building between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. When you enter, tell the McCann concierge that you are attending the Bedlam Outreach class and they will send you to the 18th floor.)

Please email: info@bedlam.org for more information.
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Veteran Scholarship

In addition to the free Monday night classes, we will have a spot reserved in each of our other general classes for the recipient of an upcoming VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP.

For more information and to apply please contact: education@theatrebedlam.org

Outreach Support

In addition to our free veteran classes and scholarship, we also offer discounted tickets for veterans to all Bedlam productions. For more information contact: info@bedlam.org

Our veteran’s program is made possible through individual contributions from donors like you and from additional support from:

Katherine Abrams, Anonymous, Jo Burnstein, Frank Carson, Everett Cox, ExxonMobil Foundation, John Eliason, John Fabiani, Judith Ferber, Carol Grossman, Peregrine Heard, Wendy and Bill Hilburn, Barbara Krenz, Carole Krumland, John Langan, McCann Advertising Company, Kimberlee Monroe-Swift, Carol Nadell, Bryan and Amy Olson, Andrew & Danielle Pfister, Mary Popovic, Mark S. Dean & Ellen Cady Putnam, Susan D. Ralston, Linda Rodman, Mona Schnitzler, Lela Sharp, David Singer & Sarilee Kahn

List is current from April 17, 2018-April 17, 2019. We apologize for any inaccuracies. To learn more about donating to Bedlam’s Veteran Outreach program, or to advise of any needed corrections, please contact Susannah Millonzi, Director of Development, at development@bedlam.org.