New Surry Theatre Presents

The Craft Of Acting/Acting as Truth

with Bill Raiten

This class will teach "Acting as Truth" and "The Craft of Acting" using improvisation, mind occupation, creative team scenes and discussion.

Using improvisation, mind occupation, creative team scenes and discussion, the NST acting student learns to listen, to react as if "this is happening for the first time" and to be utterly truthful as they portray their feelings in improvisations that other class members comment on. The teachings of Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Stanislavski are discussed and used as each actor finds the way to their own truth and to the abilities that reside in their individual talent.

The NST uses actors from its classes in many of the plays it produces. This happens because a trained actor auditions better then an untrained actor and a trained actor will give the author and the audience the most satisfaction and pleasure. Experienced and non-experienced students of all ages will share the stage and learn together. The last class will be an Open House performance for the community.

The Craft of Acting/Acting as Truth meets Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30.

Bill Raiten was born, raised and schooled in New York City, and has always been involved in theater. A stand-up comic in the 50’s, a writer in the 60’s, a director, acting teacher and producer since then, he has always found his way to the theater. He has directed, taught and performed in New York, Hollywood, and Maine in as well as in the USSR, Glasgow, Scotland and Canada. He has educated people, young and old, using his brand of theater as a vehicle for them to find and like themselves. He has filmed an original short documentary with Maine Public Broadcasting that was aired in May 2001 and nominated for a New England regional Emmy Award. Using his teaching methods at the Maine Youth Center with Seymour Papert of MIT, incarcerated youth wrote and edited their own film. He now teaches Acting in Maine, farms organically and is the Artistic Director of the New Surry Theatre.

Many of his students have continued in or gone on to illustrious careers in farming, teaching, carpentry, photography, film and even in The Performing Arts.

Classes Offered:

Youth Theatre Speak

with Johannah Blackman

'Honk' Camp

with Shari John

Singing For The Stage

with Suzanne Eaton

Dance for the Stage

with Nina Robinson-Poole

Acting as Truth

with Bill Raiten

The Art of Theatre Makeup

with Elena Bourakovsky

Directing for the Stage

with Bill Raiten

Scene Study

with Bill Raiten


with Bill Raiten