presented by the Fab Arts COmpany


The Young Actors' Workshop is a performance intensive offered for actors ages 13 - 18. The workshop meets 3 hours a day for 2 weeks, in which time actors will receive instruction and coaching in a number of different performance techniques. At the discretion of the instructors, actors will be given a piece of text, or scene work, to develop and explore daily during the intensive.

On August 3rd, the final day of the workshop, actors will have the opportunity to share their work with friends and family in a Culminating Showcase.


**Acceptance into the intensive is by audition only




WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: Monday July 22nd - Saturday August 3rd (No classes on Sunday, July 28th)

FINAL SHOWCASE: Saturday August 3rd at The Cider Mill Stage, Time TBD

SESSION TIMES: Morning 10AM - 1PM or Evening 2PM - 5PM


“How is this different from other summer workshops?”

“Most summer programs choose to perform a show. This means that the focus tends to be about getting to an end result. In the effort to get to performance, these programs can leave out the most important thing, the real craft of acting. Our emphasis is on embodied acting. An approach to acting that requires the artist to be fully alive and available on stage. By releasing tension and honing their body and sensory awareness, the actor can be motivated by a sound, an image, a smell, a memory, almost anything. With practice that motivation can “live” through an actor, producing movement, or inspiring the next line of text, etc. Finally, with even more practice, our actors will even be able to choose the stimuli that best tells the story they have chosen to tell. At this point, our actors have taken ownership of their craft. The beautiful part? This approach can be used in musical theater, in drama, on television, or even in everyday life!”

-Jake, Instructor



The workshop is an organic blend of coaching, technique, training, monologue and partner work. Everyday will be different from the last, but every session is grounded in pursuing these fundamental elements:

TEXT ANALYSIS: Various tools to comprehend the script, the literal story that the playwright has given us.

ACTING TECHNIQUE: Varied approaches and tools focused on making the actor available and responsive to stimuli onstage.

ACTING THROUGH MOVEMENT: Releasing tension in the body. Developing kinesthetic awareness so that impulse can move through you physically.

VOCAL COACHING: Training to be “on your breath”. Techniques to free your voice, to create a more flexible and expressive vocal instrument.

MONOLOGUE: An opportunity to practice the skills learned in this workshop in a individual setting. With coaching, you will identify your own map for crafting a story from a specific monologue.

SCENE WORK: An opportunity to work with a fellow actor. The techniques from the workshop stay the same, and now a new element is added, a fellow actor. How can they be a source of impulse? With coaching, you and your partner will work through and develop a scene; exploring your new tools, while pursuing a crafted and embodied experience of acting.



Jessica Cadden Osborne

Jessica Cadden Osborne is a NYC based Professional Actress, Dancer, Filmmaker and Teacher. A member of Actors Equity since 2010 and SAG-AFTRA since 2011, Jessica has enjoyed a versatile career in NYC and abroad since graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance, in 2006. Highlighted Manhattan credits include Radio City Rockette at Radio City Music Hall (2008-2015), aerialist in the avant-garde Off-Broadway show FUERZA BRUTA (2012-2016), and most recently, May in Fool For Love at Bank Street Theatre and her original clown act in A SHIFT: PERSONAL WORKS AND POLITICAL OUTCRIES at the Bridge Theatre. Recent films include CONVICTION, premiered at IFFBOSTON and OFF SEASON distributed by Indican pictures, now available for streaming and on DVD. Jessica received her acting training in NYC from Broadway director Terry Schreiber (K2 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre), Film director Deborah Kampmeier (Hounddog starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright), and from the well known improv school, The Pit.

In upstate NY, Jessica was recently seen at the Cider Mill Stage as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar, and is currently directing A Steady Rain with The Fab Arts Company.


Jake Wentlent

Jake Wentlent is a professional actor, writer and producer, currently living and working in upstate NY. After receiving a BA in Acting & Directing from Binghamton University, Jake pursued an MFA at Penn State University where he trained under Andrew Belser for two years. Before departing the program he wrote, and directed the short clown film, Idaho’s Inferno. In NYC, Jake played He in an original, mixed-media production of Drifting by William Doan, at Dixon Place. Locally, Jake has been seen in productions of Outside Mullingar, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Importance of Being Earnest. In May, he begins work on A Steady Rain with Jessica Cadden Osborne and local artist, Adam Holley.

In 2018, Jake founded The Fab Arts Company and began production on what would be it’s inaugural live theater season. TFAC’s productions of The God of Carnage and Outside Mullingar have repeatedly been praised for their moving storytelling.

During the fall of 2019, he will be filming a currently untitled feature, while simultaneously finishing the screenplay to an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s, Hate.


“Acting is not reciting. Acting is not by chance. With training and embodied awareness, you can be alive and available to be moved, every time you step on the stage.”



Click the button below to fill out an application. Once we receive your application, you will be assigned an audition slot. You will also receive information regarding what material to prepare for the audition.