skidmore theater faculty

Dennis Schebetta

Assistant Professor – Acting & Directing

MFA Virginia Commonwealth University
BA University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Voice & Speech
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Workshop Directors


Dennis Schebetta is an actor, director, and writer in film and theater. He has previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University and Bellevue College.

Trained in the Meisner technique by William Esper in New York City as well as in physical theater techniques informed by Lloyd Williamson, Meyerhold, and Lecoq, Dennis explores the dynamic intersection of these methodologies in his practice and in his teaching. His current project in development, Soldier Song, uses text, movement, and original music to relate the struggles of veterans as they transition home from deployment.

As a theater director, he has directed off-off Broadway and regionally at theatres such as Ensemble Studio Theater, 29th Street Rep, Vital Theater, City Theatre, and 12 Peers Theater. He enjoys collaborating with playwrights on new works and has directed several world premieres and developmental readings, including some of his own plays. As a film director, his short My Date with Adam, which he produced, wrote and directed, won “Best Comedy” in the High Desert International Film Festival and was an official selection of New Filmmakers LA, New Filmmakers NYC, Boston Sci-Fi Festival, Phoenix International Film Festival and the London Sci-Fi Film Festival.

As an actor, this past year he was seen in the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Stranger at iTheatre in Saratoga, as Lord Goring in Northeast Theatre Ensemble’s site specific immersive An Ideal Husband and as Stephano in Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest. Other acting credits include August: Osage County, Marjorie Prime, Peter and the Starcatcher, California Suite, Shining City, Slasher, Play, and Big River (where he also played harmonica).

Dennis contributed the chapter “Money in Your Pocket: Meisner, Objectives and The First Six Lines” to the book Objectives, Obstacles and Tactics in Practice: Perspectives on Activating the Actor, edited by Valerie Clayman Pye and Hilary Bucs, forthcoming from Routledge in 2019.

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