skidmore theater faculty

Lary Opitz

Lary OpitzProfessor –┬áDirector, Acting, Design

BA in Theatre and Studio Art, Queens College (CUNY)
Certificate with Distinction, Studio and Forum of Stage Design, NYC
Shakespeare: Bertram Joseph, Robert Smith, Patsy Rodenburg, Jane LaPotaire, Sir Peter Hall, John Barton, Louis Scheeder

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Shakespeare Was Jewish?
  • Acting Shakespeare
  • Stage Lighting
  • Production Seminar/Senior Project
  • Stage Design
  • Audition Workshop
  • Career Development in Theater
  • Arts and Politics in Weimar Germany

Since his first Off Broadway credit in 1967, Lary Opitz has been a professional actor, director, producer, artistic director, designer, playwright, stage manager and technician on countless productions throughout the world, including Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, regional, and academic theatres. Among his Shakespearean roles are SHYLOCK (twice), FALSTAFF, FRIAR LAURENCE, POLONIUS, SIR TOBY BELCH, GONZOLO, AEGEON, MARCUS ANDRONICUS, DUNCAN, DUKE SENIOR, DUKE FREDERICK, THE PORTER, GREMIO, and PETER QUNCE. In recent years he performed in a production of WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ in NYC and has appeared in a number of films. He is currently Professor and Chair of Theatre at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he directs regularly and teaches Shakespearean acting. His April 2011 production of ROMEO AND JULIET was set in Buenos Aires and utilized the tango in both dance and music. He is currently the artistic director of the SARATOGA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. He is a proud member of Actors Equity and United Scenic Artists.

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