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BreakThrough can say without reservation, “Sign up NOW!”  Sande Shurin’s workshops fill up fast so call  the main office 845 684-5537 or email to secure your spot!


We have been fortunate enough to attend Sande’s classes and she is the real deal.  Whether you are close to NYC or Woodstock, and you have the opportunity to attend one of her workshops or weekly classes, you will not be disappointed.  The tried and true techniques that Sande developed  has had quite an impact.  Here are some quotes from Sande’s site:

“Sande’s technique has not only helped me as an actor but now as a Casting Director I constantly see her technique inspiring and shinning through her students at auditions.”
-Bob Lambert, casting for ALL MY CHILDREN


“I think it’s safe to say that my acting has exploded and expanded beyond anything I could have imagined!”
-Anthony Rapp, Star of Broadway & Film (RENT, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, A BEAUTIFUL MIND)


“Sande is an incredible teacher. Her Techniques are so good I use them in my life as well as work.”
-Casey Nicholaw, Tony nominated Director (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE), Tony winner Director (THE BOOK OF MORMON)


Here are the details for her upcoming Workshops:

Audition Intensive Sunday. Break-thru Monday


July 12th New York Intensive is beginning at 2:30 instead of 1:30 ending between 7:30 and 8:30.

Bring a 1 page scene that brings out the best in you. Use material from beginning, middle (crisis or pitched) and end of same material. Always best to use a film script. Bring a copy for the reader.

Also be prepared to do an improv exercise at a picnic/party. pack whatever you need to go to a picnic as your character…possible activities: food, drinks, music, instruments, learning a skill, exercise, dancing, learning a song or other language, knitting, drawing….and on.

Dress as you would to go to an audition.

Same Time for Sunday August 16th.

Just the script is required. I will let you know if you need to do anything else by beginning of Aug.

New York Break-thru:

Will be on Monday July 13th at 3:00 and

Monday August 17th. at 3:00  

The New York Intensives are open to new students:

If you are new to this technique you will need an appointment for a Skype or Face time phone private session with me before the Intensive.  If you have some experience in our technique you will not need a private session.


Summer Classes

No class this Thursday. And the week after is July 4th weekend so we will resume classes the following Thursday which will be Thursday July 9th.

July 16th and 23rd we will be working on monologues. So you may want to start looking for suitable monologues that you could be cast for. These two classes are opened to the public. So if you know actors interested in getting their monologues together this would be great classes to invite them to. If if actors have worked with us before this would be a great 2 day ( 2 consecutive Thursday) refresher.

The Audition Workshop in Woodstock:

4 Consecutive Thursdays September 10th, 17th 24th and October 1st beginning at 6:30 ending around 8:30 or 9:00. New or former students welcome to this 4 day workshop. The cost is $160.00.

Sande Shurin Transformational Acting Studios

 New York City, NY

 Also: Woodstock/Kingston, NY Classes

 Main office 845 684-5537 <>


 Shurin/Levy Enterprises Inc.

Sande Shurin 917 545-5713

 Bruce Levy 917 747-8757


 Coaching on Skype by request




This is the good stuff.  I was lucky enough to see the final performance of Bruce Norris’ Tony/Pulitzer winning play, Clybourne Park, at Performing Arts of Woodstock.  A tremendous ensemble cast most ably directed by Sande Shurin.  I really can’t say enough about the play, its calculated and smart direction and the balls out choices made by the actors.  I had forgotten that there should be nothing safe in live theater having seen so many tepid offerings as of late.  It was a wonderful surprise to see professionals flexing and soaring.   Such a strong ensemble piece rightly helmed by Sande Shurin.  It was a beautiful night at the theater.

Photo By: Andrea Cabane

Photo By: Andrea Cabane

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THANK YOU to UPWIFT, Heidi Philipsen and the entire Upstate Women in Film & Television board for having us take part in the Casting & How to Be Caught Event. We were extremely honored and jazzed to be in the room with intelligent, motivating creatives from all facets of the industry. So proud to see more and more powerful women North of NYC taking the lead. If you are not yet a member, join forces now and sign up!


University of Texas at Austin Film Program

University of Texas Film Program


“So impressed with the Film Program at the University of Texas. Congratulations to all the Directors, Producers, Cinematographers, Actors, etc.  Amazing films and filmmakers.” Pat Gallio

Variety names radio-television-film department chair Paul Stekler its 2014 Mentor of the Year

Congrats and Hook ’em!





Finally, the highly anticipated trailer for COLD IN JULY is here!!!

Help us promote this movie, shot in the Hudson Valley with many local actors & artists, by submitting your on-location pics and stories to:

We’ll compile your experiences and share it on our website, network and all our social media sites to help promote the film!!!,0,4651747.story#axzz2zORzwEAN

‘Cold in July’ with Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson heats up new trailer
Don’t get confused, but “July” will be coming early with the release of the crime thriller “Cold in July” on May 23. IFC Films just released a trailer for the film.

Cold in July

Cold in July


Monologue Mixer 2 Networking Event


Last night was a wonderful event full of talented, passionate artists who hailed from Jersey, PA, the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region.  On behalf of Dana, Pat and I, we are very grateful to everyone who traveled near and far to be a part of this event.  It was truly special for us and your performances have brought you all top of mind for our projects.  HAPPY BOOKINGS!!!


Dana Lockhart performs in Brian Petti’s, ECHOES OF IRELAND!!!


Our very own Dana Lockhart, casting director/actor/instructor/director will be performing in “Echoes of Ireland”, directed by Brian Petti, a fabulously talented playwright we adore.  Come one and all!!



Monologue Mixer 2- March 27th, 2014


BreakThrough’s Monologue Mixer 2 is a fun, casual networking event where you have the opportunity to showcase your talent, beyond your headshot/resume, in front of top industry professionals.  We had a great event last year where actors who performed were cast in various projects including Broken Xmas, Cold in July, HITS and Xerox.

To be considered to perform, please submit these materials as soon as possible as there are limited slots:

-current headshot/resume (both labeled with your full name)

-link to you performing your full monologue (only published work accepted, 3 mins maximum)

*please be mindful of content as the venue caters to families

-email required materials and  any inquiries to:



BreakThrough speaks at The Film Club in Pelham, NY


Thank you to Heidi Ecklund and Sayeeda Clarke for inviting BreakThrough to speak with the beautiful and talented students of The Film Club at The Picture House in Pelham, NY.  We were thoroughly impressed with these future artists!