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Updated: Sep 8, 2019

Classes Forming Now in Scranton

Place: Actors Circle - 1256 Providence Rd, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508

Dates – this fall, check specific classes

Instructor: Erma Duricko, SDC

Classes Offered:

TECHNIQUE BOOTCAMP – for professional and community adult actors – This class will be in 3 sessions – 5 hours each session. All students will work each class. An integration of techniques from Stanislavki, Uta Hagan, Sandy Meisner, Bobby Lewis, and others will be presented. Classes will incorporate working with directors and script analysis. Regular tuition: $300, early registration - $200 by February 8, 2020. There will be 1 scholarship awarded. Payment plans available by prior arrangement. Class dates - February 15, 16, 22 at 1:00 - 6:00.

THE WRITER/DIRECTOR/ACTOR WORKSHOP – based on the instructor’s professional workshop taught for years in NYC. This living and breathing organism is for adults, professional and community writers, actors and directors. It consists of 8 sessions, 3 hours each, once a week. The exploration of new work and the creation of strong collaboration techniques between these three areas of theatre artists are emphasized. Acceptance into this skilled and fun workshop is by interview. Some former students came in as actors and are now writers and executive producers – i.e. KJ Steinberg, Executive Producer and head writer for the TV series This is Us. Crossing artistic genres is encouraged. There will be an evening reading of new worked developed. Regular tuition: $350, early registration - $250 by March 8, 2020. There will be 1 scholarship awarded. Payment plans available by prior arrangement. Class dates - April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 17, 24, June 7, 28 at 6:00 - 9:00. Final class will be a presentation for invited guests.

SCENE STUDY – following the technique bootcamp, to commence after the New Year. Based on my NYC classes for working actors, I will be using the writing of dear friend, Lanford Wilson and my hero, Tennessee Williams. Class size will be limited to 10-12 students. Interview required for admittance to class. Everyone will work each week - 10 sessions, 3 hours each session, once a week. Regular tuition: $500, early registration - $350 by March 1, 2020.

class dates - April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 1 at 12:00 - 3:00. Final class will include a presentation for invited guests.


Please contact Erma Duricko to register: (contact page) or via email: or text to 917-415-8753

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John Yearley - playwright

"As a writer, working with Erma Duricko is to be held in an all-loving embrace and, at the same time, held to the highest possible standard. An impossible combination. She's the only person I know who can do both."

Arlitia Jones - playwright

“Before I met Duricko, I was a playwright using words to connect with an audience. Duricko taught me to speak with my vulnerable and brave heart, with my whole being to the world that stretches far beyond the walls of a theatre.” .... geez, that was easy!

PS “Come for the theatre, stay for the shoes!”

Karen Eterovich – playwright/actor

"Erma Duricko is a director of the highest caliber. She offers Broadway class dramaturgy, coaching and direction. Her wide ranging skills would benefit anybody from the neophyte to the professional."

Jim Ireland – actor

“Erma is hand-down the best actor's director with whom I've worked, including academy award winners! From beginners to consummate professionals, she gets actors to tap into their visceral needs like no other acting coach I've had in my 32 years as a professional actor. The result is comedy from the heart and drama from the soul.”

Dawson Moore – playwright and coordinator for The Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference

“Erma Duricko is that rare mix of intellectual precision and spiritual sensitivity. Her life in art has given her an incredibly broad range of skills which she is adept in turning to the advantage of her students.

We regularly employ Erma Duricko as a play respondent at the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Invariably she is very popular with the participants for the intelligence, analysis, and compassion with which she gives her feedback to authors on their work.

Erma Duricko is an asset to any community lucky enough to have her be a part of it.”

Kara Corthron – playwright

"Erma Duricko has a deep passion for theatre-making. Her specialty is the work of Tennessee Williams, but she's dedicated to supporting the work of up-and-coming playwrights of all ages."

Tom Matthew Wolfe – playwright/actor

"Actors on the quest to build vibrant life on the stage will find no greater guide than Erma Duricko. I can't overstate her influence on my work (as actor, then playwright). Watch a play she directs and you'll hear its heartbeat. You'll hear how it breathes."

Dominic Comperatore - Broadway actor

"I've been a professional actor for over 25 years. Along the way I've been privileged to have studied with some of the most esteemed teachers in our profession. Yet 25 years on... it's still Erma's standard to which I challenge myself to rise.

She's a rare gift."

And others:

Gabriella Vanessa

Scranton family and friends. This woman is SPECTACULAR. I learned so much in one semester about my craft. She is also just a presence to be around. You should take this HUGE opportunity and run with it. Theatre classes like this are not offered in Scranton easily. You will NOT regret it. Check it out for yourself.

Margaret Ball, PhD

Scranton friends you are so lucky to have this theatrical goddess teaching in your area! I would be signing up in a flash if I lived closer!!

Truly - a brilliant technician - and a creative nurturing artist!

Abigail Witt

This woman is the best acting coach you could ever ask for. I had the chance to work with her for a short time, and the things I’ve learned from her have helped me so much in my acting career. If you are able to train with her, do it. She is an incredible artist, instructor, and human. ❤️

Gail Piasecki

Sign up!! This woman is a phenomenal director and teacher.

Rashiek Lauren

Such an amazing woman and instructor!!!! I leaned so much from her. You’d be a fool to not take this class!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾

Leah Ruane

Absolutely cherished my Shakespeare class with Erma!!

Christi Ausem

Actors, Directors, Writers in the NEPA area it's your lucky day! I had the privilege to work with Erma Duricko back in college and I can honestly say that what she has taught me over 10 years ago still sticks with me to this day. She is amazing, giving and no BS! So bring your material, enthusiasm and leave your baggage and bad behaviors at the door. You won't be able to use it here! Erma is honest and encouraging and you will leave her asking yourself how you were so fortunate to find her.

Emily McDermott

Oh if you’re in the area you must register!!!

It’s truly incredible how gifted this woman is and how much she has to offer to students willing to learn and to work.

It will be the best decision you’ve ever made.

Register now!

Marti Goodfellow

A truly phenomenal teacher and all around human being. If you’re in the Scranton area, I would jump at the opportunity to learn from someone this wonderful.

Matthew Namik

TAKE THESE CLASSES! I had the privilege of training with Erma during my last semester in College and I learned a lifetimes worth of techniques, skills, lessons and more from this brilliant mind!

Sarah Bauch

One of my absolute favorite professors and people of all time ❤️ If you’re an actor, writer, or director in the Pocono, Scranton, or Lehigh Valley areas you don’t want to miss these incredible classes!

Gary Giovannetti

You helped me to develop my play NIGHT BY MICHELANGELO and your insights were invaluable.

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