Flori Doyle provides acting classes and coaching for actors whether they be newcomers or experienced. She offers coaching in monologues for auditions, script analysis, acting technique and strategy. She also offers coaching to individuals from the professional and corporate worlds for giving speeches and conducting interviews and presentations. Her workshops and classes are tailored to being truthful within the imaginary circumstances of the text.
Her classes provide a relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable environment to study acting. Through a variety of activities, that include techniques of Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Sanford Meisner, actors improve self-confidence and acknowledge creativity.
Acting students are given the opportunity to cultivate stage presence and approach drama with a course of action.
Theme based workshops are also offered and given by request.
Involved in drama since her stage debut, at the age of four, in “The Littlest Angel,” as the Littlest Angel, Flori’s foundation in theater was at Marymount School where she was a student for 14 years. She learned staging through being an altar girl, made speeches, and acted in all of the plays. During high school, she had private speech/acting with Sister des Victoria and learned about collaboration, team work and leadership through drama club. This experience confirmed her commitment to the theatre arts. She directed her first play, “A Christmas Carol,” and got excused from gym a couple of times a week so she could take modern dance. She choreographed musical numbers for the 9th graders. On Saturdays, Flori attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked at the Roundabout Theatre in the box office. These experiences contributed to the strong literary and practical foundation she was given at Marymount. Flori was hooked.
Later at Ithaca College, where she earned a BFA in Acting and Directing, she would work at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center teaching dance and performance skills to children and led musical workshops of “The Me Nobody Knows.” Upon graduation, Flori pursued a career as an actor for about ten years, acting in original plays, at dinner theatre, acquiring print work and extra work in soaps. Flori earned her Actor’s Equity Association membership and is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Returning to school for a Masters in Theatre History and Criticism, she completed coursework in performance and theatre history at New York University. She then became an assistant producer in radio and film and took several courses in film production at the School of Visual Arts. Flori received a MAT with a concentration in English from Manhattanville College. Her goal: to implement drama in the English classroom and be a theatre teacher.
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Flori became an English teacher at Good Counsel Academy for seven years, where she served as the moderator of the Black Awareness Club and Drama Club. Club meetings, theatre trips, the International Thespian Society (ITS) annual induction ceremony, assemblies, walking tours and directing plays were part of her tenure at GCA. Flori then accepted an English teacher position at Ardsley High School in Ardsley, NY, where she developed a Drama program, and the Drama Club. Her acting courses incorporated the annual Fall play, the Spring musical, the Senior Revue, theatre excursions, ITS membership and an annual induction ceremony and attendance to the NYSTEA Annual Student Conference.
She acquired NYS certification in Theatre Arts in 2006 and was awarded grants from the National Endowment for Humanities and the New York State English Council for teaching the dramas of August Wilson. Flori gave workshops at NYS English Teaching conferences on play adaptation as well as Wilson’s work.
A member of the Theatre Educator’s Institute at Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College, Flori also has participated in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Summer Program for Teachers. A member of the Manhattan Theatre Club educational theatre program for educators for seven years, Flori completed The Hagen Teacher Training at HB Studio in NYC and recently finished the Hagen Teachers' Lab Part II. She returns often to take workshops and classes. After 32 years, Flori decided to return to the stage and since then, she has been in a few productions. And in June of 2015, Flori retired after 29 years in education. Over the years, Flori has directed over 50 shows.
A certified Spin instructor, Flori is an avid cyclist and a triathlete. She is also a college essay writing coach.