“Crafting the Monologue” Begins November 1

The Ancram Opera House announced open registration for Crafting the Monologue beginning Nov. 1 and held on four consecutive Friday afternoons (Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22) from 3pm-5:30pm. Tuition is $120. Participants of previous AOH workshops and Friends of the AOH will receive a 10% tuition discount. Prospective students may register by emailing

Crafting the Monologue is designed for both the professional actor and people who are simply curious about acting technique. In this workshop, participants will learn how to approach preparing a monologue for audition or performance. Students will participate in a final showing on Nov. 22.

The workshop will be led by Paul Ricciardi, co-director of the Ancram Opera House and an award-winning teacher, actor, director and voice/speech/dialect coach. Paul teaches voice and acting at the City University of New York/Kingsborough CC and is a 2018 recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award. He received his Linklater Teacher Designation in 2012 and his MFA in Acting from Trinity Repertory Company, where he worked with Oscar Eustis, Craig Lucas, Basil Twist, and Paula Vogel, among others.

The Ancram Opera House in southern Columbia County is an intimate showcase for fresh, contemporary work by emerging theater and musical artists where audiences can connect with performers in immersive, unforgettable ways. Located at 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82.