… as a teacher and a coach …
Gil began teaching in college as an assistant for the Somerset Hills Drama Workshop in Basking Ridge, NJ. A summer program for students ages 6-17, he played theatre games, created skits, sang songs, and filmed funny, short videos. It was a blast. He knew from then on that teaching and mentoring actors would always be a part of his life.
After graduating from Syracuse University’s Drama Program, he was able to take over the Fall/Spring program for several years (renamed S.H.A.D.E.) and make it his own. The classes would be more advanced, include acting exercises, improvisation, and scene study, and resulted in a full production in April. He directed shows like Final Dress Rehearsal, and Snoopy. During this time he also taught classes at Broadway Bound, a theatre studio for middle school students in Lyndhurst, NJ.
In 2006, Gil became one of the first coaches for M.T.C.A., an organization that prepared high school students to audition for college performing arts programs. Over the next six years dozens of his students were accepted into the top theatre programs around the country including: CCM, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Ithaca College, Syracuse, Rutgers, Baldwin Wallace, Penn State, University of Michigan, Elon, F.S.U., Pace, and Montclair State, to name a few…
Simultaneously, he began working at the prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ as an Artist-In-Residence for 5 years. He taught Theatre Games/Warm Up workshops to high school students all over New Jersey, and spent a three month residency creating an original theatre piece which was shown each Spring at ArtFest on the Paper Mill Stage. He was the highest rated teaching artist in the program’s history.
When he began working as an actor at Florida Studio Theatre, he filled his free time teaching classes in their education department and pouring over their in-house library to find new, obscure monologues. He taught a monologue class in which his youngest student was 45 (the oldest was 82), and a playreading class which culminated in a performance of Steel Magnolias. He has also taught monologue, scene study, and audition workshops to several of their Acting Apprentice companies.
At St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, he spent two summers working with a troupe of student volunteers creating original, informative skits to be shown at Student Orientation. And has been a judge for the STANJ (Speech and Theatre Association of NJ) Festival for over 15 years.
He still actively coaches students in Monologue and Song Performance as well as Audition Prep (see rates on the next page!), and has taught workshops at Oakland University in Michigan and for Destination Imagination.
In 2021, Gil served as an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College in New Hampshire. (Advanced Acting 450 with a focus on Shakespeare and the Classics).