Master Classes with Tom Bentley-Fisher
International Director and Master Teacher
Award winning international theatre director and acting teacher (and coach) Tom Bentley-Fisher brings his unique approach to character transformation to professional actors and directors in Los Angeles.
Mr. Bentley-Fisher represents the work of the late Yat Malmgren, who trained many of the English worlds’ greatest actors, including Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Colin Firth. Tom was the last private student to train intensely with Mr. Malmgren and throughout his long career has refined and developed the work with an original and passionate voice. Tom’s approach is also influenced by his training with Sanford Meisner in New York.
Bridging the best of the European and North American acting sensibilities, Mr. Bentley-Fisher brings a unique and detailed approach to creating character on stage and on film. His technique challenges the actor to create work that is both truthful and transformational. It provides the actor with a methodological approach to discovering and employing inner resources not usually brought to their creative process.
Presently, Mr. Bentley-Fisher is in development for "The Unknotted Tongue", a feature film based on one of his novels. The project will be co-produced by Lasa Films and Karma Film, both award-winning Canadian film companies. Tom is co-writer and director on the project.
He is also artistic director of an international theatre company that operates out of Canada and Spain, where he recently created and directed an acclaimed all-female verion of The Iliad (Iliada) that performed for over a year in European Festivals.
Tom has been the Artistic Director of five professional theatres, directed over one hundred productions, and taught in some of the most innovative theatre training programs in Canada and Europe.
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"The prospect of transferring his talent and knowledge to the film industry will no doubt result in a creative approach that will inject ideas that haven't been tried before."
-Valerie Creighton / President and CEO of Canada Media Fund