What People Have to Say...
"Tom is a unique visionary. He never settles for the obvious. His creative reach has moved far beyond the boundaries of Saskatchewan and Canada and he is internationally recognized as a writer, director and teacher. His boundless energy and passion for his art and craft is frankly exhausting and invigorating - the result of which is evident in his work and the impact he has made on students, theatre professionals and companies. He inspires those around him to break the mold.
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
"Everyone who knows Tom knows that he has a deep, genuine enthusiasm for theatre, which even after decades in the business has not become extinguished, but rather has grown exponentially."
-Carol Greyeyes/one of Canada's senior actresses
"Tom has been a remarkable teacher for me. He combines a variety of different theories and practices into a stream of cohesive instruction, always focused towards becoming a better actor. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him, and the insights I gained into the acting craft. His teachings helped me become more successful in other public and private areas of my life."
-David Klausner/ SF Actor
" Working with Tom is a unique experience. It's like polishing up your third eye, as you may find yourself approaching something from a direction you never knew existed. With words like 'Is this a play?...I don't know.' the adventure begins, and we are reminded that Theatre is good, serious fun. Assume nothing, plan nothing, expect the unexpected."
-Kent Allen/Canadian Actor
"Learning from Tom is a delight. He is passionately supportive of his actors! The tools he shares breaks open the possibilities in your emotional, physical and psychological range. Worth every minute!"
-Connie Siemens/Canadian Acting student
"I felt I learned more about myself than I did about any technique of acting which will show more strongly on stage."
-Paul Herrem/Canadian Acting student
"What I discovered with Tom was a new way of organizing what I know. Through an initial training, you free yourself physically, emotionally and mentally and that allows you to use the combinations he proposes without any obstacles. Thanks to the clarity of his work, you get to know yourself and become aware of what you usually do and the places that are hard to get to for you. That's why it's so useful! Because it allows you to expand your own acting register without limits."
-Àngels Sánchez/ Barcelona Actress
"Delightfully insightful, inspiring and invigorating.
Will definitely offer a challenge to not only one's acting skills but life skills as well."
-Ron Siemens/Acting Student
"Tom Bentley is without a doubt the most influential teacher I've ever had. His extraordinary gift is to be able to draw out creative abilities that his students didn't know existed, if they'd known existed would not have believed could be released and once expressed, stand back in disbelief that they've experienced such a momentous thing. Tom requires absolute commitment to find truthful emotional experiences and does not care for whimsical mimicry and the "building" of characters over the arc of the play. He rightly believes that performances are part of the continuous search for underlying intentions and not repetitive reflection bending deliveries of great public speakers. I would recommend Tom as an acting coach, a creative whirling dervish that will pierce you to your core if you let him and will force you to feel emotions you've subconsciously circumvented in order to adequately function. Functioning adequately is not part of Tom's master plan. It is, after all, in the accidents, that great art lies."
-Lewis Heathcote/ SF Acting student
"Three hours of Tom's class passes like three minutes. There is a timelessness about it as Tom reaches into another part of the brain where true art lies.
Months after Tom's class is over I'm still getting something out of it! Every day I observe, experiment, reflect....Tom took me beyond what I ever thought I could do - he provided an atmosphere that was safe, stimulating, encouraging, nourishing and
-Colleen Gerwing/Acting Student
"Tom's classes have helped me to understand how to put characterization into my body; how to make sense of finding a character in a physical AND intellectual way. I highly recommend Tom's classes to anyone who is interested in finding a truthful way into the work. I am eternally grateful and look forward to working with Tom again."
-Carol Wylie/Acting Student
"I auditioned for Tom and the second he opened his mouth to adjust me, I knew I had to work with him. I worked privately with him for 3.5 years after that. It was one of the most transformative / evocative periods of my life. He set up work that got me to understand who I was. That has become the most invaluable tool I could have come across as an actress."
-Celia Aurora de Blas/ LA Actress
"Tom's artistic integrity is out of the ballpark. I knew it the first time I met him, and thanked the gods weekly over the three years I worked with him. What he has to offer is extraordinary and hard to come by. Run to any opportunity to work with the man. You can send me a thank-you note afterwards."
-Leah Herman/ SF Acting Student
"Tom Bentley-Fisher's work was a great discovery for us at Q-Ars Teatre. What we learned then has been very useful to us ever since. The production of Homer's Iliad under his direction that came just after classes made a lasting impression."
-Anna Güell/ Barcelona Actress (Q-Ars Teatre)
"If you want somebody to call you on your shit and challenge you to find the absolute truth of the character within yourself, which as an actor I feel one should want, Tom will help you greatly. Leave your ego at home and get ready to explore."
-Alyssa Bennett/Acting student
"Tom is an intuitive teacher whose exercises and instructions lead to honest, truthful acting."
-Lavinia Hollands/Artistic Director (London's Constructive Interference Theatre Company)