Workshops in Exile

Each workshop is FREE – pre-registration is required in order to access the workshop.
Each workshop is limited to 10 registrants.

The Dynamic Actor

Instructor: Bi Jean Ngo 
Monday, May 18, 6-8 PM 
Tuesday, May 19, 6-8 PM 
Open to actors
Are you looking to expand your actor’s toolkit in the style of Theatre Exile? Bi Jean Ngo is known for her honest, raw performances, and this workshop is designed to help you access your own truth. In this time of isolation, we will connect with others and activate our performances through the new medium of Zoom. Bi will help you discover non-traditional ways of building character through a dynamic exploration of voice, body, and emotional response. You will explore breath, group vocalization, and open monologues to marry the character biography you imagine with elements of your own inner experience.

Bi Jean Ngo​ is a Philadelphia-based theater actor, director, and educator. She holds an MFA from The Actors’ Studio Drama School, New School University. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Film and Television from Boston University. She additionally trained at Dell’Arte International, The Suzuki Company of Toga, Shakespeare and Company, and The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski. She has appeared onstage at InterAct Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Shakes, Shakespeare in Clark Park, and with other companies. She was last seen at Theatre Exile in Hansol Jung’s Among the Dead, and in Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Babel. Bi is a 2016 recipient of the F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Barrymore Award, the 2016 TCG Fox Fellowship Foundation Award, and the 2018 Independence Fellowship Foundation grant.


Audition Intensive
Instructor: Matt Pfeiffer
Thursday, May 21, 6-8 PM 
Friday, May 22, 6-8 PM 
Open to actors
Auditions can be a terrifying experience. You panic. You don’t trust yourself. And worst of all, you don’t get a chance to show people what you can do. Through the guidance of actor/director Matt Pfeiffer, “A Practical Approach to Auditions” helps you to gain confidence on how to attack an audition with guts and honesty. The class offers one-on-one coaching in both monologues and cold reads, as well as an evaluation from a panel of professional directors. It’s time to stop letting auditions get the better of you. Take a strong and practical approach to the process.

Matt Pfeiffer is a Philadelphia-born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. Some previous Exile credits include; Completeness, True West, North of the Boulevard, Glengarry Glenross, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Bug. Other credits include; Arden Theatre, InterAct, Walnut Street Theatre, 1812, Lantern Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, University of the Arts, and 18 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a 12-time Barrymore nominee and a winner for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand, both with Theatre Exile. He’s also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud graduate of DeSales University.


The Play Reading Workshop
Instructor: Deborah Block
Tuesday, May 26, 7-9 PM 
Tuesday, June 2, 7-9 PM 
Open to the public
Are you interested in learning what happens in a professional rehearsal? Have you ever wondered how an actor and director work together to interpret a play? In this two-part workshop via Zoom, Deborah Block will work with participants to bring to life Theatre Exile’s past hit show: ​Gruesome Playground Injuries​. In the first workshop, participants will be assigned to read for specific parts of this play, and learn some of the skills that actors and directors use in bringing a play to life. In the second workshop, participants will do a full read-through of the play together, guided by Deborah’s vision and direction. All participants will be assigned parts to read, and they can invite friends and family to watch the final reading on Zoom. Join us for this unique workshop opportunity!

Deborah Block ​has been a consistent figure in the Philadelphia arts community for over 30 years as a director, educator, dramaturg, producer and curator. She has been involved in the creation of many professional productions, including directing over 60 shows with a special love for new plays and movement-based theater. She has worked on scores of educational productions and has taught at many local universities, including 10 years at Temple University (where she received her MFA,) Rowan University, and University of the Arts. She is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe and was the program director for 10 years. Deborah is the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Exile and developed Studio X-hibition and Paper Wings, Theatre Exile’s new play development programs for professional and student playwrights, respectively. She most recently directed ​Among the Dead​ by Hansol Jung. Additional directing work for Exile includes ​Sing The Body Electric, ​​Guards at the Taj, Smoke, Red Speedo, ​Cock, ​The English Bride, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Iron, Hunter Gatherers, Roosters, and Hearts & Soles.