Teacher Spotlight: Ron Piretti

Doug GoldringCommunity, Training

We’d love to introduce you to one of our incredible TBG teaching artists, Ron Piretti! Read our interview with him below…

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

RP: I love watching students in my class progress. I think The Barrow Group approach is very accessible. When I teach Beginner I classes, it is so rewarding to see students who were so nervous because many have never acted before, haven’t for a long time, or their parents told them to choose another path. Seeing the joy on their faces when they open up and have fun no matter what their age. I’m lucky that I can experience that with them.

What is a TBG tool you love to use in your own acting journey?

RP: The Barrow Group has helped me to become a better teacher, actor, director, and fight director. Breaking patterns is a never-ending challenge. The one tool I like to use, especially with monologues, is to pause where I haven’t paused before. I forget about the punctuation and see where it leads. It keeps me on my toes and makes the monologue different each time. Another go-to is speaking about something and then slipping into the text. I have a habit of my voice getting tight, and I find that tool helps me to be in my own voice.

What is a project that you’ve been a part of that you are proud of?

RP: At the moment, teaching is what I’ve been working on, and I enjoy it tremendously. Recently, I worked on a short film called “Allegory.” In the last couple of years, I’ve been the fight director for a few shows. “Jubilee” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, “7 Guitars” at Arena Stage in D.C., and a great production of “West Side Story” in Tokyo.

To take a class with Ron, try Beginner Acting Class I: The Basics starting 4/1, or Beginner Acting Class II: Getting Specific starting 4/11!

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