By Ronald Rand and Luigi Scorcia
Milton Katselas’ directing career began in the 1960s with the original Off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of Butterflies Are Free. He has directed over sixty plays, eight feature films, and is a renowned teacher of actors. His school, the Beverly Hills Playhouse, is one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most respected ongoing acting workshops. Under his direction, Blythe Danner won the Tony Award, Eileen Heckert the Academy Award, and Bette Davis her only Emmy Award. The actors Mr. Katselas has directed include Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton. He studied with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio and was mentored by Elia Kazan and Joshua Logan. As an author, he has penned two books: Acting Class, his renowned book on acting technique, and Dreams Into Action.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
By MARK OPPENHEIMER
Published: July 15, 2007
Giovanni Ribisi called me. Burt Reynolds asked me to call him at home. The director Joel Schumacher called me from Romania between takes for his next movie. Anne Archer and I played phone tag for two weeks. A-list, B-list, stars of stage, stars of screen, they were all eager to talk. The Tony winners John Glover and Tyne Daly, Edie McClurg, the dippy secretary in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” David Carradine.
By Jenelle Riley
Great performances can earn accolades for the actor in the role – worthy praise for an artist willing to dig deep and take risks in the medium – but most actors will be the first to tell you they didn’t get there alone. Aside from writers, directors, and the countless people who contribute to their performance, actors are quick to thank the teachers and coaches who have guided them. Like actors, teachers sometimes get a bad rap; more than one sitcom has poked fun at the idea that acting can be taught, portraying teachers as turtle-neck-wearing, pretentious artistes who couldn’t hack it as actors.
April 9, 1998
By Karen Kondazian (The Actor’s Way)
I studied acting with Milton Katselas in the 1970s at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, so it was good to catch up with this charismatic teacher and director in a recent interview at his Hollywood home, which he helped design.
By Harold Stern
Just as was true first in television and then in motion pictures, the theater is now undergoing a director explosion. This is an era of the young or the new or the emerging stager.
Milton Katselas isn’t exactly a novice. He directed the original New York production of The Zoo Story over a decade ago. He followed this with another off-Broadway triumph, Call Me By My Rightful Name. But for some reason, though he had ample opportunity, Broadway success proved exasperatingly elusive.
By Bill Hagen
Tribune Film/Theater Critic
San Diego Tribune
Monday, January 14, 1991
At Intermission of the Old Globe Theatre production of “Other People’s Money,” a theatergoer was expounding rather authoritatively to a small circle of friends on a problem he was having with Jerry Sterner’s caustic, thought-provoking and bittersweet comedy about greed, venality, betrayal, amorality and a lot of other stuff that made the recently expired decade really special.