Reviews

“As a theater actor, I employ Parlan’s techniques on a daily basis. His class gave me an entirely new toolbox to use to quietly enhance my focus, relaxation, and creativity. I find I’m entering auditions and rehearsal rooms with a calmer body and mind. Parlan’s approach has given me the tools and vocabulary to get out of my head and stay in the present. His techniques work very effectively while waiting in the wings to redirect performance anxiety into more productive energy.

—Amanda Quaid
Broadway: Equus. Off-Broadway: Galileo
opposite F. Murray Abraham (CSC),
Happy Hour (Atlantic), The Illusion (Signature),
The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull), Banished Children of Eve,
The Yeats Project
(Irish Rep), Not a Creature Was Stirring (Flea). 
Regional: Mrs. Warren’s Profession opposite Elizabeth Ashley
(Shakespeare Theatre), As You Like It (Folger),
Romeo and Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival)

 

“The techniques in Parlan’s class brought me closer to the truth of my work than years with other methods. Parlan is a thoughtful, peaceful, and caring teacher who has a very clear vision for how this exciting work can change the actor and the person inside.”

—Peter Bisgaier
Actor, Playwright, Director:
Off-Off Broadway, Regional, Film

 

“Parlan McGaw teaches powerful techniques any actor can use to access the free flow of creative expression and help clear a pathway for greater freedom in all areas. His experience as both an actor and a meditator makes him uniquely suited to help fellow artists.”

—Brian Scott McFadden
Actor/Stand-Up Comic
Late Night with David Letterman,
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

 

 

“Parlan’s techniques helped me touch a basic, less cluttered self and erase the divide between the ‘me’ I bring to the stage and the ‘me’ I bring everywhere else. Parlan is not only a terrific actor and teacher, he is a ray of clear light.”

—Noelle Holly
Actor: Off-Off Broadway, Regional, Film & TV, Industrials

 

“The eight days I spent in Vermont participating in an acting workshop co-led by Parlan McGaw were the most influential to me as an actor and served as a turning point for my work. The work was revelatory to me. I discovered more about myself and I started paying closer attention to my instincts and started taking greater risks.

—Gayle Staffanson
Actor: Regional

 

“Parlan is a gentle and sensitive teacher and he knows the key tools that actors need.

—Kate Udall
Actor: Off Broadway, Regional, Film & TV

 

 

 

 

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