Instructor Bios


Cheryl King is the owner, and artistic and managing director, of Stage Left Studio, the only solo show repertory theatre in NYC. She was resident acting coach at All My Children, the Emmy-winning daytime drama at ABC, from 2007-2010.  Her performance background includes multiple careers, in vaudeville/burlesque, mime, 13 years in standup comedy and 16 years in theatre in NYC. Her internationally acclaimed solo show, "not a nice girl", has had runs Off-Broadway in NYC, in Los Angeles and Ft. Collins, CO. Her television credits include ABC's 20/20, and Faking It on TLC, in an episode that was also featured on Oprah! She is currently performing Sally Lambert’s solo play Grapefruit in an extended run at Stage Left Studio.

She created and performs in Forbidden Kiss LIVE, a variety show which has been running at Stage Left for six years, and won for Stage Left the title “New York’s Best Sexy Theatre” from the Village Voice. In November 2008 she was chosen "Person of the Year" by nytheatre.com for her work in indie theatre in NYC. In 2010, her theater was featured in tdf “Stages” and the NY Times referred to her as “the matriarch of the Off-Off Broadway solo scene.”  

She formed her own production company, Cheryl King Productions, in 2000, and has produced several acting retreats, over 400 productions, and three years of V-Day events. She is the creator of four festivals, the Left Out Festival, an annual festival of gay performance art; the Women at Work Festival, featuring work by and/or about women; the Beyond the Pale Festival and the MamaDrama Festival. She has curated solo shows for the Estrogenius Festival at ManhattanTheatreSource since 2005.

Her innovative Body Language workshop has been a big success since 1998 and she has served as an expert consultant for books and magazine articles, including a major feature in WWD, the magazine. Back Stage commissioned her to write an article on the craft of acting in a solo show for their April 2010 edition. She is a contributing writer to Glenn Alterman’s “Creating Your Own Monologue” and the arts paper Soul of the American Actor.

Ms. King is co-writer of the full-length play, Arturo's Window, which has been presented as a staged reading at several NY theatres. She also wrote the one-act “Art/Sex” and is currently working with TC Corwin on a new full length play called “The Podcasters” which will premiere in the spring of 2012. She coaches adults and children privately, teaches acting classes in her technique called Whole Body Acting, teaches weekly writing workshops, and has written a book about her approach to playwriting, called “Writing Your Heart Out.”

She is an advisory board member of ARIA and a member of the Dramatists Guild and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  In 2009-2011, she directed solo show artist Frank Blocker in his Drama Desk-nominated Southern Gothic Novel; Taren Sterry, in her show 180 Days, currently touring the US; Joe Hutcheson, in his multiple award-winning play Miss Magnolia Beaumont goes to Provincetown, and Theresa Gambacorta in her latest show “The Vegas Project”. She also directed the shows of Cyndi Freeman, Marlene Nichols, Beth Bongar, Karen Thibodeau, Cheryl Smallman, Susan Rankus and River Huston. www.cherylkingproductions.com; www.stageleftstudio.net; www.forbiddenkiss.info; www.wholebodyacting.com


Theresa Gambacorta (AEA, SAG) has worked in New York as a commercial actress, voice-over artist, director, playwright, and producer for over sixteen years. Her journey with solo performance began in 2004 with her first solo play, LA MAGNANI!, about the life of Italian film star, Anna Magnani, the first foreign actress to win the Academy Award in 1956.

She intimately understands the process of generating an idea for a solo show and turning that dream into a reality. In 2007, after successful runs Off-Off Broadway, LA MAGNANI! was picked up for a six-week Off-Broadway run at The Arclight Theatre. Audience members Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, who knew Magnani personally, raved about Gambacorta’s stunning character work on the legendary actress. Actor Harvey Keitel stuck around after a show one night to extend his support and compliments!  And it all started with the passionate idea to take on a dream role and create work for herself.

Gambacorta believes solo work is one of the most exciting and rewarding ways an actor can empower himself or herself creatively, intellectually and spiritually. She has since gone on to write two more full-length solo plays, BREAKING THE GLASS and THE VEGAS PROJECT, both produced at Stage Left Studio and is deeply committed to helping other actor’s realize their solo performance dreams.

Most recently, she has guided the development process and/or directed the plays of Jay Alvarez, (BEST OF NYC FRINGE, SOLO SHOW, 2011, BEST OF HOLLYWOOD FRINGE, SOLO SHOW, 2011) Marlene Nichols, Cheryl King, (in Sally Lambert’s GRAPEFRUIT) and Chiara Montalto’s EMERGENCY USED CANDLES, currently in rehearsals for an LA run directed by General Hospital’s Ronnie Marmo.

She has an M.A. in Educational Theatre From NYU and is member of The Dramatist’s Guild.  www.theresagambacorta.com

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