Sande Shurin directed the Broadway play THE PRICE OF GENIUS as well as a number of off and off-off Broadway plays at such theaters as BAM, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizon, The Flea Theater, Carnegie Hall, LaMama and Theater For The New City etc. In Woodstock she directed Taxi Tales by Leonard Melfi at the Byrdcliffe Theater. She also directed a local NY cable television show WORKING ACTORS and has directed the renowned musical group THE MANHATTAN RHYTHM KINGS as their “on site director and acting coach in Italy. She directed the Mac award nominated cabaret show: YOU ME AND SAMMY D. At the very inception of off-off Broadway her theatre company, Drifting Traffic, was one of the five founding members of OOBA (the off-off Broadway Theatre Alliance). Most recently she directed Anna Fishbeyns’s critically acclaimed SEX IN MOMMYVILLE at the Flea Theater in NYC as well as it’s on-tour locations. Her recent staged readings of Bruce Levy’s SADA and Gary Morgensteins’s A TOMATO CAN’T GROW IN THE BRONX both led or are leading to professional productions.
Shurin directed the short films TRUE LOVE and MUSEUM SCANDALS written by her husband Bruce Levy which made the festival circuits.
Sande has private coached, taught and directed many notable actors including Anthony Rapp, Matthew Modine, Sylvia Miles, Jai Rodriquez, William Sanderson, Daphne Rubin Vega, Michelle Hicks, Shalom Harlow, Jicky Schnee and Tony winners Casey Nicholaw (director Book Of Mormon) and Amy Spanger. to name a few. Her coaching has extended to the world of rap music having coached Method Man. She was acting coach to the award winning “indie” film, THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY and for many years was acting coach to the internationally famous dance company Jennifer Muller and the Works.
Ms. Shurin authored the book TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTING… A Step Beyond which establishes her innovative acting technique Transformational Acting, the only booked technique that uses current emotions and does not rely on past emotions or sense memory of any kind producing a very natural style of acting. She has been heard yelling” Stop Acting” in her classes for the past 33 years. Her new book STAR POWER!…Defining Your Individual Signature guides the already good actor into greatness. She currently teaches her acting technique in New York City as well as at our satellite retreat in Woodstock, NY.
Sande Shurin and some of her work were seen on OPRAH. She appeared on AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL as acting coach with co-star Taye Diggs. She was seen on several reality shows and was recently seen in the staged reading of HELL IS WHERE THE HEART IS and in the internet series SHELLY where she played the coffin sales lady.
Ms. Shurin currently lectures, teaches and leads workshops in New York City and the Mid-Hudson Valley as well as nationally. Her most recent lecture/ panel discussion on acting was for Baruch College. She has developed the BREAK-THRU Workshop and STAR POWER! both powerful transformational events that supports organizational leaders as well as actors and business people of all kinds in personal and career breakthroughs.
Ms Shurin is about to open a production of Roberto Athayde’s internationally acclaimed play MISS MARGARIDIA’S WAY and is directing Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize’s CLYBOURNE PARK for PAW (Performing Arts Of Woodstock).
Bruce swept Sande Shurin off her feet in 1973 and they’ve been together, mentally, spiritually and from the heart ever since. He is co-owner of Sande Shurin Transformational Acting Studios.
He retired his Bruce Levy Talent Agency in 2010 and has produced on, off & off off Broadway. He is a published playwright; His play Sada had it’s full length premier in New York City, directed by Sande. He has written and had produced several short films. He has taught acting and acted in almost every Soap Opera during the heyday of Soaps as well as many New York plays and films. He feels his greatest achievement is his continuing to fulfill and achieve a rewarding life.