Henzler, Oliver

Henzler, Oliver

Oliver Henzler
MFA, Acting, Columbia University, School of the Arts, Theater
Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Feldenkrais Institute New York, director: David Zemach-Bersin
Certified Synapsing® Teacher, Synapsing Teacher Training, London & Berlin, director: Nila Aalia
BA with honors, Wesleyan University, CT

The element of generative play infuses Oliver’s pedagogical approach. It is a form of intelligence that is infectious, motivating, and unifying. Many students of acting are naturally drawn to the craft because they long for a state of play that they knew when they were much younger, a state in which they could create and make up stories. Play is the essence of theater. It requires an open, generous, and curious mind. Oliver tries to instill a sense of generosity to self and others in his students, to nurture independent learners who understand the craft of acting not only as a profession but also as a door to discovering more of themselves and the world around them.

His great passions in theater are the creative potential of the ensemble mind, and connecting to the power and simplicity of the magic of theater.
Courses Taught:
LTHR 2080 A - Physical Training for Actors
LTHR 3055 B - Scene Study, German Playwrights: a Culture in Flux

Acting/Performance Workshops:
The Body Ensemble, returning to the actor as creator; New York
The Way of Play, new neural pathways through movement play; New York
Connecting the Dots, movement for actors; Berlin, Germany
Teen Tunes, wisdom of songs we picked as teenagers; Berlin, Germany

Arts in Healthcare Workshop:
Rejuvenate your Creative Soul; Office of Integrated Medicine, New York

Corporate Trainings:
TeamMind And Creative Ideation; Alcoa Corporate Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Präsentationstraining, Playing into your Future; Berlin, Germany
Presence and Presentation Training; Financial.com; Munich, Germany

Research Interests:


How to optimize collaboration in training and performance
Time and the creative process
Brain research and creativity
The Potent Self; Feldenkrais and Acting
Listening communication and the new media
Interdisciplinary Studies: Actors, Dancers, Singers


Professional Affiliations:
Actors Equity (AEA)
Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA)
American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
Founding Partner, Mind Core Motion (McoreM), Corporate Training in Motion
Amadeus by Peter Schaffer, directed by Cornel Gabara, Peristyle Theatre, Toledo Museum of Art
The Happy House, Feature Film, A First Run Features Release, (ITunes, Amazon, soon on Netflix), directed by D.W.Young
The Thespian Returns, Short Film, Official entry to the Los Angeles DWF Festival, directed by D.W.Young
Nocturne by Adam Rapp, directed by Juan Carlos Souki, Luna Stage, NJ
Pericles by Shakespeare, directed Andrei Serban, American Repertory Theatre (ART)
Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz, conducted by James Levine, directed by Andrei Serban; Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center; Member of the Extra Ballet
Peer Gynt by Ibsen, directed by Andrei Serban, Theater at the Riverside Church, NY
Founding Member of Turtle Back Theater Collective; Actor in its Off Off Broadway productions of Woyzeck by Büchner, Rashomon based on Akutagawa's short stories, Mosca by Fabio Rubiano, and The Pelican by Strindberg, all directed by Javier H Gutierrez

Producing & Writing:
The Happy House, Feature Film, directed by D.W.Young, A First Run Features Release; Executive Producer; 2013
Not Interested, Short, directed by D.W.Young; Official Entry to the SXSW Film Festival; Associate Producer; 2010
The Thespian Returns, Short, directed by D.W.Young; Official entry to the Los Angeles DWF Festival; Producer & Co-Writer; 2009

Awards and Honors:
- Protégé Actor of the Lynne Thigpen/Bobo Lewis Foundation; 2005
- Annette Kade Fellowship, for bringing Synapsing® performance workshops to the US; 2002
- Robert Wilson, Watermill Center, International Summer Program; Oedipus Project; 1999
- Blankenagel prize for excellence in German studies, Wesleyan University; for honors thesis Puppets and Idealists: The Comic in Büchner’s Tragic Plays; 1997

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