by Aria Socratous.
NEW YORK – The well-known Greek actor Stratos Tzortzoglou and Actors Studio Member Cornelius (Con) Horgan are offering acting classes in Manhattan. Having studied among some of the Actors Studio greats including Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn, Alec Baldwin, and Estelle Parsons, Horgan is a sought after instructor. Tzortzoglou- known for his breakthrough starring role as Orestes in the films Landscape in the Mist and Ulysses’s Gaze with Harvey Keitel, both directed by the Palme D’Or winner Theo Angelopoulos, and as Stavros in Up, Down and Sideways opposite Irene Papas under the direction of the 5-time Academy Award nominee Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek).
The 9-time Academy Award nominee Ingmar Bergman (Fanny and Alexander) compared Tzortzoglou to“a Stradivarius violin,” adding that “the great actors are great instruments.”
The chairman of Paramount Pictures Jim Gianopulos said, “Stratos is destined for great things, he has a unique way of capturing the audiences with his charm, his authenticity and has truly mastered his art form. He is bound to succeed in the American entertainment industry.”
The Oscar-winning actress for Moonstruck Olympia Dukakis said that “Stratos has a lot to offer to the American film industry in his unique sense of acting, combining talent, intuition, passion, and determination.”
Tzortzoglou completed his masterclasses in LA with Ivanna Chubbuck whose students include Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, James Franco, Sylvester Stallone, and with Aaron Speiser whose students include Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Gerard Butler, and Marion Cotillard. Speiser said about Tzortzoglou, “In all my experience, I have never met an actor as dedicated and talented as Stratos.”
In their class, Tzortzoglou and Horgan detail the greatest lessons they have learned through their momentous careers— the struggles and successes that made them so well-known today.
“Education has always been an important part of my life,” Tzortzoglou said in a statement.
“The teachers, mentors, and those who gave me opportunities along the way have made me feel blessed because they taught me the value of striving to be your best. I’m delighted to be part of this new wave of education. As my mentor Karolos Koun once said, ‘We must believe in miracles, in order for miracles to happen.’”
Acting classes are taking place at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 337 East 74th Street in Manhattan, on Mondays from 6-10 PM. More information is available by phone: 917-579-3707 or email: [email protected]
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