Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's

Actor Therapy

Actor, heal thyself!



Actor Therapy is featured on’s Booking It! Series.

Check out the interview with Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez HERE.


We’re creating a “resource List” for our students to connect with professionals who want to connect with THEM.  We’re looking for:

  • Voice teachers looking for new students
  • Acting coaches looking for new students
  • Directors/music directors looking to direct cabarets (etc.) with new musical theatre performers
  • Venue bookers/starting producers looking for new talent
  • Any other professionals who are looking for up-and-coming performers

If this describes you, please send name and contact info (email, phone), a 50 word bio, website links, and applicable references to


Session 12 Dates

  • Friday, May 23rd
  • Monday, June 2nd
  • Monday, June 9th
  • Monday, June 16th
  • Monday, June 23rd

Lindsay Mendez (just off a year-run as Elphaba in Wicked), Ryan Scott Oliver, AND a music director will be back in action throughout the session, plus three guests — including an actor, a casting director and a voice teacher.

NEW! We’ll also be working with a Rep Coach (at no additional charge) who will work to get you material specific to you!

As usual: students will perform a weekly song and receive critique.

Plus e-life coaching throughout the session, feature on the Actor Therapy Website, through the student profile and our weekly featured videos. Students will also join the wider Actor Therapy network through the Actor Therapy Digest, a weekly e-neswletter of resources and student announcements.

Who Should Take ACTOR THERAPY?

If you are looking to:
  • Improve your confidence in how you audition.
  • Get inspired or re-inspired about Musical theater and the different possibilities NYC holds for you.
  • Be challenged and held accountable by teachers who will not only sort out your audition book, but help you navigate your life as an actor in this city to get the absolute most out of living and working here.
…then this class is for YOU!

What is Actor Therapy?

Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell) and award-winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver (35mm, Darling) present ACTOR THERAPY, a series of masterclasses for performers looking to improve their auditions, build a better book, and expand their understanding of what it means to be an actor and song interpreter in New York today, continues with a summer session. The “therapy” part of ACTOR THERAPY refers to the fact that one-night masterclasses are great for song critique and to help you work on one song at a time… But ACTOR THERAPY focuses on working on the actor inside. What is keeping you from going on auditions? From updating your headshot/resume? Why are callbacks getting fewer and far between? Do you lack motivation to be productive during the day? Do your poor skills with money force you to take survival jobs that are killing your will to audition? These questions and more are the topics of every ACTOR THERAPY class.

About your hosts

Lindsay Mendez

LINDSAY MENDEZ can currently be seen starring as Elphaba in the Broadway hit musical, Wicked. Prior to that, she starred Off-Broadway and received Drama League, Drama Desk, and OCC nominations for her portrayal of Rose Fenny in Second Stage’s World Premiere musical DogFight, directed by Joe Mantello.  Broadway: Godspell (2011 Revival), Everyday Rapture (Roundabout), Grease (2007 Revival.)  Off-Broadway: Everyday Rapture (2nd Stage) The Marvelous Wonderettes. Other credits include: Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM, Princesses (Goodspeed, 5th Avenue Theatre).  Lindsay has a jazz/contemporary music group with pianist Marco Paguia.  This spring, they made their Lincoln Center debut with the American Songbook series. Their debut album, This Time, is available on iTunes.

Ryan Scott Oliver

RYAN SCOTT OLIVER is a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, 2008 Rodgers Award Winner, 2011 Lortel Award Nominee, 2012 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, a 2009 ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award Winner, a 2007 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and most recently, the recipient of residencies at 5th Avenue Theatre (WA), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (CA), Weston Playhouse (VT), and Cap 21 (NY) for We Foxes, a commission by Broadway Across America.  Music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (original cast recording avail. on Ghostlight Records), Darling (ACT, featured on NBC’s The Apprentice), Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), and the commissions Jasper in Deadland (soon to be seen presented by Prospect Theatre Company) and The Frog Prince Continued; a collection of his work, Rated RSO, played the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival; Off-Broadway and elsewhere: Disney Theatricals commission, TheatreWorksUSA’s We the People, Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids, and cabarets worldwide.  He is a professor at Pace University in Manhattan and the artistic director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.  B.A. Music Composition, UCLA; M.F.A. Musical Theatre Writing NYU. Songbooks and sheet music now available: Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Volume 1 and 2, and 35mm Vocal Selections.  More at


Session 13

  • Monday, September 8th
  • Monday, September 15th
  • Monday, September 22nd
  • Monday, September 29th
  • Monday, October 6th

 Classes are held at either 6:00pm or 8:30pm, schedule to be announced. 



Registration Fees per Session (all five classes) … $75 deposit + just $375 first day

Please indicate session number in the comments section of the online registration form.

Where great therapy requires intimacy and great theatre requires community, RSO and Lindsay Mendez have combined both to create a phenomenal working space where you are with family. Their not-so-secret ingredient is heart… or is it sass?

— Tim J.

Ryan and Lindsay are helping me unlock my insecurities and discover what what getting between me and truly telling a story. Calling it a class doesn’t begin to cover it…it is therapy! You are truly being understood and HEARD by people you admire.

— Lisa K.

This class has truly helped me expand as a performer. I’ve grown up a lot in this class. I’ve realized that I can’t wait around any more for something to happen for me. I’ll forever be grateful to you two for everything you’ve taught me. It’s made me a better, more confident actor!

— Courtney B.

Working with Ryan and Lindsay has been honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life. They have such great methods and truly believe in all of us students. Learning from them as two people who are contemporary artists, has shown me that there are no limits, when it comes to performing. Every young actor should be taking their class.

— Lucas B.