Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's

Actor Therapy



The five week Actor Therapy experience includes the following:

  • 5 masterclasses of song and critique
  • 1 business class
  • Life Coaching Hangout with RSO
  • Rep Coaching with Lindsay
  • Free/discounted tix to a Bway/Off bway show
  • Another session with a Casting Director AND Agent
  • Consideration to perform in a 54 Below Show (In Session 14, all students were accepted!)

Who Should Take ACTOR THERAPY?

If you are looking to:
  • Focus yourself with a five week experience led by professional teachers who invest in YOU with one on one feedback.
  • 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.

If you’re looking to be challenged, ACTOR THERAPY’s five week program is perfect for you.

What is Actor Therapy?

Broadway star Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Dogfight, ) and award-winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper in Deadland, 35mm) present ACTOR THERAPY, a 5 week experience designed 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. ACTOR THERAPY includes 5 PERFORMANCE master classes with top industry professionals, personal mentorship from RSO and Mendez, a BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS (Money Management, Networking, Self-promotion and Social Media, etc.) class and community building trips around NYC. The “therapy” part of ACTOR THERAPY goes beyond the classroom to work 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 addressed in the five week experience.



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

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

About your hosts

Lindsay Mendez

LINDSAY MENDEZ just completed a run as Hermione in The Public’s production of The Winter’s Tale  (Shakespeare in the Park.) This summer, she had the honor of starring in Lin Manuel Miranda’s production of 21 Chump Street as part of This American Life LIVE at BAM. On Broadway, she was most recently seen playing Elphaba in the smash hit, Wicked.   Her time there included performances on The Today Show and the Katie Couric show, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the production. Prior to that, she was seen Off-Broadway and received Drama Desk, Drama League, and OCC nominations for her portrayal of Rose Fenny in Second Stage’s World Premiere musical DogFight, directed by Joe Mantello.  Other Broadway credits include Godspell (2011 Revival), Everyday Rapture (Roundabout), Grease (2007 Revival.)  Off-Broadway, she was seen in Everyday Rapture (2nd Stage) The Marvelous Wonderettes. Some other favorite credits include A Little More Alive (KC Rep, directed by Sheryl Kaller), Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MMLove’s Labour’s Lost (directed by Alex Timbers), Princesses (Goodspeed, 5th Avenue Theatre), Jacques Brel…(TRTC). Lindsay has a jazz/contemporary music group with pianist Marco Paguia (  In spring of 2013, they made their Lincoln Center debut with the American Songbook series. Their debut album, This Time, is available on their website, and on itunes.

Ryan Scott Oliver

RYAN SCOTT OLIVER was called “the future of Broadway… a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly) and the “best composer working today without a major production” (Backstage Magazine).  Most recently his music and lyrics were heard Off-Broadway in Jasper in Deadland (book by Hunter Foster), which enjoyed a totally sold spring 2014 run starring Matt Doyle, and will be presented at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in May 2015.  He is a Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, Richard Rodgers Award Winner, Lortel Award Nominee, ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award Winner, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and the recipient of residencies at 5th Avenue Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Weston Playhouse, Cap 21, the York Theatre, and San Diego State University for We Foxes, a commission by Broadway Across America.  He wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (licensed by Samuel French, original cast recording avail. on Ghostlight Records), Darling (Boston Metropolitan Opera Mainstage Award, Weston Playhouse and Pace New Musicals Award, workshopped at ACT, featured on NBC’s The Apprentice), Mrs. Sharp (read at Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), Out of My Head (published and licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights, available to purchase on Amazon), as well as the youth theatre commission The Frog Prince Continued which ran for six months in Chicago. 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. Additionally, he is the Director of New Musicals at Pace University in downtown Manhattan and the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.  His songbook, Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Vol. 1, was published by Hal Leonard in 2011. M.F.A. Musical Theatre Writing NYU; B.A. Music Composition, UCLA.  Songbooks and sheet music available at He is currently at work on the new musical Rope, a commission for Grove Entertainment, and Darling will open Off-Broadway in fall 2015 directed by Robert Longbottom and produced by WalkRunFly.  Follow his morbidly optimistic musings @ryanscottoliver.
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Session 19

  • Monday, June 8th
  • Monday, June 15th
  • Monday, June 22nd
  • Monday, June 29th
  • Monday, July 6th

Session 20

  • Monday, Aug 3rd
  • Monday, Aug 10th
  • Monday, Aug 17th
  • Monday, Aug 24th
  • Monday, Aug 31st

 Classes are held at 6:00pm or 8:30pm for new students.
(Alumni click here for Alumni Session Times)


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Registration Fees per Session (all five classes) … $75 deposit + just $500 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.