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Dov Tiefenbach

 

actor & acting coach

 

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Bio

Dov began his acting career at the age of 12 when he was cast as the lead in a short film (LOVE CHILD with Neve Campbell) out of Young People's Theater in Toronto. He quickly piled up a series of credits before moving to NYC when he was cast along side Judd Hirsch in Broadway's revival of A THOUSAND CLOWNS.

Dov has spent the last 25 years as a working actor. His credits include supporting roles in: CHEATERS (Jenna Malone, Jeff Daniels), KNOCKAROUND GUYS (John Malkovitch, Dennis Hopper), GET OVER IT (Ben Foster, Kirstin Dunst), HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE (John Cho, Kal Penn), SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS (Mark Ruffalo), ARE YOU HERE (Owen Wilson, Zach Galifinakis), TIME OUT OF MIND (Richard Gere), 5 TO 7 (Frank Langella). Leading roles in: WOLF GIRL (Tim Curry), THE DELICATE ART OF PARKING, PRETEND WE'RE KISSING (Zoe Kravitz), ASTHMA (Krystin Ritter), POOR BOY (Michael Shannon), and series regulars: LAW & ORDER SVU (mariska hargitay), LITTLE MEN, WHICHBLADE, TILT, BILLABLE HOURS and DETROIT 1-8-7. Recent work includes roles in HBO's CRASHING (Judd Apatow) and Showtimes's HOMELAND.

 

 

Throughout his career Dov has been committed to growing his craft and studying technique while seeking out the world-class teachers. Dov began training in Linklatter Technique with David Smukler and Natsuko Ohama as well as Meisner at the Atlantic. Upon moving to Los Angeles Dov trained with legendary coach Sandra Seacat who's Jungian dream work helped Dov lessen the perceived divide between character and self, then continued with the excellent Kerrie Keane who emphasized Energetic Openness and Spontaneity. Dov then studied with Michael Beckett who's been teaching at HB studio for over 50 years and was trained by founding teachers Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen, where his understanding of the finer points of craft, the role of the artist and technique have been sharpened.

Dov has been coaching actors for auditions and roles for many years and has started his own audition technique class; The Art Of Auditioning, where he synthesizes the various methods and techniques with his lifetime of audition experience. Dov is managed by Anonymous Content and Abrams Artists.


Coaching

Private coaching for Auditions and Booked roles is available on a Sliding Scale.

$75-$150/hour depending on the project/client.

You can also drop-into my THE AUDITION FORUM class on Wednesday's.

Please contact me to discuss further. 

Auditioning

Auditions are a great opportunity to practice craft. They are also the way an actor gets to earn a living. I’ve learned that trying to identify what producers and casting want and attempting to give it to them only takes one so far. There's a lot on the line for us when we audition as each audition has the possibility of drastically changing our lives, however, is it possible for the stakes of the character to be higher than the stakes of the actor? Can the actor experience the character's stakes as their own and in the audition room, fight for their lives? Our job is to experience the most important moments of our character's lives and spontaneously live through them, not pretend or repeat what we’ve seen.

Our work together will involve detailed analysis and deep personalization of every image and word so that the actor and character become one thing. Casting will see YOU as the character and have no other choice but to hire you. This involves rooting out our ideas of how it “should” look or sound and make real connections with what’s most important to us. Once made, these connections will be there for you in the room and auditioning becomes fun, easy and anxiety free. We find we are saying the words of the script, but we are really talking about the things nearest and dearest to us. Nothing is more exciting to an actor. Even if we don’t get the part, the process of auditioning becomes a healthy part of our lives.

Booked role

Much of the work is the same for auditioning as for when we have the role, but we will focus on finding the larger arc, breaking down all the beats into manageable bites and finding the through-line and container the character inhabits. We will also break down the entire script and relationship to all characters, identify the “traps” of the piece and move towards what scares the actor the most. We tend to want to keep our performances within our “wheelhouse” and stay in control. Our work is to push the actor into that uncomfortable place where they are not in control. Where we move away from performance and into experience. We won’t know the camera is rolling or that we're being watched. We will organically live out the struggle of the character, transcend it and heal our common wounds. We do this through analysis, body work, voice work and dream work. Each actor has a different temperament and responds to different stimulus. We find whatever works to safely push the actor into the experience of the character. Even working outside-in can be helpful. Finding the right accent or belt buckle can suddenly stimulate the actor into creativity. It’s a job and we get paid, but it’s also play.


THE AUDITION FORUM

Even the most accomplished actors have anguished over how different the art of acting on set and stage is from the audition room. Being successful in auditions is it’s own skill. Grizzled Vets and Rookies alike experience the same anxiety.

Our class will explore Craft within the context of the audition room and intends to give actors the tools and confidence to feel comfortable in creating memorable auditions. Auditions that book.

Using sides from real TV and film auditions, class work will take place within the context of the audition room. The stage will become the casting room, the teacher will play the casting director and students will have the opportunity to practice coming into the room, auditioning, taking adjustments then receiving feedback and notes from the teacher. This class is for the beginner and advanced actor, all levels work together.

The class has it's roots in the principals of modern method techniques but specified for results in the audition. Casting directors are always looking for “strong choices” that are unique to that actor. We will examine what makes for strong choices that allow for a living character appear. Intention, substitution, personalization, high stakes, obstacles, spontaneity, presence, avoiding the trap, as well as audition room etiquette will all be explored.

Without having to rehearse with scene partners, the class gives each student the opportunity to work on their craft each week without impediment. The teacher is committed to each student working each class.

It's difficult to overcome our own anxiety and the stakes are often higher for the actor than the character. The audition fails when the actor’s desire is greater than the character’s. We will explore how to experience the character’s needs as our own and lift the audition from pretending in order to book, to experiencing the character in our own unique way. Producers always want to work with actors that can authentically transform material into their own being, showing them behavior they didn't expect. Most actors are showing up with the exact same audition. Working this way can not be planned, it can only be experienced. You will learn to surprise yourself.

The class will focus on:

•understanding the elements that create a strong sense of character.

•identifying how to help producers/directors tell their story.

•breaking down psychological actions and tactics that are easy and fun to play.

•identifying and modifying the actor’s energy and how it differs from the character’s.

•working with personalizations and substitutions, understanding how “this is like that”.

•translating movement into the stillness required for audition work.

•creating a sense of space--choreographing an audition.

•deepening our understanding of tone and genre.

•translating our own vibrant experiences and strong opinions into the character’s.

•identifying the choices we subconsciously make and how to make strong conscious choices.

•shifting the audition experience from being stressful to fun.

 

Please Contact me if you're interested in joining.


Collaborators

 

"Dov is one of my favorite coaches to work with. His work is playful, fearless, masculine and feminine and everything in between. His awareness that there are millions of possibilities for a character makes the search for the right choice deep, challenging, and always fun."

-Zoe Kravitz (BIG LITTLE LIES, MAD MAX, X-MEN)


"I have worked with Dov on countless auditions over the 4 years I’ve known him.  In the past 3 years he has become the only audition coach I go to. He’s extremely gifted at freeing me up and getting me thinking about working on the material for the fun and excitement of finding it. He helps me let go of the unhelpful thinking about how to mold myself into something I’m not to get the job. I always come to him stressed out saying things like, “I’m totally wrong for this” or “this isn’t in my wheelhouse.” And I always change my mind by the end of our session. By making me forget about GETTING the job and instead focus on the fun of finding my own personal way into the work, we craft something together that gives me confidence. Through conscientious personal discussion, he helps me stop trying to play the character, and instead find the person inside me who is that character. So that I am just being, instead of acting. I leave armed with my own unique take on it, that I know no one else is walking in with because it’s ME. Dov is special in this regard. I believe he has the power to help people, not just with their auditions but with their confidence in themselves as actors and artists in general. He’s the best!"

-Sarah Steele (THE HUMANS-Broadway, THE GOOD WIFE-CBS)


 
 
 
"Dov is devoted to deepening performances beyond good or bad.  He is about the process.  His understanding of human psychology and spirituality and his ability to apply that to his craft is something quite unique and unparalleled to anyone else of his generation." 

-Aaron Himelstein (THE AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, JOAN OF ARCADIA)


"Dov has the innate ability to get to the heart of a character. He challenges me to dig deeper than I knew I was capable, forcing me to ask the hard questions. As a long time friend and student of Mr. Tiefenbach I know that he has and continues to explore the greater meaning of what connects us as a people, and the power that we as artists hold. There is no greater asset in a coach and a teacher, and I couldn't recommend his guidance more." 

-Raviv Ulman


"Dov is a very gifted, disciplined actor. It has always been a privilege to work with him. He has a questioning mind and a free spirit. His instrument has been honed to be so natural on stage and camera that it is hard to believe his is actually acting. His experience in many professional films and TV prime time series has seasoned his natural gifts to prepare him to be a talented guide for other actors. His often very unconventional take on script analysis opens up a myriad of possibilities even for common parts, infusing them with new and intriguing meaning. His dedication and obsession with craft is an inspiration for any actor, old and new. The many times he has auditioned and won paid roles clearly qualifies him as an able instructor for others in the art of getting a job in the difficult journey of any actor."

-Omar Chagall (Law and Order, Sopranos, Che, Frida, Unforgettable)


"Working with Dov is like opening a wonderful gift that someone you care for gives you just because. He is an exquisite combination of precise insight, near-infinite patience, vast experience, and unwavering support."
-Laurie Woodward

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