Howard Meyer's Acting Program
The leading acting school in Westchester for those who are serious about learning the craft.
Howard Meyer is a playwright, director and founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre and Howard Meyer's Acting Program. Howard’s plays include The Kiss, All That’s Fair, The Contract, Lost in Paradise, AngelBeast, Cherrie & Jerry, the monologues Calculus and Horus, WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community, Radiance, Maybe Never Fell,(Roundtable readings at Lark Play Development Center, May and October 2013, directed by Lisa Rothe), the ‘Number Trilogy,’ a collection of one acts (Three, Five, Twenty) and Paint Made Flesh, (Roundtable reading at Lark Play Development Center, April 2014; semi-finalist for the 2015 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference). Radiance was produced at Axial Theatre in spring, 2013 featuring Obie award-winning actor Chris McCann. Radiance was a two time semi-finalist (2011, 2012) at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist (2012) at the Hormel New Works Festival at the Phoenix Theatre. Lost In Paradise is under an option for a motion picture. WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was read at The Barrow Group, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays at 9 and Pacific Resident Theatre and was presented at Axial Theatre in November, 2010 directed by Drama Desk award-winner, Josh Hecht. The production featured LABrynth Theater Company co-founder, David Deblinger, and Emmy-nominated actor, Jon Lindstrom. Howard was recently selected as one of the 50 artists to be honored as a part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 1998 Howard co-founded Axial Theatre, now in its 16th season developing and presenting new and classic plays in Westchester County, NY. Under his artistic direction, Axial has produced over 50 premieres of one-act and full length plays since the theatre’s inaugural performance in the winter of 2000. www.axialtheatre.org www.howardmeyer.info
Rachel Jones is a member of Actors' Equity and Screen Actors' Guild. She toured the US and Canada with the first national tour of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly and has acted in several films and commercials. Rachel was a founding member of New York's Avalon Repertory Theatre where she both acted and directed. She has studied the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagen. Ms. Jones currently acts with and directs for The Axial Theatre.
Najah Imani Muhammad
Najah is a NY based multi-hyphenate artist and educator, with main disciplines in acting and directing. She received her BA in Theatre Education and Acting from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Najah frequently hosts live events such as open mics, film festival red carpets, comedy shows, and cabarets. Regardless of the project, her goal is to use the arts as a communicative tool to bring people together, and start a conversation. Najah enjoys directing thought provoking pieces, and had the opportunity to develop a new work entitled, “Why Women Cry,” which was featured in NYC’s EstroGenius and Fringe Festivals in 2019. Most recently, she has used this drive to direct and coach young people, helping to foster an environment of leadership and growth, while finding cultural relevance in each performance. When not performing or directing, Najah can be found working in arts education with organizations such as Disney Theatrical Group, Girl Be Heard, Beacon Performing Arts Center and Leaders by Choice. Outside of the theater, you may catch Najah talking to strangers on camera or offering her “two cents” through writing, with her advice brand, "Najahknows," and podcast “UnderRepresented Representatives.” www.najahknows.com
Perryn Pomatto wrote his first play at the age of 7, a pirate fantasia starring many of his favorite stuffed animals including Sugar Bear and Fuzzy Wuzzy. Perryn also designed and created all of the costumes, and was the "puppeteer" behind all of their brilliant performances. His next great work was the one man, plus a few extra characters, autobiographical show Sin, Sex and Sacrilege which was presented as part of his thesis at the University of Montana. Upon arriving in New York, Perryn became involved in several theatre companies devoted to developing and creating new work, most notably The Woodstock Fringe, The Negro Ensemble Company, Shades of Truth Theatre and, most recently, The PlayGround Experiment and The New Ambassadors Theatre Company. It was in conjunction with these last two companies that Perryn developed his latest opus, the web series This Encounter May Now Begin, a raucous comedy based on his experiences working with medical students as a Standardized Patient. In October of 2021, Perryn co-produced a live reading of This Encounter with New Ambassadors which aired on the NATC YouTube channel. Perryn was also the Artistic Director and head writer of the sketch comedy group The Grease Monkeys, which aired on the egarage.tv website. You can view some of those sketches, and some of Perryn's work as an actor, on his website www.perrynpomatto.com.