One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.
— Joseph Campbell
Theater has been an integral part of my life since I was a child. I grew up in a home of artists. My father is the actor Robert Morse, and my mother Carole D’Andrea was a dancer who made her professional debuts in the original Broadway company of West Side Story, and in the film version. Most of my childhood was spent in and around the theater, and from very early on I understood and appreciated the unique and expressive power of words and song. Growing up as a somewhat shy child, I was drawn to the the theater and experienced through acting, as well as singing, a freedom of expression and a connection to my feelings I rarely felt offstage.
I made my professional acting debut at the age of 17 starring opposite Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor in the Broadway musical Bring Back Birdie. Since then I worked steadily both on and off-Broadway, in regional theaters and in television and film. My credits include the original Broadway company of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation; the world premiere of Lee Blessing’s Patient A at the Signature Theater Company, and the award winning Arena Stage production of Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa!, for which I received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Actress .
I have studied the Meisner Technique, both as an actor, with William Esper, and as a teacher with Maggie Flanigan. I began teaching my own classes in 1994.
In 2011, I launched The Robin Morse Studio, with the intention of cultivating an artistic environment of my own, built upon collaboration and support. I teach ongoing classes in New York City, and have, for many years, maintained a thriving private coaching business.
Currently, I am on the faculty of the undergraduate Musical Theater program at Manhattan School of Music. I have taught both Acting and Singing Performance for the undergraduate acting programs at New York University and Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester as well as for Acting International, a conservatory program based in Paris, and for The Actors Center, under the artistic leadership of J. Michael Miller.
I live in New York City with my daughter Lucia, my son Francis, and my husband Gus Rogerson, who is the Producing Director of The 52nd Street Project, a community based arts organization in Hell’s Kitchen.
About My Teaching
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
I believe it is my job to meet each student exactly where they are in their creative process, because each student that walks into the room brings with them unique and unlimited possibility.
I work with students at all levels of experience and training. I choose to do this, particularly in a group setting, because it increases the extent to which the students learn from each other, and because the challenges of this format make me a better teacher.