City Studies: A Studio for Working Artists

City Theatre Company is Pittsburgh’s home for new work. A nationally recognized institution, the theatre fosters artists and professionals at all stages of their careers. In that spirit, City is proud to announce a new series of workshops and intensives to help nurture the careers of Pittsburgh-based artists. This new educational initiative will offer career development in various theatrical disciplines, including acting, playwriting, and arts administration. A limited number of scholarships are available. Questions? Please email


Active Analysis Immersive

Dates: July 27 & 28

Time: 12-5pm

Available spots: 10

Instructor: Cotter Smith

Cost: $125

Veteran actor and teacher Cotter Smith (Nextflix series Mindhunter, the Tony Award nominated Next Fall) will lead a two-day workshop using the little-known late-period Stanislavsky technique called Active Analysis. Open to both actors and directors, each participant will explore a scene utilizing this technique in which actors examine the dynamic physical and emotional life of a text without using predetermined objectives.  Initially focusing on what they are doing in a scene rather than what they are saying, actors concentrate on the body rather than the mind as the starting point for approaching both the character and the scene. To apply, please send a resume and headshot to

“This workshop completely reinvigorated my desire for acting! I was able to see things in myself that I hadn’t for a while. It gave me the same feelings that I had when I first decided I wanted to be an actor!”-


“Acting Analysis with Cotter was transformative. It really offered a unique approach to work that I have never experienced before. I will carry it with me and implement it into my future work.”


“A true game changer as far as my work goes. This was an incredible offering.”