About the Teacher

Raye Raye Birk

Raye Birk is an accomplished actor with extensive experience on stage, as well as television and film.  He has performed in more than 100 professional productions, appeared in nearly 150 television shows and more than 20 feature films.  He has worked at several regional theatres throughout the country, including nine seasons as a leading actor with the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, under the leadership of Bill Ball.  He has been a regular on the Guthrie Theater stage since returning to the Twin Cities in 2003.

Actor training and development has been a part of his career path from the very beginning.  After receiving his MFA from the Department of Theatre, Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, he taught acting and performance classes at Southern Methodist University.  At ACT in addition to acting, he taught several Conservatory classes and coordinated the New Plays Program.  While in Los Angeles he was an Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre.  He started The Actors WorkOut at the Guthrie in the summer of 2007.

Every actor and teacher is marked to some degree by the directors and teachers with whom they have worked.  The lineage of significant influences for Raye include: Alvina Krause, Douglas Campbell, Robert Moulton, William Ball, Nagel Jackson and Thomas Prattki.  Milton Katselas, was his primary teacher and guide for nearly twenty years in Los Angeles.

His academic credits include a BS degree from Northwestern University and an MFA degree from the University of Minnesota, which he attended as a McKnight Fellow.  He has also been the recipient of a Fox Foundation Fellowship, an honorary MFA degree from the American Conservatory Theatre, and several Drama-Logue awards.

He now lives and works primarily in the Twin Cities.

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