Bob Carter, President. Bob Carter founded the original Actor’s Rep in 1980 at 308 S. Dixie Highway, in downtown West Palm Beach, with the support of his many acting and technical colleagues. Although a professional actor (Member: Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity), he is best known in Florida as a director and teacher. His students are working internationally, nationally and locally in theatre, TV, radio and film.
Bob’s training began at Palm Beach High School, under the direction of Frank Lahey. Then in 1957, he was hired as an actor/technician at The Royal Poinciana Playhouse, under the Artistic Direction of Paul Crabtree. While there, he appeared in the opening production, and was cast in many of their productions for the next two seasons. Upon graduation from High School, he moved to New York, where he was accepted into the private classes of Paula and Lee Strasberg, at Carnegie Hall. Bob went on to study with Sonia Moore, John Houseman, Jose Quintero, and Charles Nelson Reilly, just to name a few. He now has a very successful school of acting here in Downtown West Palm Beach, and in his private Lake Worth studio.
His classes are frequently recommended by casting directors, talent agents and local theatre professionals.
As a performer, Bob has been on stage around the globe from New York City to the United Kingdom. Bob has enjoyed further success in both commercials and feature films with his latest film, New Line Cinema’s All About the Benjamins, and A Veteran Affair, opposite Michael Winslow.
As a director, Bob has directed productions at The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Burt Reynolds Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Cuillo Centre for the Performing Arts, Alexander H. Dryfoos High School of the Performing Arts, and many other theatres in both the South Florida area and Hawaii. While at the Burt Reynolds Institute, he worked with and trained High School students to create the Young Actors Guild, now known as The Youth Actors Guild, or YAG.
As a teacher, Bob has taught for twenty-nine years at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, in North Palm Beach and at its Miami campus in Doral. He also taught at The Palm Beach Film School in West Palm Beach, and The Miami Film School in Hollywood. He taught at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training, The Dryfoos High School of the Performing Arts, Caldwell Theatre Conservatory, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Playhouse, Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Ballet, and the Waimea Theatre in Hawaii. He has also been an Artist in Residence at the Alexander H. Dryfoos High School of the Performing Arts and continues to work with actors privately and in ongoing classes. This work consists of coaching professional actors as well as those entering the profession. Bob is frequently invited to adjudicate at the BAK middle School of the Performing Arts and The William H. Dryfoos High School for the Performing Arts.
For those of you impressed by those I have worked with, been directed by or have befriended, here is a partial list. Please remember that this in no way makes me a stronger actor or a better director/teacher.
I do have to admit that I was very honored to work in the Broadway production of “Twigs,” by George Furth. I had the opportunity to work with Sada Thompson, Conrad Bain and a cast of very talented and respected actors. It was directed by Michael Bennett. So very proud of Ms. Thompson on winning the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and the Tony Award for her work in our play.
Others include: Helen Hayes, Vincent Price, Bob Cummings, Dodi Goodman, Carleton Carpenter, David Daniels, Christopher Hewitt, Richard Rogers, Jule Stein, Jose Greco, Burt Reynolds, Dom Deloise, Vanilla Ice (Robert Matthew Van Winkle), Helen Gallagher, Barbara Sharma, Julie Wilson, Fernanda Montel, Marion Marlow, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Cook, Shirley Booth, Sarah Vaughn, Ann Margaret, Richard Burton, Billie Burke, Keely Smith, Phillip Roth, Janice Harper, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor, Eartha Kitt, Lauren Bacall, John Davidson, Christopher Plummer, Mary Howes, The McGuire Sisters, Danny Aiello, Director: Kevin Bray, Ice Cube, Michael Epps, Tommy Flannigan, Carmin Chaplin, Directors: Jack Smight and Waris Hussein, Angela Lansbury, Sada Thompson, Maureen Stapleton, Martin Balsam, Glynis Johns, Bette Davis, Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, George Segal, Eileen Heckart, Barbara Baxley, Doris Roberts, Charles Nelson Reilly, George Hamilton, Alice Ghostly, Dwayne Hickman, Ann B. Davis, Angelica Huston, Arthur Treacher, Doddie Goodman, Imogene Coca, Michael Winslow and Florence Henderson.