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Name: Hugh O’Gorman

Head of Acting: Cal State Long Beach, MFA & BA Actor Training Programs

MFA in Acting: University of Washington

BA Psychology: Cornell

Actor:25 years in TV, Film & Theatre

Awards: SAG Award Nominee - Best Comedy Ensemble Television 1997

Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world...”


Hugh O'Gorman is an actor, director, author and teaching-artist active in professional theatre for over 25 years; since 2002 he has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach where he oversees the BA, BFA and MFA actor training programs. He is co-chair of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers and a Faculty member of MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association of America.  Hugh is the author of the book “The Keys to Acting”; he earned a BA from Cornell University and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.

Hugh's  students have gone on to study at the Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, NYU, ACT, CalArts, Ohio State, DePaul, Brandeis, among others.  They have won Golden Globe and Emmy awards, booked series leads on prime-time television, guest star spots, national commercials, regional theatre and Broadway.

Since 2003 he has run his own private acting studio in Los Angeles, California, The Praxis Acting Studio, an atelier which focuses on the work of the great Russian theatre artists Michael Chekhov and Constantin Stanislavski: Gesture & Playing Action.The objective of the studio is simple: to help the actor create vivid and memorable performances in as truthful, imaginative, organic and immediate way possible.  No one methodology or school of acting is slavishly adhered to, as the only thing that matters is that the student’s creative individuality shine through when they create character.

Hugh has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at over a dozen of the nation's most respected Regional Theatres and Shakespeare Festivals. He is a founding member of New York City's Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama Desk Award). For four years Hugh portrayed Jeff Singer on AMC's critically acclaimed, Emmy and CableAce award-winning show Remember WENN (SAG Award nomination). Other television: HBO's multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning John Adams, for CBS Still Standing, That's Life, and for NBC The 10th Kingdom, Law & Order and ER. Film: Killers, Upstate, The Bend. As an actor Hugh’s Los Angeles appearances include Johnny on the Spot at the Matrix, Lemonade at the Tamarind Theatre, The Philadelphia Story at the Court, and Henry IV Pt. 1 for Circle X. Other theatre credits are the 1996 Broadway production of Brian Friel’s Translations. Off-Broadway: The Yiddish Trojan Women (AJT), The Tempest (AEC) and Cloud 9 (Perry Street) among others. As a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama Desk Award), Hugh directed The Harvest, and appeared as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Nick in The Time of Your Life, and the Doctor in Anton Chekhov: stories from my youth. He has worked in over a dozen regional theatres around the country, most notably Seattle Rep, Charlotte Rep, Huntington and Asolo theatres, and he has spent seasons with the North Carolina, Montana and Idaho Shakespeare festivals.

He is married to French architect Nathalie Aragno, who is a Partner in the prestigious Los Angeles firm of Studio William Hefner, Architecture Interior and Landscape.  They have two daughters Lila and Marly Anne.