Healthcare Method Acting Certificate Program

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Friday, September 22, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Have a love for theatre? Do you want to give back to the community? Then Patients and Performance: Health Care Method Acting Certificate is the perfect opportunity for you! The Egan School is pleased to offer this three day immersive acting certificate program FREE in exchange for 10 unpaid hours in the role of a standardized patient in our new state-of-the-art simulation center the year following program completion. Upon completion of the 10 unpaid hours, simulation actors will earn $20/per hour. This certificate program is open to the public.

During each day's session, we will be layering acting methods in improv, empathy building exercises along with guided experiences that will allow actors to immerse themselves in the role of a patient.

Cost is FREE in exchange for 10 unpaid hours in the role of a standardized patient.

(Please note that space is limited to the first 16 people. Register early to participate in this certificate program.)

To register, contact Laura Strang at Please include Standardize Patient Workshop in the subject line and your name, address, and phone within the email. 


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Tom Schwans

Adjunct Professor

Visual & Performing Arts

Get to Know Tom

Tom Schwans is a professional actor and director in New York City. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. He previously served as associate artistic director of the Old Creamery Theatre, and as artistic director of the Deertrees Theatre Festival. Schwans is a guest director and adjunct professor at both Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University; he has also taught at Brown University and Southern Connecticut State University. He holds an BA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MFA from Brown University.

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Michael Cicirelli

Advanced Practice Nurse

Get to Know Michael

Michael Cicirelli is a certified advanced practice nurse who has been a member of CareDx, a molecular diagnostics company, since 2020. He graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor's degree in nursing and joined Yale-New Haven Hospital's nursing transplant team in 2011. He then became an assistant patient care manager at Norwalk Hospital. During this time, he obtained his master’s degree in nursing and became board certified through the ANCC as a family nurse practitioner in 2015. He then worked in an ENT practice before transitioning into his current professional role. Cicirelli has experience in treating patients at all stages of life, and he enjoys working to establish a beneficial relationship with the families and patients he serves.

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