"Vince was an overall amazing professor. He did all he could to make sure, at the end of the semester, we all learned how to become better actors. He was one of my favorite professors while at WVU! It was a really fun class! I feel like I learned a lot about how to act and that I gained a lot of confidence performing in front of people."

 

"Vince is really friendly and very enthusiastic! You can tell he loves acting and is genuinely interested in seeing others grow in this area."

 

"Always available and prepared for class. Kept things very interesting and enjoyable. Really cared for students."

 

"He is very passionate about what he is teaching and made it fun to learn. Just an excellent teacher. Never wanted to go to a class so much in my life."

[Quotes from student surveys at West Virginia University 2012-2015]

 What students say about Mr. Vince:   

Teaching Philosophy

Our objective as theatre practitioners is to tell stories and share our experiences with our audiences. At the core of acting study is storytelling and sharing ourselves with an audience. My objective as the teacher is to guide the student to conscious competence, where the craft becomes second nature and mastery. I strive to teach my students to become life-long learners, constantly re-invigorating their inner drive and talent to go above and beyond what is expected of them. Building on the student’s conscious competence and foundational technique, I see my work as that of a coach and a mirror. What I reflect back at the student should motivate them to make their own choices toward their goals. Together we collaborate to build on their personal gifts. As a result, the student is able to audition with confidence, create a well-rounded character, make and trust their choices in rehearsal and performance, and operate in a professional manner. The consciously competent student is rooted in their training, yet open to criticism and cognizant of the space they occupy as they go forward into a professional career. The method I use to achieve this is recreating the outside world within the classroom. Every day the student is exposed to the feeling of showing up, auditioning, performing, dealing with disappointment, celebrating victories, dissecting feedback, and ultimately finding their own voice within. I encourage students to be creative and think outside the box – try everything; fail big. I believe it is better to make a mistake “wrong and strong” than not at all. The practice is to be. The final goal is a state of progress. True mastery of the craft comes from self-awareness and exploration.