Teaching

I work with actors at all levels of experience. Whether you’ve had years of training or are auditioning for your first role, the goal for me is always the same: building a living, breathing human being.

I meet each individual where they are. Every actor’s ‘way in’ to a particular text or role is distinct. My aim is to help you connect to the meaning underneath the words. I work to draw out each actor’s unique expression, allowing it to live in the moment, truthfully and spontaneously.

I am endlessly fascinated by characters. What makes them tick, why they behave the way they do, their idiosyncrasies, their hopes, dreams, and fears. Collaborating with actors to create a rich, complex inner life for their characters, and opening up a path to expressing a character’s needs through language and action is exhilarating.

For me, a compelling actor is one whose work feels effortless, alive, and necessary.

Courses, Workshops, and Private Coaching:

The Art and Craft of Screen Acting
Scene Study (Beginner/Advanced)
Audition Technique
On-Camera Audition Workshop
Introduction to Theatre
Chekhov

Private Acting coaching
Audition Coaching for MFA, BFA, and conservatory programs
Corporate coaching, individual or group sessions

I’ve taught or coached actors who have booked the following tv or film projects:

THE AMERICANS
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
OLIVE KITTREDGE
SPOTLIGHT
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
LIMITLESS
NURSE JACKIE
WHITE COLLAR
GIRLS
VINYL
BULL
MIKE AND MOLLY
YOUNGER
KEVIN CAN WAIT
HOMELAND

THE GOOD WIFE
ELEMENTARY
BIRDMAN
BLACKLIST
DELIVERY MAN
LAW AND ORDER (all iterations)
ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
CHARACTERS
HARD SELL
PUBLIC MORALS
SHADES OF BLUE
as well having coached actors for roles on and off-Broadway, other theatre projects and auditions, and auditions for MFA, BFA and professional training programs.

Please contact me to receive information regarding private coaching and workshops or to inquire about rates.

2017 SCREEN ACTING SUMMER INSTITUTE

with
DAMIAN YOUNG & WELKER WHITE
on the campus of
BROOKLYN COLLEGE

Screen Acting Intensive
July 24-28, 2017

On-Camera Audition Intensive
July 29, 2017

Registration & Complete Details

“I’ve known Welker since casting her in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. She often brings her students to meet me and I always tell them how unusual it is to have an acting teacher who’s a great actor. They are very lucky.”

Ellen Lewis
Casting Director

“Welker’s excitement for exploration and discoveries within the text is one of my favorite things about working with her. She encourages her clients to dive deep into their imaginations and become more specific about their choices.”

Saidah Arrika Ekulona
Obie, Drama Desk, Lortel awards, Ruined

“Welker White’s THE ART and CRAFT of SCREEN ACTING intensive is the ideal opening for NYU Grad Acting’s new film curriculum.  She deftly eases the students into an adjacent craft, and demystifies the eye through which the camera sees. The students love it.”

Mark Wing-Davey
Chair, NYU Graduate Acting

“Welker’s insight and professionalism relieved so much of the anxiety and stress that usually goes along with auditioning for grad schools. From choosing monologues to self-presentation to coaching the material itself, Welker’s advice was always spot on. Welker knew exactly how to draw out my best work and showcase my particular skill set. The confidence I was able to bring into the audition room simply would not have been possible without her help and guidance.”

Cordelia Istel
MFA candidate @ CalArts

“Over the years we’ve utilized Welker to help with both senior level individuals as well as in small employee groups. Welker has worked on everything from teaching us to be more present, to how to better communicate ideas, to helping effectively structure and deliver a presentation. All participants speak very highly of the work they do with Welker, and of her straightforward and supportive approach.”

Anthony DiBitonto, Partner, Smart Design