Howard is the founder of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program (in its 25th year) and the founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre (in its 20th season) both in in Westchester County. HM Acting actors have entered leading national conservatories and performed in featured roles on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in television and film. One student has founded two professional theatres, The Denizen in New Paltz, New York, and the Urbanite in Sarasota, Florida. The Acting Program the program welcomes 120 to 150 acting and playwriting students a year. Axial Theatre has presented over 70 premiers of new plays and a dozen revivals in his 20 year tenure. Meyer has sat on audition panels for hundreds of actors as a director, artistic director, playwright and producer.
Meyer is passionate about truth and authenticity on the stage and screen and his approach to acting reflects that passion. He loves helping students face and access aspects of themselves that have been previously inaccessible. In his classes there have been deepened inner access enabling vastly expanded freedom and fearlessness on stage. Meyer is committed to offering precise commentary in a safe, caring, and noncompetitive environment. This environment breeds confidence, trust, and growth for each actor.
As a playwright, Mr. Meyer has won recognition for his plays Senescence (2017 semi-finalist), Paint Made Flesh (2015 semi-finalist), and Radiance (a two-time semi-finalist (2011, 2012)) at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The production of Radiance featured Obie award-winner Chris McCann. It also received a week-long developmental workshop at The Drama League featuring Lou Liberatore (Tony award nominee, Burn This). WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was presented at Axial Theatre and directed by Drama Desk award-winner, Josh Hecht. The production featured Labyrinth Theater co-founder, David Deblinger, and Emmy-nominated actor, Jon Lindstrom. His play Lost In Paradise is under option for a motion picture. Plays Paint Made Flesh, Maybe Never Fell and Senescence have had readings and workshops at venues including The Lark, Naked Angels, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, ArtsWestchester, and Half Moon Theatre. Paint Made Flesh was workshopped at Steppenwolf and presented in New York City in 2018 at The Cell directed by Cady McClain. The production was made possible in part by the support of Sotheby’s and Michael Howard Studios.
Howard has directed at theatres including New York Theatre workshop, The Playwright’s Center, Manhattan Theatre Club and Axial Theatre as well as Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre where he directed Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye. He is an inaugural member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab.
Howard was selected as a “50 for 50” award winner as a part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary celebration, honoring 50 artists from different disciplines. He was recently honored for his theatrical contribution by the Westchester County Board of Legislators proclaiming April 1, 2019 “Howard Meyer Day” in Westchester County.