Arbender has developed a teaching technique that gets results. He has mastered the audition process.

Rocco Severini Drama Workshop Participant

Working with Grant has been amazing. With a keen eye for detail (which for us as actors is extremely important), he has helped me analyze my monologues more deeply and through this, I have been able to connect more with my characters. He has also taught me different methods to approach my work and has helped me be more confident about the choices I make.

Gisselle Sarmiento International Acting Student, Germany

When Arbender visited my acting class, he really showed that he enjoys acting and puts all his energy into it. He helped me understand my role for the scene I was working on, and he was so energetic and lively that it really made me enjoy what I was doing. He helped me realize how fun acting can be, while helping me improve my performance. Even though he was only with my class for a short period of time, he taught me a lot and made a great impact on my acting experience. I look up to him as a role model for my acting and hope that I will one day match the level of dedication to acting that he has.

Isabella Vianna Actress in training

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Grant's class. I learned many things I didn't know before, but more importantly, I re-learned a great many things I had forgotten. Grant's incisive and insightful coaching brought out performances that I felt comfortable with. I wanted to thank Grant for what I feel was a great leap forward in my craft and confidence.

James Anthony McBride Monologue Intensive Participant

Arbender definitely knows the industry and his students are very lucky to learn from his experience. Not only is he a great performer and teacher, but he is also a wonderful, generous person.

Anthony Lyn Broadway Associate Director Lion King, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables

Arbender Robinson is one of the most uniquely thrilling musical theater coaches I have had the privilege of watching. His ability to work with a student’s individual needs while getting his point across is truly a gift. Arbender encourages students to continue to grow and stretch themselves, letting them know that failure is only a path to success. The results he continually receives are incredible. I believe it would be in any performer’s interest to have the opportunity to study with Arbender.

Connor Deane Executive Director, Broadway Method Academy

Professionals and students alike took away a vast amount of information from Arbender's workshop. Finally a teacher that quickly gets the results that are promised while teaching actors a deeper appreciation for the craft.

International Thespian Festival

I was lucky enough to observe one of Arbender's sessions with a group of high school students. He made theater so accessible, relevant, and fun for those students. He covered everything from harmonizing a lyric to staging a number. The students learned so much and so did I.

Michelle Lehrman NYC's Broadway Artists Alliance

One of the hardest working people on Broadway.

Ken Davenport Broadway and Off-Broadway Producer Spring Awakening, Godspeed, Macbeth, Bridges of Madison County, Allegiance

There are good teachers and there are exceptionally great teachers. Arbender is one of the exceptionally great ones.

Heather Jones Broadway.com

Arbender coached my student on his college auditions and that student was accepted into Northwestern's theater program. Arbender's vast experience in professional theater provided my student with authentic feedback, inspired coaching techniques, and real-world advice.

George Meier Chicago Area Director and Educator

I see hundreds of actors as the artistic director of a large regional theatre company. I quickly became a fan of Arbender's acting talents. However, I was floored when I witnessed his teaching and coaching. It’s like nothing I have ever seen before and the results are unbelievable. He was a great asset to our growing training program.

Roy Hamlin Theatre Under The Stars

I worked with Grant for about four months, on mostly new monologues. He not only found amazing new material for me, but also showed me unique new techniques for memorization and exploring text. I also took his 4 week monologue workshop, which is structured like a masterclass. It was so great to watch Grant work with other students- he truly takes the time to get to know every individual that he is working with, so that he can meet their specific coaching needs. I would say that Grant’s biggest strength is knowing how to push you toward new heights, while constantly ensuring you that you’re in a safe space. It’s scary to get out of your comfort zone, no matter how long or short time you’ve been acting for, but with Grant’s help- I feel that I’ve become much more comfortable exploring new monologues as well as new techniques. My constant struggle, as an actress, is always getting as close to my character as possible, and moving closer to the reality of the situation that they’re in. Going back to the basics, and being reminded to simplify things- even just my breathing- is a huge takeaway that I think about constantly.

Alexa Jordan Vassar College, Class of ‘18

Arbender is a dream to work with!

Daryl Waters Tony Award winning Music Director, Arranger & Conductor After Midnight, Shuffle Along, Jelly's Last Jam

I am a high school theatre teacher for first year actors. Grant MacDermott has run a number of seminars for my students, and each has been more phenomenal than the next. Grant is a gifted teacher who effortlessly pushes the students to new levels. From movement to monologue technique, script analysis to stage presence, no matter the topic, Grant has an uncanny way of getting the best out of his students. I would highly recommend Grant to any student looking for a truly transformative experience.

Anthony Stirpe Drama Teacher

Grant is AMAZING! He was patient, knowledgeable, funny, and supportive while helping my daughter prepare for college auditions. His choice of monologues were on-point; perfect to showcase her strengths! Thanks, Grant, for your professionalism, dedication to your craft, and desire to help others succeed.

Laura Dalton Burman Mother of Student