Don Bloomfield as Horace Robedaux in Horton Foote's "Lily Dale", as expressed by Al Hirshfeld and published in the New York Times.
Don Bloomfield studied at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner and William Alderson. During his first year as a student, Mr. Alderson cast Don in the lead role opposite Molly Ringwald in Oscar Winner Horton Foote’s “Lily Dale.” Don's breakout performance garnered him a New York Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, as well as a prestigious Al Hirshfeld caricature in the New York Times.
From there, Don went on to do several years of New York stage work, as well as television and film work opposite such actors as Diane Keaton, Donald Sutherland and Tim Roth. Don’s journey as a coach and teacher began quite by accident, working on lines and breaking down dialogue as a favor with a young Robert Downey Jr. during an early film of his called “Chances Are.” It was starting there that Don appreciated the importance of communicating with an actor in a way that circumvents the intellectual route, and instead gets right to the point in a way that speaks to the actor’s talent.
Don then moved to Los Angeles where as kismet would have it, he lived for 2 years with an emerging Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is when Don began teaching, including on-set coaching for many films. Don then began teaching at the LA Acting Studio of his original teacher William Alderson, where Don also directed several productions including Alan Ball’s “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress” and Stephen Belber’s “Tape.” In 2000 Don began teaching The Meisner Technique and character development for several years for the Carolyne Barry Creative program.
After the passing of the great Ms. Barry in 2015, the Don Bloomfield Actors Studio was formed. He continues to teach first year Meisner Technique, before second year character work and scene study, as well as cold reads, audition intensives, and on-camera work for film and television.