Writing Consultant

Cheryl King has been teaching her Writing Your Heart Out workshop since 1999. In this workshop, held weekly, Cheryl (and a group of experienced writers) do timed writing with feedback, moderated and guided by Cheryl. The participants (including Cheryl) have produced (and published, or performed) content of all kinds – stage plays, screenplays, and literature of various types.

She has coached actors, writers and comedians since 1997, helping them develop their craft. While managing her own theater in NYC for 10 years, she directed dozens of original solo shows, created several annual performance festivals, and received grants and awards from NYC arts organizations. 

A professional proofreader for 13 years in NYC, she has copy edited/rewritten a memoir for a client in Los Angeles, and copy edited an acting textbook for a client in NYC.

Cheryl provides consultations for writers at any stage of the process, and can provide services ranging from simple proofreading to complex copy-editing and revision. Fees are based on the project, and free 30-minute consultations are available on a limited basis.

Cheryl King is a woman and artist of fierce grace, heart and intelligence. She has that rare combination of honesty and sensitivity that allows her to meet actors where they are, encouraging them to flourish in an environment that is supportive while also generating artistic growth that is as authentic as it is inventive. Cheryl is curious and open, fostering dynamic exchange between theater artists that leads to singular work that covers a wide range of genres – from the classics to improvisational collaborations

I have had the privilege of working with Ms. King in numerous capacities – she has provided dramaturgical insight into my plays, produced my solo works and served as an unofficial and indispensible editor on my acting book, recently published by Macmillan.

I have also witnessed many of Cheryl’s acting students on stage, and her belief in truthful yet transformative behavior is palpable in their performances, as is her infectious joy and dedication to the process of creating theater that is as electric as it is enriching and inclusive.

Elizabeth Hess

Director, The Hess Collective

Ongoing Classes

Women at Work – Project-based Acting Class

Thursdays from noon to 3 pm.
Drop-in class. Contact Cheryl for details.
At Stage Left Studio in Santa Rosa


What an experience!  I loved seeing how we all evolved from day 1 of the class to a killer performance. 

Brenda Flynn

Many kisses, hugs and other forms of appreciation to our Cheryl.  The best teacher ever!

Pat Bradley

Writing Your Heart Out
invite-only weekly writing workshop

Ongoing since 2010
Currently Monday 10AM-12:30PM PDT
Contact Cheryl for details.


As a participant in workshops, as an actor under her direction, and as an audience member who’s marveled at her productions, I am thrilled to know Cheryl’s vision will expand to Northern California with Stage Left Sonoma. Her standards in theater literacy are high – which is why she’s sought after as a solo show developer and director.

Arlene Lorre

Testimonials from Clients

Alexa Gerasimovich

Kathy, All My Children

Alexa’s mother Caroline says, “Cheryl King is an excellent acting coach.  I saw a difference in my daughter’s acting ability from the first time she began working with her.  Cheryl is truly amazing!” imdb

Monica Bauer

Playwright and novelist

“Cheryl King was, for many years, a legendary theater owner, director, and producer off-off Broadway at Stage Left Studio. She’s directed my plays, produced staged readings and productions of my work, and always done so with professionalism, intelligence, good humor, and taste. She’s an excellent acting coach and dramaturg. I highly recommend her to playwrights, actors, and anyone interested in quality theater.”

Adam Mayfield

Film and Television Actor

“Your brilliance as an acting coach and director, your positive energy and light, and your friendship has been such a blessing.  It doesn’t even take one whole hand to tally the people who have affected the course of my life since I’ve been in NYC.  You are one of them.” imdb

Katie Northlich

4-time National Monologue champion

Katie Northlich – “I couldn’t have done it without you- i hope you know that applies to me and SO many artists that come in and out of your Stage Left doors.” imdb

Marlene Nichols

Co-producer of the monthly L.A. based storytelling show STRONG WORDS

“Cheryl is a master. A master coach, master director, master storyteller. She’s even a master at being human and understanding human behavior. She is the ideal creative partner for any writer or theater artist making work today.”

Aiden Turner

Film and Television Actor

“Darling Cheryl, thank God that you’re there. I think the show’s going to be a lot better, due to your expertise.” imdb