Wayne Allen Geis is a particularly sinister cult leader, as his followers are rarely people seeking religious enlightenment. Most of them were hoping for acting and singing lessons. Geis himself was a stage performer. He claims to have appeared in many Broadway and off-Broadway productions, and to have been the first singer to play The Student Prince (a role made famous by Mario Lanza) on location in Bavaria. He lists John Voigt, Robert Duvall, and other luminaries among his co-stars, but many of his claims to fame have been dismissed as bogus. Though he claims to be an opera singer, which involves considerable vocal discipline, many people believe that he has ruined his voice through over-practice of his singing exercises.
Geis was also increasingly influenced by New Age spiritualism, and he became heavily involved with J Z Knight, the controversial, but high profile channeller who claim that she has Ramtha, a male 35,000-year-old spirit-guide, residing inside her, and who was also a major influence on the reincarnation beliefs of actress Shirley MacClaine.
Wayne, retiring from the stage he, began to run a drama school of his own, and soon had classes established in Germany, Washington, and New Jersey.
His main base of operations in the late 1990ís was his hometown in Washington, near to Yelm, chosen so that he could be closer to Knight (and Ramtha).
Students enrolling in his classes at a cost of at least $120 a lesson, found little by way of acting, singing and drama tuition, but got a great deal of spiritual mumbo-jumbo inspired by Geis's flirtations with Ramthaism.
Geis teaches his students that they must be spiritually prepared before they can audition or develop what they regard as their existing talents. Geis effectively stops his students acting and practicing for performance Ė the very opposite to what he is supposed to do. The Process is a strict and brutal course designed to engineer psychological changes in the personality of a student to bring them up to a state of mind ready for Geisís real acting lessons, which no one ever seems to attain. The Process is effectively a step-by-step brainwashing procedure.
Geis promises students a path to stardom, but none of his students have gained such success. Lessons can last up to five hours, and often involve the group targeting one member, (whoever has upset Geis the most that week), and systematically subjecting that poor unfortunate to verbal, mental and possibly physical abuse for most of the study period until the student targeted breaks down emotionally. At least one student, known as Wolfgang, was driven to suicide because of this.
Geis's methods include attributing mental illnesses to his
illnesses only he can both diagnose and cure. He has no training or
qualifications in psychiatry or medicine. He calls this practice
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). One German
follower, known as Wolfgang, from Germany, was driven to suicide by such
therapy. The cod-psychiatry methodology employed by Geis bears some resemblance to Scientology based. Dianetics.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† GEIS AND CHILD ABUSE
Believed to have been gay in his youth, Geis had two deeply troubled marriages. His first wife left him and filed accusations of mental abuse. The second wife did likewise and also accuse him of child abuse.
His second wife successfully secured custody of his children, though Geis was able to gain custody of his first son, in Germany, and the son, now an adult, is still a loyal follower of Geis's cult.†
Molestation allegations are not reserved for Geisís private family life. The Process teachings are also dogged by accusations of cultic mind control and sexual abuse, especially of children. Geis has also been accused of making pornographic films with his followers.
Even J Z Knight became concerned by Geis's behaviour, and
she had Ramtha
publicly expose his child molestation activity before an audience of 600
of her own supporters before dismissing him from her organizations. Geis actually confessed to the charges Knight levelled at him, and Knight cast him out of her own organization, which he had served as a voice coach.
Knight was unable to fully testify at Geisís later sex abuse trial, claiming, absurdly, to have been in a trance while Ramtha solicited Geisís expose and public confession. Such circus theatrics on her part must have severely weakened the case against Geis by those who considered themselves to be his victims.
Details of some of his child molestation activity are given on a support group website for ex-followers and ex-students of Geis at http://www.wayneallenprocess.com/39994.html and are taken directly from the police reports of proceedings launched against him. He was released on an absurd technicality. The accusations were made 22 days too late under the US Statute of: Limitations, which state that such crimes need to be reported within three years of occurring.† Wayne has four under age children from common-law wives, and accusations that he abuses the children continue to surface.† Several of his children have been removed from his care by child protection services.
Geisís official website http://www.wayneallenstudio.com/ gives no mention to the controversies surrounding him, but rather egotistically praises his alleged acting and singing history to promote his courses. Anyone seeking acting, drama and singing lessons would be wise to steer well clear of Geis and the Process..
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