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Popular Acting Teachers Near Garden Grove

Sarah G.

Downey, CA
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Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA
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Sarah G. Downey, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Sarah was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been involved in music and theater since a young age. She spent many of her early years performing in both school and church choirs, and was heavily involved in both theater and dance throughout high school. Sarah has played roles such as "Mrs MacAfee " in Bye Bye Birdie, "Nancy" in Oliver, and "Golde" in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as doing "extra word" for Zondervan, and Billy Gram films. She holds a B.A. in Voice from Biola University, and is currently working on a M.A. in Christian Education. While at Biola, Sarah performed with the Biola University Chorale for 5 years performing such works as, Mozart requiem, and Carmina Baurana. She has training in both classical and musical theater voice, and has been working with children and teens for the past 10 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that classical technique provides a solid foundation for every singer. Within the first 3months my students will understand the basics of posture, breathing, tone placement, support, diction, and phrasing.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, and some sheet music. I would prefer the student to have a piano, and sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I have a B.A. in Classical Voice, and have taken 1 semester of pop voice

Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Theater Acting

About Me

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph Lauren Polo website campaign and composed a television theme for Lou Rawls called "Knock Outs". Rounding out her already stellar rsum, Jan L. has worked with Narada Michael Walden, Marla Sokoloff, and famed vocal coach Seth Riggs and his client roster.

From composing and producing to mentoring singers and songwriters, Jan L. lends her knowledge and expertise at the annual Taxi Road Rally. The event held by Taxi, the world’s leading independent A&R company, helps independent artists obtain record, publishing, and film/television deals. She also sits as resident judge for the LAMN Jam which allows rock artists such as Tim Fagan the opportunity to perform original music and receive critiques on the performance.

Combining her love for music and acting, Jan L. was featured on the demo reel for the Jasmine character in Disney’s Aladdin and performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Starlight Express. She also wrote a musical called "Christmas Has Been Cancelled" starring Robert Guillaume as Scrooge.

Moreover, Jan L. taught an acting class with Kurt Russell and worked with the fiery red-headed comedienne Kathy Griffin. Other acting experience include roles in Bruce Almighty, My Sister’s Keeper with Kathy Bates, and Jawbreaker as well as television credits in Rodney and The Bernie Mac Show with Wesley Snipes.

Her latest CD and newest adventure, “Sophisticated Lullabies” supports AUTISM SPEAKS and proceeds are charitably donated to raise funds to support worthy organizations committed to finding a cure for Autism and supporting those diagnosed with this life-changing disorder. Those diagnosed include her son Gregory.

Jan L. has developed herself as a songwriter, producer, actress, artist developer, activist, and proud mother. Her commitment to the arts and her appreciation for future performers of the world continue with her grace, positive influence, and steadfast dedication.

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There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Skype. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:

*** Studio Equipment ***
Protools, NMN-U87AI
Neumann TM 103 Mike Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box
Avalon compressor
Korg Triton Keyboard Synth

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Backgrounds, Music Theory.
I teach from beginners to professionals. I have 20 Grammy Winners. I have been nominated for a Grammy for my song "Still Touching Me".

Teri D. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I teach students of all ages in a relaxed, encouraging, and fun way- but with the structure many beginners need to reach their goals and with the background of a professional singer! Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! This encourages them to continue on their musical journey - becoming the very best they can be! We will also learn fun popular songs and look for opportunities to sing them. We will also learn many styles of pop singing as well -- from pop to rock to R&B to country & more! From beginners and just-for-fun singers to singer/songwriters to pros, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart and find their own true voice.

Teri has taught voice for over 15 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 17 years. She is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD's, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90's which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students -- giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc...), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio, so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Children
Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child's aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording. performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it's own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.

*** Specialties ***
voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children's basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA
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Mark H.

La Habra, CA
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Jason T.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jessie M. Pasadena, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Ear Training, Elementary Math, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Geometry, Gospel Singing, History, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Language, Math, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

I fully enjoy teaching music and theater to others and spreading the art of performance, reaching out to all generations. I believe in customizing every lesson to be unique for my students in a way that will serve their individual needs. I teach with patience and encouragement and believe that students prosper and improve much more from a positive experience. My lessons are intended to be fun and influential in a positive light that can lead to a rewarding career, hobby, or just for personal enjoyment!

Every since I was a little girl, I have been devoted to the arts. When I began college, I knew that music was my path. As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer at churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to perform and study music because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!

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Mark H. La Habra, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

Classically trained with years of performance and practical experience. I know how to help you make the music that you want to make. I am well-versed in nearly all music styles from classical to contemporary/pop. I am currently active in both piano accompaniment, vocal performance with the Pacific Chorale, and directing a very active north orange county community choir.

I recently completed my music credential and have graduate degrees in Education and Music.

I am especially gifted in teaching beginning piano, fundamental vocal production and dramatic presentation. I have extensive experience with the young and beginning acting student and can masterfully explain the dynamics of auditions and performing in the community.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the individual student for curriculum and speed of progress. I utilize Bastien and other music curricula depending on maturity and ability. Within 3 months most students are performing simple songs successfully and within 6 months they have begun to master the more difficult 2nd and 3rd level. I believe in creating opportunities for the student to play in public and successfully perform by playing in small groups and bands. My acting students are taught through monologues and basic acting dynamics along with rehearsing through audition challenges and opportunities in the community.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate music room, grand piano, multiple keyboards available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Professional piano keyboard and sound systems available.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - Foundations, jazz piano, Broadway, easy listening.
Voice - Foundations, breathing, operatic styling, Broadway.

Jason T. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Although I have years of experience doing many jobs in entertainment, Vocal coaching is my main focus.

Do you have trouble with pitch? Do you get stage fright? Do you swallow your sound? These are all symptoms of a lack of confidence. I can help you get the confidence you need whether you are auditioning for a major production or just want to sing your favorite Karaoke songs better.

A little about me and my journey:

Jason T. started his illustrious performing career at the tender age of five in day camp volunteering to sing œ"The Happy Wanderer" a capella for Parent's Day.

Mounting productions in his garage as a child, he convinced his friends to be in the show with only his father as a reluctant audience member who was toiling away at his work bench. Combine these garage productions with performances on the back patio and it was clear Jason always loved to put on a show.

In the sixth grade, he performed "œThe Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha" with his red cape pinned to his shirt and wielding his mighty sword assembled from a yard stick and tin foil. At this point, his career in entertainment was firmly embedded in his heart and soul.

Double majoring in Vocal Performance and Education in college, Jason honed his craft performing in operas and jazz vocal groups all the while learning the business side of entertainment.

Joining the Six Flags Show Productions team, Jason performed in several seasons and then was hired as Musical Director for several more seasons at the park in Houston.

Jason created and was vocal arranger for a singing quartet, Entourage, which performed in many venues in the Houston area.

He was invited to join the Glen Hunsucker Performance Team and worked as a vocalist and dancer backing up the most popular singer from India, Asha Bosley. The show traveled all over the U.S. and Canada for over three months. It was a grueling schedule moving city to city every day, but the knowledge he gained about production logistics was invaluable.

Taking an opportunity to move to Los Angeles from Houston, he was hired as an Assistant Talent Manager at Universal Studios Hollywood. He quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Senior Talent Manager/Vocal Supervisor as part of the team who auditioned, rehearsed and supervised the live shows in the park as well as back-lot productions. This was valuable experience as every possible challenge presented itself during his tenure with the company. Dealing with unions, yearly budgets, creating new shows and characters were just a few of his responsibilities.

Jason was the first Talent Manager to be asked by the President of Universal Studios Hollywood to re-write, stage and re-open a show, "The Blues Brothers" in the park. The show runs daily in both the California and Florida locations.

After leaving his post as Talent Manager, Jason was fortunate enough to join the team at Bob/Gail Entertainment and performed with them singing, dancing and doing character work in productions all over the world. The group even performed alongside Michael Jackson and Billy Joel for the Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday party in Brunei.

Working with the Executive Producer of Entertainment Plus+ Productions, Jason was the lead vocalist and a dancer performing in and helping produce many industrial shows and events in California along with several of Steve Winn'™s companies in Las Vegas.

Paramount Studios came knocking on Jason'™s door to use one of his other skills to do hair and make-up for a kid'™s movie. He was responsible for turning one of the actors into a wizard with hair and make-up for the dining hall scenes in this movie. Little did he know what this "kids"movie would turn into for the studio and J. K. Rowlings, the "œHarry Potter" phenomenon. Working on different aspects of entertainment helps to round out Jason'™s entertainment knowledge.

He worked on several other independent films and TV shows including "Sinatra, the Mini-series" starring Olympia Dukakis, among others as a member of the production team and also a Night Club Patron and Dancer in the series.

Jason created and produced many production numbers at the Queen Mary Show Lounge in Los Angeles. Building costumes, props and wigs along with re-designing and building the new stage confirmed his love for this genre of entertainment.

While living in Texas, he was a Producer and Judge for the Texas Star Talent Competition.

Since re-locating back to Los Angeles, Jason has produced several shows and events including Brazilian Summer Beauty and Jeff's Variety Comedy Show.

*** Lesson Details ***
The best way to achieve successful progression in the learning process is to have the best relationship between teacher and student.

I commit to focusing all my energy and attention to each student and ask for the student to make the same commitment to doing their best in the lessons and practicing at home. I also promise that we will have fun in the process.

I start out with a consultation to discover what each student's goals are in the entertainment field or just on the Karaoke stage. From there, I explain how I will build a foundation of correct technique for singing and speaking which will successfully translate to any genre of performance.

Whether the student wants to sing R&B, Jazz, Pop, Country, Opera or anything in-between, these skills will allow the best outcome for a long and successful career in entertainment.

I tailor each student's lesson to their individual needs with patience, support and enthusiasm.

After one to two months, the student will start to feel more confident and comfortable with correct techniques in singing and speaking and be ready to shine on stage. Of coarse, the progress continues with each month learning more tricks of the trade to call upon when needed.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach all levels and genres of voice except advanced opera. I can teach beginner piano lessons.

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