Guitar, Improv Acting, Singing, Theater Acting, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
I have been active in the entertainment industry since the age of 12, when I gave my first professional performance. Prior to that I was already being introduced to music with years of guitar, and then vocal instruction. I do not remember a time of my life when I was not singing somewhere; in the house, in the yard, in the classroom. That is perhaps why I identify so well with the young people who gather so much enjoyment from "just singing" at every opportunity. I studied professionally for over 10 years with renown soprano and voice teacher Sylvia Jensen, who was instrumental in the enhancement of my vocal knowledge and technique. She is now the Director of Education for the Miss Ohio pageants of the Miss America competitions, elevating many young ladies to the national spotlight. At age 14, I auditioned for, and was added to cast of a network television variety program, "The Gene Carroll Show", that was a television institution for over 30 years in the midwest. I was a featured performer on that program for over 7 years, all the while perfecting the art of "playing to a camera." This experience was invaluable, and the knowledge I gathered is now included in my curriculum. I also began performing a solo act in the nightclub circuit at the age of 15, performing up and down the "northcoast" from Cleveland, OH, (my home), to Erie. PA. At a very young age, I learned the difficult art of choosing musical material and pacing a show; also adapting to performing under a myriad of conditions with a vast array of musical accompaniment. After graduating college with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, I assembled my own band, and took to the road. That experience eventually brought the act to Las Vegas in 1982. Over the years my show has been a staple in major casino cabarets in Las Vegas, and all over Nevada. Since my first engagement at The Landmark Hotel in the early 1980's, I have literally been up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip many times over. The Desert Inn, The Dunes, The Stardust, The Maxim, The Tropicana, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Bally's, The Flamingo, The Imperial Palace, The Four Queens, The Golden Nugget, The Fremont, The Venetian, The Palazzo, and a three year engagement at The Riviera. My show is truly comprised of musical variety; classics, showtunes, jazz, rock, blues, r&b, country. Even a presentation of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, that I perform in full costume. It is this ability to successfully deliver an extensive repertoire that I am enthusiastic about passing along to the next generation of entertainers.
I have been truly blessed in my career to have experienced so many highlights; too many to document. From winning an understudy roll in the Broadway Musical "Platinum" starring Hollywood actress Alexis Smith, to performing our National Anthem at events ranging from Major League Baseball to ESPN Boxing to receptions for major dignitaries, to recording 7 albums and a full-length video, to being asked to perform for Mr. Frank Sinatra at the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament, I have lived a full life on stage, learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge gathered along the way.
Now it is my desire to escalate my status as an educator to a more "one on one" experience; availing myself the opportunity to pass along that wealth of knowledge to individual students who aspire to enjoy the entertainment profession as I have, providing them with the skills needed to successfully compete. Or, should it be their choice not to pursue entertainment as a vocation, to gain a working understanding of all facets of their instrument so as to gain a better appreciation of music. Whatever the goal of the student, I feel that I am equipped to provide them with the tools needed to achieve that goal.
Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Film Acting, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Theater Acting, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
I have enjoyed the stage and the thrill of entertaining since I was a child. I have been in numerous productions, including Las Vegas Academy’s “Sweeney Todd” starring as Mrs. Lovett, which was selected as a highlighted show at the National Thespian Conference, “Cats” as Pouncival, “Little Women” as Marmee, National Thespian’s “Hairspray” as Prudy, Super Summer Theatre’s “Annie” as Pepper, and many more! I have also been studying voice with the famed Jeffrey Skouson for the past decade and continue to study teaching with him as well. I have received theater training from many different sources including workshops with professional broadway performers. As I grew up, my love of performing transformed into a new love for teaching people to sing and act so that they too can experience the same joy I feel when I'm on the stage. Because of this love I studied music education at Brigham Young University ID and became a certified Vocal Instructor in the Institute for Vocal Advancement (previously a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor) in an extensive program where I must complete education and testing each year. I focus on building a singer’s range and strength in healthy ways in all genres of music. I work with all types of performers from recording studios to the stage.
During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. If you would like to sing from the bottom to the top of your voice with strength and ease, I am the teacher for you!
Film Acting, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Theater Acting, ACT, Acting, Anatomy, Basic Math, Biology, Elementary Math, English, History, Language, Math, Phonics, Reading, Science, Speaking Voice, Test Prep
With an earned Masters degree and 25+ years in education, I have had the opportunity to help students over the years to reach their educational goals. I have taught in various venues and created many ways to help motivate you to learn and I know how to engage you in the learning process. Our lessons will be informative and do not believe in empty space or unproductive time. I will challenge you to work at your best and highest productive level. By the time you need to be ready, you will be ready. I have had to opportunity to teach various subjects including the following...Music, Theater Arts, History, Literature, Science, Basic Math, Reading, Government, Economics, Critical Thinking, Theology, plus problem solving, other related subject matter.
Film Acting, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Theater Acting, Acting, Speaking Voice
Studying at one of thee leading drama school in the world, has inspired me to give everyday students the tools they need to achieve their dreams in the field of "Acting."
Lessons will be laid back yet very impactful while catering to the wants and needs of the Actor.
When the student is ready, the Guru will appear!" Am I your Acting Guru?
If you want to learn from an Actor in business that's about the business, you've found your teacher.
Film Acting, Improv Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Theater Acting, Acting, Speaking Voice
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, I've always loved acting and am still active in community Theatre when I have time! But now that Im a fulltime single mom of 2 little blessings (Daughter and Son) I want to give back to an art which I love so I thought I could give acting classes to those who love the craft as much as I and still provide for my kids and I all while getting to "play"
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