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Popular Acting Teachers Near Kenilworth

Nicole C.

Chicago, IL
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL
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Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL
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Nicole C. Chicago, IL

Meisner technique

About Nicole

Ms. Nicole will be touring London summer 2014 with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the touring production of Persuasion. Her previous experience includes: Verismo Opera as Aninna, she was the first place winner in the emerging artist division of Elgin Opera's fourth Annual Vocal Competition. Nicole performed as a nun soloist with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the Sound of Music for the last 2 seasons in a row. She performed as a soloist in Persuasion in 2012. Under the baton of Maestro Alfredo Munar, she was a mulatta girl in Maria La O.  Nicole sang with Chamber Opera of Chicago in 2010 under the baton of Nyela Basney as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. She performed many solos with orchestra in their production of Te Amo a night of Spanish music. She was the cover for the Mother in ...

Wendy P. Chicago, IL

Acting students will receive instruction customized for their individual needs and skill level, drawing on a variety of techniques, including Linklater (physical and vocal work), Stanislavski, Meisner, and Grotowski, Shurtleff, among others. Students can work privately on audition skills, including monologues and cold reading, as well as scene work, character building and basic principles of acting. The first step to great acting is a free body and voice, allowing full expression of of emotional life of the character!

About Wendy

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with ...

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Ron W. August 8, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Wendy is well connected to the theater in scene in Chicago. She currently helping my son prepare for college theater programs. Her knowledge, experience and flexibility are very helpful.
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Claire E. January 21, 2014
Singing
Professional, Effective, and Challenging Lessons

Wendy is probably the most professional and talented voice teacher I have worked with in my time singing. She was able to quickly diagnose and help me begin to address difficulties I was having, but was also very proactive in helping me find repetoire that I enjoyed and that meshed well with my voice and my musical interests. She is extremely knowledgeable about the mechanics of singing, as well as the interpretation of song, and really challenged me to think through my singing in a way I hadn't before. Thanks!
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Julie S. November 29, 2013
Singing
I strongly recommend Ms. Parman for those looking to enjoy the process while making real gains.

Having taken both group and private lessons with Wendy Parman, I believe that Ms. Parman is an invaluable voice coach to casual and professional singers alike. She knows how to bring out the talent in her clients, and will helps bring out the best in each student through very personalized instruction. Along with a degree in music and vast performing experience, she brings sensitivity towards her clients as she individuates each lesson.

Through the lessons and workshops with Ms. Parman, I have seen a great improvement in my singing voice, the deepening of greater stage presence with ease, and I have grown in my confidence as a singer. She quickly got to know my vocal range and ability and handpicked songs and exercises that helped me develop. I got expert advice on expanding my vocal range and left each lesson with solid techniques I could use to practice on my own. She challenged me to push through what was in my way and I got results.

As her student, I have performing opportunities as she organized two events per month in a casual, supportive yet professional setting. (Singer’s Salon & Singer’s Spotlight) How else can you practice before a live audience and stretch in this area?!

I found her to be flexible with days and times for our lessons, as my schedule changes from month to month. And thankfully, she was willing to travel to my house or at other times we met in her studio.

I strongly recommend Ms. Parman for those looking to enjoy the process while making real gains!!
Benjamin K. Chicago, IL

I have been involved in several productions, and have extensive acting experience. I am able to help my students study their characters, and realize a wide range of acting choices.

About Benjamin

My expansive breadth of interests has led me through years of experience in the arts and natural sciences. I'm a voice instructor, math tutor, and biology teacher. Now, I'm pursuing a career in opera and vocal performance. I have extensively studied vocal performance and opera for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have been in many operas and musical theater productions. I am currently performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat at the Booth Tarkington Theatre. I was a finalist in the MasterWorks Festival concerto competition. I have studied other vocal genres, such as jazz and pop. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. I use the appoggio technique of breathing and believe all singing should be produced in a ...

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Shane M. December 17, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Ben is a great teacher and great guy. Since I had a musical background and training, I was searching for a specific type of teacher that would help me improve my singing but in a specific style (singer-songwriter/r&b). Ben demonstrated a great deal of knowledge not only in technical instruction, but with the elements singers use in that specific style to be successful. That is not a skill everyone would have. He shows a thirst for learning more to make himself and his students better. I have already shown big improvements over a few months. So, if you are looking for a versatile teacher who cares a lot about seeing you improve, he's your guy.
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Ryan M. August 4, 2014
Country Singing · Online
Verified Student
I'm totally new and Ben has been great guiding me along every step of the way and coaching me where I need work. Looking forward to the day I can carry a tune!
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Amy M. June 22, 2014
I have never had any interest in singing beyond that which I do in my car, but I do now!
I agreed to take a lesson from Ben purely to see what range of voice I had. I planned on taking only one lesson, simply for this reason. As Ben had me doing the exercises, I realized that I had quite a bit of potential I never even dreamed I would have. He unlocked things in my voice I never knew I had. I learnt so much from that one lesson and had such a truly fun time, I decided I would continue.
I have taken six lessons now and I see huge improvements in my singing. When I sing for fun in the car, I now know how to "tame" my voice, I now understand the mechanics of singing styles and I understand how to breathe properly.
Each lesson I learn something new and though I tend to sometimes forget proper technique, Ben is always patient with me and, in a clear and concise way, shows me what I am doing wrong. He has a very good way of explaining things and really tries to unlock all my potential. Every visit I walk away happy and excited and with a lighter step. I feel my confidence, in general, has increased through these lessons. I fully recommend Ben to anyone wanting to learn what they are capable of with their voice...I've learned everyone is capable of singing. I recommend even one lesson with Ben to learn some basics and see what your vocal range is...and from there, see if you don't want to continue :)

Ashley W.

Chicago, IL
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Holly A.

Evanston, IL
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Chicago, IL
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Ashley W. Chicago, IL

I have worked with children and adults at all levels! From beginner to advanced, my approach does not change! It is all about finding out what you want in the scene or monologue and then incorporating different techniques based on your level to help you achieve that goal.

About Ashley

Hello! My name is Ashley W and I am an acting teacher and coach! To give you a bit of background about myself, I have recently moved to Chicago from New York where I spent the last three years working on my careers both as an actor and teaching artist. Teaching has become such a passion of mine and I am extremely invested in making it a parallel career for myself. I hold a MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. I have worked with children for over 15 years as a childcare provider, camp counselor and mentor. Working with children is truly a passion of mine, alongside acting, and I love integrating both of these aspects of my life by being a teaching artist. I have also coached adults working on ...

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Amira K. November 6, 2014
Stage Performance
I worked with Ashley in Groves High School's production of the play Radium Girls in spring of 2014. When Ashley first started with us during the production, I was so excited to have a new assistant director. Ashley was so involved as a mentor who provided us with feedback, acting notes, and new techniques to make our performance that much better. Her advice and insight on our scenes and acting choices helped us to look deeper into our character development. One thing that was memorable to me was Ashley making something as simple as a warm up so fun and beneficial; she taught us ways to access all the areas of our voices and energy. I loved working with Ashley and know that I, as well as all the other cast members, benefited so much from her work with us.
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Bradley S. November 1, 2014
Stage Performance
Ashley helped me with my performance in my high school production of "Radium Girls." Her notes pushed me to develop a true and complex portrayal of my character. She has a fantastic perspective that finds the subtle flaws and room for improvement and then was great at really communicating and helping me achieve that potential in my character. I was also impressed by how well she tailored her instruction to everyone in the cast--every person works differently but she still managed to find our individual styles and needs and take us all one level higher!
Ashley was a great help!
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Rebecca S. August 20, 2014
Stage Performance · In studio
Ashley is one of the best acting instructors I have ever worked with. She was the assistant director for "Radium Girls" at Groves High School and she helped everyone in the cast improve their performances greatly. She always had notes for us, even if she had already seen the scene ten times, which ensured that we were constantly being pushed to go to the next level. Working with Ashley taught me how to become a more well-rounded actress because she helped with everything from movement, to voice, to emotional accessibility. She is so talented and I hope to get to work with her again soon.
Holly A. Evanston, IL

I teach all aspects of acting for the camera and the stage including:

The Artistic Side: script analysis, character choices, specificity, strong objectives & verbs, being in the moment, spontaneity, connection, intuition, imagination, taking risks, and audition technique for both on-camera and for theatre.

The Psychological Side: dealing with anxiety & stage fright, listening skills, focus & concentration, trusting yourself, being vulnerable, tapping into and expressing all emotions.

The Business Side: career advice, goal setting, getting an agent, developing your niche, marketing materials, union vs. non-union, promoting yourself & networking.

About Holly

Holly has been a casting director for 15 years and a professional actor and acting teacher for almost 20 years. She has auditioned thousands of actors over the past 15 years for commercials and feature films. The film she cast last year, Chasing Ghosts, is currently making it’s rounds on the film festival circuit. She also runs sessions for PR Casting in Chicago who casts for television series, commercials, and feature films. She began teaching in grad school where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She has taught at universities, colleges, independent acting schools, and private lessons over the span of 19 years. Teaching is her first love and she strives to create a supportive, encouraging environment for actors to let ...

Edward F. Chicago, IL

I've been teaching acting for over 25 yrs with students that have gone on to being working actors on the stage in mjaor feature films and commercials and also television. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to strip yourself of your fears and self-doubt and as time goes on you'll be able to be ready with my guidance to registering with a mjaor casting agent. Be ready learn: Scene Study, Character Development, Voice & Diction, Cold Readings, Monologues, Improv, Auditioning, Marketing & more

Finally you will have the option to super kick start your career with producing a 2-3 minute Actor's Slate Video clip and an Actor's Demo Reel (video) that I can professional put together for you complete with taping, directing and packaging.along with the option of a slick dynamic professional website, all through thisTakelessons site.

About Edward

Started as a musician and lead vocalist in my 12pc high energy, world touring concert act for artists like, Donna Summers, Oak Ridge Boys, Jacksons etc. Extensive training & experience as an actor in statge screen & television. Trained at Ted Liss Drama School, & the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in UK & more. Won a Telly & a Silver Hugo Award. With the unique personal style I have developed, I am very passionate about my students achieving their dream. My greatest reward is when a student makes a major breakthrough. Take a solid hold of your career and empower yourself with the combination of my background in "The Method," Stanislavsky, Meisner, Michael Shurtleff , my extensive experience, coupled with a true caring and compassionate style, that I have developed, will set you ...

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