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Popular Acting Teachers Near Maspeth

Elise J.

New York, NY
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Daniel H.

Long Island City, NY
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Marni G.

Ridgefield, NJ
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Elise J. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Hello! Thank you for stumbling across my profile. I offer voice lessons in multiple genres to students of all ages! In addition to teaching privately, I have worked on developing curriculum for and teaching an after school music and theater class for under-served high school students in the Bronx. As an experienced nanny, I am very comfortable with and love working with young children!

As a soprano trained at the Manhattan School of Music and McGill University, I have had the great pleasure of working with leading teachers and directors in the opera world. I have performed in various venues on the east coast including NYC's Lincoln Center, and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Throughout my performance career, teaching has always brought me great joy! I look forward to meeting you and getting started!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whatever your goals may be, I am here to help you reach them and have a great time along the way! I believe that with a solid and healthy vocal technique, the sky is the limit! My lessons are highly individualized. At our first meeting, we will discuss what you would like to accomplish in the coming months. Maybe you want to land the lead in your school musical, maybe you want to get accepted into your dream conservatory, or maybe you simply want to learn more about the art of singing!

With a strong background in opera, I will spend a lot of time teaching the importance of breath support and proper placement of the voice. Together, we will choose appropriate repertoire that will help you grow as a singer, and that you love! There is such a wealth of vocal music in this world, there is no reason to sing any piece that you don't absolutely love!

I am also available to teach basic sight singing and music theory, and for audition consultation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano in living room

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical voice, as my primary training is in opera. I have spent two summers studying the Bel Canto method in Italy and use this as I teach.

Daniel H. Long Island City, NY

Subjects Taught

Acting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Originally from Miami, Florida, born to Cuban parents, I first attended the University if Pennsylvania, where I received a degree in marketing and communications from The Wharton School, with a minor in theater arts. Upon graduation, I moved to Los Angeles and trained at the Tony-award winning South Coast Repertory. I was subsequently fortunate enough to attend the Juilliard School Drama Division, where I trained for 4 years in the following subjects: scene study, improv, physical comedy/clown, movement, singing, voice and speech. Some of my favorite productions while at Juilliard have been: Measure for Measure, Henry V, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Williams in Transit, Trust, and Balm in Gilead. In addition, I have also taught drama in several cities in the country and abroad, including New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Orlando, and even Antigua, Guatemala.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed for each particular student's need/desires. I tend to push students as I want them to not only grow as artists but as people. In fact, over the course of time, it is more important to use your art to grow into a sensitive human being, than it is to "win the Oscar" and be the "best actor out there." Much of what I do is meant for the student to bring a personal connection to the work.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide the prop(s) necessary for scenes or monolgoues.

*** Specialties ***
I am familiar with the Stanislavski method, clown techniques, Shakespearean text, Chekhov. In terms of the speaking voice, I specialize in the Edith Skinner method of speaking with distinction, and am familiar with the work of Arthur Lessac and Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Marni G. Ridgefield, NJ

Subjects Taught

Acting, English, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Phonics, Piano, PSAT, Reading, SAT, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Hi! My name is Marni and I am an accomplished vocalist and Voice teacher who has traveled the world to perfect my craft. I have a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Master's Degree in Education and have performed on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Canterbury Cathedral an Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. For more than ten years, I have taught both in private voice studios and have instructed students in public schools as well and am a certified Educator in the state of New Jersey.

I teach students of ALL AGES to sing with correct vocal technique including breath support, tone, pitch, posture and more! The "Bel Canto" style of singing is taught in all cases no matter what style of music. This means that the voice should be free from tension, stress and strain! Learn to sing Rock, Jazz, Classical, Broadway/Musical Theater and any other vocal style!

Many, many of my students have gone on to place in the renowned Bergen County, North Jersey Regional, and All State Choruses and consistently receive leading roles in school, community, and regional theater productions! I also have current and past students who have gone on to have roles on Broadway including an upcoming production of Annie! I've also had students who have gone on to have their rock and heavy metal bands place in local and regional band competitions and be signed!

Whether you want to learn how to sing Karaoke better, audition for American Idol, prepare for auditions, or really seriously work on your vocal technique, i'm the teacher for you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be filled with music, support, encouragement and success! I teach to the whole student and we will get to know one another well so I can tailor your lesson specifically to your needs, goals and dreams! By taking lessons, you are taking an amazing step to improve not only your skills as a performer but also your self esteem! When you become better at an instrument or your voice improves so will your outlook! Its a natural fit!

Within 3-6 months, you'll have learned many standard warm-ups and vocalises that you can have in your back pocket for any opportunity that comes your way. If you are a singer, you will have learned how to breathe correctly for singing and implemented great technique into the style music of your choice. You will also have learned quite a few songs, starting from simple to more advanced as we go along!

For the beginner piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales. We will work on finger position and learn basic tunes starting with one hand at a time. soon you'll be learning how to play simple songs with both hands and accompany yourself as you sing along!

For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, relaxation and getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to perform a song with great diction and presence! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard!

All of my current students will say that they enjoy our lessons because each one is tailored to the individual and their goals. Its a wonderful and exciting journey that we embark upon together! I love seeing my students progress and learn over the course of our time together!

I encourage all of my students to get out and perform and i'm ALWAYS looking for opportunities for my students to do just that (unpaid AND paid!). Since music is a performing art I try to schedule two recitals a year with my students. These recitals are completely optional (but encouraged!) and take place in a local church hall or other performing space. They are done is a low stress and fun way ...and afterwards, i always provide some sweet treats for the parents and students that attend! Its a super fun way to display how hard my students have been working! Each student leaves the recital with their name and piece in a printed program and a certificate!

My studio is located in a safe, family home on a quiet street with ample street parking. The home is a smoke-free environment. We have a cute little Shih Tzu but not to worry if you have any allergies. He stays in his house downstairs and away from the studio and he never enters the studio room.

Let's make some music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
second floor up stairs, bathroom, desk, f/w keyboard seating for parents, method books, music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide any necessary music books, pitch pipe, and possibly music stand. Student must have a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the Bel Canto style of voice teaching. This means an easy and fluid voice that can be applied to ANY STYLE of music! Whether you want to sing pop, rock, musical theater, classical/opera I will help you to perfect your style and technique!

Gabriel W.

Westwood, NJ
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Matt U.

Old Bridge, NJ
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Mairin L.

Brooklyn, NY
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Gabriel W. Westwood, NJ

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Gabriel W. ("Musiciano") is a fiery and passionate vocal instructor proficient in the fields of acting, singing and vocal development. A professional singer, actor and teacher with a BFA in Theater Arts. Gabriel doesn'™t just possess a formal college education, but more importantly an "informal" education based on his experiences on the stage and in the studio in the real world. Gabriel'™s approach is direct, simple and to the core getting straight to the heart of the matter: developing the voice from the inside out by breaking things down to the essentials.

An expert at creating vocal warm-ups, vocal exercises, and vocal cool-downs to keep the voice in the best shape possible. With a passion for psychology, this is your guy for great insights and advice on how to cultivate a positive attitude and create and survive a career in the world of the performing arts. With a kind and compassionate yet stern and strong tone, Gabriel will work with you to develop the focus and dedication necessary to get your voice beyond what you even knew was possible. Gabriel is available to teach Monday through Saturday.

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of the genre you sing, developing your voice with Gabriel's help will improve your tone, range, power and overall ability. You can expect to become a much better singer without losing any of your personal and unique traits.

The approach isn't a technical or mysterious one, it's all about re-learning the facts about how the voice functions best. You can expect to clear away a lot of confusions regarding how the voice works and to take away the guesswork from the vocal development process. If you want to improve your voice quickly, being guided by someone who understands how it all works and by someone who was where you are today and is now closer to where you want to be in the future is the best idea. Gabriel is that guy!

Gabriel's approach is quite simple yet very effective at developing the entire voice. There are two basic levels that every singer must address. The first one is addressing the condition of the body and voice and the second one is addressing the functioning of the voice and body.

I - Silent Foundation

The silent foundation refers to the condition of your instrument as it is silent. If we are looking at the body as an instrument that sings, we first have to make sure that our instrument is in good condition. How healthy is your instrument? Is it well rested, well hydrated and loose? Or is it tired, dehydrated and tense? As you could guess, the condition of your instrument will have a significant impact on the quality of the sounds you make. So the first thing to be addressed is how your instrument is before it starts making sound.

II - Conditioning of Singing Behaviors

This is when we get busy. Once we have a well rested, healthy, hydrated and relaxed instrument we can start working it out. The goal is to condition our singing behaviors to be reflexive, reliable and strong. The way to do this is through a series of vocal exercises that will condition your voice to respond to the desires of your heart. Whatever it is that you want to express will be possible once your instrument is conditioned to the point where there is no gap between what you want to express and your ability to do so. Learning to sing is all about learning how to express yourself without barriers. You should be able to develop enough range, power, control and skill so that you can express your heart without feeling like you'™re incapable of achieving what you pursue. To achieve these abilities training is often necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Confidence Building, Warming-Up, Releasing Tension and Strain, Eliminating Stage Fright, Expanding Range, Improving Tone, Developing Vocal Power and Presence, Eliminating Doubt, Simplifying Singing, Strengthening The Voice, Improving Pitch, Building Stamina, Increasing Creativity, Performance Tips, Artist Development, Acting and Songwriting.

Once we have a good foundation any contemporary genre or style can be improved.

Matt U. Old Bridge, NJ

Subjects Taught

Acting, Child Acting, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Stand Up Comedy, Theater Acting, Voice Acting

About Me

Matt U. is a professional theater artist and teacher with a wide range of experience involving the New York acting industry. Matt has worked with several NY agents and managers over the past 15 years and has appeared on hit television shows including Law and Order, The Sopranos, and Guiding Light. He has also starred in over a dozen national television and radio commercials including a new spot for Progressive Insurance currently running. He graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts at Rutgers University€™s conservatory training program, Mason Gross School of the Arts. As a Junior he studied with master teachers at Shakespeare€™s Globe Theater in London and performed on the world famous Globe stage. After graduating in 2006, Matt began to teach drama to children and young adults in Highland Park, NJ. In an effort to gain global perspective, take on new challenges, and continue to learn, Matt spent two years teaching drama and directing original productions to students in Hong Kong, resulting in increased communication skills and confidence. Currently, he works part time at Rutgers University and as an acting instructor in Flemington, NJ. Matt firmly believes in the value of the performing arts and its necessity for exploring the human condition in an increasingly confusing world. He uses a combination of constructive critique, humor, and kindness to get the best out of his students and help them cultivate their talent. Classes with Matt focus on building the three areas of the actors instrument, voice, body, and emotional life, and using these strengths to tackle text, create character, and truthfully relate to others.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will explore various techniques in order to better approach character work and deepen meaning in text. Specific exercises are used to help students strengthen awareness of what is happening in every moment, build flexibility in vocal expression, and move through space based on the full realization of a character. Techniques explored include Meisner and Chekhov Techniques offering students work from both the inside-out and the outside-in.

*** Specialties ***
Comedy, improvisation, scene study, commercials

Mairin L. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Acting, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Elementary Math, English, Film Acting, History, Language, Math, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Pre Algebra, Reading, SAT, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Test Prep, Theater Acting

About Me

Hi! I am a professional actress and part-time tutor from Oakland, California. I received my BA in Communication and Theater Arts from Boston College (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and my MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. I've lived in New York for three years and have worked in regional theater, Broadway, TV, and film. I love teaching acting! I've taught for the San Francisco Opera, ACT's Young Conservatory, Walnut Creek's Civic Arts Camp, and in the Nyanga Township in Cape Town, South Africa.

I'm also an academic tutor for all subjects K-8 and have tutored English, History, and Writing for high school students. I believe in engaging students in fun, creative ways - learning doesn't have to be a chore!

Before a lesson, we'll communicate via phone or email to figure out the student's needs, obstacles, and goals. I'll come prepared with a variety of exercises and lesson plans, then we'll dig in and get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Video camera for film acting lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Video camera for film acting lessons

*** Specialties ***
Performance Specialties
Acting, Method Acting, Meisner Technique, Shakespeare, Voice, Speech, Dialects, Movement, On-Camera Acting, Audition Preparation and Technique

Academic Specialties
K-8: all subjects
High school: Writing, English, and History
All ages: Test Prep, Study Skills

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