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Popular Online Acting Teachers

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA
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Serena P.

Chicago, IL
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Glenn W.

Henderson, NV
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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, Film and TV Acting, Geometry, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Math, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training

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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Serena P. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Piano, Singing

About Me

Now teaching in-person singing and acting lessons in Chicago, as well as online to anyone in the country!

Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students.

In Chicago, her credits include: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and two solo cabarets: "Should I Be Sweet?" and "I Don't Want To Be a Cliche."

Other notable credits include Tony N' Tina's Wedding, The Taming of the Shrew, Bat Boy, Les Miserables, Major Barbara, as well as various cabarets at Don't Tell Mama and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Serena also has performed alongside James Taylor and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Serena loves working with people who particularly share her love of Musical Theater and Shakespeare, but she finds all ages and levels exciting and fulfilling.

Serena also specializes in coaching high school students for their auditions for BFA or BA Acting or Musical Theater programs. She is completely informed about the audition process for each individual school and is able to help select repertoire to fit your needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a very good balance in my lessons of nurturing the student, but also pushing the student to his or her highest potential. I always remain encouraging and supportive. I spend about a third of the lesson on technique work and I always encourage students to bring in their own material that we can work on as well. You will get excellent vocal and piano technique from me, but you will also learn to have fun and appreciate the ease and relaxation of singing and playing piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room

*** Travel Equipment ***
n/a

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater singing, especially preparation for any auditions (singing or acting) for shows, college auditions, etc. Musical theater is my main passion, but I also focus a lot on pop music. I am especially experienced in introducing newbies to singing or piano.

Glenn W. Henderson, NV

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Gospel Singing, Guitar, Improv Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

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 "north coast" 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, show tunes, 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Content of Sessions

Generally, the first 10-15 minutes of each lesson will be focused on vocal warm up and exercise. (For guitar students, we will review the previous
week's assignment). For Vocal Students, it is understood that the voice mechanism is made up of muscles, and as an athlete prepares for a sporting event, a singer must prepare to vocalize. It is at this time in our lesson when the student will develop good habits of voice maintenance, which will serve them well throughout their careers. The proper care and preservation of the vocal unit cannot be stressed enough, especially for pubescent and pre-pubescent students. Vocal chords in a developmental stage are most susceptible to damage, and because they are particularly sensitive, they must be handled with care. Our warm up regimen is designed to strengthen as well as preserve the singing voice.

I am not an advocate of getting too involved and "bogged down" in the technical aspects of singing, especially with the young students, and
especially early in our program. This is not to say that breath control, tonality, pitch, etc. are not vital to good singing, because these workings are ESSENTIAL, and their application will certainly be incorporated into our studies. Some instructors, on occasion, have a tendency to lose sight of the fact that much to do with singing happens "naturally", and too much focus on the "technical" can actually be inhibiting. This can alter a beautiful, natural tone into one that is unnatural and contrived.

I adhere to the philosophy that above all else, SINGERS WANT TO SING SONGS, and musicians-in-training want to play music. That is our focus, and all of our training is conceived with that objective in mind. All the technical knowledge and coaching serves no purpose without practical application. It is my belief that the most significant progress occurs when a vocalist is singing a song.

Nearly every element of instruction can be utilized in the performance of one song. This is why the majority of our session time will be spent "in song". For the very young student, we will concentrate our efforts with the students choices of favorite and familiar songs. The older students will undoubtedly have favorite songs, styles and artists. Special attention will be paid to the genre most enjoyed by the student, but diversity will be emphasized as well, and a variety of genres will be unpacked and explored. I believe that whatever a student's musical goals and aspirations, it is in their best interest to gain knowledge and insight in all facets of music, singing, and performance.

The most vital pre-requisite for any student is their enthusiasm. My ambition will be to harness that enthusiasm and channel it productively through stimulating instruction. Our sessions will be informative and educational, but always predicated upon "having fun with music".

I am proud to feature a curriculum that emphasizes the entertainment aspect of singing as well as the technical; created to benefit all ages and experience levels, from beginner to seasoned professional. After just weeks of my "Triple Threat Training" a student will begin to see astounding results: vocally, musically, and in the art of performance. I am excited to share my knowledge with you. Let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is equipped with a full vocal sound system with microphones that I utilize to teach the valuable art of mic technique. Young students enjoy using the mics and hearing themselves sing and perform. Since our lessons are predicated on enjoying the art of singing, this opportunity has proven invaluable. For the advanced performer, studying all aspects of amplification and what a singer should know about their stage sound is a part of our educational curriculum. My studio is furnished with the equipment that is essential to mastering that knowledge.
Since the practical aspect of my course is based on singing songs, I provide all the latest technology required to allow my students the opportunity to sing the songs of their choosing, with and without the lead vocal tracks. I feel that when students are singing their favorite songs, it offers me the greatest teaching opportunities. I make certain the every musical genre can be represented, and feel I have the knowledge and ability to guide the student is whatever their musical tastes. My studio is also equipped with piano (for vocal exercises), and guitars, which gives me opportunity to accompany my students when the musical moment is appropriate. Be assured that all the technology I need to fulfill the educational needs of my students is but a step away!!

Lacey M.

Emeryville, CA
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX
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Jessica K.

Orlando, FL
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Lacey M. Emeryville, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Film Acting, Improv Acting

About Me

Since a young age I have been influenced and surrounded by gifted individuals that have impacted my life and my career. Growing up in Los Angeles, California I have inherited many of my creative gifts from her Grandmother Connie Russell a famous singer and actress and her Grandfather Michael Zimring, an agent for William M. Agency. They gave me a great appreciation and understanding of what it took to be successful as an artist. I started my career by doing modeling at age five and went on to do dance performances at age seven.
I continued to broaden her horizon by acting in plays, painting and singing. Later in life I took these gifts and decided to teach adults, and children the importance of self confidence and creativity. I have worked in many organizations with the intention to transform lives through the performing arts. Including a Creative Director for Performing Arts Academy, where I taught performing arts for two consecutive years, creating and implementing a powerful curriculum which incorporated improv, the arts and self empowerment.

For the past five years I have taught ages five to 45 modeling, dancing, acting and singing at a Talent Agency in Los Angeles, and San Francisco. I have also been proud of being a choreographer for the musical Westside Story in San Francisco. As well as a musical director for Jungle Book. I currently holds a BA in Musical Theater, and is am pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy.

Lessons with me will be all about building the confidence to tackle any character you need to!! I will assist you with continually getting out of your own way and surrendering into the moment with each character you are playing. We will laugh, be silly, do some fun improv warm up exercises every time and it will be so stimulating, you will definitely want to come back for more.

My approach is a humanistic approach so you will learn about your deep strengths as an actor. And within each lesson you will learn to tap into those strengths and grab them from your tool box at any given time. We will also work on camera a little bit each time so you can get comfortable being in front of a camera. That way you can watch back yourself and learn what works and what didn't work.

I will constantly be your Cheerleader and cheer you on to be the Best you, you can be!! Who wouldn't want a cheerleader by their side? One who has a lot of experience in Educating others to become professional stellar actors. Let's do this!!!

*** Examples of some Lesson's although these are usually crafted depending on my actors needs ***

Lesson 1 Topic: Improvisation:

Big Picture/What Do My Students Need to Absolutely Understand or know how to do at the end of this hour? What Improvisation IS, WHY they are learning it, and HOW to do it.

1. Explain, Entice, Engage what improv is.
2. Key elements- strong character type choices, strong objective, keep it moving forward via objective and physical actions.
3. Improv skills enhance scripted work
4. Improv sharpens your reflexes & creates more interesting choices
Feedback/Recap/Assignments-Use the WWG/WCBI feedback model. Encourage them to watch Who's Line Is It, Anyway to see improv at its finest.

Lesson 2 Topic : Scene Study.

These classes are helpful when an actor wants to learn how to analyze text. Most performers work from a script that has already been written. In order for an actor to convey the meaning of this text to his or her audience, he or she must be able to understand the meaning of the text on a number of levels. Once you have learned to listen and respond to your fellow actors, you must learn how to clearly communicate the meaning behind your given response. Scene study classes teach actors how to read and analyze a script so that he or she can derive what aspect of the text is the most important or meaningful in each scene. It is important to know what each character is aiming for with each cue, either verbal or physical. This class will give you the tools needed to uncover which emotions and situations actually drive a scene forward with urgency and help the actor answer the question,Why must my character say these words now? etc

Lesson 3 Topic: Physical Acting and the Five senses

Big Picture/What Do My Students Need to Absolutely Know how to do at the end of this hour? How to powerfully use their 5 senses to bring their scene work alive.

1. Explain the what, why and how. Explain the 5 senses.
2. Conduct a closed-eye process with students. See pg. 30.
3. Then play the game on pg. 32
4. At the end, ask them how easy it is to use your 5 senses now? Whether using real or imagined sensory experiences- reinforce how easily and powerfully they can use this tool in every type of acting- stage, screen, commercials and improv.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digital JVC Camera, and TV to watch back clips

*** Travel Equipment ***
JVC Camcorder to Lessons

*** Specialties ***
Improv, Comedic and Dramatic Monologues, Musical Theater, Singing, Blocking Scenes, Dance

TOYA N. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Classical Voice, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Public Speaking, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community and academic settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and radio host. I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of mediums; including film, television, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I have strong theater experience; including musical theater. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater

Jessica K. Orlando, FL

Subjects Taught

Accent Reduction, Acting, Musical Theater, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I am a singer, composer, author, and teacher. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Music Degree, I landed a singing position with a 14-piece band traveling throughout the USA and internationally. I sing many genres, even acapella groups in Major Theme Parks. Now I am taking on new students to share my experience and help advance your careers.

*** Lesson Details ***
First lesson is assessment and getting to know your level.
Lessons begin with warm up then technique then song piece.
Recitals are a great way to gain live experience and confidence. These are optional and offered twice a year.
I can teach at your location or mine or even online using Google+

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Acapella, harmony, stage presence and theory through songwriting.

About Acting

Becoming an actor is a dream many people have, but do not pursue because of their lack of experience and proper coaching. In this day and age, it is not as easy to be “discovered” as it once was. For parents who have children who want to take acting lessons and make their dream of becoming an actor come true, consider working with one of our esteemed acting coaches who offer private acting classes. Working one-on-one with a professional acting teacher affords you or your child the time and attention needed to make him or her successful in this highly competitive field.

In addition to acting lessons, your child can receive professional training in both singing and piano, too. Our acting instructors don’t just specialize in acting for kids, but for teenagers and adults, as well. ...

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