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Popular Online Acting Teachers

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA
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Serena P.

Chicago, IL
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Lacey M.

Emeryville, CA
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Jessie M. Pasadena, CA

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

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.

Lacey M. Emeryville, CA

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
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Jessica G.

Cypress, CA
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Sarah M.

Dallas, TX
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TOYA N. Dallas, TX

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 G. Cypress, CA

About Me

I am a professionally trained, experienced performer from New York. After completing a National Tour with Sesame Street Live, I decided to make the move to Southern California to pursue other aspects of my career. Having been in this business for several years, as a performer as well as part of production teams, I have learned a lot about what is expected from performers, how to hold a career in this business, and other tricks of the trade.
I promise to make sure you learn everything you will need to be successful, whether it be for a career choice or just a hobby, and will use the teaching technique that works for you.
I can't wait to meet you!

Sarah M. Dallas, TX

About Me

Since graduating in 2003 from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Drama, I've worked steadily as a professional actress, musician, teacher, and writer, based out of both New York City and Los Angeles. In May of this year, I relocated to Dallas, Texas to be near family, and am excited by the potential of the impressive local arts scene here.

I love teaching and consider each student a gift. Taking part in minds opening and skills developing; discovering how to connect with each individual; the moment when a student's eyes light up and say "Ohhh.. I get it... its like/when..." - these are remarkable experiences to share.

Okay, to be specific about what working with me looks like! Lessons will emphasize:
1. open, honest communication
2. curiosity
3. defining and working towards your specific goals (or, figuring it out along the way)
4. a playful, flexible approach

Lessons will be supported with careful preparation and clear notes/practice suggestions (which will be emailed to the student within 24 hours of our session).

I look forward to the prospect of working with you!

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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