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Acting

Levels Taught: Beginner

About Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY!

Background Check: Last verified 09/20/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 15 to 65
Female Ages Taught: 15 to 65

Overview

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing.
Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few.
As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma! and is in post-production for the second season of the first ever children’s webseries. Other sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and countless readings, workshops and concerts.
Joshua has worked as a Musical Director/Rehearsal Pianist for many shows within the NY/NJ/DC tri-state area and coaches a handful of select students. The musical play, Definition of a Housewife, conceived and written by himself and Jeffery Self had a workshop production in the summer of 2006 at Columbia University.
Most recently he directed a sold out production of Touch by Toni Press-Coffman, appeared in Theater J’s production of The Chosen at Arena Stage adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and is currently making his Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. debut in A Bright New Boise by Sam Hunter.
Joshua is the Co-Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company based out of Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC and sits on the boards of the Actors Center in Washington, DC and the Artists Crossing in NY, NY.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all singing comes from the same place, technically (Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop, etc.). I work more on building a strong foundation from which everything else comes. That includes breath, placement and the stripping away of bad vocal habits that inhibit us from making healthy productive sounds. A strong foundation does usually mean having a stronger sense of your "legit" voice because it takes more work to involve your palate and breath which makes Musical Theatre/Pop seem like a piece of cake. I like to work with dedicated students who are open to challenging themselves and exploring other schools of thought in order to take themselves to the next level.

With my actors, I start from building a foundation of a sense of truth which is inherent in all of us. We talk through/explore a number of "approaches", in order to find the individuals process. From there, we begin work on how to approach text (actions, objectives, targets, meanings, etc.)


**Prospective students should be aware that lessons for speaking voice are geared more toward theatre training, rather than speech therapy. **



*** Studio Equipment ***
A space for lessons with a large library of music/plays. An upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
I only work on a flex schedule with my students, so when booking lessons- rather than selecting a specific day and time for lessons, we schedule each lesson from week to week as we go. I have lots of open hours for teaching, though they are not reflected on my calendar, as my schedule tends to fluctuate.

I have a strong background in musical theatre but believe that it all comes from the same place. Good technique is good technique which stems from more of a "classical" background. Bel canto, if you will. It's like dancing. Dancers who study ballet are much better dancers than those who don't because they have a strong foundation from which to work.

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Student Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Joshua is great to work with, knowledgable, professional, patient, fun, and has a great teaching style. January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thanks Joshua! Lessons with Joshua are the highlights of my week. I'm a busy professional who works ~60 hour weeks every week, but lessons with Joshua motivates me to practice on top of that. Firstly, he is a great singer himself, works in the theater business and performs regularly - which is what you want in a teacher (you don't want do _learn_ from someone who don't _do_ what he/she's teaching). A well-trained singer like him can recognize instantly what you're doing wrong and what needs to be done to fix it. He has well-developed ideas ready for you to utilize to improve your technique. They include analogies, ways to think about your body and your resonators, etc. His teaching also helps you understand what you need to do to sing in a particular style (in which you may not always want to sing "correctly") and what is healthy for your voice vs what is not. Secondly, his lessons are enormously fun. He achieves a great balance of keeping things light and keeping things professional. We get work done each lesson but it never feels like work. I always leave lessons feeling like it was too short. I would probably book three-hour lessons every time if I could. October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joshua is wonderful! I've always wanted to learn how to sing, but was too insecure/too uncertain to know where to start. Joshua has been amazing at teaching an absolute beginning, from how to correctly breathe, to learning how to match pitch, to recently making it through one of my first songs successfully. Joshua is incredibly warm and supportive; I highly recommend him as a teacher!! July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thank You Josh! Wow, what can I say. I came to Josh timid, unconfident, with no idea how to sing. I wanted to sing an a capella arrangement for my wife at our wedding and Josh certainly helped me along.What a world of difference from when I started to left. Very patient, understanding vocal coach, will challenge and inspire his students..Thank you Josh! I could not have done it without you. May 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bravo! Joshua is a superb teacher at many levels. He is insightful and intuitive, and at the same time, very technical and talented. Last but not least, he is also patient and kind. He is perhaps the best teacher I've ever had (and, believe me, I went to school for a long time!). May 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by amazing Today was my first time working with Joshua. I enjoyed my lesson with him and i cant wait into the next one. Joshua really did related to me. He understand what I want and get what am trying to do. Joshua is a lovely person May 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Student's (Ella) mother Ella and I think Joshua is fabulous! He is a technically excellent and enthusiastic teacher with great personality. My only request is that he has Ella sing a song or two during each lesson as doing so will keep her interest up. She knows the basics are important but is a bit frustrated that she hasn't had the chance to sing much. Although she understands the importance of learning the skills, she is only 10 and I think singing a song or two with Joshua giving her tips will actually make her more committed to practicing and focusing on technique.Overall we are thrilled with Joshua and recommending him to friends! January 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful personalized vocal training! A really top notch teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a teacher that will expand and push their skills. Joshua is extremely adept at identifying and working on your weaker spots while at the same time perfecting your strengths, but in all in a constructive way. He does a great job at explaining the concepts of singing in an understandable and comprehensible way, so that one can really understand how to advance and correct bad habits. However, FYI he is not a teacher for students who just want someone to praise their every note or just to practice a song or two, he for those who want to become better singers. Like a good trainer he will adjust to your level and push you. I can only imagine where I'll be 6 months to a year from now! January 3, 2012