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Acting, Improv Acting
I experienced life in Hollywood attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and it shook my world in not only the craft of acting but also that passion is key in pursuing this field. Because when success in roles doesn't come your way, you are still satisfied with your choice of occupation.
Personal Experience in Theater:
Several roles played at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2003
Performed in two local improv groups 2003-2005
MP role in "The House of Blue Leaves" in 2005
Manolo Costazeula in "The Odd Couple- Female Version" in 2010
Lenny Ganz in "Rumors" in 2012
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Through experience in drama school and additional time spent learning the craft, I believe I have learned what it takes to teach the craft with passion. With emphasis on objectives, improv, and being in the moment, certain techniques will be employed to enhance believability.
There is no one true path to learning the craft. Every teacher is different as well as any student. And every teacher that doesn't learn from their students are well. just teachers. As any craft/skill-based action, people are all always learning regardless of your position. There is no right way or wrong way of teaching but only a deeper understanding of what is possible.
As actors, we hope to dig down deeper. To open ourselves wider. It's like a muscle. Keep exercising it and we find "muscles" we never knew we had.
There are a variety of techniques that I have been taught. These are the basics of the craft of acting.
These are not film-based nor theater-based acting. It is understanding how to respond and learning how to be in the moment.
Acting, Algebra, Alternative Medicine, American Literature, AP English, Arithmetic, Art History, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Country Singing, Creative Writing, Drivers Education, Elementary Math, Essay Writing, Film Acting, Film Studies, Grammar, Humanities, Jazz Voice, Life Coaching, Literature, Math, Meditation, Microsoft Office, Nutrition, Poetry, Pre Algebra, Public Speaking, Reading, Singing, Social Studies, Speech, Spelling, Study Skills, Video Production, Vocal Training, Writing
Hi, I taught Acting for 2 years as part of my Graduate degree. I have also been a Guest Lecturer on Acting on Film at Columbia College in Chicago, IL for Directing I students. I am also a Writer - I have won an Excellence Award for my poetry from the City of Portland (1 of 150 people out of 8,000), and my plays have been performed as staged readings with Theatre Companies in Chicago and Portland, Oregon. I am an Academic Writer as well - I wrote a 30 page thesis for my Graduate degree, about Shakespeare and satire. My specialities are coaching in the Performing Arts (Acting/Voice/Dance), and helping with Creative writing and Academic writing, as well as Essay writing. I can also help with K-6 English, Reading, and Math, as well as High School or Jr. High English, Essay writing, and Literature. Please contact me with any questions about my experience. Thanks! :)- Rebecca
Acting, Burlesque, Child Acting, Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Cosmetology, Dance, Dance Choreography, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Hair Coloring, Hair Cutting, Hair Styling, Improv Acting, Interior Design, Makeup, Modern Dance, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Voice Acting
Starting out at the age of 4, Sarah instantly found a love for the stage. Coming from a family with a heavy background in the movie and theater industry, it was no surprise that Sarah herself eventually fell in love with the arts as well. Being a girl with a strong Sicilian heritage, she is a very passionate and independent person with a lot of ambitious goals in her life. She has made it a point to grow in as many ways as possible in her knowledge of theater and dance. Always wanting to direct a theater and dance studio of her own, Sarah has been driven since the day she dreamt about it. Working her way through her school years she has been involved in many dance and theater productions as well as being heavily involved at her dance studio “Hawkins School of Performing Arts”. She attended there for many years under the instruction of some of the best instructors. She also competed with Hawkins’ first hip-hop jazz performing troupe, where she traveled around the state competing, and winning, four 1st place titles. As she entered her first year at Folsom High School, she became more and more involved in drama class, shows, and showcase pieces. She has been involved in many productions such as “Once Upon a Mattress” (Featured Dancer), “Anything Goes”(Girl #3), “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”(FD), “Romeo and Juliet” (Apothecary/Montague Gang), and “Beauty and the Beast” (Choreographer/ The Rose soloist/ Enchanted Object/FD). Sarah was thrilled when she was asked to come on board as the Choreographer for Beauty and the Beast, as that show has been her favorite movie since she was a little girl and a musical known by everyone. Along with being involved in shows and dance, Sarah has been practicing Cosmetology for the Sacramento area for 7 years now. She has completed multiple seminars and worked on a few fashion shows. Her expertise ranges from platform beauty work to the best salon and spa services available. Sarah has studied under professional artists for a year doing work for them as well as training; including world renowned make-up artist Burke Daniels. She has worked as a stylist for many professional photography companies as well. Some of her creative techniques involve: Special Effects Make-Up, Platform Make-Up, High Fashion Make-Up, Highlight and Contouring, Photography Make-Up, Corrective Make-Up and Weave coloring/ Balyage.
“Beauty is something that people need to see and feel from the inside”
Sarah has also been involved with Video Production at Folsom High and was also asked by her producer to be a part of “The Tower of Youth Awards”, where she submitted a PSA for “Drunk Driving” and won 1st place in the Greater Sacramento Area. As her Senior Year came to an end she was selected by her Director of the Drama Department to be one of the four people to host Folsom High School’s 2006 Drama Awards. There she was honored with multiple awards such as Best Dance Scene, Most Inspirational Senior, Most Encouraging Person, Best Duet, Best Original One Act Musical, Best Kiss, and Best Choreographer. After Graduation she attended Sierra and Folsom Lake College for a year. When the year was up she decided to open up a theater program through Folsom Parks and Recreation. There she taught for 3 years putting on shows such as “The Little Mermaid”, “Troy: The Other Story”, and a few showcases. Along with her teaching, she herself was cast in California State University of Sacramento’s one act “Fuddy Meers”, where she played the villainous cop “Heidi.” Kids have always been a huge love to Sarah her whole life, so it has been nothing but a blessing to be able to teach them all of what she has been taught and knows. Sarah loves her husband and family more than anything in the entire world and would like to thank them for all of their support, involvement, and help they have given continuously every single day of her life.
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."