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Acting, Film Acting, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
Hi! I’m Alison. I developed a passion for the arts while growing up, leading me on a career path as a professional performing and teaching artist. I've performed in NYC, LA and San Diego as a musician, vocalist, dancer, choreographer and actress. I’m also a recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on voice, ukulele and piano.
My teaching career began in 1999 when started my own program as an independent teaching artist/director throughout San Diego. I also ran a non-profit arts organization for over 7 years while serving as it’s artistic and executive director. As a music instructor, I teach all levels of voice, beginning piano and beginning/intermediate ukulele. As a performing arts teacher; ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, modern, and acting.
Acting, Method Acting, Theater Acting
Entertaining, provocative and inspiring - it's what actors do!
I believe in dedication and discipline, not doctrine.
I have directed over 40 projects for the stage in San Diego.
I continue to work as an actor on stage and in television.
I attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City - the "Fame" School.
I worked in repertory with professional actors and directors while attending Syracuse University.
There is justified myth and legend around CalArts and the art created there, where I earned my MFA
"[Mark] has been one of the most positive influences on my playwriting career and in my life in general. He has been wonderfully generous both to me and to a horde of other young (and established) theater artists in sharing his knowledge and talent." Jim Knable, playwright
"Of all the directors who have staged plays for me since 1986, none has contributed so consistently as [Mark] to the quality and growth of the Playwrights Project . . . . He is a caring and reliable colleague, a principled man who believes deeply in the importance of theatre in a civilized world." Deborah Salzer, Founding Director
Acting, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Hello Students / Parents!
I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals – whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they “shouldn't sing,” the more experienced singer looking to branch out into doing more with their music or doing it professionally, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.
I always remember the encouragement, patience and inspiration I received from my best teachers, and strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera, and utilize our studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, writing and recording. I absolutely love to teach both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their individual path toward realizing their potential.
Here’s a bit about my background and musical experience:
• Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University – Graduated Valedictorian
• Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts – Graduated Valedictorian
Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.
"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
-Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher
My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.
I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.
For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest – a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.
I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.
Acting, Math, Piano, Singing, Spanish, English, Language, Music Performance
Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula vista School of performing arts division, have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (beginner-Intermidiate), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do what ever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.
Acting, Film Acting
C.S.A Casting Director Samuel W. has been casting famous and established talent for over 30 years. George Clooney was casted by Mr. W. in one of his first feature films along with many other known talent. Currently, he is a working casting director who also teaches kids, teens and adults how to booked speaking roles in feature films, television series work, international and national commercials. Every student in the private session works on-camera and is able to review their work immediately within that same session. Samuel's program is to teach each person how to audition for the different styles of On-Camera Acting, commercially and for television /film roles. All styles are covered including the comic and dramatic skills required for working in Hollywood or internationally! Plus, Mr. W. teaches the individual the acting method for film and television work.& commercials
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"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."