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Popular Acting Teachers Near San Diego

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA
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J Marcus N.

San Diego, CA
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Julia W.

San Diego, CA
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Tiffini L. Escondido, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

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).

*** Lesson Details ***
Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***

Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory

J Marcus N. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Method Acting, Theater Acting

About Me

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

Some testimonials:
"[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

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginning actors will explore how to work in your voice and your body. You will learn to use relaxation and breathing techniques, along with exercises in both memory and sensory exploration.

Experienced actors will work in greater detail and depth to find new ways to move you on to the next level.

You will select and prepare audition material and explore those parts of you that can best bring the character to life.

With consent from your director, actors preparing roles can get that extra time and feedback you want.

*** Specialties ***
acting for the stage, auditioning, script analysis, directing, playwriting

Julia W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Viola, Violin

About Me

With over 15 years of a performing arts background, I have been through the thick and thin of this business. My formal education began when I was seven years old, with the Carlsbad Strings Education Association. I continued to play violin in college at Humboldt State University. I then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies. Besides classical music training, I have performed in many musical theatre shows and classes. I also perform and gig regularly in a local alternative rock band. Violin, bass, guitar, singing, acting and writing have always been my passions. Now it is time to inspire other hardworking individuals into pursuing their dreams too!

My music lessons usually consist of instrument knowledge, techniques, music theory, ear training and a little bit of music history as well. Each lesson will have a mix of different topics and exercises that pertain to what the student would like to learn. The topics listed above will intertwine with each other naturally, making each lesson more valuable.

Other lessons, such as acting, will be more customizable for the student. Depending on what the student would like to learn or improve on, will determine what kind of specific topic the lesson will focus on.

What ever route you decide on taking, remember that there is no wrong way. If you lose interest in a certain instrument or art, the skills you learned from practicing and playing will help you in any another performing art you choose. With that in mind, let's get learning!

*** Lesson Details ***
Music:
5-10 min. for review, warm-up
10 min. for exercise, technique, etc.
10+min. for teaching individual pieces, history, music theory, etc.

Other:
5-10 min. for review, warm-up
10 min. for exercise, technique, etc.
10+min. for monologue, song writing, recording, history, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have most of the required equipment at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an extra guitar or bass (amplifier included) for lessons, as well as books and possible other materials (stand, tuner, music). Students should provide their own violins, violas, and staff paper for theory. They should also have access to a computer, as I like to record my lessons and send them the recordings for their solo practices.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music for violin and viola. For theatre, I excel in Broadway singing, staging, acting, and I can teach methods in public speaking as well. Bass guitar, electric guitar, and performing in the genre of rock music is another specialty of mine. I also have experience in songwriting and arranging songs using music theory and ear training.

Danielle L.

San Diego, CA
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Carol T.

La Mesa, CA
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Samuel W.

San Diego, CA
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Danielle L. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

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 €œshouldn'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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are €“ from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly and without stress, enabling the student's voice to constantly grow while also steering clear of the injury that can accompany the straining that often happens when singing without proper technique.

I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
Propellor Reason 4.0
UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
Behringer ADA 8000
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*** Specialties ***
Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

I definitely excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!

Carol T. La Mesa, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

I have a Master's degree in theatre with an emphasis in directing from San Diego State University. I have tons of experience in the following:

• Children’s Theatre • Acting • Theatre History
• Movement • Play Analysis • Directing
• Dramaturgy • Improvisation • Teaching

I am enthusiastic about teaching and my love for drama and the arts is very infectious.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning actors I will go over theatre terms. After that, I will teach the rudiments of acting. Once that has been accomplished, the student will begin work on a monologue.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a car.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching abilities are:

Beginning Acting
Intermediate Acting
Advanced Acting

Beginning Directing
Intermediate Directing
Advanced Directing

Improvisation

Play Analysis

Samuel W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Film Acting

About Me

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

*** Lesson Details ***
Each week a lesson is given to the student to help them learn on-camera acting skills for booking work. The program is to teach acting and improv skills for all ages from 5 to 80 years of age. As a CSA Casting Director, Mr Warren is hired to audition all kinds of individuals for commercials, feature films, TV shows, corporate and music videos. This may also include Broadway and off Broardway plus multi media projects for the internet and gaming industry.. Every class is filmed and played back for the student to view and learn from. Both kids, teenagers or adults are being taught by the casting director Samuel Warren. Once the students has acquired the essential on camera commercial and film acting skills they can audition for paid work as opportunities come available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Private On-Camera Acting classes are held in San Diego Area and in LA by special appointments!!

*** Specialties ***
Students who reach the working level in their on-camera film and commercial skills will have an opportunity to audition for Samuel's projects in San Diego or LA depending on the casting requirements!

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By Bryan B. – San Diego Acting Teacher

Are you dying to become and actor or actress? My name is Bryan B. and I teach acting lessons in San Diego. Acting is an amazing skill that can be developed and utilized in everyday life. When I was younger, my brothers and I used to reenact Saturday Night Live sketches and our favorite scenes from Ace Ventura and The Water Boy. This was a great way to entertain the family and have a great time.

I love teaching acting because it allows me to help my students transform into someone new. One of my favorite hobbies is reading because it allows me to become engulfed in another world. Acting has the same effect. My students are able to develop their skills and physically embody characters from plays that are centuries old, as well as emulate and ...

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