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Popular Film Acting Teachers Near Santa Monica

Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA
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LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

About Me

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph Lauren Polo website campaign and composed a television theme for Lou Rawls called "Knock Outs". Rounding out her already stellar résumé, Jan L. has worked with Narada Michael Walden, Marla Sokoloff, and famed vocal coach Seth Riggs and his client roster.

From composing and producing to mentoring singers and songwriters, Jan L. lends her knowledge and expertise at the annual Taxi Road Rally. The event held by Taxi, the world’s leading independent A&R company, helps independent artists obtain record, publishing, and film/television deals. She also sits as resident judge for the LAMN Jam which allows rock artists such as Tim Fagan the opportunity to perform original music and receive critiques on the performance.

Combining her love for music and acting, Jan L. was featured on the demo reel for the Jasmine character in Disney’s Aladdin and performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Starlight Express. She also wrote a musical called "Christmas Has Been Cancelled" starring Robert Guillaume as Scrooge.

Moreover, Jan L. taught an acting class with Kurt Russell and worked with the fiery red-headed comedienne Kathy Griffin. Other acting experience include roles in Bruce Almighty, My Sister’s Keeper with Kathy Bates, and Jawbreaker as well as television credits in Rodney and The Bernie Mac Show with Wesley Snipes.

Her latest CD and newest adventure, “Sophisticated Lullabies” supports AUTISM SPEAKS and proceeds are charitably donated to raise funds to support worthy organizations committed to finding a cure for Autism and supporting those diagnosed with this life-changing disorder. Those diagnosed include her son Gregory.

Jan L. has developed herself as a songwriter, producer, actress, artist developer, activist, and proud mother. Her commitment to the arts and her appreciation for future performers of the world continue with her grace, positive influence, and steadfast dedication.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Skype. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:

*** Studio Equipment ***
Protools, NMN-U87AI
Neumann TM 103 Mike Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box
Avalon compressor
Korg Triton Keyboard Synth

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Backgrounds, Music Theory.
I teach from beginners to professionals. I have 20 Grammy Winners. I have been nominated for a Grammy for my song "Still Touching Me".

Michelle G. North Hollywood, CA

About Me

Musician/Songwriter/Performer

Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her inner brilliance is lighting a unique path before her, and she is bravely embracing each step forward in a promising creative career.

Education
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.

My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)

*** Specialties ***
Specialties include:
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique

LeAnna S. Los Angeles, CA

About Me

Hi! My name is LeAnna and I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles. I am 29 years old, live in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from San Francisco State University where I received my BA in Classical Music, my BA in Dance, with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I work as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, Zumba instructor and teacher. I love the work that I do and teaching the performing arts is a great joy in my life.
So, just a little bit about me- My father was a saxophone jazz-playing musician who made music an important part of my life. I began piano when I was 7 years old and basically self-taught until I reached the university where I had some formal training. I fell into singing via theatre in high school and picked up trombone my junior where I played marching band and jazz band. Studying music at SFSU was very satisfying and now, I enjoy working as an independent and local performing artist.
For me, the performing arts is one of the greatest expressions of art on the planet. I cherish it in all of its forms, which is why I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles. For music, I trained for 9 years in classical voice while at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile, but always explored other styles. I sang for two years with the SFSU Gospel Choir and smaller jazz vocal groups, and over three years with the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, which is a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. After I graduated, I had my own jazz quartet, the Happy Ensemble and now focusing on a great passion of mine- musical theatre!

As a teacher, I have been teaching private and group piano and voice music lessons for the past six years. I have taught from my home studio, at Sunset Music Academy, SF, with the Latimerlo Vocal Studio, (throughout east bay) and with Barbizon, SF and Saint Ignatius Preparatory, SF during the summer. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and assisted in designing music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th. Teaching performing arts in very important to me. :)

*** Lesson Details ***
Considering taking lessons with me? Let me give you a sense of how I am as person, what I focus on and then how I structure lessons.

I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.

As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or audition. I always encourage students to share themselves and perform.
Depending on your level and interests, I later introduce how to read music, basic theory, ear training and more advanced performance techniques.

How I structure lessons:
Here is an example of what I typically would cover in an hour lesson for voice and piano.

Voice
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
3) vocalises
4) focus on one vocal technique for the lesson
5) ear training with solfegio
6) song and performance

Piano
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfegio
5) song and performance

Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I hope that we get to work together soon and I look forward to hearing from you!

LeAnna

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach from my home where I have my trombone and electric keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not have a car at this time, but I am willing to travel to students' home if they have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beginning to intermediate
Trombone: beginning to intermediate
Vocals:all levels

I also teach acting and dance.

I trained as a classical vocalist, and have been training since I was 16. Even though this is not my professional aspiration, I do use classical as the foundation of vocal technique. I perform as a jazz vocalist and in musical theatre, so I teach these styles as well.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jenny M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Andrew E.

Valley Village, CA
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Tanya A. Los Angeles, CA

About Me

I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.

Jenny M. Los Angeles, CA

About Me

Hi there!

I am currently accepting new students for in-home, travel or online lessons. I have more than 15 years experience as a drama teacher and acting coach; and I am also a seasoned college and graduate school admissions counselor with more than 6 years experience in the field.

MY BACKGROUND:

I did my undergraduate work at Princeton, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in English and a Certificate in Theater & Dance. I also have a Master's degree in Text & Performance and a Specialist Certificate in Acting Shakespeare from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England; and I was a James S. Copley Foundation Fellow at USC.

A working professional actor myself since early childhood, I have been teaching acting and improv for young people since I was still in high school, and now work with actors of all ages.

I also spent several years as Director of the London office and Chief College Admissions Counselor worldwide for The Edge in College Preparation, and continue to work with students in that capacity.

WHAT I TEACH:

* Acting *

Do you have a big audition coming up that you need to prepare for?
Having trouble finding a monologue for class?
Struggling with Shakespeare's text?
Want to work on your improv skills?
Just want to add a few tools to your toolkit?

As a working professional actor, I understand the stress of live performance firsthand. Putting yourself out there can be daunting... But it should also be fun! I am very detail-oriented, but also all about playing and exploration. The more prepared you are -- and the more joy you can bring to the process -- the more confident you will be!

* Shakespeare *

I am a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, with a Master's degree in Text & Performance and a Specialist Certificate in Acting Shakespeare. I've performed on the South Bank, along with a variety of other venues in both the US and the UK.

Whether you're working on a monologue for class, preparing for a big audition, or just struggling to make sense of Shakespeare's text, I'm here to demystify the process and make the whole thing a little less daunting.

* Improvisation *

I am a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade's improv program, and have also studied with the Groundlings and with private coaches on both coasts, as well as in the UK. I am a member of the all Native American professional improv troupe 'The Mayflower Welcoming Committee,' and perform regularly on stages around LA.

I have experience teaching both long and short form improv, as well as character work -- but in a private coaching scenario, I tend to focus on each student's individual needs, tailoring each lesson to a particular skill or area of concern.

* College Admissions Counseling *

I have more than 6 years of experience working with students to strengthen their college and graduate school applications. My specialty is helping students to formulate, craft and perfect their admissions essays, but I am also available for across-the-board counseling, covering all aspects of the application process.

* Writing *

I am available to work with students on all types of formal and critical writing -- including academic essays for high school and college classes, college and graduate school admissions essays, cover letters for jobs and internships, and anything else that needs attention.

I am very detail-oriented, focusing on everything from punctuation and grammar to structure and choice of topic. I don't just want to get you through one assignment or application -- I teach skills that will help you with all of your work in future.

Andrew E. Valley Village, CA

About Me

Hi!
My name is Andrew E. I am from Las Vegas, Nevada (yes people actually live there), and I currently reside in Valley Village, CA. I have been playing basketball since I was young enough to hold one, and I grew up playing in elementary leagues, middle school, JV and Varsity teams at Faith Lutheran H.S. in Vegas, where I was a starter at the Nevada State Championship in 2005.
I also have a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from Concordia University, Irvine with an emphasis in Acting and Directing. I am currently out in LA to pursue film and voice acting, but I also have a strong passion to teach. I developed a desire to give back all the knowledge and training I have received to a younger generation. Whether you're just starting out, or just wanting some practice, I would love you work with you and help you hone your craft, whatever that may be. Hope to hear from you soon!

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