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Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY!

Washington, DC

About Joshua

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), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. 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 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 appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed the DC premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft and will next be appearing in Signature Theatre’s production of Soon by Nick Blaemire. He is also attached to a new musical (A House of Glass) about Tennessee Williams in which Joshua will be playing the prolific writer.
Joshua is the Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company based out of Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC and sits on the board of 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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Logan C. July 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He is very detailed in getting to know what makes you what you are and where you come from. There is an established unconditional comfortability and confidence that he brings when talking to about your history and future goals, and unquestionable intrigue of interest that helps him figure out what it is you want out of a lesson, critique, or and experience.
Overall he is very involved in actually helping you developed yourself and your craft towards what ever direction you wish to take it. Highly recommend one of his lessons and experience as a mentor
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Amelia N. July 20, 2015
Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Joshua is an awesome teacher. He will go out of his way to help you however he can. I have a masters in acting and wanted to find someone that was both knowledgable and encouraging. He is both! He has helped me think about my goals...and have fun. This guy rocks.
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Bianca M. June 4, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Joshua Morgan is an extroadinary teacher! He knows what he's talking about; very knowledgeable about the business. He gave me tips and pointers of things that I needed to know. He will also tell you the absolute truth because he wants you to succeed, which I love. He expands your mind and helps you be prepared before heading into the industry because its no piece of cake, but he encourages you every step of the way. He also made me feel comfortable and he's very patient. I'm very glad to have met him. Its not the end, but only the beginning with him.
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Joshua M.  - FLEX LESSONS ONLY!

Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY!

Washington, DC 20002
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Valyncia V.

Fort Washington, MD

About Valyncia

I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony

a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a couple of bands (Rhythm and Blues, and Jazz). My undergraduate studies were completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock and Classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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Lenora G. October 30, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
The absolute best

I sang most of my life and never knew that I had the weaknesses that I did and I am so grateful that I chose Valencia to be my singing instructor! She is very informative and has taught me to think about singing in a way I never have. I am learning now that my voice is an instrument and with her help my voice and range will go on another level! She is also very flexible! Couldn't ask for a better instructor!
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Kevin M. May 4, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
She is an amazing teacher!

She is an excellent teacher! She has helped me progress very quickly and challenges me to make my voice strong.
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Cecil J. February 25, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Valencia suits my learning style!

I must say that I need to understand what I'm trying to do and Valencia really gave me insight into musical theory and technical singing. Learning about diaphrafm breathing and seeing your voice as an "instrument" has opened me up to a new world of breathing in general as it relates to relaxation, yoga, meditation and yes even exercise!

She helped me determine my vocal range #I'm a tenor!# and she gives solid feedback for what you need to practice before your next lesson.

Definitely value for money!
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Valyncia V.

Valyncia V.

Accokeek, MD 20607
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Amelia N.

Arlington, VA

I have been teaching acting for twelve years. My goal is for you to create honest work. I will gear you to the choices that are right for the piece. I am very honest in my approach but I work in a positive manner. I will always tell you what is working and what still needs to be worked upon. As a teacher, I may ask you to reflect on your own life experiences, imagine scenarios, or improvise. I use the Stanislavsky method of acting which asks 'What does your character want?'

About Amelia

Amelia graduated from Fordham University, Lincoln Center in New York City with a B.A. in Performance, and a Masters in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.

She has worked on Broadway, Regional Theatre, and Film. Some rules include:
Puck in a Midsummer Night's Dream, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Little Red in Into the Woods, along with many others. She is also dancer and has worked professionally with the Nevada Festival Ballet. She has lived in New York, London and Moscow.

She has been teaching for twelve years. She has worked with many New York
and LA actors and has developed many drama curriculums for the D.C. metro area and abroad.
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Alex Lidell July 16, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Enthusiastic and very nice
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ilyse C. April 23, 2015
Acting · In home
Amelia is brilliant, caring, and the real deal. I've never known anyone as adept at the classics, and in understanding how to make texts come alive.
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Tess G. March 24, 2015
Acting · In studio
Amelia was one of my first acting coaches and by far the best I have ever and will ever work with. Amelia encourages her students to look beyond the pages of the script and find the meaning in the words. She taught me to explore the characters I played and challenged me each time, helping me improve with each character. Amelia helped me realize my love for acting and allowed me to explore what it takes to truly connect with a character. While Amelia clearly loves the craft of acting, more importantly she loves to see her students improve and grow. Even though five years have passed since Amelia has been my teacher, I still reference the tools she taught me with each of my roles.
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Amelia N.

Arlington, VA 22205
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Ollie L. J.

Upper Marlboro, MD

Over 20 years experience acting, writing, directing, and producing films and theatrical stage plays. My mission is to inspire and develop your unique gift. Fun, interactive, and applicable teaching techniques that will motivate the best you!

About Ollie L.

Professor of Communication & Theater with incredible experiences performing/producing/directing/writing stage plays performed at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Publick Playhouse, THEARC Theater, National Children's Museum and over 60 different stages annually. Owner/Founder of the inspirational film, theater, and publishing company - Timeless Visual Works, LLC. Extensive knowledge and experience training aspiring and professional performers.
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Keona A. June 17, 2015
Film and TV Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I feel like I am a baby bird being encouraged to fly. Its so challenging yet so rewarding at the same time! I'm learning so much while having fun. Love it!
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Ollie L. J.

Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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$27 / 30-min
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Sara H.

Washington, DC

I have a BA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech. Though at the time I focused on performance, the program allowed us to learn extensively about design, business, and directing. Currently I'm in my third year of teaching International Baccalaureate Theatre, which focuses on a variety of performance methods, theories, and units of study.

About Sara

I received a BA (Theatre Arts) and MA (English Education and Curriculum) from Virginia Tech in 2004/2005, respectively. From 2005 to 2007, I taught high school English in VA. In 2007 I continued teaching high school English at an International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet school in Rockville, MD, where I still teach. For the past seven years I have taught honors English in the IB Middle Years Program. For the past three years, I have also taught IB Theatre as part of the IB Diploma Program. Additionally, I have taught AP Language and Composition for the past six years. Outside of my regular teach
ing job, for the past seven years I have taught in private enrichment programs (both classes and one-on-one tutoring) focusing on SAT and ACT prep, as well as magnet test prep, creative writing, and advanced essay writing. In my tutoring, I work with students of all ages. I am also currently working with Learnerator.com to develop ACT Reading test prep questions for their online test prep site.
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Casey P. March 9, 2015
Theater Acting · In studio
I took freshman English and IB Theatre with Mrs. Hashem-Liles. She really goes out of her way to make sure that her students are engaged and interested in the material. Her dedication to her students and her passion for education are clear. As a freshman, she showed me that anyone's writing can be improved (no matter how good you think you are!) As a senior, she became a mentor and guide, especially in theatre. I consistently left her class thinking that I had learned something new and interesting. Sometimes I wish I could go back to high school, if only to take her class again! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a tutor, as she is willing and eager to take the time needed to help all of her students.
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Shegufta R. March 8, 2015
AP English · In studio
Had her as a teacher for AP English Language. She was super awesome at not only getting the material across but also at getting the other students and I engaged and excited about the class.
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Hannah S. March 8, 2015
AP English Literature · In studio
Aside from being a lovely person, Sara helped me learn to write effective, well-composed papers by breaking the process down and shattering the concept that writing an essay has to be a daunting experience. I still cherish the enthusiasm she brought as an educator, and continually find myself applying some of the writing/analytical techniques I learned with her to my collegiate assignments.
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Sara H.

Washington, DC 20001
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