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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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I have extensive training in improvisational acting from East Carolina University in North Carolina and I've been teaching acting students since 2007. Students learn quick thinking, free movement, and artistic expression through acting exercises and games.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor.

I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco, and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.

After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College a
nd performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Before I received formal training at a conservatory, I learned piano on my own, and both have prepared me to teach almost anyone, with any experience, how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic folk rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate.
In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire.
In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Currently, I have only online availability for guitar students.
Students under the age of twelve will use the Alfred Guitar Book for Kids. All other students will start with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Matthew July 17, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Heather is a joy to learn from and always had me exciting ways to teach.
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Gabby June 11, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Very nice teacher and i feel very comfortable with singing in front of her. I feel confident that she will provide good lessons!
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Reagan P. April 8, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Heather was wonderful! She made my daughter feel comfortable and excited about what’s to come!
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About Christine A.

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Sarasota, FL
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Improv is a great learning tool for team building, spontaneity, listening, being present, speaking to groups, communicating one on one, saying yes and so much more. It helps that each game played builds upon the next to reinforce the learning.

Improvisers fail forward. We embrace "failure." We have to fail in order to succeed. If we aren't failing, we aren't trying.

What you get:
Team Building / Laughter Workshop
Bring the team together in an interactive environment that fosters positive thinking and collaboration.

Improv Troupe Direction - for improv troupes who need an outside eye for notes, direction and ideas for marketing your troupe. At the end of the session, you will have new games and ideas to move your troupe forward.

Christine will help each student become more present, less self-conscious and will get them excited about failing.

Expect to leave this class feeling more confident and empowered.

Christine is committed to providing a safe and courageous ...

About Christine
About Improv:
Improv is a form of theater where everything is made up on the spot. Nothing is scripted, everything is made up in the moment using random suggestions. Improv allows every person & idea to have value. I use the principles of improvisational theater to create better humans! I'm committed to creating an environment safe to make mistakes and providing a very safe and courageous place for people to have fun, learn and play in. You’ll be happily surprised with the outcome.

About Christine:
I have been improvising since 2001 and in 2003 began directing students from ages 5 to 84. My passion is to share the incredible art form of improv with excitement and humor.

Improv is a great learning tool for team building, spontaneity, listening, being present, speaking to groups, communicating one on one, saying yes, respecting one
another and so much more. It helps that each game played builds upon the next to reinforce the learning.

What you get:
One-on-One - 45 min - 1 hour of discussion / rehearsal with Christine - working on improv performance skills or personal communication skills. At the end of the session, you will be armed with new tools.

Improv Troupe Notes - 1 hour - for improv troupes needing an outside eye for notes, direction and ideas for marketing your troupe. At the end of the session, you will have new games and ideas to move your troupe forward.

Custom Course - 45min - 1 hour or weekly - Tell me what you would like to improve. Character choices? Initiations? Storyline? You tell me.

Improv empowers people. Let's empower each other.
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Francisco May 29, 2018
· Improv Acting · Online
Great improv games to use in everyday life !
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Vedina S. September 14, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Working with Christine has been nothing short of an amazing experience. I have learned so much about the industry and have received so much insight on what it takes to be a great actress/comedian/etc. When I first started out, I had no idea what direction I wanted to take or where to start. Christine was extremely patient and came equipped with a roadmap to getting started. She takes every lesson at the pace that works best for me. She has helped me to set and define clear goals of what I want to accomplish and has made excellent use of our time together. I chose Christine because of previous reviews and she has lived up to every word of what others have said. It's been a blast and I plan to continue developing my skill set with her help!
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Adam August 24, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Christine is the BEST!
As a beginner improver, I am so lucky I found Christine! She has taught me so many valuable tools that have improved my scene work and my decision making. In addition, she always addresses my specific issues during each lesson and even emails me with advice and fun GIFS! (no, not "gifts", but graphic interchange formats! :D Every class is fun and lighthearted and I look forward to it each week.

My lessons are virtual, but she is still very effective at participating in scenes and even encouraged my fellow classmate to join me during our lessons. We can't say enough great things about each class!!
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About Valeka H.

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Oxford, GA

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Have you always had that itch that makes you stay up late a night dreaming about what your life could be if you followed your dreams? Is your child overly dramatic and they need a creative outlet? No fear, Valeka is here. I'm a professional broadway, tv and film actress. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching acting and I want to teach you how to be comfortable in your skin and follow your dreams!

About Valeka
Affectionately known as “Vivacious V” Valeka J Holt is a critically acclaimed artist! She’s a professor at Georgia College where she teaches acting, content creation and solo show writing. A recent ATL transplant from DC, Valeka has quickly become an ATL favorite. She’s a member of the acting and playwright company at Working Title Playwrights, screened her award-winning film at Screening Room ATL, and has participated in workshops and readings at True Colors, Alliance and Horizon Theatre Companies! 


DC credits include: Nina in “Sunset Baby." Broadway world states: "Valeka J. Holt is astonishing. I predict a great future is ahead of her. One gets to see her transformation from the hardened criminal to that of a young woman who has just lost her mother, when she strips herself from her make-up, wig, and clothes into a bathrobe, sits on
her couch, covers herself in a wrap which was covering the couch and weeps. It's a powerful moment."

Penny in “Father Comes Home from the Wars” at Roundhouse Theatre. The Washington Post’s states “Early receives stalwart support from an ensemble that includes, most notably, Valeka J. Holt as Penny, who, like Odysseus’s Penelope, perseveres valiantly while her man is away. 
DCist states, “Holt is so emotionally invested in her character that by play’s end you feel that you might be watching a very real moment of personal unraveling. A dead ringer for Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba in artistic skill, Holt is a pleasure to watch.  


Other praised performances include her work as Ruth in The Tony Award Winning Arena Stage’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun."
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Isabella L. May 12, 2018
· Acting · Online
Valeka is an excellent teacher! Her encouraging words and energetic attitude encouraged me to dig deep, step outside my comfort zone and go big. Her great acting advice helped me tremendously prepare for a role I had in a play. She helped me with confidence and understanding each scene. I received many great reviews after the show and I am thankful to Valeka for this.
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Janelle October 19, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
I don't normally write reviews for services, but a class with Valeka is worth a review! I opted for an online coaching medium because of my schedule, and Valeka was very professional, warm, responsive and very prompt. She takes the time to understand how she can help you be your best! That level of attention to detail was so important to me, since I was new to this medium.

If you're looking for an acting coach, do yourself a favor and reach out!
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Kim October 18, 2017
· Acting · Online
Finding an Acting Coach in Los Angeles is a daunting and overwhelming process. For me, I set out to find someone who's approach resonated with me as well as pushed and challenged me, helping me deepen my craft and boost my self-confidence. I needed to find a coach with whom I could form a relationship, who could provide an environment where I felt comfortable to receive feedback, to allow myself to be vulnerable and to take risks. I wanted a coach who could facilitate growth and help take my career to the next level. And, of course, I wanted to find someone who is qualified and knows what they are doing. Valeka was recommended through a fellow actor, and it was the best referral ever! Her knowledge is incredible and she is always willing to help. Since working with Valeka, I have been constantly going on auditions and FINALLY getting called back. I can't recommend Valeka enough, and if my word is not enough, reach out to her. You won't be sorry!
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About David T.

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Sterling Heights, MI
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I have been actively involved in acting, directing and coaching since 1997. The influences of my coaching are based on 3 different techniques;
the Meisner Technique, Alexander Technique and the Adler technique.
The Good Wife, Law & Order, Gossip Girls are just a few of the shows I have worked in. Theater, feature films and indies have also been a big part of my acting career.
Classes are open to all ages in the following concentrations:
Scene Work
Acting Fundamentals
Dialects
Improvisation and Audition Classes
Script Analysis and Memorization

About David
I am a professional actor and Career Consultant. I attended Wayne State University for Acting.

Acting students can expect to improve week to week in their acting technique. Every actor has a unique personality. I teach students to discover their own personality and join that personality to the role they wish to play. I provide 5 unique steps that the student can readily apply with any character.
I can help any student to act with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach acting students of all different ages and experience levels. I've studied acting for over 20 years and continue to act in film, theater and television.
As a professional actor I frequently take classes to perfect my craft. I am currently writing a film script and a book for actors.

My personal passion is helping others become the greatest actor or actress they
can be and I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every acting style. I look forward to helping you to become a better actor.
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David T.

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About Twinkle B.

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Beacon, NY
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My approach to teaching and acting stem from a naturalistic approach and is sourced from various techniques. I guide students to find the joy in acting even in dramatic work. I am a longtime working professional actor and have been a Teaching Artist in NYC for well over a decade. I am a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, and can be seen on various Network and Cable shows as a Co and Guest Star. I like to tap into experiences that the student has had and help them develop their own ways to express and explore their emotions.

I worked professionally in film, on TV and on stage for years until I found representation. I discovered the joy in acting *and* auditioning and began to teach it through Acting Without an Agent™.

About Twinkle
I am a working professional actor, who has been teaching since the 80's. I think that acting is acting. Once you have a solid foundation, the difference between stage or scene is minor. I like to help my students find the most natural and seamless way to a character by using the text and various exercises. I find teaching and acting to be a tremendous joy and I love sharing that delight.

I am frequently in NYC for work and auditions and can come to you if you are not in the Beacon, NY area.

In the past year, I have done Co and guest starring roles on the following TV shows: MURPHY BROWN; GOTHAM; MADAM SECRETARY; LUKE CAGE; ELEMENTARY; THE OTHER TWO; and the upcoming "THE LOUDEST VOICE" on Showtime, with Russell Crowe. I have been in many National and regional commercials. I have done theatre at such prestigious venues as Woolly Mammoth
, Dorset Theatre Festival (Winner of the "Best Actress" award for VALLEY SONG) , and The Public Theatre, to name a few.

I began working as a professional actor and got my auditions and booked work without representation. My Acting Without an Agent™ technique still gets me in the room and I would love to share that knowledge as well.
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About Nikisha Z.

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Houston, TX

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My primary Focus is Monologues and Improv. I assist you with the ablity to retain your script. Adlibing and how to flow in every moment. You'll come to understand that there are no mistakes and every blurp is a stumble into something wonderful. I am genuinely interested in your acting journey and want to see your dream turn to reality.

About Nikisha
With over 15 years of experience Nikisha has spent the last several years grooming and developing models and actors from all across the world ages 5 to 99. She has worked on the set of well known names such as Tyler Perry Studios, with A-list actors, child actors and some of the top celebrity photographers. Teaching basic makeup application, her goal is to help you become industry ready. She is a professional when it comes to assisting you with natural headshot looks and full body shot glam. Maybe you're not looking to get into the industry, it doesn't matter she assist both male and female with their customized areas of focus and keeps it simple.

She stands by this, " When you learn teach. When you get give. -Maya Angelou

Items needed: * (depending on time selected)
Males: Concealer. Translucent powder. Foundation. Sponges or bru
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Preteen: BB or CC cream, lip gloss, translucent powder clear glossy mascara, blush

Females: Brushes, beauty sponge, Concealer, Foundation Transluscent powder (has no color) blush or bronzer, Eyeshadow, Lipstick/Lip gloss, Mascara, eyebrow color (pencil and powder only NO pomeades please). Pencil Eyeliner. Makeup wipes/remover.
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abigail April 24, 2019
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What can I say, that I miss Ms. Nikisha so much!!! She is one of the most kindest, humble, caring person I have met. She is honest and truly loves what she does! She has thought me so much from skincare, makeup application, nutrition and pose techniques, ect. She takes her time to help us understand how important all these things are within the entertainment industry. One of the best instructors!!!
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Felicienne April 24, 2019
· Makeup · In studio
First off, I have to say that Ms. Niki is an amazing person. Extremely patient, understanding, and still gets the job DONE. She did my makeup for my headshots and really showed me how to bring out my natural beauty. Awesome teacher, makeup artist, and person. ❤️
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kayla April 20, 2019
· Makeup · In studio
Ms. Nikisha is by far one of the best instructors i've had the pleasure of learning from. she goes into great detail of not only the importance of how to maintain healthy skin and nutrition, but also how to properly select and apply makeup. she is wonderful to learn from and i cannot wait to work with her again!
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Nikisha Z.

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About Hunter P.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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Improv and comedy are a couple of my BIG favs! Improv is so freeing and is essential for helping the new actor grow. For experienced actors, it can bring your performance to life like never before and really help you break out of patterns that are holding you back. Together we'll play with some of the best improv techniques and I'll give you "home play", games and exercises you can practice with friends.

About Hunter
Hunter loves to help new performers and people looking to break into the biz, as well as seasoned actors who want to up-level their career or deepen their craft. She has been coaching actors since 2008 and has a unique combination of experience and training to help you launch your career and create work that stands out to casting directors & agents and to make self-tapes that shine above the rest.

She has spent more than 20 years working in the entertainment industry in 8 countries. This includes modeling, commercials & print work in Athens & Istanbul, acting in Toronto & London, UK, and even screen writing, before diving into the big market of Los Angeles that she now calls home.

With 10 years of vocal training (primarily spoken level voice & breath work for actors) voiceovers has also been a big part of her career, recording voices o
n more than 400 projects to date.

Hunter's love for the craft brought her to study in NYC with legendary acting coach Uta Hagen: a process that transformed her approach and led her to such roles as Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Karen in David Mamet's iconic Hollywood satire, Speed The Plow. She has also appeared on screen in The Bandit Hound II with Lou Ferrigno, Paul Sorvino & Catherine Bell & on TV in Mutant X, Doc, Singles Court, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal and has hosted for HGTV. Currently she is voicing 5 characters (English language dubbing) on the mega hit TV series Babylon Berlin.
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Holly B June 18, 2019
· Modeling · In studio
Hunter you’re fantastic! Great personality, informative and business savvy. You  put a person at ease and comfortable. Thank you!
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Daryl June 14, 2019
· Voice Acting · In studio
Hunter is a terrific coach and voice director, with both a great ear and a good knowledge of the business. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
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Janet June 10, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
Words can’t describe the excellent voice over coaching that I have received from Hunter. During every consultation, I’ve learned through her realistic approach how to unblock the mental barriers of discovering my true authentic voice. When I met Hunter, I had lots of doubts and fears of becoming a professional Voice Over talent. Now I am booking and receiving amazing responses from clients. Thank you Hunter!
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About Rachel H.

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Centreville, VA
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Are you ready to land that role or book your next gig? Interested in learning how to find the perfect monologue or song for your next audition? I will help you build a solid acting foundation based on technique while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. Part of my lesson plan involves me providing you with resources and written feedback so you can always continue to improve. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

About Rachel
I am a professional singer, actor, voice over actor, and teaching artist. I graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Education.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their acting abilities. Every actor brings a unique set of talents to the mix; I teach students to build on their strengths and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock skills they didn't know they had. I can help any student realize their true potential as an artist.

I teach voice students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical voice for 15 years, and a contemporary voice for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence as well as contemporary technique.

As a professional singer/actor, I have had many opportunities to work and learn from amazing artists. I had
the opportunity to sing with Patti LuPone, known for her roles as Evita, Mama Rose and many more on Broadway. I've also worked with Constantine Maroulis, former American Idol contestant, and Broadway star.

I believe that great technique is essential to any and every style of theatre. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better actor, singer, and artist.
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About Matthew G.

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Bethesda, MD

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I am currently a Drama student at the University of California, Irvine with a concentration in Directing. I bring 7 years of experience in directing, acting, and leadership. Lessons are customized depending on the student's needs, whether that is acting, creative thinking, leadership in the arts, or even public speaking. On the side, I can also assist in working on vocal technique, singing or not. I will take notes during each lesson and focus on sustaining the strengths and crafting the weaknesses. I believe with my work ethic and drive, I can help turn goals into achievements.

About Matthew
Hello! I'm Matthew Gottlieb and I am a Drama student at the University of California, Irvine. I have been part of the theatre community since elementary school, and every day the passion for the arts becomes stronger and stronger. I have worn multiple hats in the artistic arena; some examples include acting, directing, dramaturgy, sound design, and playwriting.

Besides doing theatre, I love playing the piano and coming up with different compositions and figures. I am a self-taught piano player that sometimes plays by ear (since reading sheet music is difficult at times). Additionally, I try to be as acting outside as possible. Bike riding, walking, paddle-boarding, and sometimes hiking.

Something that I always remind students is that we are all learning. Nobody knows everything but we try to understand our craft and capabilities as mu
ch as possible. I always want to make sure that students take time out of their day to try and recognize what their strengths are and what can be done to turn those weaknesses into creative tools.

I hope I get the opportunity to work with you in the future! Thank you for taking the time to read this profile. Have a wonderful day.
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