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About Samara K.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Masters in Acting from Harvard American Repertory Theatre and BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. I guide you in finding your own authentic expression in monologues, cold readings, and scene-work. We'll focus on bringing the elements to light that make you and your character unique for a memorable and engaging performance. With text analysis, you'll learn how to make smart, strong choices, and sharpen the tools you need to bring yourself fully to your work. Through cultivating a professional, reliable acting technique, you can amass your full potential as an artist, allowing you to truly shine on stage, screen, and in your auditions.

About Samara
Acting:

I coach everyone from high-profile professionals to young artists at the beginning of their career. Each session with me is always personally tailored to your progression, your type, taste in material, and preferred learning method in developing your craft.

I've trained formally for many years, holding a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Theatre) from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts (Acting) from The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.

I'm a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and The Actor's Equity Association, having worked professionally in New York, LA,
Miami, and Moscow in award winning Theatre, Television, Film, and Voice Over.

Each client I take onto my roster holds a special place in my life as a coach. I serve not only as a teacher of the craft, but as a mentor you can turn to at any time regarding any facet of your journey as a working actor. I support my clients through auditions, workshops, headshot decisions, agent meetings, and major milestones in their blossoming careers.

Many of my clients begin coaching unsure of their skill and place in the industry, but in only a few sessions, mold into artists with authority, staking their claim in prestigious training programs, arts colleges, and roles in professional theatre, TV, commercials, and film.

My overarching ambition is to open the channels that allow you to flow freely in life and art, encourage you to take meaningful, rewarding risks, and unleash the confident performer inside of you waiting to emerge.

Dance:

Pedagogical Philosophy in Dance

As an instructor of dance, I strive to witness the growth of the class ensemble, as well as each individual, not merely as dancers, but as artists with unique, layered complexities. I aim to celebrate the joy and passion of movement, married with technical foundations to enable the dancer to find his/her distinct expression. I wish ultimately for the themes explored in studio to extend organically into all aspects of each dancer’s life, unifying personal experience and art.

Fostering A Conducive Learning Environment
By cultivating open communication and collaboration with students, I am determined to propagate the following values:

Vulnerability & Discovery
Laying a bedrock for a safe environment that serves as a platform for exploration and discovery, I encourage open-mindedness and a willingness to risk—to strip oneself of artificial layers of self-identify, so that each dancer can reveal their own personal truths through movement that is not forced or pre-meditated.

“Movement and gesture are the oldest language known to man. They are still the most revealing. When you move, you stand revealed for what you are.” -Doris Humphrey

Self Care
Dancers know their bodies better than anyone else. I urge students to develop an intuitive awareness, as well as responsibility, for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I engage my students in open discourse, constructive feedback, and guide them in locating their strengths and weaknesses so that they are able to look after their bodies like instruments that need consistent attention and care.

Growth & Balance
Regardless of the level of experience a dancer enters the studio with, there should be an established trajectory of continual growth: including but not limited to—advancement in technical skill, athletic endurance and stamina, and artistic sophistication. I believe in goal-oriented lesson planning to facilitate this navigation, journeying with students as they negotiate the balance between strength and flexibility, sharpness and smoothness.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” -Scott Fitzgerald

Efficiency of Movement
By balancing weight and momentum in a technical equation that promotes energy conservation, a dancer is able to develop movement that is not compromised in quality. My students will be supported in building internal muscle strength, namely a localized core-energy that radiates power, so that they can efficiently utilize their inertia.

Specificity and Detail
The ability to execute distinct, stylized movement enables a dancer to articulate intention. Bringing awareness to detail of movement so as to paint the air precisely is key to presenting movement with finesse and flair, more fully embodying the character of the music.

Alignment
Improper alignment is the number one contributor to injury. Utilizing my experience as a trained yoga teacher, I find it essential to educate on anatomical alignment as a means to ensure preservation of the dancer’s finite instrument- the body.

Musicality
Sensitivity to dynamics in music greatly determines a dancer’s level of professionalism. My goal is to impart a deep sense of rhythm that permeates the “thinking” mechanism/barrier and lives in the soul unquestioned. It is crucial for dancers to be able to respond to music in a way that uniquely informs and enriches movement. Students will be equipped with basic music fundamentals such as (but not limited to) rhythm, timbre, and tempo in order fully master choreography.

Performance Presence
Assurance in one’s craft is the defining force in making an indelible mark on the audience. I intend to highlight the essential quality of confidence, a presence that arises from within, inseparable from a performer’s personality, and not worn like a costume superficially.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”
-Martha Graham

In closing, the art of dance is rooted in symbiotic sharing of inspiration and energy. It is the universal language of storytelling. I am honored to share in this craft with students who in turn reciprocate and celebrate the interconnectedness of the human spirit.
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Gena September 11, 2015
· Acting · Online
I love, love, love Samara's ability to scrutinize the text and guide me into creating finer, more compelling work. And the performance warm ups (relaxation/concentration) prepare me to deliver!
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Donnacha K. August 20, 2015
Verified Student · Public Speaking · Online
Great lesson. Looking forward to continue sessions.
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Beth P. August 5, 2015
· Film and TV Acting ·
skills and has helped me unlock my potential. She's an amazing person inside and out. If you're considering taking lessons I recommend taking them from Samara!
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Samara K.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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About Tanya A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Beginner-Advanced Acting. Trained in Stella Adler Technique, Meisner Technique, Alexander Technique & Stanislavsky

About Tanya
I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Olivia, S. March 5, 2017
Verified Student · Dance · In home
Tanya was terrific
She arrived on time with no glitches and was able to get music playing and class started promptly.
She worked with my 16 year old daughter Olivia who had a great time, and they made plans for what they will be focusing on in the future. Tanya is a gifted dancer, but even better, she is a great teacher too. !
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Ma'Laija A. February 8, 2017
Verified Student · Hip Hop Dance · In home
Tanya is really creative with her dance moves and makes my lessons lots of fun. She is awesome. I am always excited when it's time for my dance lesson. She is AMAZING with what she does! She is funny, creative and smart. I thoroughly enjoy myself in class and more importantly, I love the progress and growth I see in my dance skill/ability.
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Lee S. December 17, 2016
Verified Student · Tap Dance · In studio
Learning new steps every week
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Elena V.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Elena V. has a master in direction from the prestigious Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome.
She has worked in theatre for her last twenty five years as a director (Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Bites by Kay Adshead, Emigranci by Sławomir Mrożek, A Marriage proposal by Anton Chekhov).

She is the artistic director of THEATRE FACTORY studio, a LA based theatre production company that actively produces plays in the LA area (Bites, Madwoman and Hairy Ape - in production).

She taught theatrical acting for 14 years (University of Art, Berlin, Rome and Florence) She works on physicality, improvisation and characterization. Having acquired a strong experience in physical systems of performance, with a particular interest in physical action, she develops the student's abilities using different methods such as the Commedia dell’Arte, Stanislavski and Grotowski and the Mimesic Method by Italian Director Orazio Costa.
Her background includes professional ballet ( Academy of Florence, ...

About Elena
Hi, there! My name is Elena and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students in Theatre, language and Italian food. I went to in Florence, Rome and Berlin and earned a degree in Theatre Director and costume design in 2004. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Accomplished and enthusiastic director who has earned the deepest and strongest experience in physical systems of performance, with a particular interest in physical action (latest Stanislavski and Grotowski), Commedia dell’Arte and Mimesic Method (Orazio Costa)

Moreover she studied dramaturgy with professor and dramaturge Andreas Wirth, Dean of University of Arts, Berlin, where she focused on the interpretation process of a text into a performance on stage.
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Andrea H. July 27, 2016
Verified Student · Italian Cooking · Online
She was great! I will book another!
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Maddalena May 12, 2016
· Ballet · In home
Elena is an amazing teacher, super professional and talented!
The ideal instructor, you are lucky if you have the chance to study with this European master
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Antonio October 20, 2015
· Dance · In studio
I am really happy I'm taking these classes. Elena has a method and an attitude that drive the point so clearly, I feel I am learning a lot. I would strongly recommend her to anyone who really wants to learn.
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Elena V.

Elena V.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
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$50 / 30-min

About David T.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Emmy Award Winner David T. has over 33 years of acting experience in Film, TV and Stage. He is best known World-wide for his role on “The Young and the Restless” where he received 3 Emmy nominations and won his first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Billy Abbott. He has the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director & make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David
Film credits include Swing Kids with Christian Bail & Robert Shawn Lenard; Pleasantville with Reese Witherspoon & Toby McGuire, Stay Tuned with John Ritter along with Plain Cloths, Stepfather III, Walking Thunder, Roomates, and The Hazing to name a few. Television series roles include “Sessions,” produced by Billy Crystal, as well as “One Life to Live” as Paul Cramer, “Roommates” as Brady, “Worlds Apart,” “Buddies,” “Salute your Shorts,” “Good Behavior” as Cozy Boy, “Brand New Life” as Bart McCray, and “The Young and The Restless” as Billy Abbott. Recent top rated TV shows include NCIS and NC
IS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Jennifer March 26, 2017
Verified Student · Acting · Online
First experience with David Tom....very nice teacher. I look forward to the rest of our classes.
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Danny W. March 9, 2017
Verified Student · Voice Acting · Online
Fantastic and fun to work with as well as being super qualified!
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Amber H. February 16, 2017
Verified Student · Acting · Online
My 11 yr old daughter is loving her acting lessons....good choice for us!
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David T.

David T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Hunter S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I play Marty on the Golden Globe winning show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Whether you are an actor looking to take your career up a notch or just want an awesome way to build focus and confidence, we will achieve your goals together. As a teacher and working actor in film/tv, classical theater and improv comedy, there are few things I love as much as assisting students in making breakthroughs and discoveries.

About Hunter
With both a classical theater and improv comedy background, over the past 15 years, I have performed everything from Shakespeare with Tony Award winning theaters to hit sitcoms on network television.

I love teaching. There are few things as rewarding as being a part of a students development and their personal victories.
Many of my students have achieved notable representation and consistently work. Other students are simply pursuing acting as a passion or a tool to gain confidence. Whatever your goals, if you bring the drive, I promise to get you there ... oh, and we'll have a lot of fu
n on the way. After all, it's called a "play" for a reason.
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Timothy Robinson March 23, 2017
Verified Student · Improv Acting · In studio
So far so great
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Qwer February 28, 2017
· Film Acting · In home
Great
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Chris S. February 15, 2017
Verified Student · Acting · Online
Amazing lesson! This helped so much! Great coach!
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Hunter S.

Hunter S.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
(16)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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