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I have a Masters degree in Acting from the acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School in Manhattan, so I am well versed in most every acting technique; including Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Chekov, Hagen, Stella Adler, and beyond. I've taught acting to children, teens, and adults in the US and abroad since 2005 and my students are working actors! My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools for practicing the craft of acting, and to better understand your unique voice as an artist. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About TOYA
I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft
, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

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I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

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High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Hal March 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Toya is great! Exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. She identified my areas for improvement, recommended exercises, and outlined a plan. She has excellent teaching skills and a delightful personality. I am very pleased.
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Osungu February 26, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I absolutely love Toya!. She pushed me out of my comfort zone which has greatly helped me as an actor. I’m more confident and relaxed.
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Nicholas January 9, 2018
· Acting · In studio
If you want to work with a professional who knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly how to get you where you wanna go, then Toya Nash is the person for you.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Marcel M.

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Monterey Park, CA
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I work in the industry for more than 10 years.

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Bill S. November 17, 2018
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Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Marcel M.

Monterey Park, CA 91755
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About Gabriel B.

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La Crescenta, CA

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I am an Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor that has performed starring roles on Broadway and International stages around the world. I have appeared as a recurring guest star on FX’s hit show “You’re The Worst” as Dan Parnell. Other TV appearances include ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles on Film and Television. With over 20 years of Acting and Teaching experience, I will provide you with specific tools and techniques that will give you the confidence you need to OWN your auditions and make a lasting impression to Casting Directors, Producers and Agents. LEARN FROM A TEACHER WHO'S BEEN THERE!

About Gabriel
Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the “Trilingual, Triple Threat”, this powerhouse of a performer has also appeared in hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. Most recently, Gabriel starred in his award winning portrayal of Dean Martin in the hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip called “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw Festival
of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus.
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Terry December 6, 2018
· Acting · Online
I am glad I found Gabriel. I feel like every session I learn something new and I am learning techniques that will be helpful in everything I do. Gabriel is a patient and kind teacher and makes sure I am learning before moving on to the next lesson.
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Tate D. November 29, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
Helps a lot. Takes time with his students and can find where they need improvement.
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Lynn November 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I sought Gabriels assistance in preparing me for an upcoming vocal Audition and to help me work out the kinks of whatever bad habits i may have deveoped over the summer. He himself has an amazing voice and charming personality. It helps to have an instructor that has been through auditions to give you pointers. He has an amazing ear as well, so he catches things—like if you tighten up on a note—and is quick to correct you. Each class i have walked away learning something new, and having something previously learned reinforced. He is well worth the time and money. Very professional.
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Gabriel B.

Gabriel B.

La Crescenta, CA 91214
(35)
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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 NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Darius December 6, 2018
· Acting · Online
First lesson was great. I already feel confident that with his help I can and will accomplish goals. Highly recommended
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Binh N. November 26, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
I started taking lessons with David a few months ago with zero experience in acting. He has been a great coach who is also very patient. David is really flexible and understanding, always willing to work around my schedule as best he can. His deep experience and insight in the industry really helps when he starts working with you on auditioning. All in all, I am really glad to have David as my acting coach.
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Jack November 13, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
I tried several other voice acting teachers on this site before I came across David. And I can say with absolute confidence that he is the best teacher on here. David is kind, helpful, and an incredibly down to earth guy. Most teachers throw you in expecting you to understand their methods like I'm some kind of savant. David however, gives you material but also tells you why he gave you the material. He breaks down the process. Also, certain teachers will coddle you and give you fake praise so you continue to buy their program. And i'm not saying David doesn't give praise. But he gives meaningful praise. He is honest about when I lack in a certain aspect and tells me how to improve, while also giving my positive feedback on the things I am doing well. If you are on the fence about this teacher stop. He is worth every penny. If I got to do it over again I would have chosen him first in a heart beat for twice the money. He has rekindled my passion for voice acting and is actually giving my real hope that I can achieve my goals of becoming a real voice acting soon. I can not stress enough how wonderful he is as a teacher and that anyone and everyone who has a drive to learn acting should take his classes. I am continuing classes with him, but even when I'm finished (eventually) I will never forget what he taught me. Thanks David :)
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David T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Donnabella M.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Career guidance, acting technique, audition prep... After a decade in Hollywood, I know a thing or two about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of acting! I've booked over a DOZEN speaking roles on TV and Film (Comedy, Drama, and Improv,) I appear on national commercials yearly, and I've played voices in award-winning audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

A decade ago, I wish I had had someone to help me fill in the missing pieces.

What more can I do? What should I do differently?

I specialize in developing well-rounded, confident actors! I'd love to be that person for you! :)

About Donnabella
Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further!

I'm Donnabella, and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with dozens of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have fun every step of the way!

Need help with homework? I started peer tutoring in middle school and have continued to teach ever since! I can help you excel in your academic endeavors. I have worked with dozens of students one on one, as well as group settings!

***Formal Education***
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 GPA
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History

***Acting Background***
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 7 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I've c
ontinued to book ever since! I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

***The Lesson***
Comedy - Sitcom and Single-Cam, Drama, Scene Study, Character Development, Improv, Commercials, Emotional Accessibility, Cold Reading Skills, Audition Technique, On-Camera Work, Physicality

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Developing well-rounded confident actors! :)
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Linda January 28, 2016
· Acting · Online
Donnabella helped me take my career to the next level. I was really afraid to truly commit and make acting my priority. I've finally stopped making excuses, and I've taken back control over my self-sabotaging habits!
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Derrick January 28, 2016
· Acting · Online
Donnabella helps me tremendously with stage fright and confidence. She's amaze-balls.
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Amani January 28, 2016
· Film Acting · In studio
DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business.
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Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Stephen G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Stephen enjoys helping actors go from average to engaging, with the experience to prepare an actor for a casting director's office or a TV or movie set.

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I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
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Matthew February 6, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Steven really helped my get my work to "industry-level". My callback ratio is thru the roof, and I got signed with an agency after only a few months of working with him.
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David October 7, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
While he isn't available very much, I always try to coach with Stephen for challenging projects. He always has good ideas for how to make my scenes more interesting or funny.
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Allison September 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Stephen is the best! He was able to turn sides I had for a short four line audition for an episodic into a taped audition that booked me the job. I try to book him for every important audition I have.
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Stephen G.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Catrina D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have over 10 years of professional experience as an Actress, Director and Content Creator in Los Angeles. When you work in studios and on set you learn quickly the skills you need to create longevity and strong work ethic both on camera and off.

So Welcome! You have fully taken the first step to truly begin the exploration of empathy and the storyteller connection. Here your creative inner child is harnessed through story. Weather you are a beginner or have some skills, I will guide you into developing a deeper understanding of story as well as give you foundational skills to connect your mind and spirit to the character through a healthy balance of mentality and acting homework. Through our time together, it is my goal to get you and your skills up to competing in major markets as a competitive storyteller or with your self in whatever art form, self expression you seek more authenticity in! If you are ready to travel your hero's journey, send me a message! I look ...

About Catrina
I am a professional Actress, Director and Content Creator. I have worked in the industry for over ten years and have coached friends and fellow actors for the past three years.
I have studied with some of LA's premier studios and have a well rounded set of skills that work for both auditions and character.

Whatever your needs maybe I can help you cultivate your authentic self and skills. As storytellers we are most times very sensitive and a large component to our success is the real confidence to harness our own specific skill sets to book the room and more so the job!

I have found through teaching most of our limitations are actually our super powers! The moment we surrender to ourselves is the moment we fly. it is my objective to get you off the page and confidently living the life of the character through your own authentic
expression. With mentality and story work I am able to be a guide to get yourself from the day dream to living the dream or cultivate whatever is your unique expression!
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Dionne August 17, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
I have been working with Catrina for about 6 months and love going back to her reliable open approach. I had a major audition for a cable show and i knew that i would need help to take it to the next level to be considered for the role. So i went to Catrina. After discussing and breaking down how we saw the scenes and things that we felt as a team would work. We got to work and it feels like playing; you know, before getting roles meant rent or not. She’s great at letting the actor take control but also gently guiding your work to a direction you might not have considered. She is reliable, gracious, kind, understanding and very knowledgeable about the industry she a working actress and content creator she’s in it and always betting on you to win. I highly recommend Catrina.
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Adam August 8, 2018
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I loved taping with Cat! She is so great and personable and gives great notes and feedback, if you're asking for it Her tape was top notch quality and the space was perfect! I highly recommend working with her! Will always count on her for safe tapes! Affordable as well!
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Elina August 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Cat is amazing! She’s a great listener, teacher, and mentor. She’s been in the industry for many years and knows what she’s talking about. I’ve leaned on her many times for guidance. I couldn’t be happier to have her in my life. Thanks Cat!
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Catrina D.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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About Arthur M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I teach Stella Adler's technique exactly as she taught it, a direct translation from Stanislavski. His method is not based on personal experience, that so many get wrong, rather in imagination. With this technique, I believe anyone can act, all it takes is determination and a willingness to be wrong, regularly.
I have coached, Benicio del Toro, Jason Momoa, Salma Hayek, and Finola Hughes, and Mark Ruffalo...just to mention a few of the many that are successful and working.

About Arthur
In my experience, most acting schools in Los Angeles waste your money. They tell you they’ll teach you “Hollywood” secrets, tell you-you're gonna be a star, and take your money. If you want someone with actual talent, whose honest to a fault, and who can truly give you a fighting chance in this industry, look up Actor Circle Theatre and give me a call.

It’s time to be an artist.
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Arthur M.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$125 / 30-min

About Zach B.

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West Hollywood, CA

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As a television and theatre actor for 14 years who became an award-winning director and screenwriter, I have a particularly well-rounded perspective on acting. My belief is that anyone can act, if given the right tools. Most importantly, it's about exploring yourself -- who you really are as a human being and having confidence in that unique individual -- that moves audiences and brings a character to life. We will also use my expertise on the other side of the camera to explore how to work with directors, as well as the writer's perspective on your character's function in the larger story. I look forward to setting your talents loose on the world!

About Zach
Hi! I'm a television and theatre actor-turned award-winning director and screenwriter. I've done theatre in New York and all over the world (including touring in "Les Misérables" and being an original cast member of "Heathers: The Musical"), and I've acted in television shows like "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family), "The Good Wife" and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS).

I moved behind the camera in 2014, and have since directed 3 multi award-winning independent short films, as well as writing original screenplays in various stages of purchase and development for feature film production and primetime television.

I absolutely love to teach and have for many years along the way of my career. I've helped students explore their passion and hone their acting skills in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, my native Oregon, and even in South Africa.
I genuinely believe that anyone can act if given the right tools to have confidence in what they uniquely bring to the stage or the set. I look forward to sharing my all-encompassing perspective on acting with you and setting your talent loose on the world!
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Rachel December 9, 2018
· Acting · In home
Zach is perhaps one of the smartest and most well rounded artists I've met. He has experience in all aspects of the business, from being an actor to a producer and to an award winning director, which makes him an unbelievable resource and teacher. I always look forward to our time together because I feel supported, heard, seen and never judged. He is always one step ahead which allows for very productive sessions. I leave our sessions feeling confident and fully prepared for whatever may come my way in auditions. I've worked with many people in this business and you do not come across people like him often. I feel incredibly grateful that I have Zach as a coach and resource. I cannot recommend him enough or give him higher praise.
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Pat December 8, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
I'm a recent LA transplant aspiring to due more film and tv work. I've been working with Zach for the past 3 months and he has done amazing things for me, in terms of how to transition from working in theatre to being in front of the camera. Zach isn't like other teachers in LA, he's a true mentor and passionate about getting to know you as an artist in order to help yo ubring truth to your acting.
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Catherine December 8, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
Zach is a terrific coach, teacher, and director. Not only does he have excellent skills with the camera and editing software but he allows you to relax and find your groove while you tape in addition to giving you great and thoughtful direction. I would highly recommend him for any and all on-camera needs!
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Zach B.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
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I've been Directing and Assistant Directing Musical Theatre Productions for 8 years! I have also served as a permanent Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Acting Class sub. I myself have taken many acting classes while at Oklahoma City University, one of the top colleges in the country for Musical Theatre and Acting.

About Morgan
I have been teaching dance, choreographing, and stage managing for 12 years, from private lessons to groups of 100. I have a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from Oklahoma City University. My students have achieved great strides in their technique and confidence. I build personal syllabi for my students so they will grow at a very fast rate. Check out my resume to see all of the musicals and dance performances I have choreographed and worked for! My teaching method is based upon the individual needs of the student or students attending my class. I give lessons to students ages 3 - adult with any level of previous dance experience. My methods on instruction include all ways of learning. I always give my students verbal instruction, demonstration, and a physical copy of the steps/techniques learned the day of the lesson. I’m very new
to the Southern California area! I am currently a Nanny for a Professional Private Company, a Tutor with a Company in Irvine, and I am also teaching Private Lessons through this website! I’m so excited to share my love for the arts with this area and I can’t wait to meet some awesome new students.
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Morgan W.

Morgan W.

Anaheim, CA 92804
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$34 / 30-min

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