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About Arthur O.

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I've been teaching acting for 10 years and my students have gone on to enter OCSA, APPA, and Universities such as Cal State Fullerton, Chapman. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to go from your beginning goal and as time goes on you'll be able to achieve your intermediate goal. I specialize in broadway style, typically use free style and improve. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you

About Arthur
I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. For the past four years I have been the Vocal Director for all the major musical productions for Arts and Learning Conservatory at Vanguard University. I am also the Vocal Director at Music Theater of Orange County. I teach piano and voice for 45 students at Virtuosos Russian Music Academy in Fountain Valley. I have been the tenor soloist for the Oratorio Choir and Orchestra at the University of Northern Iowa. Performed in thirteen countries as a professional singer. I performed in 49 states in the USA for 18 years. I have recorded 15 CDs.

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Hi. My name is Art O. and I want to see you succeed in music. I love teaching students that are excited about learning their instrument. If you are interested in voice le
ssons, you will learn how to expand your range, perform on stage, and how to take care of your voice. If you are taking piano lessons, you will learn how to read notes, learn basic music theory, and learn how to read chord charts. You will advance quickly and I expect to see you performing in less than six months. If you work hard and apply yourself to practice, there is no end to what you can accomplish!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music for singing, and piano. They must have a piano or keyboard to practice.
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Seth S. October 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Arthur is a really nice guy and a great piano teacher. Very patient!
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Lynn L. April 16, 2014
· Singing ·
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We love everything whatever he teaches to my son!!
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Mary Lou W. March 6, 2014
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I am very pleased with my teacher. He has helped me very much. I am very blessed to have found him.
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Arthur O.

Arthur O.

Orange, CA 92865
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About Crystal S.

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With a BA in Acting from London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Crystal has learned to use the nuts and bolts of technique to support freedom in artistic choice. With a focus on stage performance, she works with students to find their own unique approach to acting.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

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Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Briana N.

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I teach all levels and people with various backgrounds in acting

About Briana
Briana teaches voice to all ages and all levels. She incorporates breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups, and ear training, into all lessons, as well as performance practice of a song from any genre of the student's choosing. Once the student masters the song, he or she also has the unique opportunity to record the song in Briana's home studio. Her philosophy is that lessons should be fun and productive and, therefore, all of her students have a great time, as well as learn a lot. :-)

Briana also holds a masters degree in English literature and has been teaching English for over 15 years. She is qualified to teach the following: English as a second language, creative writing, English literature, advanced essay writing, composition, and a wide array of others. She teaches at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.

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a has studied various vocal genres under a wide variety of coaches: classical, chamber, and pop voice; musical theatre voice and jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel technique at McGill University in Montreal. Briana also spent 10 years studying the classical Suzuki method of piano under Phyllis Kranz (Dover, NH), which helped to develop her ear.

Briana can be heard in commercials including the 2015 international campaign for Coca-Cola directed by David LaChapelle, the 2015 American Express campaign, backing Aretha Franklin on the legendary "Natural Woman," Maybelline's CS Creamy Mattes starring supermodel Adriana Lima, David LaChapelle's Smirnoff spot starring Amber Rose, the 2011 Fanta "Vision" campaign, and national advertisements for "Living Social." She also works frequently in film and television as a soundtrack contributor on numerous projects, including Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) (TV), Image's horror anthology Chillerama (2011), and the science fiction film Devolution: Reckoning (2011).

With a unique blend of blues, pop and soul, Briana's immensely popular debut album GRANITE STATE (2009) led to a series of packed shows on the stages of the Sunset Strip, including House of Blues, Key Club, and the Whiskey a Go Go. Her follow-up album, "Armor" was released in 2011 to successful sales on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.

Briana has also been the featured guest performer at a number of prestigious private events: Dodger Stadium (anthem singer), The Molson Centre (anthem singer), The Whittemore Center (anthem singer), various Gubernatorial Galas, Inaugurations, and more.
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Deborah P. January 8, 2014
· Singing ·
Fun, Encouraging and Helpful!

Brianna was fantastic with my fourteen year old! She helped build up confidence, was very encouraging and made lessons fun. She uses a variety of techniques to teach singing skills including speech-level singing by Seth Riggs. I highly recommend her for beginners as well as for people looking to record a demo.
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Allison M. December 6, 2013
· Singing ·
Supportive, fun, and SO knowledgeable

I started taking singing lessons because I wanted to pick up another hobby, and Briana has helped me do just that. She is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive regardless of what your goals are. She makes the technical side of signing fun and enjoyable, something other teachers I have worked with have been unsuccessful at. Briana provides a positive and warm space to let loose in, and most importantly has reminded me that I don't always have to take myself so seriously. I highly recommend Briana to anyone who is looking for a teacher they can create a connection with, regardless of skill level because she can handle it all!
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Melanie A. September 19, 2012
· Singing ·
Talented, understanding and fun!

I just wanted to take singing lessons for fun and to build up my confidence singing around others. Briana has taken my needs into account and has done a great job putting together lessons that fit my needs. She offers a very relaxed, soothing atmosphere that gives me the comfort that I need to be able to work on my goals. She is very talented as well, which helps me feel confident in her abilities to teach me what I'm looking to learn. Overall, she is a great singing coach and I would recommend her to anyone! :o)
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Briana N.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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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

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I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Premlata August 12, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Tanya is a wonderful teacher! She customized her lessons to fit your needs and we’ve made great progress after only three lessons! Looking forward to continuing!
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Maria Corrigan September 25, 2017
· Dance · In home
Tanya was so incredible and made me really feel comfortable!
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Maria May 24, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've never had a dance lesson before and was pretty nervous about this but Tanya made me feel comfortable and I eventually relaxed and enjoyed myself!

Thanks again!!
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I've been teaching acting for 5 years and my students have gone on to gain acceptance into Harvard University, Yale University and NYU. I specialize in audition technique, cold reading technique, Shakespeare performance, scene study, voice, speech, physical acting, and character creation. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels! I can't wait to meet you!

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Flor Kapitzky December 6, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
She is really good! :)
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Jasmine T. November 10, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Chase October 9, 2018
· Makeup · Online
Great first lesson!
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Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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About Donnabella M.

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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

***Specialties***
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 Denise P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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This will be your FAVORITE class! If you want to have your own show, learn how to act natural on camera, be more confident when you give a speech, and develop a rich speaking voice, with this class we will make that happen :) I'm a professional award-winning actress with over 25 years of training (yep, since I was a kid!), and I'm here to pass along that training to you. We will first find out what areas are your strengths, and then on eliminating all fears that have held you back from being the best you on stage/camera!

About Denise
Take lessons from an AWARD WINNING WORKING PERFORMER. Denise has over 15 years experience in public speaking, acting, modeling, and dance. Her full-time job is WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY. She will teach you what you REALLY need to know in order to succeed.

Denise has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is currently teaches in Hollywood. All classes can be taught online as well except dance which is taught at the world-renowned International Dance Academy.

Denise is an award winning professional actress, and is also a hugely successful model. She started her own gogo dancing company in Canada from 2005-2011 and again in the USA in 2018. She has danced for events like EDC, ULTRA, and the World Olympics.

Denise has an extensive training background starting at a very young age in acting, singing, and dancing, and still
trains today! In 2006 she received a degree in acting. As an expert in performing arts, Denise looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Her teaching style is personal and catered to you, making sure you feel confident to go for your dreams! Lessons will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but always in a nurturing safe environment. Work on YOUR goals and get one on one training made for YOU!
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Scott December 15, 2018
· Acting · Online
Denise is very easy to talk to and has an amazing ability to make you feel at ease as well as dive right in. Highly recommend her.
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Lenny July 7, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Normally, I don't write reviews for teachers until a couple of months have passed, but I acquiesce as TakeLessons keep on spamming me to write a review. Unlike other reviews, I'm not going to act as an echo chamber for five-star reviews. This review is based on two months with her after ten one hour online lessons through Skype.

Let's start with the positives. Denise puts in a good amount of effort in teaching you. She's flexible with accommodating your schedule, and she tailors her lessons based on what your goals are. This is evident from her referring to her notes when beginning her lessons with me. She also isn't a clock watcher who makes sure your lesson ends straight on the minute unlike some other teachers.

Is she effective as a speaking voice teacher? So far, yes there has been some progress made. Her methodology might be a bit more different than other speaking voice teachers I studied under. Other teachers focus more on the phonetic sounds, while Denise linger more toward stretches probably due to her dancing background. If you don't like Yoga type of stretches, you may be in for a bad time.

Keep in mind that due to my focus on developing a voice for acting, I'm also not having a pure speaking voice lesson as my lessons are intertwined with monologue work too. If you wish to take speaking voice lessons for public speaking, your mileage may vary.

So why a one-star deduction? Denise at the start can be pushy with trying to sell you more lessons. I mean it goes without saying that of course you'll see improvements faster if you can devote more time to any class, but time and money are factors that everyone should always consider. Let's be frank, private lessons on TakeLessons aren't cheap (unless you're rich of course). I was annoyed when she repeated her tactic three times, enough that it affected my decision to nearly not renew my monthly lessons with her.

She did cease when it seem like I wouldn't budge. Nevertheless, the pushiness did leave my experience a bit tainted, which made me question her sincereness with her excitement and positive reinforcement at times. I continue to give her a chance though because I do feel there's an ongoing improvement with my speech and line delivery. Also because we get along despite being complete opposites in some ways (which seem to frustrate and intrigue her). Despite being my teacher, I see her as a peer in a way because of how close in age we are, but I digress as this review is about her effectiveness as a teacher.

I would recommend giving Denise a try if you’re an actor seeking a speaking voice teacher. In person lessons are still best, but she has proven to be effective as an online teacher despite being a tad pushy with having you buy more lessons from her.
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Ezra May 11, 2018
· Acting · Online
Denise did an amazing job. She had great energy and helped get me more excited about learning the proper skills. I wasn’t able to continue classes at the moment but when I do she is the only person I will learn from. Was understanding of my odd schedule and very flexible which I appreciated very much.
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Denise P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$20 / 15-min

About Stephen G.

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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 Arthur M.

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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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BFA Acting Emerson College. Specializing in monologue coaching, musical theatre performance, and scene work. Primary training in Meisner, Alexander, Linklater, and Chekhov.

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Bridget is Los Angeles-based, New England-grown folk-pop songwriter and music teacher. Bridget graduated from Berklee College of Music and Emerson College in 2017 with degrees in music technology and acting. She spent much of her undergraduate time working in venues and theaters, writing musicals and directing an cappella group before moving west to work in the music business. Bridget is currently a full time music and yoga teacher throughout LA, an avid runner, skiier and mom to her cat, Puppy.
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Pat December 12, 2018
· Ear Training · In studio
Bridget is an incredibly patient, intelligent, and passionate teacher that can take your confidence level from a 6 to a 10 in just one lesson. Taking classes with her will definitely change the way you approach music and allow you to be your best self. 💖
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Eric December 12, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Bridget is amazing at what she does! She made sessions fun and easy, and she really knows her stuff!
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Paige December 12, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Bridget worked with me to compose a new piece for an acapella arrangement for nearly 20 people. The original piece was a pop rock song with one singer, a piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

Prior to her lesson and assistance, I had never arranged a musical piece before, though I could read and write music and was able to plunk out a few notes.

Bridget was patient, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. I will definitely be reaching out to Bridget again for additional lessons!
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Bridget D.

Los Angeles, CA 90063
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