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About TOYA N.

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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
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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

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Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
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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 Emily B.

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Van Nuys, CA
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With more than two decades of experience working as a professional SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor in Los Angeles, New York, and many places in between, coaching others to build their best auditions and reach their potential as actors and performers has become a passion of mine.

Private Coaching services include, but are not limited to:

* Private Audition Coaching
* College-Specific Audition Coaching and Monologue Selection
* Audition Material Selection Assistance (especially for young women - I have a lot to look through!)
* Work Up a Challenging Role
* Vocal Work and Public Speaking
* Song-As-Monologue Coaching
* "I want to be an actor - where do I start?" Consultation

About Emily
Whether the focus of a session is on building a stellar repertoire of audition pieces, working in a difficult role, getting deeper into the language of Shakespeare, or song-as-monologue work for musical theater actors, my approach to private coaching is centered around meeting the needs of the client. My goal is to help you reach yours through the development of technique, confidence, and helpful tools you can use to further cultivate your talent outside of our sessions.
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Kennedy B. July 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I had my first lesson with Emily yesterday and I loved it! She was easy to talk to and super nice. She also had great tips to give me and helped me a lot and it has only been one day. I really like the way she teaches and I would highly recommend her.
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westin C. June 28, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · In home
FANTASTIC TEACHER
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Rex H. February 1, 2016
· Acting · In home
Emily is professional, fun and engaging. Our daughter looks forward to her time with her each week. We love her!
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Emily B.

Emily B.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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$40 / 30-min

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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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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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

Marcel M.

Monterey Park, CA 91755
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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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Jasmine T. November 10, 2018
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Chase October 9, 2018
· Makeup · Online
Great first lesson!
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Marcus September 1, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Has great energy, draws on many personal examples and analogies to make her points stick. Understood my core needs from the lessons. Look forward to more!
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Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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About Gabriel B.

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La Crescenta, CA

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I have appeared on hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles on Film and Television. With over 15 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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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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Mikayla October 29, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
I've learned so much from Gabriel. As we approach ten lessons together, I have learned many tools and techniques from him that have made me more confident in analyzing comedic and dramatic scripts to present them in realistic and in-depth ways!
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Yelena October 26, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel helped me correct a few souds right away. His method is easy to understand. I have enjoyed my lessons and found them very helpful. Would highly recommend.
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Gabriel B.

Gabriel B.

La Crescenta, CA 91214
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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 Chris B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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My goal with a student is to help them trust their imagination, experience, instinct and emotion in preparing material for professional acting oppportunities.

About Chris
Cheers to you, my future student!

I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and earned an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

I have been working as a professional actor since 2011 and TakeLessons is a great way for me to help other aspiring artists with their craft as they try to navigate the ups and downs of being a professional actor.

Whether you need help preparing sides for an upcoming audition or in-depth character and script analysis to sharpen your work before you head to the set or rehearsal hall, I got you covered.

My primary goal as a teacher is to help you find your unique, emotionally connection to the material by guiding you toward your instincts - trusting them - and encouraging a deeper level of specificity and honest simplicity in your work.
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Chris B.

Chris B.

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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$42 / 30-min

About Barbara W.

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Van Nuys, CA
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The entertainment industry can be a jungle of confusion and I wish someone would have told me everything I know now after taking numerous workshops, read numerous books and spent thousands of dollars for classes.
I want to teach you everything I learned over the years and help you reach your goals!

Acting begins with your honesty and the right techniques to transport emotions.
But acting isn't only about the craft of acting, it's also important to understand your branding and marketing. It's essential to become a great auditioner and learn how to land well-paying jobs. I would love to help you with developing all the tools and materials you need.

What are you waiting for?
Let's get you ready for the big screen and the big stage!!

About Barbara
Woohoo, you're here!

My name is Barbara Wilder and I am an Austrian born actress, writer, filmmaker, short storyteller.
I have a master degree in Acting and a bachelor degree in the performing arts. I started playing professional theatre when I was thirteen years old, worked in numerous international film productions in London, India, Germany, Austria and the USA and started to hit the LA market about five years ago.
I have three Best Actress Awards for my film performances and two Best Actress theatre awards.
Becoming a working actor was the best decision I've ever made even if it wasn't always as quiet as easy.
Now I want to help​ you achieve your goals. No matter if you just want to try acting or plan on becoming a professional actor, I am here to guide you!
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Barbara W.

Barbara W.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Felicity P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional actor with 23+ years experience working extensively in the US and Australia in theater, film and television.
I love working with all ages. I have two very ambitious children of my own (8 and 10 y/o) and really enjoy working with inquisitive young minds. I also adore working with teenagers who are serious about their success or who are just looking for some fun self-expression. And I absolutely love working with adults of all experience levels, beginner - professional. If you are really serious about delving deep into auditions and having some personal breakthroughs I will be a great coach for you! I have been living in Los Angeles for 7 years and am very familiar with the auditioning process here. I can be very helpful for you preparing for your auditions or coaching you with roles you have booked.
As well as film and TV work, throughout my career I have worked in numerous professional theater productions. I am exceptional with text analysis, including ...

About Felicity
I am a bright, fun loving, extremely personable teacher, dedicated to helping you reach your greatest and most free and joyful potential as an actor. I have 23+ years professional acting experience working in theater, film and television. I am exceptional in performance training and text analysis and can help you delve deep into monologues/auditions and/or roles you have booked. I have two children of my own and am super fun and energized working with kids and teens. I have numerous games and methods to help kids, teens and adults break through self-consciousness and release themselves into the characters they are playing in school, for fun or professionally.
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David N. November 13, 2018
· Acting · In studio
She is truly a great acting teacher who knows how to communicate to you what is you need to fully understand.
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Mitzi October 20, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Felicity is amazing, and make no mistake, she is a brilliant actor AND screenwriter herself. I think that it's this combination that makes her such an effective teacher. She totally gets subtext, and she helps her students dig deep to understand where their character is coming from. When I was preparing to audition for a part in a play earlier this year, she helped me create an entire subtext and backstory, so that by the time I auditioned, I had already totally embodied my character. I nailed it, and I got the part. I definitely recommend Felicity to anyone, any age, looking for acting lessons, or who is already in a play, film, or TV production and needs nuanced fine-tuning. She's the best.
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Lara October 13, 2018
· Child Acting · In home
Felicity knew exactly how to work with our 7-year old daughter Margot and prepare her for a big role in Yada's production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Not only was Felicity extremely patient and engaging, she knew which cues to give in order to help Margot improve, and as an actress herself, she knew HOW to help and what to say. When we saw Margot perform on stage, I knew just what Felicity had contributed and I saw Margot put it to practice. I would recommend working with Felicity in a heartbeat.
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Felicity P.

Felicity P.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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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

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