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Suitable for public speakers, sales presenters, broadcasters, television hosts, voice-over actors, Broadway musical theatre performers, recording artists, and future movie stars. Explore theatrical monologues, TV/Film scenes, and/or prep your next TV/Film/Broadway audition or self tape, learning all the tricks of the trade to master how to craft your story.
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Hi, I'm Stephen.
I'm a vocal trainer, private/on-set acting coach, consultant, and songwriting teacher. My specialty is pop/rock, broadway, on camera, live presentations/sales, and helping songwriters find their voice, both lyrically and sonically.
Discover the fastest and most efficient way to build, strengthen, and condition your voice. Simple, safe, systematic vocal exercises that embrace a Zen like approach with an athletic mentality.
I'm also an AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor and ASCAP songwriter and producer. If you want to learn more about auditioning, acting in movies, performing musicals/plays on Broadway, writing your own songs, and developing show-biz career stra
I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at age 24. I also performed in "Chess in concert" as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind." Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "The Wild Party," and "She Loves Me."
I have recently released a singing online course. Feel free to check out Udemy and look for Sing Like You've Always Imagined to see what is new!
As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.
As a TV/Film actor, most recently I was on set with Marvel's "Luke Cage" on Netflix, and I played the lead role of (Abraham) Lincoln in the SAG-AFTRA short film, "These Honored Dead." I also have played lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series pilot, "Bodega Nights." I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for both Cinemax and HBO.
TIYA clients include (aspiring) Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, voice-over artists, news anchors, dancers, comedians, corporate sales presenters, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.
My TIYA members have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.
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We will always work on whatever you want.
For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.
For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself with monologues and scenes, as well as the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.
For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.
You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).
Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.
The TIYA vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explored include: Coordination, Registration, and Intonation. Chest, Head, Edge, and Pharyngel registration, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, ring, consistency, and more.
Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues, TV/Film sides and/or On camera auditioning craft.
Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, and marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.
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· Songwriting · In studio
· Acting · Online
I teach all levels and people with various backgrounds in acting
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.
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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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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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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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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Acting coaching for the recital hall and for the stage
I have experience teaching in my private voice studio and at the University of California. Whether you are looking to learn to sing healthfully, prepare for a high school/college/post-college audition, bolster your confidence in front of people, or looking to explore your expressive/creative side, I will work with you to achieve your goals.
The final goal of my instruction is to equip the singer both emotio
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Performance Prep 30 - In-depth session covering character work and scene analysis on one scene or monologue. You'll receive detailed notes and in-the-moment redirection. Also a great choice for Q&A sessions about the Industry.
Performance Prep 45 - An even deeper dive into character work and scene analysis on one scene or monologue. You'll also have the opportunity to perform your piece several times. You'll receive detailed notes and in-the-moment redirection.
Performance Prep 60 - In-depth session covering character work and scene analysis. You'll receive detailed notes and in-the-moment redirection. Best choice for actors with more than one scene or monologue or who have an upcoming audition.
Give yourself the best chance in the audition room! Let's get you signed up!
My film, television and theatre roles include Juliet, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth on stage, co-star appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO), "Young & the Restless" (CBS) and "Conan" (TBS), supporting roles in the Marshmello/Bastille Official Music Video "Happier," the feature film "Blood Done Sign My Name," and "Six Letter Word" which screened at Cannes.
My clients have appeared in films, TV shows, plays and commercials.
I'm on IMDb if you'd like more information about my experience!
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!
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· Accent Reduction · Online
I am a bright, enthusiastic, skilled, positive teacher who has been teaching professionally in the Los Angeles area for the past 5 years. I support my students to help them be the best they can be. I provide an inviting and exciting learning environment where we are free to take risks, laugh, learn technique, and make mistakes.
My lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals for each student. Whether it's preparing you or your child's for an upcoming theatre/tv/film/commercial audition, coaching you in a speech for that big event, going over a monologue you've been working on, coaching you in the new role you booked or even introducing a beginner to the magic of theatre and music, I'm your teacher.
All ages/levels are welcome! I'm excited to me meet you and get started!
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 ...
· Acting · In studio
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· Child Acting · In home
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My speciality is Shakespeare. I have been performing, directing, and teaching his work professionally for almost twenty years. I enjoy nothing more. Our work together will include an in-depth look at the text (meaning, structure, verse, etc) and what you as a performer uniquely bring to it (interpretation, voice, speech, physicality, etc). A single lesson will improve your technique. My training is an excellent way to prepare for a role professionally, to prepare audition monologues (either for schools or productions), or to consistently develop your craft.
As an artist, I believe deeply in craft. There are techniques and practices that will make you a better actor, whether inspiration strikes or not.
I’ve worked professionally at theatres including: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Denver Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
I’ve studied extensively ...
I’m also a professional actor and director. The work we will do will be practical and applicable.
Learn the techniques that I learned at THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL. I have worked on screen with Mathew Mcconaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michael Shannon, Amy Schumer, Zooey Dechanel, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Bell, etc. I’ve originated numerous roles in Obie and Lortell award winning and Pulitzer nominated Off-Broadway plays under some of the best directors including TONY award winner, David Cromer. Since 2012 I’ve had the great pleasure of coaching and teaching actors of all levels. This is training for people serious about taking their acting to the next level. Whether you’re starting out and looking to establish a sturdy base of the correct fundamentals, or you’re looking to explore every crevice of a scene for that screen test, these tools will help you unearth the truth of every moment that you portray.
In acting we seek out a very simple thing that is shrouded in an utterly complex set of circumstances, a moment of truth. My students develop a toolbox of classical training techniques; from scene study to voice and speech, which we work on putting into practice with practical grounding mental insights that come from years of experience employing this training in the acting industry.
I have originated roles in numerous plays Off-Broadway and performed on stages from Los Angeles to London, working with award winning writers such as Ethan Cohen, Adam Rapp, Brandon Jacob Jenkins, and directors such as TONY award winner David Cromer. While acting alongside the likes of Helen Hunt, Michael Shannon, Michael Mckean, Shirl
I love the art of storytelling, one of our oldest human traditions. I love the excavation of a piece, finding it's spine, and the delicate elegance of bringing it to life. I hope to share that love of the art form with you.
· Acting · In home
As a coach I like to make anyone who works with me feel comfortable with the uncomfortable in order get the most out of their acting experience. Being an actor myself, I’ve always appreciated having someone’s company to offer a different perspective when working on a role. Together we can focus on audition prep, character study, career planning, or whatever it is that gets you one step closer to your goals. Please let me know if you have any questions.
· Acting · In studio
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