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Monologue and scene coaching tailored to the students needs!

About Chris
Hi! Welcome to Take Lessons! Let me start off by saying that I love to teach singing and acting!! I specialize in teaching students from teens to adults but love teaching younger children as well. There is no better feeling than to see a student grow and better themselves artistically and personally. In addition to teaching singing and acting for over 10 years I have performed in numerous Broadway shows, West End shows, and National Tours throughout the US and Canada. I am presently a working actor. I received my education from the University of Michigan's School of Music. Whether you are a first time singer/actor or an established professional I love students who are excited to absorb new ideas and attempt to grow in ways they hadn't thought possible.

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Lessons are unique to each individual. I tend to cater
my lesson plan to each students goals, experience, and age. I believe that there is no one way to teach or one way to learn. Trying numerous exercises and coming up with creative ways to help students assimilate new material and concepts is a core part of my teaching philosophy. Above all learning should be fun and exciting. I will do my best to create a safe open atmosphere where a student of any age level can succeed in achieving their learning goals.

Musical Theatre is my passion and my forte, however in order to teach singing or acting proper technique must be established.

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living area open space seating for parents, Keyboard

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Musical Theatre, Shakespeare,
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Mike O. June 10, 2014
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Chris was very patient and provided great advice, examples and coaching. This is my first voice lesson and I am 54 years old and I was very nervous and unsure, but Chris made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I am looking forward to the next lesson and I am already practicing. My goal is to improve my singing and perhaps one day be on a local stage playing a small part, something that has been in my system for many years! I believe Chris will provide me with the training that may one day assist me in achieving my goal.
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FredJ April 4, 2012
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Chris provided many constructive suggestions to give my speech greater imapct and focus. He gave concrete demonstrations and examples to make it more powerful and memorable. Really got my money's worth.
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While acting is a magnificent art, it is also a labyrinth of techniques and ideologies. Throughout time there have been many disagreements about the best way to approach the teaching of acting, but I believe that no matter which way you enter the maze, we are all moving towards the same goal; that is to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances. The craft of acting can falter into a personal nature, however there are common terms and tools that can be learned to aid in achieving the universal goal that is set in front of us. I therefore am bound to teach and specify the rudimentary tools that I have come to consider profoundly vital to the integrity of any serious actor, many of which are drastically overlooked by most.

In An Actor Prepares Stanislavski writes, “… A nagging critic can drive an actor mad and reduce him to a state of helplessness. Search for falseness only so far as it helps you to find truth. Don’t forget that the carping critic can create more falsehood on ...

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Kyle is currently a Professor of Theatre, with a specialty in Acting (Musical and Non-Musical Theatre) and Playing Shakespeare at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to his current appointment, Kyle spent three years as the Director of Theatre at a private high school in Memphis, TN, where he also served on the board of the Tennessee Theatre Association. Kyle is a professional actor, a member of the Actor's Equity Association, has been a member of several professional and semi professional Shakespeare companies, has been represented by stage, tv and film agents based out of New York City, as well as regional markets, is an award winning teacher and stage director and continues to book work in all of those fields.

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Whether you are just starting out in acting, or are a seasoned profession
al - it is valuable to remember that talent is common. I strive to help my students cultivate what talent they have into become an excellent and truthful artist. My students will never be less then good, but will develop a hunger for excellence which we will work to make consistent in their auditions and performances.

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Journal, Pencil(s), Headshot/Resume, Recording device

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Shakespeare, Acting for Stage and Screen, Acting in Musical Theatre, Reel/ Headshot/ Resume Production, Directing, Building an Acting Career, Auditions
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sydney June 22, 2018
· Acting · In studio
love him alreadya after one lesson. doesnt just care about the physicality and statistics of acting, but the emotion and history of it
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Kendall April 11, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Kyle truly cares about helping his students achieve their personal best and strive for excellence. He is knowledgable in his field and gives practical applications that help make concepts more clear to the actor. Working with him helped me to gain confidence in my acting as well as push me to work towards bettering my craft.
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Aszkara April 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Professor Schnack is extremely knowledgable about theatre, and his passion for it is infectious. He values hard work, and he will push you to be excellent. He cares about you and wants you to be great. As long as you are willing to work, he will use his knowledge and skill to make you successful.
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Mary Bracken P. is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". Off Broadway credits include her own musical, “Cradle Song” and the “The Perfect Party” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Fuller. Former Head of Drama at the Wooster School in Danbury CT, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing young and adult actors for over fifteen years. As a monologue and audition coach, she has successfully coached students into NYU, Emerson, Carnegie Mellon, Elon, American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Muhlenburg, Suny Purchase and more. Former students have appeared on “Thirty Rock”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Law and Order”, "CSI" and others. She has a BA in theatre from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate ...

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Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, "Cradle Song". She studied voice with the great Sue Seton and later with opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Knight. She teaches a combination of both their legendary techniques. As an actor, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing beginning, intermediate and professionsl singers and actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on "Thirt
y Rock", Gilmore Girls", "Law and Order" and others. Her goal in working with her students is not only to teach healthy vocal technique, but in keeping with her theatre background, her strong belief that "Every song is a scene or monoglogue" leads her to make sure the student know what they are singing or speaking about, and can do so with a clarity of emotion and dramatic intent.
She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild.
"Mary is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.

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In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.

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casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet

*** Specialties ***
pop and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance
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Amy March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Mary is a lively, voluble person with enormous experience particularly in musical theater who enjoys working with students.
Initially and as the student moves along, Mary assesses talent and abilities and then continues to periodically reassess the learning in a manner that never ceases to amaze me. I have been working with Mary for six months and found her evaluations of my strengths and what I need to work on to be spot on every time.
What I esteem most is Mary's technical acumen, the techniques she learned from her teachers and mentors and her experience as a performer. Her keen ear and eye immediately pick out every nuance being sung that needs work. She answers questions about where "to go" in throat, mouth, tongue, torso, etc., demonstrating how to correctly produce the sounds, tones, and supported breathing in question. Voice teachers, of course, are supposed to do this. Mary does this superbly.
If you are seeking a teacher who knows her technique, especially in musical theater, I highly recommend Mary.
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Jason February 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Hi Mary,
In my opinion, our session last night wasn't productive. My opinion is, you weren't really interested in teaching me. Out of the 60 minute session. I only did about 3 to 5 minutes of exercises. You spent 55 minutes talking about your past and present students, professional actors you know, show business, acting techniques and your accomplishments. You did talk about about the script that i would read and the emotion behind it, but that lead into more about your students and professional actors you know. it took you 30 minutes in your office to find that script, (which should have been done a head of time) then we went downstairs and another 25 minutes of talking before i could read it to you.

Towards the end when i finally spoke up about so much time being passed and nothing being done. You said you needed to see my personality so you can know where to start with me. That made no sense to me, how are you seeing my personality if you are the one mostly talking about your accomplishments and who you know and what you've done?
Why not pick a point and start there and see what my weak and strong points are? You also asked me the same questions you asked me on the phone, have you ever taken lessons before, why do you want to act, what do you do for work which to me just consumed more time.

What i found surprising and discouraging was when you asked me why would I take acting classes up here when there are some of the best acting schools in the world just an hour away in New York City? I wish you had said that to me over the phone before our meeting, I would reconsider taking lessons from you and just spend the extra money and go down to the city. If i were an instructor i would be grateful for anyone who sacrificed their time and money to come see me, and never ask why they chose me when there is better not that far away. With that said I have decided to cancel my remaining lessons with you please do not bill me any further.

Jason

PS Telling a person of color that they are a weird fit as a real estate agent in Croton N.Y, and would be a better fit in Brooklyn N.Y was discriminatory and offensive to me.
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Griffin Scott November 17, 2017
· Acting · Online
I found Mary on my search for an acting coach pertaining mostly to my upcoming drama school auditions. Her vast knowledge of this business is evident as well as her ability to help ground and craft your work. Each and every lesson was applicable towards my artistic pursuit. I consistently recommend her as a leading instructor in this field!
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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!

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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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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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Tori P. August 8, 2018
· Makeup · Online
Alexandra was awesome. I enjoyed the teaching and information she was able to give me!
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Citrus Heights, CA

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Improve your acting theory skills and theory! Blocking, monologue preparation, and techniques for the stage. Improve your voice resonation and performing arts skills. This is very important and a foundation to perform in live theater or musicals.

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Voice and Piano Lessons with Keith Anthony Gray

VOICE LESSONS

Offering classical voice lessons for students all ages. I teach bel canto "Beautiful Singing" (Italian classical) voice technique for beginners. This is the fundamental technique to develop proper voice health, pitch, natural tone, strength, range, quality and breath control.

PIANO LESSONS

Offering classical piano lessons for students all ages. Piano lessons focus on basic music theory, scales and exercises. Step-by- step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA - Music Performance, Theater Arts Acting & Dance Emphasis

 Sung at Carnegie Hall, State Capital and World Cup Sacramento International House Show

Music & Theater Skills

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studied voice from Jacqueline Victorino 2012-Present

 Vocal/Performing Arts Instructor for Capital Innovations Academy 2016-Present

Vocal Instructor for The Silver Orange (Teen Center) 2017-Present

 Extensive educational and professional background in music performance (voice, piano, upright bass, guitar, bass guitar), production (pro audio, recording, live sound engineer, producer), songwriting, and composing.

 Classes and performances in musical theater, choir, theater movement, advanced acting theory and techniques, stagecraft, dance and choreography.
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Pat April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
A charming young man. Always willing to work around my crazy schedule ( on more than one occasion). Clearly an excellent teacher. Does not become irritated no matter how many times he has to repeat an instruction and responds to after hours questions A beautiful soul
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Norma Santillan May 22, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He's an outstanding instructor.
Very talented, patient , respectful and willing to work around my schedule..my daughter Loved going to take guitar lessons with him... I truly recommend him and wish him the best..
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Gordon May 16, 2017
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Keith is an incredibly gifted musician and one of the nicest people you're likely to meet. As his former bass instructor I've known him for decades and have seen him consistently grow as an artist. Anyone would reap benefits by being under his tutelage.
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First and foremost, I'd like to hear your objectives for your lessons so I can structure each time to suit your goals.
For advanced/intermediate students, we may be working on monologues or sides you've been sent for an audition (looking for specificity and strong, clear choices) or selecting materials for your audition package for colleges or general auditions.
For beginners, we may work on gaining confidence speaking publicly, diving into characters, and working with text to tell stories.

About Carissa
Hi! I'm Carissa, a working actor and playwright, and would love to work with you on your craft! I grew up heavily immersed in the arts from a young age. For Middle School and High School I attended one of the top Performing Arts schools in the State of California, where I was able to take classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, acting, and playwriting daily. After that, I earned a spot in, and graduated from, the BFA Acting program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After taking a year to work professionally in theatre and television, I moved to Ireland to earn my MFA in Playwriting from The Lir Academy (an affiliate school of London's RADA). Teaching has been a big part of my life, from private study to running theatre camps for kids. I'm well versed in the drama school audition trail and would love to help you prepare fo
r this exciting time! I also offer playwriting lessons/critique, and beginner lessons in dance (ballet, jazz, tap). I look forward to hearing from you!
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Abigail L. August 31, 2018
· Acting · Online
Carissa always gives me feedback in a very encouraging way. Once I go over a monologue or a script once, she'll talk about some of the characteristics that I might be able to adopt in order to be more convincing, but she'll also tell me which parts she liked, which parts I was hitting on, but didn't quite get, and anything else. She's super understanding, and she'll talk me through any parts that I was having trouble with extensively until she feels that I understand and am comfortable with the material and the directions. 1000 stars all the way!
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Jitendra August 29, 2018
· Dance · Online
Carissa goes through the steps very thoroughly.
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Gene T. August 25, 2018
· Dance · Online
Awesome Instructor!! Good about going slow enough to understand concepts.
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About Lily K.

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I have over ten years of both stage and screen acting experience, but also work as a writer. I have written and directed a feature film, and authored two produced plays and a musical. When working on material, I have a unique advantage over a lot of acting teachers: I fully understand the writing process. Many teachers over-analyze text and put too much importance on what seems to be randomly selected words and ideas. When I work, I just ask a few simple questions. From there, I shape a performance from discovery.

I mostly work with kids and teens, but if you're an adult who is just beginning, that's great too! I specialize in college auditions, both for musical theatre and straight acting, as well as Classical Theatre, such as Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Greek Theatre.

I am all about staying relaxed and having a good time. I feel that the work comes easiest and produces the best results that way. If it sounds like I'm your kind of coach, feel free to send me a message!

About Lily
I have over ten years of stage and screen acting experience. Not only do I have BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University, but I also studied at The Atlantic Theater Company and New York University. Unlike a lot of other acting teachers, I am also a writer. I have written and directed a feature film, a webseries, and authored two produced plays (and one musical!). I truly know the business inside and out.

My second career as a writer lends me a unique perspective in developing a performance: I understand the writing process. When it comes to script analysis, we can work smart, not hard. By asking a few simple questions about what the writer's intentions were when crafting a character and a scene, we can lay down a baseline and discover moments from there. I don't believe you need pages and pages of script analysis to make a performa
nce great, just a curious and open mind.

I'd love to help you refine your material, whether it be for an audition or just to hone your craft. If you're in need of a college audition coach, I am very well-versed in that area. I know how hard and confusing it can be, and I'm here to help! I mostly work with kids and teens, but if you're an adult who is just starting out, that's great too! Come one, come all.

I love to work in a relaxed environment with no pressure. Acting can sometimes get intense, but I always reign it in so nothing gets out of control. I believe that people do their best work when they're comfortable, open, and not scared of judgement. I assure you that I can provide an environment that will foster all of those elements.

Feel free to send me a message and ask me any questions you may have!
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I have worked professionally for over 10 years both on stage and in film, not only as an actor, but also as a director. Whether you are looking to hone your craft or are just looking for audition help, I will be able to give the proper guidance. Just getting into the business and not sure where to start? I will help teach you the ins and outs of the industry, help create your resume, choose proper headshots, etc.

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I have been working professionally for around 13 years. I studied acting and voice at Brookdale Community College and continue to take courses with when possible.
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I offer my students tools and techniques that are practical and accessible. These techniques work. I am an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor with award winning and award nominated performances teaching industry standard techniques that have been generously passed on to me by my long time mentor and coach who had a career on Broadway and in film and television in L.A. I have worked extensively as a performer on stage, television, and film both in Phoenix/Tucson and in New York City. My body of work includes farce, contemporary drama, Shakespeare, melodrama, industrials, commercials, and musicals. I've coached online one on one for several years and my students get results.

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I am a professional actor with award winning and award nominated performances. Member of Actors' Equity Assn. and Screen Actors Guild.
Skilled in both comedic and dramatic roles.
Extensive stage experience as well as on camera and voiceover credits.
Body of work includes farce, contemporary drama, Shakespeare, melodrama, industrials, and musicals.
Co-lead in the BBC docudrama "Nuclear Secrets" directed by Chris Bould.
Supporting and featured roles in theatrical release, indie films, and television including the Lifetime mini-series "Maneater" directed by Timothy Busfield. Lead and co-lead in live industrials.
Facilitator for many live events.
Visiting instructor of theatre at Fort Lewis College.
Currently I am an on camera acting coach.
I recently moved from NYC where I worked on stage both regionally and in NYC.
I am excited about futur
e opportunities on camera both in feature film and television. Specialties: Skilled at telling all kinds of stories including sit-com, daytime dramas, episodic, industrial, voice over, and feature film. Trained in voice, comedy, drama, audition technique, scene prep including improv. Dialects in recent roles have included, Southern, Irish, English, and German. As an on camera coach I teach audition technique, cold reading, commercial prep, improv, and scene prep. I'm also a good water skiier (can't wait to use that)!
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