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.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
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!
September 29, 2013
Amazing singng instructor
Crystal has increased my daughterâs 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 âteenâ years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
September 29, 2013
Great piano instructor
Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughterâs love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystalâs professional and caring teaching style.
Whether you’re new to performing entirely or you’re continuing the work, I can help you build a toolbox that you can apply to every character.
And if you’re highly experienced and just need some audition prep, I can help with that too! I have been coaching fellow professionals for their auditions for several years.
If you purchase ongoing lessons, we will mainly work with monologues so that I can see and hear everything you’re doing, but if you have some experience, we can also work on scenes together.
We will identify habits of speech and behavior that may be getting in your way, and I will work with you to minimize or change them.
We will also look at how to analyze a scene to get the most playable action out of it and make it most fun to work on.
I am an actor, speech & dialect coach, and acting teacher. I had steady freelance teaching and coaching jobs for 3 years in NYC, as well as steady acting work in NYC and Chicago theatre for 5 years total.
I moved to LA from Cambridge, MA, where I earned my Master's in Acting from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard. I am certified in unarmed stage combat as well. I am still an active performer in improv, film and TV.
I have coached privately and for theatre productions ranging from world-premieres to revivals of Pinter plays to musicals. I love working with actors of all experience levels!
She is great, just great. 1st course yet she immediately helped me understand what were the real issues and how to tackle them. Now I feel confident to pass in front of an audience, because I know I will be heard and I will be understood!
May 14, 2018
I had to learn an Irish dialect for a big audition I was called in for last minute. My friend suggested Erin to help with dialect coaching and audition coaching, and man, I'm so grateful. With Erin's training and expertise, I was able to learn the Irish dialect in an hour and nailed the audition! She has experience with multiple acting and audition techniques...she's able to speak multiple acting "languages". If you're looking for any audition coaching or dialect coaching, I definitely recommend Erin! She knows what she's doing!
May 14, 2018
I have worked with Erin on several occasions, because she is so wonderful at her job! She has helped me to prepare for numerous auditions, many of which have gone very well as a result. She is an incredible actor herself, and she uses her talent and expertise to help me be the best actor I can be. Finding my super objective in a monologue or scene, the different tactics, focus, awareness, groundedness... these are all things she has helped me to do to strengthen my own work. She is down to earth and open, which makes working with her really easy and comfortable. Performing my work in front of somebody else can be very difficult, because I often question what the viewer will think of me. Not only does Erin help me fight that fear, she helps me find the gratitude and joy in getting to perform. I highly recommend Erin as an acting coach! She’s fantastic!
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
Whether the focus of a session is on building a stellar repertoire of audition pieces, working on 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.
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.
June 28, 2016
February 1, 2016
Emily is professional, fun and engaging. Our daughter looks forward to her time with her each week. We love her!
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! :)
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
I play Marty on the Golden Globe winning show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Whether you are an actor looking to take your career up a notch or just want an awesome way to build focus and confidence, we will achieve your goals together. As a teacher and working actor in film/tv, classical theater and improv comedy, there are few things I love as much as assisting students in making breakthroughs and discoveries.
From the hit TV comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to drama at The Tony Award winning Steppenwolf Theater, my 20 year acting career has taught me many lessons to share. As a working writer/director this has only grown.
I love teaching. There are few things as rewarding as being a part of a students development and their personal victories. Many of my students have achieved notable representation and consistently work. Other students are simply pursuing acting as a passion or a tool to gain confidence. Whether it's audition prep or personal development, if you bring the drive, I promise to get you to your goals ... oh, and we'll have a lot of fun on the way. After all, it's called a "play" for a reason.
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.
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.
Gain confidence as you refine your acting presence. Learn to analyze your audience, find your voice and project, develop your character, memorize and retain lines, understand beats and rhythm, incorporate body movement, and more.
Learn to move and improve, gain confidence, get in shape, and have fun doing so! Whether you are a beginner or just looking to refine your existing process and skills, I'm here to help you reach your goals!--It's what I do, and I love it (=
I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and I am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest p
I have worked with preschoolers through adults of all ages ranging in all levels, including beginners! My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals and beyond while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.
Lessons and offerings: -Dance fitness -Barre/Cardio Barre -Strength and conditioning -Stretching and Flexibility training -Personal training -Nutrition and wellness -Jazz dance -Hip hop/urban dance -Jazz funk dance -Burlesque dance -Contemporary dance -Lyrical dance -Tap dance -Ballet dance -Musical theater dance -Character development -Acting -Improv -Choreography -Wedding dance -Modeling and much more! Have a question about lessons? Just ask! (:
My lessons focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with. I am outgoing, friendly, fun, and I love to teach!
Lesson locations: 1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom 2) In Studio: 2 locations *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info. 3) Your location
Semi-private and group lessons available *Please inquire for more info!
I look forward to helping you grow!
(Bio Continued) I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others. I have been in music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more.
I have danced in Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.
Extensive experience teaching acting from beginners to advanced students. Additional experience in audition coaching.
About Jen Faith
Jen Faith Brown (MFA-RDT)-Jen received her master’s through the fellowship program at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles where she currently serves as the Director of Education. Jen received her RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) certification through the NADTA (North American Drama Therapy Association) Jen is also the founder and artistic director of Light keeper productions, a 501 C-3 organization that produces theatre, film, and creative arts therapy projects throughout the year. The organization is proud to present various drama therapy and arts programs to underserved populations including Seniors, Veterans, Holocaust Survivors and children with special needs. Jen works as a drama
therapist with various populations including teens in long term treatment facilities. In addition, Jen has facilitated performances with developmentally disabled adults as well as children with special needs. Jen continues to work as an actor/singer both in NY and Los Angeles. Jen is a proud member of Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA and the NADTA.
"This is my third lesson with Mr Kraft and I have already learned so much! Great teacher!"
"Kathryn is great! After just 1lessonI gained the confidence and direction I needed to be a working actor. In fact, I will contact agents this week! Kathr
yn gave me tools I can use to conquer any monologue or scene. and great intro to method acting. I believe I found a great coach and mentor in Kathryn and look forward to working with her again."
"Caroline loved her first acting lesson with Carolyn. She is very much looking forward to her next session."
"Kelsey is a great teacher and is wonderful at adapting the class to my needs. I highly recommend her."
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"I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming au
dition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach."
"Chad is incredible at making you feel very comfortable while also challenging you to go beyond what you believe you can do. In every environment that I ha
ve worked with him, he has been kind, generous and inspiring. I would recommend him to anyone (young, old, beginner, advanced) in a heart beat. It has changed my life and my career to have learned from him."
"She is very knowledgable and had some really great tips! With her help I landed my second audition for a lead role!! Highly recommend Kim for acting lesso
ns!! I will continue meeting with her as new roles come up for me! You can never stop learning and she has years of experience to help everyone with. She wants you to succeed which is very encouraging!!"
"Julia is great! She is very sweet, nice and is a wonderful coach. Highly recommend!"
As with any profession, actors have tools. Just as a doctor needs a stethoscope or a fireman needs a hose, there are certain items an actor must keep in their toolbox. I usually start classes or lessons by asking my new students or clients what they think these tools might be. Sometimes, the answer is very literal ("Script!"), and other times abstract ("Passion!").
None of these is a wrong answer. Being an actor or artist is subjective and everyone's process is different and valid. But t …