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I teach Acting through method, Meisner, Stanislavski, and I help write and create a repertoire appropriate for the actor or find monologues and scripts easier for the actor to study.

About Ali

Ali has had music in her life since she was in the crib. She has performed professionally in the musical theatre world and she has studied in several universities for Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and R&B. Since the age of sixteen, she has been selected to sing as a guest soloist for venues such as Spivey Hall, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center. Ali has also sung for many movies and recordings, and recently recorded a demo for David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and recently toured as a pianist for "The Women of Ireland." She is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned her BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance cum laude studying under Magi Scott, Jeff Ramsey, Jerome Kyles, and Carolyn Escoffrey, Donna McElroy, Livingston Taylor, Joan Lader, and Charlie Sorrent

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Ali is also known for playing piano. She received her minor in Piano Performance within a year at Shorter College under Helen Ramsaur. She has been playing since she was five years old and has accompanied many people and musical productions.

Some of Ali's major influences include:

Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, and Lara Fabian, Barbra Streisand

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Ali loves to share her passion of music to the world and especially through her students. She loves to share new ideas and nuances along with the basics and fundamentals of technique. Although practice can be boring for the student, asking a student to pick at least one song to work on can help the student and the teacher have fun and learn at the same time. After a few months, not only will her students have fun, but they will learn how to be a better person and musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: Baby Grand Piano, Living room, Stands, metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
Just the music I assign and their appropriate instrument

*** Specialties ***
For Acting: Meisner
Piano: Just beginners- intermediate
Voice: Anything you can think of and I'll do it
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August 20, 2018
Charles and Rebecca C.
she was fun and she let try she also gave great advice
July 28, 2018
Nya Monet M.
My Granddaughter, Nya, LOVED Ali from the time she met her. Ali is a Great Teacher, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER! My Granddaughter wants to continue with Ali on a continuous basis! Thanks Ali
August 25, 2015
Theresa
Friendly and effective with elementary age children.

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Ali R.

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I am a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and directer. I employ my many years of experience as a performing artist, to help my students develop what is unique and compelling with in them. I believe that everyone has something of value to express. The key is finding creative ways to unleash it.

About Amy

I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability

and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

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Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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September 19, 2019
Alan L.
A very good first lesson. We went over breathing exercises and scales. Also had time for Amy to critique my speaking style through a portion of a speech I will be giving in a month. Time well-spent.

She briefly went over the next lesson plan and gave me a little homework to do as well.

I got a lot out of this lesson and I can see how this will help me accomplish my goal of being a better public speaker and having a more controlled and stronger voice.

Looking forward to future lessons.
September 9, 2019
Kenny T.
Patient. Gifted Teacher!
June 23, 2019
Winnie C.
Amy is absolutely incredible. She showed keen interest in my concerns and challenges. She listened and knew exactly what I needed to do to get to where I want to be. She makes it easy for me to understand and she is truly a great coach. I can’t wait to see her again.

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As a professional actor on stage and screen, I can help you prepare for auditions. We will go over sides or monologues. I'm currently recurring on New Amsterdam on NBC and was a guest star on NCIS: New Orleans. I also write, produce and direct films, my IMDB is under Rachel Alana Handler.

About Rachel

I love performing and teaching! I've performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied piano, opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. I'm playing a nurse this season on New Amsterdam and have many other film and TV credits! These qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students have yielded outstanding results in their musical and theatrical accomplishments.

I've been teaching voice, guitar, acting and piano lessons for the past six years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!

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As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a profes

sional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coaching.

My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music (art songs, opera)
Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...)
Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...)
Disney Music
Pop Music
Country Music
Beginner Piano
Beginner Guitar
Music Theory
Public Speaking
Audition Technique
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October 5, 2015
Eden T.
She was absolutely fantastic with my 5 year old daughters first lesson. She had her smiling the whole time.....we are coming back next week for sure.
May 12, 2013
Nikki R.
My first vocal teacher and the best!

Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!

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Rachel H.

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Let's face it, we all know how to act. We did it as children. The only difference between what we all did as children and a career in acting is knowing how to utilize those skills. As a former actor I can help you develop valuable techniques to further your skills in performing, however, as a current director and casting agent, I also give you insights into the other side of industry to help you nail those roles!

I've spent my whole life either acting myself or directing others in doing so.

About Christopher

So, I first became interested in acting at age 2 when I learned how to lie, like all kids do. However, my love for it started when I was 9 after I was given a camera for Christmas. My early attempts at films were mostly amateurish and spontaneous...yeah... But in late 2009, however, I started work on a more ambitious project, Beyond Under, inspired by the biblical account of Gideon. As that project took shape, I began to take all forms of storytelling more seriously, a lot of people might say that I actually take storytelling to seriously now. But hay, I look at it this way: if storytelling was a good enough tool for Jesus to use to teach when He walked on earth, then storytelling should probably be taken seriously. Anyway, back to the story. I worked on the script for Beyond Under for a year, then, we spent another year and a half actual

ly filming it. By the time Beyond Under premiered, it was a 95-minute feature film with a cast of about 60..ish. I know, I'm an overachiever.
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Acting is such a broad term! What are your goals? Do you want to be in films? Do you want to do Shakespeare? Do you want to be in a sit com? Depending upon what your interests are and where you want to go, we will build a plan together. My philosophy on acting techniques is that they are tools to help you, not tests you pass if you're a good actor and fail if you're a bad one. Different techniques work for different people and it is our job to find out what inspires you.

I've worked as a professional actor for many years, performed on Broadway, have my MFA in Performing Arts, and my BA in Arts and Education. I was an assistant director to Tony-winner Sharon Ott and have written and produced my own work. I have experience in both stage and camera acting, which have specific technical differences, but are both a lot of fun once you get used to the medium. Audition technique, preparing monologues, and creating promotional materials are also things I can help with. Anyone who wants to ...

About Rebecca

My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.

Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.

I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.

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September 28, 2019
Sheila
A-mazing! She’s an awesome mentor! Her approach to singing is brilliant in the sense that she helps you explore yourself, your strengths and areas you could work on to improve. She helps you find and utilize your voice in a way that makes a unique artist. She digs in right to the foundation of singing (vocals) and performing. I am glad to have found her! And to add up, I never had a dull moment with her with her sense of humor and caring approach!
July 11, 2019
Sheri
Rebecca is wonderful at helping my daughter learn better public speaking skills.
July 5, 2019
Savannah R.
Rebecca immediately made my granddaughter comfortable. Rebecca is a sweet, charming woman who, I can see, works very well with both children and adults. She is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to make people feel good about themselves.

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Rebecca L.

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If you’re looking for someone who is more than a teacher then you have found the right fit for you!

I develop my students to become leaders by cultivating personal relationships and offering the best mentorship available.

I have 19+ years of professional acting experience and I’m holding tight to my career that is on a constant uphill climb.

My desire is to help others achieve the success they are looking for by living a life that inspires change in the world.

My core focus is, “Confidence Building, Purpose Planning and Time Management”.

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Alicia A. is a professional Model, Actress, Modeling & Acting Instructor, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She recently returned to Houston from studying with a variety of dynamic teachers in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She has appeared in countless commercials (local & national), industrials, performed improv and sketch comedy, as well as hosting and voice-over.

Alicia has played guest roles on a

About Alicia

Alicia is a professional Model, Modeling Instructor, Actress, Acting Coach, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She is no stranger to the fashion, entertainment and educational industries. Alicia has 19+ years of professional experience. She offers a wide range of programs and services - from Runway and Modeling Workshops to Motivational Speaking Seminars.

Alicia A. was born and raised in Houston, TX and for as long as she can remember there was always a deep aspiration inside of her to become a professional in the fashion and entertainment industry.

After graduating from Lamar High School (Houston, TX), with an advanced diploma dealing with Business Administration, Alicia sat foot to run straight to Hollywood and become the ‘Super Star’ she always wanted to be. However, thanks to her families high level of enc

ouragement in education Alicia went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production from the University of Houston. This was completion of a promise to her father to always put education first.
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May 15, 2019
Jasmine
Alicia is an awesome coach and motivational speaker. The lessons were very personalized and geared toward my specific Acting goals. She is personable, professional and positive all while helping to advance your craft!
May 15, 2019
NP
She is the best!
My daughter loves her and she helps little minds to grow well
March 9, 2019
Jasmine
Super Helpful!

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I am an MFA Actor with 10+ years experience teaching all levels. Included in my time, I am able to select pieces for you, and assist you in crafting monologues that will get you noticed, and will not be overused.

I specialize in pairing up performers with pieces that are right for their voice and level of experience.

About Devon

Hey There!
Acting has been my passion since I was able to move and speak. Helping others find their creative voice, and what makes them unique has been the cornerstone of what I love most about helping others share their talents.

Often my students are looking for assistance finding the right pieces, a new way of looking at their sides, need help with audition prep, and want to know what to expect when they walk into a room.

I take my job very seriously, and have successfully helped coutless students of al ages book gigs, and find confidence auditioning.

My style is fun-loving, and honest. If you need someone to give it to you straight, someone to champion your nervous child, or overall give you the confidence you need to slay your audition- I’m your Coach!

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March 30, 2019
Kate
Devon is an amazing actor and teaching artist. A true professional who can help you take your Audition pieces to the next level.
March 30, 2019
Meredith
Devon is incredibly intuitive at assessing and thus, honing in on each artist’s/actor’s needs. She is kind, patient, and has a wealth of valuable experience, tailoring and teaching to each individual! Devon is truly wonderful!
March 30, 2019
Alex
Devon is very good at finding an individuals artistic look and abilities and helping accend to higher levels. Her straightforward direction and honest opinions will challenge and strength a person, bettering themselves professionally and artistically.

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A working actor graduated from Stella Adler Studio of Acting. I worked both on stage and on camera, in English and Mandarin, with award-winning directors and actors from China and Europe.

About Yiqing

Native mandarin speaker. Great with children. Experience in public speaking, debating, hosting and acting. I will have customized study plans for you, boost your confidence, and help you add personality to your words!

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August 27, 2019
Mandy
I really enjoyed having Yiqing as my Chinese tutor. She's friendly, passionate and always well-prepared for every class :)

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"Donnabella is a fantastic teacher! I was really having trouble with being confident when acting as well as not sure where or how to start to learn. Donnab
ella made it super easy, teaching several approaches and techniques that now use when looking at a script. I also feel a lot more confident not just with acting but overall.

She's made it easy to be confident but still challenging myself with every lesson to put farther out of my comfort zone and grow!"
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"LK has been a wonderful instructor and very knowledgeable. Her guidance with my daughter has boosted her confidence and improved her audition outcomes.
LK cares about her students and listens to their needs and helps push them to be the best. So glad we found her!!!"
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Adam
"I have had the unique experience of working with Anthony Michael Martinez as both a teacher/coach and fellow teacher. He has coached me in private sessio
ns on multiple Shakespeare monologues and contemporary pieces. He had an incredible ability to explain various acting adjustments and helps to bring the best out of the performances and performers. I always feel confident after working with Anthony, and he makes each session fun and full of energy. Similarly, as a fellow teacher, Anthony can adapt to any situation, student or class size. He is energetic, articulate, and has an incredible sense of humor with students and teachers. He is an ideal fellow teacher."
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"The children had a wonderful experience as a beginner in acting. They were comfortable with her coaching style and looking forward to next week."
Armando
"Awesome overall. Very enthusiastic and extremely helpful to our son. Highly recommended."
Mark
"Absolutely the best! She knows her stuff. I've been working with her for 6 months now and I can't think of a better person to work with! She knows what/ho
w the industry works and is always available for questions. She has become my backbone for all things acting and the business of acting.. Five stars isn't enough..."
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