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A bit about me: I am a working Chicago actress originally from Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in Acting. For three years I lived in Los Angeles pursuing opportunities in film and television. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and with the help of my agents and manager, I worked on many t.v. shows including Numbers, Commander and Chief and McBride (starring John Larroquette). After realizing how much I missed being on stage, I moved to New York City. I spent two years performing off Broadway before finally landing i
n Chicago to attend graduate school. In 2013, I earned my M.F.A. in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Currently, I am Co-Artistic Director and Director of New Works with The Arc Theatre. Additionally, I direct plays for other prominent theatre companies in the city. I am capable of teaching a variety of theatre skills, including classical techniques, performance of literature and speaking voice.
A bit about you: YOU are a new actor, an experienced actor or "getting-back-into-the-swing-of-it" actor. YOU need help with an upcoming camera or theatre audition, choosing new monologues, developing a script, exploring different techniques, or understanding this fantastic business.
YOU are excited, scared and most importantly READY TO DIVE IN!
I am here for YOU!
*** Lesson Details *** I am extremely laid back and open to trying new things. In a lesson, you can expect to bravely explore the world of acting in a safe, nurturing environment. I believe in the "YES" philosophy- anything is possible and everything is valid in developing a creative life. There are no wrong answers! Just millions of GOOD questions. Acting is DOING and through trial error, anyone with the drive and determination can be a successful performer. I will instill the confidence and skills you need to take the next step in your acting career- whatever that may be!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a growing library of books on acting, auditioning and play scripts. I am happy to loan you material and use any of my resources to further your learning.
*** Travel Equipment *** We can both provide music, books and props as needed.
Natalie is awesome! She has been working with my daughter for several months, during which my daughter has grown in skill level, confidence, and passion for acting. Natalie is extremely knowledgeable, talented, articulate, and caring. We just love her and look forward to Continuing lessons with her!
July 8, 2019
Natalie was such a wonderful help in preparing monologues for my college auditions! I didn’t have much experience in auditioning but she helped me gain confidence in the audition room. She even came to my Chicago audition to cheer me on! Thanks to her I got in to my top choice theater school!
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 ...
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
*** Studio Equipment *** Journal, Pencil(s), Headshot/Resume, Recording device
*** Specialties *** Shakespeare, Acting for Stage and Screen, Acting in Musical Theatre, Reel/ Headshot/ Resume Production, Directing, Building an Acting Career, Auditions
I help my students break down the text through analyzing the iambic pentameter, rhetorical devices, and imaging work of the text. After the analysis, I help my students learn how to perform Shakespeare in a truthful, interesting, and accessible way.
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 UCLA, LMU, APU, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
Alexandra was amazing. Answered all my questions and was a wealth of knowledge about product and tips and tricks to make makeup application easier and faster. Would definitely use her again.
August 15, 2019
Alex is amazing! She is funny, knowledgable, and she meets you where you're at! I'm definitely a beginner at make-up and she had excellent advice for products and processes. She was always willing to show me things again or follow my lead with where I wanted to the lessons to go! Highly Recommend.
I love sharing the techniques I've honed working with Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare and other Tony award winning theaters. Shakespeare is an actor's playground. We will work on techniques to pull as much out of the text as possible, break down the script, build a character, raise the stakes, and make choices to create an exhilarating performance.
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.
Nervous about that next audition? Let me help you feel confident! I have worked with elementary, middle school and high school students for the past 10 years. I am here to help you whether is is working on perfecting your audition monologue or just spending time working on your craft. I also can help you prepare for those upcoming college auditions. Past students attend schools like Ithaca, Point Park, Harvard and Berkeley. I believe that theatre is a great tool for self exploration and is an amazing way to build confidence!
Hi! I am a theatre director and teaching artist from Washington, DC. I have worked in theatre education for the past ten years and I am currently pursing my MA in Theatre Education at Emerson College. I believe that theatre has the ability to change lives and love getting the opportunity to work a variety of experience levels. In DC I directed high school and middle school actors and received many accolades along the way! You can find an interview with Tams Witmark about one of my favorite productions of HAIR.
I have taught for over seven years at one of DCs leading theatre educational institutes, The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. I am also trained in their well renowned Life Stories Program. I excel in monologue work and audition preparation. I have worked with students to prepare for college auditions as well. I can
help students with their applications, resumes, essays, monologue work and song choice-basically anything you need to make the process easier! My goal is to help you feel confident with your abilities and make audition day less stressful. Past students attend Point Park University, AMDA, Harvard, Ithaca and Berkeley. I will help you search for the perfect monologue for you.
With younger students we can focus on creative play by using our imaginations to create stories and working on improvisational skills. Theatre is a great tool to help build confidence and work on social skills as well as public speaking. I can even help your younger student with an upcoming audition!
We’ll explore the Elizabethan World Picture, the structure and meaning of the verse, prose vs poetry, line endings, rhyme, and double meanings as we dive into the beautiful, bawdy, and bountiful world of Shakepseare’s text.
I use humor, images, and understanding in order to help students of all backgrounds reclaim their voices. I listen without judgment, and respect a student’s experience. I’ll help you meet your goals with a clear plan we can both agree will be attainable. I look forward to working with you!
Experienced acting teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate acting student! I work with various ages: teens and adults. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be learning to play various characters in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of acting technique, scene analysis, training on the emotions, characterizations, and more. Let's get started!
Joe Herrera is a Professional Actor, Acting Instructor, Acting Coach, Director, Producer and Writer. He holds his M.A. in Theatre from Regent University, and is a graduate from the National Michael Chekhov Association; recognized as a Certified Acting Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, through the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA). He is a Member & Recognized Michael Chekhov Instructor of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). He served as Founder & Acting Instructor of the Michael Chekhov Studio Florida, where he provided professional training for actors, directors and teachers.
As an actor, he is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), since 1994. He has professional experience in theatre, film/TV, and various media venues. He has worked on numerous award winning films; he recently worked with actor
Lily Collins, Chace Crawford, and Simon Pegg no upcoming feature film Inheritance. He also worked with Kevin Sorbo on Christmas movie, "Let There Be Light" in 2017.
As an acting instructor he is a physical theatre and movement specialist, teaching various psycho-physical techniques such as: Michael Chekhov, Laban Movement Analysis, Alba Emoting Method, Rasaboxes, and various body-mind connection pedagogies. He also teaches scene study using a fusion of Chekhov with Robert Cohen's G.O.T.E. method, Shakespeare, monologue work, auditioning for the actor for theatre and film, and acting for Film/TV. Joe also has production experience in directing, producing, casting, stage composition, and production coaching (acting/scene work/characterization). List of Specialties: Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Psycho-Physical Acting Technique, Improvisation, Private Coaching for Audition: contemporary or classical, teaching children, teens and adults, Acting Workshops, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Coaching for Film/TV Acting, Stage Acting, Public Speaking (to eliminate any dialects) and Directing Children's Theatre Education Programs.
After a decade of directing plays and coaching actors, I know both what directors are looking for and how to help you deliver it. No matter where you are in your work, I'm patient, supportive, and will also give you that extra push to add more dimension to a scene or monologue. And of course - it's play! If it's not fun to do the work, why do it? We'll both work hard and have a great time.
For the past decade, I've been a director and coach empowering performers to tell moving and thoughtful stories. I love helping people get a mainline to their passion, and working together to leave both you and your audience feeling connected and powerful. From Shakespeare to work pitches, I care deeply about making all content clear and accessible. Let's play!
"Chad provided excellent technique coaching in Shakespearean Acting. I had the opportunity to work with him in one on one sessions and also in a group sett
ing. Both kinds of sessions gave me unique tools like ensable building and utilizing Shakespeare’s text along with all its double meanings. He is easily able to cater to each individual actors needs and really understands how to help break bad habits in order to allow for more growth. Along with text work, Chad provided excellent coaching in creating distinct physical shifts in the body when playing multiple characters in a show. Chad was always willing to answer any kind of questions and continued to surprise me with the ways he could shed some new light on Shakespeare’s work."
"I've had the pleasure of working with Anthony for almost a year now and it has been the best decision I've ever made. Anthony is the type of teacher that
knows your potential and will do everything he can to push your skills to the next level. He challenged me on my diction, reading lines out-loud, and taught me techniques on how to understand the character I was playing in ways I never would have thought. I can't say enough amazing things about him!"
"As part of a summer training program, Sophia coached me on two Shakespeare monologues, and I absolutely loved working with her! She shared lots of valuabl
e insight with me that helped me really dig into the text, personalize it, and connect with the characters on a deeper level. Her guidance helped me make lots of great discoveries in our sessions together, and I've been able to apply that guidance to lots of other pieces as well. I would work with her again in a heartbeat, and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a monologue coach!"
"Why aren't 10 Stars an option? I was new to Shakespeare and Ty was a great aid in my beginning steps. I currently work with Shakespeare in the Vines and t
he Independent Shakespeare Co. in Los Angeles and owe him a great thanks."
"Anthony Michael is very skilled and adept at working with Shakespeare. He is patient and focused, and allowed me to find the sense of the piece together.
I would highly recommend him!"
"Not only is Kelsey proficient and very knowledgeable, she also has so much enthusiasm and an obvious love for teaching. She put me at ease right away and
from the very beginning showed such excitement to be working with me. She comes prepared, takes the session very seriously, but also has fun with it so time flies by. I'm honored to be her student and pupil, and look forward to many more acting lessons, as she imparts her wealth of knowledge of Shakespeare and acting technique."
"Michael is a fantastic teacher! He helped me work on my Cleopatra among other great characters. He is focused, knowledgeable, passionate and has a profo
und manner in making the text accessible-current and personal. I used to have difficulty relating to a piece, the language intimidated me. Michael helped me to make the text my own, coming from my own heart. It changed how I worked on everything, both classical and modern."
"Kyle truly cares about helping his students achieve their personal best and strive for excellence. He is knowledgable in his field and gives practical app
lications 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."