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About Patricia M.

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San Pedro, CA
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I am a firm believer in the importance of reading for content and comprehension, so that is the approach I take when tutoring this subject. I teach my students how to look for key words, key sentences, order and flow of paragraphs and how to scan for speed. All of this is done without sacrificing the most important element: comprehension of content. I provide passages for the students to read, followed by a series of questions which tests their understanding and retention of the material. Gradually, I increase the difficulty or complexity of the passages to raise the level of proficiency for the student.

About Patricia
As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than
to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

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I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

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Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

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I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
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Megan D. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
· Vocal Training · In studio
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
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Patricia M.

Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA 90732
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About Amy G.

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In addition to straight acting, I also teach my singers how to "act a song", which is VERY important as a singer. I will teach you how to breakdown the lyric and be present moment-by-moment in your song, as well as how to connect with your audience and draw them in. A beautiful voice is nice, but when you can MOVE your audience, that is what will give you an edge over other performers.

About Amy
Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!

Vocal Goals:
To€...
Develop free, uninhibited singing.
Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound.
Familiarize students with the piano.
Match pitch.

With...
Full, strong, breath & body support.
Clear diction.
Vowel dexterity.
Facial agility & upper-torso relaxation.

Performance/Musical Goals:
Develop boldness & energy.
Look & sound professional.
Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire.
Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines &
phrases approp
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Social Goals:
Create a polite & kindly atmosphere.
Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN.
Keep the student motivated.

Accompaniment options:
Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.)
Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.)
Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)

Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout)
Encourage consistency rather than length.

We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She'™s traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
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Jasmine June 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
My lesson with Amy was awesome :) Looking forward to the next!
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Diane S. March 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I think we're off to a good start.
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Moniq S. March 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson and is looking forward to the next one!
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Amy G.

Amy G.

Glendora, CA 91741
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About Eulis K.

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There are many approaches to acting out there, but one constant is that of learning to be in touch with your character. Acting lessons can help you learn methods to take character study step by step, allowing you to open yourself up to free-flowing, improvisational acting, where you feel like you are just "being" the character. This in addition to scene study techniques, vocal diction, character research and development, and other tools, will help you improve your craft one step at a time.

About Eulis
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Hello! Thanks for visiting my Takelessons profile. Let me start off by telling you a bit about myself:
I have been performing for over 20 years as a musician, acting since I was a small boy, and working consistently with public speaking, accent reduction and other presentational skills throughout my career. I started my musical education as a woodwind player and settled in to the wonderful world of singing over time. Music has opened me up to so many incredible opportunities from touring the world to performing in marvelous concert halls and working with some of today's most respected artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance skills through acting in various plays, musicals, television, and film.

Performing has absolutely b
een my salvation! Throughout my life it has been a best friend and constant source of joy, and I share this gift with others so that it might help them to find the same joy. After more than 10 years of teaching, I have so many new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I've spent the last 9 years performing with Disney in California and abroad in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that those experiences, vast and varied as they are, have given the word "performance" a new depth. I'm always excited to dive into every lesson with fresh ideas that will mesh well with many tried and tested teaching techniques.

Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm especially proud to have expanded my studio to serving clients all over the world with online lessons via Skype and FaceTime! I get such joy from sharing my experiences with a diverse group of people from many walks of life.
If you're interested in learning more about my lesson style, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about a plan to help you reach your goals! You're also welcome to visit my website at euliskay.com to learn more about me and what I do!

For Students of Voice: Teaching Style

Over the past several years I have focused much of my personal growth on developing my ears' ability to pick out and pinpoint vocal “placement”, resonance, subtleties of timbre, changes in pitch, breath support, air speed and flow, pronunciation and diction, and in general, the way in which all of these work together to create style. From these assessments, I work with the student’s particular needs to address each area individually and based on the learning style of each person.
To illustrate to the student their method as I see and hear it, as well as ways in which they might make changes to facilitate the ease of singing --be they changes of tessitura (range), length of phrase, tone color, the release of unnecessary tension etc.-- I make use of vocalise (vocal exercises), simile and metaphor, examples from recorded performances, demonstration, self assessment, and techniques to “trick” the voice into acting in a different way, in addition to videos, diagrams, and texts on anatomy and physiology. I feel that all of these tools provide a unique and personalized learning experience for each student.
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Shen July 27, 2017
· English · Online
Eulis is very good! He understands my difficulties in storytelling and gave me so many insightful tips. He helped me explore a new world!
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Timothy June 27, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
Wonderful first class. I'm looking forward to more learning time with him. Big thumbs up!!👍
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Manuel Pedraza November 22, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Very kind! Very patient and helpful. Helped me with breathing and got a very good idea of basics.
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Eulis K.

Eulis K.

Fullerton, CA 92832
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About Wesley M.

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Wesley M. has worked in film, TV and theatre for the last twenty-five years with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, The Arena Stage. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. He has appeared on over thirty TV shows and movies. Most recently as Mr. Lawler on That's So Raven.

About Wesley
Wesley M. has worked in film, television and theatre for the last twenty-five years after completing his actor training at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He has acted all over the country including ten seasons at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Arkansas Rep, The Arena Stage in Washington DC, and the Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island SC. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. His play The Good Life was produced by The Empty Space in Bakersfield Ca in 2009. He has appeared on over thirty television shows and nearly as many motion pictures.
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Daniele September 27, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Wesley is just wonderful. I felt comfortable with him as soon as we met and I learned so much in just the first 30 minutes. And I already feel so much more confident that my speaking engagement will rock now that I have Wesley as my coach!
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Jenna J. September 9, 2016
· Child Acting · Online
AMAZING first session😊 The exchanges between Wes and Jenna were flawless...almost like two people that sparked up a conversation where they left off!! He acknowledged Jenna's dreams and goals and had experienced insight to provide! Jenna is looking forward to working on her assignments and lesson #2!!!
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Tony T. December 14, 2015
· Acting · In studio
It was great. He found a monologue for me with out me asking for it. He is very professional and he gives a lot of tips.
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Wesley M.

Wesley M.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Drea C.

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Glendale, CA
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I have taught acting classes for 5 years now.

Depending on your needs, I would customize each lesson to your goals. Every actress/actor has an ultimate goal, and we would try to achieve that by creating an overall plan.

My goal is to get you ready to get in front of casting. Depending on your acting skill level and experience, we will customize the lessons for your needs

About Drea
I have been in the creative industry since I was a child. I have been singing since I came out of the womb! And doing photography since high school. I am now in front and behind the camera as an actress/on camera host, and I am a professional photographer/videographer. I have behind the camera for companies such as VH1, MTV, Fuse TV, and the New York Post. In front of the camera, you have probably seen me in films such as Relativity Media's, "Act of Valor," "Baby Mama" (Opp Tina Fey/Sigourney Weaver), and Chris Rock's "I Think I Love my Wife." My experience both in front and behind the camera compliments each other as I understand what is needed for both positions. I try to keep my lessons informative and fun! -- Anything can be achieved if you take your time and you really want it.

I teach both in front and behind the camera :
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Twilla Loewen December 21, 2015
· Photography · Online
My instructor Drea was a very was a very Patient and was prepared for our lessons. She sends an email and get a basic understanding of what your goals are what type of equipment you're planning on using and if she is unfamiliar with you for particular camera she does her research and is prepared to answer you any of your questions. I would recommend taking photography classes from her, I intend to continue taking lessons from Drea she is a treasure trove of knowledge.
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John F. June 26, 2015
· Photography · In studio
good teacher,
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Drea C.

Drea C.

Glendale, CA 91201
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About Andrew G.

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I am a graduate of the acting school at the California Institute of the Arts, and I have been teaching acting for over 15 years. I like to start from a physical place, to establish a strong base. Getting rid of bad habits is a specialty of mine and will only take a minute to do, and then we can focus on how you approach your role. I enjoy breaking down scripts in an organic way to as to highlight every actors natural strengths. I specialize in comedy, improvisation, shakespeare, clowning, and much more.

About Andrew
Hello, I am an actor, musician, and teacher from Portland Oregon. I am a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and founding member of Los Angeles based performance collective Poor Dog Group. I have taught guitar, bass, ukulele, and voice in Los Angeles for over ten years. I am also a theater teacher and acting coach with over six years of experience. I like to include all aspects of performance in my lessons. My main goal is to instill confidence and sense of experimentation in your artistic practice.
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SABRINA July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Awesome
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Ian M. October 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Awesome instructor! Very personable. Made my son feel at ease.
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Dani September 24, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Andrew is great! He tailors the lessons to my goals and is patient with my learning process. Highly recommended!
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Andrew G.

Andrew G.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
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About Lynn S.

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I have worked professionally on stage, screen and television and would love to share with you some of the wisdom I have acquired from MY WONDERFUL teachers.

About Lynn
I have been studying voice and piano and performing on stage in various capacities since I was a small child, acting professionally on stage, in films and TV for most of my adult life. I've been blessed to study with countless music luminaries in varying genres, from jazz and classical to rock n' roll and blues.

I studied music at the university level both at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. I received my BFA in Jazz Vocal Performance from The New School in 2008. I was given an incredible foundation in ear-training, music theory, composition, arranging and song-writing through these institutions.

My diverse music education and experience means I am able to teach music in many different styles and music of many different genres. I can accompany my students on piano a
nd help them to prepare for auditions. I can teach how to read music, to play classically on the piano, to read jazz charts, or help you figure out parts for a chord progression for a pop or rock song.

My acting training is equally many-faceted and I have an incredibly strong foundation based in the teachings of Sanford Meisner, Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg and Larry Moss. I use the knowledge of these great teachers along with the wisdom I've accumulated from MY mentors over the years in my teaching and coaching.
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Philip June 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Lynn is a fantastic teacher! She effortlessly bridges genres and styles. She is personable, dedicated and inspiring. We are incredibly fortunate to have found her.
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Chris December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lynn is stellar. Her background and training are substantial and impressive. She is prompt, courteous, calm and absolutely wonderful with our daughter (Age 9) who has challenges focusing and staying on task. Lynn is kind, but navigates the lessons confidently, fluidly and with a focused energy. She works with our daughter's playfulness, incorporates humor and positive, encouraging energy into every lesson. Our daughter has shown signs of great improvement with Lynn. Lynn assigns tasks and practicing points each week for our daughter to work on which are balanced and also bring in a component of improvisation, which is SO helpful for kids who have challenges with focusing. Lynn is awesome, highly recommend!
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Jessica December 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lynn is amazing!! Not only do my children love her as a person (they literally wait at the window on Wednesday nights) but she knows how to keep them engaged and interested in learning throughout their lessons. My son has learned to play actual songs in less than 10 lessons. Can't recommend her enough!
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Lynn S.

Lynn S.

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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About Denise P.

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This will be your FAVORITE class! If you want to have your own show, learn how to act natural on camera, be more confident when you give a speech, and develop a rich speaking voice, with this class we will make that happen :) I'm a professional award winning actress with over 25 years of training (yep, since I was a kid!), and I'm here to pass along that training to you. We will first find out what areas are your strengths, and then on eliminating all fears that have held you back from being the best you on stage!

About Denise
Take lessons from a WORKING PERFORMER. Denise has over 15 years experience in public speaking, acting, modeling and dance. Her full time job is WORKING IN THE BUSINESS. She will teach you what you REALLY need to know in order to succeed.

Denise has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is currently available to teach lessons in Hollywood for all classes except dance classes, which are taught at the White Hall Arts Academy. All classes can be taught online as well.

Denise is an award winning professional actress, and is also a hugely successful model. She started her own gogo dancing company from 2005-2011, and has danced for events like EDC, and the World Olympics.

Denise has an extensive training background starting at a very young age in acting, singing, and dancing, and still trains today! In 2006 she received
a degree in acting. As an expert in performing arts, Denise looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Her teaching style is personal and catered to you, making sure you feel confident to go for your dreams! Lessons will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but always in a nurturing safe environment. Work on YOUR goals and get one on one training made for YOU!
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Amber November 30, 2016
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Denise is my favorite teacher of all time. Before studying with her I was super nervous in front of the camera and crowds. She has helped me completely get over that, and even better, I now love being in the spotlight! I'm no longer getting stuck in my head when I'm speaking to the camera, or in front of a crowd. I'm even getting compliments on how strong my voice sounds. What I love most about having Denise as a teacher is that she truly cares, and does more than improve skills. I've learned valuable, unforgettable lessons with her and I can't recommend her enough. She will change your life!
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jacqueline mclaughlin August 1, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Denyc's tutelage has been instrumental in sharpening my vocal execution, breaking through barriers of being nervous and self-conscious and remembering to have fun!

She's optimistic, consistent, confident, thorough, supportive and offers solid suggestions for improvement. I especially appreciate her assigning homework enabling me to master skills and amplify results.

I'm a sincere advocate of Denyc's coaching and look forward to an on-going relationship as this is a process, best curated over time.
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jacqueline mclaughlin August 1, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Denyc's tutelage has been instrumental in sharpening my vocal execution, breaking through barriers of being nervous and self-conscious and remembering to have fun!

She's optimistic, consistent, confident, thorough, supportive and offers solid suggestions for improvement. I especially appreciate her assigning homework enabling me to master skills and amplify results.

I'm a sincere advocate of Denyc's coaching and look forward to an on-going relationship as this is a process, best curated over time.
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Denise P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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"The actor's greatest responsibility is to be believable".
Acting is a talent, but truly believable acting is a skill that you can learn. I can teach you how to give an authentic performance consistently, through in-depth character development, script scoring and breakdown, detailed scene analysis, and focused acting exercises.
I have a degree in Drama Performance from Hofstra University, and have over 25 years of experience teaching acting, theater and improv to students. I've also studied with acting coaches Dennis Reid, Holly Adams, Powerhouse Theater at Vassar with NY Stage & Film, and the New York Film Academy in Paris. I'd love to work with you & help you find the actor within!

About Laura
Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since1994 (classroom teacher since 1990) and have loved helping my students succeed as writers, English speakers, filmmakers, actors, martial artists, and yoga teachers.
I went to Hofstra University and earned a dual degree in Drama and English in 1986, earned my 3rd degree black belt in jujutsu in 2009, my Master's in Education in 1995 from USC, my RYT-200 in Yoga in 2013. I'm a patient teacher with a sense of humor and my teaching style is both detail and goal oriented; I like to challenge my students while making sure they have fun in the process. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Agatha August 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Laura was awesome and so much fun. She gave me a lot of tips to help me with Improv.
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Laura R.

Laura R.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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My MFA is from a top 3 actor training program. I have been coaching actors for over a decade. I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television. I have such a wide variety of techniques at my disposal that I bring whatever technique seems to be best suited to the you and the material you are working on. I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

About James
I have been teaching and coaching for over a decade.

I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television.

I have an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. With my PhD research at the California Institute of Integral Studies (funded by The Esalen Institute) I explored a distinct teaching approach that focuses on cultivating the extraordinary capacities of great actors.

I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

I love the creative process of teaching, and I teach primarily through caring relationship to my students.

We can meet online or in person. I have a huge library of resources to support you with. I also will often record our lessons so you can listen or watch them
multiple times as a way to get maximum value from the work we do.
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Jeffrey May 30, 2017
· Acting · In studio
James Wagner is actually the best teacher of creative work I've ever had in any field, and as a writer/ filmmaker/ musician dude, I have had a lot! His teaching is rigorous, passionate, and results-driven, while remaining flexible and sensitive at the same time. His knowledge of acting and theatre theory is endless. He is always trying to expand the possibilities in his classes, bringing in guest speakers, and facilitating unexpected exercises. He is also an inspiring, warm hearted person. Kate and I started a theatre company with actors we all met in his classes, so that should tell you something. I honestly would not be the same person had I not encountered his generous vision of acting and theatre. You cannot go wrong by having him as a coach or teacher.
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Deborah May 26, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
I met James when I took his class at Berkeley Rep (Eugene O'neill scene studies). I immediately knew he was the kind of Acting coach I'd want to train me, the level of professionalism and high standards is invaluable. During a short trip to LA, I met with James for a 3 hours coaching in which we created a 3 year plan to go from Student actor to working actor this was followed up with some online (Skype) sessions. Next I took another scene study with James at Berkeley Rep in which we workshopped Contemporary plays, James in a kind, professional way was able to push me to the level he knew and expected his students to be. And recently I took an Actor's retreat end of last year, again I left the retreat so inspired and motivated. I can tell you now that I have been in a few Theatre productions, I have and continue to meet the goals we set out for me sooner than what we had mapped out. I couldn't have done it without James vast knowledge of acting and motivation. I highly recommend you study with James!
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Gino May 20, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
I've studied with James in both a workshop context, and one-to-one on-line. Both were very valuable and enjoyable experiences. James is a very skilled actor, a very learned man, and an insightful teacher and director. Each element of his teaching is a different expression of a life that is clearly committed to his art as an actor. I found working with him to provide a deep new view of the playwright we studied (Albee in our case), and a very supportive guide to my personal work as an actor. I can highly recommend him.
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James W.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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$50 / 30-min

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How to Get Into the Top Acting Schools

How to Get Into the Top Acting Schools

Dreaming of attending one of the top acting schools in the US? Check out these tips from online teacher Liz T. to get a head start!    If you are an actor serious about having a career as a performer on the stage or screen, or want to pursue acting from the writing and directing side, it is important that you take the time study your craft and further your education at one of the top acting schools or universities. Getting into an acting conservatory is no easy task; programs a … Read More

How to Get Into the Top Acting Schools
Dreaming of attending one of the top acting schools in the US? Check out these tips from online teacher Liz T. to get a head start!    If you are an actor serious about having a career as a performer on the stage or screen, or want to pursue acting from the writing and directing side, it is important that you take the time study your craft and further your education at one of the top acting schools or universities. Getting into an acting conservatory is no easy task; programs a
Audition Tips: 4 Things You Need Besides Talent
So you've been preparing for an audition for a few months, and the big day has finally come. But even if you have the talent to back up your performance, there are a few things you'll need to remember to get on your potential director's good side. Read on as St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. explains...   Auditions can be the most unpleasant part of being a performing artist. But with great preparation and forethought, they can also be the most valuable and exciting part. Aud
Becoming an Actor with No Experience: Is it Possible?
Dreaming of making it big on screen or on stage, but worried you don't have the right amount of experience? Read on as teacher Matthew H. shares his advice...    While becoming an actor may seem extremely difficult in and of itself, without any experience it may even feel nearly impossible. However, what we often fail to realize is that the process alone of becoming an actor is filled with lessons that add to our overall experience and skill set. In fact, there's actually no such
Introduction to Voice Acting: Books & Resources to Check Out
When it comes to the performing arts, voice acting attracts some of the most fiercely dedicated enthusiasts, despite the relative anonymity compared to acting on stage or on screen. In the old days, radio dramas were the most common inspiration for aspiring voice actors. Today, it’s animation. The key component of voice acting, even more than secrecy and seclusion, is versatility. An in-demand voice actor may be called upon to provide the pipes for a cartoon rabbit in a kid's show on Friday, a
8 Improv Acting Tips to Create the Best Scenes Possible
Interested in learning more about improv? Get started with these improv acting tips from Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T... Improv acting is believed to be one of the most fun types of acting, and although it may not look hard, it is also one of the most difficult forms of acting! It requires constantly being on your toes, because you never know what will happen next in your scene. Many of the actors that have performed on popular shows like Saturday Night Live have studied the craft for many ye

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