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About Crystal S.

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A graduate of London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Crystal brings the UK's mastery of the skills needed to enact Shakespeare's works.

About Crystal
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.

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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.

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Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
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!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
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Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s 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 “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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About Kyle .

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While acting is a magnificent art, it is also a labyrinth of techniques and ideologies. Throughout time there have been many disagreements about the best way to approach the teaching of acting, but I believe that no matter which way you enter the maze, we are all moving towards the same goal; that is to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances. The craft of acting can falter into a personal nature, however there are common terms and tools that can be learned to aid in achieving the universal goal that is set in front of us. I therefore am bound to teach and specify the rudimentary tools that I have come to consider profoundly vital to the integrity of any serious actor, many of which are drastically overlooked by most.

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

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

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

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

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Shakespeare, Acting for Stage and Screen, Acting in Musical Theatre, Reel/ Headshot/ Resume Production, Directing, Building an Acting Career, Auditions
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sydney June 22, 2018
· Acting · In studio
love him alreadya after one lesson. doesnt just care about the physicality and statistics of acting, but the emotion and history of it
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Kendall April 11, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Kyle truly cares about helping his students achieve their personal best and strive for excellence. He is knowledgable in his field and gives practical applications that help make concepts more clear to the actor. Working with him helped me to gain confidence in my acting as well as push me to work towards bettering my craft.
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Aszkara April 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Professor Schnack is extremely knowledgable about theatre, and his passion for it is infectious. He values hard work, and he will push you to be excellent. He cares about you and wants you to be great. As long as you are willing to work, he will use his knowledge and skill to make you successful.
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About Rebecca K.

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I am very knowledgeable about the theater and musical theater cannon. The most significant point in my lessons are to help students find Monologues, Scenes and Songs that they can use in auditions or in other performance opportunities. I work with a student, online or in-person to get to know them and find material that fits and excites them. I have six years of teaching experience with children and five with adults. I love helping students discover material they love. When you love your material you are doing, it makes all the difference. I find that as an actor myself I do my best when I love a monologue or song I am doing, so I want to bring that joy to others!

About Rebecca
I am a professional actor in the city of Chicago. I have lived here my whole life and have a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul. I love to perform in all types of theater, from plays to Musical Theatre to Shakespeare. Theater excites me and I love to teach because it is such a rewarding feeling to collaborate with a student and help them discover what works for them.

I have been teaching for the past 6 years, working with kids between the ages of 3.5-14, as well adults of all ages. I have taught at multiple children's theater companies as well as taken private students. My specialty is helping students find material for auditions and other performance opportunities. I have a vast knowledge of the theater cannon and love to search for monologues, scenes and songs that fit a student. I feel it is important to love the work
you do, and I love to assist students in making those discoveries; making them feel confident and ready for auditions! Students can expect to grow immensely and feel continuously comfortable with material that makes them passionate and ready to take on the world!

Currently, I am in Nashville instead of Chicago for a musical. As of now, I can only do online lessons, but could do in person lessons in Nashville. I will be back to in-person Chicago auditions in October.

When I am not acting or teaching, I can be found cooking, reading, doing yoga, and traveling. I think a vital part of acting is also finding ways to relax and enjoy everything around you!
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Rebecca K.

Rebecca K.

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About Becca B.

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New York, NY
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Walking into an audition room can be intimidating-- but it doesn't have to be! I have learned to love auditioning for stage and screen by uncovering discoveries in the text, embracing spontaneity in the room, and giving myself permission to breathe (it's a lot of breathing). I can't wait to help you find the same tools and help you gain the confidence to kill it every time. Auditioning is really just another chance to perform, after all!

About Becca
I grew up in Idaho, but these days I'm thrilled to have an extensive stage career as an actor in primarily Shakespeare and new work, working off-Broadway and in major regional theatres like the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I'm a proud member of Actor's Equity, and a represented client of a top NYC agent-- both achievements I received right out of college after booking a major regional show.

Like many of my students, I grew up in a small town (mine was in Idaho) before the acting bug bit. I learned to love auditioning early, earning acceptance into Interlochen Arts Academy, the top high school performing arts boarding school in the country at age 15. After thriving there, I was accepted into a handful of top college theatre programs, ultimately choosing to study at Fordham University in New York City, where I graduated summa cum laude. S
ince then, I haven't stopped auditioning!

Now that you know I know a thing or two, here's how you'll know I'm a good fit for you:
-- You're interested in feeling more confident in auditions or onstage.
-- You're willing to take chances with me in a safe, caring environment.
-- You want a partner who will invest in your progress.
-- You're open to learning from me, and allowing me to learn from you.
-- You're trying to figure out where you fit as an actor.
-- You're ready to be surprised by yourself!
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Bryce January 10, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In home
Becca is the bomb! I've done a couple of Shakespeare plays, but she taught me a lot about the text and the history of the play that I didn't know. She helped me create a subtext to the whole monologue, so I always had actions to take even without a scene partner there. I want to do a Falstaff monologue soon, and I definitely want her to help me with that, too.
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Jason January 10, 2018
· Theater Acting · In home
Becca was great! Not only did she help with my pieces, she also spotted and corrected tension I carried in my jaw haha! After working with her, I felt more centered, grounded, and ready for my audition. Will definitely go to her again for the next round!
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Camille January 10, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Becca was AWESOME! From the moment we met, I felt really comfortable with her, which is obviously really important for acting. I had a monologue I was working on, and Becca helped me get out of a rut with it. I felt super confident going to my audition afterwards, and like I had a lot of things I could take with me from the lesson to my next audition.
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About Angela M.

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Burbank, CA

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Based in Los Angeles. I am an actress, writer, and voice over artist, known for a memorable Guest Spot on Modern Family, my recurring role as Nurse Sylvie on Life in Pieces, as well as being nominated for a Vision Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her Series Regular gig on the show Unacceptable Behavior. I was nominated with Oscar nominated Monique and the View's Sheryl Underwood You can also hear my voice in her recurring role on The Loud House on Nickelodeon. I have also had guest spots on other popular shows on NBC and The Disney Channel.

If you want to just read scenes and play around I am up for it! If you want to improvise, I am well versed in improv and sketch. I can help beginning youngsters learn the ins and outs of acting, as I used to teach acting in elementary schools. And if you are an adult needing coaching for auditions, especially for any comedy scenes, I can offer that as well. I can also give advice to newbies on the business of acting in Los Angeles.

About Angela
Based in Los Angeles. I am an actress, writer, and voice over artist, known for a memorable Guest Spot on Modern Family, my recurring role as Nurse Sylvie on Life in Pieces, as well as being nominated for a Vision Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her Series Regular gig on the show Unacceptable Behavior. I was nominated with Oscar nominated Monique and the View's Sheryl Underwood You can also hear my voice in her recurring role on The Loud House on Nickelodeon. I have also had guest spots on other popular shows on NBC and The Disney Channel.

If you want to just read scenes and play around I am up for it! If you want to improvise, I am well versed in improv and sketch. I can help beginning youngsters learn the ins and outs of acting, as I used to teach acting in elementary schools. And if you are an adult needing coaching fo
r auditions, especially for any comedy scenes, I can offer that as well. I can also give advice to newbies on the business of acting in Los Angeles.

Because I am a working actress in Los Angeles, my availability could change the day before our appointment time. I will always confirm the evening before. So please message me before you book a time. Or if you would like to make special requests on times not on my availability list, I may be able to accommodate you.
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Christina May 24, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
Angela is a real pro who knows her craft and has the patience and kindness to share it! She can quickly help you break down a scene, character, script and her comedic timing is impeccable. If you just need someone to bounce ideas off of and read lines, she's a great scene partner. We first met online but have since worked together in person, she also happens to be the sweetest person, truly honest and I now consider her a friend. Trust her and you'll be a better actor for it.
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About Nicole W.

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I have a great deal of passion and knowledge for the works of the great William Shakespeare! I can help you break down his text, and really dive deeply into your role. It's not as scary or as intimidating as it seems. I will give you the skills you need to be "fluent" in Shakespeare in no time!

A little about me: I'm a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and have been acting professionally in theatre across the country for over 12 years. I graduated with my BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, have trained in improvisation with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and am a graduate of the Acting Intensive Program at the Regional Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory.

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Passionate about acting for the theatre? Me too! Looking for individual coaching for an upcoming audition? I can help you prepare your material whether it be monologues, or sides for a specific role. You'll go into your audition feeling confident, prepared and ready to take on the part!

Or do you need specialized focus on a role you've already booked? We'll dive deep into the text and really work through your dialogue, character background and your motivation in order to bring out your best performance possible.

A little about me: I'm a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and have been acting professionally in theatre across the country for over 12 years. I graduated with my BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, have trained in improvisation with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and am
a graduate of the Acting Intensive Program at the Regional Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory.

I look forward to meeting you, and am excited to work together!
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Nicole W.

Nicole W.

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About Jennifer L.

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I am a graduate of SMU’s theatre program with my BFA, with specialization in both Acting and Directing. Along with Acting, Directing, Voice, and Singing - I have taken courses in Text Analysis, Theatre history, Movement, Viewpoints training, Fitzmaurice training, Shakespeare, and many other specialized areas. I love working with actors on their pieces and honing their skills. With my background in directing, I am able to work with actors on shaping pieces and preparing for auditions. I am able to help select plays and texts to work on, how to cut the monologues, and how to shape the final product. I look forward to working with you!

About Jennifer
I am a graduate of SMU’s theatre program with my BFA, with specialization in both Acting and Directing. Along with Acting, Directing, Voice, and Singing - I have taken courses in Text Analysis, Theatre history, Movement, Viewpoints training, Fitzmaurice training, Shakespeare, and many other specialized areas. I love working with actors on their pieces and honing their skills. With my background in directing, I am able to work with actors on shaping pieces and preparing for auditions. I am able to help select plays and texts to work on, how to cut the monologues, and how to shape the final product. I look forward to working with you!
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Jennifer L.

Jennifer L.

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About Staci M.

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A plethora of experience in a wide variety of theatrical and acting styles, both as a performer and as a director. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of each student. Services range from creating an audition package, assistance with public speaking, vocal techniques for the actor, singing for the actor, acting for musical theatre, and script analysis. I received my BA in Acting from the University of Colorado in 2018, graduating with honors, and completed an internship with the prestigious Public Theater in NYC this past spring. Now, let's get you that dream role!

About Staci
Staci is an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate actor and has been performing and directing for the past 10 years. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado in 2018, graduating with highest distinction. She also studied Musical Theater on scholarship at Western Wyoming Community College for two years. Staci specializes in teaching for the stage in all forms: clown, improv, auditioning skills/techniques, voice for the actor, singing for the actor, and acting for musical theatre. She approaches acting in an organic way, finding humanity on stage.

During her time at the University of Colorado and Western Wyoming, Staci had the opportunity to work with world-renowned companies and artists such as 600 Highwaymen (NYC), Manual Cinema (Chicago), Jay O Sanders, Maryann Plunkett (Tony Award Winner), Faith Prince (Tony Awa
rd Winner), Allison Janney (Academy Award Winner), Jay Duckworth (Props – The Public Theatre), Jeffrey Horowitz (Founder – Theatre for a New Audience), Patrick Russell (American Conservatory Theatre), Carol Mendes (Carol Mendes Dance Company, Brazil), among many others.

In the past decade, Staci has studied a variety of theatre concepts, ranging from styles such as classical acting and musical theatre to devised theatre and clown. She has worked on numerous prestigious productions, including the PPAC Award-winning Cabaret directed by Dr. Kevin Landis, and directing the Samuel Beckett work Waiting for Godot.

Staci completed a Production Management internship with the Public Theatre in New York City in 2018 for the Under the Radar Festival. During this time, she worked closely with many productions, including After (Andrew Schneider), Margarete (Janek Turkowski), Re-Member Me (Dickie Beau), The Gates (Adam Gopnik), How to be a Rock Critic (Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen), Antiginon (Teatro El Publico – Cuba), We’re Only Alive for a Short Time (David Cale), Parable of the Sower (Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon), and Choir Choir Choir (Choir Choir Choir with David Byrne).

Staci was honored to receive a nomination in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF Region 7) Irene Ryan competition for her role of Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. She also competed twice in the Irene Ryan competition as a partner. Additionally, she has previously consulted on the musical theatre text "How to Succeed in Musical Theatre Without Really Trying" by Professor Chris Will.
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About Halli G.

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San Jose, CA
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Halli has been working the past 5 years coaching students after graduating with her BFA in Acting from Southern oregon University, a program well known for it’s connection to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Halli teaches and directs with the San Carlos Children’s Theater, and works with various other theaters as well. Thus far, Halli’s students who have taken private audition coaching with her have a 100% success rate of receiving a call back! Halli specializes in: audition prep (including college auditions), improvisation, and Shakespeare.

Halli has been background checked and fingerprinted through the state of California.

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Hello! I can’t wait to help you get that next big role! I’m here to help give you as many tools as possible to be as successful as you can. I can’t wait to chat with you more!
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Average Cost of Shakespearean Acting Lessons in San Jose, CA

The average cost of 60-minute shakespearean acting lessons in San Jose is $75. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $75 and $75 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute shakespearean acting lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 30-minute shakespearean acting lessons are 47% less expensive at $40.

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