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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.
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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.
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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.
· Piano · In studio
· Broadway Singing · In studio
· Vocal Training · In studio
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
Whether you’re new to performing entirely or you’re continuing the work, I can help you build a toolbox that you can apply to every character.
And if you’re highly experienced and just need some audition prep, I can help with that too! I have been coaching fellow professionals for their auditions for several years.
If you purchase ongoing lessons, we will mainly work with monologues so that I can see and hear everything you’re doing, but if you have some experience, we can also work on scenes together.
We will identify habits of speech and behavior that may be getting in your way, and I will work with you to minimize or change them.
We will also look at how to analyze a scene to get the most playable action out of it and make it most fun to work on.
I moved to LA from Cambridge, MA, where I earned my Master's in Acting from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard. I am certified in unarmed stage combat as well.
I have coached privately and for theatre productions ranging from world-premieres to revivals of Pinter plays to musicals. I love working with actors of all experience levels!
· Dialect Coaching · In home
· Acting · In home
Take a monologue or scene from "acting" to acting! John will help you find a personal entry point into the character, build a natural path of action, find places to introduce variety, and give you the benefit of well-communicated feedback. We will score the text, find ways to fully engage your instrument, and tell the clearest story possible.
There are dozens of variables that go into preparing for a role, an audition, a performance, or a public presentation of any kind - voice, demeanor, point of view, "what do I do with my hands", "what do they want", etc.
Likewise, everyone has been told a different way to approach each aspect mentioned above - Chubbuk, Stanislavski, Fitzmaurice, Linklater, "The Method", Meisner, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Alexander - it can be absolutely overwhelming.
John will meet you where you are, from his specialized background of interdisciplinary work. A recent graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, John received a master's degree in acting, with a special emphasis in learning different approaches and integrating them into one coherent, perso
Having studied multiple training practices in voice and speech, musical theatre*, physical and psychological acting, and acting for mediums as varied as devised theatre, film, television, audiobook, and motion-capture, John has accumulated many tools with which he can help you clear the weeds of your pieces of material - and your own mind, too.
The work you've already done is good work! John is excited and passionate about helping you to celebrate both the skills you already possess and the new ones you've dedicated yourself to learning.
John is particularly passionate about working with students new to the field of acting, or students looking to apply the tools learned in acting study to their life outside the stage - business presentations, political candidacy and office, award presentations, etc.
· Acting · In studio
· Acting · In studio
Learn how to bring YOU to the role. Everything you need to "create a character" lies within yourself, and I'd love to help you uncover that.
While at Elon I worked as a teacher's assistant for two years where I specialized in and began instructing the Meisner technique.
Duties as a teacher's assistant: coaching in-class work (repetitions, activities, monologues, and scenes), providing private coaching for students with whatever they needed assistance in, grading and reviewing students.
While at Elon University I also trained in Stanislavsky, Acting for the Camera, Shakespeare, Improv, and Voice (Skinner technique, Fitzmaurice) and Movement (Laban and Alexander techniques, BMC [Body-Mind Centering], and Yoga).
I've studied abroad in Arezzo, Italy, where I studied Commedia dell'Arte and Physical Theatre, and I've also studied under actress Marilyn
I will need the actor to prepare an audition for me to adjust the lessons to the need of the actor.
I have directed a few shows and help actors prepare for auditions successfully.
My most recent training consist of freeing the actor combining tremmoring, Uta Hagen and creating a personal way of gaining confidence to perform.
Please feel free to contact TakeLessons for any questions you may have or if you have specific areas you would like to work on (voice, scene study, cold reading, etc)
· Spanish · In studio
Career guidance, acting technique, audition prep... After 8 years in Hollywood, I know a thing or two about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of acting! Last year, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 6 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader.
8 years ago, I wish I had had someone to help me fill in the missing pieces.
What more can I do? What should I do differently?
I'd love to be that person for you!
I'm Donnabella M., and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level!
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 7 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader.
Besides helping you with your acting skills and audition prep, I can help you answer questions like:
-How can I book my first TV credits?
-How can I clean up my resumes & profiles to sell "me" the best?
-Set up actor submission websites/profiles/resumes
· Acting · Online
· Acting · Online
· Film Acting · In studio
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Hello, my name is Bernadette Sayre and I am recently graduated from a very rigorous 3 year Master of Fine Arts in Acting program. I specialize in Film Acting, however, if you check out my profile, listed under my "About Me" you will see I have listed children's filmmaking camps I have worked for, along with internship at production companies.
I have extensive knowledge in resume formatting, head shot formatting, demo reel formatting, how to properly audition for both film and theatre, how to properly self-tape from home, tricks for memorization, monologue preparation, character analyzation, etc.
I personally enjoy deriving my technique with a mixture of improvisation and Uta Hagen's theories on acting. I was also trained in Meisner and if a student requests it we can certainly work on some of his exercises as well.
Everything I have learned has been through my masters program, reading and researching for years, self-educating, attending numerous industry events, ...
In 2012, I taught an acting/filmmaking class at Prude Ranch Summer Camp in Fort Davis, Texas. In 2013, I taught at a very prestigious filmmaking camp at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. I taught the children everything from producing, script writing, acting, camera operating, sound mixing, editing with Final Cut Pro X software, and I was their assistant teacher for their Animation camp as well.
I have interned for three production companies; Mirandum Pictures in Front Royal, Virginia, Michael Copon Studios in Norfolk, Virginia and at Parroco Producti
I have extensive amount of training in film acting. Film acting is my sweet spot, however, aside from it I am trained in improv, stand up, theatre, teleprompter work, hosting, commercials, print modeling, sketch comedy, stage combat, etc.
My teaching style is simple, I will treat each student as an individual. No one person is the same, so therefore, I will hone in on what your goals and expectations are. I will help you achieve those goals and we will find an acting method that best suits you. There are so many different ways to approach auditioning, for example. The most important thing, I feel, is to find what works best for you, expound on that and always work towards bringing your authentic self to the table. That is what will ultimately enrichen your acting career the most and your personal life as well. Acting is one of those tools that you can incorporate into just about anything. I love it and I love what I do so, thank you for checking out my page and I hope to hear from you!
· Child Acting · Online
· Improv Acting · Online
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Are you struggling to break through? Are you missing the passion and flow of your artistry? Do you want to gain the confidence and "it" factor that'll blow audiences away? My coaching may be your key.
As an working actress in the TV and film industry for over ten years, one thing is clear to me: our talent and work can only go as far as our we are willing to go within ourselves. I have learned how consciously approaching each and every role can further our growth as humans, collaborators, and artists!
I will use by ability to see your subconscious blocks and unique gifts to create magic in your acting. Whether you need help breaking down an audition, creating the character, or feeling good in your skin... I WANT TO HELP!
My goal is to get you working in a happy and healthy way and inspire you to explore the depths of yourself and the world around you.
I grew up in Arizona, performing in every theater production I could find. In my teen years, modeling with Ford Agency connected me to my first TV gig. That little production got me connected with my first acting agent in Los Angeles and I moved out to pursue my dreams at age 17.
As soon as I turned 18, I booked the LEAD in a Nickelodeon pilot. The show was not picked up, and thank goodness, because I was not ready for stardom!
Through the years, I have worked on single and multi cam comedy, drama, procedurals, indie film, and many more. Now if that sentence means nothing to you... don't worry! I can teach you all about it in
I have trained in Meisner Technique, Method acting, Cold Reading, Scene Study, Audition Technique, Improv, Sitcom technique, Sense memory, and the list goes on. I have had television roles on the CW, CBS, ABC, Freeform, TNT, HBO, and FOX! And with all of that said, the most valuable work I have ever done, is the work I did on myself.
The industry in Los Angeles has tested every one of my insecurities, abilities, and beliefs. And with every test, I have come out the other side with newfound strength, determination, and inspiration! Coaching actors is a skill I enjoy, and seeing my students succeed with JOY, CONFIDENCE, and PASSION brings immeasurable value to my own career. I believe in creating in community and have hosted an acting group for years now. One of which is filled with actors you can see on your TV and movie screens today! Teamwork makes the dream work and I am on your team, from the very moment we meet.
At the end of the day, humans just want to create beautiful art that impacts the world and I want to help you do just that. I want to guide you into living an even more abundant life, full of purpose and joy.
· Film and TV Acting · In home
· Film and TV Acting ·
· Acting · In studio
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I have over ten years of both stage and screen acting experience, but also work as a writer. I have written and directed a feature film, and authored two produced plays and a musical. When working on material, I have a unique advantage over a lot of acting teachers: I fully understand the writing process. Many teachers over-analyze text and put too much importance on what seems to be randomly selected words and ideas. When I work, I just ask a few simple questions. From there, I shape a performance from discovery.
I mostly work with kids and teens, but if you're an adult who is just beginning, that's great too! I specialize in college auditions, both for musical theatre and straight acting, as well as Classical Theatre, such as Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Greek Theatre.
I am all about staying relaxed and having a good time. I feel that the work comes easiest and produces the best results that way. If it sounds like I'm your kind of coach, feel free to send me a message!
My second career as a writer lends me a unique perspective in developing a performance: I understand the writing process. When it comes to script analysis, we can work smart, not hard. By asking a few simple questions about what the writer's intentions were when crafting a character and a scene, we can lay down a baseline and discover moments from there. I don't believe you need pages and pages of script analysis to make a performa
I'd love to help you refine your material, whether it be for an audition or just to hone your craft. If you're in need of a college audition coach, I am very well-versed in that area. I know how hard and confusing it can be, and I'm here to help! I mostly work with kids and teens, but if you're an adult who is just starting out, that's great too! Come one, come all.
I love to work in a relaxed environment with no pressure. Acting can sometimes get intense, but I always reign it in so nothing gets out of control. I believe that people do their best work when they're comfortable, open, and not scared of judgement. I assure you that I can provide an environment that will foster all of those elements.
Feel free to send me a message and ask me any questions you may have!
I have over 10 years of professional experience as an Actress, Director and Content Creator in Los Angeles. When you work in studios and on set you learn quickly the skills you need to create longevity and strong work ethic both on camera and off.
So Welcome! You have fully taken the first step to truly begin the exploration of empathy and the storyteller connection. Here your creative inner child is harnessed through story. Weather you are a beginner or have some skills, I will guide you into developing a deeper understanding of story as well as give you foundational skills to connect your mind and spirit to the character through a healthy balance of mentality and acting homework. Through our time together, it is my goal to get you and your skills up to competing in major markets as a competitive storyteller or with your self in whatever art form, self expression you seek more authenticity in! If you are ready to travel your hero's journey, send me a message! I look ...
I have studied with some of LA's premier studios and have a well rounded set of skills that work for both auditions and character.
Whatever your needs maybe I can help you cultivate your authentic self and skills. As storytellers we are most times very sensitive and a large component to our success is the real confidence to harness our own specific skill sets to book the room and more so the job!
I have found through teaching most of our limitations are actually our super powers! The moment we surrender to ourselves is the moment we fly. it is my objective to get you off the page and confidently living the life of the character through your own authentic
· Film Acting · In studio
· · In studio
· Acting · In studio
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She was so attentive to ALL her students, no matter your level. She always found time to work with you in whatever you were struggling with. She really truly cared about us. It was unlike anything I'd experienced with any other teacher I'd have ever. At one point, I was victim to some intimidation from another student in my class. Alex was the first person I confided in and she guided me through what I should do and how I should handle it, she was completely there for me, even allowing me to call her past 10pm to calm me down after one particularly bad encounter with said student.
Her lessons are prepared, structured and completely engaging. Somehow she is able to detect exactly what you personally need to work on and makes sure you are offered the most appropriate advice that best suits your personal needs. I can't even quite express how much I have learnt from her in the short four months that she was my teacher. She has exposed me to so many different techniques and exercises which, through her guidance, afforded me the opportunity to choose what worked for me.
If there is one thing that you cannot deny about Alex, she genuinely cares about her students, sometime to the detriment of her own life. She is an extraordinary teacher and an even more exceptional woman.
As cliche as this is, she inspires me to not only be a better actor, but to just be a better person."
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