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North Hollywood, CA
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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.

About Erin
I am an actor, speech & dialect coach, and acting teacher. I had steady freelance teaching and coaching jobs for 3 years in NYC, as well as steady acting work in NYC and Chicago theatre for 5 years total.

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!
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Tyler May 14, 2018
· Dialect Coaching · In home
I had to learn an Irish dialect for a big audition I was called in for last minute. My friend suggested Erin to help with dialect coaching and audition coaching, and man, I'm so grateful. With Erin's training and expertise, I was able to learn the Irish dialect in an hour and nailed the audition! She has experience with multiple acting and audition techniques...she's able to speak multiple acting "languages". If you're looking for any audition coaching or dialect coaching, I definitely recommend Erin! She knows what she's doing!
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Laura May 14, 2018
· Acting · In home
I have worked with Erin on several occasions, because she is so wonderful at her job! She has helped me to prepare for numerous auditions, many of which have gone very well as a result. She is an incredible actor herself, and she uses her talent and expertise to help me be the best actor I can be. Finding my super objective in a monologue or scene, the different tactics, focus, awareness, groundedness... these are all things she has helped me to do to strengthen my own work. She is down to earth and open, which makes working with her really easy and comfortable. Performing my work in front of somebody else can be very difficult, because I often question what the viewer will think of me. Not only does Erin help me fight that fear, she helps me find the gratitude and joy in getting to perform. I highly recommend Erin as an acting coach! She’s fantastic!
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Erin has coached me numerous times for auditions. I find her to be highly skilled in helping me find the truth in the work. She has a calm, supportive energy. And she's just a great person to be around!
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Erin C.

Erin C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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Glendale, CA
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Performance Prep 30 - In-depth session covering character work and scene analysis on one scene or monologue. You'll receive detailed notes and in-the-moment redirection. Also a great choice for Q&A sessions about the Industry.

Performance Prep 45 - An even deeper dive into character work and scene analysis on one scene or monologue. You'll also have the opportunity to perform your piece several times. You'll receive detailed notes and in-the-moment redirection.

Performance Prep 60 - In-depth session covering character work and scene analysis. You'll receive detailed notes and in-the-moment redirection. Best choice for actors with more than one scene or monologue or who have an upcoming audition.

Give yourself the best chance in the audition room! Let's get you signed up!

About Shon
A professional actor and coach for over 25 years, I am based in Los Angeles and have a B.A. in theatre.

My film, television and theatre roles include Juliet, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth on stage, co-star appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO), "Young & the Restless" (CBS) and "Conan" (TBS), supporting roles in the Marshmello/Bastille Official Music Video "Happier," the feature film "Blood Done Sign My Name," and "Six Letter Word" which screened at Cannes.

My clients have appeared in films, TV shows, plays and commercials.

I'm on IMDb if you'd like more information about my experience!
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Shon W.

Shon W.

Glendale, CA 91202
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$59 / 30-min

About Angela S.

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I constantly challenge my students to dig deep, exploring all the possibilities within the acting process. It is always my goal to promote confidence and self-esteem as well as embrace the uniqueness in all my students. Together we will breathe life into your work.

About Angela
Hi there! My name is Angela and I've been running my own theatre acting programs and classes for over a decade.

As a professional children's theatre director and acting instructor for the camera I have worked with countless students who have gone on to book major commercials, television series, and theatrical productions.

Whether you're looking for basic skill and methods, prepping for college auditions/interviews or ready to take on professional work my teaching style is fun and focused. I look forward to working with you!
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LY September 18, 2018
· Acting · In studio
HIghly recommend! She worked with my kids and they learned alot!
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Dympna January 7, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Miss Angela is a wonderful, resourceful, fun, energetic, experienced, knowledgeable and likable acting teacher.
My two daughters have attended the past 4 years at PAW camp at West LA location where Miss Angela is the Camp Director.
We have recommended the camp to many local friends and families and they too attended and agreed.
Recently my daughters took after school child acting classes and again we are very happy.
I would highly consider and recommend Miss Angela as a acting mentor and positive role model for your children.
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Angela S.

Angela S.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Gabriel B.

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I am an Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor that has performed starring roles on Broadway and International stages around the world. I have appeared as a recurring guest star on FX’s hit show “You’re The Worst” as Dan Parnell. Other TV appearances include ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles on Film and Television. With over 20 years of Acting and Teaching experience, I will provide you with specific tools and techniques that will give you the confidence you need to OWN your auditions and make a lasting impression to Casting Directors, Producers and Agents. LEARN FROM A TEACHER WHO'S BEEN THERE!

About Gabriel
Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the “Trilingual, Triple Threat”, this powerhouse of a performer has also appeared in hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. Most recently, Gabriel starred in his award winning portrayal of Dean Martin in the hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip called “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw Festival
of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus.
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Gavin January 24, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Gabriel is an amazing teacher. He works well based on where the student is. I have been requesting help with my current musical and broadway singing in general, and Gabriel has helped me feel much more confident. The lessons are more than worth it.
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Irina January 10, 2019
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Wonderful teacher, helpful lessons, easy to follow technique.
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Natalie December 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Gabriel is a wonderful instructor. He teaches techniques that will open up the full power of your voice to you, and gives very personalized instruction about where and how you can improve.
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Gabriel B.

Gabriel B.

La Crescenta, CA 91214
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About Donnabella M.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Career guidance, acting technique, audition prep... After a decade in Hollywood, I know a thing or two about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of acting! I've booked over a DOZEN speaking roles on TV and Film (Comedy, Drama, and Improv,) I appear on national commercials yearly, and I've played voices in award-winning audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

A decade 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 specialize in developing well-rounded, confident actors! I'd love to be that person for you! :)

About Donnabella
Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further!

I'm Donnabella, and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with dozens of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have fun every step of the way!

Need help with homework? I started peer tutoring in middle school and have continued to teach ever since! I can help you excel in your academic endeavors. I have worked with dozens of students one on one, as well as group settings!

***Formal Education***
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 GPA
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History

***Acting Background***
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 7 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I've c
ontinued to book ever since! I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

***The Lesson***
Comedy - Sitcom and Single-Cam, Drama, Scene Study, Character Development, Improv, Commercials, Emotional Accessibility, Cold Reading Skills, Audition Technique, On-Camera Work, Physicality

***Specialties***
Developing well-rounded confident actors! :)
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Linda January 28, 2016
· Acting · Online
Donnabella helped me take my career to the next level. I was really afraid to truly commit and make acting my priority. I've finally stopped making excuses, and I've taken back control over my self-sabotaging habits!
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Derrick January 28, 2016
· Acting · Online
Donnabella helps me tremendously with stage fright and confidence. She's amaze-balls.
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Amani January 28, 2016
· Film Acting · In studio
DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business.
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Donnabella M.

Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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Burbank, CA

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We will work technique, as well as get you a few monologues (contrasting) for your auditions. We will disect the monologues, and give you a clear understanding of the emotion needed for each line, each phrase, each word. Everything matters.

About Judi
Hi everyone! I've been teaching in a variety of areas for many years in many different respects. I teach voice lessons, and audition coaching. I've been doing that for a long time! During my "day-job" years, I was an analyst, and I'm especially skilled with Microsoft Excel. And I LOVE teaching people how to make magic on that program. I have done projects that included creating databases, training departments on the use of said databases, taught entire departments at Jet Propulsion Laboratory how to migrate to Microsoft Outlook from (the archaic) Eudora.

My musical talents run parallel with my affinity for numbers. In my life, it has manifested in music composition, arranging, and musical direction. And, of course, PERFORMANCE! I've performed in and around the Los Angeles area for many years. I own a professional Christmas Caroling co
mpany that I direct and sing in as well. So I'm a performer, and a small business owner! So come see what I can offer!
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Carol P. January 5, 2019
· Microsoft Excel · In studio
Very helpful. Informative with little tricks of the trade. Thank you for all your help!
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Neal S. July 12, 2018
· Bodhran · In studio
Judi is very supportive and encouraging. She genuinely enjoys teaching. The best thing you can say about any instructor is that they take pleasure in the progress of their students. This is definitely true of Judi.
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Gabrielle June 13, 2016
· Microsoft Excel · Online
I thought I was pretty good at excel! Well, Judi was able to show me that I was only using 10% of my Excel brain. I had NO idea what I could do with Excel to make my life easier until I learned from Judi. I'm sure I will be using her again! Thanks!!!
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Judi D.

Judi D.

Burbank, CA 91506
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$55 / 30-min

About Cesar H.

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Tarzana, CA
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I am an experienced actor and have professional experience reading, auditioning and on set. I'm easy going and lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

About Cesar
Cesar has been teaching private lessons since 2015 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his home, and online. Cesar has helped students find their self-worth, purpose in life, get rid of fear that may be holding them back and how to have a "go-getter" attitude.

Cesar received his training at Udemy Academy in 2017 where he received a certification in life coaching. As an expert in his field, Cesar looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
Cesar is extremely passionate about encouraging you to be aware and opened minded. He is very knowledgeable and enjoys sharing that with others.
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James December 27, 2018
· Life Coaching · In studio
Cesar welcomed me into his home and immediately had me more aware than I’ve ever been. He’s awesome! Making this a priority.
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Mario G. December 26, 2018
· Life Coaching · In home
One of the best things I could have done for myself. Thank you for being so kind. Appreciate it.
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Levi December 26, 2018
· Life Coaching · In home
C is the real deal. Knows what he’s talking about as he’s applying his own practice to his own life. Definitely applying what he’s recommended. New year is around the corner and I’m more ready than ever. Thank you!
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Cesar H.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Lynn B.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I have 30 years experience as both an actor, acting teacher and writer in Los Angeles and Michigan. I studied The Method at Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles and was a member of a theater group in North Hollywood for 20 years, acting, directing and writing before teaching actors in Michigan for then years. I specialize in relaxation, focus, breaking down a character and scene, working with actors of all levels on audition pieces as well as roles they are currently performing.

About Lynn
After studying at Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles and acting in dozens of plays, writing and producing for theater and then various production companies such as Fox Television, and Saban Entertainment, I founded the Actor’s Workout in 2000, where I have worked with hundreds of actors of all levels. Now with classes in Orange County, I am bringing The Actor’s Workout approach to actors wanting to develop their acting skills through private sessions perfect for audition preparation as well as character development of overall role. There's nothing like one on one to answer your acting questions and build confidence to put yourself out there.
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Lynn B.

Lynn B.

Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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North Hollywood, CA
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My speciality is Shakespeare. I have been performing, directing, and teaching his work professionally for almost twenty years. I enjoy nothing more. Our work together will include an in-depth look at the text (meaning, structure, verse, etc) and what you as a performer uniquely bring to it (interpretation, voice, speech, physicality, etc). A single lesson will improve your technique. My training is an excellent way to prepare for a role professionally, to prepare audition monologues (either for schools or productions), or to consistently develop your craft.

As an artist, I believe deeply in craft. There are techniques and practices that will make you a better actor, whether inspiration strikes or not.

I’ve worked professionally at theatres including: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Denver Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

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About Charles
Hello! My name is Charles Pasternak. I’m an acting teacher that specializes in Shakespeare. I can help you prepare for a part, work on audition monologues, and develop your craft. Your technique will improve after a single lesson.

I’m also a professional actor and director. The work we will do will be practical and applicable.
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Charles P.

Charles P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$60 / 30-min

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Learn the techniques that I learned at THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL. I have worked on screen with Mathew Mcconaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michael Shannon, Amy Schumer, Zooey Dechanel, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Bell, etc. I’ve originated numerous roles in Obie and Lortell award winning and Pulitzer nominated Off-Broadway plays under some of the best directors including TONY award winner, David Cromer. Since 2012 I’ve had the great pleasure of coaching and teaching actors of all levels. This is training for people serious about taking their acting to the next level. Whether you’re starting out and looking to establish a sturdy base of the correct fundamentals, or you’re looking to explore every crevice of a scene for that screen test, these tools will help you unearth the truth of every moment that you portray.

About Robert
I am a professional actor working in stage, film, and tv. I received my BFA in drama from The Juilliard School in NYC.

In acting we seek out a very simple thing that is shrouded in an utterly complex set of circumstances, a moment of truth. My students develop a toolbox of classical training techniques; from scene study to voice and speech, which we work on putting into practice with practical grounding mental insights that come from years of experience employing this training in the acting industry.

I have originated roles in numerous plays Off-Broadway and performed on stages from Los Angeles to London, working with award winning writers such as Ethan Cohen, Adam Rapp, Brandon Jacob Jenkins, and directors such as TONY award winner David Cromer. While acting alongside the likes of Helen Hunt, Michael Shannon, Michael Mckean, Shirl
ey Knight. I've appeared in guest star roles on True Detective, Inside Amy Schumer, ER, The Path, Law and Order, and played a recurring guest star role on Turn: Washington's Spies on AMC.

I love the art of storytelling, one of our oldest human traditions. I love the excavation of a piece, finding it's spine, and the delicate elegance of bringing it to life. I hope to share that love of the art form with you.
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Robert B.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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