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About Patricia M.

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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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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.
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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 Celina S.

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This is time for us to focus on how to develop yourself as an actor! I will work on monologue audition pieces with you and scene work. Let's discover new things in pieces you already have! I am very thorough and love to explore pieces with an open mind. I can help with basic acting techniques as well as audition prep.

I am also certified in stage combat as well. I have been certified in over seven proficient weapons. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know.

In these lessons, we will have a productive and interactive warm up. As soon as you feel ready we will tackle your project. I will teach you beats, arcs, break downs, and make sure that you know and can react to what is happening in your piece. You will have an amazing time and I promise that you will go away with a little more insight than you had when you came in.

About Celina
Hello! My name is Celina. I am so excited for what the future has in store for us and I hope that I can help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Before we begin, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I have recently graduated AMDA The College and Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in the Performing Arts. Currently, I am working on a second degree with focuses in Business and Sociology. In High School, I started taking College and University Courses by Sophomore year. By the time I had graduated, I had tested in and passed over 10 courses for college credit. This list included: English Language, English Literature, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, AB Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. I graduated with Honors in both high school and college. College was dev
oted to the Performing Arts side of me. I accelerated in my program and graduated with my BFA in two and a half years, whilst studying in both Los Angeles and New York City.

I have over twelve years of experience playing the flute, as well as over six tutoring my peers and younger students in academia. I spent these six years primarily helping people with what they needed help with. My prior experience was both volunteer and me being…well, me! I also have over twelve years of experience as a nanny and childcare provider. I love working with children and find that one of the most fulfilling things to see in life is seeing a child’s passion increase ten-fold as they learn more about something that intrigues them. I adore sharing knowledge and I feel that helping others reach and attain their goals has helped me to learn more about myself and what I must do to reach my own. I have dedicated my young life to immersing myself in the arts and pursuing knowledge. I feel like I can help you learn in fun and amazing ways that you have never thought of before. :)

Lessons (in the pupil’s desired focus) will begin with a small look at how each student operates. Everyone learns differently! Lessons will then expand into fun and in depth sessions as I help each student find what exactly it is that intrigues them most. This will be accompanied by ironing out the wrinkles of the more complicated things. Lessons will always end with a laugh and a smile!

No matter what it is you decide to tackle, you can learn it. There is absolutely nothing that you can't learn. I'm here to help you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons in each of my specialties will be run a little differently. Here are the general breakdowns for lessons that I will run:

Flute Lessons: In these lessons, we will begin with a warm up and then a review of what has been learned in the previous lesson or more of the fundamentals that may have not been learned yet. After this segment, we will continue to push forward with correct technique and musicianship. The end of the lesson will be devoted to giving things to work on as well as something fun that will be learned before you are dismissed.

Academic Lessons: In these lessons, we will recap what we have talked about before as well as explore what I have most recently given the student. We will then meticulously go through the lesson to make sure that you comfortably understand. To conclude, we will make sure that all questions are answered as well as make a plan of action for the next lesson.

Acting Lessons: In these lessons, we will have a productive and interactive warm up. As soon as you feel ready we will tackle your project. I will teach you beats, arcs, break downs, and make sure that you know and can react to what is happening in your piece. You will have an amazing time and I promise that you will go away with a little more insight than you had when you came in.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The only lesson type that requires any equipment is the Flute lesson. I will bring a music stand, my own personal flute to help the student mimic things that I will show him/her, as well as the books that I will help train him/her with (if you have your own personal books you would like to use, we can use those as well). I still do expect the student to have his/her own flute. For all other lessons, no travel equipment is necessary. We are going to have a blast!

*** Specialties ***
My upmost specialty in teaching is Flute. I train beginner and intermediate students how to play, read music, create musicality, and help prep them for competitions, recitals, and other performances. I have personally been playing the flute for over 12 years.

My next specialty is helping tutor and teach academic subjects. I will help mentor you or your child to get better grades in school in the subjects mentioned above. I help teach beginner and intermediate students.

My last specialty is helping coach acting. I have received my BFA in Performing Arts and love acting and theater. I specialize in helping beginner and intermediate students prep for auditions and learn about the art of theater itself. I will help with techniques as well as personal coaching.
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Celina S.

Celina S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$35 / 30-min

About Drea C.

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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
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Drea C.

Drea C.

Glendale, CA 91201
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About Erin R.

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Van Nuys, CA

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I love collaborating with students that have something specific to work on. This might include preparing for an audition, rehearsing your lines, creating and exploring a character, etc.

About Erin
Erin has booked roles in Film, TV, and New Media. She has worked on stage in Chicago, Houston, and New York, including a world premiere production at FringeNYC. Her approach to acting is based on the techniques of Stella Adler, Michael Chekhov, and Konstantin Stanislavski. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University.
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Nina June 19, 2017
· Acting · In home
Erin taught my first ever acting lesson. My goal was to feel more confident speaking in a group and leading a group. She taught me a variety of exercises to become more comfortable and have more fun. Erin is a patient, thorough instructor and I have since used her suggestions. Erin would be an excellent instructor for children adults, as she has an ability to listen and get to the root of her client's needs.
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Rebekah June 16, 2017
· Acting · In home
Erin gave me some real insights into acting. I improved my projection and breathing. We discussed different acting techniques, including Michael Chekhov's philosophy, which was totally new to me. I highly recommend Erin!
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Erin R.

Erin R.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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About Judi D.

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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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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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Hillz June 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I hadn't had a voice lesson in more than 15 years, but in one session Judi got me prepped for an audition by helping me to determine range, song selection & presentation. Who says you can't circle back on a dream? Judi gave me the confidence to do just that.
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Judi D.

Judi D.

Burbank, CA 91505
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About Stephen G.

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Stephen enjoys helping actors go from average to engaging, with the experience to prepare an actor for a casting director's office or a TV or movie set.

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I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
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David October 7, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
While he isn't available very much, I always try to coach with Stephen for challenging projects. He always has good ideas for how to make my scenes more interesting or funny.
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Allison September 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Stephen is the best! He was able to turn sides I had for a short four line audition for an episodic into a taped audition that booked me the job. I try to book him for every important audition I have.
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Parker September 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I studied with Stephen when he taught an On-Camera workshop in Hollywood. He is an incredible teacher and also had great tips about how to succeed in a really tough business.
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Stephen G.

Stephen G.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Ernie G.

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With 25 years of experience as a leading actor in television and film, award winning actor Ernie offers private training and audition coaching for actors of all levels of experience. Applying various techniques, Ernie offers performance, audition and personal coaching, enhancing the actor's understanding of various aspects of the craft and on set experience. Each session is catered to the individual actor, with an emphasis on preparing audition pieces, scene study, cold reading, improvisation, vocal and physical techniques, and boosting the performer's confidence both on set and off.

About Ernie
Ernie, a prolific international actor, studied Theater with an international faculty at the University of Toronto. His first featured television role was a series regular on The High Life, produced by David Letterman for HBO, before landing major roles on ABC's Two of a Kind and It's Like, You Know. He has been featured on many notable series such as Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Psych, Bones, The Mentalist, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Monk, and a long list of comedies including Two and a Half Men, Friends, My Name Is Earl, Weeds, as well as wildly popular kids programs and films such as ANT Farm, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and It Takes Two.

For his role as Larry opposite Jason Priestley on the long-running critically acclaimed series Call Me Fitz, Ernie received a Gemini Award (
Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received multiple nominations for Outstanding Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Ernie has adapted his skills and experience to become one of the most sought after personal acting coaches in the Los Angeles area. He has been the head acting instructor for teens and adults at The Film Set Studio in Claremont, California, and has instructed actors from around the world in acting camps at The University of La Verne and Claremont McKenna College. He addresses each actor's needs individually, gently encouraging them to embrace their artistry.
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Eric September 15, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
So I'm fairly new to the acting scene. I decided to try out some classes at The Film Set in Claremont. Upon meeting Ernie, I was a bit intimidated and out of my comfort zone. There were people there that were REALLY good and I thought I could never compare. Ernie has a way of adjusting to your personality to get you to dive into things at a rate in which you are comfortable with. He has the ability to point out your strengths and improve them, exponentially. Not only is he great at his craft, or stellar in his ways of teaching; he truly is just an all around great guy. His vibe, energy and demeanor make him very pleasant to be around. It's almost like i would pay him just to be my friend. if you are shopping for an instructor, try this guy out. You won't be disappointed and if you are, then acting's probably not for you.
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Lizeth L. September 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Teaching the craft of acting is something Ernie has mastered. Learning from him has been a great. As a first time actress Ernie welcomed me with warmth. He understands how nervous first time actors can be but, with grace he knows how to calm those nerves down and help you reach your best acting potential. Ernie has helped me learn my acting strengths and weaknesses. His coaching and feedback is very precise. Pointing out small cues to improve your acting and guiding you on ways to better the character. His coaching pushes you to discover many sides of the scene and helps you better understand the scrip, which only makes you a better actor. Thanks to Ernie my passion for acting has only become more realistic as I pursue my career. For anyone looking for serious coaching and looking to make acting their career I would highly recommend Ernie.
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Omunique September 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
No matter your previous acting experience Ernie will work with you and help you understand the business of acting. Ernie is easy to talk to, he gives good criticism on ways I can improve (i.e Vocally, or my physical presence or facial expressions).He pays attention and can see what you're capable of even if you're hiding it. After every class I am more confident in my acting because I have such an amazing teacher.
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Ernie G.

Claremont, CA 91711
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About Sangini B.

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I have experience as a union actress, as a film director, producer and I have done over 10 casting sessions so I know an actor's strengths and weaknesses and how they should improve, prepare for a role, work on an actor's palate (voice and body), can teach audition techiniques, building a character, scene study, improvisation etc.

I teach a bit from all acting methodologies - Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg, Meisner, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, etc. My teaching style is more eclectic. I also emphasize Shakespeare and classical theatre training or plays. I train actors to use their imaginations and instincts. Essentially, I help actors play and have fun. A play is called a play because you "play"!

I am also a black martial artist and can teach actors combat and basic fight scenes for film. I produce my own action film series so I have experience with how an actor should prepare for a fight scene.

About Sangini
I have a Master's degree (Speech Communications and Drama) from Texas State University and a Bachelor's degree from University of Texas at Austin (History, Mathematics). I am a published children's book author and I write articles for magazines. I write movie scripts too.

I am a film producer, director, actress, writer, black belt martial artist. I have directed many actors in 10 films, had over 10 casting sessions with actors auditioning, performed with many actors in film and theatre and am a union actress.
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Sangini B.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About Kenshaka A.

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I have taught for more than 20 years at over 15 colleges, universities, and conservatories across the country. I specialize in Method Acting, and help my students become better actors regardless of their occupational field. I am an SAG/AFTRA, AEA member, and have worked and learned from some of the best in New York and Los Angeles. Teaching has long been my passion and joy.

About Kenshaka
I am a professional director, actor, and singer who has been performing since my teen years in NY. I hold MFA, MA, and BA degrees in performing arts. I have worked with many great actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Soleil Moon Frye when she was one of my students at the New School in New York. I have coached literally thousands of actors and have hundreds of exercises to help you find what works best for you. Nothing satisfies me more than to see my students become proficient actors, maximize their talents and start working.
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Kenshaka A.

Los Angeles, CA 90008
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Anthony is a multiple award winning actor, singer, writer and director. He has received Broadway’s Tony Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, a Footlights Award, a Carbonelle Award and nominations for three Jefferson Awards, two Canadian Dora Mavor Moore Awards, LA’s Ovation, Drama Critics, Robbie, Garland Awards, and Friends of New York Theater Award... on Broadway, in Film and in Television. He strongly believes in the power of “a well rounded educational background” and “aiming for the highest goals.” He instructs with a wealth of knowledge and professional experience in the world of the performing arts. His goals are to prepare, motivate and challenge students for a REAL WORLD OF THE ARTS experience. This includes a wide range of philosophies, studies and strategies. This also includes inter-active experience that will guide and propel the students to success ‘on stage,’ ‘on screen’ and in writing, directing, producing… or beyond.

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Anthony is a multiple award winning actor, singer, writer and director. He has received Broadway’s Tony Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, a Footlights Award, a Carbonelle Award and nominations for three Jefferson Awards, two Canadian Dora Mavor Moore Awards, LA’s Ovation, Drama Critics, Robbie, Garland Awards, and Friends of New York Theater Award. BROADWAY: Golden Boy, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Toronto, London, NYC), Marie Christine, Evita, Les Miserables, The News, Measure For Measure, Heathers: The Musical. TORONTO: Jane Eyre. LA: Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Expecting Isabel, Do I Hear a Waltz. CHICAGO/MILWAUKEE: The House of Martin Guerre, A Flea in Her Ear, Louis and Keely Live At The Sahara, Mcguire, Frankie and Johnny. LAS VEGAS: Phantom Of The Opera-The Las Vegas Spectacular. FILMS: Fame Us, Roland Emmerich’s Trade (w/Kevin Klin
e), Material Girls (w/Hilary & Hailey Duff & Angelica Houston), Texas Rangers (w/Ashton Kutcher & Usher), Independence Day, The Glass Jar, Mafia!, Slaves of New York, Spellbinder, Shakedown, Crocodile Dundee II, The Bet, The Mark, Henry Toy.

TELEVISION: Feud: Bette and Joan, Emma’s Chance, Behind The Candelabra, Seinfeld, CSI: NY, Frasier, In-Laws, Crossing Jordan, Law and Order, Normal,Ohio, Dillinger and Capone, The Lost Capone, Miami Vice, Star Trek-Voyager, Babylon 5, Alien Hunter, Les Miserables in Concert: 10th Anniversary Live from Royal Albert Hall, One Life to Live. Anthony has shared his singing talents on 10 original CD recordings as well as many film soundtracks. He has a also received several awards and honors from Marquette University as well as Saint Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI. His performances are available for viewing at The Lincoln Center Library /archives as well as many Regional Theater libraries. He has lectured and taught at major universities, in multiple cites across the country, as well as given online lectures with the likes of Nepri, aiming to bring students and classrooms to life across the country by sharing real-world inspiration as an industry professional.
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Kelli December 19, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Anthony Crivello is one of the best actor/ instructors I know. I have a studio in Arizona and he has done workshops for my students. He is a wealth of knowledge and brings information about the real world of the arts. A Tony Award winner and a true master of the stage and screen, my students respect him and are thrilled to have his time and guidance.
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Anthony C.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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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
How to Audition for a TV Show | 5 Steps for Success
Dreaming of making your debut on TV? Here, acting teacher Liz T. shares her tips for how to audition for a TV show...  Want to be on TV? You'll first need to get some acting training under your belt, and establish a strong knowledge of current dramas and comedies on TV. Then what? Here are your next steps... Film Yourself Because it’s TV, casting directors will want to see how you look and act on a screen as opposed to a stage in a live theater. At home, try filming yourself on an iPhone, M

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