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About Crystal S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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.

*** Specialties ***
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
· Singing ·
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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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Natalie S.

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Evanston, IL
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Let's work a new monologue, prepare for an audition or scan some Shakespeare!

About Natalie
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to check out my teaching profile!

Note: I work as the program director for a park district in south Evanston and am required to have a federal background check on file. Please let me know if you would like a copy and I will happily forward it to you!

A bit about me:
I am a working Chicago actress originally from Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in Acting. For three years I lived in Los Angeles pursuing opportunities in film and television. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and with the help of my agents and manager, I worked on many t.v. shows including Numbers, Commander and Chief and McBride (starring John Larroquette). After realizing how much I missed being on stage, I moved to New York City. I spent two years performing off Broadway before finally landing i
n Chicago to attend graduate school. In 2013, I earned my M.F.A. in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Currently, I am the Director of New Works with The Arc Theatre . Additionally, I direct plays for other prominent theatre companies in the city. I am capable of teaching a variety of theatre skills, including classical techniques, performance of literature and speaking voice.

A bit about you:
YOU are a new actor, an experienced actor or "getting-back-into-the-swing-of-it" actor. YOU need help with an upcoming camera or theatre audition, choosing new monologues, developing a script, exploring different techniques, or understanding this fantastic business.

YOU are excited, scared and most importantly READY TO DIVE IN!

I am here for YOU!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am extremely laid back and open to trying new things. In a lesson, you can expect to bravely explore the world of acting in a safe, nurturing environment. I believe in the "YES" philosophy- anything is possible and everything is valid in developing a creative life. There are no wrong answers! Just millions of GOOD questions. Acting is DOING and through trial error, anyone with the drive and determination can be a successful performer. I will instill the confidence and skills you need to take the next step in your acting career- whatever that may be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a growing library of books on acting, auditioning and play scripts. I am happy to loan you material and use any of my resources to further your learning.

*** Travel Equipment ***
We can both provide music, books and props as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Shakespeare, Contemporary, Film, Dialects
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LeAnne L. May 13, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
She is very flexible at schedule and help my daughter with auditions
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David S. February 3, 2014
· Acting ·
The warmest teacher around

Natalie helped me with monologues for audition season this year and it's made all the difference! I feel more confident in the product I'm putting out there and more comfortable in the moment of the audition. She has a unique ability to be both creatively nurturing and extremely effective. She'll always be my go to acting coach!
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Jorge N. February 3, 2014
· Speaking Voice ·
Very helpful

I needed help with projecting and emoting with my voice for a reality TV shoot. Natalie was very helpful in teaching techniques to connect my breath and voice, relax and eliminate tension, and thoroughly warm up. These were very helpful. I went from being anxious on camera to having fun and looking forward to more. Highly recommended!
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Natalie S.

Natalie S.

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About Kelsey J.

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Saint Charles, MO
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Become a Shakespeare expert with these lessons!

About Kelsey
Kelsey’s love for acting and the performing arts is awe-inspiring. Kelsey graduated from Missouri Southern State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She then received her Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Lindenwood University.

Kelsey has always been a performer who acts from natural instincts and with passion. She is completely devoted to her craft and could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Her objective is to inspire creativity among all ages and to expand their imagination. She instructs understanding in the craft of acting and learning how to develop an expressive voice and body. In her lessons she will focus on character development, experiment with a variety of scenes and monologues, study the essential elements of acting, and explore the world of performing arts.

Kelsey i
s available for private acting lessons of all kind, including audition prep. The audition prep is perfect for those students who have an interest in continuing their education in theatre, in the community, or for a school show. Kelsey will assist those students by preparing them for their next audition by studying audition etiquette while expanding their material selection.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be 30-120 min long minutes which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, evaluating your voice, developing character analysis, objectives, subtext, improv, and so much more! It is advised that each student keep a "Sense Journal" to enhance their senses and help them stay true to their character. Fun and encouraging atmosphere, great with all ages and teach both men and women. Youngest student in 5 years old.

*** Studio Equipment ***
•Performance space
•A large script and screenplay library

*** Travel Equipment ***
A variety of Dramatic and Comedic Scripts and several binders full of audition material and monologues from different genres and subjects.

*** Specialties ***
Kelsey specializes in the Meisner Technique, Uta Hagan "Respect for Acting" Technique, and Jerzy Grotowski technique. She will train performers to use their natural instinct and true emotions on stage. Kelsey will teach them how to analyze their character, discover beat changes, and develop their senses.
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Bruno G. May 8, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
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Erica March 8, 2018
· Acting · In home
Kelsey is such an amazing teacher! She makes each lesson fun, she's encouraging, and she has such a passion for what she does that it's contagious!
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Terri L. March 6, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
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Kelsey J.

Kelsey J.

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About Tanya A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Credits upon request. 15 years of experience.

About Tanya
I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Maria Corrigan September 25, 2017
· Dance · In home
Tanya was so incredible and made me really feel comfortable!
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Maria May 24, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've never had a dance lesson before and was pretty nervous about this but Tanya made me feel comfortable and I eventually relaxed and enjoyed myself!

Thanks again!!
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Michelle B. May 1, 2017
· Dance · In home
Excellent teacher! Great motivator, patient and kind!
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Emily B.

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Pasadena, CA
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With more than two decades of experience working as a professional SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor in Los Angeles, New York, and many places in between, coaching others to build their best auditions and reach their potential as actors and performers has become a passion of mine.

Private Coaching services include, but are not limited to:

* Private Audition Coaching
* College-Specific Audition Coaching and Monologue Selection
* Audition Material Selection Assistance (especially for young women - I have a lot to look through!)
* Work Up a Challenging Role
* Vocal Work and Public Speaking
* Song-As-Monologue Coaching
* "I want to be an actor - where do I start?" Consultation

About Emily
Whether the focus of a session is on building a stellar repertoire of audition pieces, working in a difficult role, getting deeper into the language of Shakespeare, or song-as-monologue work for musical theater actors, my approach to private coaching is centered around meeting the needs of the client. My goal is to help you reach yours through the development of technique, confidence, and helpful tools you can use to further cultivate your talent outside of our sessions.
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Kennedy B. July 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I had my first lesson with Emily yesterday and I loved it! She was easy to talk to and super nice. She also had great tips to give me and helped me a lot and it has only been one day. I really like the way she teaches and I would highly recommend her.
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westin C. June 28, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · In home
FANTASTIC TEACHER
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Rex H. February 1, 2016
· Acting · In home
Emily is professional, fun and engaging. Our daughter looks forward to her time with her each week. We love her!
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Emily B.

Emily B.

Pasadena, CA 91104
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I help my students break down the text through analyzing the iambic pentameter, rhetorical devices, and imaging work of the text. After the analysis, I help my students learn how to perform Shakespeare in a truthful, interesting, and accessible way.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Troy M. March 16, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
I would describe this instructor as polite, courteous, relaxed, punctual, calm, non-judgmental, competent, and prepared. The session began promptly at the appointed time. The video and audio connections worked flawlessly with no lag time. The video began with the casually dressed instructor seated in her residence. After brief introductions, the instructor asked what I wanted to get out of these lessons. I explained that I wanted to learn how to slow down my speaking voice and to lower the pitch of my voice to come across as more authoritative. The instructor then explained that my goals were common and that she believed she could help me. At that point, the instructor began discussing psychological and emotional issues, which caught me by surprise. After a brief discussion, the instructor then told me her thoughts and opinions, which were based on psychological and emotional issues rather than what I considered to be voice or speech issues. The instructor thoroughly explained the correlation between the two in a way that I understood. Finally, the instructor proposed a lesson plan and sent me a few resources to review before the next session. I went into the first session open minded without any concrete expectations and was pleasantly surprised. There were no mind games, gimmicks, or tricks. The instructor was pleasant and seemed genuinely interested in my case. I did not hesitate scheduling the next session.
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Joy January 20, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Alexandra is an inspiring and professional instructor!
She diagnose my pronunciation problems and provided very useful tips to improve my pronunciaiton accuracy. These tips are really good take-home toolkit because I can practice my pronunciations anytime.
I am more confident in speaking English. Thank you!
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Anastasia December 26, 2017
· Makeup · Online
This was bomb and she rules. 100 percent recommend her for make-up tips. :D
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Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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About Sangini B.

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Santa Monica, CA
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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.

Sangini B.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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$40 / 30-min

About Jack G.

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Chicago, IL
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I have over 15 years of experience in theater and improv. I have my BFA in theater, with an emphasis on acting, from Columbia College Chicago. I currently teach at the Second City Training Center, and the School of the Performing Arts at the Metropolis theater. I have also taught with Mudlark Theater and Columbia College Chicago. I am also a working actor, represented by one of Chicago's top agencies and currently appearing in two long-running shows in Chicago.

About Jack
I am an actor and improviser with 15 years experience working and studying in Chicago. I received my BFA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago and have studied improv and writing at iO Chicago and The Second City. I currently teach at the Second City Training Center and The Metropolis School of the Performing Arts. I am a cast member in Tony N' Tina's Wedding and Flanagan's Wake, two improvised, interactive shows at the Chicago Theater Works and am represented by one of Chicago's top talent agencies.
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Jack G.

Jack G.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

About Diana B.

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Long Beach, CA

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Diana is a teaching artist. She is an award winning AEA and SAG-Aftra performer, and one of the top Adult Conservatory instructors at South Coast Rep.

Her students have a high audition to callback to booking rate. She specializes in OCSA auditions, college and university entrance auditions.

About Diana
Diana, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble.
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Sarah April 30, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Diana is absolutely fabulous! I have worked with her in a classroom environment as well as one on one and I can honestly say they have been some of the most productive/supportive experiences training in my life! Diana is laid back yet encouraging - I never feel like I am being judged or must do something a certain way to appease her (which unfortunately I have felt while working under many other teachers prior). She allows you to be creative yet also guides you to make the strongest possible choices in your role. She truly cares about her students and will work with you to overcome an obstacles you face. Diana understands how to work with a beginner or a seasoned professional, seamlessly providing a comfortable atmosphere to do your best work. Do yourself a favor and work with Diana; she has a special gift to teach and connect with others. Most importantly, she will do her best to help you reach your own personal goals in acting whether you want to be a professional or not. If more acting teachers were like Diana there would probably be a lot more great actors! Thank you Diana for your dedication, support, and excellence you provide for your students!
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Ginger February 18, 2018
· Acting · In studio
All of Diana's extensive background as an actor & screenwriter is evident in the way she teaches. Her rich experience allows her to treat each student with an independent approach tailored to meet the most effective way each individual learns.
In addition, Diana truly cares about you, which allows you to safely open up to your own vulnerabilities & master over them.
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Lisa S. February 18, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Diana is kind, but she put's you through your paces. I have booked a lot of gigs after working with her. She helped me shape my college auditions too. I'm really so happy to recommend her.
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Diana B.

Diana B.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Ellen D.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a bright, enthusiastic, skilled, positive teacher who has been teaching professionally in the Los Angeles area for the past 5 years. I support my students to help them be the best they can be. I provide an inviting and exciting learning environment where we are free to take risks, laugh, learn technique, and make mistakes.

My lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals for each student. Whether it's preparing you or your child's for an upcoming theatre/tv/film/commercial audition, coaching you in a speech for that big event, going over a monologue you've been working on, coaching you in the new role you booked or even introducing a beginner to the magic of theatre and music, I'm your teacher.

All ages/levels are welcome! I'm excited to me meet you and get started!

About Ellen
I am a sunny, skilled, and enthusiastic teacher who has been teaching acting and audition prep professionally in the Los Angeles area for the past 5 years. I give my students endless support and help them be the best they can be. I provide an inviting and exciting learning environment where we are free to take risks, laugh, learn technique, and make mistakes. I currently teach acting, voice and musical theatre at a children's theatre company in the LA area.
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Ellen D.

Ellen D.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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$50 / 30-min

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