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I have directed and performed dramatic roles for over 3 decades. From comedic timing to high drama, I carefully direct and coach the actor to be authentic and effective. As a musician, I specialize in timing and nuance.
With a BA from London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Crystal has appeared in over 50 plays. She teaches the technical and creative skills necessary for acting on the stage.
I have much experience in acting in the theater. I will use that experience to work with students on techniques, energy, vocal production, characterization, exercises, and games for theater actors. We will work on projection of the voice, articulation in reading lines, finding and portraying characters, and finding and using themselves in each role.
There are many approaches to acting out there, but one constant is that of learning to be in touch with your character. Acting lessons can help you learn methods to take character study step by step, allowing you to open yourself up to free-flowing, improvisational acting, where you feel like you are just "being" the character. This in addition to scene study techniques, vocal diction, character research and development, and other tools, will help you improve your craft one step at a time.
Elena V. has a master in direction from the prestigious Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome.
She has worked in theatre for her last twenty five years as a director (Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Bites by Kay Adshead, Emigranci by Sławomir Mrożek, A Marriage proposal by Anton Chekhov).
She is the artistic director of THEATRE FACTORY studio, a LA based theatre production company that actively produces plays in the LA area (Bites, Madwoman and Hairy Ape - in production).
She taught theatrical acting for 14 years (University of Art, Berlin, Rome and Florence) She works on physicality, improvisation and characterization. Having acquired a strong experience in physical systems of performance, with a particular interest in physical action, she develops the student's abilities using different methods such as the Commedia dell’Arte, Stanislavski and Grotowski and the Mimesic Method by Italian Director Orazio Costa.
Her background includes professional ballet ( Academy of Florence, ...
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