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About Barry M.

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About Barry
Hello! A little about me... I have a Bachelors Degree in Music, 15 years of performing experience, and 10 years of teaching experience. I would love to share what I've learned to help you find your authentic sound. I try to approach each student individually vs treating everyone the same, catering to learning styles and willingness to learn. I hope to see you soon!

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I think everyone is born with the capacity to sing, with their own unique voice. I think often times we "get in our own way" and hold ourselves back from truly realizing our potential. I would love to help find your true voice so that you can do anything you want, whether it's singing in the shower or in front of thousands of adoring fans at Carnegie Hall!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice rooms with upright pianos.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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here is no piano, we can work from the mp3 player or a cd player and make it work!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz voice, improvisation (scatting) and Broadway singing. I am also trained in Acting.
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Ellaree L. March 1, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
i like berry alot and i want to continue singing with him
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Kennedy L. February 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very good instructor....
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Barrett January 13, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Barry was polite, insightful and wasted little time in getting to work. Truth be told I was running behind due to traffic and he was professional and patient. So far a joy to work with.
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Barry M.

Washington, DC 20020
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About Valyncia V.

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Fort Washington, MD

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About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

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I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

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I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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George M. April 14, 2019
· Singing · In studio
My lesson went extreemly well. The instructions and exercises were appropriate to my level of experience, and I think this is exactly what I need to move forward as rappidly as possible to becone a good vocalist.
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Whitney S. March 31, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Valyncia was an amazing coach. She was very patient , very honest and very professional. She pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I was able to improve my breathing, improve my range and put some personality into my performance. That was a long time ago but I plan on booking her again as my coach. I highly recommend her ! You will definitely become a better singer / performer when working with her , as long as you put the work in.
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Jhenelle November 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Get instructor. Listens and teaches great fundamentals. Learned a lot of the basics and helped me develop in several areas. Her in home music studio was well equipped and a great learning place.
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Valyncia V.

Accokeek, MD 20607
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About Detrece L.

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Baltimore, MD
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Acting since age 8. Lead and supporting roles, chorus, and improv.

About Detrece
DeTrece "Dee" Lavender is a native of Miami, Florida. When her family moved to Sarasota, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and the performing arts as a student of the Westcoast School/Henry L. Porter School of Music. It was then that Dee began to understand the power of the creative arts as an effective form of emotional expression and release. By middle school, DeTrece began fine tuning her natural talents by studying classical voice which earned her several starring roles in the Sarasota Youth Opera, The Aslo Theater and the Players Theater. She is also a proud former member of the Westcoast Black Theater Troop in Sarasota, FL. Under the caring leadership of these opportunities, she was able to combine musical and life experiences in order to offer a more well rounded educational and musical experience for her students.


She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance (Class of 2003). It was through her service as a music therapist, Millieu (residential) counselor and music teacher in the Boston City Public Schools/Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, that she began to feel the call toward a greater understanding of the gravity and role of the socio-emotional needs of students (and their families/villages) in urban settings. This call brought her to Baltimore, MD where she enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling Masters of Science program at Loyola University. In addition to her studies, she currently teaches Elementary and Middle School choir/ Musicianship teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program. She also serves as Minister Of Music and Arts at two local churches.
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Nidhi E. November 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
she is amazing
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Mawulom N. October 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
D is skilled at opening you up. From the warm welcome, opening exercise to her easy-going nature and intentional way of being. She's intuitive and an expert in her craft.
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Shaunise G. March 21, 2016
· Singing · In home
Detrece was patient very much into her work and very knowledgeable about singing i will continue to finish my lesson with and recommend her HIGHLY.
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Detrece L.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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$55 / 45-min

About Dr. Ollie L. J.

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Silver Spring, MD
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As Professor of Communication & Theater, I have exceptional experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing stage plays. My mission is to inspire and develop your unique gift. Fun, interactive, and applicable teaching techniques that will motivate the best you!

About Dr. Ollie L.
Professor of Communication & Theater with incredible experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing stage plays performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Publick Playhouse, THEARC Theater, National Children's Museum and over 60 different stages annually. She is the President/Owner and Founder of Timeless Visual Works - the inspirational film, theater, and publishing company. She leads with Christian faith-based principles and extensive knowledge as well as experience training aspiring and professional performers.
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Linda September 9, 2016
· Acting · In studio
It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting.
She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her take a few lessons to see if she likes it.
Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path.
My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie.
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Kristyl N. March 3, 2016
· Acting · In studio
I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming audition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach.
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Leana T. January 13, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Great person to work with! Cheerful. Listens to what you have to say. Ready to help you improve.
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Dr. Ollie L. J.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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About Robert E.

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I have taught and directed for 30 years in NY and DC. From lesson 1, students engage with a dynamic approach to acting through Meisner-based improv. During the 1st 12 weeks, we go from basic truthful acting to dynamic scene work, followed by 12 weeks of in-depth scene study, then extensive character training and in-depth film and audition technique. My students are successful in film, theater, commercials and TV in DC, NY and LA.

About Robert
I have taught acting for over 30 years based in the Meisner Technique, and I write and direct my own plays and films. I have years of experience as an actor, jazz saxophone player, singer and poet, as well as a philosophy degree, which I bring to my understanding of acting. I use this rich background to focus on the creativity, intelligence and improvisational abilities of each student in their acting process. I know what it takes to walk into any acting situation ready to play the role. My goal is to create actors who enjoy their work and can act skillfully in film, theater, tv and auditions. I emphasize character work in the program, an important and often neglected part of the acting process. I have cast my advanced students in my original projects in the DC area, and most recently directed my original play, "The Big A: Scenes fro
m a Vanishing Landscape" for the 2014 DC Fringe Festival. I have directed two films: "Adams Morgan: The Movie," which premiered at the Avalon Theater in 2010 and was selected and shown as part of the East of the River Festival in DC; and a short film from my original screenplay titled "Crazy" which is currently in the editing phase. My student Mack Leamon is currently appearing in the Arena Stage production of "Raisin in the Sun" and I am very proud of his accomplishment!
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Isabella D. May 7, 2019
· Acting · Online
Very knowledgeable & kind. Set good groundwork for my daughter. She really enjoyed it and talked about it all through dinner.
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KiKi April 5, 2019
· Acting · Online
Helpful right out of the gate! What a fabulous experience! A true pro and I’m already looking forward to our next session. Excellent!!!
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Michael January 16, 2019
· Acting · Online
Robert is super easy to talk to and he has great ideas. He leads with passion, curiosity and understanding and opened new worlds to me. Although I was a terrible student, Robert made me realize how much potential I have and now I'm exploring many new things on my own. I'm very tankful!
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Robert E.

Washington, DC 20008
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About Jake O.

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Arlington, VA

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I cater the lesson to each student's needs. As an actor and director, I have experience and empathy of being both on stage and behind the table. I work with industry professionals on monologues, audition prep, self-taping and more, As well as new comers and high schoolers. With my extensive training, I can simplify moments of training, and also help you nail that audition.

ASPECTS OF SESSIONS
- Selecting and performing monologues
- Auditioning
- Self Taping
- Breaking down sides
- Emotional Preparation
- Shakespeare
- TV/Film auditions
And more...

About Jake
What drives me to wake up every day, is to supply actors with a safe space to grow and learn trusted actor tools and resources. I want to foster, the lessons I've been taught and learned, and help the actor change their path and careers. I love meeting new artists, collaborating, and getting results.

I'm a producer/actor/director who combines that with my passion of being a life-coach. I attended the high ranking, UNCSA, Royal Shakespeare Company, UCB, and have private coached for 5+ years.
I know the juggling that happens with the life of an actor and have the experience and ability to help you navigate it. During my private coaching, I've had successes such as: Master of None, Hawaii 5-0, Off-Broadway Plays, Julliard, DePaul, and more. My private coaching has helped clients book roles, extend their network, find longevity and purpo
se in the acting pursuit and life.

I have extensive experience and teaching exp. in: Shakespeare, Monologues, EPA's, Self-taping, Improvisation, Auditioning, Winning the room, Meisner, College auditions, Stanislavsky, and more.

Notable Students

Gus Halper: Truth and Lies: Menedez Brothers, The Goat, Ricki and the Flash
Sarah Viccellio: Master of None, The Carrie Diaries, Law & Order: SVU
Michael Labbadia: The Attic Theater Co.
Alex Gagne: Keen Company, Bridge Production Group, MugBug Prod.
Reagan Elizabeth: Stephanie Klapper Casting
Joshua Morgan
Michael Calciano
Owen Laheen
Ellie Barone
Gabe Arant

I hope to meet you soon!

*Online sessions are also available*
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Joaquin September 10, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Reine July 13, 2017
· Acting · Online
Really great insight and learnt a lot. Very focused and on point. Looking forward to my next online session with Jake.
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Sarah July 10, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
I became a fan of Jacob's theatre work in NYC. It's always fresh and inventive, which is why I coach with him on my audition scenes. I primarily go in for tv/film work, but his classical training foundation and fresh perspective translate to the screen. If you're looking for affordable coaching with a cutting edge, up and coming artist- call Jake!
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Jake O.

Arlington, VA 22209
(13)
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$35 / 30-min

About Alyssa W.

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Hyattsville, MD

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Having earned Masters Degrees from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, Alyssa was named as two of "DC's 12 Stage Dynamos."

Alyssa should be familiar to most Washington theatre-goers, having recently appeared in Ford's Theatre's production of the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, Come From Away. That same year, she received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Play, for her portrayal of the iconic Maggie the Cat, in Round House Theatre's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 2017/18, Alyssa will appear in The Kennedy Center's World Premiere production of Digging Up Dessa, as well as the US Premiere of Botticelli In the Fire, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Most widely known for his portrayal of Ensign Baker in AMC's revolutionary war drama, TURN: Washington's Spies (available on Netflix), Thomas has been seen on HBO's VEEP, as well as CBS's Madam Secretary and Elementary. In the DC area, Thomas has recently ...

About Alyssa
I have been a professional actor since 2003 and have been working and living in the DC area for the last 7 years. I have been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2009. I have coached privately for over a decade and specialize in audition preperation for both undergraduate and graduate submissions, as well as upcoming productions. I am also an accomplished voice over artist and can facilitate the creation of your very own demo reel. Named one of D.C. 12 acting dynamos to watch in 2017 by the Washington Post.
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Matt April 26, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Alyssa is the best. I had a little less than a month to pick two contrasting monologues for an audition. Alyssa sent me a monologue that’s was absolutely amazing. Alyssa is patient, knowledgeable, and a ton of fun. Completely down to earth. (Judgment free zone). I would refer Alyssa to any and everybody. Amazing experience.
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Salien H. March 21, 2019
· Acting · In home
First session was basically a meet and greet, and I must say, she's got a pretty awesome personality as well as a very open and free flow vibe.
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Nicholas January 22, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Alyssa is great. She has an in-depth knowledge of multiple teaching techniques that will help you improve as an actor. She is also extremely flexible and will tailor lessons to focus on what aspects of acting you wish to improve and what teaching methods help the most.
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Alyssa W.

Hyattsville, MD 20781
(7)
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$45 / 30-min

About Gregory W.

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Gregory is a graduate of The Juilliard School's Drama Division in New York City and is an Affiliated Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association, he has been working as a professional actor for more than twenty years in television, film and theater.

As a teacher and acting coach, Gregory is dedicated to facilitating the marriage of technique, imagination and confidence in order for each student to reach his or her goals as an actor, performer or public speaker.

Audition Preparation for:
Classical and Contemporary Theatre, Television, Film, Training Programs.

Continued Studies in:
Monologue and Scene Work, Text Analysis, Audition Technique, Voice and Speech Training, Public Speaking.

About Gregory
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Affiliated Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Approaching Shakespeare, Introduction to Acting, Shakespeare Scene Study, Acting for Adults, Investigating Romeo and Juliet, Investigating Twelfth Night, Investigating Hamlet, Investigating A Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc); Head of Acting for the Overtures Program at Signature Theatre; Guest Lecturer for the High School Theatre Department with Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in NYC (In partnership with Theatre for a New Audience), Acting Intensive at Bendheim Performing Arts Center, Panel Lecturer at National Student Leadership Conference in New York; Acting Instructor for City Hearts and Much Ado About Shakespeare in Los Angeles; Private Acting Coach for more than twenty years in New York, California and Washington DC.
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Harrison July 14, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Gregory is a fantastic acting coach and all around awesome person. Our son (age 11) has been working with him and has learned such great techniques that he can take with him to every audition. Greg doesn't stick to one teaching method, he adapts to what our son needs and uses language that is helpful for him. We have seen significant improvement in our son's abilities in just a few lessons with Greg. Highly recommend!!
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Leslie May 4, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Took my first performance class with Gregory (after decades away), a Hamlet Scene Study. Class was a nice size (14 people), diverse in age and previous experience, several of them were returning to Gregory's class for a second time, and it was just fantastic. Several of the folks had done some professional work, some were plotting an escape from a current non-theatre career into acting, quite a few were active participants in community theatre here in DC, and some were just passionate about The Bard, reading and analyzing the text,and deepening their understanding of the work. I marveled at how well he addressed all his students, meeting them at their level, whatever that was. He created a very welcoming environment, lots of humor, lots of physicality, open-mindedness, and it was just fascinating to see each scene study pairing, no matter what their level, improve their performance of the scene after some direction and creative input from Gregory, as well as the other students. Highly recommend. I plan to take his class again as soon as convenient, and maybe other classes as well.
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Connie April 24, 2018
· Theater Acting · In studio
Gregory Wooddell is a phenomenal acting teacher and coach. I have taken many classes with him, and I have also had private lessons from him. He works with everyone at whatever level they are at, and he makes excellent, insightful, and understandable suggestions to improve the acting. And there is always a very noticeable improvement. Gregory is fair, patient, and always encouraging. He creates a safe and fun environment for students.
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Gregory W.

Washington, DC 20003
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$84 / 60-min

About Jennie B.

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I am a lifelong actor and passionate teacher-- and I would love to take your work to the next level!

As a teaching artist, I have worked with students age 5-88 on audition preparation, role development, and physical and vocal technique. I am a certified Yoga teacher, and I love to draw on principles of mindfulness in performance preparation.

As your coach, we will patiently and persistently discover the methods that enable your absolute best work. From Linklater voice work, to Mask exercises, to silly vocal exercises, we will develop a system that works for you. Best of all: we'll have a blast doing it.

About Jennie
Are you preparing for (gulp) college auditions? Getting ready for a big presentation at work? Curious about acting and want to give a shot? Whatever your performance goals might be, I can't wait to take your work to the next level!

I am a lifelong actor and passionate teacher, who loves to help students find joy, freedom, and dynamism in performance.

I have an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University/ The Shakespeare Theatre of DC (the only MFA in the world specifically devoted to acting Shakespeare) and a BFA from NYU-Tisch (with a focus on musical theatre at CAP 21). I have been a member of Actors' Equity since age 19, and have played leading roles off-Broadway (The Mint Theater, The Actors’ Studio) and regionally (Bucks County Playhouse, Fireside Theatre, East Lynne Theatre, etc), with notabl
e reviews in Variety, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many others.

In addition to performing, I am a Standardized Patient at UMD and John's Hopkin's University, where I assist doctors and nurses in patient communication. As a teaching artist, I have worked with students age 5-88 on finding and sharing their unique voice.

As your coach, we will patiently and persistently discover the methods that enable your absolute best work. I am a certified Yoga teacher, and I love to draw on principles of mindfulness in performance preparation. From Linklater voice work, to Mask exercises, to breath awareness, we will develop a method that works for you. Best of all: we'll have a blast doing it.
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Ethan January 11, 2019
· Public Speaking · In home
I have had several lessons with Jennie Bissell in my home. I often give lectures in academic settings, and I was hoping to improve the quality and fluency of my speech to a level equivalent to top public speakers. Working with Jennie, I made improvements beyond what I could have expected. We worked on a variety of breathing and relaxation techniques used by professional actors. By focusing on producing speech "on voice" the quality and ease of understanding of my speaking increased substantially with immediate benefits. I highly, highly recommend her services for anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills.
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Gene January 8, 2019
· Public Speaking · In home
I have had two lessons with Jennie via Skype. Both were excellent. I have participated in many public speaking classes and coaching sessions. What makes Jennie's approach unique is that she shares the techniques she has learned as an actor - to help you be more relaxed and natural in your delivery, to improve the quality and resonance of your voice, and to make the way you deliver your lines more interesting and effective.
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Jennie B.

Baltimore, MD 21211
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$30 / 30-min

About Mike D.

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Centreville, VA
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Seasoned and experienced former professional actor who wants to provide skill sets, timing, history and attainable goals for beginning actors.

About Mike
A true kid at heart myself, I get immense joy teaching beginners in performance. Do you make others laugh in school? Does your teacher make you read out loud ALL THE TIME? Do your parents allow you to sing as loud as you want?

I guarantee you'll see a developmental improvement with my techniques.
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Mike D.

Centreville, VA 20120
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$50 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Acting Lessons in Washington, DC

The average cost of 60-minute acting lessons in Washington is $72. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $130 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$43 average
$90
45-min $35
 
$55 average
$110
60-min $45
 
$72 average
$130

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute acting lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute acting lessons are 24% less expensive at $55, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $43.

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