With a BA in Acting from London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Crystal has learned to use the nuts and bolts of technique to support freedom in artistic choice. With a focus on stage performance, she works with students to find their own unique approach to acting.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
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!
September 29, 2013
Amazing singng instructor
Crystal has increased my daughterâs 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 âteenâ years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
September 29, 2013
Great piano instructor
Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughterâs love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystalâs professional and caring teaching style.
Acting lessons consist of learning valuable skills for theater, film, and commercial work. Students will work on monologues and learn through characterization, relationships, motivation, and much more. Source materials include Uta Hagens's "Respect For Acting," and Michael Shurtleff's "Audition."
Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.
Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She also toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway
Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
Most recently, she has performed the role of Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys at Old Academy Players, and played one of the principal roles in Jacque Brel Is Alive And Well and Living In Paris at The Steel River Playhouse.
As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.
*** Lesson Details *** Our lessons will be relaxed and informal. My goal is to make you the best you can be. We will work on giving you a solid vocal technique so that you can approach any style of music with a good foundation. We will also work on learning to read music, and most importantly work on songs that will bring out the actor in you.
*** Studio Equipment *** Small studio, keyboard, seating provided (couch), street parking
*** Specialties *** I specialize in musical theater, classical, and opera. I can also teach German and Italian diction. My acting experience is mainly in musical theater.
Fantastic teacher. I learned so much more in a short time with Sandra than I learned with all the other voice trainers I have had through the years. Her method is rewarding.
February 17, 2018
Sandra was terrific ... it's been ages since I did any singing and she made me feel very comfortable reengaging. I'm really looking forward to working with her going forward.
February 15, 2018
Sandra is a very positive and enthusiastic teacher. She makes sure you are following proper technique and is thorough in telling you which steps to follow. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to try singing lessons or who wishes to improve their technique.
My goal is not only to help you deliver an attention holding speech, but also to help you become more comfortable speaking in front of your large or small crowd. Whether you're giving a 5-minute presentation to a board room of executives, delivering a sermon, or describing yourself in an interview, I will work to help you to take what you've written and present it confidently.
I grew up in the Northern Virginia area and have spent the last 15 years participating in some form of public speaking, whether through acting, directing, or delivering speeches. I have a B.S. in Theatre and Acting. I have delivered numerous speeches in front of crowds as small as one and as large as a few hundred. Currently I work in a position that requires public speaking to a crowd of at least 200 each week.
***Lesson Details*** I am fun and laid back in my style of teaching. I expect that the student will have pieces prepared or in mind for us to work on. Because public speaking can be troubling on its own, I try my best to provide an atmosphere where the student can feel comfortable.
I often will use very short clips of other speakers to provide ideas on both vocal and physical delivery. I do encourage the student to
practice what we cover on their own, and to come prepared each session.
I do not teach "mechanical" speaking. Some of the points we will work through will be annunciation, pausing, facial expression, volume, awkwardness, delivery, what to do with your hands, and most important, being comfortable. I have a good ear for fine tuning a vocal performance, and a few solutions to help out with difficult moments. My goal is to help you deliver unique, confident, even enjoyable speeches for any occasion: sermons, monologues, board room presentations, opening/closing statements, interviews, etc.
***Studio Equipment*** Computer, speakers for MP3 player, space to move (if needed).
***Specialties*** I specialize in speeches of short to moderate length (1-30 minutes). Monologues from plays/musicals will be approached differently. We will work on the vocal and physical element of your presentation, but I am happy to also assist in helping you develop your character within the monologue.
I've been teaching acting for several years and my students have gone on to pursue film, perform in community and school productions, gotten into college programs, and pursue careers in acting. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to perform a monologue and as time goes on you'll have a full repertoire of monologues and skills ready to go! I love working with students of all ages and experience levels, and I can't wait to meet you!
Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: professionally with opera, orchestra, chamber music, musical theater, straight theater, film, sacred works, church music, jazz, and contemporary music.
Credentials: Meisner Training-Phoenix Theater with Bill Simmons 2017-2018 Destruction in Decatur 2017-Broadsword and Rapier and Dagger SAFD Certifications Crittenden Opera Workshop 2017-Washington D.C. CISCO 2017-Stage Combat Certifications Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015 BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011 (Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor) Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007 Cosmetology Certification and License, May 20
Extremely professional and structured. Loved the lesson
June 14, 2019
She’s helping me prepare for an audition and giving me valuable tips to sound as good as possible in a short time.
May 30, 2019
Practicing with Vandi improves my skills more quickly than practicing alone and she is very good at not only answering questions via the internet tutoring but through phone as well. She is very prompt and consistent and provides easy to read materials for my skill level. I'm very happy with my purchase through Take Lessons so far. This is my first time using this website and it is my third lesson as I am new to piano. I have already recommended this site to other people.
You will be mentored by an Emmy Nominated actor and award winning Playwright. I have studied with legends such as Stella Adler and Larry Moss. My lessons are built on the Meisner technique. I have the solid foundation as a working actor and writer for thirty years.
I'm a highly sought after speaker and have taught my seminars at universities around the country. One of my goals is to transition the college acting student to a working actor. My students have built careers as a result of my coaching and mentoring. My all encompassing approach will cover everything from how to give an amazing audition to fast tracking you to obtaining an agent.
Compare my credentials of all your prospective teachers. I'm confident that my approach to presentation, proper breathing, voice, making a lasting first impression, how to dress, building your career, how to get an agent is unique and helps me stand apart from my competition.
Lastly, I really care. I am invested in
It is nice to meet you! I am an 'Emmy Nominated' actor and twenty five year veteran actor on the longest running show in broadcast history 'The Guiding Light.' I was fortunate to study acting from the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and Larry Moss. I'm also a student and performer from the highly acclaimed Improv group 'The Groundlings'.
I've been fortunate to be a working actor most of my life. My credits include the recurring role of Dr. Stewart Farmingham on the popular ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D.and Paul in It's a Small World, part of an anthology series produced by David Lynch for HBO and Lead featured roles in Law and Order. I have booked numerous lead roles in feature films and off-Broadway and national television commercials. My American Express commercial won the ESPY award for best commercial of
I’m proud to announce distribution of my award winning comedy soap spoof, 'Steamboat' now available on Roku and NetTalk.
My first play as a playwright, 'Breathing Under Dirt' was awarded ''Best Play' at the Manhattan Repertory One Act Festival in March of 2016. ‘Breathing Under Dirt' is now getting Broadway consideration with the highly acclaimed director Larry Moss at the helm. I have just completed my second play 'Red Rain' which explores the themes of war and peace that collide within a family during the Vietnam War.' Red Rain' is currently being work shopped in NYC for a production launch in early 2020.
Enough about me!
I am on this site as my true passion is building successful acting careers.
Just so you know, I am a nuts and bolt guy.
There is a clear road map to increase your chances of success that I will give you.
The fact is most casting directors have made a DECISION about you before you even open your mouth.
I will empower your' actor’s ego' so that you will own any room you walk in.
Preparation leads to Destination!
I prepare you to win.
I am not just a acting teacher but a mentor to help build your career.
Please compare my credentials against all others. Most importantly-my students work!!
I want to learn about you and your goals. Let's start! Just want to wish you success on your journey.
With over 12 years of professional acting training and experience, it would give me great pleasure to share some of my knowledge and expertise with you! Whether it be lessons on the basics, audition help, characterization, or anything else you may want to learn. My Lessons will be catered to you and whatever you desire to learn about the crazy and wonderful world of acting. Knowing how to act not only gives you a new and unique skill set but it also helps build your creativity and confidence as a person. Be bold and tell the story, it all starts here!
I am a professional actress with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University. I have been acting for about twelve years now and it is my biggest passion in life!
Growing up as the goofy middle child in a big family I always felt like I didn't get enough attention or that I was overlooked. It wasn't until I stepped on stage that I truly was able to express myself and understand others around me. To me acting is so much more than just pretending, acting is a dramatic reflection of life. You can certainly learn a lot about life from doing it!
I love comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. I have been classically trained in Shakespearean theatre, improvisation, and techniques such as Meisner and Stanislavski. I have performed at theatre's such as The Cumberland County Playhouse, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Fran
cis Wilson Playhouse, Palm Beach Atlantic University Theatre, The Florida Renaissance Festival, Entr'act Theatrix, and most recently The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
I have a huge passion for students of all ages. Along with performing I currently teach theatre to elementary school students through Drama Kids International. my curriculum will be based upon the unique needs of every student. I specialize in monologue and audition help but I would be happy to accommodate any students desire to learn absolutely anything about acting. For example: Improvisation, characterization, comedy, scene study, and much more! I am very spunky and energetic and if you are not enjoying yourself and learning new things every single lesson, then I am doing my job horribly wrong. Let me know if this sounds like a good fit for you!
Hannah helped me prep audition materials and feel more confident in my skills. Definitely recommend!
April 15, 2019
I was so worried about auditioning for a lead role in The Sound of Music. Hannah was a tremendous help by teaching me not only to show emotion in my voice and mannerism but to match that same expression in my body language. Her constructive criticism and guidance helps me to achieve the role of Liesel Von Trapp! Thank you so much!!
"My grand daughter was very excited and had so much fun..thank you so much Vanessa!!!"
"This guy really knows what he is doing. And I can't believe his price! David, you should really be charging more. A friend of mine just booked a job after
using him and he was the one who hooked me up with this guys info. I have gone to many different coaches but never really hit it off with them but david made it super easy. I mean the man has won a damn emmy! He let me take some pictures with it. I now walk into casting rooms more confedent and for the very first time ended up testing for not one but two different pilots that he has coached me on. Can not recommend this man enough!"
"Candice is a really fun and outgoing instructor that knows how to bring a play to life with her knowledge of acting. The performances she’s taught are alw
ays enjoyable and entertaining. She mentored me so well that I’ve even won an award thanks to her. I highly recommend her!"
"I’m so glad that I found Kristin. She provided a ton of info for my first lesson, and I’m looking forward to continue learning from her."
"As an acting coach/teacher, Rob is warm, intuitive, and very giving - as an actor himself, he is talented, surprising, and inventive; it is such a joy to
watch him take these wonderful gifts and translate them back and forth between the two arenas. He has much to share as an instructor - highly recommended!"
"Very nice and informative. Enjoyed the lesson."
"Just had my first lesson with David. It was very helpful, he is amazing and I highly recommend him !"
"Elena was patience with my daughter and willing to work with her to accommodate Her needs acting and musical inner theater talents"
"David is a very passionate, professional, intelligent and talented teacher. I initially chose him for his experience and five minutes into our first lesso
n I knew I had made the right choice. I honestly cant wait till our next session. Not before I finish my homework though!"
Being in the entertainment industry is not much different from being in the sports world. In addition to some natural talent and interest, a huge overlap with both industries is the time spent honing your craft. Of course regular practice is a necessary evil, but come race or audition day, our minds and bodies still need to be prepared for what’s about to happen. Just as we see athletes spending time stretching and warming up before a performance, it’s mandatory that actors warm up before …