Students are raving about their Theater Acting instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Julia
"I met Marcus while preparing for a callback a few months ago and have met with him regularly every since. His passion for acting is so evident by his thor
ough understanding of both theory and practice. His lessons include technique and blocking, but also studying other works by the playwright and understanding works in the same genre. Marcus truly has a well-rounded teaching approach and cares that his students learn. He has been an invaluable resource!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
J Marcus N.
Review by cory
"The BEST Teacher One Could Hope to Find!
Elizabeth's unparalleled enthusiasm for life and acting shines through in her performances and teaching style. S
he shows a strong proficiency in many different styles and on multiple genres.
She's reliable, experienced, professional, and a great lady all around. One of Elizabeth's main strengths is her ability to convey a given subject matter in a way that is meaningful, constructive and easily understood.
I'm also an acting teacher (private lessons and in the classroom) as well as a professional performer. I've found it to be a great pleasure working with Elizabeth and I would strongly recommend her as a teacher and a performer."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Amy
Nathan was my director for a show in October 2013. His communication skills as a teacher, director, and collaborator made the process very enjoyabl
e and also allowed me to grow as an actor. He is an experienced professional who excels in working with both seasoned actors and those who may never have performed before. I gained a lot from working with him and highly recommend Nathan to anyone seeking a super fun, informative, and productive acting student experience!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Maria Lasso
"I highly recommend Michelle S. She came to our home twice to prepare my daughter for her audition for her high school musical. Our daughter had a little
experience but no formal training before, and competition is stiff at the high school level, so Michelle's help was invaluable. She helped her shape the words of her monologue and helped her with stage presence and voice inflections. She also gave her great ideas for things to do with her arms and body that would fit the character, and she did all the same for my daughter's two audition songs. In the two short lessons, my daughter's audition went from stiff and not so good to fun and natural. My daughter got the part of understudy that she wanted, so she's very happy. The actual role went to a senior, and my daughter is a freshman, so she feels great about the results. Michelle S. is prompt and professional, kind and encouraging, and she provides a lot of good advice."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Mauricio
"Very patient and intelligent teacher. Answered all questions and gave me a better understanding of the whole Theater Acting profession. Very knowledgeable
and Highly Recommended."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Maria
"Jose is a great actor and overall performer. I would recommend him as a teacher because he has always shown great dedication and passion for his craft.
He is a fabulous communicator and continually studies the human condition. Jose is an individual that possesses great qualities; it can be said with great veracity that Jose is a good, solid human being who will do what is needed to show you the way to become the best actor you can be."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Jose is an amazing actor, and a knowledgable, patient, and inspiring teacher. He comes highly recommended!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Marcella
"Marcella is such a wealth of information! I cannot tell you how well worth it training with her has been. I have gone on to The American Academy of Dramat
ic Arts and she was the sole person responsible for helping me with my audition. Her "cold reading" technique is so easy and it lands me every role I audition for! HIGHLY recommend her. And, she is so very sweet and smart. Thanks Marcella!!!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Logan R.
"I have had the pleasure of being one of Kelly’s students during my time as an undergraduate in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. In the time th
at I was her student, and beyond that, I have nothing but positive things to say about her as an instructor in both her ability to teach and to relate to her students on a humble and personal level.
My first day with Kelly I could tell instantaneously that she was going to be something unique. And that is because she is perfectly honest about who she is and why she is instructing the material she does. So often, in the collegiate field, I come across professors who are willing to be personable with their students but with their own ends at the forefront of their minds; that is teaching the material as it appears in the book. Kelly operates on a different level - everything she does is to make her students not just learn the material at hand, but to understand, dig into, and critique it. She welcomes the ability to bring any opinion or process to accomplishing a goal in class (which takes an edge off of the need to fit a certain methodology of thought that many other classes lock themselves into). Working with Kelly is like talking to that one friend who you go to in order to share a really exciting idea because you know she will boundlessly support it, push you to realize what your exact goal is and how it works, then make you do it. Having her insight as a student, an artist, or in any form or group-problem solving is invaluable.
To speak further on her personality is beyond words. She is the kind of team member you can only dream of having. She is hard working, committed, light hearted, and understanding. Kelly has a great eye for standing back and seeing a whole picture and pin pointing what goes into it, and what could go into it to make a more realized work (be that artistically or academically). When I was in one of her classes, she worked privately and team-wide with me as we collaborated on the final project for the class, which involved composing and directing a scene that commented upon one of the works that we analyzed during the semester. During this collaborative process Kelly, as the instructor, was focused on understanding what our work was striving toward first before she ever commented on the quality and merits of what we were doing and how we were working. It was after she had met with all of us that she offered her own personal insight into what we could do to make a stronger piece, in a style as far away from a report card or teacher conference where they tell you everything wrong you did and how to make it better, she was telling us everything right we did and offering ways that she saw the piece being stronger.
The inviting energy that Kelly gives off no matter what task she is charged with is something truly electrifying, and her positive attitude is infectious. Any place of education, person looking for tutelage, artist, or co-worker would be remiss to not invite her on board.
It is with the utmost sincerity and pleasure that I recommend Kelly for any position in consideration for her."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
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