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About Montgomery S.

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New York, NY

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Shakespeare should be joyful and liberating, but too often training makes it feel tedious. My experience acting at Shakespeare's Globe in London and around the US and training with many of the world's greatest Shakespeare coaches and academics, from Patsy Rodenburg to David Crystal, gives me a special insight into accessing the humanity of Shakespeare's work. Together we will find your personal way into the plays, to make them uniquely yours and delightfully fresh, clear, and human.

About Montgomery
In my years as a professional actor, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, I have extensive experience developing new work and young artists. I began my professional acting career at 8 years old, and since then have performed all over the world, from Shakespeare's Globe in London to Fort Worth, Texas, in world premieres and classics. I was nominated for Best Featured Actor and produced a play that won best New Short Script at the New York IT Awards; received a 2013 Dallas/Fort Worth Critics Forum Award for Best Actor; had plays developed at Kitchen Dog Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, and the Aviary, as well as semi-finalists at the Eugene O'Neill New Play Conference and Primary Stages's ESPA Drills New Play series. I have taught with the World Shakespeare Conference, Passion in Practice (in London and New York), Dallas Children's Theatre,
Atlantic Theater Acting School, among others, and coached actors who have been admitted into institutions including Julliard and NYU Tisch. My experience allows me experience, passion, and a keen eye for finding what will make you stand out in a way in your own unique way. We will unlock free, organic, and delightfully spontaneous work while giving you the skills to keep your preparation extensive and rigorous.
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Nancy August 12, 2015
· Acting · In studio
Montgomery is a caring teacher who brings a wealth of experience to his theater classes. Students respond to his energy and innovative teaching techniques. He reaches students at multiple learning and experience levels. Montgomery is a superb teacher and actor.
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Gregory August 12, 2015
· Acting · In studio
Montgomery is an excellent coach. He cuts through all the BS and helps you get to the reality of the scene. On camera and on stage.
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About James W.

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My MFA is from a top 3 actor training program. I have been coaching actors for over a decade. I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television. I have such a wide variety of techniques at my disposal that I bring whatever technique seems to be best suited to the you and the material you are working on. I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

About James
I have been teaching and coaching for over a decade.

I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television.

I have an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. With my PhD research at the California Institute of Integral Studies (funded by The Esalen Institute) I explored a distinct teaching approach that focuses on cultivating the extraordinary capacities of great actors.

I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

I love the creative process of teaching, and I teach primarily through caring relationship to my students.

We can meet online or in person. I have a huge library of resources to support you with. I also will often record our lessons so you can listen or watch them
multiple times as a way to get maximum value from the work we do.
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Jeffrey May 30, 2017
· Acting · In studio
James Wagner is actually the best teacher of creative work I've ever had in any field, and as a writer/ filmmaker/ musician dude, I have had a lot! His teaching is rigorous, passionate, and results-driven, while remaining flexible and sensitive at the same time. His knowledge of acting and theatre theory is endless. He is always trying to expand the possibilities in his classes, bringing in guest speakers, and facilitating unexpected exercises. He is also an inspiring, warm hearted person. Kate and I started a theatre company with actors we all met in his classes, so that should tell you something. I honestly would not be the same person had I not encountered his generous vision of acting and theatre. You cannot go wrong by having him as a coach or teacher.
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Deborah May 26, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
I met James when I took his class at Berkeley Rep (Eugene O'neill scene studies). I immediately knew he was the kind of Acting coach I'd want to train me, the level of professionalism and high standards is invaluable. During a short trip to LA, I met with James for a 3 hours coaching in which we created a 3 year plan to go from Student actor to working actor this was followed up with some online (Skype) sessions. Next I took another scene study with James at Berkeley Rep in which we workshopped Contemporary plays, James in a kind, professional way was able to push me to the level he knew and expected his students to be. And recently I took an Actor's retreat end of last year, again I left the retreat so inspired and motivated. I can tell you now that I have been in a few Theatre productions, I have and continue to meet the goals we set out for me sooner than what we had mapped out. I couldn't have done it without James vast knowledge of acting and motivation. I highly recommend you study with James!
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Gino May 20, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
I've studied with James in both a workshop context, and one-to-one on-line. Both were very valuable and enjoyable experiences. James is a very skilled actor, a very learned man, and an insightful teacher and director. Each element of his teaching is a different expression of a life that is clearly committed to his art as an actor. I found working with him to provide a deep new view of the playwright we studied (Albee in our case), and a very supportive guide to my personal work as an actor. I can highly recommend him.
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About Jake O.

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My favorite. My bread and butter.

My students can expect to learn everything from the basics to Shakespeare in the Park. They can also learn verse, pronunciation, Shakespeare's structure and clues, confidence in the language, and the all embracing emotion of Shakespeare. Shakespeare can seem intimidating, but it can be far more easier and fun than we imagine. We already live Shakespeare's stories and words, and it is my job to help you play the role.

Shakespeare is my life passion and a speciality of my actor experience and training. Our time together will be able to enhance or uncover whatever you need to know about the Bard and yourself.

I have trained with The Royal Shakespeare Company, began The Bridge Production Group (An Off-Broadway Shakespearean Co.), and have performed in 6 Shakespeare plays in NYC, I recently finished Richard III (Fourth St. Theatre). "Owen's confidence and strength in speech made him stand out from the rest of the cast. He moved and spoke with such

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
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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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About Jason M.

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Prepping an audition for an upcoming show or for admission into an acting program? Want to hone and develop your audition monologues (especially Shakespeare)? Just need a coach to help you take your acting to another level? Then let's get started, online or in person. I can help.

I've been working as a professional actor in the theatre and on-camera for over 25 years. I've performed with the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, ACT Theatre in Seattle, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz to name a few. I've also been the featured voice in voiceovers for companies like University of Washington Medical, Golden 1 State Credit Union, Microsoft, and Surface Pro 3. On Camera Credits include short films, industrials, and commercials for Taco Time, Tulalip Casino, and Washington Dental Association.

I hold a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC. My ...

About Jason
I've been performing roles in the theatre and on-camera for over 25 years. My BFA in Acting and Directing and my MFA in Classical Acting have afforded me a wide variety of tools and skills to employ in the craft of acting. Performing with professional repertory companies like ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, I've gained personal knowledge of the art, craft, and business of being a working actor, which I will put to work for you, in a personalized one-on-one coaching session, either online or in person.

Here's how I can help.

SCENE WORK AND MONOLOGUES: Whether it's dusting off and refreshing monologues you've performed more times than you can count, or developing pieces or scenes for the first time for an upcoming stage or on-camera audition, we can break the material down togethe
r, work on the clarity of your choices and active objectives, and access your personal connection to the material so you'll be ready and confident with a one-of-a-kind performance that reflects the strengths you bring to acting and the story you want to tell.

SHAKESPEARE: Perhaps the most daunting of styles for a contemporary actor, we'll get down to the nuts and bolts of some of the most challenging (and rewarding) material. The famous soliloquies are famous for a reason and can certainly be intimidating, and more obscure material can seem thick and inaccessible. We'll chip away at the mystique of Shakespeare by digging in to the text and verse, activating the language with specificity, and cultivating your personal take on well-known characters or lesser known material they might not have seen before.

DIALECTS AND ACCENTS: From English to Irish to Southern American and beyond, a well executed dialect can be the edge you need to land (and play) that meaty role. I use a multipronged approach that involves ear training to develop an authentic sound, text analysis for clarity of sound substitutions (IPA Proficient), and exercises that pare away stilted and unnatural speech to cultivate an authentic sounding voice that will be your own.

VOICEOVER: I've been booking voiceover gigs on TV, radio, and the internet for over 10 years with clients like Microsoft, Liberty Mutual, UW Medicine, Tableau, Reno Toyota, and Golden One State Credit Union. I can offer tips and tricks of the trade, as well as techniques that can take your VO submissions to the next level and help you book these lucrative contracts.

Let's get started!
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Olga May 14, 2018
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Melissa G. March 21, 2018
· Acting · In home
Jason was a great instructor. It was my 12 year old daughter's first exploration into acting. Jason was clear and concise with instruction and spent quite a bit of time outside the 1 hour home instruction class to find suitable monologues. If acting is something my daughter wants to explore further, we will definitely be going back to Jason.
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londun D. February 14, 2018
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Jason made me feel comfortable and gave great direction.......I don't know what I am doing and he is a good teacher !
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About Valeka H.

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Macon, GA

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Have you always had that itch that makes you stay up late a night dreaming about what your life could be if you followed your dreams? Is your child overly dramatic and they need a creative outlet? No fear, Valeka J Holt is here. I'm a professional broadway, tv and film actress. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching acting and I want to teach you how to be comfortable in your skin and follow your dreams!

About Valeka
Affectionately known as “V” critically acclaimed artist Valeka is a graduate of the prestigious University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program (PATP). While obtaining her MFA in Acting, Valeka began her professional career with roles in many award-winning shorts and independent features including "Attachments," and "So Many Options" among others.

Adept in theater, film, acting, coaching, writing, and producing, Valeka is an artist with some serious promise. She stars as Eileen in the film "The Runaways," working with award winning cinematographer, Mike Wilson. In addition to being a Jet Beauty of the Week, Valeka is the current DC Co-Captain of Ava Duverney’s distribution company ARRAY. Additionally, her documentary film “Non-Critical” premiered at Cannes in the Short Film Documentary Corner, and it received the 2015 J
ury Award.

Previous credits include a host of theater roles, notably the role of Nina in acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby." Broadway world stated "Playing the role of Nina is Valeka who is astonishing. I predict a great future is ahead of her. One gets to see her transformation from the hardened criminal to that of a young woman who has just lost her mother, when she strips herself from her make-up, wig, and clothes into a bathrobe, sits on her couch, covers herself in a wrap which was covering the couch and weeps. It's a powerful moment." DC Metro Arts stated "Valeka walks the trickiest line when it comes to winning our sympathy as Nina. But she will reduce you to a puddle in one scene when she comes upon a photo of herself as a toddler with her father, and suddenly all the pain of her childhood is reeled back and her face blossoms with a shy, girlish delight." Maryland Theatre guide states “Valeka is one of the most relaxed and unselfconscious actors I’ve seen on stage - ever... She is sensual and powerful – a performance to remember.”
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Isabella L. May 12, 2018
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Valeka is an excellent teacher! Her encouraging words and energetic attitude encouraged me to dig deep, step outside my comfort zone and go big. Her great acting advice helped me tremendously prepare for a role I had in a play. She helped me with confidence and understanding each scene. I received many great reviews after the show and I am thankful to Valeka for this.
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Janelle October 19, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
I don't normally write reviews for services, but a class with Valeka is worth a review! I opted for an online coaching medium because of my schedule, and Valeka was very professional, warm, responsive and very prompt. She takes the time to understand how she can help you be your best! That level of attention to detail was so important to me, since I was new to this medium.

If you're looking for an acting coach, do yourself a favor and reach out!
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Kim October 18, 2017
· Acting · Online
Finding an Acting Coach in Los Angeles is a daunting and overwhelming process. For me, I set out to find someone who's approach resonated with me as well as pushed and challenged me, helping me deepen my craft and boost my self-confidence. I needed to find a coach with whom I could form a relationship, who could provide an environment where I felt comfortable to receive feedback, to allow myself to be vulnerable and to take risks. I wanted a coach who could facilitate growth and help take my career to the next level. And, of course, I wanted to find someone who is qualified and knows what they are doing. Valeka was recommended through a fellow actor, and it was the best referral ever! Her knowledge is incredible and she is always willing to help. Since working with Valeka, I have been constantly going on auditions and FINALLY getting called back. I can't recommend Valeka enough, and if my word is not enough, reach out to her. You won't be sorry!
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About Becca B.

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Walking into an audition room can be intimidating-- but it doesn't have to be! I have learned to love auditioning for stage and screen by uncovering discoveries in the text, embracing spontaneity in the room, and giving myself permission to breathe (it's a lot of breathing). I can't wait to help you find the same tools and help you gain the confidence to kill it every time. Auditioning is really just another chance to perform, after all!

About Becca
I grew up in Idaho, but these days I'm thrilled to have an extensive stage career as an actor in primarily Shakespeare and new work, working off-Broadway and in major regional theatres like the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I'm a proud member of Actor's Equity, and a represented client of a top NYC agent-- both achievements I received right out of college after booking a major regional show.

Like many of my students, I grew up in a small town (mine was in Idaho) before the acting bug bit. I learned to love auditioning early, earning acceptance into Interlochen Arts Academy, the top high school performing arts boarding school in the country at age 15. After thriving there, I was accepted into a handful of top college theatre programs, ultimately choosing to study at Fordham University in New York City, where I graduated summa cum laude. S
ince then, I haven't stopped auditioning!

Now that you know I know a thing or two, here's how you'll know I'm a good fit for you:
-- You're interested in feeling more confident in auditions or onstage.
-- You're willing to take chances with me in a safe, caring environment.
-- You want a partner who will invest in your progress.
-- You're open to learning from me, and allowing me to learn from you.
-- You're trying to figure out where you fit as an actor.
-- You're ready to be surprised by yourself!
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Bryce January 10, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In home
Becca is the bomb! I've done a couple of Shakespeare plays, but she taught me a lot about the text and the history of the play that I didn't know. She helped me create a subtext to the whole monologue, so I always had actions to take even without a scene partner there. I want to do a Falstaff monologue soon, and I definitely want her to help me with that, too.
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Jason January 10, 2018
· Theater Acting · In home
Becca was great! Not only did she help with my pieces, she also spotted and corrected tension I carried in my jaw haha! After working with her, I felt more centered, grounded, and ready for my audition. Will definitely go to her again for the next round!
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Camille January 10, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Becca was AWESOME! From the moment we met, I felt really comfortable with her, which is obviously really important for acting. I had a monologue I was working on, and Becca helped me get out of a rut with it. I felt super confident going to my audition afterwards, and like I had a lot of things I could take with me from the lesson to my next audition.
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About Miriam C.

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Acting is about understanding the human experience and sharing it with your audience. My aim with students is to help find the freedom of expression by making specific and bold choices. Having studied classically as a dancer and as an actor at New York University, I have a passion for teaching Shakespeare. I also love coaching monologues and scenes for auditions.

About Miriam
As a graduate from New York University with a BFA in drama, I am passionate about teaching students how to free themselves up to express and relate their characters to the audience. I studied in the Stella Adler and Classical Studio at NYU, and have a passion for teaching Shakespeare. I coach monologues and scenes for auditions as well as help actors analyze texts for their personal growth as an artist.
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My philosophy is that an actor must learn how to respond believably to imaginary circumstances as themselves before they can respond believably as someone else. I strip the actor of "acting" and make them just respond honestly. We do this with improvisation exercises first. Later we will add scripts and make them develop characters outside of themselves. Slowly, we will expand the range of the actor with movement and vocal techniques. As we get more advanced the more we delve into psychology.

Students often report that acting helps them identify and express their own feelings in everyday life. After all, acting out stories is nothing but rehearsing for life.

About Braden
I am a professional director and performer in the Houston theater scene. I graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelors in Acting and Directing. I trained my voice at Houston Music Institute, University of Houston, and at Rice University where I primarily focused on classical, Broadway, and jazz techniques.

Many acting students come to me with big broad characters and extravagant gestures. While there are some shows that might be stylized this way, this isn't grounded in truth. Many directors will see it as false. I teach students to listen and respond honestly without forcing emotion. I believe that audiences can feel when emotion is genuine and when it's not. By learning to respond honestly, allowing themselves to feel, and thinking critically about the motives of characters, students become better listeners, better communica
tors, and more empathetic in their daily lives. They also become more believable and dynamic performers onstage or on screen.

Every voice is unique, and I want students to discover the beauty of their truly personal instrument. Because of the personal nature of the voice, I strive to create a safe space to explore. My main priority is freeing the voice from unnecessary tension and supporting it with the breath so students' true sound can be discovered. I know many different exercises for each specific element of vocal technique. I transfer between exercises to actual music pieces until proper technique becomes muscle memory and replaces old habits.

I'm a firm believer in the joy of art. If we are not having fun, we should probably be doing something else. Right?
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Mayra April 29, 2018
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Braden is amazing at teaching acting. He did a great job with our daughter.
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For the first time in Los Angeles, you can be privately trained to take the prestigious LAMDA acting exams (entry level through Grade 8). Each exam requires the performance of at least one monologue from contemporary times, ultimately working towards the performance of 3 monologues (including one Shakespearean). An examiner is scheduled to fly out from London to LA at least twice a year. Bonnie will prepare you for all aspects of the exam with the examiner. Special guest LAMDA teachers will help along the way.

Age: 7 years +

You can visit: lamda.ac.uk/our-exams/all-examinations/performance-examinations/

Bonnie attended the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School while in London and worked her way through the LAMDA exam system. She ultimately earned her LAMDA Diploma in Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) in 2011.

LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. We have been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. ...

About Bonnie
I was born and raised in London, where I attended the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School and worked my way through the LAMDA exam system. I ultimately earned my LAMDA Diploma in Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) in 2011. I have now lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years and have had exposure to many acting techniques on both sides of the pond. This ranges from experiences in the theatre world (in off West End productions in London) as well as in the commercial/film world in Los Angeles.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thank you!
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