Learn how to develop a character, score a monologue, work in auditions with cold readings and preparation. All aspects to help you grow as a performer.
Ali has had music in her life since she was in the crib. She has performed professionally in the musical theatre world and she has studied in several universities for Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and R&B. Since the age of sixteen, she has been selected to sing as a guest soloist for venues such as Spivey Hall, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center. Ali has also sung for many movies and recordings, and recently recorded a demo for David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and recently toured as a pianist for "The Women of Ireland." She is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned her BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance cum laude studying under Magi Scott, Jeff Ramsey, Jerome Kyles, and Carolyn Escoffrey, Donna McElroy, Livingston Taylor, Joan Lader, and Charlie Sorrent
Ali is also known for playing piano. She received her minor in Piano Performance within a year at Shorter College under Helen Ramsaur. She has been playing since she was five years old and has accompanied many people and musical productions.
Some of Ali's major influences include:
Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, and Lara Fabian, Barbra Streisand
*** Lesson Details *** Ali loves to share her passion of music to the world and especially through her students. She loves to share new ideas and nuances along with the basics and fundamentals of technique. Although practice can be boring for the student, asking a student to pick at least one song to work on can help the student and the teacher have fun and learn at the same time. After a few months, not only will her students have fun, but they will learn how to be a better person and musician.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home Studio: Baby Grand Piano, Living room, Stands, metronome
*** Travel Equipment *** Just the music I assign and their appropriate instrument
*** Specialties *** For Acting: Meisner Piano: Just beginners- intermediate Voice: Anything you can think of and I'll do it
Get ready to book work because after you train with me you'll understand how to break down a scene, develop a character, make interesting and truthful choices, engage your emotional instrument, and truly be Captivating to watch on the big screen. I will prep you for auditions, teach you different camera techniques (close us vs 3/4 shot, vs master shot), and so much more. I have a rich background in various acting techniques as well as great insight from the many directors and coaches I have worked with in my own professional career.
VOCAL COACH Rehabilitating and strengthening voices are two of my top specialties, and each lesson will have specific exercises tailored to helping you transform your voice into the highest and best version of your instrument. I work with singers signed to labels as well as the indie artist just starting to find his/her voice, style, and signature sound. My coaching approach incorporates some of the newest technologies that have shown extraordinary results in breaking down the inner blocks of each artist. It is a tremendously joyful and fulfilling experience to watch as my students really let their instrument shine brightly, boldly, and with an aboslutely stunning groundedness as they discover how powerful they truly are.
Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G
. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity. Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her singing can also be heard on the hit tv show "Jane The Virgin", "Castle" and "Shameless" amongst others.
Education Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.
My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)
It's been a great experience to have lessons online. Although it lasted 45 minutes, I have seen that these types of lessons are very useful and practical. Thank you for providing these lessons!
February 19, 2018
Michelle is so patient and kind. She gives me help with my accent and the way I pronounce the words so that I sound more like a native speaker. I love her. She is so much fun. I'd recommend her to anybody.
January 29, 2018
Michelle is awesome!!! She is so sweet and a very good and encouraging instructor. She inspires me to be a better teacher. She helped me with where I was weak and gave me homework. I will definitely be working with her for EVERYTHING that I want to learn.
On camera, Kim has been a spokeswoman for clients including AT&T, IBM and DuPont, as well as being a featured on-camera principal commercial performer for OsCal, Nutrasweet, USF&G Insurance and many fine Fortune 500 companies. In film and television she was featured with Richard Harris (The Ravagers), Burt Reynolds (Stroker Ace) and James MacArthur (Superboy) and played Lurleen in Life's a Drag (When You're a Man in a Dress), Claire in Drowning, Susan in the short film, The Couch, and Kim in the soon-to-be-released short Bird-Dog. She recently founded an Advanced Acting for the Camera Master Class, team actor
Kim C. enjoys a busy career as a working professional actress/writer/director voice over artist in theatre, broadcast, industrial, educational, film, radio and TV commercials, e-learning and web site development. She received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for her voice over characterizations and production in 'Echoes from the Holocaust." In addition to her own career, Kim mentors voice over artists, coaches actors and teaches Master Classes privately for Pivot Planet and Betterfly.
Her podcast project Kim C's Florida Footpaths is a critically acclaimed media-rich trails and tales adventure of Natural Florida which was created through an Individual Artist Grant by the State of Florida Arts and Culture Division of Cultural Affairs.
An accomplished voice over actress, Kim's voice over skills are internationally recognized and acclaime
d: Kennedy Space Center, The Limited, Inc., Publix and Media One are some of her many projects. "You can't do better than the legendary voice-actress Kim C. - she can do anything," says Rick Raddatz, founder of Instant Audio, Audio Generator, TEDxCU, Xiosoft, BizPad, Pilots and astronauts know her as the original 'Bitching Betty,' the first voice to be digitized for voice recognition and vocal prompts. She is a very successful Voice-Over Coach and Voice Over Artist Mentor and has many private students.
On camera, Kim has been a spokeswoman for clients including AT&T, IBM and DuPont, as well as being a featured on-camera principal commercial performer for OsCal, Nutrasweet, USF&G Insurance and many fine Fortune 500 companies. In film and television she was featured with Richard Harris (The Ravagers), Burt Reynolds (Stroker Ace) and James MacArthur (Superboy) and played Lurleen in Life's a Drag (When You're a Man in a Dress), Claire in Drowning, and Susan in the short film, The Couch.
Her professional stage credits span over an impressive thirty-five years, starring in world and regional premieres, classic revivals and active in new play development. In 1979 she pioneered a regional theatre Twickenham Repertory Company in Alabama under a CETA grant. The company is now celebrating its 34th season as Theatre Huntsville.
Kim recently played Greer in 7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England and Vivian Bearing, PhD. in her 5th production of Wit, this time at the Palladium Theatre for American Stage. Other recent roles include Mag in The Beauty Queen of Leenane for Banyan Theatre and Prime Minister Golda Meir to standing ovations in the Atlanta premiere and FST Sarasota productions of the 22 character, one-woman show Golda's Balcony. She starred in two productions of Parallel Lives, The Kathy and Mo Show playing 16 comic characters, as well as directing a production and showcased her classical drama chops as Mrs. Alving in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. Her latest theatre directing project, Three Tall Women by Edward Albee for the Players, played to sold out houses and standing ovations.
Kim trained in London and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude from Catholic University's famed Speech and Drama Dept. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association (1983) and SAG/AFTRA (1976).
Kim is proud to be a working, professional actor - 'an athlete of the heart.' She is married to America's premier cat painter, artist Drew Strouble aka CatmanDrew of "Must Love Cats" Animal Planet fame.
*** Lesson Details *** Depending upon where you are in the process, each lesson is individually personalized to your acting and voice acting needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** 4 mac computers Shure ksm32 sl mic Studio Projects c1mic AKG Solidtube mic ATG/Sony headphones Tannoy Studio Monitors iPad Manhasset Music Stands
A bundle of knowledge and energy! Fantastic teaching skills and Im looking forward to our next lesson and to learning with Kim!
May 21, 2019
Kim jumped right in and learned everything she could about what I was working on so that she could help me perform at my very best. I can not say enough good things about all that she thought me. I recommend her to everyone I know. Her experience is second to none and her approach is genuine. Thank you for all the help Kim.
The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:
(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits. (2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators. (3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures. (4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.
It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.
Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.
Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
My daughter takes guitar from Maria and I didn’t realize how much she’s progressed until we went to a friend’s recital. 8 months with Maria and my child is leaps and bounds ahead of kids who’ve been taking for 2-3 years. It’s really motivating for her to see. Maria has standards which are non-negotiable but she’s patient and truly guides the kids to success. I’m so happy with our choice as her as a teacher.
June 6, 2019
Maria has been wonderful with our son. Very motivating and goal based. The recitals blow me away year after year. The progress these kids make with her plus the longevity of her students says a lot.
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching. I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids. Have a great day, Marcel
Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
I learned a lot from Marcel and liked his vision of how to redo the garden. The original garden was cluttered with overlapping plants and we discussed how to improve it. He pulled out his iPad and made several garden sketches that were helpful. The original garden was cluttered with overlapping plants and we decided to remove several of them and re-"orchestrate" the remaining ones. (We only bought new plants if they were needed to realize the new garden vision.) He is also a very hard worker, helping me (physically) transplant and add plants as required. For example, we transplanted a 100+ (?) pound Sago palm across the front yard. I would never have done that on my own (too heavy for me) but together we did it! Highly recommended. Bill
November 17, 2018
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
July 2, 2017
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
For theater students or new acting students that are looking to build experience and confidence in front of the camera. Take on acting scenes from film and break them down so that you can ultimately live realistically in the given circumstances. If you are preparing for an upcoming audition, please bring that in and let's solidify the scene and let's work on getting you that job!
I am a working actor from Chicago as well as a member of SAG/AFTRA since 2009. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2003, I hit the ground running and worked with Chicago Dance Crash for 3 years as a company member. I solidified my theater acting muscles for 4 years before moving to LA in 2007 and worked on 2 films, Heist and Ingles Ya in addition to national commercials for Soapnet, Gaterade and Pepsi, just to name a few. My most recent film, Markham Tactical premiered on August 6th in Chicago and will be debuting on the festival circuit in 2016. I also made my TV show debut in 2010 on Chicago Code. I followed that up with appearances on Mob Doctor, Crisis, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Empire and Chicago Med. My theater work has included stops at Steppenwolf Theater, The Goodman Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Timeline Theater,
I enjoyed my session with Christian. He is fair and knowledgeable
August 20, 2017
Very knowledgable teacher! Christian is patient with me as a beginner and has a great teaching method whereby he never tells you exactly how to perform a piece, as that is not what acting is about.
April 17, 2017
I don't know about you (yes you, the one reading this), but I've been secretly wanting to act my whole life and am a full of life personality with hidden insecurities. Even though I have never really acted professionally, I have been theatrical and playing all sorts of characters, speaking in accents and dancing to everything in front of the mirror, in comfortable social gatherings and have even put on shows for my pets and husband! Last time I acted "professionally" was in a high school play. And even then, I mostly helped make the props!
I tell you this, because, with that kind of a background, nervous and yet SO excited to JUST TRY, I chose Christian as my teacher- my professor of Acting!
I am 3 classes in and Christian is very supportive, non-judgemental and extremely easy to learn with. I am impressed with his skills, his ability to immediately decipher something I'm trying to explain, and then how easy he makes it for me to put his constructive feedback into practice. The practice is not easy... because that stuff always takes hard work, but he explains it all so easily so I can start practicing and exploring the acting world. He is honest about the acting world, the people in it and the various steps it takes to get to wherever you are trying to get! So be honest with yourself and let this be an authentic and fun experience! Plus, it's so nice to talk to someone that actually gets what it's like to be dreaming!
In my film courses, we will be able to cover aspects such as: Breaking down the script, framing, lighting, editing, preparation, making the camera our friend, depth, and more.
I have years of self-taping experience for myself and others, as well as directing short films. We will be able to create the best product or way for you to self create via camera from our sessions.
*EQUIPMENT NOT SUPPLIED* Camera Tripod (for camera or phone) Lighting for use
*EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED* Audio Mic Google film for recording
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.
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
Our lessons will be an immersive experience that will engage your entire mind and body. Whether you are just beginning your career as an actor or are currently working professionally, we will work on fine tuning your skills so that you will be a well rounded artist with a wide range of tools and techniques to pull from!
Hi! My name is Ashli and I have been a professional actress for over 20 years. I have several professional (TV/Film) credits and I have been in over 20 stage plays. In addition to my professional career, I have been studying acting for over 15 years and hold a bachelors degree in theatre acting from The California Institute of the Arts.
I began coaching and directing actors about 10 years ago. I can teach any age (5+) and any experience level, though, having been a child actor myself, I connect especially well with kid and teen actors. My teaching methods are rooted in several different techniques (method, Uta Hagen, Stanislavsky) but overall, my approach is one that immerses the actor in their work fully. Our sessions will engage your mind, body, and spirit with the hopes that you will become a well rounded and captivating artist and
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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"very helpful. listens well .gives constructive feedback. easy to talk with..a pleasure so far."
"I've learned so much from Gabriel. As we approach ten lessons together, I have learned many tools and techniques from him that have made me more confident
in analyzing comedic and dramatic scripts to present them in realistic and in-depth ways!"
"Vanessa is amazing. She is working with my 13-year old son and has him inspired and confident with huge improvements to his acting and singing ability. Sh
e has worked around our crazy schedule and seems to truly care about my son's success. We would definitely recommend her to anyone, were very lucky to find her on this site and have no hesitation in continuing lessons with her."
"Maria has coached me for every audition and part I have gotten for the past 5 years. She was referred to me by another one of her students. She is worth e
very penny. I'm moving to LA as I've just been cast as a series regular on a new ABC comedy but will be coaching with Maria online. I will be forever her student. She's a complete genius."
"Lessons with David were absolutely amazing. He helped me come out of my shell, and not be afraid to perform in any situation. What I have retained from my
lessons have and will be used in many situations to come, even outside the acting/film world. Thank you David for changing my life for the better."
"This is an update since my last review. Just came back from filming. I want thank Kim for her guidance, her support to make my first acting successful! S
he is a very knowledgeable acting coach. The important part is that she puts her heart and mind on her student. I highly recommend you take her lessons!"
"It went well for my first acting class. I never had experience with this area before. Kelsey is nice and tries to make you feel comfortable . She is very
"Its good working with Kelsey. I look forward to our lessons together."
"For my first lesson we touched base on the foundations that I knew and gave me great insight."