Students are raving about their Theater Acting instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
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 Ben
"I worked with Dave on two different plays. He directed me and I was very satisfied with working with him! He's welcome to suggestions, yet has a clear vis
ion of what he wants from a show. I really enjoyed working with Dave and would love the opportunity to work with him again. I recommend Dave to any actor who wants to get some great theater experience!"
New York, NY 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 Lynne
"Intelligent, patient, experienced teacher who understands the individual needs of his students. His lessons are a joy, giving the student the feeling that
he/she can do it and do it well. No doubt, you will walk out of any session with the feeling that you have learned and learned from a master actor and teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lillian
"The first lesson was super relaxed. Vary basic, let's-get-to-know-you, type stuff. We read a few monologues, did some script analysis and set-up a lesson
plan. He asks good questions and also had good answers for mine. Tyler has strong leadership and teaching abilities that flow naturally. You can tell this is what he does best and that he probably does is better than a lot of people who also try to. I've been studying various forms of arts for the last decade or so, and I can honestly say that classes with him have been the most beneficial as far as performing arts goes. We've been working together for almost a year now and I am very excited for the next season :D"
San Bernardino, 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:
Review by Laura
"Madison directed me in a play called The Dybbuk last year and had the very difficult job of teaching me to act possessed. I was having trouble inhabiting
the idea of possession physically while also reciting very heightened language in unison with another actor. Madison coached me by allowing me to explore creatively and making adjustments based on what she saw. Her ability to communicate what she wanted while also making sure I was comfortable was really amazing, considering it could have been frustrating for all of us if anyone got impatient. I ended up being very proud of my performance in that play, and without Madison's coaching I don't think I would have been.
During that play she was also able to direct a large cast and overcome many of the obstacles fledgling theatre companies face with good humor and quick thinking. I would recommend her as a teacher and director to anyone."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by R J
"I have been in a couple of plays before but working with Deloris was the most instructive and amazing experience I have ever had. She was patient and enc
ouraging and often open to our creative expressions. Whoever works with her will be more than pleased with their acting results."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Laura
"I acted with Nick in a play last year and had a wonderful experience. He is an incredibly warm, encouraging person who immediately puts everybody at ease.
He is also a very talented actor - I have seen him take on a wide range of roles and he brings truth to every character he plays. Nick was also gracious enough to help me when I started my own theatre company, and his insights and advice were invaluable. Although I haven't had the opportunity to work with him as a director or coach yet, the next time I need help with monologues or a tricky role he will be the first person I call."