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Chicago, IL
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School of Steppenwolf Theater (actor's residency)

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"Personal Attention You Need & Deserve!"

With over 20 years of television, voice-over, film, stage, runway, voice, musical theater, modeling and 'live' hosting in the U.S. and Canada. John achieved success in Los Angeles landing roles on: Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital, Young & The Restless, Ocean's Thirteen, Meet Dave and many other shows! John C.
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John C.

Chicago, IL 60608
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$40 / 45-min

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Chicago, IL

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I have been performing with various theater and improvised theater groups in Chicago for about 4 years. My main focus is long form improvisation. We can take the sessions in many different directions depending on where you want to go.

About Josh
Hi, there! My name is Josh, and I can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to private teaching and am looking forward to helping my students get a good solid start with either piano, or improvised theatre. I studied theatre in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, and I trained at the IO theatre in Chicago for improvised theatre. I studied jazz piano with Dr. Joe Utterback in Stratford, CT. I've been performing in Chicago as an improvisor and mucisian for about 4 years. I'm a relaxed and friendly person and my teaching style is very much based on what you want to accomplish, though I'd be happy to make suggestions. I really look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Josh L.
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Charlie M. November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10-year old son Charlie had a great first lesson with Josh. He accomplished a lot in his session and Charlie is excited for the next lessons. Josh is very patient and kind.
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Alexa July 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Alexa was excited to take lessons with Josh and really enjoyed them!
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David March 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Josh was very helpful for a beginner like myself. He got me started on my path.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About James W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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 Rock D.

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After performing in live major acting and singing showcases, music videos, and attracting the personal attention of America’s Got Talent producers, I've found my passion in helping others improve their craft by scouting & coaching kids as young as 6, teens and adults as "young" as 70 in TV Commercials, Scenes, Monologues, Improv and cold reading, and Singing Performance.

You can expect highly personalized sessions with me whether it's your first day getting started or if you've been at it a while!

About Rock
As a child and teen, I was always active in the performing arts in school. Taking major roles in many productions and performing numerous solo singing acts throughout my years prepared me for success. In my early twenties I was scouted by agents across the country for my talents in acting, singing, commercial modeling, and dancing. In addition to awards for my acting, I've written and recorded over 30 original songs for myself and other artists and have had 4 singles on iTunes. My fans stretch across 15 countries!

After performing in live major acting and singing showcases, music videos, and attracting the personal attention of America’s Got Talent producers, I found my passion in helping others improve their craft by scouting & coaching kids, teens and adults in TV Commercials, Scenes, Monologues, Improv and Cold Reading, and Singing Pe
rformance.

I'm proud to say many of my students have been in a variety of productions and have been signed by major modeling and acting agencies in NY and LA. Working closely with a wide range of agents in the industry has given me a behind-the-scenes look into what agents are looking for in new talent which I willingly shares with all of my students and clients.
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Rock D.

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About Caroline L.

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Chicago, IL

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Want to hit the stage and be in the spotlight, but don't know where to begin? Feel like you know your casting "type", but want to expand your possibilities? Is performing Shakespeare your worst nightmare? No problem! Within no time at all, I'll make sure that you'd feel confident to rock an audition, know what to expect for a rehearsal process, and how to hone your craft so you'll be prepared for anything a director throws your way. I've studied firsthand with Shakespearean actors who've performed at the Globe Theatre, Musical Theatre performers from both Broadway and the West End, and some of the best improv performers America has to offer. We can figure out which acting approach works best for you, and how you can effectively expand your repertoire. Let's get to work!

About Caroline
Hi there! My name's Caroline, and I'm a working actor and teacher in Chicago. I received my BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Mississippi, and then pursued my Masters in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, currently ranked 3rd best Performing Arts Institution in the world. I want to make sure that no matter where you are in your singing or acting career, you will become confident in your skills and be ready to face the world and show just what you uniquely have to offer!

I’ve studied extensively with singing professionals, running the gamut. From members of the National Opera Association to certified Estill Method teachers to pop artists, I take my vast array of knowledge to make sure I find a method and practice that works best for YOU.

Voice students can expect a noticeable improvement in their vocal t
echnique. Whether you’re looking to expand your range, learn how to “belt” or sing classically, or be able to create a true acting connection with a song, I can help you! We’ll start by diagnostically looking at your voice, breaking any “bad habits” and creating a solid foundation on which to build.

I also teach acting, and strive to make sure I meet whatever are my student’s custom criteria: whether that is nailing an audition or callback, how to fully create your own unique approach to a character, or how to make yourself a more flexible and dynamic actor as a whole. I also love helping people crack the daunting code that is Shakespeare and making it more relatable and approachable.

Performing arts teachers are basically cheerleaders, therapists, and mentors all rolled into one; and I hope that I can be that for you! I love teaching because nothing is quite as exhilarating as seeing firsthand how much someone can improve in their skill. So if this sounds like a good fit for you, shoot me a message and let's see just how far you can go to improve yourself and achieve your goals!
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Caroline L.

Caroline L.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$25 / 30-min
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Learn how to be creatively open and available and in the moment!

Great training for those just starting and fantastic for those more advanced students!​
Become more confident and unleash your creative potential.
Dive into personal exploration of belief in your acting work.
Push your actor training to exciting new levels of discovery and success.
Gain valuable technical skills that assist in releasing truth during any creative process.
It is our goal that upon completion of our workshops participants will:

1) Have established a strong acting skill set.

2) Be equipped with an artistic edge that will help differentiate their talent and keep them competitive.

3) Have enhanced communication skills an improved group dynamic.
An Actor that is strong in both technique and artistic focus is desired. We strive to exhibit performance skills above average, while embracing an understanding of some foundations about entertainment industry. The journey to become a performer is exciting yet ...

About Brian
Brian Weddington is an instructor of Theatre and Communication with the City Colleges of Chicago and past Assistant Professor of Theatre with the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also received his B.A. in Theater. Continuing his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey earned him the M.F.A. in acting. His professional acting career is extensive and varied with theatrical, film and television work throughout the United States and abroad. Some of his creative works include: Episodes of NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago Med, the hit movie Barbershop 2, ABC’s One Life to Live, the National Black Arts Theater Festival production of “The People Who Could Fly”, the Kennedy Center’s theater production of “The Darker Face of the Earth” and “Thieves Carnival”, which was performed at the theater of Southwest Moscow. He has several nat
ional and regional television commercials to his credit including All State Insurance, McDonald’s and Century 21.

His service and dedication to arts in education has allowed him to instruct youth in many performance methods within various community programs including The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Education Program at Gallery 37, After School Matters, Upward Bound, Project CHANCE and the Boys and Girls Club of America. He has worked with Harran Production Foundation to produce “Do you know Your Human Rights” with students from the After School Matters Program at Gallery 37. The group has performed University of Chicago’s Professor Emeritus Dr. Shakeela Hassan’s poem; giving it sound, rhythm, and movement while presenting it at various events including Chicago Unity Month at Soldier’s Field, CUSP Conference, and Chicago Sunday Evening Club’s Greater Chicago Leadership Breakfast.

​He is the Director of Theatre Arts and Co-Founder of the HHW School for the Performing Arts, Director of Programming at Lifevine Works. He currently teaches Oral Communication at Columbia College Chicago and has presently completed a book of scenes and monologues from the African American Christian experience entitled “LIFTED”.
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Brian W.

Brian W.

Chicago, IL 60601
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$100 / 60-min

About Melanie P.

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I am a voice and acting teacher specializing in musical theater and pop rock and other commercial forms of singing. I have training in all different acting techniques and I focus on audition and competition prep. I help performers fuse their acting and singing but can also focus on one aspect if the student so chooses. I work with many students on college auditions and thespian competitions as well. I teach all ages up to adults since I am also an adjunct faculty and have experience in teaching at the university level.

About Melanie
I am a voice and acting teacher specializing in musical theatre, pop-rock, and other commercial forms of singing. I teach all ages from kids to adults since I am also adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University. I attended University of Pennsylvania for my undergrad and received my Masters in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory. I focus on breathe work, increasing range, and freeing the natural voice with healthy technique and placement whether you are belting or singing classical pieces. I work with many students on college auditions and thespian competitions - I have students at colleges all over the country, working in NYC, and performing all over the world. I love imparting my love of singing and acting to my younger students as well, making lessons fun and flexible to the needs of each student. Having performed in NYC, Bos
ton, Philadelphia, and throughout the South Florida region, I understand the hard work it takes to perfect your craft. Together we will work to achieve your goals as a singer and actor to make yourself the complete package you know you can be!
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Sarah November 28, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
Melanie is an absolutely incredible vocal teacher/coach. I noticed a change in my voice after just the first lesson. Her vast knowledge of the anatomy used to create vocal sounds combined with the techniques she teaches has definitely improved my voice. She taught me how to belt and showed me the difference between my belt and my mix, which was beyond helpful. She also taught me how to sing in my head voice in a healthier and more effective way. And on top of that, she has a mental library full of great song recommendations for my individual voice. Can't wait until our next lesson!
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About Tayon K.

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ACTING is just not the art; it is the movement, the audience, the text and the drive for those looking to begin working in professional environments. Students enrolled in ACTING: Journey will find new ways to analyze, respond and incorporate text, movement and various other skills needed for stage work.

About Tayon
As a former student at a performing arts school with a dedication to social activist projects, government and acting may seem like a weird combination. They're not, I promise. I've learned so many lessons, but the most important being that the theater is the gateway to getting people to wake up and focus on issues around them. My resume includes six shows on stage, working with summits in Washington, D.C., and serving on panels that focus specifically on civic engagement.
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Tayon K.

Tayon K.

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About Pia V.

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Please google my name Piya Pinvatana. I have been acting since 17 years of age and have over 30 years of acting as an actress and coach. I have trained method acting with Lewis Smith's Actor's Academy, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Milton Katsellas, where Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and other actors trained, scene study. I also trained auditioning technique with Judy Bouley (Breaking out of your shyness) and have produced and shot my own commercials and films here and overseas. I did modeling in my earlier years. Am now 50 but look 30 some say. I have worked with Jared Leto, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez doing stunts but not teaching them. I teach confidence and life lessons to apply to your acting. Making it real but making it look good and practicing cold reading on camera techniques. You can look me up also on filmproaddicts.com that's my production company.

About Pia
I have trained with the best and have worked with A-list celebrities working them to collaborate with acting, music videos, style, make-up, stunts, and have over 30 years of experience as coach! I also do career coaching for 20.00 per hour and can guide you to do the right things as an actor or beginning acting. I know I mentioned only teaching advanced students. I have well over 10 years of experience with trained academy teachers, Lewis Smith, Milton Katsellas who trained Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. I've worked with Jared Leto on his music video and worked on hundreds of sets as their creative director. I would love to teach students how to have confidence and find work as an actor and get experience while they are waiting for their big break. How to have confidence in front of the camera or wherever you are.
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Pia V.

Pia V.

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$34 / 30-min

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