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Acting students will receive instruction customized for their individual needs and skill level, drawing on a variety of techniques, including Linklater (physical and vocal work), Stanislavski, Meisner, and Grotowski, Shurtleff, among others. Students can work privately on audition skills, including monologues and cold reading, as well as scene work, character building and basic principles of acting. The first step to great acting is a free body and voice, allowing full expression of of emotional life of the character!

About Wendy
I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw
o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

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As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing.
My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

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My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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Daniel G. April 6, 2018
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St James November 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
She's great!
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Natalie S.

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Evanston, IL
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Let's work a new monologue, prepare for an audition or scan some Shakespeare!

About Natalie
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to check out my teaching profile!

Note: I work as the program director for a park district in south Evanston and am required to have a federal background check on file. Please let me know if you would like a copy and I will happily forward it to you!

A bit about me:
I am a working Chicago actress originally from Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in Acting. For three years I lived in Los Angeles pursuing opportunities in film and television. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and with the help of my agents and manager, I worked on many t.v. shows including Numbers, Commander and Chief and McBride (starring John Larroquette). After realizing how much I missed being on stage, I moved to New York City. I spent two years performing off Broadway before finally landing i
n Chicago to attend graduate school. In 2013, I earned my M.F.A. in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Currently, I am the Director of New Works with The Arc Theatre . Additionally, I direct plays for other prominent theatre companies in the city. I am capable of teaching a variety of theatre skills, including classical techniques, performance of literature and speaking voice.

A bit about you:
YOU are a new actor, an experienced actor or "getting-back-into-the-swing-of-it" actor. YOU need help with an upcoming camera or theatre audition, choosing new monologues, developing a script, exploring different techniques, or understanding this fantastic business.

YOU are excited, scared and most importantly READY TO DIVE IN!

I am here for YOU!

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I am extremely laid back and open to trying new things. In a lesson, you can expect to bravely explore the world of acting in a safe, nurturing environment. I believe in the "YES" philosophy- anything is possible and everything is valid in developing a creative life. There are no wrong answers! Just millions of GOOD questions. Acting is DOING and through trial error, anyone with the drive and determination can be a successful performer. I will instill the confidence and skills you need to take the next step in your acting career- whatever that may be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a growing library of books on acting, auditioning and play scripts. I am happy to loan you material and use any of my resources to further your learning.

*** Travel Equipment ***
We can both provide music, books and props as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Shakespeare, Contemporary, Film, Dialects
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LeAnne L. May 13, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
She is very flexible at schedule and help my daughter with auditions
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David S. February 3, 2014
· Acting ·
The warmest teacher around

Natalie helped me with monologues for audition season this year and it's made all the difference! I feel more confident in the product I'm putting out there and more comfortable in the moment of the audition. She has a unique ability to be both creatively nurturing and extremely effective. She'll always be my go to acting coach!
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Jorge N. February 3, 2014
· Speaking Voice ·
Very helpful

I needed help with projecting and emoting with my voice for a reality TV shoot. Natalie was very helpful in teaching techniques to connect my breath and voice, relax and eliminate tension, and thoroughly warm up. These were very helpful. I went from being anxious on camera to having fun and looking forward to more. Highly recommended!
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Natalie S.

Natalie S.

Evanston, IL 60202
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About Benjamin K.

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I have been involved in several productions, and have extensive acting experience. I am able to help my students study their characters, and realize a wide range of acting choices.

About Benjamin
I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Henry R. July 12, 2018
· Singing · Online
Ben takes you right down to the lick-log with what he wants and expects from you. At the beginning I didn't appreciate the various directions he was taking me, like having to learn various chords, etc. on a keyboard. But I can see now that it is all coming together. Don't get the bighead, Ben, but it's all coming together now.
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Kendric July 2, 2018
· Acting · Online
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Molly M.

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All ages. I have taught drama/musical theatre in groups as well as coached individuals.

About Molly
I have been teaching for 16 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their seventies! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. ...these are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and ONLINE (I just love teaching singers all over the country and the world!) .

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best . I have trained with respected opera singers who have performed with companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as leaders in vocal pedagogy. I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools- no matter what it is you like to sing!

I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem . How about beginning music theory? I can
help with that,too. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing and getting into the heart of your songs? Let's do it! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with very shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, and having fun right away so we can free that voice of yours! I have worked with many singers who have been diagnosed with anxiety: you're in good hands and you can trust me with your voice.

I am also a drama teacher who has worked with groups as well as individuals. I love working with beginning acting students! I'll assist with monologue prep, improvisation, voice for the stage, body awareness, and more. I love being on stage and want you to see how fun it is to jump in and let go,too!

I am a constant student in the world of theatre. I am currently taking many courses with the Drama Teacher Academy, and just received a certificate for monologue work ! Currently studying more improv and musical theatre techniques. I want my students to have as many skills as possible, no matter where their love for theatre or music takes them.

If you're interested in beginner ear training or music theory, I'd love to help you with that as well. I present it in a no-nonsense and fun manner! I'll provide you with simple worksheets to increase your confidence in learning the language of music, as well as run you through increasingly challenging patterns and sight reading for the ear training. Don't be afraid: I make it easy and customize it all. I used to be scared of theory,too- so I know what works!

I have been singing for over 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze, Speaking Voice for Singers, , Commercial Vocal Styles/Belting with Lisa Popeil, teacher mentoring workshop with Maestro David Jones. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Additional workshops in Vocal Pedagogy with David Sabella-Mills, Dr. Karen Prokop, Melissa Cross (the queen of healthy scream technique!), Sheri Sanders Rock the Audition training), and Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and authority in vocal pedagogy and author of "The Singing Book".

Completed John Henny's New Science of Singing course. Currently taking Dr. Shannon Coates' "Vocal Instrument 101".

My students do a variety of great things! One was a top 12 "American Idol" finalist. Current students perform in musicals, top rated choirs, and professional rock , jazz,and blues bands. Many have won awards for their singing at competitions such as NATS. Students of mine have also been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools for both drama and music, as well as undergraduate music programs in the US and Europe.

Proud member of NATS and the Speakeasy Cooperative, a professional group of independent voice teachers.

I think if you can speak, you can sing. Everyone can and should sing! Don't let anything hold you back. I am a people person that is very passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!

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I teach in person (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) and online via Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime or TakeLessons Classroom, of course!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software. Additional materials I use: Funky n' Fun Vocal Exercises, Estelle Liebling Vocal Methods, Bona and Dannhauser for sight-reading, Full Voice workbooks for young and serious singers!

*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with the LGBTQ community and studied with experts in transgender voice .I also love to give workshops!
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Laura G. July 25, 2018
· Singing · Online
Molly is very knowledgeable . She is good at finding student's problems and providing suitable ways of correction. She is honest and funny. Having a lesson with her is fun. I would recommend Molly for the ones who want to take singing lessons.
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karina July 10, 2018
· Singing · Online
Awesome lesson. I was nervous since this was my first singing lesson but Molly made me feel comfortable. I am very excited to continue to take lessons with her.
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Deb June 20, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
it was so good
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Schaumburg, IL 60193
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About Monica S.

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I am a professional musical theatre performer who has been working primarily in Chicago for the past 10 years. I have had the pleasure of working with companies such as Northlight Theatre, Walt Disney World, Provision, Fox Valley Rep, Boho, First Folio Theatre, and have even had the honor of working with Stephen Schwartz. In addition, I have also had callbacks for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Marriott Theatre, The Evil Dead Musical National Tour and The Rock of Ages National Tour. (When I improve my dance ability - I hope to add some of these theatres to my resume) :) During lessons I will focus on giving you a customized lesson plan specifically designed to enhance your instrument and talents. Because of this, I prefer not to accompany on the piano during lessons as it takes my focus off of you. Whether you want to learn how to belt like Idina, or hit beautiful high notes like Kristin Chenoweth, I can help. Experienced Musical ...

About Monica
I have at least a little experience in everything performance related. You name it - chances are I've done it! The two areas I have the most experience teaching though are acting / audition coaching (I've been teaching this on and off for over 10 years), and vocal coaching / singing lessons.

While I am a highly trained singer that can sing anything: Pop, Rock, Church Songs, Broadway, Opera, etc. - I am NOT the best accompanist. As long as you are fine working on songs with a pre-recorded accompaniment track, or a capella - I'm the teacher for you!

I'm also lucky enough to be a successful working actor and have been a paid musical theatre performer in the Chicago-land area for the past 13 years. That being said, I will occasionally have auditions or rehearsals. Because of this, I try to keep my prices affordable in exchang
e for a flexible teaching schedule.

I'm also a former cast member of Walt Disney World and am a skilled puppeteer. I'm a funny / nerdy / silly teacher, so all levels of students will feel welcome. I look forward to teaching you! :)
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Savannah May 29, 2018
· Singing · In home
My (very shy) 12 year old just completed her first voice lesson with Monica and I could not be more impressed. Monica was perfect for her. She acted just the right amount of goofy to break the ice and make my daughter feel at ease. As I listened in the next room, I could already hear progress being made in daughter’s voice. Monica seemed to give excellent advice and has already assigned a homework assignment designed to focus on my daughter’s weaknesses. I am really looking forward to seeing exactly how far Monica will be able to take my daughter in the next few weeks.
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Frank H. May 26, 2018
· Acting · In home
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Rod M. February 13, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Monica is an excellent instructor. She makes you immediately feel at ease with her patient and friendly approach to singing. She encourages input, and she tailors her lessons to the individual. I’ve only had one lesson, but I learned quite a lot in one hour. Monica is awesome!
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Monica S.

Monica S.

Harwood Heights, IL 60706
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All levels welcome to these theatre classes!

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Hello ♥

Here to help you grow on your life's journey! My experience includes 15 years in professional and community theatre projects.

Educational Background: B.A in Psychology, minor in theatre, training at Second City in scene study and improv. Every day is a learning experience and another chance to follow my passions. Let's continue to grow together. Looking forward to getting to know you!
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Ny Y.

Ny Y.

Chicago, IL 60613
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I am an experienced actress of 10 years, specializing n beginner/intermediate level theater students. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I specialize in improvisation and using imagination as a tool in order to live in a scene. My students can expect to walk away with a working vocabulary for any rehearsal room, as well as audition prep, and advice practical on the industry.
Sound good? Let's get started!

About Kimberly
I am a professional actress, dancer, writer and comedian in Chicago. I graduated with my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am also an alumni of both Second City and iO theater.

Theater is a vulnerable art form and I strive to create an environment in which my students can feel safe and supported. I teach students how to connect with their imagination so that they can easily access true life within a scene. My students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique, movement training, and scene study. Acting is the art of being human. I firmly believe that as long as you are human, you have the tools you need to be a successful actor.

I am also a professional dancer. I specialize in tap, jazz, and beginner ballet. Movement and acting are very closely connected. Also, as
a working professional it is beneficial to have a variety of skills in addition to acting. Therefore, dance lessons are also a service I provide. I have been dancing for 18 years, and teaching it for 5. I specialize in teaching youngsters, ages 3-7, but I am open to students of all ages!

Entertainment is a difficult field, and there is not a single path to success. I have been fortunate enough to have been represented professionally since my college graduation in 2016. I attribute this to the internship I took in 2014,
when I worked with The Chasin Agency in Los Angeles, CA. I used what I learned from that internship to navigate my way through the industry here in Chicago. In the past year I have been able to get three of my students representation here in town through branding techniques via headshot and resume.

If you are ready to grow as an artist, and apply your skills towards a profession, I am ready to teach you!
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Curtis G. August 10, 2018
· Acting · In home
Kimberly is very professional, maintaining an agenda that requires the right amount of prep. for each exercise. I learned a great deal and would highly recommend her.
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Shannon July 19, 2018
· Acting · In home
Kim has incredible in depth knowledge about the craft of acting. Not only has she helped my performance get better and better, but her knowledge of the industry has guided me down the path of success.
I always go to Kim with any questions or advice I may need because I have come to trust her with all things acting and performance.
What I love best about working with Kim is you can tell she loves what she does. She is a no-nonsense type of gal and will tell you what you need to hear to get better. You can see her passion for her work in everything she does. She has a lot of knowledge and skill to share.
If you are trying to get more serious with acting and performance, or just want to learn in a fun environment, I highly recommend working with Kim!
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Maeve July 18, 2018
· Improv Acting · In studio
Kimberly has extensive experience in the Chicago improv and theatre community which made our session so worthwhile. Not only was she able to share helpful acting techniques, but she was able to answer questions regarding the "business" side of the industry. We have also worked on writing projects together and her understanding of comedy and timing is enviable. Love her!
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Kimberly F.

Chicago, IL 60610
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About Elura R.

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Character development through text. The playwright has all there for you to discover. We will work on objective, tactics, beats, and motivation. Also the fun stuff of back story and relationships between the characters.
Of course the text wont have all the answers to helping you connect to your character. Together we can work on how to join the two.

About Elura
Acting and art should be fun!
That is my one and only belief when approaching acting and creating. If it doesn’t give you joy, why do it right? Discover and have fun! :)
I am a graduate from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. Moved to Chicago late 2016, and since, I have studied at Black Box Studio and Vagabond School of the Arts.
In addition to doing stage acting since the age of 11 and film from college until now, I have worked all sides of the table. I have been an actor, director, costume designer, set builder, and wardrobe supervisor. My favorite show I’ve ever been a part of was when I played a nymph in a production of The Tempest where I got to wear full body glow in the dark paint and perform a dance in aerial silks.
I have been trained in the Meisner acting technique, but as an ac
tor use text based character analysis to develop my characters.
When it comes to teaching, I choreographed for 3 summers for a musical camp and worked with fellow actors in college for audition prep and character development.
Can't wait to meet you!
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Elura R.

Elura R.

Chicago, IL 60613
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$30 / 30-min

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Joseph Granda has been a working actor in film, theater and television for more than 25 years. He’s worked with such noted film directors as Alfonso Arau, Mike Binder, Darrin Scott, Mark L. Lester and Rob Weiss. Joseph has acted opposite Keanua Reeves, Snoop Dog, James Marsden, Sam Eliott and starred opposite OSCAR WINNER Mira Sorvino in the critically acclaimed film Amongst Friends.

Joseph trained extensively in the Meisner technique in New York City with William Alderson of The Neighborhood Play House, and Strasberg’s Method work at the Stella Adler Studio of acting in Los Angeles.

All work is Meisner based using repetition, improvisation, sensory memory work, movement, writing and script analysis.

His focus on acting for kids is on creating confidence, a keen ear for listening and play; some of the most important tools a young actor must have.

All participants gain a better understanding of the differences between acting on stage, on camera and in a casting office.

About Joseph
​Joseph starred opposite Academy Award-winner, Mira Sorvino in the New Line Cinema film AMONGST FRIENDS, written and directed by Rob Weiss. He has played opposite Keanu Reeves in Alfonso Arau’s A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, opposite Eric Roberts and Theresa Russell in the HBO original film PUBLIC ENEMIES. He starred in Artisans’ theatrically released’ film CAUGHT UP, opposite Snoop Dog and LL Cool J.

Mr. Granda has a long history on the stage and in film. He has been On Broadway and Off Broadway in NYC. He originated the role of TIPPY in the Broadway hit "Club House Madness."

Joseph believes that acting is simply living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Be it stage, film or comercial work.
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Joseph G.

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