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!
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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."
*** Studio Equipment *** 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.
I am a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and directer. I employ my many years of experience as a performing artist, to help my students develop what is unique and compelling with in them. I believe that everyone has something of value to express. The key is finding creative ways to unleash it.
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University. I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability
and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning. My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises. Acting As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on. Creative and Lyric Writing I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.
*** Studio Equipment *** home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents -practice studio seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
A very good first lesson. We went over breathing exercises and scales. Also had time for Amy to critique my speaking style through a portion of a speech I will be giving in a month. Time well-spent.
She briefly went over the next lesson plan and gave me a little homework to do as well.
I got a lot out of this lesson and I can see how this will help me accomplish my goal of being a better public speaker and having a more controlled and stronger voice.
Looking forward to future lessons.
September 9, 2019
Patient. Gifted Teacher!
June 23, 2019
Amy is absolutely incredible. She showed keen interest in my concerns and challenges. She listened and knew exactly what I needed to do to get to where I want to be. She makes it easy for me to understand and she is truly a great coach. I can’t wait to see her again.
Working with children is my passion. I love helping them discover their talents and evem enhance their acting skills. I have been acting over 20 years, and within in the entertainment industry as Casting Director and Production Associate for about 7 years. It is my goal to help your child break out of their shell, and discover their natural brilliance as an actor.
Hello there! I'm Kaira, thank you for your interest and welcome. I have been teaching private lessons in singing and acting lessons since 2003. I am able to teach singing and acting lessons online, and ESL or reading lessons at a library located in the Owings Mills or Randallstown, MD area.
My education career has afforded me the opportunity to be a Master of Arts Graduate from Syracuse University with a concentration in Television, Radio, and Film. I also attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I majored in the concentrations of Vocal and Stage Performance, as well as, Technical Production; here, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree. Also, I received a TESOL certification through an international ESL company, and have acquired accredited Early Childhood education with an emphasis in Reading and ESL from Grand Canyon Univ
I am an active Performing Artist. I have developed many relationships within the industry, and acquired much knowledge on how to become a working artist. I love what I do so much that it has afforded me to teach my expertise in the areas of voice, stage performance and audition preparation. As an educator, I believe that there is no limit to what you can do, my education, passion and goal is to help you become a confident reader at any stage of your life. I look forward to meeting you.
My child was not at 8th grade reading level, he has been taking lessons for about two weeks now. No one could tell me his reading level, Kaira did a computer test, created a plan and it's working great. For the first time my son is excited to learn. He's doing better in school in short matter of time.
April 23, 2019
Awesome lesson! I felt more confident after being out of the game of acting for awhile. Also, she's very nice.
April 11, 2019
It was such a pleasure meeting Kaira! She was so warm and welcoming. My daughter loved her singing lesson. She has grown so much as a singer and is more confident than ever. You will not regret hiring Kaira, she is absolutely the best vocal coach I could have ever found for my child. Very professional and knowledgeable!
Stephen enjoys helping actors go from average to engaging, with the experience to prepare an actor for a casting director's office or a TV or movie set.
I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
Lawrence Saint-Victor is an award winning actor who trained at the Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase. Lawrence's film and television credits are Ugly Betty, Law and Order, BET's Zoe Ever After, Guiding LIght, Bold and the Beautiful, and Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. He appeared in such films as Pass the LIght and My Last Day Without You. Lawrence's theater credits include Othello and Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, Six Degrees of Seperation, Black Man Rising (Audelco Award Winner), The Green Bird, and many more.
Lawrence Saint-Victor is an award winning actor. He trained at the Conservatory of Theater Arts and film at SUNY Purchase. Lawrence's Film and Television credits include Ugly Betty, Law and Order SVU, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, BET's Zoe Ever After, Guiding Light and Bold and the Beautiful. He's been in such films as Pass the Light and My Last Day without You. His theater credits include Williams Shakespeare's Othello and Winter's Tale, Six Degrees of Seperation, Night of the Iguana, Black Man Rising (Audelco Winner), Box, and many more.
"I love acting. It's through the power of storytelling that we can change eachother's lives. Every time you play a part you are telling someone's story. Story unifies and heals. Being an actor is daring to be the vessel for the full human experience. I look forward to going on this artistic jo
Lawrence is not only an extremely talented actor but he is also an excellent teacher!!! I would recommend him to anyone who wants to really learn and advance in the craft of acting!!!
His teaching style, method and techniques are all together a highly effective pathway to learning and progressing as an actor. He modifies his approach depending on your skill level to make the training more effective for you personally. He will teach you how to prepare for any role in the best possible way.
Lawrence is definitely the Best teacher I ve ever trainer with!!! Along with him being really great at what he does, he is very down to earth, super easy going and fun person! You will learn a lot and have a great time in the process.
No matter if you are a complete beginner or If you have experience and looking to advance in your craft Lawrence will teach you how to reach your goal in the best possible way!!!
August 31, 2019
I have nothing but positive things to say about Lawrence. Honestly he is such a great teacher and really cares about your progress and tries to help and make you understand everything that he teaches. I always looked forward to my lessons with him. It was my first time doing acting lessons online and he set the standard high. Thank you Lawrence being part of my journey and helping me become a better actress.
Learn to act from a Magna Cum Laude’ graduate with two communications degree. In addition, she studied for two years under a renowned playwright. she has over 20 years of acting, writing, and theatre experience. . She has written, produced and directed community and church productions. Her first professional stage play, debuted August of 2017 to a sold out audience.
She displayed her acting talents in an Evening in Elegance at the Los Angeles Theatre and at Georgia State University’s production of “She”. She headlined in the poetic, dramatic presentation of "Visions Through Me". Dancers, actors, singers and poets accompanied her. In addition to stage plays she has appeared on “The Resident”, “Lodge 49”, “Star”, “Greenleaf” and other television shows. She is the author of two poetic and dramatic reading books, She has two novels, and is currently working on the third instalment of the four-part series. To her credit are two poetic, spoken word albums.
Hello I am the owner and CEO of my own publishing and entertainment company .I graduated Magna Cum Laude’ from Georgia State University with a communications degree. In addition, I studied for two years under a renowned playwright. I have over 20 years of acting, writing, and theatre experience. As a publisher, I have produced over 20 media projects including books and CD’s. I have written, produced and directed community and church productions. My first professional stage play, debuted August of 2017 to a sold out audience.
I displayed her acting talents in an Evening in Elegance at the Los Angeles Theatre and at Georgia State University’s production of “She”. I headlined in the poetic, dramatic presentation of "Visions Through Me". Dancers, actors, singers and poets accompanied me. In addition to stage plays I appeared on “The Res
ident”, “Lodge 49”, “Star”, “Greenleaf” and other television shows. I am the author of two poetic and dramatic reading books, a biography, two novels, and is currently working on the third instalment of the four-part series. To my credit are two poetic, spoken word albums.
I was a member of Roni's Backstreet Poetry and has appeared at the Comedy Store’s Cometri hosted by Roni Walters and TK Carter. She also appeared at Marla Gibb's Theatre, Universal City Walk, The African Market Place, West Angeles C.O.G.I.C. Kiononia and Coffee, several churches programs and California colleges; The Psalmist Hour in San Diego Ca, The Ontario Convention Center and the list goes on.
was featured at Borders Book Store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Ca. I was seen on the West Coast Apollo Television Show, L.A. Inside Out, and Atlanta Live! I was a guest on the 860 Love AM radio show Women of Standard three times.
I have had the awesome experience of working with Cynthia Valentine for over 15 years as a Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Recording Artist and she is both Professional and Organized. Recently I did my very first appearance as a theater actor in a stage play and her coaching, directing and production was top notice and working with her allowed me to be free to express my self as an actor. I highly recommend her.
I'm a career professional actor with many television and Broadway credits. Recurred as "Noel" on FRASIER and "The Blind Guy" on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Master's degree from the YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA. I have taught kids and adults. Teaching credits include Pace University and Buffalo State. Taught in a private studio in LA for years.
Hi, I studied at the Yale School of Drama and have been a professional actor for over 30 years. I've done a lot of sitcoms (recurring on FRASIER and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM) and have an extensive theater resume. Most recently I was in a revival of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES on Broadway. I have classical training and have done a lot of Shakespeare as well. I've taught privately, at a studio in LA, and on the college level. I'm pretty down to earth and have a good sense of humor. I look forward to meeting you.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my bio. Best to you... Patrick Kerr
Extensive experience teaching acting from beginners to advanced students. Additional experience in audition coaching.
About Jen Faith
Jen Faith Brown (MFA-RDT)-Jen received her master’s through the fellowship program at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles where she currently serves as the Director of Education. Jen received her RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) certification through the NADTA (North American Drama Therapy Association) Jen is also the founder and artistic director of Light keeper productions, a 501 C-3 organization that produces theatre, film, and creative arts therapy projects throughout the year. The organization is proud to present various drama therapy and arts programs to underserved populations including Seniors, Veterans, Holocaust Survivors and children with special needs. Jen works as a drama
therapist with various populations including teens in long term treatment facilities. In addition, Jen has facilitated performances with developmentally disabled adults as well as children with special needs. Jen continues to work as an actor/singer both in NY and Los Angeles. Jen is a proud member of Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA and the NADTA.
Do you love acting and want to improve your skills? Acting lessons are a great place to start -- but you can also learn a lot simply from curling up on the couch for movie night! Take a look at these eight movies you can study to learn about important acting techniques from your favorite on-screen actors and actresses.
Instinct is a natural tendency to, in character, behave in a certain way. All actors have a bit of instinct – some more than others. For example, Peter Sellers' su …