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.
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 have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, where I extensively studied the anatomy of the voice. I am the founder of BAWS Studio where we train artists in all aspects of performance (singing, songwriting, recording, piano, and guitar). I previously worked 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 World.
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 expectations 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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
So far, lessons with Ben have been VERY good (and productive! I'm naturally a reserved person, but He has gotten me to push beyond my comfort zone (that is "be louder"), which in retrospect has also helped me build my confidence in other areas. So at this point I look forward to having lessons, because I am growing in my understanding of how to use this God-given gift; a gift that's meant to be shared (not hidden away in silence).
May 23, 2019
Made me feel very at ease for my first singing lesson. Looking forward to the next.
Voice students receive coaching in acting and staging for performances and auditions. We also work on monologues as needed.
I am classically trained with over 25 years professional singing/acting experience at venues across the country/around the world, including off Broadway, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney, Australia Opera House. I work full time as a musician performing, directing, and giving private voice/acting and piano lessons. My education includes Drew University, the Academia Real in Spain, Hart School of Music and private study.
My teaching for voice & piano focuses on a foundation of correct technique. Vocal range, control, projection and tone quality will improve There is a focus on safeguarding the instrument through correct care and use. I can help you improve your singing and meet your goals for auditioning, performing, college admission or just having fun
I accept voice students of all levels and beginner to intermediate piano studen
ts. I welcome all ages including adult beginners. Bilingual lessons offered
I love Roberta. She is so knowledgeable, professional and friendly...a wonderful combination to have in a teacher. She is patient and thorough. I would highly recommend her.
May 10, 2019
Roberta is everything you would want in a teacher. She is exceptionally talented herself and knows how to share her knowledge with others. She is especially very kind and nurturing in an environment which could be quite intimidating for a beginner like me. You can tell she truly enjoys teaching and gets excited to see her pupil learn. I have learned so much in a short time.
December 14, 2017
Great teacher!! Extremely patient and makes learning the piano fun!!
Gain confidence as you refine your acting presence. Learn to analyze your audience, find your voice and project, develop your character, memorize and retain lines, understand beats and rhythm, incorporate body movement, and more.
Learn to move and improve, gain confidence, get in shape, and have fun doing so! Whether you are a beginner or just looking to refine your existing process and skills, I'm here to help you reach your goals!--It's what I do, and I love it (=
I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and I am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest p
I have worked with preschoolers through adults of all ages ranging in all levels, including beginners! My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals and beyond while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.
Lessons and offerings: -Dance fitness -Barre/Cardio Barre -Strength and conditioning -Stretching and Flexibility training -Personal training -Nutrition and wellness -Jazz dance -Hip hop/urban dance -Jazz funk dance -Burlesque dance -Contemporary dance -Lyrical dance -Tap dance -Ballet dance -Musical theater dance -Character development -Acting -Improv -Choreography -Wedding dance -Modeling and much more! Have a question about lessons? Just ask! (:
My lessons focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with. I am outgoing, friendly, fun, and I love to teach!
Lesson locations: 1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom 2) In Studio: 2 locations *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info. 3) Your location
Semi-private and group lessons available *Please inquire for more info!
I look forward to helping you grow!
(Bio Continued) I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others. I have been in music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more.
I have danced in Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.
Step-by-step guidance towards developing authentic acting technique for improv & interpretation of dramatic script. Let's help you unleash the inner actor within!
Hi! My name is Lilla, I'm a Juilliard graduate (BM & MM) who specializes with all levels, ages and styles! I've performed at places like Carnegie Hall and have been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, WQXR Radio, truTV, Alive Magazine, Opera Today, and Seen & Heard International.
My unique approach to vocal arts learning is designed to help you overcome your individual obstacles and leverage YOUR unique strengths! Together we'll work towards developing healthy vocal technique and learn how to:
- Discover Your Strengths for Maximization - Learn About Text Analysis & Dramatic Impulse - Learn Healthy Vocal Projection & Technique - Learn Self-Awareness Techniques - Write Your Own Monologue! - Learn About Proper Breath Support - Learn About Improv Acting - Learn About Staging Using Props - ...
Lilla's been featured in Business Insider, WQXR Radio, truTV, Alive Magazine, Opera Today, Seen & Heard International, and has won critical and international acclaim for her "appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit." - The New York Times
Lilla holds her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was winner of the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition and studied music pedagogy under Marlena Malas, vocal coach and mentor of Pavarotti.
She's performed on stage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and has traveled around the globe with the Saint Louis Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra led by Maestro Alan Gilbert to name a few.
She received Recognition of Excellence from the Tri-M Music Honors Society,
and has won the American Prize Competition (1st Prize), Joy in Singing Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern District Competition, Giulio Gari International Competition, NJ Teachers Association Competition (1st Place), Music Teacher's National Association Competition (1st Place), among many others.
Previous roles include Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide in a Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard co-production, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera on the Avalon, Ella Burling in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Noémie in Cendrillon with Juilliard Opera under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief – all with Juilliard Opera. Additionally, she has covered Georgette in La Rondine and Costanza in Riccardo Primo (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (Chautauqua), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zhou in Kommilitonen, and Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Juilliard).
I bring many of the values from my directing work into my teaching. I am more interested in watching actors stretch and grow, learning to exercise new skills rather than develop a "type" based on natural strengths.
I've developed a toolbox, using techniques from Viewpoints, Suzuki, mask work, Meisner, and clown, which I adapt into personalized lessons based on the needs of each student. Lessons will also involve thorough text work and character analysis.
I am a Bay Area director, producer, and actor focused on devised and ensemble performance, development of new work, and subversion of classics. Recent favorite directing credits include Sarafael (The Forum), Where the Boys Are (FaultLine Theater), Hidden: A Gender (Variance Festival) Pains of Youth (independently produced) and The Tempest (Barnstorm). I have assistant-directed around the Bay Area, including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Magic Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz and sat on the literary council for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. I am a two-time CA$H Grant recipient, a company member at the Ubuntu Theater Project, a former artistic director of the U.C. Santa Cruz poor theatre performance lab, Barnstorm, and a founding member of The Forum.
As both a teacher and a director, it is my job to identify potential areas of g
rowth. I've developed a toolbox of techniques, largely from Viewpoints, Suzuki, ensemble work, Meisner, devising, and mask work, that I adapt, creating exercises personalized for each student. Lessons will also include thorough text work and character analysis.
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.
Together we will dive into the world of your materials to create an audition portfolio that is diverse and engaging. We will create a toolbox of skills from sound sense, to psychological gesture, and wildly deep text-work skills. We will practice cold-reading, and introduction skills so that you can be prepared for anything a casting director may throw your way. As a coach, I am interested in learning about your needs as a student and finding material that will reflect who you are as a performer and as a storyteller. Get ready to take the stage as a vibrant and mystifying new performer!
Hello prospective students! I am a professional director, dramaturg, and educator currently living in the Indy area. I believe in a fully collaborative process with my students, creating a unique curriculum to suit their needs and interests as performers or public speakers. I specialize in narrative storytelling strategies and audition/public speaking prep. Together, we will discover what the story is that YOU want to tell, and develop a way of telling that story that is dynamic, engaging, and beautiful. I have worked with such professional companies as Cleveland Play House, the Alliance Theatre, Roots' School of Theatre, and Apollinaire Theatre Company. My private students have gone on to star in short films, excellent community and professional theatre productions, and deliver fantastic keynote addresses to audiences of more than one
thousand people. Together, we can assess your needs as a student, and how best I can meet those needs as your coach and collaborator.
I would be delighted to bring my on stage and television experience to your knowledge. I've performed in various theatre productions in NYC before filming recurring roles on hit tv shows with top directors, including Bret Easton Ellis. While I fervently focus on the craft of acting, writing and producing my plays and TV scripts has provided additional understanding of how to get to a character.
I understand how to communicate with actors and guide them to essentially teach themselves. I have had many coaching sessions but if you don't know how to find what you need from the character on your own, you will struggle in summoning your own voice. And that connection and authenticity is what will lead you to the character's truth, and your success.
I am creative and empathetic by nature. I will encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zone, in a safe, non judgmental environment and to marry these techniques both in front of the camera or on stage.
At my core, since I was a child, I have been an artist. As a painter, writer, lyricist and actress, I engross myself in the arts and love to show others how to express themselves. Artistry to me is not a choice, but a necessity for those truly drawn to it. With my experience on various tv and film sets, the mechanics and technical side of filming are not forgotten in my sessions, but I will always seek to summon the artist's individual voice. Your truth will stand out. That is what I will help guide you to, and that is what casting hunts for.
"Amazing instructor! Very easy-going and makes you feel comfortable so you're able to perform at your very best. Has strong visions for what will help her
students flourish as artists. HIGHLY recommended for novice and intermediate actors!"
"Very lovely person, great teacher, good start. Onward! See you in Hollywood! :)"
"Kent has the ability to do or teach drama, comedy and improvisation. He has wisdom, talent, intelligence and integrity. I know of his abilities to teach,
direct and to create a performance of the highest level. He's one of the best, as I know from having been taught by him. Try him out and judge for yourself. You'll be better for it in more ways than one."
"Denise is patient with me and helps me understand details. The training is easy to learn."
"Kyla and I did a play together and she she really helped me with finding my character and getting the most out of my scenes. Her advice and training reall
y paid off, I would recommend anyone looking to build upon their acting chops to take lessons with her!"
"Amelia was one of my first acting teachers as a youngster and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to help guide me when I was starting out my profe
ssional career. I wanted to be exposed to everything acting-related and Amelia did just that. From Shakespeare to Christopher Durang and acting on stage to acting on camera, Amelia knows exactly how to make you spark and feel confident when handed any type of script or material. She challenges you in a way that reveals your most honest and daring work. I am so thankful for her and I think that any actor would be very lucky to have her as their teacher!"
"Mrs. Jan is sweet, fun & knowledgable. She makes Gian feels very comfortable and bring out the best of him. In one class he learn a lot of specific thin
gs to work on and improve."
"If you want to work with a professional who knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly how to get you where you wanna go, then Toya Nash is the pers
on for you."
"The first lesson of the ten-pack I bought (to start) went very well. Michael was knowledgeable and provided just the kind of feedback I wanted for my solo
vocal performances (I was looking for instruction on *acting* in solo vocal performance), giving me immediately useful tips for improving my next performance. It's clear that Michael has a lot to offer me. I look forward to more in the coming lessons."
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