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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL

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 the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix
of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or 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. 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.
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Jessica September 1, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.
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Jessica August 31, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.
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Vocal Training
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
(16)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL

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

My expansive breadth of interests has led me through years of experience in the arts and natural sciences. I'm a voice instructor, math tutor, and biology teacher. Now, I'm pursuing a career in opera and vocal performance.

I have extensively studied vocal performance and opera for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have been in many operas and musical theater productions. I am currently enrolled as a second year masters student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts studying vocal performance. I have studied other vocal genres, such as jazz, rock, and pop. I have prev
iously 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 use the appoggio technique of breathing and believe all singing should be produced in a way that does not damage the vocal folds.

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 form day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I teach an open throat technique called appoggio. It is the technique opera singers use, but can be applied to any music style. This technique allows the singer to sing with their entire voice using a relaxed larynx. 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, subscription to IPA source (foreign language translations and pronunciations), several math and science textbooks

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Romi J. August 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First time I signed up my 5 year old for lessons and Ben has managed to incorporate a serious learning environment with a fun twist for her. At first I thought we were all in over our heads in this venture. But after getting used to the lessons I can see my daughter's learning and love for song will grow more every week. It's not what she initially invosioned in a singing class but I can see she'll realize the value of how singing is done.
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Mohamed Khalaifa July 15, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
The lessons that I took with Benjamin were great! He taught me a lot - he was very helpful and very patient. He is a great teacher!
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Jeff W. May 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Benjamin is my second instructor I have had on TakeLessons, I stopped with the first when I did not think it would be a good fit. I have only had two lessons and I can already see that Benjamin has high attention to detail and is very skilled. I want someone to teach me the fundamentals, point out my bad habits and teach me methods to correct them - no compromises. I am confident that Benjamin will get me on the right track and intend to continue on with him.
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
(45)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Laurie R.

Chicago, IL

I am a passionate, professional actor and teacher. I hold an MFA in Acting and have spent years studying and performing with masters around the world. My goal as a teacher is to help you find ease and comfort in your own work, and to help you prepare for that audition, performance, or just play with something new.

About Laurie

Originally from San Francisco, Laurie has traveled the country, (and the world) on her quest to make exciting theatre. She just finished up an awesome season as Acting Intern with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, while concurrently graduating with an MFA in Acting from the Unviersity of South Carolina. Some of Laurie’s favorite projects have been in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One of her dearest projects is the creation of her solo show, The Maiden’s Prayer, a clown/dance/epic journey based on Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring.
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Sam August 11, 2015
Acting · In studio
Laurie taught my freshman year acting class. I had never taken an acting class going into it, and to be honest had never really been interested in it. I wasn't good at public speaking and rather shy. To this day, however, this was by far my favorite class I've taken. Laurie was dynamic, made every single lesson fun, and really brought me out of my shell. She kept things simple, but also had some really good insight. One of those teachers that makes it easy and a good time. I highly recommend her to everyone!
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Trey August 9, 2015
Stage Performance
I have been a student, collaborator, and educator alongside Laurie for several years now and it's very rare to find someone so relaxed and approachable in their craft while taking it very seriously. Laurie takes the same amount of care with her students as she does with her craft and the result is nothing short of amazing. She is dedicated to the student's growth as artists not only as a student but as one who will go out and interact on stage and off. She is passionate about the material and it comes through in the way she approaches the classroom.
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Bonai August 7, 2015
Acting · In studio
great instructor, much enthusiasm. I took Laurie for a college course and she taught me an unforgettable approach for getting into role for difficult/controversial characters. And I still use that technique today!
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Laurie R.

Laurie R.

Chicago, IL 60640
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Madison S.

Chicago, IL

Working Director and Teacher with 3 years professional experience offering begining and intermediate lessons for preparing and presenting monologues and short scenes for auditions, as well as lessons in character work and movement development once an actor receives a role.

About Madison

Hello! My name is Madison, I'm currently a working director and serving as the Artistic Director and co-founder of a small store-front theater company called Death & Pretzels, now in it's second season (check us out at www.deathandpretzels.com). I have directed and produced all of our shows to date. I am a graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, where I received double degree emphasis in Directing & Management and Performance, as well as a specialization in Playwriting. I've also taken a year of speciality classes at Second City. I specialize in training for auditions, monolo
gue and scene performance, as well as movement tutoring, speech and spoken word training, improv short form and sketch writing and performing. I had previously been working as a nanny and am more than comfortable working with actors from the ages of 8 and older. I'd love to meet with you to work on some pieces! Directing Resume available upon request.
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Lexi August 11, 2015
Acting · In home
I cannot praise Madison Smith enough for being a wonderful acting coach. I was lucky enough to get the chance to act in a play she was directing, and also sought out her help for monologues for various auditions I had coming up at the time. She not only was over the moon thrilled to help me with my pieces, but she also was extremely approachable, listened to my concerns and questions, and truly helped me work my pieces until I felt comfortable and confident in them. As a young performer myself, it is really important to have a solid level of trust with the person coaching you, and Madison gave me exactly that. She has my highest recommendation!
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Laura August 5, 2015
Theater Acting · In studio
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.
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Madison S.

Madison S.

Chicago, IL 60613
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Nick S.

Chicago, IL

My name is Nick S. As a graduate of the University of Michigan Acting Program and co-founder of the Chicago storefront theatre Death & Pretzels, I have real world and training experiences to share with any level of performer from newcomer to veteran. I can't wait to start working with you as a soundboard for your talents!

About Nick

My name is Nick S. I am a working actor in the Chicago area and co-founder of the storefront theatre company Death & Pretzels. I am a graduate of the University of Michigan Theatre Program where I trained extensively in acting, movement, voice, improv, clowning, production, and various other areas of the industry. I am incredibly outgoing, knowledgeable, and well versed in the realities of the theatrical community. I have dealt with a very broad spectrum of talents and abilities, so if you consider yourself a veteran or a newcomer, I will be able to be a great sounding board for your talents!
I look forward to working with you and sharing my experiences!
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Laura August 25, 2015
Theater Acting · In studio
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.
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Madison S. August 24, 2015
Acting · In studio
Nick is a great actor with a ton of professional experience- watching him work on stage is a joy, and often a master class is comedic timing. Nick is hard working, thorough and dedicated to his craft, any student would be lucky to work with him and would benefit greatly from his knowledge of acting in both educational and professional settings. Nick is kind, compassionate and a great teacher, he's happy to go above and beyond to help his students succeed.
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Nick S.

Nick S.

Chicago, IL 60647
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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