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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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If you have a desire to express yourself and have fun and are in Love with Acting and Film and Theatre you have come to the right place. All aspects are covered including how to land a job, an agent and avoid scams in Hollywood.

About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Cory C. March 13, 2019
· Improv Acting · Online
James is a very caring teacher who took the time to get to know my strengths and weaknesses. He has many years of experience in this field and it shows in his lessons.

Thank you James for the training, I grew as a improv student from the time I worked with you. I utilized this class as a test for my profession (business) and am grateful that I selected you as a mentor/teacher. I am happy with the results and may be knocking on your door again down the road. Stay tuned.
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Brandy January 25, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
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· Guitar · Online
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About Kelsey J.

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Saint Charles, MO
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These lessons are for students pursuing theatrical acting and a understanding on theatre. Students will learn the fundamental terminology, a variety of acting techniques, and explore different genres of the stage. We work on sense journal, variety of monologues, scene work, character development, advance acting terms and skills, and so much more!

About Kelsey
Kelsey’s love for acting and the performing arts is awe-inspiring. Kelsey graduated from Missouri Southern State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She then received her Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Lindenwood University.

Kelsey has always been a performer who acts from natural instincts and with passion. She is completely devoted to her craft and could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Her objective is to inspire creativity among all ages and to expand their imagination. She instructs understanding in the craft of acting and learning how to develop an expressive voice and body. In her lessons she will focus on character development, experiment with a variety of scenes and monologues, study the essential elements of acting, and explore the world of performing arts.

Kelsey i
s available for private acting lessons of all kind, including audition prep. The audition prep is perfect for those students who have an interest in continuing their education in theatre, in the community, or for a school show. Kelsey will assist those students by preparing them for their next audition by studying audition etiquette while expanding their material selection.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be 30-120 min long which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, evaluating your voice, developing character analysis, objectives, subtext, improv, and so much more! It is advised that each student keep a "Sense Journal" to enhance their senses and help them stay true to their character. Fun and encouraging atmosphere, great with all ages and teach both men and women. Youngest student in 5 years old.

*** Studio Equipment ***
•Performance space
•A large script and screenplay library

*** Travel Equipment ***
A variety of Dramatic and Comedic Scripts and several binders full of audition material and monologues from different genres and subjects.

*** Specialties ***
Kelsey specializes in the Meisner Technique, Uta Hagan "Respect for Acting" Technique, and Jerzy Grotowski technique. She will train performers to use their natural instinct and true emotions on stage. Kelsey will teach them how to analyze their character, discover beat changes, and develop their senses.
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Emma June 10, 2019
· Acting · Online
She is helping me prepare for an audition and her tips for the character I want to get have been very helpful.
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sabrina May 7, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
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Jon F. April 29, 2019
· Speaking Voice · Online
I am learning from Kelsey, which is appreciated.
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About Corliss P.

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Chicago, IL
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I have been in this profession for 35 years. I have taught on many levels and for different ages including workshops for high school students and university level conservatory programs.

I believe that the theatre is an arena where we learn about who we are. Acting is being present in the moment and we learn how to live our lives more fully through this study. Each actor has his own unique voice and relationship to the material. It is my job to help each student find their own path.

About Corliss
I am an actress that has performed and taught for over 35 years. I love it! I can help you prepare for auditions, study structure, develop skills, get over fears of speaking in public or simply reach a deeper understanding of your favorite texts.

As for teaching voice-acting for voice-overs, I have extensive experience both as a VO performer and private coach/teacher with students who are currently working as well as those who are aspiring to become professionals.

Each actor/talent has his or her own unique voice. It is my job to help each student find their own path while teaching them the skills nessesary to succeed in whatever their goals may be.

I am happy to share my expertise with beginners as well as seasoned veterans who need to brush up on their skills or prepare for an upcoming audition.

Regards, Corliss
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Cathy September 27, 2018
· Voice Acting ·
I initially had Corliss as a voice over teacher in a class, then decided to further my work with her as a coach and producer to create my voiceover demos. We covered all aspects of voiceover, including the physical: posture, microphone placement, etc., which I believe really enhanced my understanding of how physicality comes across via the voice. With her classical acting background, she was able to help me improve my overall speaking technique and provided me with vocal exercises to help minimize my regionalisms.

She was diligent in reviewing competitive demos to guide me to a variety of written copy and voice/energy levels that will help my demos stand up to those with more experience. She provided valuable advice regarding selection and use of materials for the demo and beyond as well as insights on the voiceover business.

I’m very pleased with the results of the two demos and expect to continue to take advantage of her coaching services as I grow in my new career.
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Jenny January 4, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Corliss is a master at her craft! She makes you feel comfortable from the moment you meet her and has a genuine interest in your goals. Corliss tailored lessons to my learning style which was very encouraging for someone with my level of experience. She has a lovely personality and her enthusiasm is infectious. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Corliss!
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Steve May 22, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I took a five-session Beginning Voice Acting class with Corliss in a professional recording studio. The critiques she gave me after every recording I made helped me to speak more clearly, and to increase the energy I was able to put into my recorded presentations. Without the critiques of my recordings, I would not have been able to improve my speaking ability. During the class, she made sure everyone in the class was made to feel welcome, and important. When I take the next level of the Voice Acting class series, I will be looking forward her critiques of my recorded presentations.
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About Rebecca L.

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Gilbert, AZ

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I pioneered a private Arts Academy drama school for 4 years, and am now teaching acting and directing at a middle and high school. My goal is to help students become well-rounded in all the areas that are needed to truly become a working actor. These areas include: auditioning, theater, film, and improvisation.

Being a repertory performer for Silver Star Playhouse (musical theater parodies), and having lots of experience and training in improv and interactive dinner theaters really trains you in comedy.
My husband also owns Sound waves Productions (technological advanced studio in Gilbert)- so completing remote voiceover work for a reel is not out of the question.

I also encourage students to pair in duos for effective scene work and more in-depth technique training (this will also split your lesson cost in half).

About Rebecca
Greetings!
I am currently a full time drama and art teacher at Lumos Arts Academy; a private school I have played a role in pioneering. I also created a Theater and Film Program at Experience Arts School where students ages 5- adult could take classes (group or private) or join an acting company for regular performance gigs. I also directed multiple musicals during this time. My company competed with the AZ Thespians and took home many superior scores.
Personally, I have been acting for 25 years in the Mid and Southwest, studied theater at UWOshkosh, Film at Scottsdale CC, improv with iO in Chicago, and Meisner with Kevin Phipps. I was part of a musical repertory company based in Utah for 8 months, traveled around the Phoenix valley performing in 8 different dinner theaters for 8 years, and have produced and directed multiple professiona
l music videos for Soundwaves Productions in Gilbert.
I believe that each actor learns differently, and the best way is to become well-rounded in your training to discover what works best for you. I have become very well trained in identifying strengths and weaknesses in actors, and will work with you on the best technique to suit your needs and style.

Classes I have created curriculum for/taught include:
Monologues
Auditioning for theater and film
Script Analysis
Beginning- Advanced Improv
Beginning- Advanced Scene Acting
Uta Hagen's Repertoire
Acting for Film
Voice and Diction
Music Video Creation
Musical Theater Acting/Dance
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Kelly July 10, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
Rebecca is very accommodating to my needs as I develop my journey into voice over acting. We have spent much time understanding how character dictates the type of voice I use, and I have grown in the range of voices I can do, as well as my proper pacing. Her husband Jim also has an amazing recording studio where we have gotten to experiment with cartoon voice overs to build my reel.
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Makayla April 22, 2019
· Acting · Online
Rebecca is very well rounded, any question I threw at her she answered perfectly with examples to back it up. All our lessons felt very nonjudgmental which made it easy for me to push my limits and focus on acting itself. She is also really flexible on times and your focus during the lessons. Overall, Rebecca was a great teacher who really helped me get improve and get comfortable with my acting
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Lucas November 3, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I was in multiple productions with Ms Rebecca and each time she brought me out of my comfort zone. She has made me look at all of my skills and put each of them to the test.
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About Zach B.

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West Hollywood, CA

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As a television and theatre actor for 14 years who became an award-winning director and screenwriter, I have a particularly well-rounded perspective on acting. My belief is that anyone can act, if given the right tools. Most importantly, it's about exploring yourself -- who you really are as a human being and having confidence in that unique individual -- that moves audiences and brings a character to life. We will also use my expertise on the other side of the camera to explore how to work with directors, as well as the writer's perspective on your character's function in the larger story. I look forward to setting your talents loose on the world!

About Zach
Hi! I'm a television and theatre actor-turned award-winning director and screenwriter. I've done theatre in New York and all over the world (including touring in "Les Misérables" and being an original cast member of "Heathers: The Musical"), and I've acted in television shows like "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family), "The Good Wife" and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS).

I moved behind the camera in 2014, and have since directed 3 multi award-winning independent short films, as well as writing original screenplays in various stages of purchase and development for feature film production and primetime television.

I absolutely love to teach and have for many years along the way of my career. I've helped students explore their passion and hone their acting skills in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, my native Oregon, and even in South Africa.
I genuinely believe that anyone can act if given the right tools to have confidence in what they uniquely bring to the stage or the set. I look forward to sharing my all-encompassing perspective on acting with you and setting your talent loose on the world!
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Ryan January 10, 2019
· Acting · Online
Zach is a great instructor! He’s very encouraging & gave me great advice/direction as I begin film school. Would definitely recommend!
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Rachel December 9, 2018
· Acting · In home
Zach is perhaps one of the smartest and most well rounded artists I've met. He has experience in all aspects of the business, from being an actor to a producer and to an award winning director, which makes him an unbelievable resource and teacher. I always look forward to our time together because I feel supported, heard, seen and never judged. He is always one step ahead which allows for very productive sessions. I leave our sessions feeling confident and fully prepared for whatever may come my way in auditions. I've worked with many people in this business and you do not come across people like him often. I feel incredibly grateful that I have Zach as a coach and resource. I cannot recommend him enough or give him higher praise.
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Pat December 8, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
I'm a recent LA transplant aspiring to due more film and tv work. I've been working with Zach for the past 3 months and he has done amazing things for me, in terms of how to transition from working in theatre to being in front of the camera. Zach isn't like other teachers in LA, he's a true mentor and passionate about getting to know you as an artist in order to help yo ubring truth to your acting.
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About Emma C.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Students can expect to work on the following when training as an actor with me: Scene study, monologue work, audition preparation, unlocking the text, and assistance with self-tapes. These lessons will build you confidence and your instrument as an actor!

About Emma
I am a working professional and recently made my off-Broadway debut with the Atlantic Theatre Company production of Last Stop on Market Street and perform at various gigs throughout the city (Sofar Sounds, Rockwood Music Hall, etc.). Although I perform and audition regularly, I am still very passionate about teaching. Having studied under various teachers and worked with a diverse set of students since 2013, I am eager to work with talented beginner and intermediate students here in NYC! I aim to see my students grow and gain confidence as performers and reach their goals whether it be mastering a song or monologue or getting booked. I provide a safe and judgement free space for students to train and play! I'm personally invested in your success and want to see you win!
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AriDy Nox April 17, 2019
· Musical Theater · In home
Emma is an incredible performer, artist, song-writer, and educator! She is incredibly patient, kind, welcoming, and warm. She is extremely talented and attentive, which results in invaluable knowledge being imparted on a constant basis and encouraging critique on areas where one is more challenged.

Worth every penny!
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Britney A April 14, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Emma is a great and patient acting teacher. While my other teachers rarely dived into my characters' objectives, Emma never fails to work with me on character development, script analysis, projection, breathing, and stage presence. I learned so much from her, I recommend her for everyone.
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Kyla S. April 13, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Emma is a stellar singer and teacher who got me to do things with my voice I never thought possible! She has a very kind spirit and is wonderful to be around. I highly recommend her.
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About Rachel H.

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Centreville, VA
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Are you ready to land that role or book your next gig? Interested in learning how to find the perfect monologue or song for your next audition? I will help you build a solid acting foundation based on technique while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. Part of my lesson plan involves me providing you with resources and written feedback so you can always continue to improve. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

About Rachel
I am a professional singer, actor, voice over actor, and teaching artist. I graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Education.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their acting abilities. Every actor brings a unique set of talents to the mix; I teach students to build on their strengths and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock skills they didn't know they had. I can help any student realize their true potential as an artist.

I teach voice students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical voice for 15 years, and a contemporary voice for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence as well as contemporary technique.

As a professional singer/actor, I have had many opportunities to work and learn from amazing artists. I had
the opportunity to sing with Patti LuPone, known for her roles as Evita, Mama Rose and many more on Broadway. I've also worked with Constantine Maroulis, former American Idol contestant, and Broadway star.

I believe that great technique is essential to any and every style of theatre. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better actor, singer, and artist.
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About Dani N.

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Weatherford, TX
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I am a classically trained, working actor based in NYC! I'm living in Fort Worth while I'm performing in a theatre contract this summer. I have trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in classical and contemporary theater, have worked in Italy with Javier Galito-Cava in Meisner Technique, have studied Viewpoints in Berlin with Sandrine Hudl, and have studied with Austin Pendleton in NYC. I'm an Equity and British Equity actor, and I love what I do. I can help you prep for an upcoming audition in theatre or film, or work on acting skills and techniques you can use going forward!

About Dani
I am a classically trained, working actor based in NYC! I'm living in Fort Worth while I'm performing in a theatre contract this summer. I have trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in classical and contemporary theater, have worked in Italy with Javier Galito-Cava in Meisner Technique, have studied Viewpoints in Berlin with Sandrine Hudl, and have studied with Austin Pendleton in NYC. I'm an Equity and British Equity actor, and I love what I do. I can help you prep for an upcoming audition in theatre or film, or work on acting skills and techniques you can use going forward!
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About Matthew G.

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Bethesda, MD

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I am currently a Drama student at the University of California, Irvine with a concentration in Directing. I bring 7 years of experience in directing, acting, and leadership. Lessons are customized depending on the student's needs, whether that is acting, creative thinking, leadership in the arts, or even public speaking. On the side, I can also assist in working on vocal technique, singing or not. I will take notes during each lesson and focus on sustaining the strengths and crafting the weaknesses. I believe with my work ethic and drive, I can help turn goals into achievements.

About Matthew
Hello! I'm Matthew Gottlieb and I am a Drama student at the University of California, Irvine. I have been part of the theatre community since elementary school, and every day the passion for the arts becomes stronger and stronger. I have worn multiple hats in the artistic arena; some examples include acting, directing, dramaturgy, sound design, and playwriting.

Besides doing theatre, I love playing the piano and coming up with different compositions and figures. I am a self-taught piano player that sometimes plays by ear (since reading sheet music is difficult at times). Additionally, I try to be as acting outside as possible. Bike riding, walking, paddle-boarding, and sometimes hiking.

Something that I always remind students is that we are all learning. Nobody knows everything but we try to understand our craft and capabilities as mu
ch as possible. I always want to make sure that students take time out of their day to try and recognize what their strengths are and what can be done to turn those weaknesses into creative tools.

I hope I get the opportunity to work with you in the future! Thank you for taking the time to read this profile. Have a wonderful day.
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