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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA

With a BA in Acting from London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Crystal has learned to use the nuts and bolts of technique to support freedom in artistic choice. With a focus on stage performance, she works with students to find their own unique approach to acting.

About Crystal

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she
was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twenty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Stacey N. February 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful person and excellent instruction

I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!
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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Briana N.

Los Angeles, CA

I teach all levels and people with various backgrounds in acting

About Briana

Briana teaches all ages and all levels. She incorporates breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups, and ear training, into all lessons, as well as performance practice of a song from any genre of the student's choosing. Once the student masters the song, he or she also has the unique opportunity to record the song in Briana's home studio. Her philosophy is that lessons should be fun and productive and, therefore, all of her students have a great time, as well as learn a lot. :-)

Briana has studied various vocal genres under a wide variety of coaches: classical, chamber, and pop voice; musical the
atre voice and jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel technique at McGill University in Montreal. Briana also spent 10 years studying the classical Suzuki method of piano under Phyllis Kranz (Dover, NH), which helped to develop her ear.

Briana can be heard in commercials including the 2015 international campaign for Coca-Cola directed by David LaChapelle, the 2015 American Express campaign, backing Aretha Franklin on the legendary "Natural Woman," Maybelline's CS Creamy Mattes starring supermodel Adriana Lima, David LaChapelle's Smirnoff spot starring Amber Rose, the 2011 Fanta "Vision" campaign, and national advertisements for "Living Social." She also works frequently in film and television as a soundtrack contributor on numerous projects, including Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) (TV), Image's horror anthology Chillerama (2011), and the science fiction film Devolution: Reckoning (2011).

With a unique blend of blues, pop and soul, Briana's immensely popular debut album GRANITE STATE (2009) led to a series of packed shows on the stages of the Sunset Strip, including House of Blues, Key Club, and the Whiskey a Go Go. Her follow-up album, "Armor" was released in 2011 to successful sales on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.

Briana has also been the featured guest performer at a number of prestigious private events: Dodger Stadium (anthem singer), The Molson Centre (anthem singer), The Whittemore Center (anthem singer), various Gubernatorial Galas, Inaugurations, and more.
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Deborah P. January 8, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Fun, Encouraging and Helpful!

Brianna was fantastic with my fourteen year old! She helped build up confidence, was very encouraging and made lessons fun. She uses a variety of techniques to teach singing skills including speech-level singing by Seth Riggs. I highly recommend her for beginners as well as for people looking to record a demo.
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Allison M. December 6, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Supportive, fun, and SO knowledgeable

I started taking singing lessons because I wanted to pick up another hobby, and Briana has helped me do just that. She is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive regardless of what your goals are. She makes the technical side of signing fun and enjoyable, something other teachers I have worked with have been unsuccessful at. Briana provides a positive and warm space to let loose in, and most importantly has reminded me that I don't always have to take myself so seriously. I highly recommend Briana to anyone who is looking for a teacher they can create a connection with, regardless of skill level because she can handle it all!
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Melanie A. September 19, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
Talented, understanding and fun!

I just wanted to take singing lessons for fun and to build up my confidence singing around others. Briana has taken my needs into account and has done a great job putting together lessons that fit my needs. She offers a very relaxed, soothing atmosphere that gives me the comfort that I need to be able to work on my goals. She is very talented as well, which helps me feel confident in her abilities to teach me what I'm looking to learn. Overall, she is a great singing coach and I would recommend her to anyone! :o)
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Briana N.

Briana N.

Los Angeles, CA 90019
(6)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Elena V.

Los Angeles, CA

Elena Vannoni has a master in direction from the prestigious Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome.
She has worked in theatre for her last twenty five years as a director (Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Bites by Kay Adshead, Emigranci by Sławomir Mrożek, A Marriage proposal by Anton Chekhov).

She is the artistic director of THEATRE FACTORY studio, a LA based theatre production company that actively produces plays in the LA area (Bites, Madwoman and Hairy Ape - in production).

She taught theatrical acting for 14 years (University of Art, Berlin, Rome and Florence) She works on physicality, improvisation and characterization. Having acquired a strong experience in physical systems of performance, with a particular interest in physical action, she develops the student's abilities using different methods such as the Commedia dell’Arte, Stanislavski and Grotowski and the Mimesic Method by Italian Director Orazio Costa.
Her background includes professional ballet ( Academy of ...

About Elena

Hi, there! My name is Elena and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students in Theatre, language and Italian food. I went to in Florence, Rome and Berlin and earned a degree in Theatre Direncor and costume design in 2004. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Accomplished and enthusiastic director who has earned the deepest and strongest experience in physical systems of performance, with a particular interest in physical action (latest Stanislavski and Grotowski), Commedia dell’Arte and Mimesic Method (Orazio Costa)

Moreover she studied dramaturgy with professor and dramaturge Andreas Wirth, Dean of University of Arts, Berlin, where she focused on the interpretation process of a text into a performance on stage.
Please visit my webpage: www.theatrefactorystudio.com
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Alecia S. July 22, 2015
Ballet · In home
Verified Student
Loooove Elena !!!!!!!
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Elena V.

Elena V.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Keith K.

Los Angeles, CA

Acting is for all ages and for everyone! That's why I love it and I thrive at teaching it. We are all actors just being born! No matter what your performance is for, be it musical theater, feature film, television, webisode, play, monologue competition etc, I can help you take it to the next level. I have my masters in theater performance, and my BFA in acting. My wife and I both teach and we take great pride in helping all of our students reach their goals and beyond!

About Keith

I have been professional performance coach and actor here in Hollywood for the past 11 years. As co owner of K&A Theatricals, I coach and inspire the next generation of performers on stage and screen here in Hollywood, CA. K&A Theatricals is a Los Angeles based performance arts company dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of performers. Our lessons are offered both in person and on Skype. We provide instruction in all areas from comedy to drama, musical theater and straight stage. We are committed to producing our own cabarets, musicals, and cutting edge dramas. In additi
on to expert coaching, we share the stage with our students and give them the chance to shine with us in Broadway Cabarets and Musicals. I am the lead instructor of the Hollywood Acting Classes and co-teach the Broadway Voice Lessons with my wife. With over 10 years of real-life experience as a working actor in Los Angeles, I have a wealth of knowledge of the business of acting, the importance of marketing ones self as a performer, and especially the art of performing for camera and for a live audience.
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Gail T. April 6, 2015
Musical Theater · In studio
When you meet Keith it becomes immediately apparent that he loves musical theatre with every bone in his body. His enthusiasm and love for the stage is contagious. Kids just love working with him. I have seen him inspire a group of non-professional actors under the age of 12 to give a top class performance that had the audience on their feet. He is kind, sweet natured and patient with an incredible ability to gently draw out each of his students natural talents. I highly recommend Keith.
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Amanda K. April 4, 2015
Child Acting · Online
Keith takes each of his students to the next level, whether through dramatic or comedic material. His expertise and energy are boundless, and he inspires his students to be the best they can be. He has a degree in theater from American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, and is excited to pass on his wealth of knowledge to his students. He specializes in audition preparation, whether for the stage or the big screen, and has invaluable information about acting as a business. Every student will leave their lessons with Keith invigorated and excited about acting as an art form and a business.
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Keith K.

Keith K.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Melanie M.

Los Angeles, CA

Through working on monologues or scenes, they will learn about character choices, subtext, and how best to use their vocal and physical attributes in creating various characters. They will work on one piece for awhile, in order to get all the nuance they can from doing it, as well as exploring different ways of doing it. They will learn that there is not one "right" choice, but many!

About Melanie

I have been a working actor/playwright/director/teacher for many years. I began my teaching as a volunteer with HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles youth group) in 1991 teaching theatre and playwrighting to kids 5 - 20. From there, I expanded my teaching by creating my own after school program in tandem with Theatre 40 and the BHUSD called KIDS ACTING OUT. Over time, I created workshops for those kids that concentrated on Greek theatre, Elizabethan theatre, Kabuki theatre and Persian theatre. I wrote multiple plays for each of these genres (some of which are published). I also began working with
LA's Best as an after school theatre teacher in various schools throughout the LAUSD. I further expanded my teaching by beginning writing and Staged Reading classes for seniors in various sites. My oldest students are in their 90's and still going strong!
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Suzanne June 28, 2015
Acting · In studio
Melanie is an amazing acting teacher! Her love of theater and acting shows through in her teaching. She provides a fun and nurturing environment as she inspires her students. My daughter looked forward to every class and always came home with a big smile on her face.
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Marc O. June 19, 2015
Acting · In studio
I have been fortunate to work with Melanie on several theatre projects over many years, and have been always found her to be a complete professional in all aspects. As a student of hers I am impressed by the enthusiasm and energy she brings to class. She is always prepared and it is clear she had done her own homework before showing up. She is charming, encouraging and supportive with students, and strives to make learning fun and thoughtful. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and shares it in a way that excites and motivates her students. She's a terrific teacher.
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David H. June 16, 2015
Acting · In studio
To whom it may concern:



It is with pride and with great enthusiasm that I offer my highest recommendation for Melanie MacQueen.



I am the Artistic & Managing Director of a professional theater in Beverly Hills, California called Theatre 40. We have successfully been in business for 50 years producing award–winning and critically acclaimed plays for the public. I have many employees as well as volunteers on my staff, who work diligently producing our professional productions, many of whom are in customer service positions, dealing with the public.



For the last 20 years I have known Ms. MacQueen and have always found her to be a knowledgeable, intelligent, competent and energetic woman always excelling at whatever task she has undertaken with our theatre operation. I have given her a number of difficult and complex jobs to manage. She has performed each with excellence, attention to detail, great competence, punctuality, and honesty and always with a very positive attitude focused on doing the best job she can at whatever is asked of her.



I have found that she works well with her fellow artists and is very good with the public. Having taught and conducted an Adult Education Seminar program for many years, she is an excellent teacher. She is smart, has a talent for learning quickly and retaining what she has learned, and has excelled in every project that I have asked her to undertake, including directing several successful and complex productions and serving as a member of Theatre 40's Artistic Committee. She leads by example and our membership and the enrolled students in our Adult Education program look up to her. She has initiative, good judgment, is a team player, easy to get along with and is always exceeding my expectation in terms of the excellence that I ask for from those who work at Theatre 40.



I feel strongly that if you are considering Ms. MacQueen for a position that you will be, like I have been, very happy to have her as part of your team. She is an excellent worker and co-worker always focusing on getting the job done right as well as efficiently, correctly and quickly. She exhibits attention to detail and conscientiousness. I have found her to be a problem solver and she always remains calm and focused under pressure.



For many years I have had the pleasure of having Ms. MacQueen work on our staff and I have found that she stands out and is one of the best we have. Our adult students and other staff members enjoy her presence and her professional and pleasant demeanor. Theatre 40 has benefited from having Ms. MacQueen on our staff and I am certain that should you decide to add her to your staff that you will find, as I have, a great asset and a great employee. She is dedicated to excellence and will serve you well.



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me.



Sincerely,



David Hunt Stafford

Artistic & Managing Director

Theatre 40

323-666-5500

www.theatre40.org
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Melanie M.

Melanie M.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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