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About Alexandra W.

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I help my students break down the text through analyzing the iambic pentameter, rhetorical devices, and imaging work of the text. After the analysis, I help my students learn how to perform Shakespeare in a truthful, interesting, and accessible way.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Macy December 28, 2018
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Rito December 21, 2018
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Flor Kapitzky December 6, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Los Angeles, CA

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My MFA is from a top 3 actor training program. I have been coaching actors for over a decade. I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television. I have such a wide variety of techniques at my disposal that I bring whatever technique seems to be best suited to the you and the material you are working on. I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

About James
I have been teaching and coaching for over a decade.

I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television.

I have an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. With my PhD research at the California Institute of Integral Studies (funded by The Esalen Institute) I explored a distinct teaching approach that focuses on cultivating the extraordinary capacities of great actors.

I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

I love the creative process of teaching, and I teach primarily through caring relationship to my students.

We can meet online or in person. I have a huge library of resources to support you with. I also will often record our lessons so you can listen or watch them
multiple times as a way to get maximum value from the work we do.
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Jeffrey May 30, 2017
· Acting · In studio
James Wagner is actually the best teacher of creative work I've ever had in any field, and as a writer/ filmmaker/ musician dude, I have had a lot! His teaching is rigorous, passionate, and results-driven, while remaining flexible and sensitive at the same time. His knowledge of acting and theatre theory is endless. He is always trying to expand the possibilities in his classes, bringing in guest speakers, and facilitating unexpected exercises. He is also an inspiring, warm hearted person. Kate and I started a theatre company with actors we all met in his classes, so that should tell you something. I honestly would not be the same person had I not encountered his generous vision of acting and theatre. You cannot go wrong by having him as a coach or teacher.
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Deborah May 26, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
I met James when I took his class at Berkeley Rep (Eugene O'neill scene studies). I immediately knew he was the kind of Acting coach I'd want to train me, the level of professionalism and high standards is invaluable. During a short trip to LA, I met with James for a 3 hours coaching in which we created a 3 year plan to go from Student actor to working actor this was followed up with some online (Skype) sessions. Next I took another scene study with James at Berkeley Rep in which we workshopped Contemporary plays, James in a kind, professional way was able to push me to the level he knew and expected his students to be. And recently I took an Actor's retreat end of last year, again I left the retreat so inspired and motivated. I can tell you now that I have been in a few Theatre productions, I have and continue to meet the goals we set out for me sooner than what we had mapped out. I couldn't have done it without James vast knowledge of acting and motivation. I highly recommend you study with James!
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Gino May 20, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
I've studied with James in both a workshop context, and one-to-one on-line. Both were very valuable and enjoyable experiences. James is a very skilled actor, a very learned man, and an insightful teacher and director. Each element of his teaching is a different expression of a life that is clearly committed to his art as an actor. I found working with him to provide a deep new view of the playwright we studied (Albee in our case), and a very supportive guide to my personal work as an actor. I can highly recommend him.
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About Diana B.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Diana is a teaching artist. She is an award winning AEA and SAG-Aftra performer, and one of the top Adult Conservatory instructors at South Coast Rep.

Her students have a high audition to callback to booking rate. She specializes in OCSA auditions, college and university entrance auditions.

About Diana
Diana is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory, a Tony Award winning theatre in Costa Mesa.
Please inquire about my availability, I can usually accommodate a student.
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Tonya R. August 17, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
With your Coaching, I have been invited, by the Program Director, to participate in the MA Professional Voice Practice Program, at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK! The Invite came less than 24-hours after my Audition Vid was submitted! 😃 Thank you, Ms. Diana! You're awesome.
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Sarah April 30, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Diana is absolutely fabulous! I have worked with her in a classroom environment as well as one on one and I can honestly say they have been some of the most productive/supportive experiences training in my life! Diana is laid back yet encouraging - I never feel like I am being judged or must do something a certain way to appease her (which unfortunately I have felt while working under many other teachers prior). She allows you to be creative yet also guides you to make the strongest possible choices in your role. She truly cares about her students and will work with you to overcome an obstacles you face. Diana understands how to work with a beginner or a seasoned professional, seamlessly providing a comfortable atmosphere to do your best work. Do yourself a favor and work with Diana; she has a special gift to teach and connect with others. Most importantly, she will do her best to help you reach your own personal goals in acting whether you want to be a professional or not. If more acting teachers were like Diana there would probably be a lot more great actors! Thank you Diana for your dedication, support, and excellence you provide for your students!
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Ginger February 18, 2018
· Acting · In studio
All of Diana's extensive background as an actor & screenwriter is evident in the way she teaches. Her rich experience allows her to treat each student with an independent approach tailored to meet the most effective way each individual learns.
In addition, Diana truly cares about you, which allows you to safely open up to your own vulnerabilities & master over them.
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About Dawnnie M.

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Tehachapi, CA

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In person is $60.00 for a 45 minute lesson.
Online is $50.00 a 45 minute lesson.

Hi Everyone.

I'm an acting coach. I have a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Over the last 25 years I've coached many students for major network auditions via manager of agent referrals. What makes my lessons unique is that I also created original theatre with kids through improvisation. That fun approach is the core of everything I do.

I believe that if you start with who "you" truly are, with what makes you unique, you'll always be able to find your truth in any character or role. That's what will make your audition stand out. That's what will make you grow as an actor.

For those just interested in learning because you've never done this before and always wanted to... my lessons would be perfect! My youngest LA clients were 5 years old. For online lessons students must be at least an early reading level.

About Dawnnie
Hi Everyone!

I have a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, a BA in Drama from UC Santa Barbara. I've also attended Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts back when it was called the New York School for Film and Television.

I also create original theatre from improvisation with kids and teens. Everything I do I approach with that same fun spirit in mind.

Follow your passion and the rest will come. 🎭 As an actor over the last 25 years I have come to realize that none of us is ever actually in competition with one another. We are only in competition with our own best selves. We are each unique and have unique talents to offer the world that begin with your own unique core. No one else is “you.” So dare to follow your creative dreams. Let us continue to buil
d one another up.

A little shout out to creative parents! I have a toddler and with her in mind I have opened my own acting studio, Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts. It's my way of sharing my many years of experience with other artists and students while staying close to home with my little one.

Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts (TADA Acting Studio) MISSION:
We’ve seen firsthand how dramatic and creative play can increase confidence, team building skills, vocabulary, and much more at every age from kids to adults. Even those not seeking a professional acting career flourish in whichever path they choose partially due to their creative beginnings.
Our mission is to be part of that creative growth in any way we can.
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Jenna December 14, 2018
· Acting · Online
Dawnnie is an INCREDIBLE instructor, coach, and most importantly, a great person! She has helped me improve immensely, not only in acting and monologue work, but in the audition process in film and in theater. Her wide range of talents and knowledge is a huge benefit to helping me through my auditon pieces, etc.
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Christine October 31, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Dawnnie is a wonderful coach and teacher who is highly skilled and passionate in her craft. Her extensive knowledge of acting, both in TV as well as theatre, shines through in her work with others. A wonderful mentor, and encouraging teacher, I highly recommend her services to anyone who is interested in furthering their acting repertoire.
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About Aubrey W.

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Atlanta, GA

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Greetings! I'm Aubrey and I am currently the 6th - 12th-grade theatre director for a charter school in Atlanta GA! I have been teaching since 2015 and privately coaching young actors and actresses since 2012! Throughout my career, I have been able to help numerous students ace their college/performing arts school auditions! I've also had the pleasure of leading my students to the regional and state One Act competitions where we have won countless awards! Here is a quick peek at my training and experience:

Education and Training:
Bachelor of Arts - Film
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Theatre Performance
AIFS Shakespeare Globe Study Abroad Program - London (Training/Shakespeare)
Alliance Theatre (Training)
Robert Mello Studios (Method Training/Meisner)
Out of Box Theatre (Stage Manager)
Playwright (Atlanta Black Theatre Festival)

Teaching:
Charles R. Drew Charter School (Teacher 6-12)
A Class Act Actor's Studio (Acting Coach)

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About Aubrey
Greetings!! I am a practicing performance artist​ and theatre educator for a public charter in Atlanta Public Schools! I have produced, directed and stage managed several shows in my professional career and I have also had the pleasure of helping many students get into the theatre schools of their choice!! I have a Bachelor's degree in both theatre and film, and I have been coaching and assisting students since 2012 so my knowledge of performance and audition technique is expansive! I have also trained for many years at the Alliance Theatre and Robert Mello Studios. Almost every year my students receive the recognition for the category of Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor in the state for GHSA region One-Acts. I am currently producing my own work, which was featured at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival! I am also an educational liaison
for True Colors Theatre's Act Like A Lady Program - a program that uses theatre as a way to build character in girls grades 6-8. I am extremely serious and passionate about my craft, and I will give you the skills to achieve your goals!
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About Harry W.

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Shakespeare Audition Prep:

Auditioning for grad school?
Want to go in for more Shakespeare/Classical theatre work? Or are you completely new to classical work and need some help navigating the basics?
Whatever your needs, I can help you prepare.

As an actor, I've performed in several productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London's West End and I've worked with top classical practitioners like Cicely Berry (Voice & Text legend), Michelle Terry (Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe) and Lyndsey Turner (director of Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet). I am currently starring Off-Broadway as the Narrator in “Puffs” at New World Stages!

In our coaching sessions, I will match you with the right monologues for your casting; break down the text in simple, playable ways; guide you through character interpretation and intentions and get you ready to face the panel!

About Harry
I moved to New York in 2017 after 10 years of working as an actor in UK theatre. I have worked with some of the UK's top theatre companies, like The Royal Shakespeare Company, and in the West End. My experiences working with top practitioners and artists, like Cicely Berry and Michelle Terry, have given me an understanding of how to approach classical text in a way that is simple and not mysterious. We will break down the text together to give you a personal relationship to your character's objectives.

I set up my coaching business in October 2017 and already have helped students to get into prestigious grad school acting programmes, including Yale School of Drama!

"Harry's coaching has helped me get to final rounds of top UK acting schools and accepted to Yale School of Drama! We worked both on classical and contemporary monologues.
My biggest challenges were with the Shakespeare pieces. Harry helped me gain a better understanding of the meaning of the classical language by working to create a strong personal connection with the text - I felt that in this way the language became closer to me and my reality.

Although my first language is Spanish, finding an honest connection with the text and working with Harry on dialect meant that this wasn't a barrier for me anymore. Harry also helped me find ways to be as relaxed as I could before I entered the audition room and we worked on voice and body warm up and focus exercises. I really recommend his coaching!" - Maia Mihanovich, 2018
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Jordan November 12, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Harry has helped me prepare for many successful auditions: Shakespeare, television, contemporary monologues, an agent meeting (who I started working with btw) and otherwise! I've gotten callbacks and bookings! But also he's just the best coach and very kind. His insight is unmatched - he's amazing at getting me to my most authentic performance of any text I bring him! Thanks again fir everything Harry!
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Nicola November 9, 2018
· Acting · In studio
He is great! Training for some auditions and I am loving it.
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Alice November 9, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Harry is such a deeply thoughtful and sensitive teacher! I hadn't had so much experience with Shakespeare when I began working with him. He really helped me navigate the language in ways that were easy to absorb and practice. I would recommend Harry to anyone wanting to further their work, especially when foraying into Shakespeare.
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About Rachel S.

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Wellesley, MA
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Rachel received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College in 2017. She has worked on numerous on camera projects, including feature films, short films, commercials, and industrial projects. Rachel has experience coaching audition material for college BFA programs, as well as coaching stage and theatre audition material. She has taught at youth theatre programs as well. Rachel would be a great fit for any young person just getting started, or a more advanced actor looking for more in-depth coaching and lessons.

About Rachel
I am a professional actress living and working near Boston, MA. I received my BFA in Acting from Ithaca College (a top 5 acting program in the USA) in 2017. I have worked on numerous theater and on camera projects.

I love acting, and I love teaching! I would be a great fit for those looking to get started in acting, experienced actors looking for audition coaching, or those looking for audition and monologue coaching/prep for BFA programs.
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Rachel S.

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Wellesley, MA 02482
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About Tayon K.

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Boston, MA
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ACTING is just not the art; it is the movement, the audience, the text and the drive for those looking to begin working in professional environments. Students enrolled in ACTING: Journey will find new ways to analyze, respond and incorporate text, movement and various other skills needed for stage work.

About Tayon
As a former student at a performing arts school with a dedication to social activist projects, government and acting may seem like a weird combination. They're not, I promise. I've learned so many lessons, but the most important being that the theater is the gateway to getting people to wake up and focus on issues around them. My resume includes six shows on stage, working with summits in Washington, D.C., and serving on panels that focus specifically on civic engagement.
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Tayon K.

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Boston, MA 02116
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About Zach B.

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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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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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Catherine December 8, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
Zach is a terrific coach, teacher, and director. Not only does he have excellent skills with the camera and editing software but he allows you to relax and find your groove while you tape in addition to giving you great and thoughtful direction. I would highly recommend him for any and all on-camera needs!
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About Thomas J.

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Interested in a career in acting? Interested in learning how to really connect with your character, the stage, the audience, and your acting partners? Interested in being critiqued and learning how to prepare for auditions, work scenes and monologues, and how to push your acting to its limits? I'm willing to work with those of any age who have need of advice on their work and skills as an actor as well as any other aspects of the business. Lessons are tailored to fit the student and with a goal of improvement and fun and love of the craft.

About Thomas
I've been studying acting and directing for over a decade. I have a Bachelors Degree in acting and performed in many community theater productions. I teach Stanislavski, Boleslavski, Meisner, and more. I have studied the technical and business side of theater as well as performed in films and on stage for musicals and plays. I teach practical lessons as opposed to theory when it comes to an actor's work. I require students to have a monologue or scene ready to go for a lesson and to be prepared to work on it. The goal is to become confident and prepared in your pieces and skills as an actor as well as to gain knowledge that you can take with you for your other pieces.
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Thomas J.

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