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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

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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Steve H. November 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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About Detrece L.

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About Detrece
DeTrece "Dee" Lavender is a native of Miami, Florida. When her family moved to Sarasota, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and the performing arts as a student of the Westcoast School/Henry L. Porter School of Music. It was then that Dee began to understand the power of the creative arts as an effective form of emotional expression and release. By middle school, DeTrece began fine tuning her natural talents by studying classical voice which earned her several starring roles in the Sarasota Youth Opera, The Aslo Theater and the Players Theater. She is also a proud former member of the Westcoast Black Theater Troop in Sarasota, FL. Under the caring leadership of these opportunities, she was able to combine musical and life experiences in order to offer a more well rounded educational and musical experience for her students.


She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance (Class of 2003). It was through her service as a music therapist, Millieu (residential) counselor and music teacher in the Boston City Public Schools/Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, that she began to feel the call toward a greater understanding of the gravity and role of the socio-emotional needs of students (and their families/villages) in urban settings. This call brought her to Baltimore, MD where she enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling Masters of Science program at Loyola University. In addition to her studies, she currently teaches Elementary and Middle School choir/ Musicianship teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program. She also serves as Minister Of Music and Arts at two local churches.
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Nidhi E. November 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
she is amazing
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Mawulom N. October 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
D is skilled at opening you up. From the warm welcome, opening exercise to her easy-going nature and intentional way of being. She's intuitive and an expert in her craft.
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Shaunise G. March 21, 2016
· Singing · In home
Detrece was patient very much into her work and very knowledgeable about singing i will continue to finish my lesson with and recommend her HIGHLY.
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About Joseph M.

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25+ yrs teaching experience

Fun mixed with work

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Jeremy K.

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I have been teaching and coaching actors for 20 years. My students work professionally on stage, TV and film. Within the first few lessons, you will understand how to create a character. Soon, you will have the skills to book a role. I specialize in method acting, but draw upon my experience at The Second City (improvisation) in Chicago and other training I have had. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels; I can't wait to meet you!

About Jeremy
Are you working on a part for a play or film and need assistance? If you are new to acting, I can teach you what it takes to be an actor and how to bring a character to life. Do you need to prepare for an audition? Do you want to learn about the business of acting? Script analysis? I can help.

I can help with your audition for performing arts high schools. My students have gotten into the schools of their choice.

If you have training or are a working actor, I can help take you to the next level.

I am a working actor, published playwright and award winning filmmaker. I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where I majored in drama. I taught Method Acting, Acting for Camera, Improvisation as well as other classes at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York. My
students, both at the Institute and from private coaching, have appeared in independent stage and film productions, TV shows, commercials and Hollywood films.

Acting is the art of bringing a character to life. I use the Lee Strasberg Method, my original exercises and a fun and serious demeanor to help actors express themselves as artists and gain the confidence and skills they need in order to book acting jobs.

My book, "The Young Actor's Handbook", is published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. "The Young Actor's Handbook" ignites the beginning actor's creative soul with acting exercises, acting theory, writing exercises and insight into what it means to be an actor. This is a pragmatic manual that guides and informs the young actor, beginning actor, novice acting teacher or anyone who wants to understand acting.

"Jeremy Kruse's book, "The Young Actor’s Handbook", leads the young actor on the correct path. Jeremy is an experienced acting teacher who has broken down acting in an academic way while nurturing the soul of the actor. He understands the emotional aspects of good acting. I commend Jeremy and believe he has accomplished quite a feat in writing "The Young Actors Handbook." - Vincent D'Onofrio
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cindy March 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
My son enjoys his acting lessons immensely. Jeremy always makes him feel comfortable and at ease. His method is fantastic.
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Kieran September 1, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
I would recommend Jeremy to any 1st timer actor or actor very professional great teacher
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Elaine M. June 20, 2016
· Improv Acting · Online
He's kind and understanding and extremely helpful. I can't wait for my next lesson! I wholeheartedly recommend him! I enjoyed the improv games we played. I needed encouragement and Jeremy gave it to me.
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About David T.

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Emmy Award Winner David T. has over 33 years of acting experience in Film, TV and Stage. He is best known World-wide for his role on “The Young and the Restless” where he received 3 Emmy nominations and won his first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Billy Abbott. He has the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director & make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

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Film credits include Swing Kids with Christian Bail & Robert Shawn Lenard; Pleasantville with Reese Witherspoon & Toby McGuire, Stay Tuned with John Ritter along with Plain Cloths, Stepfather III, Walking Thunder, Roomates, and The Hazing to name a few. Television series roles include “Sessions,” produced by Billy Crystal, as well as “One Life to Live” as Paul Cramer, “Roommates” as Brady, “Worlds Apart,” “Buddies,” “Salute your Shorts,” “Good Behavior” as Cozy Boy, “Brand New Life” as Bart McCray, and “The Young and The Restless” as Billy Abbott. Recent top rated TV shows include NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Mat January 9, 2019
· Acting · Online
Had my first acting lesson yesterday with David and I'm super impressed with his coaching! David has exceeded my expectations and I feel way more confident just after one coaching session. If you are looking for a true professional that will take your acting skills to the next level, David will get you to where you need to go! I'm so happy to have David as my coach and I know you will too:)
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Darius December 6, 2018
· Acting · Online
First lesson was great. I already feel confident that with his help I can and will accomplish goals. Highly recommended
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Binh N. November 26, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
I started taking lessons with David a few months ago with zero experience in acting. He has been a great coach who is also very patient. David is really flexible and understanding, always willing to work around my schedule as best he can. His deep experience and insight in the industry really helps when he starts working with you on auditioning. All in all, I am really glad to have David as my acting coach.
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About Randy S.

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I have completed the Players Workshop of Second City six part course twice and performed in their graduation show twice as well. I write comedy for my own purposes and study comedy almost constantly. However improv. for the actor can be an entirely different process and is based mainly on finding your character via various exercises. Open mid required!

About Randy
I have a Masters degree in Theatre History and Criticism (Theatrical Critical Theory). I have teaching experience and have been exposed to many different types of teaching styles and locales, (i.e. classroom, studio).I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a focus on acting.
I have always been an actor first, simultaneously I have believed that teacher's are born not bred. At the risk of tooting my own horn; I am both, an actor and a teacher with more than a few credentials to support those facts. Peace and Kind Regards
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Michael C. October 25, 2018
· Acting · Online
Randy is a genius and is very encouraging! I highly recommend!!
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Grant T. August 27, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Jeremy July 14, 2018
· Poker · Online
Randy is excellent. His character transcends the need for a review like this, but the fact is, he made it awesome to fight for my first poker lesson over the past two weeks. We haven’t gotten in the software yet, but his exemplary stewardship and expertise has proven a greater boon to me than the best intentions of my initial efforts.
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I provide a positive and fun hands on environment that allows for nothing but the growth and success for my students.

For private consultation sessions I start at the beginning. We begin by assessing your "type", what type of work you see yourself doing, and how you want to progress in your acting. I then suggest work for my students to familiarize theirselves with ranging from books to television and plays, so that they feel immersed in the world they desire to enter.

For audition prep I work to make sure my students feel prepared and excited for their audition pieces so that they have the confidence to walk into the room and book the role!

For audition prep, I coach:
-Monologues
-Scene Work
-Theater -from the original audition to creating the role
-Self-tape
-Film and TV-where we go over the nuances and subtly of film

About Simone
Simone loves the hands-on collaborative nature of the theatre. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in Acting. Simone has much experience teaching people of all ages in theater arts and performance. When she's not auditioning Simone enjoys, baking, spending time with family, watching Netflix, and working out.

I provide a positive and fun hands on environment that allows for nothing but the growth and success for my students.

For private consultation sessions I start at the beginning. We begin by assessing your "type", what type of work you see yourself doing, and how you want to progress in your acting. I then suggest work for my students to familiarize theirselves with ranging from books to television and plays, so that they feel immersed in the wo
rld they desire to enter.

For audition prep I work to make sure my students feel prepared and excited for their audition pieces so that they have the confidence to walk into the room and book the role!

For audition prep, I coach:
-Monologues
-Scene Work
-Theater -from the original audition to creating the role
-Self-tape
-Film and TV-where we go over the nuances and subtly of film
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About Naquasha W.

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If you are looking to pursue an acting career or if you just want to boost your confidence in public, this is the class for you! Experienced acting coach of 3 years,background acting experience, national drama competition winner 2011, President of Drama Club, and I won Best Personality in high school (wink). I specialize in improv, stage performance, dramatic monologues, and background casting calls. Ages 7-18. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I love to combine classic techniques with a few modern spins. So what are you waiting for? Lights....Camera....ACTION!

About Naquasha
I am a lover of the arts! Since I was a little girl I've been in a number of musicals and plays. In 2011, I was talented enough to travel to Los Angels, CA to compete in a national drama competition. I placed 2nd in the improv category. Although I am not interested in pursing acting as a full time career, it is a skill that I hold close to my heart.
I attended Claflin University where I received my Bachelor's in Early Education. My passion for teaching has then led me to become an AmeriCorp member where I was privileged enough to work in public schools with high risk youth teaching them ELA and life skills. Through Take Lessons I aspire to combine my theater knowledge and teaching experience to give my students the best resource possible.

I coach children ages 7-18 and all levels of experience but with a focus on beginners. I have been
an acting coach for 3 years and I have had students land minor roles in productions in the Southeast area. I focus on stage presence, technique, articulation and projection, memory, film and tv slating/audition critique, and personal confidence.

My passion for learning and performing is what makes this venture a special one. I hope that you or your child decides to take a lesson with me. I know it will be an unforgettable experience.
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About Alicia A.

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If you’re looking for someone who is more than a teacher then you have found the right fit for you!

I develop my students to become leaders by cultivating personal relationships and offering the best mentorship available.

I have 19+ years of professional acting experience and I’m holding tight to my career that is on a constant uphill climb.

My desire is to help others achieve the success they are looking for by living a life that inspires change in the world.

My core focus is, “Confidence Building, Purpose Planning and Time Management”.

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Alicia A. is a professional Model, Actress, Modeling & Acting Instructor, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She recently returned to Houston from studying with a variety of dynamic teachers in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She has appeared in countless commercials (local & national), industrials, performed improv and sketch comedy, as well as hosting and voice-over.

Alicia has played guest roles on a

About Alicia
Alicia is a professional Model, Modeling Instructor, Actress, Acting Coach, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She is no stranger to the fashion, entertainment and educational industries. Alicia has 19+ years of professional experience. She offers a wide range of programs and services - from Runway and Modeling Workshops to Motivational Speaking Seminars.

Alicia A. was born and raised in Houston, TX and for as long as she can remember there was always a deep aspiration inside of her to become a professional in the fashion and entertainment industry.

After graduating from Lamar High School (Houston, TX), with an advanced diploma dealing with Business Administration, Alicia sat foot to run straight to Hollywood and become the ‘Super Star’ she always wanted to be. However, thanks to her families high level of enc
ouragement in education Alicia went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production from the University of Houston. This was completion of a promise to her father to always put education first.
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Sandra January 19, 2019
· Child Acting · Online
Superb teacher. Communicates and instructs extremely well. My granddaughter has achieved a very polished and professional skill level under her tutelage. This has made such a difference in her ability to perform. Such an outstanding teacher!
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Jacob January 6, 2019
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Alicia was VERY knowledgeable and definitely knew what she was talking about when teaching. There was never a dull moment in / out of class. She knew how to teach while having fun with her students at the same time! I would highly recommend Alicia for any type of acting instructor or aspiring model mentor-ships! Thanks for being an awesome teacher!
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Chris December 17, 2018
· Improv Acting · In studio
My daughter had a great experience with Alicia.
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I offer my students tools and techniques that are practical and accessible. These techniques work. I am an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor with award winning and award nominated performances teaching industry standard techniques that have been generously passed on to me by my long time mentor and coach who had a career on Broadway and in film and television in L.A. I have worked extensively as a performer on stage, television, and film both in Phoenix/Tucson and in New York City. My body of work includes farce, contemporary drama, Shakespeare, melodrama, industrials, commercials, and musicals. I've coached online one on one for several years and my students get results.

About Mike
I am a professional actor with award winning and award nominated performances. Member of Actors' Equity Assn. and Screen Actors Guild.
Skilled in both comedic and dramatic roles.
Extensive stage experience as well as on camera and voiceover credits.
Body of work includes farce, contemporary drama, Shakespeare, melodrama, industrials, and musicals.
Co-lead in the BBC docudrama "Nuclear Secrets" directed by Chris Bould.
Supporting and featured roles in theatrical release, indie films, and television including the Lifetime mini-series "Maneater" directed by Timothy Busfield. Lead and co-lead in live industrials.
Facilitator for many live events.
Visiting instructor of theatre at Fort Lewis College.
Currently I am an on camera acting coach.
I recently moved from NYC where I worked on stage both regionally and in NYC.
I am excited about futur
e opportunities on camera both in feature film and television. Specialties: Skilled at telling all kinds of stories including sit-com, daytime dramas, episodic, industrial, voice over, and feature film. Trained in voice, comedy, drama, audition technique, scene prep including improv. Dialects in recent roles have included, Southern, Irish, English, and German. As an on camera coach I teach audition technique, cold reading, commercial prep, improv, and scene prep. I'm also a good water skiier (can't wait to use that)!
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