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About Joshua M.

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About Joshua
**Joshua is currently performing in the Broadway company of Les Miserables so is only teaching in person in NY and online via Skype or FaceTime.**

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing.
Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few.
As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. Other
sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and countless readings, workshops and concerts as well as the Washington, DC premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s, In Love and Warcraft.
Joshua has worked as a Musical Director for many shows within the NY/NJ/DC tri-state area and coaches a handful of select students. The musical play, Definition of a Housewife, conceived and written by himself and Jeffery Self had a workshop production in the summer of 2006 at Columbia University.
Most recently he appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Signature Theatre’s production of Soon and is currently in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. He is also attached to a new musical (A House of Glass) about Tennessee Williams in which Joshua will be playing the prolific writer.
Joshua was the founding Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company for 6 years and sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all singing comes from the same place, technically (Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop, etc.). I work more on building a strong foundation from which everything else comes. That includes breath, placement and the stripping away of bad vocal habits that inhibit us from making healthy productive sounds. A strong foundation does usually mean having a stronger sense of your "legit" voice because it takes more work to involve your palate and breath which makes Musical Theatre/Pop seem like a piece of cake. I like to work with dedicated students who are open to challenging themselves and exploring other schools of thought in order to take themselves to the next level.

I have a strong background in musical theatre but believe that it all comes from the same place. Good technique is good technique which stems from more of a "classical" background. Bel canto, if you will. It's like dancing. Dancers who study ballet are much better dancers than those who don't because they have a strong foundation from which to work.

With my actors, I start from building a foundation of a sense of truth which is inherent in all of us. We talk through/explore a number of "approaches", in order to find the individuals process. From there, we begin work on how to approach text (actions, objectives, targets, meanings, etc.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
A space for lessons with a large library of music/plays. An upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
I only work on a flex schedule with my students, so when booking lessons- rather than selecting a specific day and time for lessons, we schedule each lesson from week to week as we go. I have lots of open hours for teaching, though they are not reflected on my calendar, as my schedule tends to fluctuate.
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Mia N. June 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Love Joshua, very personable, great instructor.
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Matthew S. August 7, 2015
· Film Acting · In studio
Joshua is an incredible instructor with an amazing talent. His ability to get to know you, as an individual and cater his expertise to make his students better is unparalleled. I would recommend Joshua to anyone who would give me the time. Truly, an amazing person and instructor.
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Logan C. July 27, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
He is very detailed in getting to know what makes you what you are and where you come from. There is an established unconditional comfortability and confidence that he brings when talking to about your history and future goals, and unquestionable intrigue of interest that helps him figure out what it is you want out of a lesson, critique, or and experience.
Overall he is very involved in actually helping you developed yourself and your craft towards what ever direction you wish to take it. Highly recommend one of his lessons and experience as a mentor
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About Kelsey J.

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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.

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Lessons can be 30-120 min long minutes 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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Eva December 2, 2017
· Acting · In home
Kelsey did a great job of making my 13 year old daughter comfortable during her first lesson. She balanced praise and constructive feedback very effectively. Looking forward to more classes!
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Aliya K. November 4, 2017
· Acting · Online
She is great.
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Kim September 28, 2017
· Voice Acting · Online
This was my first lesson, and Kelsey taught me so much that I felt as though I had a light bulb over my head the entire time. Great insight!
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About Susan S.

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Owings Mills, MD

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THEY'RE JUST WORDS. Some of the greatest stage classics in the English-speaking world are by Shakespeare. His characters are some of the richest and most challenging you will ever play.
He tells stories of love, revenge, stories, dramas, there's even Shakespeare sit-com. The language can be intimidating, but it's just people talking. That's how they talked in Shakespeare's day. Learn how to demystify the language and present it so your audience can follow it.

About Susan
Acting – I have taught all kinds of acting, including Audition Skills, Shakespeare, Stage, Film & TV, Dramatic, Comedic, whatever. I also have quite a bit of experience performing in all those arenas. I have a relationship with one of the best management agencies in the area, so my students get fast-tracked with her.

Voice – Anyone can sing. If you want to and have always thought you couldn't, you will be delighted when I prove you wrong. Training for the voice is pretty much the same, whatever style you are interested in. Then I'll coach you in your chosen style and we'll pick songs you like.

Singing beautifully is not enough. I can't tell you how many times I heard in grad school "beautiful voices are a dime a dozen." I will teach you how to OWN the song. That's what keeps people coming back.

Speaking – Every public spe
aker I know has lost their voice at some point, but not from talking too much. It's because they don't know how to use their voice properly. Learn that, and you need never lose your voice to over-use. That's easy to teach.

Writing – I have been a professional writer and editor for over eight years, with many books, articles, posts, newsletters, etc. to my name. I use – and teach – practical grammar, not just correct grammar. I can also help you make your words more powerful.
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Jesse W. September 24, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
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Andrew August 7, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Susan Scher for about two months now. I can easily say I've been impressed at how much I've improved. I look forward to lessons every week. I feel that soon enough I'll be able to audition for roles in film and television. If you live in the Baltimore area and are interested in voice acting or any acting in general. Contact her and go, you won't be disappointed.
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Imuetinyan Ugiagbe August 6, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I did not know what to expect when I signed up to take classes with Susan. I decided to take classes with her for two reasons: Her studio is not far from me and 2, the good reviews left by her clients. All I wanted was to learn the fundamentals and techniques about acting. Susan was excellent and very patient. She offered water in each lesson, which is also very kind. Her interpersonal connection brings a sense of comfort. Her studio is very neat and welcoming. I do not have regrets in my selections and I know you won't be disappointed too.
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Owings Mills, MD 21117
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About Wesley M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Wesley M. has worked in film, TV and theatre for the last twenty-five years with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, The Arena Stage. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. He has appeared on over thirty TV shows and movies. Most recently as Mr. Lawler on That's So Raven.

About Wesley
Wesley M. has worked in film, television and theatre for the last twenty-five years after completing his actor training at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He has acted all over the country including ten seasons at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Arkansas Rep, The Arena Stage in Washington DC, and the Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island SC. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. His play The Good Life was produced by The Empty Space in Bakersfield Ca in 2009. He has appeared on over thirty television shows and nearly as many motion pictures.
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Dustin K. October 3, 2017
· Acting · Online
It was my first lesson ever for acting and after I had a set plan of what to do to get to where I want to be in this industry.
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Daniele September 27, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Wesley is just wonderful. I felt comfortable with him as soon as we met and I learned so much in just the first 30 minutes. And I already feel so much more confident that my speaking engagement will rock now that I have Wesley as my coach!
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Jenna J. September 9, 2016
· Child Acting · Online
AMAZING first session😊 The exchanges between Wes and Jenna were flawless...almost like two people that sparked up a conversation where they left off!! He acknowledged Jenna's dreams and goals and had experienced insight to provide! Jenna is looking forward to working on her assignments and lesson #2!!!
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About Amelia N.

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Arlington, VA
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Amelia has been working with Shakespeare for the past twenty years. She has studied with some of the most knowledgeable Shakespearean actors today, including Fiona Shaw and Henry Goodman. In college, she studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford and London, England. She has played many Shakespearean roles, including Puck in a Midsummer Night's Dream, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Hermia in a Midsummer Night's Dream.

In a coaching session, I will continue to use the basics of acting (what does the character want?). I will help you to understand your piece by looking at what Shakespeare's iambic pentameter. He often gives hints to his actors as to how he wanted his character's to play lines. We will also utilize the character's objective and obstacles.

About Amelia
Amelia graduated from Fordham University, Lincoln Center in New York City with a B.A. in Performance, and a Masters in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.

She has worked on Broadway, Regional Theatre, and Film. Some rules include:
Puck in a Midsummer Night's Dream, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Little Red in Into the Woods, along with many others. She is also dancer and has worked professionally with the Nevada Festival Ballet. She has lived in New York, London and Moscow.

She has been teaching for twelve years. She has worked with many New York and LA actors and has developed many drama curriculums for the D.C. metro area and abroad.
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Theodore L. February 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Amelia was great. She provided excellent instruction, adapted to my style of learning and gave me a targeted plan to help me improve my acting skills throughout the course of my lessons. As a beginner, I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for my introduction to the world of acting.
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Tim November 20, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Very lovely person, great teacher, good start. Onward! See you in Hollywood! :)
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Svetlana August 12, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Great, supportive teacher. The sessions are useful and motivating to become better in acting.
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About James W.

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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 Amanda D.

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Come learn and have a blast with a professional competitive and Broadway and Hollywood Actor!! Perfect your craft with various acting techniques, a specially designed warmup program and audition techniques! Land your next acting gig after taking lessons with me!

About Amanda
Hello Lovely future students!!! I am a professional actor, dancer, choreographer, director and a Texas state certified educator! I have taught nearly every subject in public schools from grades k - 12 as well as acting, musical theatre, dance and voice at the college level! I attended both SMU and TCU, graduating with a BFA and MFA in Theatre performance, dance, radio/tv/film production and Criminal Justice!

Acting students can expect to improve each week in their character development, technique, script analysis and realistic performance abilities. We will also explore theatre spaces, prepare for auditions and determine specific physical warm ups designed for the individual student to assist in releasing tension. I strive to help all students perform at their highest level and obtain professional opportunities!

Dance students can expe
ct to learn technique styles and combinations in accordance with the style of dance we are learning. Students will experience various forms of dance, warm ups and physical conditioning. We will practice technique as well as audition and dance call preparation. It is a goal to assist to students in their craft and guide them to achieve their personal goals within dance -whether that be stage or commercial dance!

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

Academic students can look forward to a fun learning environment, honing in concepts from their subject in a unique, non lecture style. I am an incredibly hands on teacher and love to incorporate technology into my lessons!

While the arts are my passion, a well rounded academic student is a must! I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better performer!
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About Leif R.

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Hi I'm Leif Riddell a professional working actor,Improv. instructor, Director, and Life Coach. I have 25 years vested in the Screen Actors Guild and AfTRA Unions.
I have two working actor kids 9 and 11 years old. I have outstanding relationships with the best Casting Directors and Agents in NYC.
Being a working actor I know what it takes in this highly competitive field to book a job. From your personality,Cold Reading, Improvisation, Vocal projection. I look forward to working with you on booking your first or next role.

About Leif
Leif is a native New Yorker and rose in an artist community.

Leif’s acting career has led to major roles in stage, film, and the television industry. His ability to play the edgy bad guy, sensitive sweet man, or the comedic funny guy, gives him a unique range and star quality.

Leif's live comedic improv performances and stage fanatics landed him a film debut in THE HARD WAY directed by John Badham, starring Michael J. Fox and James Woods. He has since, continued to work with some of the best Film, TV, and stage directors / actors in New York and Los Angeles.

His stand out television performances, include roles on HBO's Hit Series "OZ", "BLUE BLOODS" "Gotham" "Person of Interest" "Rescue Me," "Third Watch", "Law and Order", General Hospital and many others, on both coasts. From an early age, starting in the music industry, Leif h
as loved being on stage, or in front of the camera.

Leif’s decades in the Entertainment industry (as well as being a father of 2 talented performers and mentor to others) has led him to open his Improv. In between gigs and auditions, Leif teaches children and adults Improvisation acting and the ins and outs of the business of acting.
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About Alyssa W.

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Hyattsville, MD

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Having both earned Masters Degrees from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, Thomas Keegan and Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan combine for more than 25 years of professional theatrical experience. In 2017, they were named as two of "DC's 12 Stage Dynamos."

Alyssa should be familiar to most Washington theatre-goers, having recently appeared in Ford's Theatre's production of the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, Come From Away. That same year, she received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Play, for her portrayal of the iconic Maggie the Cat, in Round House Theatre's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 2017/18, Alyssa will appear in The Kennedy Center's World Premiere production of Digging Up Dessa, as well as the US Premiere of Botticelli In the Fire, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Most widely known for his portrayal of Ensign Baker in AMC's revolutionary war drama, TURN: Washington's Spies (available on Netflix), Thomas ...

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I have been a professional actor since 2003 and have been working and living in the DC area for the last 6 years. I have been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2009. I have coached privately for over a decade and specialize in audition preperation for both undergraduate and graduate submissions, as well as upcoming productions. I am also an accomplished voice over artist and can facilitate the creation of your very own demo reel. Named one of D.C. 12 acting dynamos to watch in 2017 by the Washington Post.
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Charlotte November 30, 2017
· Acting · In home
Alyssa was extremely practiced and knew exactly how to help me strengthen my performance without ever making me feel like I had failed. She instructed me with incredible grace and efficiency, even given our close deadline. Even when I brought her material neither of us had seen before, she expertly found the best route to telling the story and maximizing the effect of the language.
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