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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.

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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.)

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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 Michael R.

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Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!

In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!

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We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us f
eel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!
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zeph S. August 4, 2014
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Great teacher very knowledgeable and works with you on whatever pieces and style you want to do not just general music. Highly recommended!
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Lawrence M. November 6, 2013
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I'm a senior citizen that still works. I played some other instruments when I was younger and always wanted to play piano and Michael has motivated me to continue to learn and fit my practice into my work schedule. Anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument should look no further then Michael.
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Susan D. November 1, 2013
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Excellent teacher

We are thoroughly pleased. The lessons are a highlight of the week........Michael knows how to challenge as well as have fun with each lesson. Thanks for all you do and accommodating us when the schedule requires.................
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About Becca H.

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Having been acting almost all my life, I have been introduced to many different types of acting methods. Such as Constantin Stanislavski's method acting, GOTE acting, OOTs acting and Rhonda Carlson's "What do I do with my hands" style. Over the years I have found what is most effective in my own acting and in my students acting. All the acting techniques I use are applied to create honesty in performance. Students learn how to relate with their character and create active, honest acting with objectives and tactics. Acting is reacting, just as we react in real life to those around us, we must apply this reality to our acting.

About Becca
I have enjoyed the stage and the thrill of entertaining since I was a child. I have been in numerous productions, including Las Vegas Academy's €œSweeney Todd€ starring as Mrs. Lovett, which was selected as a highlighted show at the National Thespian Conference, Cats as Pouncival, €œLittle Women€ as Marmee, National Thespian€™s €œHairspray as Prudy, Super Summer Theatre€™s Annie as Pepper, and many more! I have also done work as a recording studio vocalist and corporate performer on the Las Vegas Strip. I have been studying voice with the famed Jeffrey Skouson for the past decade and continue to study teaching with him as well. I have received performance training from many different sources including Professional Broadway Performers, Famed Acting Coaches, Vocal Stylizing Coaches to the Stars, and Master Vocal Teachers. My love of perfo
rming transformed into a new love for teaching people to sing and act so that they too can experience the same joy I feel when I'm on the stage. Because of this love I studied music education at Brigham Young University ID and became a certified Vocal Instructor in the Institute for Vocal Advancement (previously a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor) in an extensive program where I must complete education and testing each year. I focus on building a singer€™s range and strength in healthy ways in all genres of music. I work with all types of performers from recording studios to the stage.
During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. If you would like to sing from the bottom to the top of your voice with strength and ease, I am the teacher for you!

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During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. Each lesson you will receive a CD of your vocal exercises and song to practice during the week. You will be amazed at the progression you will make in just one week of practice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I use garageband to record our lessons and any parts you may need me to record of a song to better learn notes.
I also use garageband to edit and cut karaoke tracks for your performances.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal Instruction in all genres of music by understanding the voice and how it functions and knowing what tools to use to achieve the most success in any voice.

Any type of acting whether it be on the stage or on screen by using Acting techniques that help the actor connect to their character on a more personal level providing for honest, real acting.
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Isabella D. January 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Isabella really enjoyed her first lesson with Becca!
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Stacy D. September 29, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Becca is very outgoing. Flexible with scheduling and patient. Recommend!
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Alexis D. September 3, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great experience.
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About Fernando T.

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Fort Wayne, IN

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As an actor who has been featured on various international commercials for brands such as Old Spice, Southern Comfort and Anthem Blue Cross, as well as professional theatre and operatic experience I am well versed in various approaches to film and stage acting for your particular project or audition.

About Fernando
I am a professional vocalist who regularly performs with orchestras, rock bands, jazz bands and as a singer/songwriter. I teach beginners to professional touring artists and can break down the seemingly complex vocal techniques in simple to understand concepts and exercises. My focus areas are breath, placement and freedom from tension in order to increase your efficiency, stamina and flexibility between registers and musicality. (See my online tutorials for a quick idea of what it might be like to work with me)

I have a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and have worked professionally from Opera to Pop. I started my professional music career at the age of 10, traveling the world with the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I worked as an instructor and vocal
coach for the Grammy Award Winning Pacific Boychoir. I also sang professionally for ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Clerestory, American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Pocket Opera.

I am currently a vocal instructor for Sweetwater Music Academy, music director for the Jesters (a theatre ensemble for people with developmental disabilities) and I sing for hospital patients as a Parkview Healing Artist. I have taught grade levels K-8 in private schools so I am accustomed to all age levels.

As a songwriter I have composed and performed music for MTV, VHI, E! and the Oxygen Network, and have acted on commercials for Southern Comfort, Old Spice, & Anthem Blue Cross.

I am also the songwriter and front man for the original regional RootsRock band, Fernando T. & The Wickersham Bros and have established myself as a teaching artist for young audiences through the Carnegie Hall Link Up Concert Series.

I look forward any questions you may have and hope to help you or your child find creative fulfillment from the most unique instrument in the world- your voice!

[PLEASE NOTE: I will be teaching exclusively online from June-December 2017 period and am happy to squeeze in as many in in location lessons you would like before then]
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Christian June 1, 2017
· Singing · Online
Fernando's lessons are very helpful. I have improved my singing technique within my first five lessons. He teaches based on the individual versus a cookie cutter method. I would recommend Fernanado, especially for beginners.
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Em Gee April 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I'm so glad we signed up for singing lessons! Fernando is a natural teacher for all ages. Don't hesitate to consult!

My 6 year old granddaughter, Avery, had so much fun (learning) about octaves, counting beats, singing and she accompanied Fernando with ease!
Thanks Fernando!
P.s. I was ready to join in too!
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Taras January 11, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Fernando is a true talent and an asset to the community of Fort Wayne, Indiana. My first experience with him was 7 years ago at St. Henry Community Center. Fernando sang and played guitar during our Christmas recital. I was completely amazed with his vocal range and ability to captivate an audience with his overall musical aura. Fernando also taught vocal lessons for St. Henry and continued to contribute his ideas and talents to enhance the community center. We were blessed to have him as a part of our staff. He is, without a doubt, the best vocal coach that one could ask for. If you are looking to make singing a goal of yours in 2017, do yourself a favor and sign up for lessons with Fernando.
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About Elena D.

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Monologues , Shakespeare . Various Acting schools of study
Alexander technique

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BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
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Emily November 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter is very shy but felt very comfortable.
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Bradley R. October 6, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Wow! She was so in synch with my son’s style & helping him pick a song & her exercises really helped him get a nice strong sound.
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Mason June 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My son enjoyed very much the singing lesson! He is already looking forward for the next lesson.
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About Lea M.

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Acting is a vulnerable craft; we will start where you are most comfortable. Bring your own material, or request a recommendation from my vast pool of monologue and sides options. I work extensively to combat performance anxiety by focusing on the text - what story are you telling as this character? I will also work with you on voice, breathe, and body control through techniques inspired by the Suzuki and Viewpoints methods. Acting is about the whole body - even if it is a close up shot!

About Lea
Having completed my MFA in Acting from UCLA this past June, I am highly dedicated to the craft of acting both for the stage and for the camera. I recently wrapped my first big project with Francis Ford Coppola, and I'm eager to share what I've learned. I also hold a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice from Boston University, so I am open to lessons that involve both singing and acting. I was born in Burbank and raised in Sherman Oaks, so not only do I know my way around town, but I know how to manage the traffic to get to your home on time. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Thomas September 20, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
Lea is a fantastic coach, it's hard to find someone with the right mix of formal training and real world experience, but she has it. Even after just a couple of sessions my confidence is through the roof and I feel ready to walk into that next audition. Thanks Lea!
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About Maya E.

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Glendale, CA

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Maya is a professional actress who acted in popular TV shows such as Teen Wolf and in acclaimed movies such as To The Bone (Premiered at Sundance film festival).
Maya is a young enthused coach who's passionate about teaching, and will work with you at a level that fits you. Maya coaches for auditions, teaches acting (character development, awareness to the body, text analysis, Shakespeare, improv and more) helps with scene preparation and familiarize her students with the entertainment industry.
To see an examples of my acting work go to : https://vimeo.com/222427213

About Maya
My name is Maya and I can't wait to meet you! I’m both an acting coach and a language teacher. I've been teaching private lessons since 2012.
I love teaching and put an emphasis on classes being enjoyable. It is such a joy for me to see my student developing and advancing.
If you have any questions or would like an additional information please don't hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Helene June 10, 2017
· Hebrew · In studio
What an incredible educator! Maya's teaching style made me feel comfortable taking risks in learning to speak Hebrew. She is warm, encouraging and supportive in addition to being competent and confident in her knowledge of Hebrew and the second language learner's needs.
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Lauren June 9, 2017
· Hebrew · In studio
Maya is patient and kind and extremely knowledgeable about Hebrew. She is also has a keen ear about how sounds and articulation are made, so she is able to customize her teaching to best help each individual student.
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David June 9, 2017
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Maya is a wonderful teacher!
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30 years of experience in theatre, television, commercials, voice overs and Indie films. I started coaching other actors in 2014, focusing on techniques for on-camera acting and film audition coaching. I have the inside scoop on how the professional acting world works and I help prepare all students for the challenges that come with the biz. One pager perk is that I am also a Casting Director for commercial, television and film projects in the Midwest. I'm always talent scouting.

About Jonna
When I moved back to Springfield, MO from LA a few years ago (Because the schools are better and my family is here), I immediately noticed a desperate need for film acting education. We have good theatre programs in town, but most of the actors weren't quite aware of how to transition that for the screen. I've been blessed to have a lot of practice and education for on-camer acting, so I decided to share what I know.

It's been a cool adventure learning how to teach, especially since I'm still a working actor. I get to take my own advice and see if works. I have primarily adult students in my weekly classes as well as private lesson students, and they have been brave enough to try many new things. We explore all of the popular techniques to find what works for us. Acting is a very special craft for strong people.

I tell all of my stude
nts, "You have to be STRONG if you want to tell the stories of the human condition." My first piece of advice to help you become a great film actor is: DON'T SHOW ME HOW YOU FEEL. JUST FEEL IT.

I love people and I'd love to work with you.
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Jason R. August 29, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Jonna helped me so much! I'm not an actor or in the acting field but initially took lessons to improve my public speaking ability professionally & personally. I had an immediate boost in confidence and have developed a new respect & love of acting. My new skills are helping me daily. I'm hooked and now have a new passion in my life. Jonna is great!
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About Aly L.

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Aly specializes in helping young actors prepare for the challenging and specific college audition process, in particular selecting and perfecting unique repertoire to make an impression. She is also an expert acting coach for classes and auditions in general, whether it’s for a monologue, scene practice or telling a story through song.  

Aly has experience coaching and teaching students from pre-K to pre-college. She has worked as a theatre and musical theatre instructor at Emerson College as well as Stoneham Theatre in Boston, designing curricula, directing productions and sharing her expertise with students. Additionally, she’s worked behind the scenes at the American Repertory Theatre on Broadway shows such as Pippin and The Glass Menagerie.

She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in vocal repertoire.

About Aly
Aly specializes in helping young actors prepare for the challenging and specific college audition process, in particular selecting and perfecting unique repertoire to make an impression. She is also an expert acting coach for classes and auditions in general, whether it’s for a monologue, scene practice or telling a story through song.  

Aly has experience coaching and teaching students from pre-K to pre-college. She has worked as a theatre and musical theatre instructor at Emerson College as well as Stoneham Theatre in Boston, designing curricula, directing productions and sharing her expertise with students. Additionally, she’s worked behind the scenes at the American Repertory Theatre on Broadway shows such as Pippin and The Glass Menagerie.

She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 from the Boston Conservatory, where she major
ed in musical theater with an emphasis in vocal repertoire.
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Shirley November 7, 2017
· Theater Acting · In home
Aly worked with our daughter and we couldn't have been more pleased with the progress she made under Aly's guidance.

Highly recommend!!
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About Stephen G.

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Stephen enjoys helping actors go from average to engaging, with the experience to prepare an actor for a casting director's office or a TV or movie set.

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I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
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David October 7, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
While he isn't available very much, I always try to coach with Stephen for challenging projects. He always has good ideas for how to make my scenes more interesting or funny.
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Allison September 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Stephen is the best! He was able to turn sides I had for a short four line audition for an episodic into a taped audition that booked me the job. I try to book him for every important audition I have.
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Parker September 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I studied with Stephen when he taught an On-Camera workshop in Hollywood. He is an incredible teacher and also had great tips about how to succeed in a really tough business.
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