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Athena R.

New York, NY

Learn the real business of acting. Audition prep. Scene study. Monologues. Headshots, agents and how to make it as an actor.

About Athena

Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City.

Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG cha
rged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV.

As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New Music Project, TADA!, and The Ontario Science Center. She teaches privately (voice, piano, guitar, acting & songwriting), and facilitates workshops to kids and adults on topics ranging from "Vocal Technique", to "Booking Your Own Tour", to "Creating Original Musical Theater",She also conducts staff development workshops on "Communication and Socialization through the Arts for Autistic Populations" in New York City schools. Athena teaches all ages (age 4-99) and ability levels (gifted - special needs).

As a singer/songwriter, Athena has released 5 original CDs and numerous dance singles. Her latest full length album, "Little Girl Dreams", was produced by Emmy/Grammy Winning Producer Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, "Producers" on Broadway). Athena's music is storytelling pop with a theatrical twist. She combines a dramatic 4 octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. She performs regularly in the New York circuit, at notable clubs including the Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, and Jacob Javitz Center. She has been featured in radio, TV, newspapers and magazines around the world.

As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Hush (Players Club in NYC and Hudson Theater in LA), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Tina" in Love Sucks (NYMF Festival) and principle roles on the History Channel and CNN. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). She currently performs as a Lady Gaga Impersonator at corporate events across the country.

Athena's training began with classical piano at age 4, voice at age 8, acting at age 9, and guitar at 16. She began working as a professional actress in Film & TV at age 12, and recorded her first album at 20. She majored in Theater at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and earned a BFA in Music from Concordia University in Montreal. She regularly attends master classes in New York, with internationally renowned teachers such as Neil Semer, Kimberly Vaughn, Garry Dial, Francine Kay, and Maggie Maes.

As a performer, Athena is bold, imaginative, and chilling. As a teacher, Athena is patient, creative, and inspiring.

*** Lesson Details ***
Athena enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, from 4 year old beginners, to seasoned professionals, to adult hobbyists. She is a patient, fun, thorough, flexible, and imaginative teacher. She teaches most musical genres, from classical, to musical theater, to jazz, to pop. She can prepare you or your child for upcoming auditions (musical or theatrical) and provide valuable insight into the entertainment industry. Athena also does art therapy with all varieties of special needs, from Autistic to Alzheimer's. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional in need of a savvy coach, Athena will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style, interests and needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Microphone & speaker
Recording device

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting
Bel Canto, Classical, Musical Theater (Legit & Belt), Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Monologue Preparation, Acting Audition Preparation, Pop Singing, Rock Singing, R&B Signing, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance Confidence, Business of Music, Business of Acting.


Brandi B. November 20, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I don't know where to start! Athena is the absolute best! She is truly making my vision of song writing come true
SethJonas March 6, 2014
Excellent Teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Athena when she was 7. Within weeks she already was playing simple songs & loved practicing etc. Now 2 years later she has shown incredible improvements. Highly recommend Athena.
Rachel K. March 6, 2014
Great teacher!

Athena is a super teacher - extremely knowledgeable and patient, and wonderful to work with!
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Athena R.

Athena R.

New York, NY 10036
starting at
$50 / 30-min

Matthew W.

Brooklyn, NY

I have a musical theatre degree from Marymount Manhattan College. I have been in numerous NYC productions of plays and musicals.I have been on Broadway auditions/callbacks, but I mainly work as a monologue coach or voice instructor.

About Matthew

I am a music teacher with a very eclectic background. I am a musical theatre composer, but I also have experience performing as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, pianist, and percussionist in various bands (many different genres of music). I have a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre. I completed the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. I also am currently a graduate student at the Hunter College Music Education Program.

I offer private instruction on:
- the guitar
- voice
- the piano
- the electric bass
- various percussion (drum kit, djembe)
- ukulele
- fun instruments (kazoo, harm
- songwriting

I can also offer:
- vocal coaching
- monologue coaching

I can...
-work with your schedule and find a time that works for you
-provide affordable rates
-teach specific genres (rock, folk, jazz, reggae, funk, metal, classical)
-*vocalists: get you playing rhythm guitar/piano/bass and singing simultaneously


Elizabeth W. November 13, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Matt is a great instructor. I've never played an instrument and have learned so much in just a few lessons so far. He's dedicated and flexible, generous with his time, and makes every lesson equally instructive and fun. Looking forward to many more!
joseph November 9, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
Matthew was very nice and patient and explained everything very well.
Hilary R. November 3, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
My son has really enjoyed his lessons with Matthew and I can confidently recommend him.
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Matthew W.

Matthew W.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ

I am a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and directer. I employ my many years of experience as a performing artist, to help my students develop what is unique and compelling with in them. I believe that everyone has something of value to express. The key is finding creative ways to unleash it.

About Amy

I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within al
l of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.


Emma R. August 13, 2015
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher! Amy is very experienced with kids and knows how to interact very well with my five year old. She has control of the lesson and most importantly my daughter loves going to her class.
Richard G. October 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
PaulG1 May 13, 2012
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
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Amy C.

Amy C.

New York, NY 10036
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Steven K.

New York, NY

Ever wonder how acting looks so easy, but sounds so weird once we try it ourselves? Stop wondering! Learn how to activate the words of the monologue or scene of your choosing. We will use the words, words, words (did I mention words?) in the SCRIPT to flesh out the characters' needs, wants, obstacles, failures, and successes. Once we've dissected what the playwright has given us, we'll work with being extremely clear and direct with our actions, and start taking a stand for who this character is!

About Steven

Hey guys! I have a passion for Musical Theatre and all that comes with the wonderful art form--acting, singing, dancing, and doing all three at the same time :). I'™m here to meet my students where they're at and help them grow from there.
I have a knack for getting my students to tell their stories in a strong, direct way. I focus on using the words the lyricist or playwright has given achieve the character'™s objective (and consequently, grip the audience's attention). However, that'™s all the delicious whipped cream and frosting at the top of the cake. In order to create an arc in
a song, a character with an objective, and a human being fighting for something, we need to get in touch with the instruments we are using: our voice, our body, and our mind.
Focusing our mind on presence is the key to accessing an open body. Without presence, we aren't in our bodies. Our minds race, the inner critic judges, and we can go through a whole lesson (or performance!) without actually having witnessed our creative expression. Once we can focus our mind, we begin focusing our body. We make choices, or in most cases, our bodies make the choices for us, while we sit back and allow the expression to develop organically. In order to access presence, I use exercises borrowed from a number of body, mind, and voice techniques: meditation, yoga, and being a goof ball.
Then we can start with the voice. I love helping students find new sounds, range, and texture to their voices. To do this, I use basic exercises that emphasize a number of skills we need to hone: open vowels, forward/nasal placement, palatal alignment, and using the lighter mechanism of our voice we so often want to ignore. Once our body, voice, and mind are aligned, we are ready to tackle the song, scene, monologue, or dance combination we are working on in our lesson.
Let's do it!


manuel N. October 29, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
He is amazing because he teach me everything he knows about music.
DebbieR March 6, 2014
Great Voice Teacher

I had a singing lesson with Steven last week and it was great! I was having vocal difficulties with a song, which prevented me from expressing the emotion the song needed. Steven listened to me sing, he identified the problem and we immediately embarked on vocal exercises that unlocked my voice. Then we worked on interpretation and the emotional arc of the song. Steven’s teamwork approach was productive and a lot of fun. His perceptive coaching helped me find new ways to approach the song. I highly recommend Steven as a vocal instructor and coach.
BrianR March 6, 2014
Steven's great, and won't break the bank

Steven is not only incredibly patient with me in our lessons, but he is also very efficient in our time together. One thing I like about his way or teaching is that we work on technique and then always make sure to applying what we're working on to a song so it's never strictly exercises. It's also great that Steven is a singer himself and actually works professionally.
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Steven K.

Steven K.

New York, NY 10023
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Stephanie B.

New York, NY

Have been training actors in NYC for 15 years and many have gone on to films, TV, getting agents. Have been director and casting director in both NY and LA and know what auditions entail and what they want to see in order to cast you!

Director, Dialect Coach. Acting coach


Red Noses by Peter Barnes – The Secret Theater - 2015

The Cherry Orchard (A Comedy in Four Acts) by Anton Chekhov– Access Theater (added ASL performances) – 2013/2014

How the Day Runs Down (World Premiere) by John Langdon– The Spoon Theatre (added ASL performances) – 2011

Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson - The Spoon Theatre – 2010

23 Coins (World Premiere New Musical) by Mark Abrahamson– One of Theatreworlds 5 best of the year – The Spoon Theatre – 2009

See Us: Showcase for the ‘Abled’ actor – The Spoon Theatre – 2009

No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs by John Redwood– The Spoon Theatre – 2008

kosher harry’s (US Premiere) by Nick Grosso - 2nd Creative Experiment ...

About Stephanie

NYC teacher, director, producer - Founder of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company. Have taught audition classes, techniques, dialect and accent coaching, acting classes, etc. for 14 years in NYC.

My promises to my acting students is that you WILL book work. I will teach you the nuts and bolts of it all and then help you book bigger and better jobs as we work.

Have taught literally ANY dialect and can teach it to you too. Also can work with you remove an accent. Worked with kids and adults on preparing an audition that works for you! Have extensive experience working with disabled and special n
eeds artists.


Rosalie MULLER BOIRAL November 9, 2015
Accent Reduction · In home
Verified Student
The first lesson was great! Looking forward to the next!
Krystal B. October 29, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
I'm a beginner and can be nervous in front of new people but Stephanie was very informative and was able to put me at ease. I would recommend her to EVERYONE whether you are experienced or not.
Tanya M. October 28, 2015
Theater Acting · Online
Verified Student
We had known Stephanie since my daughter was 11 years old, and Stephanie had directed her in the show / role that, until today, my daughter considers to be one of her favorite. She loved working with Stephanie then, and so choosing her as daughter's acting coach now when she needed help with Shakespeare material was a no-brainer, especially knowing Stephanie's love for classical theater, and her level of expertise with everything Shakespeare. Last week Stephanie also helped daughter to prepare for a very challenging audition she was very much looking forward to, - with outstanding results. My daughter is planning on having regular lessons with Stephanie leading up to her college auditions next year. She is amazing, and my daughter absolutely loves working with her.
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Stephanie B.

Stephanie B.

New York, NY 10025
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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