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About Gabriel W.

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Acting with ease is mostly about really being relaxed and at peace while fulfilling a role. The best acting comes from having passion and confidence in the choices that you have made while you have prepared. The greatest obstacle? The inner critic, the inner skeptic, the inner dragon that works hard to put on the breaks and make us question ourselves and whether it is safe or not to let go. My job is to help you feel safe enough to be able to trust your creative instincts and your natural impulses. I'm more of a kind, compassionate, understanding and forgiving coach who nurtures the talent that is already in there. We all know you've got it -- who are we kidding?

About Gabriel
Gabriel W. ("Musiciano") is a fiery and passionate vocal instructor proficient in the fields of acting, singing and vocal development. A professional singer, actor and teacher with a BFA in Theater Arts.

Gabriel doesn't just possess a formal college education, but more importantly an "informal" education based on his experiences on the stage and in the studio in the real world. Gabriel's approach is direct, simple and to the core, getting straight to the heart of the matter: developing the voice from the inside out by breaking things down to the essentials.

An expert at creating vocal warm-ups, vocal exercises, and vocal cool-downs and deeply passionate about psychology, this is your guy for learning to keep your voice in shape and having access to helpful insights and advice. Learn to cultivate a healthy attitude and how to create
and survive a career in the world of performing arts.

With a kind and compassionate, yet stern and strong tone, Gabriel will work with you to develop the focus and dedication necessary to get your voice beyond what you even knew was possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of the genre you sing, developing your voice with Gabriel's help will improve your tone, range, power and overall ability. You can expect to become a much better singer without losing any of your personal and unique traits.

His approach isn't a technical or mysterious one. It's all about re-learning the facts about how the voice functions best.

You can expect to clear away a lot of confusions regarding how the voice works and to take away the guesswork from the vocal development process.

If you want to improve your voice quickly, being guided by someone who understands how it all works and by someone who was where you are today and is now closer to where you want to be in the future is the best way to go. And Gabriel is that guy!

Gabriel's approach is quite simple, yet very effective at developing the entire voice.

"There are two basic levels that every singer must address. The first one is addressing the condition of the body and voice and the second one is addressing the functioning of the voice and body."

I - Silent Foundation

The silent foundation refers to the condition of your instrument as it is silent. If we are looking at the body as an instrument that sings, we first have to make sure that our instrument is in good condition. How healthy is your instrument? Is it well rested, well hydrated and loose? Or is it tired, dehydrated and tense? As you could guess, the condition of your instrument will have a significant impact on the quality of the sounds you make. So the first thing to be addressed is how your instrument is before it starts making sound.

II - Conditioning of Singing Behaviors

This is when we get busy. Once we have a well rested, healthy, hydrated and relaxed instrument we can start working it out. The goal is to condition our singing behaviors to be reflexive, reliable and strong. The way to do this is through a series of vocal exercises that will condition your voice to respond to the desires of your heart. Whatever it is that you want to express will be possible once your instrument is conditioned to the point where there is no gap between what you want to express and your ability to do so. Learning to sing is all about learning how to express yourself without barriers. You should be able to develop enough range, power, control and skill so that you can express your heart without feeling like you'™re incapable of achieving what you pursue. To achieve these abilities training is often necessary.

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ALL CONTEMPORARY GENRES!
Confidence Building, Warming-Up, Releasing Tension and Strain, Eliminating Stage Fright, Expanding Range, Improving Tone, Developing Vocal Power and Presence, Eliminating Doubt, Simplifying Singing, Strengthening The Voice, Improving Pitch, Building Stamina, Increasing Creativity, Performance Tips, Artist Development, Acting and Songwriting.

Once we have a good foundation any contemporary genre or style can be improved.
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Athena M. March 2, 2018
· Singing · In home
Gabriel is just a wonderful person & teacher!
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Mary T. February 27, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I really enjoyed my first session with Gabriel
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Dawa February 10, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Excellent trainer with patience
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Gabriel W.

Gabriel W.

New York, NY 10023
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About Maggie H.

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About Maggie
Are you reaching for a professional career? I'm a professional freelance performer based in New York and I've worked all over North America. I love to work with students of any age who want to take their craft to the next level, especially high school and college students who are preparing to go after a career as performer, or young performers who are working or want to work at a professional level.

Our lessons will focus on honing your musical theatre performance skills, to blend singing and acting seamlessly. We can prepare you for auditions, and discuss your goals and next steps toward a professional career if that's your desire.

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Sessions are 30 or 60 minutes long.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I hold online lessons in my home studio, where I have access to a piano and guitar.

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If you are a singer, it would be helpful to have a piano or keyboard at your location.

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Broadway style acting and singing.
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Maggie H.

Maggie H.

New York, NY 10036
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$40 / 30-min

About Montgomery S.

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New York, NY

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Whether it's monologues, sides, or general scene work, I'll help you find the spontaneity, play, and braveness to let your work soar. My professional experience as an actor, director, and playwright allows me to approach our work from not only the actor's point of view but also that of the people who will be hiring you. After graduating from NYU Tisch, I joined Actors' Equity Association, have performed around the world (from Shakespeare's Globe in London to the New York Fringe), taught for the Atlantic Theater Company, the Dallas Children's Theater, and Junior Players, and coached actors privately for over a decade employing techniques that run the gamut from Commedia to Practical Aesthetics,

About Montgomery
In my years as a professional actor, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, I have extensive experience developing new work and young artists. I began my professional acting career at 8 years old, and since then have performed all over the world, from Shakespeare's Globe in London to Fort Worth, Texas, in world premieres and classics. I was nominated for Best Featured Actor and produced a play that won best New Short Script at the New York IT Awards; received a 2013 Dallas/Fort Worth Critics Forum Award for Best Actor; had plays developed at Kitchen Dog Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, and the Aviary, as well as semi-finalists at the Eugene O'Neill New Play Conference and Primary Stages's ESPA Drills New Play series. I have taught with the World Shakespeare Conference, Passion in Practice (in London and New York), Dallas Children's Theatre,
Atlantic Theater Acting School, among others, and coached actors who have been admitted into institutions including Julliard and NYU Tisch. My experience allows me experience, passion, and a keen eye for finding what will make you stand out in a way in your own unique way. We will unlock free, organic, and delightfully spontaneous work while giving you the skills to keep your preparation extensive and rigorous.
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Nancy August 12, 2015
· Acting · In studio
Montgomery is a caring teacher who brings a wealth of experience to his theater classes. Students respond to his energy and innovative teaching techniques. He reaches students at multiple learning and experience levels. Montgomery is a superb teacher and actor.
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Gregory August 12, 2015
· Acting · In studio
Montgomery is an excellent coach. He cuts through all the BS and helps you get to the reality of the scene. On camera and on stage.
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Montgomery S.

New York, NY 10019
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$25 / 30-min

About Victorius R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I will help you improve your actill skills with acting improve exerecises. I will help you practice your scripts and give you hands on tips.

About Victorius
Victorius Michel is a native from Den Haag/ The Hague, NL. He began his dance training at the Diana Meijer Dance Academy. He is a graduate of the Lucia Marthas University, Amsterdam (NL), where he earned a BFA in Musical Theater and a BA in Education.

He is a 2-time recipient of the VanDenEnde Foundation scholarship grant and a recipient of the EMIA Summer Award of Merit & Talent Scholarship.

He attended the Ailey Summer intensive and EMIA summer intensive, and studied at the Ailey school where he completed the independent study. He has performed works by a range of choreographers including Troy Powell, Anthony van Laast, Bob Fosse, Pearl Primus, Abdel Salaam. Victorius has danced background for recording artist Lisa Lisa, Danced in Saturday Night the Musical (NL).

In 2015 he performed in Santiago de Cuba at the FinDance Festi
val with KaNu Dance Theater. In 2016 he toured Japan with Vissi Dance Theater. He also performs with Something Positive Inc, Phyllis Rose and Forces of Nature.

Victorius is also an arts in education teacher and has taught for EM Techniques, Arts to Grow and the Lucia Marthas Academy, in the styles ballet, hip hop, jazz, Tap, Afro-Caribbean and contemporary. He joined the Teaching Artist Roster of AIley’s Arts in Education and Community Programs in 2016
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Junie February 9, 2017
· Dance ·
It's truly a pleasure to work with Victorius! Between his wonderful down to earth vibe and the sincere passion he his for his craft you can't go wrong. He's professional, versatile and talented. His name is a reflection of his character. If you have the opportunity to train with Victorious you'll have the pleasure of learning from someone who genuinely cares about your progress and wont let you down.
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Kathy February 9, 2017
· Dance · In studio
Loveeee his work! , Dancing with Victor you can really tell he loves what he is doing and gives his all to teach his students and trust me when he teaches i guarantee you'll will learn and love the work he does & efffort/passion he puts into his work!
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Brooklyn, NY 11233
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About Kyla S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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We will start by learning your goals for acting. Do you want to do it for fun? Are you trying to go to school for it? Do you want to do theater? Film? Going Professional right away? After that, depending on your level, we will explore everything from what acting is to the importance of having a character in your body. We will discuss and explore different techniques and what works for your process and what doesn't. Expect to be challenged in all of the right ways.

About Kyla
Hi!

My name is Kyla and I am currently a working actress and substitute teacher. I am on a webseries that just won a pilot competition, I just wrapped a play and start rehearsals for another one in June, and I have done a number of other live shows, short films, and webseries. I have taught theater, I substitute teach, currently, and I have babysat and tutored. I am also an alumni of the University of Southern California (BA) - one of the top universities in the US with one of the best theater (and film) schools! I love teaching, especially the arts, and I love to help someone understand something better and to feel more confidently about a subject or skill. I am excited to meet you all and get started!

All The Best,

Kyla
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Isabella L. May 12, 2018
· Acting · Online
Kyla was awesome. She helped me prepare for a role I had in a play. She taught each lesson with care and was always prepared. She researched my character before the lesson to understand ways to help me. She helped me decode each scene for maximum effect. Kyla was committed to helping me with my role and for that I am grateful. I received many accolades after the show. Her encouraging words, bright, positive, energetic attitude and great advice helped me tremendously.
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Angela May 4, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
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Jazlyn January 24, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Kyla is absolutely amazing. She was patient, thorough, and invested in my progress during my lessons with her. Most importantly, she created a safe environment for me to allow myself to grow. She's the best of the best!
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Kyla S.

Kyla S.

Brooklyn, NY 11213
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About Lauren T.

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New York, NY

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An AEA actress in NYC, I love helping high school students with their college auditions! A graduate of Boston University's BFA Acting program, I have a deep understanding of various acting techniques that I bring to our classes. I can help you find the right contemporary and classical monologues for your audition, so that you feel comfortable and confident!

About Lauren
I'm an actor/musician in NYC, and have taught kids all over the world! I'm available for in-home, online, and in-studio lessons, where I can teach violin, flute, singing, acting, and English (ESL). In addition to teaching, this summer you can see me play the title role in The Fiddler on the Roof off-Broadway at NYTF, directed by Tony and Oscar winner, Joel Grey!

I received my BFA in Acting from Boston University's school of theater, but I have been making music since I could walk. As a classically trained singer, violinist and flautist, I've been able to incorporate my musical talents with my career as an actress. I play a range of professional gigs, from churches to rock concerts to pit orchestras. I had the chance to travel around the US, performing in theaters around the country for the Broadway national tour of the tony-award winni
ng actor/musician musical, Once! My range of experience helps me cater lessons to you and your specific needs.

While most of my life has been spent performing, I discovered a love for teaching after college. I have been teaching music and theater for 5 years, and two years ago I began teaching ESL to elementary students in Turkey. I fell in love with teaching English, and feel my training in theater and music helps me use different, exciting teaching techniques in our lessons. I am conversational in both Turkish and Spanish as well!

No matter if we're working on music, acting, or English, I'm incredibly committed to my students and want each lesson to be fun and motivational. I'm a patient, supportive teacher, and know that each student is unique and moves at his/her own pace! Please reach out to me, and I will be happy to answer your questions!
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Lisa (Catherine’s mom) March 1, 2018
· Violin · In home
We love Lauren. She is making violin a great experience for our daughter (11 yrs old). She is very thorough and encouraging, and introduces interesting music that is fun and challenging for a beginner student. Our daughter says she can truly feel her own improvement, and is really happy to have additional lessons with Lauren, beyond what she receives in school. Lauren is flexible with scheduling and very reliable, and we intend to stick with her - and with the violin- for the duration!
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Lauren December 23, 2017
· Violin ·
Lauren is an awesome violinist. I worked with her in a show and watched her tackle many different styles of music, improvise with other musicians, and collaborate on new material. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Ruby December 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lauren Thomas is an excellent musician with a tremendous amount of patience and a seemingly boundless supply of talents. As a fellow musician who has played professionally alongside Lauren, I have witnessed first hand her skilled mastery of both the flute and the violin -- as intuitive as she is technically proficient. Apart from her musical abilities, she's kind, fun and sensitive and would make for either a great beginner violin teacher or as an instructor for someone with intermediate skills looking to expand their abilities. Cannot recommend her highly enough! Whether you're seeking instruction in the flute or the violin, Lauren's the woman for the job.
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Lauren T.

Lauren T.

New York, NY 10016
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About Shelley M.

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Each Lesson will consist of a check-in on your goals in relation to acting. Feel free to bring in scenes, or monologues you are wanting to work, or we can look for other material as well. Work highly focuses on character circumstances, and developing a journey.

About Shelley
I'm a professional singer/teacher residing in New York City with degrees from Indiana State University, and New York University with a specialization in Classical Art Song, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy.

Every lesson is about YOU. So each week we will take a look at your goals for the lesson, whether you are preparing for college auditions, school talents shows, a desire to work with music theory, or piano skills, this is your opportunity to explore. Everything is possible.

As a professional singer myself, I am constantly auditioning on broadway, off-broadway, and for smaller local and regional theater opportunities. I believe that as a teacher I have to continue to be in the field and learning as the industry continues to change. I have to be aware of the opportunities in this business. I have been hired by pr
ofessional opera and musical theatre companies, in additional to large choral works as a soloist, and have a private studio in Washington Heights.

Prior to NYC I taught middle school choir for 200+ students, of which I received teacher of the year in 2012. I also still hold a valid teaching license in the state of Indiana and currently applying toward my NYS teaching certification.

I look forward to hearing your beautiful voice and helping you to embrace music. Feel free to check out my website for any further information!
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Anna April 14, 2018
· Musical Theater ·
I was fortunate to work closely with Shelley at NYU for several years. She is not only an exceptional singer when it comes to technique, versatility and musicality but she has a true understanding of how the voice works and an ability to communicate clearly when it comes the abstract and complex concepts that are involved in singing. Shelley is also an excellent musician and a dedicated and fun performer and teacher who brings joy to all of the work that she does. She is operating at a level far above most singers and voice teachers in NYC and yet she is down to earth and will find a way to relate to any student. Anyone thinking of studying with Shelley should jump at the chance!
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JD April 2, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I met Shelley when I employed her at NYU and must first comment on her professionalism, poise, and understanding. She is adaptable to everyone she meets and always finds ways to bring out the best in people.
I then worked with Shelley for pre-performance of my one-man show. She was dedicated in assisting me with techniques on how to sustain my voice, projection, and also emotional depth through tone.
I couldn't recommend her knowledge and skills enough. You'd be lucky to have her on your side and in your corner.
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Angeline April 1, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Every lesson with Shelley was a blast! Her techniques are effective, and her teaching style personally caters to each student. In the semester I took with her, not only did I discover a completely different vocal style, but I was able to nurture that new voice under Shelley's instruction. Her kind and nurturing personality only helps in the process!
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Shelley M.

New York, NY 10012
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About Erica P.

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PRIVATE ON-CAMERA COACHING WITH CASTING DIRECTOR ERICA PALGON!
COACHING for COMMERCIALS! — spokesperson copy, natural reactions w/no copy, comedic material.

COACHING for an upcoming audition for FILM, TV/WEB!
Need COACHING for upcoming SELF TAPING?

Let’s work together to bring your auditions to a COMPETITIVE level!
Producers, directors, ad agencies, studios..want that “REAL”, quality from actors. They want a NATURAL performance without seeing the effort behind it.

Through my coaching I help actors build their CONFIDENCE and tap into their own natural, creative mindset, bringing them closer to an AUTHENTIC performance.
Casting, teaching/coaching over 20 years, I have a clear understanding of what actors battle in auditions. I’ve seen actors constantly overthink in their auditions. They try too hard to please or do what they think is expected from them. It’s a habit that sabotages actors over and over, and with no sense of awareness. It’s one of the main things that prevents ...

About Erica
I am a NYC based Casting Director and audition technique coach and teacher and have been casting for over 20 years for National commercials and voice over, well known TV shows/channels, webseries, and films. Actors working with me will have the opportunity to raise their auditions to a competitive level. I encourage and introduce unique, creative ideas to actors based on many factors...what I have observed in casting sessions that works and catches my attention, what directors, producers, and other “decision makers” respond positively to, my conversations with casting director peers as well as the specific trends. Actors will learn ways to feel more confident, relaxed and comfortable in auditions by learning the “behind-the-scenes” casting process that can make auditions very intimidating. They will gradually feel more in control and
present in the audition room and consequently be able to perform at the height of their intelligence.

I also have a strong background in comedy. I cast several hilarious promos for COMEDY CENTRAL for Amy Schumer Show, The Daily Show, The Nightly Show w/Larry Wilmore, South Park, & Tosh.0. Completed casting on a comedy series for TruTV’s Late Night Snack, titled “Blank meets Blank,” worked on the casting of films “Hedwig And The Angry Inch,” “Shortbus”, “Series 7,” “Great World Of Sound;” “Just Like the Son” w/ Mark Webber & Brendan Sexton III, “Doomsdays” w/Leo Fitzpatrick, “Hannah Has a Ho Phase” w/Kate McKinnon, “C Street” w/Dylan Walsh, Don Stark, Michael Gross, Jessica Blank & Grainger Hines, short films “Visit 57” directed by Kate Phelan; & a hilarious short film “Murphy Crib, featuring an ensemble of creative female comedy talent. I have cast comedic hosts for HISTORY CHANNEL & new dating show “Date Night Live” for LIFETIME as well as cast for FULL FRONTAL w/SAMANTHA BEE.

I worked with & learned from top commercial & film directors, including John Cameron Mitchell, Tom DiCillo, Jesse Peretz, Matt Aselton, Phil Morrison, Jeff Preiss, David Gordon Green, Pam Thomas, Kinka Usher, Frank Samuel, Dewey Nicks Mark Pellington, Mark Tiedeman, Fredrik Bond, Stacy Wall, & Morgan J Freeman. I also graduated from Level 1 & 2 improv at The PIT, performed a storytelling at The Magnet as well as participated in the show Mortified.
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Erica P.

New York, NY 10036
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$242 / 60-min

About Sean S.

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I am a current working and auditioning in NYC. I train in NYC with the on-set acting coach for Blue Bloods as well as the top Casting Directors for all of the major network shows. I am a repped actor and recently was the lead in "Maternals Secrets" alongside Daytime Emmy winner Kate Mansi and Kelly McGillis from "Top Gun." I can provide teaching and training for acting technique, commercial technique, and audition technique for on-camera acting. I can also be of service for the business side of acting as well and walk students through the ins and outs of the tricky business side of acting.

About Sean
Hi! So I am an auditioning and working actor in NYC at the moment and trained with some of the top coaches in the city. I have experience in all facets of acting and my first ever theatre role was at Lincoln Center. I trained at Stella Adler and currently at MN Studio for film and tv. I have booked tv and film roles and everything in between such as theatre, indie, webseries, sketch comedy, and student films. I can walk you through different types of scripts, genres, roles, and also give you direct insight into the business side of acting. I feel as though my experience will allow students who maybe are nervous or hesitant to be put at ease before they make the decision to pursue this full time. I love acting and everything that comes with it and am excited to share!
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Sean S.

Middletown, NJ 07748
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Juilliard Drama Alum. Member of the Juilliard Private Teacher Directory. Specialize in prep for Drama School auditions. Audition scene work for film, tv, and theatre. As well as industry consultation (agents, managers, casting, headshots, etc.).
Resume includes Guest-starring roles on most major networks, as well as roles On and off-Broadway. Over 20 years experience.

About Frank
Juilliard Drama alum. Film, TV and Broadway vet. Specialize in Drama school audition monologue prep. Film, tv, and theatre scene/monologue/audition prep. Industry consultation (Agents, Managers, Casting, Headshots, etc).
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Frank H.

New York, NY 10019
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$125 / 60-min

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