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About Adam R.

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Watchung, NJ

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I coach monologues, scenes and commercials. Hour sessions are available but count as two 30 minute sessions back to back.

About Adam
I love working with students of all ages and levels in person and online. I've worked with professionals on TV, Broadway, MTV as well as students 3 years old to 97 just studying for fun.

Adam runs successful teaching studios in New York City, Watchung, New Jersey, and online.

*** Lesson Details ***
30 minute singing lessons - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warmup and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.

30 minute acting lessons - Typically work on monologues or scenes that I or they provide. We can also work on sides provides for auditions for TV, film, & stage. I also offer hour lessons.

30 minute reading coaching - Typically work on our alphabet, the different sounds, sight words, and reading a book of choice.
I also offer hour lessons

30 minute voice/speech session - Typically work improving your voice through various exercises and strategies. I also offer hour lessons

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I use my Macbook Pro to record lessons and distribute them to students via a free Dropbox account. IN PERSON LESSONS ONLY.
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Carolina M. May 29, 2019
· Accent Reduction · Online
Really fun working with Adam. Loved my first lesson and I am looking forward to the next one!!!
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Henrie May 29, 2019
· Accent Reduction · Online
Fun start to my accent reduction class with Adam.
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John May 24, 2019
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Adam R.

Watchung, NJ 07069
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$40 / 30-min

About Amy C.

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Weehawken, NJ
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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 voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais 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 have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of 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 areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

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Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
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 most 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, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Kenny T. September 9, 2019
· Speaking Voice · In home
Patient. Gifted Teacher!
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Winnie C. June 23, 2019
· Speaking Voice · In home
Amy is absolutely incredible. She showed keen interest in my concerns and challenges. She listened and knew exactly what I needed to do to get to where I want to be. She makes it easy for me to understand and she is truly a great coach. I can’t wait to see her again.
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Jessica E. February 15, 2019
· Method Acting · In studio
Very helpful! Highly recommended!
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Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ 07086
(19)
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$40 / 30-min

About Arianna G.

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New York, NY
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As a performer trained by faculty of the Moscow Art Theatre, Brown University, and the Barrow Group, I have an extensive knowledge of and experience in the actor’s preparation and work on the stage and screen. I can provide students with structure and achievable goals as they pursue their craft and learn about their unique instrument.

About Arianna
Hello! I'm a graduate of Brown University with honors in Italian Studies and Performance Studies. I am a tutor with over five years of experience and have completed over 800 hours of tutoring. I have over 25 hours of test prep training for the SAT and ACT and over 10 hours of training for Executive Functioning coaching.

I teach students test prep, math, Italian, kickboxing, and theatre. From helping students in summer school math classes, to teaching individual and group kickboxing classes, to tutoring students of Italian language and literature, to working with high school test prep students, I have a deep passion for learning and for sharing knowledge.

As an actor, I have performed at Williamstown, La MaMa, and the Washington National Opera. I studied with faculty from Brown University, the Moscow Art Theatre, and the Barrow Grou
p. During college, I had opportunities to live in Florence, Rome, and Sicily, and in my senior year I became a tutor of Italian for the dean of the college. I also have taught kickboxing for the last two years and have experience with Muay Thai and San Da.

I am eager to help you develop new skill sets and reach your goals.
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Kayla S Martin July 24, 2019
· Grammar · In studio
Amazing! I enjoyed my first grammar lesson & I can’t wait until for more lessons.
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Chris March 18, 2019
· Italian · In home
She’s terrific. Kind, patient and interested in the work. She’s very encouraging and obviously smart.
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Arianna G.

New York, NY 10027
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$25 / 30-min

About Kent J.

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Jersey City, NJ
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My lessons will be a fun, focused exploration of your creative impulses - designed to enhance the range of disciplines related to: stage presence, vocal articulation & projection, character choices & portrayal. In addition; students with more corporate/lifestyle interests will improve their oral presentation skills and confidence, along with gaining useful storytelling techniques that can be applied to their sales and marketing procedures (or to daily communication needs).

About Kent
Kent is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts (drama major). As a playwright, director, and actor he has created original productions for national and international youth programs (including the musicals "Triunfar!" (i.e. The Winners!) in Bogota, Colombia and the hip-hop musical "A Friend in Need" in Las Vegas. As a professional actor he has appeared on stage, screen, and as a voiceover artist including: "Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU," and as a regular ensemble player on the syndicated "Apollo Comedy Hour." In recent years he toured with the Pushcart Players theatre ensemble.
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James Jr. August 28, 2015
· Acting · In studio
Kent has the ability to do or teach drama, comedy and improvisation. He has wisdom, talent, intelligence and integrity. I know of his abilities to teach, direct and to create a performance of the highest level. He's one of the best, as I know from having been taught by him. Try him out and judge for yourself. You'll be better for it in more ways than one.
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SOLID T. April 20, 2015
· Stage Performance · In studio
I was honored to have been guided by Kent J. during a historic presentation in honor of Malcolm X in Las Vegas. His patient and motivating spirit makes him an excellent teacher and mentor. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and look forward to the opportunity to be under his leadership once again. Because of Mr. J, I have decided to seek additional acting training for my own career.
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Kent J.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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$35 / 30-min

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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Daria M. July 5, 2019
· Acting · In studio
The teacher was able to discern my exact needs, and then focus on those, and create in-the-moment scenes to energize my abilities as well as stimulate my own ideas in the directions necessary for my development.
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Ashlee G. January 5, 2019
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Although Kyla is very nice and I could see her being a good acting teacher there were a-lot of issues. Late almost every-time and often seemed frazzled or caught off guard for my lesson. She was helpful with her acting technics for the first couple of lessons once we got into it, but then I took a week off for a vacation. She bumped the prices double the cost and did not inform me as a student. When I came back and was ready to purchase my next set, that we had already discussed a date and time, I noticed the price increase and questioned her. It was difficult for me to understand why she did not inform her current students of a price increase (and a big one at that). I was very clear with her in pervious lessons where I stood financially and that this was an investment already. Although she isn't an "expensive" teacher being a college student made this transition difficult. I was able to look past some of the other issues but the miscommunication between students was a NO WAY for me. Unfortunately, although she has potential as a good teacher she did not handle my lessons professionally.
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Natalie P. September 4, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
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Kyla S.

Brooklyn, NY 11220
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About Franklyn W.

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New York, NY

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For 43 years, since 1975, I have pioneered the use of Gestalt Techniques of awareness training, dream work and work on personal relationships as a tool to supplement traditional methods of teaching performers: actors, singers, dancers. this approach interlocks especially well with the Michael Chekhov and Brechtian styles of performing.

As a performer you cannot express well actions which you cannot deal with in your own life, so filling these holes in your own functioning is half the job of releasing your artistic creativity. In this way you do not need to resort to cliches and gimmicks to fool your audience. all of you is there for real, authentic. Your search for truth is also your goal as an artist.

About Franklyn
I am a med school dropout who decided one day not to keep fighting his creativity demon. Next came 6 years of Musical Theater training at Julliard (2 years), Columbia (2years, ma degree), Indiana school of music (2 years), and one year of social work training at Pittsburgh, 1970-1980 I spent 10 years immersing myself in the avaunt guarde musical theater scene in NYC.

I studied physical theater with Richard Schechner and Brechtian theater with mabou mines, the uta hagen system with Jack Axelrod, and classical acting technique with Wal Cherry, also a workshop with the Grotowski company. Meanwhile, along the way I more and more integrated the gestalt therapy techniques I learned at Pittsburgh into my teaching/directing style. 1981-2016 I spent 35 years mostly in Israel running my own studio and teaching for a while acting at tel aviv u.
theater dept. also in Israel I sopped up a lot of Kabbalah wisdom, especially of the Bratislava and chabbad sorts, though i am mostly avant garde and not at all "religious" in the usual sense.

Since 2016 I am teaching here in NYC and directing three musical theater shows which I wrote/composed. from my BA in chemistry at Cornell U till my social work training at Pittsburgh i studied 14 years total at 9 universities. Along with all the philosophy and kabbalah. Also, I am a pro dixiland and klezmer trombone player, with many years experience in that field. I teach acting, singing, and movement, all grounded in gestalt work as reality 101. "If you don't deal the reality of the situation, the reality of the situation will deal with you." It's your choice, but this stuff is not for everybody. You gotta have the intelligence for the ideas, the quest for the truth search, and the talent to weld it all into your own work as an artist of the theater.

You can be the horse and let me be the jockey/teacher/coach, or together we can create your own personal brand of musical theater using your particular set of skills: acting, singing, movement, writing, etc. from mabou mines theater I learned about creating a "personal myth" project". The gestalt work gives you polarities, opposites sides of your personality. These polarities director Michael Chekhov labels your "psychological gestures". Next, you use these polarities as subtext for a one person show, and overlay whatever metaphor or "character" or image suits your fancy. For example, you as donald trump, or you as a humming bird. the meld of two levels then shines as illuminated "live form".
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Lorraine February 16, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I worked with Franklyn from 1975-76. His Gestalt Theater workshop helped me to learn about myself, gain self-confidence, work with others, and discover and sharpen my skills.
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David February 14, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Working with Franklyn is being with a true master of a field. Not only was the process well organized, done pragmatically, and attention paid to the details, but also Franklyn taught his trade as he took you along his particular Gestalt influenced method. He is well versed and highly skilled in helping actors and people reach their potential. I recommend him for his vast knowledge, dedication, and hard work in making a final product, the product is a better you! Thank you Franklyn!
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Eugene February 14, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I am an introvert by nature . It is hard for me some times to express my feelings openly . Franklyn helped me to open up , to trust my self more ! He showed me the way to express my self , he showed me some actin techniques , we did some weird staff like expressive body movement and other ,weird for the guy who never took acting before , but i had a great joy , and learned some wisdom from this knowledgeable and passionate Teacher ! Thank you Franklyn !
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Franklyn W.

New York, NY 10019
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$67 / 180-min

About Quinn V.

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Jersey City, NJ
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Whether its Acting for the Camera or onstage I have had the privilege to study with some of the best acting coaches both in New York and Los Angeles while working on Broadway and Television.

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Quinn VanAntwerp is a Broadway and Television actor that prides himself on helping performers cultivate their unique abilities in order to take their skills to the next level.

He is best known for his work as the longest running Bob Gaudio in the Broadway Company of the Tony Award Winning Musical, Jersey Boys, as well as recurring roles on AMC’s Better Call Saul and Showtime’s The Affair.

He has also appeared on I’m Dying Up Here, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Elementary, Shades of Blue, Nurse Jackie and The Following, and in the Broadway Company of The Play the Goes Wrong.

While starring in Jersey Boys, Quinn performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The TONY Awards, and the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has performed for President Barack Obama and Former President Bill Clinton, guest hosted Network Morning shows acros
s the country, and performed the National Anthem at numerous MLB, NFL, and NBA games, including multiple performances at Madison Square Garden.

Quinn has a BA in Theatre from The University of California, Irvine.
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Quinn V.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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$67 / 30-min

About Darius J.

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Ridgewood, NY
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I have been in the entertainment industry for 15 years as an actor/director/coach. I trained at Marymount Manhattan College and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in NYC. I have performed around the world and currently work with the Family Repertory Company as Associate Director. I believe that actors are to seek truth in everything that we do. Starting from tearing apart the text so that it becomes a part of us to finding the physical and vocal tendencies of character from a neautral place. I utilize tools from Alexander, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Laban, and other approaches to make sure the actor can both connect to and deliver the text in a way that is honest, free, and interesting.

About Darius
Hi there! My name is Darius A. Journigan. I have been in the entertainment industry for 15 years as an actor/director/coach. I trained at Marymount Manhattan College and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in NYC. I have performed around the world and currently work with the Family Repertory Company as Associate Director. I believe that actors are to seek truth in everything that we do. Starting from tearing apart the text so that it becomes a part of us to finding the physical and vocal tendencies of character from a neautral place. I utilize tools from Alexander, Stanislavsky, Laban, and other approaches to make sure the actor can both connect to and deliver the text in a way that is honest, free, and interesting. 
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Darius J.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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$59 / 60-min

About Myan Disnie S.

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Bronx, NY

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I have worked in Theater and Film for the past 5 years, from being in front of the camera to behind the scenes. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia & Performing arts. I’m looking to assist and support aspiring artists. If you need help working on a monologue I am here to help. Audition preparation or if you need someone to read lines with you for a self tape audition. I am here! :)

About Myan Disnie
Jane of all trades in the arts. I love Theater and Film and I love to help people reach their goals. Looking forward to supporting you!

I have a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia & Performing arts. I am preparing for an upcoming show and speaking to other artists is always inspiring. I’m sure I can learn from you as well.

If you need help with a monologue, self tape, audition preparation, I am here to help :)
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Myan Disnie S.

Bronx, NY 10475
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$15 / 30-min

About Dalia A.

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New York, NY
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I am an experienced director that wants to help you nail that next audition or performance. I specialize in scene work and monologue coaching. I promise every lesson will be fun and engaging!

About Dalia
Need help with a monologue, scene work, upcoming audition, or self tape? Interested in trying something new and expressing yourself creatively? Need help picking monologues or audition material for an upcoming school or work audition? Let me help you get to the next level with your acting work and personal artistry. Book a session today!
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Dalia A.

New York, NY 10128
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$35 / 30-min

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