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About Jessica

Music and the arts have been a large part of my life since I was a child.

I have performed in numerous operas, musicals and plays. Favorite roles include the Witch in Into the Woods, Agathe in Der Freischutz, the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, and Fastrada in Pippin.

I have a degrees in Opera Directing, Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts. I started teaching acting classes in 2001, and have coached voice since 2010. I have studied voice with James Gardner, former head of opera at Julliard School of Music, Matthew Oglesby, vocal area coordinator for the WTAMU School of Music, and Darlene Wiley, head of voice department at Butler School of Music, UT and William Lewis, dramatic tenor with 35 years experience singing at the Metropolitan Opera.

I direct operas, design costumes, teach whenever and whatever I can, and love spending

time with my cat.
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September 15, 2019
Elmarie S.
Great experience! Jess was very thorough with identifying my voice type and recommended me the proper repertoire for me to practice. I'm excited for my next lesson with her!
August 10, 2019
Dinora R.
Really enjoyed my lessons with Jessica. She is a very personable and gifted patient instructor. So I never felt intimidated learning how to sew since it was all new to me. Thank you Jessica.
May 7, 2019
Barbara
Absolutely fantastic!! Very knowledgeable and helpful. I’ll definitely be booking her again!!

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About Heather

As a piano and voice instructor, I have taught individual lessons for the past 13 years to students from 5 to 85, beginners to advanced students. I hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. In addition to my private students, I am the vocal coach and accompanist for the Sacramento City College Music Department, Choral Academy Coordinator and accompanist for the Sacramento Children's Chorus, and accompanist for Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. I also am co-founder and artistic director of the Empire Arts Collective Pop Choir.

Lessons are taught at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. Please note that while piano lessons are offered for students as young as 5, voice lessons are not offered until students are at least 13.

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May 3, 2019
MIchael
I really enjoyed my first lesson. Heather was flexible and understanding. She even played something for me. Looking forward to the next lesson!

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Heather R.

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About Nikkal

Dance & music is my life!

My years of education is too long to list here.
I have had formal training in Music, many forms of dance, swim and Aerobics certified! Fully insured and background checked through the City of San Jacinto and the park and recreation centers.

I Love what I do!

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Nikkal F.

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About Mushir

I started doing magic at age 7.I have been doing magic for over 25 years.
I did magic teaching seminars onboard Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ships during 2009 to 2015 continuously for more than 3000 guests every cruise as a Corporate Magician.
I am a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Holder for magic performance.

Lessons are always scheduled to best fit to the students schedule.I am available in-home,in-studio and online lessons worldwide.I teach card tricks,coin tricks, mind reading,appearing and dissappearing things and people,close up and stage magic etc.
I teach all experience levels from beginners to intermediate and to professional magicians who are working pros.
I am flexible and fun loving.I take pride in helping students succeed.
my lessons caters to students own personality's type, interests,age group and specific individual requirem

ents.
I can't wait to teach you how to make impossible possible.
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March 10, 2019
Aaron H.
AWSOME!!! i loved learning these impressive shocking mathematical tricks with Mushir, who did a great job of helping me learn them!
January 20, 2019
Aaron H.
Really enjoyed my first lesson with Mushir, extremely talented, friendly and a great teacher. Looking forward to learning more from him in my next lesson!!!
October 16, 2018
Alan
Mushir is an incredible magician! My family had the pleasure of experiencing his "magical" touch aboard a Carnival cruise several years ago. We kept calling him to our table at every opportunity to try to figure out his secrets. We never did! He is so good at what he does! This evening, out of the clear blue, my daughter and I started reminiscing about the cruise we took and the unforgettable magic performances Mushir provided. I googled his name and found him here! It's like MAGIC we found him! I hope you're doing well Mushir! The magic trick you did with your necktie still blows our minds!

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Kimberly S.

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About Kimberly

I am a trained actress in my late 20's. I have experience coaching many professional working actors. I have worked on audition sides for TV (Law & Order, Narcos, Disney, SMILF, etc), independent films, big budget studio films, web series, off broadway plays, off off broadway plays, monologues, and anything in between with my students!

I am currently the creator, writer, lead actress & executive producer of my own comedic web series (to air mid-2018).

I have been trained by exceptional teachers in the following: Linklater (voice), Williamson (movement), film/tv & theater, script analysis, theater & film history, cold reading, monologue, stand-up comedy, etc. I have also been mentored by the legendary standup comedian Rick Crom.

I can also work with the actor, writer or comedian on the business aspect of their career: how can I

get the best headshot?, what things should I be doing everyday to reach my acting goals (some may not even be acting/writing/comedy!)?, how do I get in front of this specific casting director/producer/etc?, what events/workshops should I be attending? We can go over all that plus how to deal with nerves, get through personal blocks, fear-related patterns, and other things that may be holding you back from being the best artist you can be!

I believe training is so important so congrats on taking the first step towards a successful, exciting career! I can't wait to share my passions with you!

I have a self tape set-up with a backdrop, professional lighting & tripod. I am happy to be your reader & coach as we film your audition, scene or stand up set. We can use this as a tool to improve or film a self tape audition. We can also chose your best take together.
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September 22, 2019
Megan
It was a great first lesson. My 13 year old daughter and I were a little anxious that it would feel weird and awkward, but Kimberly is so down to earth and positive. She also had great suggestions to getting started. We're excited to go back next week!
May 16, 2019
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April 23, 2019
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Twinkle B.

Beacon, NY 12508


About Twinkle

I am a working professional actor, who has been teaching since the 80's. I think that acting is acting. Once you have a solid foundation, the difference between stage or scene is minor. I like to help my students find the most natural and seamless way to a character by using the text and various exercises. I find teaching and acting to be a tremendous joy and I love sharing that delight.

I am frequently in NYC for work and auditions and can come to you if you are not in the Beacon, NY area.

In the past year, I have done Co and guest starring roles on the following TV shows: MURPHY BROWN; GOTHAM; MADAM SECRETARY; LUKE CAGE; ELEMENTARY; THE OTHER TWO; and the upcoming "THE LOUDEST VOICE" on Showtime, with Russell Crowe. I have been in many National and regional commercials. I have done theatre at such prestigious venues as Woolly Mammoth

, Dorset Theatre Festival (Winner of the "Best Actress" award for VALLEY SONG) , and The Public Theatre, to name a few.

I began working as a professional actor and got my auditions and booked work without representation. My Acting Without an Agent™ technique still gets me in the room and I would love to share that knowledge as well.
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Twinkle B.

Beacon, NY

Shauna K.

New York, NY 10009

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About Shauna

Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.

(New offer: call the Take Lessons Sales Team to book one lesson so you can get an idea of how we might work together).

I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespea

re Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.

I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.

My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance.
You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.

I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.

Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!
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September 30, 2019
River A.
It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!

Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.

She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.
May 18, 2019
Tess
Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️
May 17, 2019
Gabriella
Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)

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About Quinn

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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Mark
"Very happy with Bill. I am taking the lessons to help my communication skills at work. Bill takes the time to understand my work situation and give advi
ce on my specific situation."
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Grace
"Patient, kind, encouraging, made me feel at ease and not embarrassed about my terrible dancing."
David
"Ingrid is tons of fun to work with! Very high energy and skilled instructor, pushes you to be your best, and she truly cares about her students' progress.
If you're ready to put in the work, you're going to have a great time."
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Alexis
"David is knowledgeable and fun! He answered all of our questions and took extra time to go to know us!"
Ella
"Understood right away what needed to be worked on. Good connection with student- inspires student to work/practice."
Sophia
"Carissa makes even the most shy person feel comfortable and let go of their stress during class. A great choice even for people who've never acted before,
like me. Thank you!"
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Dailza
"Shauna is a fabulous teacher she taught me to trust my instincts and have much more confidence in my work as an actor. She is insightful, patient and smar
t. Her guidance was invaluable to me."
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Andrew
"Passionate and promising!"
Michelle H
"I took a Brazilian Zouk private lesson with Tom. He is observant and will work on subtle, but important, details with you to help you improve your dance
movements, which is exactly what I need and am looking for in a teacher. He is professional and friendly — he teaches with a combination of breaking down technical details, humor, and metaphors to help you fully understand the concepts.
Besides that, the location is great -- plenty of space for a private lesson, natural light, and mirrors. Free street parking nearby. I highly recommend taking a lesson from Tom."
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