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Palm Coast, FL

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

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Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

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Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Kelee P.

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The private acting lesson is designed to teach the student the tools they need to succeed as performers. Learn terminology, skills, and build confidence. Older students will focus on Audition, Scene Study, and Improvisation.

About Kelee
Ke'Lee P. is a licensed Musikgarten Instructor out of Orlando, FL. She studied at Wright State University where she majored in Vocal Performance. Ke'™Lee is certified in Early Childhood Music and Movement and has taught Early Childhood music classes, Vocal Lessons, and Acting at various daycare centers, performing arts schools, and private homes in the Orlando area since 2006.

Ke'™Lee performs everything from Opera to Gospel music. She has been a featured artist with Encore Theater Company and performed with Dayton Opera, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.

Her joy is watching her students progress and thrive. She has had students appear on X Factor, The Voice and America's Got Talent. She has been the Director of Education for several performing arts schools and currently runs Creative Arts From the Heart which offers mob
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Acting

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The private voice lesson is designed to teach the student to sing with proper vocal technique and to learn appropriate stage presence, one-on-one (instructor and student), and is tailored to fit each student's individual needs.

Students will learn proper vocal placement, pitch control, ear-training , breath support , note reading , musicianship, self-confidence, music instruction and much more. Lessons will include studying a wide variety of vocal styles and/or languages, with various degrees of difficulty, tailored to the needs of the individual learner.

ACTING

The private acting lesson is designed to teach the student the tools they need to succeed as performers. Learn terminology, skills, and build confidence. Older students will focus on Audition, Scene Study, and Improvisation.

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Acting Coaching
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Tiffany B. July 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I learned a lot so far and she is very good at what she does!
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Teeryana July 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She was so nice and just really easy to follow and understand.
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Beyshai S. June 8, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
She helped my voice become better. she is a great teacher. she taught me a lot of things like how to make my voice become better and also how to help my voice and how to come relax.
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About Joseph M.

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25+ yrs teaching experience

Fun mixed with work

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Laura R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I've taught Improv on all levels since 1984. My students have ranged from elementary and middle school camp kids to high school and college undergrad thespians and adult professional actors. Everyone thinks Improv is hard, but I can show you the tools to help you unlock the secrets of this ancient performance technique!

About Laura
Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since1994 (classroom teacher since 1990) and have loved helping my students succeed as writers, English speakers, filmmakers, actors, martial artists, and yoga teachers.
I went to Hofstra University and earned a dual degree in Drama and English in 1986, earned my 3rd degree black belt in jujutsu in 2009, my Master's in Education in 1995 from USC, my RYT-200 in Yoga in 2013. I'm a patient teacher with a sense of humor and my teaching style is both detail and goal oriented; I like to challenge my students while making sure they have fun in the process. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Agatha August 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Laura was awesome and so much fun. She gave me a lot of tips to help me with Improv.
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About James W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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My MFA is from a top 3 actor training program. I have been coaching actors for over a decade. I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television. I have such a wide variety of techniques at my disposal that I bring whatever technique seems to be best suited to the you and the material you are working on. I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

About James
I have been teaching and coaching for over a decade.

I live in Los Angeles and work professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television.

I have an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. With my PhD research at the California Institute of Integral Studies (funded by The Esalen Institute) I explored a distinct teaching approach that focuses on cultivating the extraordinary capacities of great actors.

I have taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

I love the creative process of teaching, and I teach primarily through caring relationship to my students.

We can meet online or in person. I have a huge library of resources to support you with. I also will often record our lessons so you can listen or watch them
multiple times as a way to get maximum value from the work we do.
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Jeffrey May 30, 2017
· Acting · In studio
James Wagner is actually the best teacher of creative work I've ever had in any field, and as a writer/ filmmaker/ musician dude, I have had a lot! His teaching is rigorous, passionate, and results-driven, while remaining flexible and sensitive at the same time. His knowledge of acting and theatre theory is endless. He is always trying to expand the possibilities in his classes, bringing in guest speakers, and facilitating unexpected exercises. He is also an inspiring, warm hearted person. Kate and I started a theatre company with actors we all met in his classes, so that should tell you something. I honestly would not be the same person had I not encountered his generous vision of acting and theatre. You cannot go wrong by having him as a coach or teacher.
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Deborah May 26, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
I met James when I took his class at Berkeley Rep (Eugene O'neill scene studies). I immediately knew he was the kind of Acting coach I'd want to train me, the level of professionalism and high standards is invaluable. During a short trip to LA, I met with James for a 3 hours coaching in which we created a 3 year plan to go from Student actor to working actor this was followed up with some online (Skype) sessions. Next I took another scene study with James at Berkeley Rep in which we workshopped Contemporary plays, James in a kind, professional way was able to push me to the level he knew and expected his students to be. And recently I took an Actor's retreat end of last year, again I left the retreat so inspired and motivated. I can tell you now that I have been in a few Theatre productions, I have and continue to meet the goals we set out for me sooner than what we had mapped out. I couldn't have done it without James vast knowledge of acting and motivation. I highly recommend you study with James!
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Gino May 20, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
I've studied with James in both a workshop context, and one-to-one on-line. Both were very valuable and enjoyable experiences. James is a very skilled actor, a very learned man, and an insightful teacher and director. Each element of his teaching is a different expression of a life that is clearly committed to his art as an actor. I found working with him to provide a deep new view of the playwright we studied (Albee in our case), and a very supportive guide to my personal work as an actor. I can highly recommend him.
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I've been a Professor of Acting/Directing for over thirty years. I've taught at a small liberal arts college in Vermont and in a professional training program in Las Vegas. I coach actors to personalize material and to create bold, innovative choices in a fun, supportive environment. I was recently awarded the Gold Medallion for extraordinary contributions in Teaching and Producing Theatre by the Kennedy Center. “ . . . It is the most prestigious award given by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and is considered one of the great honors of theatre education.” Eight Gold Medallions are awarded nationally each year by The Kennedy Center. I know that we'll have a great time as we explore your potential as a working artist!

About Cathy
I've been a Professor of Acting/Directing for thirty years. I direct professionally and love to explore the process of acting. It's exciting to discover moments in a monologue, song or scene that are personal and artistically original. It's time to make a difference in your work because no one is like you! Talent and competition are part of this business but what will set you apart are the strategies and techniques that make your choices stand out from the rest. Whether you want to act professionally or build more skills when you go to an audition, rehearsal or interview, I would love to meet you and work on the artistic process together.
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Evyn August 11, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I have been a student of Cathy for four years and the lessons she taught me helped shaped me into the successful actor I am today. We worked on a wide range of topics from Shakespearean acting, film and tv acting and on stage. Cathy excells in all of these topics, going in depth in every one to get to the root of the character, scene or narrative. She also coached me on audition techniques and monologue and scene choices, something that has been extremely helpful in my auditions in New York City. Her experience as a director and 30 plus years in the business make her an extremely valuable partner to anyone who works with her.
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Josh August 9, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Cathy was my teacher, director, and mentor for the three years I attended Saint Michael's College. She was the first professor I met on campus and the one I have always remained in touch with. She is the type of person who reached out to catch up with me while I lived in London and she was visiting with her husband. Her devotion to her students and her hope for their success are unwavering.

Three words to describe Cathy as an acting teacher: HONEST, CONCISE, and ENCOURAGING.

HONEST: Cathy does not sugarcoat. She tells you how she sees it. This is how she builds trust with her actors so that they can stop sabotaging themselves through internalizing and overanalyzing themselves. She creates a professional relationship with you to feel confident in making strong, bold choices and assessing the results after. This has made my experiences both in auditions and rehearsals extremely successful.

CONCISE: People in the theatre do a lot of talking. Cathy gets to the point both in how she speaks to her actors and how she directs. Acting is an art form but at the professional level there are prescriptive elements required of an actor so that text can be analyzed properly, choices can be appropriately made, and through it all there is always truth both in action and word. Cathy gets her actors to that point without grandiose tangents that, frankly, get the actor no where.

ENCOURAGING: Cathy wants everyone to succeed. She wants the story to be told truthfully. She expects a great deal from her students and in return guides you with empathy and patience so that you will be able to look back at your work and be equally as proud of yourself as she is of you.

I owe a great deal to Cathy. I have worked regionally and Off-Broadway since graduating and that has a lot to do with the tools she has given me. She helped me build a very strong artistic foundation and I continue to hone my skills because, as she always reminds her students, there is always more work that can be done.
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Katie Healy August 7, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I was fortunate enough to study with Cathy for 4 years. Cathy gave me the foundation that most actors lack by focusing on the ability to listen as an actor, how to create a role and how to do my work but also remain playful & open to what was happening in the moment on stage. Through Cathy I learned the dedication required to pursue a professional career in the arts. I credit so much of my success as an actor and producer in New York City theater to Cathy's unwavering support.
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As an acting teacher/coach, I strive to guide each young actor through the ongoing, evolving, lifelong process of awareness, curiosity, exploration, and discovery that leads to producing honest work. Using the Meisner Technique, I instill young actors with confidence in their own ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Small group class sizes and private lessons provide actors with individualized mentorship, while also preparing them to work in a professional environment and promote longevity in their careers.

About Matt
Matt holds a Texas Teaching Certificate in Theatre Arts (which he taught for 13 years of his 18 year career in public education), and directed over 50 stage productions, including: Sweeney Todd, James and The Giant Peach, The Who's Tommy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Noises Off, Monty Python's Spamalot, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, The Hobbit, and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (RCP Best Director). He was named Outstanding University Interscholastic League Sponsor in 2016, led the UIL One Act Play The Insanity of Mary Girard to Area Tournament in 2014, and directed the 2016 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Best Costume Design winning production of The Addams Family.

Professionally, he appeared in the feature film When The Bough Breaks (opposite Morris Chestnut), worke
d in the independent film projects County Line and The Beat Hotel, and appeared in regional commercials for Taco Bueno, The Home Depot, and Zaxby’s. On stage, he appeared as St. Jimmy in the Regional Premiere of Green Day's American Idiot, as Bill Clinton/Howard Stern/Vladimir Putin in the original cast of the musical Citizen Drumpf (The Column Awards Best Musical Nominee 2017), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Dr. Parker in Bat Boy, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (RCP Best Actor).

He is the owner/instructor at The Mitchell Actor Studio, where he teaches Meisner technique to young actors ages 7-18. He continues to study Meisner technique under Michele Condrey at REACT Studios and is SAG-AFTRA Eligible. He is represented by The Campbell Agency of Dallas, Texas.
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Acting is such a broad term! What are your goals? Do you want to be in films? Do you want to do Shakespeare? Do you want to be in a sit com? Depending upon what your interests are and where you want to go, we will build a plan together. My philosophy on acting techniques is that they are tools to help you, not tests you pass if you're a good actor and fail if you're a bad one. Different techniques work for different people and it is our job to find out what inspires you.

I've worked as a professional actor for many years, performed on Broadway, have my MFA in Performing Arts, and my BA in Arts and Education. I was an assistant director to Tony-winner Sharon Ott and have written and produced my own work. I have experience in both stage and camera acting, which have specific technical differences, but are both a lot of fun once you get used to the medium. Audition technique, preparing monologues, and creating promotional materials are also things I can help with. Anyone who wants to ...

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I have worked professionally as a singer and actor for over twelve years, having performed on Broadway in Lincoln Center's Tony-winning Revival of "South Pacific" and toured the county with Rob McClure and Anika Larson in the First National Tour of "Avenue Q." I have an MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, graduated summa cum laude, and was the only female recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for Vocal Performance. My BA is in Arts and Education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I'm currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
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Baldwin, NY 11510
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About Shanee J.

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Your craft is your difference, and I am here to help you supply your craft with the tools necessary to make your difference shine.
I am a graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently pursue professional jobs to keep my craft fluid and stay up-to-date on current events. I specialize in warm ups, physical acting, audition training, monologues, improv, Meisner Technique, and Stanislavski’s System. I have 6+ years of experience in the professional acting industry and hope to bring you into the world of endless imagination!

About Shanee
Hey! Nice to meet you! First off, I would love to thank you for your interest in my professional acting training. I am a fun, vibrant and grounded professional actor desired to help you reach your goals in the performing arts industry. I am a graduate of the well-known American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as a writer, songwriter, and overall just an encouraging individual willing to push you beyond your fears and help you dive in pool of creation. I specialize in warm-ups, physical acting, improv, auditions, monologue practice, Meisner Technique, Lee Strasberg's Method, and Stanislavski’s System.

I follow five simple but important steps to my method of engagement in performing.
1. Explore
Explore your space. Rather it be on stage, in front of the camera, or just in your head; you must explore your space to find your comfo
rtable and tight places, as well as your obstacles and free spaces. The advantages of exploring first, is that you get a chance as the actor, to feel the area and build that fourth wall.
2. Ground
Plant your feet and your voice down and get grounded. Your being is an electrical source. Just like in a home, in order to use electricity safely, it must first be grounded. You must ground yourself in order to release the full potential of your power.
3. Listen
Listening is a key element in not just acting, but also in life. Listening doesn't seclude itself to just words. Listening involves, listening to your body, listening for queues, beats, moments and even silence! If you choose not to listen, your response will never be valid.
4. Act and React
Every action has a reaction. Your job as an actor, is to fulfill the role by acting and then reacting. You must learn specific techniques to appropriately apply to your acting and if you are following rule number three, reacting should be a breeze.
5. Trust your muscles
Trust that through repetitive motion and practice, that your muscles will do it's job and place your mind, words, and body exactly where it needs to be.

With these steps, the only thing left to add is discipline and creativity. I encourage my students to be themselves and be fearless in that. Without your difference in the world, there would be no change, there would be no story to be told, there would be no excitement. I challenge you to excite me and allow me into your space. Let's explore and create together!
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She an amazing teacher. Ive gained so much knowlege and confidence with my lessons! Id reccomend to anyone!
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