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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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I have extensive training in improvisational acting from East Carolina University in North Carolina and I've been teaching acting students since 2007. Students learn quick thinking, free movement, and artistic expression through acting exercises and games.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor.

I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco, and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.

After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College a
nd performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Before I received formal training at a conservatory, I learned piano on my own, and both have prepared me to teach almost anyone, with any experience, how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic folk rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate.
In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire.
In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Currently, I have only online availability for guitar students.
Students under the age of twelve will use the Alfred Guitar Book for Kids. All other students will start with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Austin September 10, 2019
· Singing · Online
Heather is a great instructor. She is very professional and caring. Her teaching is very easy to understand and makes you feel empowered to better yourself. I'd highly recommend her.
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Nancy August 17, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Heather was so great with my daughter. She was very knowledgeable and supportive. Great experience!
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Matthew July 17, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Heather is a joy to learn from and always had me exciting ways to teach.
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About Tamika T.

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Cincinnati, OH
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Do you know what Improve Acting truly is? Do you realize the importance behind learning how to be a stellar Improve performer? Allow me to show you how you can not only have fun in this course but also use the skills you learn to help in spontaneous situations that you have to recover from!

About Tamika
Tamika was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a 2004 alum from The School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) with a dual diploma in Creative Writing and Drama. Likewise, she is the youngest of three, and a first generation college graduate in her family from The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in Communication Analysis and Practices and a double minor in Theater and Fashion Retail.

As a Theater minor she was a part of the following productions: Wine in the Wilderness and A Song for Coretta. She joined the Cincinnati Black Theater Company family in October 2012 and has had the privilege to be in Black Nativity, The Delaney Sisters and Shakin da Mess Outta Misery. Currently, she is working on a project that she hopes to be released by the beginning of 2016. Also, she is a member of many arts organization
in Cincinnati such as Elementz Youth Hip Hop Center, Bad Girl Ventures women entrepreneurship, Dress for Success and AmeriCorps to name a few.
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Tierra October 25, 2018
· Modeling · In studio
This was my first time modeling in a show, and my overall experience was great. Tamika provided great feedback regarding walking, using modeling stance, posing, and how to have fun and interact with the audience. She chose awesome people to walk for her in the show, and we all got along really well. Tamika communicated professionally and respectfully to her models. She also provided all of the clothing for the show which was great because I did not have to come out of pocket to get additional clothing. I would suggest that she get an assistant to help her on the day of the show.
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Anhony October 23, 2018
· Modeling · In studio
I loved working with Tamika always giving feedback and positive energy and pushing me to go further. The photoshoot was phenomenal i loved the locations and the scenery. I loved my wardrobe and had so much fun walking the runway. Tamika gives top notch coaching and i highly recommend her to anyone whether you’re just getting started or you want to sharpen your skills.
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Kimberly October 12, 2018
· Theater Acting · In studio
If you want constructive criticism with the passion from a teacher that is truly invested and the know how from the industry then Tamika is the teacher for you.

She is amazing and knowledgeable.
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About David T.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Emmy Award Winner David T. has over 33 years of acting experience in Film, TV and Stage. He is best known World-wide for his role on “The Young and the Restless” where he received 3 Emmy nominations and won his first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Billy Abbott. He has the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director & make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David
Film credits include Swing Kids with Christian Bail & Robert Shawn Lenard; Pleasantville with Reese Witherspoon & Toby McGuire, Stay Tuned with John Ritter along with Plain Cloths, Stepfather III, Walking Thunder, Roomates, and The Hazing to name a few. Television series roles include “Sessions,” produced by Billy Crystal, as well as “One Life to Live” as Paul Cramer, “Roommates” as Brady, “Worlds Apart,” “Buddies,” “Salute your Shorts,” “Good Behavior” as Cozy Boy, “Brand New Life” as Bart McCray, and “The Young and The Restless” as Billy Abbott. Recent top rated TV shows include NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Cathy July 16, 2019
· Improv Acting · Online
David is working on Improv with my daughter. He is positive and fun and full of knowledge. She is soaking up everything David has to teach her and help her with her Improv.
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Jolen P. July 12, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I m really happy to have discovered David. He s really positive and intuitive: without asking too much questions, he brought me what I needed.
I advice David definitely.
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Matt July 5, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
I’m super stoked on working with David, he gave me a lot to think about, to work on for next week.. and was able to go over a lot without it being overwhelming. 👍
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About Rebecca L.

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Gilbert, AZ

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I pioneered a private Arts Academy drama school for 4 years, and am now teaching acting and directing at a middle and high school. My goal is to help students become well-rounded in all the areas that are needed to truly become a working actor. These areas include: auditioning, theater, film, and improvisation.

Being a repertory performer for Silver Star Playhouse (musical theater parodies), and having lots of experience and training in improv and interactive dinner theaters really trains you in comedy.
My husband also owns Sound waves Productions (technological advanced studio in Gilbert)- so completing remote voiceover work for a reel is not out of the question.

I also encourage students to pair in duos for effective scene work and more in-depth technique training (this will also split your lesson cost in half).

About Rebecca
Greetings!

I am super excited to be building a private and small group lesson platform at our home studio and to meet your personal acting needs! I recently stepped down from 2 years of full time drama and art at Lumos Arts Academy- a private school I played a role in pioneering- to focus on building up passionate individuals who are serious about thriving in the performing world.

I also created a Theater and Film Program at Experience Arts School where students ages 5- adult could take classes (group or private) or join an acting company for regular performance gigs. I also directed multiple musicals during this time. My company competed with the AZ Thespians and took home many superior scores.

Personally, I have been acting for 25 years in the Mid and Southwest, studied theater at UWOshkosh, Film at Scottsdale CC, improv with
iO in Chicago, and Meisner with The renowned Kevin Phipps. I was part of a musical repertory company based in Utah for 8 months, traveled around the Phoenix valley performing in 8 different dinner theaters for 8 years, and have produced and directed multiple professional music videos for Soundwaves Productions in Gilbert.

I believe that each actor learns differently, and the best way is to become well-rounded in your training to discover what works best for you. I have become very well trained in identifying strengths and weaknesses in actors, and will work with you on the best technique to suit your needs and style.

Classes I have created curriculum for/taught include:
Monologues
Auditioning for theater and film
Script Analysis
Beginning- Advanced Improv
Beginning- Advanced Scene Acting
Uta Hagen's Repertoire
Acting for Film
Voice and Diction
Music Video Creation
Musical Theater Acting/Dance
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Tyler August 29, 2019
· Voice Acting · In studio
Rebecca is kind, instructive, and helpful. She Has helped me improve my acting as well as set up a demo reel that I'm thrilled with.
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Emma Atkins August 27, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I enjoy my class every time I go. Rebecca is a fun teacher, even though she keeps me focused. We are always thinking outside the box on how to make class better for me personally. I like that she is flexible and cares about how I learn. One of the things I appreciate most is that she points out what I do well and what I should improve in, whereas some of my teachers in the past only focus on one or the other.
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Kelly July 10, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
Rebecca is very accommodating to my needs as I develop my journey into voice over acting. We have spent much time understanding how character dictates the type of voice I use, and I have grown in the range of voices I can do, as well as my proper pacing. Her husband Jim also has an amazing recording studio where we have gotten to experiment with cartoon voice overs to build my reel.
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About Melanie P.

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Pompano Beach, FL
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I am a voice and acting teacher specializing in musical theater and pop rock and other commercial forms of singing. I have training in all different acting techniques and I focus on audition and competition prep. I help performers fuse their acting and singing but can also focus on one aspect if the student so chooses. I work with many students on college auditions and thespian competitions as well. I teach all ages up to adults since I am also an adjunct faculty and have experience in teaching at the university level.

About Melanie
I am a voice and acting teacher specializing in musical theatre, pop-rock, and other commercial forms of singing. I teach all ages from kids to adults since I am also adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University. I attended University of Pennsylvania for my undergrad and received my Masters in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory. I focus on breathe work, increasing range, and freeing the natural voice with healthy technique and placement whether you are belting or singing classical pieces. I work with many students on college auditions and thespian competitions - I have students at colleges all over the country, working in NYC, and performing all over the world. I love imparting my love of singing and acting to my younger students as well, making lessons fun and flexible to the needs of each student. Having performed in NYC, Bos
ton, Philadelphia, and throughout the South Florida region, I understand the hard work it takes to perfect your craft. Together we will work to achieve your goals as a singer and actor to make yourself the complete package you know you can be!
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Sarah November 28, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
Melanie is an absolutely incredible vocal teacher/coach. I noticed a change in my voice after just the first lesson. Her vast knowledge of the anatomy used to create vocal sounds combined with the techniques she teaches has definitely improved my voice. She taught me how to belt and showed me the difference between my belt and my mix, which was beyond helpful. She also taught me how to sing in my head voice in a healthier and more effective way. And on top of that, she has a mental library full of great song recommendations for my individual voice. Can't wait until our next lesson!
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About Nikisha Z.

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Spring, TX

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My primary Focus is Monologues and Improv. I assist you with the ablity to retain your script. Adlibing and how to flow in every moment. You'll come to understand that there are no mistakes and every blurp is a stumble into something wonderful. I am genuinely interested in your acting journey and want to see your dream turn to reality.

About Nikisha
With over 15 years of experience Nikisha has spent the last several years grooming and developing models and actors from all across the world ages 5 to 99. She has worked on the set of well known names such as Tyler Perry Studios, with A-list actors, child actors and some of the top celebrity photographers. Teaching basic makeup application, her goal is to help you become industry ready. She is a professional when it comes to assisting you with natural headshot looks and full body shot glam. Maybe you're not looking to get into the industry, it doesn't matter she assist both male and female with their customized areas of focus and keeps it simple.

She stands by this, " When you learn teach. When you get give. -Maya Angelou

Items needed: * (depending on time selected)
Males: Concealer. Translucent powder. Foundation. Sponges or bru
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Preteen: BB or CC cream, lip gloss, translucent powder clear glossy mascara, blush

Females: Brushes, beauty sponge, Concealer, Foundation Transluscent powder (has no color) blush or bronzer, Eyeshadow, Lipstick/Lip gloss, Mascara, eyebrow color (pencil and powder only NO pomeades please). Pencil Eyeliner. Makeup wipes/remover.
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abigail April 24, 2019
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What can I say, that I miss Ms. Nikisha so much!!! She is one of the most kindest, humble, caring person I have met. She is honest and truly loves what she does! She has thought me so much from skincare, makeup application, nutrition and pose techniques, ect. She takes her time to help us understand how important all these things are within the entertainment industry. One of the best instructors!!!
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Felicienne April 24, 2019
· Makeup · In studio
First off, I have to say that Ms. Niki is an amazing person. Extremely patient, understanding, and still gets the job DONE. She did my makeup for my headshots and really showed me how to bring out my natural beauty. Awesome teacher, makeup artist, and person. ❤️
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kayla April 20, 2019
· Makeup · In studio
Ms. Nikisha is by far one of the best instructors i've had the pleasure of learning from. she goes into great detail of not only the importance of how to maintain healthy skin and nutrition, but also how to properly select and apply makeup. she is wonderful to learn from and i cannot wait to work with her again!
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About Donia S.

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Flagstaff, AZ

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I have been an actor since I was a toddler. I have been in the profession for about 18 years. I have been in several movies and several commercials. As well as tons of musicals and plays. I can teach you how to nail and audition, help you prepare a monologue set up your acting resume and much more. I cater to each of my students individualized needs. I want to make sure that my students have a great time so I like to make sure our lessons are fun. Be sure to shoot me a message if you think we would be a good match.

About Donia
I am a retired actress and vocal enthusiast. I have retired from going to auditions, and performing paid gigs after I moved to Flagstaff to earn my degree in Social Work. I have spent my whole life mastering acting and vocals. I have been in the acting/modeling business since I was a toddler and was with an agency for some time. I have been in several commericals and films and countless musical productions. I also was in a music production program called CMAS for two years. I have eight plus years of vocal training. I am classically trained and trained in performing musical numbers. As for acting I have twelve years of experience and was in the advanced acting class at Dearing Studio for two years.

Voice students can expect to improve their range weekly. To learn how to read music. Each voice is unqiue and special and I will aslo teach t
hem the proper skills and techiqunes that prevent vocal nodules.

Acting students can expect to recieve at least one new scene each week or until they have mastered the scene they have given. As well as how to prepare headshots and resume.

I have experience teaching students of all ages even adults. I want to make sure I cater to each individual preferred way of learning. I want to make sure my students are allowed to be creative and love to make each lesson fun! I believe everyone learns differently. I also have experience in working with children with special needs.
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Sylvia May 27, 2019
· Classical Voice · In home
Donia was a great vocal instructor she was super patient and helped teach me proper breathing techniques that would protect my voice. Very reliable and punctual came to every lesson on time!
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Iona May 26, 2019
· Film Acting · In studio
Donia was a wonderful teacher! She helped teach me how to properly setup my acting resume and helped me find a photographer to take my headshots. She has helped me become a better performer
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About J W.

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Atlanta, GA
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Have you always wanted to be an actor? Want to learn some of the essential acting techniques? Ready to shake off the rust and get back on stage? I will help you to build confidence also help you build a solid foundation of acting methods and techniques all while tailoring them to your personal goals. It is my goal to give you a WOW experience like no other and inspire you to make the next steps within your goals. My acting classes are filled with fun, laughter, excitement and will help motivate you to pursue your dreams in life. Let me help you reach you goals so that you may share your gift with the world. #SupportTheArts

About J
I am a professional actor, writer, director and acting coach. I graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelors of Art, specifically in Theatre. I am also a graduate of Savannah College of Arts & Design with a Masters of Fine Arts, with a focus on performing arts.

Acting students can expect improve with each class they attend. I teach students to be free and expressive while being on stage. Being free and uninhibited allows the students to not be self conscious and able to fully absorb the acting process. I can help any student to perform with freedom, confidence, and expression.

As a professional actor I get the opportunity to travel throughout the US with my original plays and workshops. I've had the chance to perform in many different venues, from festivals to black box theaters. With getting the chance to be apart
of workshops I get to be trained by other professional actors also. Yep, there is always work to be done

While my ultimate passion is acting, I am a huge advocate of supporting the arts in all capacities. As a performer by nature it is my belief that training is essential to every artist's process. I look forward to sharing my love and passion for acting with you! Let's change the world through the ARTS!!!!
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About Alyson C.

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My classes are focused on preparing you with all the skills needed for acting in the film and television industry. You will master everything from monologues and auditions to memorizing techniques and knowing how to utilize your improv skills. Each session with me will leave you feeling prepared to go out and audition and jump onto a film/television set! If you are looking to launch your career and need the tools to do so, contact me and I will be glad to get you where you want to go!

About Alyson
Hi! I'm Alyson and my passion is for growing other people's passions. I studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and have an associate's degree for acting. I have been studying acting for 10 years and continue to grow my knowledge in order to share everything I can with students who share my same dream and goals in life. I teach anyone who is willing to listen and encourage everyone to continue learning and growing no matter what point of success they have reached. I am an open ear and an open heart who wants to reach as many people as possible.
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About Danielle D.

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Stratford, CT

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I have over 30 years of experience as a professional actor in television, film and theater. My approach to the work incorporates a number of acting tools, tips and exercises that are easy to grasp and apply. These tools are designed to help encourage spontaneity, naturalistic and compelling human behavior and allow you to bring a cool confidence to your work as an actor. Acting is a skill that needs to be honed and developed so you are excited about what you can bring to a role. I LOVE what I do and sharing my skills and craft with you is a thrill! Let's get started!

About Danielle
I have 25+ years of professional acting experience in televison, theater and film. I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I received a B.A. in Theater and English. I also attended the prestigious National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. I am a working actress, acting coach and entrepreneur. I love working one-on-one with students using tools and exercises that I have "collected" over the years. I incorporate these tools along with improvisation, relaxation techniques and long-standing rehearsal exercises all designed to encourage spontaneous, authentic and natural behavior. The tools I use make sense, are easy and fun whether they be used in the rehearsal room, on set or in preparation for an audition.

I have studied Meisner, The “Method” and more classical approaches
to the work yet it was my time spent studying with the late actress/writer/director, E. Katherine Kerr as well as Seth Barrish, founder and co-artistic director of NYC's The Barrow Group, that provided many AHA! moments for me as an actress. It was through their unique and easily relatable approaches to the work that I was able to allow myself to "be" rather than "act".

I have coached one-on-one, taught at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) as well as given workshops and master classes. My credits include: Television: Person of Interest; The Sopranos; Ugly Betty; Prison Break; All My Children; One Life to Live; Another World, Guiding Light Film: The Brave One; Tadpole. Theater: One Hand Theater, The Summer Fringe, The Barrow Group, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Lark, H.E.R.E., Studio Arena Theater and has performed live at Town Hall, NYC with Garrison Keillor on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and can be heard on APHC’s A Pretty Good Joke Tape along with Alison Janney, Paula Poundstone and Roy Blount Jr. I am a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

I lived in Manhattan for over 20 years and am now back in Fairfield County, CT after 4 years in Los Angeles. I provide one-on-one coaching online from my studio. I work with a wide age range, assorted skill levels and am also available for audition coaching.
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