Acting students will receive instruction customized for their individual needs and skill level, drawing on a variety of techniques, including Linklater (physical and vocal work), Stanislavski, Meisner, and Grotowski, Shurtleff, among others. Students can work privately on audition skills, including monologues and cold reading, as well as scene work, character building and basic principles of acting. The first step to great acting is a free body and voice, allowing full expression of of emotional life of the character!
I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw
o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.
*** Lesson Details *** As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.
I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.
*** Travel Equipment *** Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
I've been both a theater performer and a stage mom. I have 3 years experience in both areas and love working with the beginner theater actor. As a result of our lesson you will know what to expect, how to audition, how to market yourself, common terms, and the beginning skills of acting on a theater stage.
Hi, there! My name is Nicole and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students discover and define their unique style, improve their approach and technique, and create success by their OWN definition in their respective or intended fields of work and study! I went to both Langston University and the #1 Jazz Studies program in THE WORLD at University of North Texas. I have studied vocal music performance, public speaking and small business/entrepreneurship. I'm a positive and passionate person and my teaching style is personal, fun, and positive results driven. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Nicole is a very good tutor. She listens to your requirements and then puts together the right exercises for your lessons. Very enjoyable and informative. Looking forward to my next lesson!
March 26, 2018
Nicole, is very knowledgable and experienced. She is positive and encouraging and at the same time challenging and finds ways to help you perfect your craft. I have only had one session with Nicole, but am looking forward to more to come. Keep up the good work Nicole!
While acting is a magnificent art, it is also a labyrinth of techniques and ideologies. Throughout time there have been many disagreements about the best way to approach the teaching of acting, but I believe that no matter which way you enter the maze, we are all moving towards the same goal; that is to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances. The craft of acting can falter into a personal nature, however there are common terms and tools that can be learned to aid in achieving the universal goal that is set in front of us. I therefore am bound to teach and specify the rudimentary tools that I have come to consider profoundly vital to the integrity of any serious actor, many of which are drastically overlooked by most.
In An Actor Prepares Stanislavski writes, “… A nagging critic can drive an actor mad and reduce him to a state of helplessness. Search for falseness only so far as it helps you to find truth. Don’t forget that the carping critic can create more falsehood on ...
Kyle is currently a Professor of Theatre, with a specialty in Acting (Musical and Non-Musical Theatre) and Playing Shakespeare at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to his current appointment, Kyle spent three years as the Director of Theatre at a private high school in Memphis, TN, where he also served on the board of the Tennessee Theatre Association. Kyle is a professional actor, a member of the Actor's Equity Association, has been a member of several professional and semi professional Shakespeare companies, has been represented by stage, tv and film agents based out of New York City, as well as regional markets, is an award winning teacher and stage director and continues to book work in all of those fields.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are just starting out in acting, or are a seasoned profession
al - it is valuable to remember that talent is common. I strive to help my students cultivate what talent they have into become an excellent and truthful artist. My students will never be less then good, but will develop a hunger for excellence which we will work to make consistent in their auditions and performances.
*** Studio Equipment *** Journal, Pencil(s), Headshot/Resume, Recording device
*** Specialties *** Shakespeare, Acting for Stage and Screen, Acting in Musical Theatre, Reel/ Headshot/ Resume Production, Directing, Building an Acting Career, Auditions
I have been acting and teaching professionally for over 15 years. Onstage I have had the pleasure of working at many of the most respected theaters in the country. It is my passion to help each and every student improve their acting technique and learn about their own abilities as a performer. Each student will receive one on one instruction, helping them achieve their performance goals regardless of their performance level. My approach is multidisciplinary and incorporates the tools of Stanislavsky, Meisner, Viewpoints, and Laban.
Michael L has been a working actor in Theatre, Film and Television since 1998. Since graduating cum laude from George Washington University he has dedicated himself to teaching and practicing the craft of acting. Michael was a classical acting fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington,DC under the artistic direction of Michael Kahn. There he honed his classical acting skills and earned his equity card later becoming an affiliated teaching artist with the theatre. He has performed there as well as many of the country's finest regional theaters including: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center, Washington Shakespeare Company and most recently Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables. Michael has appeared on television in numerous commercials and the Fox Network's dr
ama "Past Life" and has acted in many independent films. While in DC he was the Drama teacher at Fillmore Arts Center, a public magnet school for the performing arts, teaching children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Michael is currently acting in Nickelodeon's new series "I Am Frankie" debuting this fall. He enjoys teaching both adults and young people as well as caring for his own spirited child.
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 ...
My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.
Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.
I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
A-mazing! She’s an awesome mentor! Her approach to singing is brilliant in the sense that she helps you explore yourself, your strengths and areas you could work on to improve. She helps you find and utilize your voice in a way that makes a unique artist. She digs in right to the foundation of singing (vocals) and performing. I am glad to have found her! And to add up, I never had a dull moment with her with her sense of humor and caring approach!
July 11, 2019
Rebecca is wonderful at helping my daughter learn better public speaking skills.
July 5, 2019
Rebecca immediately made my granddaughter comfortable. Rebecca is a sweet, charming woman who, I can see, works very well with both children and adults. She is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to make people feel good about themselves.
This course is designed for students who want to study acting through the lens of the text. In my course for beginners and early level actors, we analyze the script for clues left by the writer and apply them to our performances. What is the difference between a beat and a pause? A pause and silence? How do we treat ellipses, commas, and periods? We also look at how the director might interpret and influence the performance as well as differences in performing for theatre versus film.
This class is geared toward the individual, and advanced students may elect to use our time to prepare a monologue for auditions or practice a scene for class in addition to the above lessons.
My lessons stem from the successful work done at my theatre company, which focuses on partnering with student actors to provide them with professional experience as well as exposing them to directing and acting techniques that may be different from what they previously encountered.
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Ian is currently obtaining an MFA in screenwriting from UGA under the mentorship of Holly Sorensen ("Step Up: High Water") and Christine Swanson ("Chicago PD"), alongside classmates including John Strauss ("There's Something About Mary") and Neil Landau ("Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead").
Ian began writing plays in high school and carried his passion into college, where he directed his own adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "Stardust" for Starving Artist Productions. In 2015, he was a Young Playwrights Festival resident at Horizon Theatre and graduated from Emory University with honors in playwriting for his published thesis project, "Somewhere In Between."
Ian is currently the Managing Director of The Theatere, where his professional premiere was met with full houses. With the Theatere, he has also produced "What Comes to
Light," a supernatural radio drama, and "A Monday Like Any Other in the Bermuda Triangle," a three-woman, environmentally-staged show.
His podcast "What Are Your Thoughts On..." is set to premiere in Spring 2019.
I have 20-plus years of experience as an acting teacher and have helped many students succeed in their auditions. I have experience in both stage and film acting, as well as in musical theatre performance. My focus is on helping students achieve believable and compelling performances that directors will remember. I also know the ins and outs of the business and can help students learn the ropes of the business side of "THE BIZ."
I taught acting and directing at the college level for 18+ years. I have also coached and directed students from ages 9-70. I am trained in stage, film, commercial and voiceover acting and have worked professionally in all of these arenas. I also have lots of knowledge about the industry ins and outs. I LOVE helping take student performances to the next level, and I am confident that I can help you improve your skills, no matter what level of experience you have. Let's work together!
Just took first lesson, super excited to work with Jan! She’s very encouraging and gave me some great critiques. I felt like we got off to a great start. I am looking forward to future lessons and seeing what’s in store!