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Irvington, NY
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I have extensive experience as a stage actor and teach actors of all ages. I am proud to say that my students are almost always the best actors in their performances!

About Nancy
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.

My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!

Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.

I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glim
merglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.

But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.

Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.

*** Lesson Details ***

I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.

*** Specialties ***

For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.

For all singers, I am also a superb acting coach!
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kevyn October 16, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
she is very nice
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Fred June 18, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Spent a lot of time going over my musical background and getting to know me in general. Made an assessment of my vocal ability, potential strengths and weaknesses that seemed accurate to me. Proposed a lesson plan to develop my singing that seemed reasonable and practical given my goals.
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Sofia B. April 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson
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Nancy R.

Nancy R.

Irvington, NY 10533
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About Rachel H.

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Jersey City, NJ
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As a professional actor on stage and screen, I can help you prepare for auditions. We will go over sides or monologues.

About Rachel
I have performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. Along with these qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students has yielded outstanding results in their musical accomplishments.

I've been teaching voice, guitar, and piano lessons for the past four years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!

*** Lesson Details ***
As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a professional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coachi
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My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music (art songs, opera)
Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...)
Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...)
Disney Music
Pop Music
Country Music
Beginner Piano
Beginner Guitar
Music Theory
Public Speaking
Audition Technique
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Eden T. October 5, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She was absolutely fantastic with my 5 year old daughters first lesson. She had her smiling the whole time.....we are coming back next week for sure.
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Nikki R. May 12, 2013
· Singing ·
My first vocal teacher and the best!

Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!
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Rachel H.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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$60 / 30-min

About Christina A.

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Plainfield, NJ

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Acting Lessons will be catered to each individual and their level of knowledge and skill. Be ready to explore your body, mind, and soul! We will have a fun time learning to expresses ourselves and 'naturally' project emotions/feelings/ and our presence.

About Christina
My studio is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry! With over 14 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and privately, my lessons are comprehensive, diverse and individually tailored to each student.

Ms. Tina was born and raised in North Plainfield, NJ and attended college at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she received a BM in Musical Theater. Music is not just a job for Ms. Tina...it's a passion.

I continually strive to encourage and motivate my students to explore their individual talents and abilities to their fullest and to have fun! I look forward to working with you
and your family to achieve your music education goals!
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Kathleen N. February 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Christina is a wonderful teacher with a relaxed and effective teaching style. She has helped me to make tremendous progress in a short period of time.
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Cara January 8, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Professional, enthusiastic, compassionate. Very easy to work with, gave me useful advice.
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Angela January 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was wonderful! Incredibly personable and really helped me relax about learning piano again! I'm so excited to see where this takes me :-)
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Christina A.

Christina A.

Plainfield, NJ 07063
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$35 / 30-min

About Marie-France M.

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Waldwick, NJ

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Born and raised on New York Theatre, well studied in both Method and Technique. Have acted and directed in multiple medias. Was head director of two drama troupes. Have taught countless workshops to groups and have over thirty years experience as a private drama coach.

About Marie-France
I have taught piano and voice most of my adult life. Early on I learned the need to adapt my teaching style to the uniqueness of each student, especially those whose perceptions differ widely from the general populace. I love what I do, helping each student discover and nurture their abilities, no matter what age the student may be.

The Holistic Piano method is especially effective with my Autism-spectrum students, a segment of the population I find particularly rewarding to teach.

The following is a quote from ex-student Karena Krull, author of "Drama Made Easy", and "Rummy Roots."

“Her greatest strength is her ability to find the right direction for each individual. This ability to adapt to the student's needs lends to individual success for student and avoids their frustration. If her current method or communication is
n't creating success for a student she will quickly change to another till she finds the right words or method to enable the student to succeed with the least amount of frustration.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I draw on a wide range of materials in The Holistic Piano (and voice) method. The curriculum may be color-based or number-based, we might focus on chord building or sight-reading, or Songwriting, depending on the student's need and desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***Private Music studio with glass door so waiting parents can see what's going on (though they can also be in the studio if they feel more comfortable.) I have a grand piano, 1 keyboard, and a variety of other instrument including hand drums, chimes, boomwackers, a chimealong and autoharp to enhance learning experience.

*** Specialties ***
Because each student is an individual, I approach teaching like a coach, custom designing a course of study for each student to meet their individual needs.
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Hannah May 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher. Very encouraging and patient which is what an adult learner needs. She supports her students and gives them interesting contemporary pieces to learn (that is the genre we picked so we stay interested in practicing!). Thanks Marie France!
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Jason March 29, 2018
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I enjoyed my 2 sessions with Marie, and from work she was a 35 min commute vs 90 mins to NYC.
With her I felt engaged, she was prepared, professional, stayed on topic and gave relevant critiques and feedback.
At the end of my second lesson she offered to email me a list of acting/improv classes in NYC which she did.
Anyway, I am glad that I actually learned something and got to do exercises and not leave with the feeling that i wasted my money and most importantly my time.
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Nick D. March 17, 2018
· Acting · In home
My son is really having a great experience . He is learning a lot and plans on continuing his lessons
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Waldwick, NJ 07463
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About Kimberly S.

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Astoria, NY

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I tailor each lesson to the actor. I create a safe space to play and learn. I empower and uplift each student so they approach the work with excitement instead of fear. Together, we create realistic goals for the actor's career. We may work on auditions, self tapes, scenes, anything and everything the actor is struggling with.

I help each student analyze the script so they can make strong choices that are unique to their acting talents.

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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Krishnaj G. March 13, 2018
· Creative Writing · Online
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Bani G. March 6, 2018
· Writing · Online
She was so good
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Elisha F. November 19, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Kimberly was an amazing teacher, very fun to work with!! 😊
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Kimberly S.

Kimberly S.

Astoria, NY 11102
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About Jake O.

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New York, NY

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We will cover any basic or cater the lesson to the students needs. I have experience with Monologue Prep., Self-Taping, Auditioning, Shakespeare, and more. We will connect the dots of our breath, emotions, history, passion, talents, and wants. We can also cover a strategy for the pursuit of a more involved acting career.

As an actor/director myself, I know the obstacles in and out the audition/rehearsal room. We juggle so much in this career path, and it can seem impossible, but my goal in life is to empower actors to take their career into their own hands and extend it. I aim to foster and introduce tools and resources to give the actor more comfort and confidence in the audition room and life.

Contact me for any more questions or references! I hope to see you soon!

About Jake
What drives me to wake up every day, is to supply actors with a safe space to grow and learn trusted actor tools and resources. I want to foster, the lessons I've been taught and learned, and help the actor change their path and careers. I love meeting new artists, collaborating, and getting results.

I'm a producer/actor/director who combines that with my passion of being a life-coach. I attended the high ranking, UNCSA, Royal Shakespeare Company, UCB, and have private coached for 5+ years.
I know the juggling that happens with the life of an actor and have the experience and ability to help you navigate it. During my private coaching, I've had successes such as: Master of None, Hawaii 5-0, Off-Broadway Plays, Julliard, DePaul, and more. My private coaching has helped clients book roles, extend their network, find longevity and purpo
se in the acting pursuit and life.

I have extensive experience and teaching exp. in: Shakespeare, Monologues, EPA's, Self-taping, Improvisation, Auditioning, Winning the room, Meisner, College auditions, Stanislavsky, and more.

Notable Students

Gus Halper: Truth and Lies: Menedez Brothers, The Goat, Ricki and the Flash
Sarah Viccellio: Master of None, The Carrie Diaries, Law & Order: SVU
Michael Labbadia: The Attic Theater Co.
Alex Gagne: Keen Company, Bridge Production Group, MugBug Prod.
Reagan Elizabeth: Stephanie Klapper Casting
Joshua Morgan
Michael Calciano
Owen Laheen
Ellie Barone
Gabe Arant

I hope to meet you soon!

*Online sessions are also available*
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Joaquin September 10, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Reine July 13, 2017
· Acting · Online
Really great insight and learnt a lot. Very focused and on point. Looking forward to my next online session with Jake.
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Sarah July 10, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
I became a fan of Jacob's theatre work in NYC. It's always fresh and inventive, which is why I coach with him on my audition scenes. I primarily go in for tv/film work, but his classical training foundation and fresh perspective translate to the screen. If you're looking for affordable coaching with a cutting edge, up and coming artist- call Jake!
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Jake O.

New York, NY 10019
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$40 / 30-min

About Lily K.

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New York, NY
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I took 4 years of professional acting training and got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. Have an upcoming audition or a monologue that's stumping you? Having trouble working on a scene for class, or simply want to learn some tricks of the trade? I'm your girl! Let's have some fun together as we explore what it means to enter into the dynamic world of someone else.

About Lily
New York is a HELLUVA town. And as I dance and sing my way around the city, I would love to impart my knowledge and experience to you too!

I've been dancing for nearly 20 years, singing for nearly 15, and have lots of experience taking those talents out into the real world. If you're looking for training in the DANCE world (ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, theatre) or the VOCAL world (musical theatre, classical, pop/rock, or jazz) -- I'm the girl for you. I am a spitfire, and a smart coach who simply loves to teach. Let's have some serious fun together, shall we?
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Lily K.

Lily K.

New York, NY 10032
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$50 / 30-min

About Miriam C.

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New York, NY

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Acting is about understanding the human experience and sharing it with your audience. My aim with students is to help find the freedom of expression by making specific and bold choices. Having studied classically as a dancer and as an actor at New York University, I have a passion for teaching Shakespeare. I also love coaching monologues and scenes for auditions.

About Miriam
As a graduate from New York University with a BFA in drama, I am passionate about teaching students how to free themselves up to express and relate their characters to the audience. I studied in the Stella Adler and Classical Studio at NYU, and have a passion for teaching Shakespeare. I coach monologues and scenes for auditions as well as help actors analyze texts for their personal growth as an artist.
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Miriam C.

New York, NY 10023
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$20 / 30-min

About Sean S.

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Middletown, NJ

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I am a current working and auditioning in NYC. I train in NYC with the on-set acting coach for Blue Bloods as well as the top Casting Directors for all of the major network shows. I am a repped actor and recently was the lead in "Maternals Secrets" alongside Daytime Emmy winner Kate Mansi and Kelly McGillis from "Top Gun." I can provide teaching and training for acting technique, commercial technique, and audition technique for on-camera acting. I can also be of service for the business side of acting as well and walk students through the ins and outs of the tricky business side of acting.

About Sean
Hi! So I am an auditioning and working actor in NYC at the moment and trained with some of the top coaches in the city. I have experience in all facets of acting and my first ever theatre role was at Lincoln Center. I trained at Stella Adler and currently at MN Studio for film and tv. I have booked tv and film roles and everything in between such as theatre, indie, webseries, sketch comedy, and student films. I can walk you through different types of scripts, genres, roles, and also give you direct insight into the business side of acting. I feel as though my experience will allow students who maybe are nervous or hesitant to be put at ease before they make the decision to pursue this full time. I love acting and everything that comes with it and am excited to share!
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Sean S.

Middletown, NJ 07748
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$67 / 30-min

About Faye M.

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Corona, NY

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I am a working television, movie and commercial actress who has studied and continues to study acting from professional and trained coaches and teachers. I have been in the business since the '80's.

About Faye
Faye was born in Jamaica, New York. She attended Catholic School, studied dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC and Martha Graham Contemporary Dance School. Faye started her own dance school at the age of 12 in her neighborhood. She performed with The New York Broadway Dancing Cheerleaders in NYC, Liberation Ensemble and Inspiration Dance Company before attending college at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland in 1979. She received a BFA in Dance Education and a minor in Spanish. Faye later attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University to pursue a Master's degree in Dance in 1984. While in graduate school she performed with "Dallas Black Dance Theater". Faye is the founder and Artistic Director of "The Dancer's Warehouse, Inc. (1988), a non-profit dance school located in Atlanta, Georgia. She travels every summer t
o the Tuscanny region of Italy to perform with a dance company called, "ProDanza Italia/USA.

In 1988 Faye began acting. She later became a Stuntwoman through training and on the job experience. She trained with John Zimmerman's Stunt Camp in Orlando, Florida and also with Rick Seaman's Hollywood Stunt Driving School.

Faye has worked professionally as a Stuntwoman on Purge4:The Island, Orange Is The New Black and Luke Cage.
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Tisha @ Maultsby Talent May 20, 2018
· Acting · Online
Faye McQueen is a wonderful professional actor at the top of her class with a successful career in film and television due to her impeccable work ethic. Faye's most recent opportunity in the room was for a major film director and her audition was explosive! Faye's expertise is highly recommended and beneficial for anyone seeking empowerment to take their career to the next level.
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Karen May 8, 2018
· Acting · In home
Faye is very knowledgeable on acting techniques and strategies. She is an amazing coach and is very insightful as to what is required to reach your objective. I love working with her.
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Corona, NY 11368
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