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About Nancy R.

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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.

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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.

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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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Linda M. April 11, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I am not a singer, but Nancy was able to make me feel at ease and give me instructions to bring a voice out of me. Very personable and professional, she has many different ideas and exercises to allow a voice to develop. I had one other voice teacher who never even had me learn a song. Nancy is a very capable and valuable teacher. I really can’t recommend her enough!
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Trish T. March 22, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I love Nancy. I have never sung in front of anyone solo and was/am nervous. Nancy makes me feels at ease. She's amazing!
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Angela C. September 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Nancy is great to work with. She really engages our daughter. Our 10 year old is always happy after her lesson. Nancy also is a clear communicator both with parents and our daughter, so we always know what is going on, and how things are working.
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Nancy R.

Irvington, NY 10533
(11)
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$55 / 30-min

About Gina B.

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New York, NY

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Boleslavsky and Strasburg techniques combined with British Classical School. -as the result of my own training. We begin with training of the body for the ability to be relaxed and ready for anything, working in a chair in the Lee Strasburg system, releasing tensions and assessing the difference and working week by week on the sense memory exercises to build up the strength of imagination and elemental response and creativity. We also work with theatre games as well as analytical techniques.

About Gina
I am in New York City and accepting new students as well as reconnecting with anyone who wants to return.
I have two graduate degrees: one in Music and the other in Dance and Theater studies.
My undergraduate degree is from The Juilliard School, in Dance.

I've taught children and grown ups for many years. I have a strong performing career and love the way teaching keeps me in a giving and learning place.

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With beginning students I am very laid back and patient and believe strongly that in the play of games and experiments technique will develop and manifest. As the student becomes more advanced I become more demanding as do the materials.

As an Acting teacher I have the capacity to take students along all the way to professional and beyond. I'm a member of the Actors Studio, the performing unions and ha
ve studied since childhood at ACT and then all over the world including The National in London.

For Dance, I have a wide knowledge and can teach several forms as well as history and materials. I also teach Ballet and many forms of Modern Dance. I adore teaching dance composition. To help a dance student make their own dances is very fulfilling. I also teach choreography or composition.
One of the aspects of dance composition that has recently captivated me is the composing of sound and music for the dance that is also being made. Using software, we can explore electroacoustic as well as language and text collage as sound score for your dance. It is super fun!!!

For the Visual Arts I teach Abstract Painting as well as Installation and Performance Art.
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I have supplies and space. Visual Art students need to contribute to materials by finding or purchasing whatever they like and adding to the mix. My students are welcome to use what I have here and I am always adding materials. Many people throw away materials that are perfectly good for art making so keep your eyes open and you'll find all kinds of good things. Visual Art students need to book a 2 hour minimum and I will lower the price if you just let me know you need it.

My fees: I start at a higher fee and after you've been a regular student we can lower the fee for you if you need.

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just a space to work in - we can create a work space out of any space.

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In dance I teach classical ballet principles for beginners or those who are returning and want to work carefully and privately. I teach from the tradition of Alfredo Corvino's principles of relationship to organic forms and structures for sound development. I studied with Mr Corvino for years and continue to study with Ernesta Corvino.
For acting I teach a combination of classical acting technique with American sense memory and relaxation skills. I am well versed in the teachings of Lee Strasberg and then spent time in London to 'fill in the cracks' of my training with analytical skills as well as the various european influences that the Royal National embrace.
I teach creative discovery in combination with classical devices so the student can discover their own artistry while learning actual classical devices for accomplishing specific goals.
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Silke D. March 17, 2019
· Dance · In studio
Gina was amazing and created the perfect atmosphere for us to get comfortable dancing and learning!
Highly recommend working with her!
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Sarah Z. December 9, 2018
· Acting · Online
Gina is the best.
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Cynthia F. July 30, 2017
· Abstract Painting · In home
Great! I look forward to the next class.
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Gina B.

New York, NY 10003
(9)
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$100 / 60-min

About April S.

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Bronx, NY
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Studied 'acting' with at Strasberg Institute, NYC: Walter Lott/Lee Strasberg instructors.
Performed in various off-broadway productions around NYC. Traveled with 'bus and truck tour of the Broadway play: No Place to be Somebody. Performed with NEC acting ensemble. Taught 'drama' while working as Board of Education teacher in public school. Method Acting Techniques are part of the training. Students will explore the 'senses' as part of sense memory techniques and learn monologues and dialogue training to sustain a deeper implementation of emotional using acting tools.

About April
I'm a 'classically trained' voice teacher who specializes in the biology of singing: JAZZ, R&B, POP, and GOSPEL. I have performance arts training and experience and have
a liberal arts degree from Columbia University/Master of Fine Arts Education from City College of NY.
I perform as a Jazz Vocalist at various night spots, concert halls, and social events. As a Voice Coach, I have the good fortune to share my vocal skills while working with this organization.
Singing is the joy I share as a performer and as a teacher. Anyone can sing, and do it on a superior level. It takes desire and the willingness to practice the skills necessary until the goal is achieved.

To produce great sounds when singing it is essential to adopt beneficial singing habits in order to produce sounds that are more relaxed and healthy.
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ts will learn Basic Components of Singing:
Pitch, Rhythm, Breath Control and Diction

Students will learn vital techniques to create a connected voice blending head, chest, and diaphragm. Students will learn warm-up exercises that strengthen vocal cords and loosen the muscles needed to produce a professional sound and the importance of singing exercises to achieve this objective.

Students will learn how to avoid the most common singing mistakes that prevent singers from producing a clean and professional vocal tone.
For the purpose of voice projection, students will learn to use the diaphragm, the muscles beneath the ribcage;
how to use emotions, enunciation, and clarity.
Students will learn to sing a favorite song with the focus on elements of singing.
Each lesson to begin with a brief review of previous.
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CD Burner/SURE Microphone/Charts in various keys/Speaker System/Pitch Pipe/Recorder/keyboard/Metronome/Video Camera
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Malachi C. June 15, 2019
· Acting · In home
My son had a great first session with April today. Thank you!
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Charenelle July 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful teacher who is very invested in making sure that you understand the techniques and concepts of HOW to sing. Lovely woman. I highly recommend her!
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Thornton June 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
Looking forward to the next lesson, Ms. April is great at what she does and very knowledgeable in teaching...can't wait until next Friday.
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April S.

Bronx, NY 10451
(16)
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$40 / 30-min

About Sharon W.

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Norwalk, CT

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Hello! Glad to be back in the neighborhood! I am an actress, vocalist, pianist, director and teacher. I have a lifetime of experience in the performing arts (I started performing at 6 years of age) and many years teaching theater arts and music! I have taught many students of all ages and levels in private, public and workshop environments. What are you looking for? If one of the answers to this question is a teacher who truly understands how to communicate in a fun and understanding way - then let my years of experience help you to achieve your goals!! I specialize in exploring who you are as a performing artist; audition preparation; and acting skills including improvisation, theater games, monologue choice and character analysis. I am proud to announce that one of my recent students just got into Emerson's acting program! So if you are interested in seeing if acting is for you, continuing your studies or are preparing for that important audition...you've come to the right ...

About Sharon
Sharon knew at a very young age that the arts were her life and doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing, dancing and acting. She began her professional singing and acting career at the age of six years old and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She plays the piano and is a versatile musician with a strong foundation in the classical method that really rocks!!
Sharon grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has trained with some of New York City's premier voice, piano and acting teachers. Sharon majored in Theater and graduated cum laude with honors in theater.
She is a certified public school theater teacher and has worked with hundreds of performing arts students. As a private instructor, she has guided her students in piano, voice, and acting.
Sharon is a fun and innovative teacher. Her wealth of experiences has made
her a well-rounded teacher. She has a great sense of humor with a serious commitment to her art and her students. A winning combination for you!
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Michelle May 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Sharon is a lovely and outgoing woman. I’m new to piano and reading music, but she is so patient and encouraging. I’d recommend her to a piano newbie like myself. She also has the cutest pup that keeps us company during the lessons.
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Barbara October 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Love Sharon! My 13-year-old daughter takes voice lessons with her and Sharon is funny, positive, and very energetic.
My daughter has said she would not go to anyone else. Sharon is great with young students and getting the most out of them, especially if they’re a bit shy. We look forward to seeing her every week and I highly recommend her as an instructor.
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Fei J. June 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I highly recommend Sharon as a piano instructor. She is very enthusiastic, encouraging and patient. Also her way of teaching is amazing. I am an adult beginner who had taken a few lessons with another instructor before. Though I did pick up some terminologies, I like the way Sharon goes back to basic and teach me the fundamentals without assuming me know it. These are essential for me to progress further.
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Sharon W.

Norwalk, CT 06850
(19)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Kathleen M.

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Secaucus, NJ
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About Kathleen
Kathleen is currently residing in Secaucus, NJ and is a professor of voice at NYU, where she completed an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy with top honors. She teaches classical voice and musical theatre to graduates and undergraduates that have successfully continued to become working artists in the field. Kathleen also has a voice studio in NYC and has a large following of Skype students from all over the world. She is the owner of Broadway Kid Starz, a musical theater company for kids ages 5-18, where previous students have been seen on Broadway and in Major Motion Pictures.

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Catered to each individual and very informative.

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Keyboard/Piano.

*** Specialties ***
With my expert guidance, I can bring your voice to a higher level whether you are a beginner or professional. I al
so specialize with singers that have a vocal trauma and can aid in the recovery/repair of the voice.
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Kathleen M.

Secaucus, NJ 07094
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$40 / 30-min
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About Kent J.

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Jersey City, NJ
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My lessons will be a fun, focused exploration of your creative impulses - designed to enhance the range of disciplines related to: stage presence, vocal articulation & projection, character choices & portrayal. In addition; students with more corporate/lifestyle interests will improve their oral presentation skills and confidence, along with gaining useful storytelling techniques that can be applied to their sales and marketing procedures (or to daily communication needs).

About Kent
Kent is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts (drama major). As a playwright, director, and actor he has created original productions for national and international youth programs (including the musicals "Triunfar!" (i.e. The Winners!) in Bogota, Colombia and the hip-hop musical "A Friend in Need" in Las Vegas. As a professional actor he has appeared on stage, screen, and as a voiceover artist including: "Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU," and as a regular ensemble player on the syndicated "Apollo Comedy Hour." In recent years he toured with the Pushcart Players theatre ensemble.
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James Jr. August 28, 2015
· Acting · In studio
Kent has the ability to do or teach drama, comedy and improvisation. He has wisdom, talent, intelligence and integrity. I know of his abilities to teach, direct and to create a performance of the highest level. He's one of the best, as I know from having been taught by him. Try him out and judge for yourself. You'll be better for it in more ways than one.
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SOLID T. April 20, 2015
· Stage Performance · In studio
I was honored to have been guided by Kent J. during a historic presentation in honor of Malcolm X in Las Vegas. His patient and motivating spirit makes him an excellent teacher and mentor. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and look forward to the opportunity to be under his leadership once again. Because of Mr. J, I have decided to seek additional acting training for my own career.
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Kent J.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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$35 / 30-min

About Elena D.

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Bayside, NY
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Monologues , Shakespeare . Various Acting schools of study
Alexander technique
Preparation for high school and college auditions
Professional studies and technique

About Elena
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
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James October 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
It was a great experience
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Talitha May 2, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
I have been literally to 4 youtube teachers and though I have nothing bad to say about any of them, i know that I need a long term teacher that I can see myself growing with as a singer. Our personalities just meshed. She knows how to make one feel comfortable. She is very encouraging to students with zero self confidence like me. I think I have found the teacher I’ve been looking for in Elena! i’m excited to see what she can do to transform my voice. Her resume as well as her reviews( students spoke highly of her character) are what stood out for me out of thousands of teachers online! It is also important that I love to listen to my teacher’s voice and i love her voice😊
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Deborah V. April 5, 2018
· Singing · Online
Elena was great! She helped me start new ways to sing. I have sung for years, but these news ideas had immediate results!😊
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Elena D.

Bayside, NY 11360
(23)
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$50 / 30-min

About Jennifer V.

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Bronx, NY

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I have been studying theatre acting for years. I have been a Musical Theatre performer for years and I am still studying singing, acting and dancing. I am still young and know what it feels to want to better yourself everyday, so I can relate to most learning students. I put a lot of importance to voice training, technique and acting warm-ups.

About Jennifer
Lehman College, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Graduate! I am a Musical Theatre Performer. I perform all the time and believe that warm-ups are a big importance when it comes to performing. Technique is something I have been studying for a while, and I am consistently learning what new techniques work for myself too.
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Jessica H. July 5, 2019
· Singing · In studio
so much growth!
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oanh (pronounced Wan) June 21, 2019
· Singing · Online
Great tips from Jennifer! First lesson went by so fast! Thanks Jennifer!
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Francina June 16, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
The best vocal coach and person =) she is totally awesome!!!!
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Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY 10468
(13)
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$20 / 30-min

About Shelley M.

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New York, NY

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Each Lesson will consist of a check-in on your goals in relation to acting. Feel free to bring in scenes, or monologues you are wanting to work, or we can look for other material as well. Work highly focuses on character circumstances, and developing a journey.

About Shelley
I'm a professional singer/teacher residing in New York City with degrees from Indiana State University, and New York University with a specialization in Classical Art Song, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy.

Every lesson is about YOU. So each week we will take a look at your goals for the lesson, whether you are preparing for college auditions, school talents shows, a desire to work with music theory, or piano skills, this is your opportunity to explore. Everything is possible.

As a professional singer myself, I am constantly auditioning on broadway, off-broadway, and for smaller local and regional theater opportunities. I believe that as a teacher I have to continue to be in the field and learning as the industry continues to change. I have to be aware of the opportunities in this business. I have been hired by pr
ofessional opera and musical theatre companies, in additional to large choral works as a soloist, and have a private studio in Washington Heights.

Prior to NYC I taught middle school choir for 200+ students, of which I received teacher of the year in 2012. I also still hold a valid teaching license in the state of Indiana and currently applying toward my NYS teaching certification.

Within my voice studio I teach in person and online lessons. While online lessons can be beneficial for students wishing to study with me that are not in the immediate vicinity, I recommend in person lessons

I look forward to hearing your beautiful voice and helping you to embrace music!
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Riana April 17, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ms. Shelley is very dedicated to every one of her students. It is a pleasure working with her!
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Samantha March 4, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Shelley is by far the best voice teacher I have ever had. Within the short duration of time that I have worked with her, I have noticed that my voice has significantly changed (it feels and sounds better) after using her techniques. She knows what she’s talking about and offers substantial and specific criticism. She individualizes every student, in that she chooses repertoire that benefits a particular voice instead of assuming that every student has the same voice and strengths/weaknesses. This is a very important skill for a voice teacher to have. Shelley is also very good at time management within a lesson. Most importantly, she makes the experience fun! I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone who is looking for a voice teacher! Thank you Shelley!
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Hannah February 10, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Shelley is amazing! All my old teachers always told me to breathe to release the tension in my voice, but Shelley taught me vocal warmups to ease the strain. I now can sing better and connect to lyrics.
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Shelley M.

New York, NY 10032
(18)
starting at
$50 / 45-min

About Franklyn W.

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New York, NY

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For 43 years, since 1975, I have pioneered the use of Gestalt Techniques of awareness training, dream work and work on personal relationships as a tool to supplement traditional methods of teaching performers: actors, singers, dancers. this approach interlocks especially well with the Michael Chekhov and Brechtian styles of performing.

As a performer you cannot express well actions which you cannot deal with in your own life, so filling these holes in your own functioning is half the job of releasing your artistic creativity. In this way you do not need to resort to cliches and gimmicks to fool your audience. all of you is there for real, authentic. Your search for truth is also your goal as an artist.

About Franklyn
I am a med school dropout who decided one day not to keep fighting his creativity demon. Next came 6 years of Musical Theater training at Julliard (2 years), Columbia (2years, ma degree), Indiana school of music (2 years), and one year of social work training at Pittsburgh, 1970-1980 I spent 10 years immersing myself in the avaunt guarde musical theater scene in NYC.

I studied physical theater with Richard Schechner and Brechtian theater with mabou mines, the uta hagen system with Jack Axelrod, and classical acting technique with Wal Cherry, also a workshop with the Grotowski company. Meanwhile, along the way I more and more integrated the gestalt therapy techniques I learned at Pittsburgh into my teaching/directing style. 1981-2016 I spent 35 years mostly in Israel running my own studio and teaching for a while acting at tel aviv u.
theater dept. also in Israel I sopped up a lot of Kabbalah wisdom, especially of the Bratislava and chabbad sorts, though i am mostly avant garde and not at all "religious" in the usual sense.

Since 2016 I am teaching here in NYC and directing three musical theater shows which I wrote/composed. from my BA in chemistry at Cornell U till my social work training at Pittsburgh i studied 14 years total at 9 universities. Along with all the philosophy and kabbalah. Also, I am a pro dixiland and klezmer trombone player, with many years experience in that field. I teach acting, singing, and movement, all grounded in gestalt work as reality 101. "If you don't deal the reality of the situation, the reality of the situation will deal with you." It's your choice, but this stuff is not for everybody. You gotta have the intelligence for the ideas, the quest for the truth search, and the talent to weld it all into your own work as an artist of the theater.

You can be the horse and let me be the jockey/teacher/coach, or together we can create your own personal brand of musical theater using your particular set of skills: acting, singing, movement, writing, etc. from mabou mines theater I learned about creating a "personal myth" project". The gestalt work gives you polarities, opposites sides of your personality. These polarities director Michael Chekhov labels your "psychological gestures". Next, you use these polarities as subtext for a one person show, and overlay whatever metaphor or "character" or image suits your fancy. For example, you as donald trump, or you as a humming bird. the meld of two levels then shines as illuminated "live form".
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Lorraine February 16, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I worked with Franklyn from 1975-76. His Gestalt Theater workshop helped me to learn about myself, gain self-confidence, work with others, and discover and sharpen my skills.
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David February 14, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Working with Franklyn is being with a true master of a field. Not only was the process well organized, done pragmatically, and attention paid to the details, but also Franklyn taught his trade as he took you along his particular Gestalt influenced method. He is well versed and highly skilled in helping actors and people reach their potential. I recommend him for his vast knowledge, dedication, and hard work in making a final product, the product is a better you! Thank you Franklyn!
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Eugene February 14, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I am an introvert by nature . It is hard for me some times to express my feelings openly . Franklyn helped me to open up , to trust my self more ! He showed me the way to express my self , he showed me some actin techniques , we did some weird staff like expressive body movement and other ,weird for the guy who never took acting before , but i had a great joy , and learned some wisdom from this knowledgeable and passionate Teacher ! Thank you Franklyn !
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Franklyn W.

New York, NY 10019
(8)
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$67 / 180-min

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Professional actors often can’t help but feel a little powerless when it comes to the process of auditioning and booking jobs. Sure, from the outside people think that actors have some say in creative aspects, but your input and personal preferences are really quite insignificant in the process (well, not until you're on a Brangelina level at least). So while you're on your way to superstardom, it's smart to leverage the opportunities at hand. The first area you have control of as an actor is

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