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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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Laura September 19, 2018
· Singing · Online
I always enjoy my lesson time with Heather - upbeat and fun!
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Laura August 28, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great first lesson - thank you, Heather!
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Ellen August 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Heather exuded an eagerness to help, and a professional demeanor. She instilled confidence in such a way that going to my audition, I felt prepared! Her suggestions made really helped (breathing, visualization, etc.)
I really appreciate her expertise!
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About Amy C.

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About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability
and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

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Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

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home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

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I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Cheryl Brubaker July 22, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
Amy was excellent at drawing the requested responses out of my 5 year old and directing her to make adjustments. It was our first lesson and a very positive experience. Can't wait to see how the progress together as teacher and student.
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Bob S. May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
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Jennie A. April 28, 2018
· Acting · Online
Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!
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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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Dianna R. August 29, 2018
· Acting · Online
David was very personable and really helped get my child to open up and she enjoyed her first lesson more than words can describe. I had reservations about the online platform for teaching, but I was very wrong! I highly recommend David as an acting teacher and I am looking forward to watching my daughter grow!
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Simran J. April 22, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
David is amazing! I came to him as a beginner in January, and within a few months he introduced me to methods of acting, taught me the business side, developed monologue & scene work, AND he helped me find, pick, and breakdown two monologues for my school auditions. (I got into all three schools and was given an audition based scholarship for one - so yeah, he’s pretty good)

He’s fun, flexible, and genuinely cares about his students’ success. Super happy with my decision :)
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Jaylin N. April 4, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
David is amazing! He makes his classes so fun. My daughter looks forward to his classes every week and has already grown so much in her acting. I highly recommend David to anyone wanting to learn how to do film acting.
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About Amber W.

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Schenectady, NY
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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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About Bernadette S.

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Hello, my name is Bernadette Sayre and I am recently graduated from a very rigorous 3 year Master of Fine Arts in Acting program. I specialize in Film Acting, however, if you check out my profile, listed under my "About Me" you will see I have listed children's filmmaking camps I have worked for, along with internship at production companies.

I have extensive knowledge in resume formatting, head shot formatting, demo reel formatting, how to properly audition for both film and theatre, how to properly self-tape from home, tricks for memorization, monologue preparation, character analyzation, etc.

I personally enjoy deriving my technique with a mixture of improvisation and Uta Hagen's theories on acting. I was also trained in Meisner and if a student requests it we can certainly work on some of his exercises as well.

Everything I have learned has been through my masters program, reading and researching for years, self-educating, attending numerous industry events, ...

About Bernadette
Hello! My name is Bernadette! I recently graduated from Regent University with my Master of Fine Arts in Acting with a Concentration in Directing. I received my B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University which I have found has been a very complimentary degree with acting.

In 2012, I taught an acting/filmmaking class at Prude Ranch Summer Camp in Fort Davis, Texas. In 2013, I taught at a very prestigious filmmaking camp at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. I taught the children everything from producing, script writing, acting, camera operating, sound mixing, editing with Final Cut Pro X software, and I was their assistant teacher for their Animation camp as well.

I have interned for three production companies; Mirandum Pictures in Front Royal, Virginia, Michael Copon Studios in Norfolk, Virginia and at Parroco Producti
on Group, Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia. If you are not familiar with Michael Copon Studios, the CEO Michael Copon is best known for his portrayal of the blue power ranger in the early 2000's.

I have extensive amount of training in film acting. Film acting is my sweet spot, however, aside from it I am trained in improv, stand up, theatre, teleprompter work, hosting, commercials, print modeling, sketch comedy, stage combat, etc.

My teaching style is simple, I will treat each student as an individual. No one person is the same, so therefore, I will hone in on what your goals and expectations are. I will help you achieve those goals and we will find an acting method that best suits you. There are so many different ways to approach auditioning, for example. The most important thing, I feel, is to find what works best for you, expound on that and always work towards bringing your authentic self to the table. That is what will ultimately enrichen your acting career the most and your personal life as well. Acting is one of those tools that you can incorporate into just about anything. I love it and I love what I do so, thank you for checking out my page and I hope to hear from you!

-Bernadette
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Emma September 5, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
Bernadette made my daughter's first class comfortable, fun and informative. She explained the exercises clearly before jumping in and seemed to enjoy her time with my daughter as much as my daughter enjoyed her. She was the perfect choice as instructor for a young first-time student.
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Patrick July 31, 2018
· Improv Acting · Online
Very kind. Does a good job of explaining things. Very patient. Good at teaching concepts and ideas.
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Cori January 13, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Amazing instructor! So encouraging and helpful. I feel comfortable expressing my concerns and she has helped me to see my potential.
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About Staci M.

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A plethora of experience in a wide variety of theatrical and acting styles, both as a performer and as a director. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of each student. Services range from creating an audition package, assistance with public speaking, vocal techniques for the actor, singing for the actor, acting for musical theatre, and script analysis. I received my BA in Acting from the University of Colorado in 2018, graduating with honors, and completed an internship with the prestigious Public Theater in NYC this past spring. Now, let's get you that dream role!

About Staci
Staci is an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate actor and has been performing and directing for the past 10 years. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado in 2018, graduating with highest distinction. She also studied Musical Theater on scholarship at Western Wyoming Community College for two years. Staci specializes in teaching for the stage in all forms: clown, improv, auditioning skills/techniques, voice for the actor, singing for the actor, and acting for musical theatre. She approaches acting in an organic way, finding humanity on stage.

During her time at the University of Colorado and Western Wyoming, Staci had the opportunity to work with world-renowned companies and artists such as 600 Highwaymen (NYC), Manual Cinema (Chicago), Jay O Sanders, Maryann Plunkett (Tony Award Winner), Faith Prince (Tony Awa
rd Winner), Allison Janney (Academy Award Winner), Jay Duckworth (Props – The Public Theatre), Jeffrey Horowitz (Founder – Theatre for a New Audience), Patrick Russell (American Conservatory Theatre), Carol Mendes (Carol Mendes Dance Company, Brazil), among many others.

In the past decade, Staci has studied a variety of theatre concepts, ranging from styles such as classical acting and musical theatre to devised theatre and clown. She has worked on numerous prestigious productions, including the PPAC Award-winning Cabaret directed by Dr. Kevin Landis, and directing the Samuel Beckett work Waiting for Godot.

Staci completed a Production Management internship with the Public Theatre in New York City in 2018 for the Under the Radar Festival. During this time, she worked closely with many productions, including After (Andrew Schneider), Margarete (Janek Turkowski), Re-Member Me (Dickie Beau), The Gates (Adam Gopnik), How to be a Rock Critic (Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen), Antiginon (Teatro El Publico – Cuba), We’re Only Alive for a Short Time (David Cale), Parable of the Sower (Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon), and Choir Choir Choir (Choir Choir Choir with David Byrne).

Staci was honored to receive a nomination in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF Region 7) Irene Ryan competition for her role of Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. She also competed twice in the Irene Ryan competition as a partner. Additionally, she has previously consulted on the musical theatre text "How to Succeed in Musical Theatre Without Really Trying" by Professor Chris Will.
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Rontrice T. August 29, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Today was my first class and it went great.
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I've been acting since grade 5. I am a Toledo School for the Arts graduate with an acting certificate. I took acting classes 2 hours a day Monday- Friday for 3 years. and 1 hour acting lessons twice a week for 2 years. I have studied and preformed the art for many years. I understand the frustration when trying to learn so, we will start with foundation of acting and work our way up to building a portfolio.

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Toledo School for the Arts Graduate. Students will learn the foundation of acting and build their way up to a portfolio. they will be able to use these tips tricks and new monologues for future auditions. I will also be able to recommend a photographer for any head shots needed.
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Do you want to learn how to hone-in on your inner actor? I can teach you how to do that and more, specializing in the beginner/intermediate acting student you'll be blowing people away with your performances. All ages welcome. I am a Southern Illinois University graduate; I graduated with a degree in Performance Studies with a minor in Theater. I am an experienced actress of 8 years. I also perform Improv, poetry, spoken word, and other forms of performance. My students can expect personalized lessons catering to their needs/goals. I will focus on what interests you and if you don't know what that might be I can introduce you to different forms of performance. My main goal is to inspire, leaving my students with tools that they can not only build on but, teach others.

About Imani
Hey y'all, My name is Imani. I have had a love for performing since I can remember. Highschool plays, Church productions, summer camps, are where I started out on my journey in performance. Since those days I have excelled in my craft, I have been acting for 8 years now. I honestly love all forms of performance not just acting, I write and perform poetry, spoken word, and compiled scripts. I also love to do improv and write scripts. I am a Southern Illinois University graduate: my major is Performance Studies with a minor in Theater.
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About Danny G.

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Baltimore, MD

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Beginner, intermediate, and advanced on-camera and onstage acting lessons from an award-winning, working actor with over 10 years professional stage and screen experience in classics to world premiere plays at Ford's Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, SIgnature Theatre, Round House, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre (Company Member), with awards including Best Actor at the Reel Indpendent Extravaganza in DC for the feature film LAST NIGHT, now streaming on Amazon, Best Supporting actor at NOVA Fest in Virginia for the short film RUMINATION, and the Helen Hayes Best Ensemble for WHO's AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Ford's Theatre.

My approach is to immediately dive in with an unmemorized text--a monologue, short scene, poem, clipping, citation, phone book--and learn script analysis, memorization, character intention, action, persona, need, with an emphasis on developing a method unique to you, the actor.

Each lesson will be tailored towards your instinctual ...

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I am an award-winning, working actor with over 10 years professional stage and screen experience in classics to world premiere plays at Ford's Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, SIgnature Theatre, Round House, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre (Company Member), with awards including Best Actor at the Reel Indpendent Extravaganza in DC for the feature film LAST NIGHT, now streaming on Amazon, Best Supporting actor at NOVA Fest in Virginia for the short film RUMINATION, and the Helen Hayes Best Ensemble for WHO's AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Ford's Theatre.

My approach is to immediately dive in with an unmemorized text--a monologue, short scene, poem, clipping, citation, phone book--and learn script analysis, memorization, character intention, action, persona, need, with an emphasis on developing a method unique
to you, the actor.

Each lesson will be tailored towards your instinctual responses to direction. I believe acting is a very vulnerable art if done right, and creative expression can most often be found in a safe environment for risk through play. Ultimately my classes are to shape you, as the actor, with an insight into why that is important both artistically and psychologically.

Further lessons will also include practical approaches to the business aspects of an actor's career, actor health both physically and mentally, and college audition prep.
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Danny G.

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