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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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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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Julia December 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I honestly don't know where to begin. Sharon West has helped me in so many ways! Not just vocally but in all aspects of performing and in life. I was a 13 year old little girl when I met Sharon for the first time. I immediately knew she was the person that was going to help me achieve my goals. I don't know how I got so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing, caring and loving vocal coach but I was totally blessed! Thank you, Sharon for all that you have done for me. Love you lots Sharon
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Sharon W.

Sharon W.

Norwalk, CT 06850
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About Vanessa G.

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New York, NY
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Beginner- Introducing the novice actor to character development, memorization technique, and finding the joy in play.

Intermediate- Refining character development using physicality and vocal quality, introduce script analysis, finding freedom in creative choices.

Advanced- Pushing self-imposed limits to find courage in trying new creative choices, in-depth character analysis, finding subtlety and nuance in every beat.

About Vanessa
Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.

My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you home with your homework for the week, and I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.

If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.

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Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition with me, each lesso
n starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)

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Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.

Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
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Alassea December 2, 2018
· Singing · Online
Awesome advice
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Alassea October 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Kristen R. August 1, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
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Vanessa G.

Vanessa G.

New York, NY 10018
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$40 / 30-min

About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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Method, Technical, Stanislavsky, Korsinovsky.

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About Sarah M.

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I got my musical theater degree from Lees-McRae College and have taken any and every opportunity to learn more in my field. I have gone to many master classes as well as conferences and seen shows across the world.
I would love to help others create art through the wonderful experience of acting. I'm currently a contracted actor at Arkansas arts Center Children's Theatre and I love every minute of it!
I do basic classes as well as audition package breakdowns.

About Sarah
Hello and Welcome!
My name is Sarah and I am honored you have chosen to look at my profile. Finding the right teacher is so important! I always try to make sure that I accommodate what is best for each individual student when I approach teaching. Before we get into my teach methods, let me tell you a bit about myself and my background.
I graduated from Lees-McRae College in May 2017 with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in art and design. I know at a glance it may be overwhelming how many classes I teach. You see, as Musical Theatre Major I had to learn a VAST amount of topics. I studied many forms of dance, took advance makeup courses, vocal training, acting, along with all of the sub categories that go with it; not to mention with my minor in art and design I know my way around with a paint brush/camera/computer. Art, in all form
s are has always been my way of expressing, feeling, and embracing life.
When I had my internship at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre and I had to learn ALL aspects of theatre and I had the pleasure to work with kids every day.

I was training American Sign Language at Northern Virginia Community College back in 2012. In 2015 I studied under an ASL master from Gallaudet University. I have continued to further my knowledge of ASL every day. I was recently the ASL captain at work who helped make sure all signs were done correctly and expressed properly.

My goal is to help you learn what you are craving to know! I try to not charge too high for lessons, I know that this is something that is for fun and is not always a possibility so I try to keep it at a lowish price so that everyone has a chance to learn. I am very flexible to schedules. I am willing to have a regular time or switching it up weekly; I have students who travel for a living so they are always on a different time zone; no matter the obstacle I will make it work for you!
Something that is great to know about me is that I never stop training, pursuing growth and knowledge. I read books in these various fields to learn more and more, take master classes, and train with my own vocal coaches. I think art - on any platform, is a great way to get out of your head, free your mind, and open up yourself. So this can be for professional training, a hobby you always wanted to pursue, or a dream you wanted to chase after.

In my class with you, or you child, I will make an individualized lesson plan that focus around what skills you already have, what skills you aim to improve/gain, and how you learn. I am very familiar with the fact that we are ALL different, which means we will all learn DIFFERENTLY. I am willing to explain something in as many ways as one needs in order to understand. I like to think of my lessons as a “safe place” to explore, have fun, grow, and be okay with making mistakes. We will always start with the basics, understand the core of the craft - for example in singing that would be our vocal anatomy and how it all connects together. I use props to help make the concept more visual and graspable as well as diagrams. This is not something someone will pick up in one lesson, so don’t come in saying “I can’t”, you can, you just have to learn HOW. I will show you the how. Remember, this is a learning process, we must embrace each step of our growth.
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Some background of how I came to do what I do:
I have been working professionally for theatres for five years now; which has had me living in various towns in NC, OH, AR, and traveling nationwide for tours. I have a lot of experience under my belt for my years. I began taking performance classes as young as age 2 when I started ballet, then I began singing in choir in third grade. I started being in awe of sign language when I saw an interpreter working her magic around age ten and I asked my mom for a sign language book. Expanding my knowledge is what I do for fun, so when you pick me you pick someone who is constantly growing and learning more which will ultimately benefit the student.

I teach a variety of classes that, for the most part, circle around the arts! Some of my classes include, but are not limited to: Acting, Child Acting, Improv Audition Prep, Various styles of “Singing” classes, Ear Training, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Various “Art” classes, Facial Exercises (Which is great for singers, and those who speak a lot day to day to help relieve tension in the face), and more!
For an explanation on each class, I will be recording a video that describes them and posting that on here soon! There is a video trailer of me singing and dancing that is currently available. If you want to know anything more at all please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will respond as quickly as I possibly can!
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Skip Brown December 21, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Sarah M.

Union City, NJ 07087
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About Felicia M.

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Fresh Meadows, NY

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I am a graduate of the Atlantic School of Acting in New York, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy. I am trained in their technique called Practical Aesthetics. I have a great deal of knowledge on how to select the best monologues and prepare for auditions. I am an excellent director and can help you find the intention, obstacle, and action of every line. If you don't know what any of that means, I can help you learn all about that, too! I can assist you with script analysis and how to listen and react to your partner. I can assist you with overcoming stage fright and audition anxiety. I can provide you with voice and speech skills to help you open up and enunciate more clearly. I also have a degree in psychology, a subject that informs acting and helps me be an understanding, supportive coach. Whatever your needs are, whether you are just beginning or are more advanced, we can make great breakthroughs together.

About Felicia
Hi there! I am a New York City actor and acting coach based in Queens. I love helping students develop their own unique acting technique. My approach to acting is that there is no one right approach. It's all about what works for you and I am here to help you discover your own method. Having studied at the Atlantic Acting School in New York, I am well versed in a technique called Practical Aesthetics. I studied under some really brilliant minds at that school, and I can share their knowledge and skills with you. I also have experience teaching techniques from many of the greats: Meisner, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and of course, Stanislavksi. Prior to attending the Atlantic, I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Whether you are a beginner who wants to start learning about acting or you need to prepare for auditions or
you need help analyzing a script or you just want to hone your craft with me, I'm happy to help. I provide emotional support, too, because all actors can use that. This is not an easy business.

I have many years of experience working with young children, so if you are a parent of a child who is interested in starting out in acting, you can rest assured that I will teach him or her with great care. Kids make the greatest performers!

For me, teaching is the best way that I keep my own acting skills sharp, and nothing gives me greater joy than seeing my students make breakthroughs. Above all, the work we do is a lot of fun, and I look forward to working with you!
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Charlotte June 29, 2016
· Psychology · In home
Timely, encouraging, and thorough. She was able to help me understand both simple and abstract concepts, theories, and methods. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful. When contacted, if she didn't respond immediately, she responded very quickly and was able to be very flexible with scheduling. Thanks to her help, I did wonderfully on tests, quizzes, and classwork assignments. A+ tutor.
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Felicia M.

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
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About Jennifer V.

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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, as I am still understanding what techniques work for myself.
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Carla January 4, 2019
· Theater Acting · In studio
Teacher took her time with teaching me technique. She took her time with scenes. Good listener. Gave me what I needed for a beginner in discovering character.
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Jeffrey November 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teacher came to my home, she was on-time. I love that she puts emphasis on warm-ups and techniques. She is very nice and understanding. Always reminding me to have fun while focusing.
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Dayhana November 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very focused and nice. Has a good voice. Great teacher! I’m very nervous about singing, but as a beginner she made me feel so comfortable. I’m going to book more classes soon. She puts importance on technique.
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Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY 10468
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About Shelley M.

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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. Feel free to check out my website for any further information!
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Kai December 31, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Throughout my time training with Shelley, I’ve constantly been able to see the progression of my voice after each lesson. I could constantly see the improvements in my tone quality and without her instruction, I would be nowhere near the level I am currently.
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Antoine! December 30, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
When it come to vocal training, sight singing, music theory, vocal coaching... Shelley is the BOMB.com! I would certainly recommend her to anyone who is seeking private lessons. It is such a joy to teach alongside her and watch her work!
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Maddie November 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Shelley is a wonderful voice teacher. She made me feel very comfortable from our first lesson, which I really appreciated as a beginner. The lessons are always fun as well as challenging. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve their singing voice.
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Shelley M.

New York, NY 10032
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About Cory H.

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Experienced actor and teacher 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 audition skills. I specialize in audition preparation, cold reading, and speech (intonation, inflection, word stress, etc).

About Cory
I am a professional singer, beatboxer, audio engineer, and music director who specializes in contemporary a cappella music! I graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music. I also am an acting coach; I can help build confidence in your performances as well as help you feel more comfortable speaking in front of people.

I perform often with a variety of musicians at all levels - I've performed with school choirs, community choirs, The Maccabeats, Josh Groban, and more. I have also performed at many well-known venues such as the Nikon at Jones Beach, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The White House, and more. I travel both nationally and internationally to perform and often find myself singing with the communities I travel to. I have also judged singing competitions and given masterc
lasses to a variety of singing groups.

As a teacher I want you to succeed! I am always happy to discuss your goals and aspirations and we can work together to find a plan of action that best suits your needs, whether that be sight reading, vocal technique, or anything else!
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Leah January 2, 2019
· Music Performance · In home
Cory is helpful and encouraging, and incredibly knowledgeable in his line of work.
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Saera M. September 14, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Very knowledgeable and professional, would highly recommend
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Julia August 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Cory is terrific! Knowledgable, enthusiastic, and very patient in working with my super limited knowledge. He was always willing to rephrase or help me visualize something when I wasn’t getting it. A few lessons with him have given me the confidence and preparation I need to finally go through with an audition!
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Plainview, NY 11803
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I am a certified instructor and teacher, having now taught at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for 2 years (Method Acting, performance ans monologue deconstruction), as well as a former graduate of Manhattan School of Music in Classical Vocal performance and Piano.

My work with students is thorough, concentrating on building their stamina with text work, underlying meanings to the text, as well as in-depth character work and study. Instrumentation/Voice will be approached with careful attention to interpretation, meanings of any text and overall phrasing.

About Claire
I have been a professional instructor at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute with a concentration in Method Acting. I additionally hold a Bachelors Degree in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, and have 24 years experience as a pianist and cellist.

With regards to Acting, I approach my coachings with students on a structured set of intervals, beginning with getting to know and use your instrument (yourself) before we begin heavy in-depth analysis of text, character inner (and outer) life, as well as beatwork and scene study. Coachings, I view, are fundamentally going to help you grow at a pace that will most be beneficial to you and allow you great ease and flexibility on stage or film.

I approach voice in a similar manner, as the instrument will need to be nurtured, stretched and guided as we move through set scale
s, phrasings and volume. The voice also develops at a vastly diffetent rate than any other physical instrument, and so, we want to approach said teachings with utmost care, patience and ideology that the more time passes, the more can develop.

With Cello and Piano, workbooks with note and sheet music exercises will be provided. This aims to help with fingering memorization, phrasings, dynamics, and overall structure of a piece. Workbooks can also lend themselves to a deeper knowledge of scales, key signatures and basic music theory that should always be applied to all music.

Like with all my,coachings, I recommend the use of an audio recorder and/or notebook to write down a detailed summary of what was worked on and achieved during our session! :)
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Claire A.

New York, NY 10001
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I'm a professional actress, writer, and improviser in NYC. I'm a member of both the Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild and have been working professionally for the past 15 years.

My resume includes a recurring role on Orange is the New Black as Carmen Campos, The Marvelous Mrs .Maisel, HAPPY! and my most recent Off-Broadway play "Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon" in the title role of Bernie. I have a B.A. from Saint Anselm College in NH, and have graduated from both Circle the Square Theatre School and the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC.

I am eager to help students go from audition to booking!

About Stephanie
I'm a professional actress, writer, and improviser in NYC. I'm a member of both the Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild and have been working professionally for the past 15 years. My resume includes a recurring role on Orange is the New Black as Carmen Campos, The Marvelous Mrs .Maisel, HAPPY! and my most recent Off-Broadway play "Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon" in the title role of Bernie. I have a B.A. from Saint Anselm College in NH, and have graduated from both Circle the Square Theatre School and the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC. I've taught all ages from 5-50. I even taught kids and adults on the autism spectrum.
Let's go from audition to booking!
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Wilfredo January 21, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I'm pretty new to this. I decided to take some lessons with Stephanie based off of a recommendation from another actor. She definitely knows her stuff. Not regretting my decision. I'd definitely recommend taking lessons from her.
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Zack January 18, 2019
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Stephanie knows more about acting and the industry than most. If you are just starting out she will be an incredible resource for you, providing guidance and pro insight on where to get started and what to do next. Book your lesson today!
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stephanie barton-farcas January 18, 2019
· Acting · In home
Stephanie has some great credits and knows what it takes to work in NYC and get booked on TV. I would recommend her to any and all young actors who need to learn the ropes!
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Stephanie G.

New York, NY 10034
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Performing a monologue is much different from acting as part of an ensemble! Make sure you're ahead of the pack with these tips from New York City actor and teaching artist Jasmine B...   We all want to be that actor that everyone wants to work with. I’ve been in quite a few ensembles (one I’ve had the pleasure of being in for four years!) and have found some keys to working well with others and producing quality work. Here are a few simple ways to improve your ensemble acting and

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