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Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ 07086

(20)

Private Theater Acting Teacher

I have been a professional actress for most of my adult life. I have worked in film and theater and understand the many ways towards developing a fully realized character.

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.

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

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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September 19, 2019
Alan L.
A very good first lesson. We went over breathing exercises and scales. Also had time for Amy to critique my speaking style through a portion of a speech I will be giving in a month. Time well-spent.

She briefly went over the next lesson plan and gave me a little homework to do as well.

I got a lot out of this lesson and I can see how this will help me accomplish my goal of being a better public speaker and having a more controlled and stronger voice.

Looking forward to future lessons.
September 9, 2019
Kenny T.
Patient. Gifted Teacher!
June 23, 2019
Winnie C.
Amy is absolutely incredible. She showed keen interest in my concerns and challenges. She listened and knew exactly what I needed to do to get to where I want to be. She makes it easy for me to understand and she is truly a great coach. I can’t wait to see her again.

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Amy C.

New York, NY

(20)

Kyla S.

Brooklyn, NY 11220

(11)

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Private Theater Acting Teacher

I will first figure out what your goals are for the theater. Then, depending on your level, we will work on everything from breath to keeping each performance interesting and engaging. Expect to be challenged, to ask questions, and to dive deeper into the character that you are trying to explore. Also expect to learn how to work the stage and the basic skills needed to succeed on stage, which includes actor feedback as well as technical feedback such as "cheating out" and "not upstaging yourself."

About Kyla

Hi!

My name is Kyla and I am currently a working actress and substitute teacher. I am on a webseries that just won a pilot competition, I just wrapped a play and start rehearsals for another one in June, and I have done a number of other live shows, short films, and webseries. I have taught theater, I substitute teach, currently, and I have babysat and tutored. I am also an alumni of the University of Southern California (BA) - one of the top universities in the US with one of the best theater (and film) schools! I love teaching, especially the arts, and I love to help someone understand something better and to feel more confidently about a subject or skill. I am excited to meet you all and get started!

All The Best,

Kyla

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July 5, 2019
Daria M.
The teacher was able to discern my exact needs, and then focus on those, and create in-the-moment scenes to energize my abilities as well as stimulate my own ideas in the directions necessary for my development.
January 5, 2019
Ashlee G.
Although Kyla is very nice and I could see her being a good acting teacher there were a-lot of issues. Late almost every-time and often seemed frazzled or caught off guard for my lesson. She was helpful with her acting technics for the first couple of lessons once we got into it, but then I took a week off for a vacation. She bumped the prices double the cost and did not inform me as a student. When I came back and was ready to purchase my next set, that we had already discussed a date and time, I noticed the price increase and questioned her. It was difficult for me to understand why she did not inform her current students of a price increase (and a big one at that). I was very clear with her in pervious lessons where I stood financially and that this was an investment already. Although she isn't an "expensive" teacher being a college student made this transition difficult. I was able to look past some of the other issues but the miscommunication between students was a NO WAY for me. Unfortunately, although she has potential as a good teacher she did not handle my lessons professionally.
September 4, 2018
Natalie P.

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Kyla S.

Brooklyn, NY

(11)

Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY 10468

(16)

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Private Theater Acting Teacher

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. I teach singing, acting and other subjects too, check them out!

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October 6, 2019
Gabriela
I didn't believe my voice was capable of doing certain things until she taught me! Jennifer has changed my life forever.
September 30, 2019
Kimason
GREAT COACH!!
August 19, 2019
Yarlin D.
Jennifer is amazing. The best Instructer ever. She has taught me so much and I can see myself being more comfortable when I am acting.

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Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY

(16)

Rebecca L.

Baldwin, NY 11510

(15)

Private Theater Acting Teacher

Acting is such a broad term! What are your goals? Do you want to be in films? Do you want to do Shakespeare? Do you want to be in a sit com? Depending upon what your interests are and where you want to go, we will build a plan together. My philosophy on acting techniques is that they are tools to help you, not tests you pass if you're a good actor and fail if you're a bad one. Different techniques work for different people and it is our job to find out what inspires you.

I've worked as a professional actor for many years, performed on Broadway, have my MFA in Performing Arts, and my BA in Arts and Education. I was an assistant director to Tony-winner Sharon Ott and have written and produced my own work. I have experience in both stage and camera acting, which have specific technical differences, but are both a lot of fun once you get used to the medium. Audition technique, preparing monologues, and creating promotional materials are also things I can help with. Anyone who wants to ...

About Rebecca

My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.

Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.

I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.

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September 28, 2019
Sheila
A-mazing! She’s an awesome mentor! Her approach to singing is brilliant in the sense that she helps you explore yourself, your strengths and areas you could work on to improve. She helps you find and utilize your voice in a way that makes a unique artist. She digs in right to the foundation of singing (vocals) and performing. I am glad to have found her! And to add up, I never had a dull moment with her with her sense of humor and caring approach!
July 11, 2019
Sheri
Rebecca is wonderful at helping my daughter learn better public speaking skills.
July 5, 2019
Savannah R.
Rebecca immediately made my granddaughter comfortable. Rebecca is a sweet, charming woman who, I can see, works very well with both children and adults. She is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to make people feel good about themselves.

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Rebecca L.

Baldwin, NY

(15)

Chelsea V.

New York, NY 10033


Private Theater Acting Teacher

I have been working professionally in the industry from a very young age, and as a current working actor, I know what is happening in the audition rooms, and how to help guide & teach young actors so they can grow and be confident. Not only have I taught for over 5+ years, but I have performed with actors of varying ages, which has helped me to really connect and make sure I can help students find age appropriate material that they can identify with & enjoy working on while they navigate what it means to be an actor.

About Chelsea

Hi there! Looking to work on new audition material, prepare for a callback, improve your cold-reading skills, and more? I'm eager to work with you!

I'm a professional working actor/singer who has been in the business since I was a child, and after years of working both in Los Angeles & New York City, I'm looking to create a studio where I can help others hone their craft in this profession.
Whether your child is new to the acting business or you're a pro who wants someone to coach callback sides, I'm here to dedicate my time & skills in a nurturing environment that will yes, push you to grow, and ultimately get you the job of your dreams!
Proud AEA member, and alum of Wagner College.

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Chelsea V.

New York, NY

Shauna K.

New York, NY 10009

(22)

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Private Theater Acting Teacher

You'll learn how to stop your nerves and work with your nerves so they serve you and not strangle your talent. You'll learn how to connect and open up your emotional life, trust your instincts and gain confidence in performance.

Having coached actors for many years, technique and performance are two of my specialities. You'll learn Method Exercises such as emotional memory and sense memory and the basics of Stanislavski's Method enabling you to bring life to any script. You will learn how to let go of non-productive habits that impede your creative process and how to increase use your vocal and physical expressiveness. You will learn exercises and insights that will increase your ACTOR TOOLBOX so you are equipped to face rehearsals and performances.

I teach many styles of acting and have been teaching acting for over 25 years. I am the artistic director of Voice Theatre and have directed over 40 productions on 4 continents. Check out some of the videos!

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About Shauna

Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.

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I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespea

re Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.

I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.

My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance.
You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.

I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.

Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!
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September 30, 2019
River A.
It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!

Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.

She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.
May 18, 2019
Tess
Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️
May 17, 2019
Gabriella
Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)

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Shauna K.

New York, NY

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Stella K.

New York, NY 10001

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Private Theater Acting Teacher

I specialize in MFA/BA acting school auditions. Standing in front of a panel of strangers and opening yourself up in a monologue is not exactly a joy ride. I have techniques that will make it possible to relax and even enjoy your pieces in the sterile setting of the audition room.

My lessons are a combination of voice, movement (Alexander technique), and text work. Being fully free to play, means your voice and body are fully free. I give technique work that will relax and loosen you within the lesson itself, and within the audition so that on the day you are grounded, level, and ready.

I recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and I remember the stress, the excitement, and the process of auditioning well. I would love to pass on techniques that I learned at RADA that help to not only be calm, but also to enjoy each audition.

If you have any questions for me, I would be happy to chat with you over a tea/coffee before booking your first lesson

About Stella

I specialize in MFA/BA acting school auditions. Standing in front of a panel of strangers and opening yourself up in a monologue is not exactly a joy ride. I have techniques that will make it possible to relax and maybe even enjoy your pieces in this superficial setting.

My lessons are a combination of voice, movement (Alexander technique), and text work. Being fully free to play, means your voice and body are fully free. I give technique work that will relax and loosen you within the lesson itself, and within the audition so that on the day you are grounded, level, and ready.

I recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and I remember the stress, the excitement, and the process of auditioning well. I would love to pass on techniques that I learned at RADA that help to not only be calm, but also to en

joy each audition.

If you have any questions for me, I would be happy to chat with you over a tea/coffee before booking your first lesson with me.
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March 11, 2019
Shaina
Stella is wonderful! She’s full of wisdom and passion- it’s so much fun working with her. I feel supported, encouraged and pushed as an actor, and, thanks to her guidance, I always feel like I’ve discovered something new after our sessions.

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Stella K.

New York, NY

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Darius J.

Ridgewood, NY 11385

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I have been in the entertainment industry for 15 years as an actor/director/coach. I trained at Marymount Manhattan College and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in NYC. I have performed around the world and currently work with the Family Repertory Company as Associate Director. I believe that actors are to seek truth in everything that we do. Starting from tearing apart the text so that it becomes a part of us to finding the physical and vocal tendencies of character from a neautral place. I utilize tools from Alexander, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Laban, and other approaches to make sure the actor can both connect to and deliver the text in a way that is honest, free, and interesting.

About Darius

Hi there! My name is Darius A. Journigan. I have been in the entertainment industry for 15 years as an actor/director/coach. I trained at Marymount Manhattan College and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in NYC. I have performed around the world and currently work with the Family Repertory Company as Associate Director. I believe that actors are to seek truth in everything that we do. Starting from tearing apart the text so that it becomes a part of us to finding the physical and vocal tendencies of character from a neautral place. I utilize tools from Alexander, Stanislavsky, Laban, and other approaches to make sure the actor can both connect to and deliver the text in a way that is honest, free, and interesting. 

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Presley
"A great first lesson!"
Rebecca
"Kyla is an excellent teacher. She's patient, attentive, and always has a positive attitude. If you learn from her, your skills will improve without a doub
t."
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Jayme
"First acting lesson EVER and it was great! He is an amazing teacher."
Brent
"I had just met Chad briefly before we started working together. I will never forget working with him. He listens to your thoughts and needs and maintains
an open line of communication all throughout his teaching process.

As an instructor, he won't stop until anywhere short of what he believes you are capable of as an actor, so when you work with him be prepared to be pushed to your potential."
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Jennie
"Alex is so personable and welcoming! She gave me such an excitement for acting even with just the first lesson! I would definitely recommend her to any
one looking for an acting teacher. I am so excited to see how far I'll grow with the coming lessons!"
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Jennifer
"Wonderful teacher. Warm, patient, and energetic with an incredible knowledge of techniques."
Jose
"Great teacher and excellent motivator. I have been taking lessons for a few weeks now and am very pleased with Tyler's work."
Jennifer
"Jessie was a great teacher. She made my daughter feel really comfortable and connected with her very well. She helped my daughter get prepared for an audi
tion which she now has a part in. I would recommend her to others"
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Isabella
"Really great class. Good price for it too! I have been going for a few months now and I like it a lot"

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