I am a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and directer. I employ my many years of experience as a performing artist, to help my students develop what is unique and compelling with in them. I believe that everyone has something of value to express. The key is finding creative ways to unleash it.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
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
Patient. Gifted Teacher!
June 23, 2019
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.
As the creator and producer of San Diego IndieFest and Say It Records, I have a unique understanding of the industry, and love to share that with my students.
It's paramount to me that each student's lesson be customized to her / his specific goals and needs. Whether those are for personal enrichment or for professional aspirations, your lesson will be personalized according to what's important to you.
I LOVE to teach, and appreciate my wee ones just as much as my elders...those who consider themselves "tone deaf" as much as my advanced students. As far as Special Needs go - I feel we *ALL* have special needs....every child and every adult! ;)
Hello Students / Parents!
I specialize in providing a safe, fun and empowering space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't pursue their passion, the more experienced musician/actor/poet/speaker looking to do more, or the budding artist looking to develop the talent and vision within them. I'm fluent in English and Spanish and have experience singing and recording in many languages.
I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, non-judgemental experience singing, acting, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and ad
ults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their individual path toward realizing their potential.
Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:
Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian Workshops and studies with Directors, Voice and Acting Teachers Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, Anne Farnsworth, among others.
"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better." -Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher
My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing since 2001. We are endorsed by Justin Tranter, Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, among others, and have shared the stage with Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.
I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, and have recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.
For over fifteen years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community, human and environmental rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion. The two of us created and produced San Diego IndieFest for over ten years, a powerful community event promoting and supporting independent music, film, art and civic engagement.
I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools, agencies and studios of their choice. For example, we were able to book many musicians on the TV show GLEE, among others, as well as help students get their music placed in commercials, film and the like.
*** Lesson Details *** I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.
As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.
I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown. We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.
*** Studio Equipment *** Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3 Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX Propellor Reason 4.0 UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter Behringer ADA 8000 more...
*** Specialties *** Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.
Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.
I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
Ms. Danielle is a wonderful / excellent instructor. I booked 10 sessions with Ms. Danielle for vocal training and it was worth every dollar. I am singing this week at a big event, and because of Ms. Danielle vocal training, I am prepared to sing three back to back songs with the strongest voice ever!!!! Ms. Danielle doesn't know it yet, but I do plan to make her my life vocal coach.
March 7, 2019
The rating says it all. Best. Instructor. Ever. Danielle is amazing. She's so patient and kind and loving. Half the reason I take lessons from her is because she makes me feel so good about myself. She's so much more than a singing teacher. She's a creative guide. She will help you move beyond self doubt and explore your creativity. And of course, my rhythm and pitch are improving rapidly. Can't recommend her enough!
November 10, 2018
I enjoy my first lesson with Ms. Danielle. She is a great singing coach. I am looking forward to learning great singing skills from this instructor.
First and foremost, I'd like to hear your objectives for your lessons so I can structure each time to suit your goals. For advanced/intermediate students, we may be working on monologues or sides you've been sent for an audition (looking for specificity and strong, clear choices) or selecting materials for your audition package for colleges or general auditions. For beginners, we may work on gaining confidence speaking publicly, diving into characters, and working with text to tell stories.
Hi! I'm Carissa, a working actor and playwright, and would love to work with you on your craft! I grew up heavily immersed in the arts from a young age. For Middle School and High School I attended one of the top Performing Arts schools in the State of California, where I was able to take classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, acting, and playwriting daily. After that, I earned a spot in, and graduated from, the BFA Acting program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After taking a year to work professionally in theatre and television, I moved to Ireland to earn my MFA in Playwriting from The Lir Academy (an affiliate school of London's RADA). Teaching has been a big part of my life, from private study to running theatre camps for kids. I'm well versed in the drama school audition trail and would love to help you prepare fo
r this exciting time! I also offer playwriting lessons/critique, and beginner lessons in dance (ballet, jazz, tap). I look forward to hearing from you!
I'm really impressed!!! Carissa met all my expectations and even more. For a very short period of time, she has taught me how to improve my intonation by using positive phrases and believing in them. It really helps, I feel like I got her energy and positiveness. Thanks Carissa! Look forward to the next lesson!
July 18, 2019
Absolutely the best acting instructor I could get!!
If you’re looking for someone who is more than a teacher then you have found the right fit for you!
I develop my students to become leaders by cultivating personal relationships and offering the best mentorship available.
I have 19+ years of professional acting experience and I’m holding tight to my career that is on a constant uphill climb.
My desire is to help others achieve the success they are looking for by living a life that inspires change in the world.
My core focus is, “Confidence Building, Purpose Planning and Time Management”.
BIO Alicia A. is a professional Model, Actress, Modeling & Acting Instructor, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She recently returned to Houston from studying with a variety of dynamic teachers in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She has appeared in countless commercials (local & national), industrials, performed improv and sketch comedy, as well as hosting and voice-over.
Alicia has played guest roles on a
Alicia is a professional Model, Modeling Instructor, Actress, Acting Coach, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She is no stranger to the fashion, entertainment and educational industries. Alicia has 19+ years of professional experience. She offers a wide range of programs and services - from Runway and Modeling Workshops to Motivational Speaking Seminars.
Alicia A. was born and raised in Houston, TX and for as long as she can remember there was always a deep aspiration inside of her to become a professional in the fashion and entertainment industry.
After graduating from Lamar High School (Houston, TX), with an advanced diploma dealing with Business Administration, Alicia sat foot to run straight to Hollywood and become the ‘Super Star’ she always wanted to be. However, thanks to her families high level of enc
ouragement in education Alicia went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production from the University of Houston. This was completion of a promise to her father to always put education first.
Alicia is an awesome coach and motivational speaker. The lessons were very personalized and geared toward my specific Acting goals. She is personable, professional and positive all while helping to advance your craft!
May 15, 2019
She is the best!
My daughter loves her and she helps little minds to grow well
As a producer and director I always ask auditioning actors if they are taking acting lessons. If they are it means they will not be stuck on a single track and can be directed. I studied acting under Lawrence Merrick, I wanted to become a better director. I teach using the Stanislavsky method of teaching. Depending on the actors experience I go through three steps. Preparation, Building a character, creating a role. "There are no small parts' I will stay with you from Audition to role.
About Edward Lee
I have produced or directed feature films, commercials and stage productions for over 30 years. While in new your I was a director for the New York Council on the arts and directed stage around the state. At that time I also taught acting (something I love to do, watching an actor grow in their craft was always exciting). I am a student of Stanislavsky and use his teaching method in my classes. I have, in my career, hired hundreds of actors and actresses so I know how a casting directors mind works. Acting is hard work but the rewards are worth it.
Extensive experience teaching acting from beginners to advanced students. Additional experience in audition coaching.
About Jen Faith
Jen Faith Brown (MFA-RDT)-Jen received her master’s through the fellowship program at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles where she currently serves as the Director of Education. Jen received her RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) certification through the NADTA (North American Drama Therapy Association) Jen is also the founder and artistic director of Light keeper productions, a 501 C-3 organization that produces theatre, film, and creative arts therapy projects throughout the year. The organization is proud to present various drama therapy and arts programs to underserved populations including Seniors, Veterans, Holocaust Survivors and children with special needs. Jen works as a drama
therapist with various populations including teens in long term treatment facilities. In addition, Jen has facilitated performances with developmentally disabled adults as well as children with special needs. Jen continues to work as an actor/singer both in NY and Los Angeles. Jen is a proud member of Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA and the NADTA.
What's special about film & screen acting, is that it's up to the ACTOR to realize the world he/she 's in, the relationships, and what ACTION he/she is taking toward moving the story forward. Theater is collaborative, performance-wise. It's warm and fuzzy. You may never get that luxury on a TV set.
'Acting for Screen' cultivates your craft, by personal coaching with audition tools.
The challenge in SCREEN ACTING is that you must create worlds amongst extreme odds, such as using camera contraptions, special fx, cameras in your face, dolleys swirling around you, and sometimes, quite literally while standing on one foot.
Listening. Objectives. Relaxation. Specificity. THE AUDITION to book the role. These are tools every actor must wield in this exciting but changing market.
'Acting for Screen' is taught by award-winning director/actor, (Lionsgate, Project Greenlight, On The Lot, Sony Pictures, USC Theater School) with the goal of getting you paying roles, and growing your
Daniel's unique and powerful style of acting and directing has lead him to receive such attention as USA Film's Top 10 Emerging Artist's at the age of 20, two-time Project Greenlight Best Director Finalist (Ben Affleck/Matt Damon), and student Academy Award State finalist by age 22. His films have been distributed theatrically in over 75 countries.
Daniel's work streams on Verizon and Sprint cell phones (12 million subscribers) and plays in China on internet, TV, & public transportation and his Discovery Digital channel has multiple videos with over 20 million views.
Daniel's main schooling has been the craft of screen acting, and he's applied it in his own work, teaching screen acting classes for over a decade, mentored by famous USC Professor, Joseph Hacker. From Stella Adler, Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and personal techniques,
his reputation as a teacher and actor's director precedes him. He's directed films with Academy Award winning producers (The Artist) and Emmy winners (General Hospital).
Daniel's screened in festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, LA Shorts Fest, and a special senator screening in Washington DC (for selected congressmen) and taught in Europe in cities like Barcelona and Budapest.
Daniel loves connecting with actors and talking shop, like his work with Sony Pictures film "I Love Your Work", starring Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, Vince Vaughn, Christina Ricci and Elvis Costello where he conducted extensive interviews about technique and character.
His national ad campaigns include Taco Cabana (national restaurant chain) Keystone Capital and Doc's Wildlife Blend, national commercials airing on the Sportsman's Network. Daniel's nonprofit work includes promos with John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Meryl Streep, Olivia Newton-John, John Ritter, Pierce Brosnan and Selma Blair, as well as an extensive interviews with Ben Stiller for The Huckleberry Fund (nonprofit for Homeless Children).
TV credits include Poker Series "Beyond the Felt,", A&E reality TV show "Dumpster Diving," feature-length documentary on Breast Cancer, starring Christina Applegate, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow (distrib. Lionsgate).
He's been hired by A&E E!, ET, Access Hollywood, TV News, and screened at national conventions for 20th Century Fox Producer, Ralph Winter (X-Men 1&2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic 4).
Over-all, Daniel loves art, and loves inspiring beginners and the seasoned pro. Currently, Daniel resides in Ohio while teaching screen acting and editing his latest comedic-thriller, 'Chaser' indie feature to be released in 2019.
In this lesson I’ll help you make character choices for any upcoming show or audition. Have an audition coming up? Bring your monologue or song you’re using and let’s find the best way to make the directors feel what you’d like them to so that you can get that role! Just starting out? Let’s work on the basics so that you feel confident enough to go and audition for your first show!
My name is Brad, I’m a professional improviser who trained and worked with “The Second City” for 3 years. Now I do musical theater along with stand up comedy and teaching improv to kids with CYT (Christian Youth Theater). I’ve been doing improv comedy for 8 years and musical theater for 13 years! I’ve played roles such as: Alex the Lion in Madagascar Mr. warbucks in Annie Bert in Mary Poppins Roger in Rent William Barfee in Putnam spelling bee Beast in Beauty and the Beast Bobby Strong in Urinetown The Cat in The Hat in Suessical And most recently Jesus in Godspell!
If you have any questions please let me know! I’m looking forward to working with you!
Brad was really fun to work with, has a true teaching gift, and taught a huge amount of information in a small amount of time.
July 3, 2019
I’ve gone to Brad before the last 3 auditions I did and he has helped tremendously. He’s very knowledgeable when it comes to understanding a monologue. Brad cares about this art form and thinks far beyond just saying lines with an emotion and it shows. I highly recommend you ask him for help on your next audition.
July 2, 2019
Brad has been my daughter’s (age 13) improv teacher for a year. It has been such a great experience for her! Brad is patient, encouraging, and fun. His wit resonates so well with her and his example and prompting have not only helped her with improv, but also with how she responds and interacts with others in general. He communicates in a way that she understands and helps her to feel confident in expressing herself (no fear of repercussions or embarrassment) - easy-going and in a way that has helped her grow. Five plus plus stars!!
"My grand daughter was very excited and had so much fun..thank you so much Vanessa!!!"
"I used to feel really shy about acting, but she has helped me become more comfortable with it."
"Amanda is an inspiring teacher who infuses confidence into her students helping them to believe that they can do it. She approaches all performances with
creativity and originality. All the productions I have seen her direct have her distinct stamp. Not only is she a talented actress and singer in her own right but she is able to bring out the best in her students. I recommend her whole heartedly."
"Alyssa is great. She has an in-depth knowledge of multiple teaching techniques that will help you improve as an actor. She is also extremely flexible and
will tailor lessons to focus on what aspects of acting you wish to improve and what teaching methods help the most."
"Jake is amazing. I've known him for 7 years, and he's always been incredibly generous and attentive. He's an amazing actor with a real love for it, and co
mbined with his passion for helping people, I have no doubt that Jake is the perfect coach for kids looking to audition for drama schools."
"Amelia was one of my first acting teachers as a youngster and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to help guide me when I was starting out my profe
ssional career. I wanted to be exposed to everything acting-related and Amelia did just that. From Shakespeare to Christopher Durang and acting on stage to acting on camera, Amelia knows exactly how to make you spark and feel confident when handed any type of script or material. She challenges you in a way that reveals your most honest and daring work. I am so thankful for her and I think that any actor would be very lucky to have her as their teacher!"
"I am a working professional actor in NYC, have been for years. Mostly theater, but I want to do more television. Julia coached me on my audition for a o
ne-day guest star role on The Good Wife, and I booked the job! She is fantastic--very practical and knowledgable, but also very affirming and enthusiastic. She helped me have the confidence to go into the audition room and do my best without the usual self-sabotage. I highly recommend Julia as a coach!"
"I enjoyed my lessons with Robert. He helped me develop and strengthen 2 monologues that I will be performing for grad school. I highly recommend!"
Becoming an actor takes hard work, dedication, passion, and drive. For high school students thinking seriously about a career in acting, now is the time to prepare for the training you will need to help you succeed. After all, high school is a time when you have opportunities that may be harder to find or simply will not exist later on.
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