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Review by Jacob
"I do not speak lightly when I say that no one could ask for a teacher more knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated to their students than Aaron Farenback-B
rateman. I put "Acting" as the subject above, but in truth, Aaron has taught me so much more. We met at a summer camp, French Woods, two years ago. He directed me in a production of Inherit the Wind, while simultaneously teaching me and several other kids in an Improvisation Troupe. Through both, he showed discipline and above all else a commitment to learning, making sure that his cast and troupe were growing from their experiences.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with him once more, this time in a musical, 9 to 5, while again being taught by him in Improv Troupe. As I had grown as an actor in the past year, I expected to have a different dynamic with him as my director. Not only did he recognize my growth and adjusted his teaching style accordingly, he pushed me further and further, never letting me settle until I reached my full potential. The same occurred with Improv Troupe; because so many of the members this year were the same as last year, he was able to build upon his teachings, and give us more complex exercises to test our skills and help us grow as improvisers.
Of course, I consider Aaron more than just a teacher: I consider him a friend as well. He is always more than willing to set aside personal time to talk and joke around once the work has been completed. Some of my fondest memories of Aaron are chatting after rehearsal, asking him for advice, or just having a laugh. This past summer I even got to coach several monologues with him privately, and I personally believe that I approach some pieces completely differently now because of his training. Aaron stops at nothing to foster growth in his students, while still fostering friendships with them. If I were to describe him in one word, it would be this: non-stop. He has an unstoppable drive that makes him one of the best acting, improv, and comedy teachers I've ever had. I can give no higher recommendation."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Trevv
"I am as beginner as they come, and right away David made me feel comfortable. He's very good at bringing you into this world where things seem to be a rea
lity because we base them on reality. He's outstanding and we've seen progress already!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Alina
"Allison is such a talent, so motivated and driven. She will inspire you to hone your ideas and support you as you build your script. She is always writing
. Always. And that alone inspires me to keep on writing. :)"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Alexis
"David is knowledgeable and fun! He answered all of our questions and took extra time to go to know us!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Julia
"Connie was fabulous, so much fun! My daughter really loved her!"
Winchester, VA teacher:
Review by Joseph
"I must say that after reviewing my journal of the lesson, I had to give Cyndi that last start to make it 5. I really saw how passionate she is when it com
es to her instruction. I'm a happy camper."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
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We all have our favorite actors from the captivating smile of Julia Roberts to Leonardo DiCaprios boyish charm but looks aside, there's plenty that goes into sustaining a successful career as an actor amid a sea of driven competitors. If youre a budding actor, dreaming about moving to LA for your big silver screen break, spending Friday night in watching reruns of your favorite movies may not be as couch-potato-ish as it sounds. In fact, studying the performances of your favorite actor is …
How to Learn Acting by Studying Your Favorite Actors
We all have our favorite actors from the captivating smile of Julia Roberts to Leonardo DiCaprios boyish charm but looks aside, there's plenty that goes into sustaining a successful career as an actor amid a sea of driven competitors. If youre a budding actor, dreaming about moving to LA for your big silver screen break, spending Friday night in watching reruns of your favorite movies may not be as couch-potato-ish as it sounds. In fact, studying the performances of your favorite actor is
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Contemporary Dance for Beginners: What Do You Need to Know?
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