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Ellysa R.

33 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Ellysa R.

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As an actress of 19 years, I love teaching my students the art of telling a story. I started my training in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts program, following on to Interlochen Arts Academy and eventually private training in Los Angeles. I have credits in regional theater, television (Netflix's Dear White People, The CW's Worst Birthday Ever, TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything), countless national commercials, and more. Together, we will explore several different methods including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Boleslavsky, imagining, and more, to create your own unique method. I can't wait to start this journey with you. In your first few lessons, we'll assess your goals, learn how to break down a script, and choose an acting method to start with. As we go on, we will build a repetoire of monologues and scenes for you to use, develop career trajectory targets, and develop your own personal approach to the art of storytelling. I can't wait to start this journey with you!

About Ellysa

Hello! My name is Ellysa and I am so excited to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students realize their potential, gain confidence, and find their own voice. I have been trained in the LAMDA system, as well as attending Interlochen Arts Academy conser

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Storm S.
I have only had one lesson with her but she is amazing. She has already gotten me exploring and learning new things that I haven’t even learned while trying to obtain my degree. Ellysa has a lot of insight about the industry that I appreciate and I am very excited to continue working on my artistry with her.
Rachel T.
knowledgable and encouraging!
Ash Harper
Fun times- I've only had my first lesson so it's hard to review Ellysa accurately but I'm looking forward to learning from her.
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Zach B.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Teaching since 2008
  • Awarded Winner, Grand Jury Prize — Director/Writer from SENE Film Festival
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Zach B.

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As an actor for 14 years who became an award-winning director and screenwriter, I have a particularly well-rounded perspective on acting. My belief is that anyone can act, if given the right tools, and I have a proven track record -- actors who work with me are presently booking major roles in film and television. My philosophy is that acting is about exploring yourself -- who you really are as a human being -- and having confidence in that unique individual's perspective on the character. We will also use my expertise on the other side of the camera to explore how to work with directors, as well as the writer's viewpoint on the larger story. I look forward to setting your talents loose on the world!

About Zach

My work as an acting coach speaks for itself. Just in the past few months alone, actors I work with have booked their first jobs as a recurring guest star in a primetime television series, a lead in a Lifetime movie, and a role on an upcoming Netflix drama series. This is in addition to working acto

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Cynthia O.
Very personable and wants to help each actor find how THEY fit with their characters in order to portray them honestly! Would definitely recommend
Samantha
Zach has been amazing from day one! I have zero experience, came into classes with basically no knowledge, and Zach has taught me so much already with unfaltering patience. Feeling more and more confident with each session. 10/10 recommend!
Piper B.
Zach was great! Piper very much enjoyed her 1st lesson and looks forward to many more!! Thank you!!
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Ashley C.

6 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Masters of Fine Arts - Acting from New York University
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Ashley C.

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Hi and Welcome! In addition to holding a Masters Degree in Acting from New York University, I have been a professional working actor for over 30 years and have been fortunate to work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and film. I teach Acting to all ages and skill levels, as well as Singing Performance (focuses on the 'story" of the song, not technique). Whether you are pursuing acting as a profession or not, the benefits of theater training can be profound on many levels. We humans love to play. We love stories. I encourage fellow actors to be confident, joyful, and fearless with their creativity. I teach emotional literacy, empathy, and the value of failing well and often. I inspire actors to build their own "arsenal" of tools that will serve you throughout your creative life. For professionals, I am happy to work on audition material, monologues, and scenes. For young artists, I am thrilled to work on auditions for BFA programs, scholarships, summer intensives, and more.

About Ashley

Safety and respectful collaboration are the foundation of my teaching philosophy. I encourage a passion for play, self-discovery, and a willingness to see yourself as an artist who has the power to affect change in our world. I hold a Masters Degree in Acting from New York University and have worke

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Shannon C.
Ashley is fantastic with my 16 year-old daughter. She is organized, on task, encouraging and motivating. We could not ask for more.
Laura S.
Great lesson!!
Deitra N.
i love playing games and doing lines with ms Ashley its so much fun and i cant wait until Thursday
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Nancy R.

35 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Nancy R.

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I have extensive experience as a stage actor and teach actors of all ages. I use a natural, holistic approach and am proud to say that my students are almost always the best actors in their performances!

About Nancy

I'm a classically trained soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing leading roles in masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan Scho

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Hope L.
Nancy is kind and caring. She really takes the time to get to know you and your voice in order to craft a method that works best for you. I started out with no real experience and a bunch of bad habits, and she has been able to effortlessly work with that. I look forward to my lesson with her every week. I knew the moment I saw her profile that she stood out from the rest. Don't hesitate to give her a try!
Neena
She is honest and super helpful
Kimberly
Nancy is the best instructor i could have hoped for! I was very shy and insecure about my voice. She knew exactly how to work with me to sing confidently.
After a month of working with Nancy, i realized that with practice, i too can become a good singer. My goal is to have a mini concert for friends this summer. I’m confident that my lessons with Nancy will get me there
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Jeremy K.

26 Reviews
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Starting at $40
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  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jeremy K.

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I have been teaching and coaching actors for over 20 years. My students work professionally on stage, TV and film. Within the first few lessons, you will understand how to create a character. Soon, you will have the skills to book a role. I specialize in method acting, but draw upon my experience at The Second City (improvisation) in Chicago and other training I have had. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels; I can't wait to meet you!

About Jeremy

In addition to working professionally an as actor for over 25 years, I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where I majored in drama. Are you working on a part for a play or film and need assistance? If you are new to act

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Kelsey J.

112 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2012
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Kelsey J.

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These lessons are for students pursuing theatrical acting and a understanding on theatre. Students will learn the fundamental terminology, a variety of acting techniques, and explore different genres of the stage. We work on sense journal, variety of monologues, scene work, character development, advance acting terms and skills, and so much more!

About Kelsey

I love acting so much and I LOVE sharing with all my students everything that I know! I graduated from Missouri Southern State University and received my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Then received my Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Lindenwood University. I have always been a

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Ms. Kelsey was great and my daughter is looking forward to her future lessons.
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The average cost of 60-minute acting lessons is $79. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $159 per hour.
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"My son Merak just had his first class with David. At first we had to reschedule due to technical difficulties and David was extremely easy to work with when accommodating a new time. Today during the class David was professional and very knowledgeable. So far he is well worth the investment and I look forward to having him teach my son more."
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Took Acting lessons from David T.
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"What an amazing coach and all around person!! Kathryn has helped me build confidence in myself as well as build my technique as an actress. I am beyond grateful for her knowledge, patience and kindness. I highly recommend her expertise."
Kayla Moore
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"AJ enjoyed his lessons and learned a lot."
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Took Acting lessons from James W.
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"Excellent instructor so far! :)"
Daltha
Took Acting lessons from Glenn W.
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"I thoroughly enjoyed my class with J. I didn’t know what to expect and was a little apprehensive at first but by the time I finished the session I was at ease. He broke things down to where I could understand being a novice, and made me feel like I belonged! I highly recommend J to anyone who wants to really learn about the true art of Acting!!"
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Took Acting lessons from J W.
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"Ms. Rebecca has been a phenomenal teacher! I am so grateful for everything she has taught me. She has a well rounded teaching style that pulls inspiration from both renowned teachers of the past (Stanislavsky, Adler, Meisner, etc.) and themes found in our current events (politics, pop culture, etc.) She has trained me in anything and everything from the basics of stage acting, improv, film, script writing, and even how to method act safely. I have been awarded multiple Superior marks while competing under her teaching and am now working in my community theatres thank to her preparation. In her classes, I not only grew as an artist, but as a person as well. I honestly couldn’t recommend her more!"
Alyssa
Took Acting lessons from Rebecca L.
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"Made me feel comfortable. Very knowledgeable and funny."
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Took Acting lessons from LaMarcus T.
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"Very nice and friendly first impression"
Alexandra
Took Acting lessons from Glenn W.
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"Kathryn is the best teacher I ever had! She is an award winning artist and knows the industry inside out. She really cares about your progress and wants to help you! I highly recommend her!"
Wendy
Took Acting lessons from Kathryn K.
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"Simply AMAZING! Keith offers a comforting and open environment in which a performer can grow. I came to Keith in need of help for my college auditions, and in that short period of time was able to grow as a performer and get a taste of the professional world of theatre. Not only did he aid me in my audition pieces, he also gave me advice and insight of what it's like to go to school for the performing arts. I cannot thank Keith enough. With his help, I was accepted into New York University Tisch School of the Arts and AMDA. Great coach with life long skills, with Keith you will only grow."
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Private Acting Lessons Near You

Maybe you love narrative, or you adore drama. Perhaps, you've always savored the flavor of emotion or enjoyed captivating everyone around you. No matter your reasons for pursuing acting, you can nurture your talent in private lessons. Whether you're preparing to perform in an improv show, on the theatrical stage, for the small screen, or on the big screen, learning new techniques and honing your skills with a professional acting teacher can help you make it big.

Practicing in front of an audience and in front of a knowledgeable mentor can help you take your skills to the next level. In private lessons, your acting tutor can introduce you to new acting methods that will enhance your performance and help you discover the acting techniques that work best for you. 

Why Learn

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How to Act?

If you know you love drama, then of course you'll find several reasons to sign up for lessons. There're also plenty of reasons why learning to act is good for everyone — even people who don't aspire to be on stage or on screen. If you're a non-acting member of the film or theater industry, you can still benefit from taking lessons. Producers, writers, directors, agents, and managers all have something to gain by learning about acting. These classes give non-acting industry professionals key insights into the actor's world and responsibilities, while also improving your communications with actors.

Other types of performers, such as dancers and vocalists, can also benefit from learning to act. They'll learn to infuse their performances with drama and emotion. They'll also improve their use of the stage and connection with their audiences. 

Outside of performance, everyone can benefit from learning to act. Acting lessons can make you more self-aware and get you in touch with your emotions, desires, and motivations. Plus, you'll improve your confidence and public speaking skills. 

The Best Way to Learn How to Act and What You'll Study in Lessons

Although it's easy to find free acting classes and tutorials online, the best way to learn and improve fast is by studying with a private acting teacher. No two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, acting classes for children feature different course content and teaching methods than acting lessons for adults. Plus, your teacher will customize course content to keep you motivated and interested. You'll study the repertoire and type of acting that excites you most and overcome challenges quickly, while learning at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Acting

If you have little to no previous experience acting, then beginner lessons are for you! You'll learn strategies to improve your stage presence, line delivery, and emotional expression, while working on scenes you love. To introduce you to the basics of acting, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Practice monologues and short scenes
  • Learn to use your nerves
  • Introduction to method acting
  • Try out cold readings

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Acting

If you have some previous experience acting and would like to work on taking your skills to the next level with immediate, personalized feedback, then intermediate lessons are for you! In these classes, you'll develop and hone new skills, as you learn to inhabit increasingly complex characters and roles, while focusing on the type of performances that interest you most. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Improve line memorization and delivery
  • Study classical acting
  • Learn various acting methods and systems: Stanislavski's System, Lee Strasberg Method, Meisner Technique, etc.
  • Develop your improv techniques
  • Learn to tap into your emotions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Acting

Advanced acting classes are intended for students who're out there trying to make a living as an actor or actress. In these courses, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional acting coach to improve your chances of landing parts that are right for you. The topics covered in advanced lessons really depend on each student's individual goals, interests, and the type of acting they're pursuing, but your advanced acting tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Extend your range and challenge yourself playing unlikely parts
  • Learn your way around the business
  • Land more gigs with professional audition coaching
  • Nail your part with structured performance preparation

How to Find an Acting Teacher Near You

With hundreds of teachers to choose from, finding an acting tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct your to a variety of teachers who provide acting classes near you and online. Before settling on the tutor who's right for you, we recommend browsing through several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other acting students, like you. 

The price of lessons varies, but TakeLessons teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons taught. If you're concerned about the cost of acting lessons, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off quickly. You'll pick up new skills fast, hone your talent, and gain confidence after just a single lesson. 

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