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Toya N.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • Teaching since 2004
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Toya N.

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I've taught acting to children, teens, and adults in the US and abroad since 2005 and my students are working! I have a Masters degree in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and I studied and taught at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City, so I am well versed on Method Acting. My main goal is to help you develop and strengthen your own set of tools for practicing the craft of acting using method acting techniques, and to help you better understand your unique voice as an artist. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About Toya

I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los An

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Todd B.
My background and career have never placed importance on speaking and looking objectively at myself, I wanted to improve that ability. Toya has been very patient and down to earth with me, as raw as I am, in helping me. After a few lessons I already feel confidence growing and enjoy her instruction.
Olivia
Made a huge difference in my daughter’s voice in just an hour. Tangible lessons taught. Definitely doing more lessons with Toya!
Jill
Personable and affirming!
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Nicholas M.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaches students 18 and up
  • Awarded Best of Boston Award from Boston Magazine
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University
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Nicholas M.

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Based on the teachings of Constantin Stanislavski, I teach technique. Focusing on 'Moment to Moment' work, and sense memory. Giving you tools to be more self reliant as an artist.
This is an ideal opportunity to really clarify your 'responsibilities' as an actor and to take on, with confidence, role as an artist.

About Nicholas

I have been an actor for more the 40 years having worked Off-Broadway and Regionally. I've taught acting for 25 years privately as well as at Brooklyn College, St Frances College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. "Nicholas is patie

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Evan P.
Very helpful instructor. Worked with me on moot court preperation for law school. Focusing on highlighting the operative words in phrases and lists. Would reccomend to anyone who really wants to better themselves as a public speaker and orator!
Niamh
Nicholas was an absolutely amazing instructor. He was extremely patient and understanding with my schedule. He helped me go over a few monolgues for several weeks, break them down, and really dissect them to best fit my technique. Working with him really changed my approach, as well as motivation with acting in general, highly reccomend him as a private instructor!
Inji G.
I met with Nicholas before an audition. He is a wonderful teacher. He helped me already a great deal during that short hour, on how to approach the material, break it down in a way that will help my performance reach its full potential. I was able to deliver a truthful performance. I am looking forward to more sessions. Many thanks.
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Stephanie B.

191 Reviews
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  • Speaks Romanian, ASL, Italian, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • BFA- Theater, Minor in world dialects from California Institute of the Arts
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Stephanie B.

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Have been training actors in NYC for 15 years and many have gone on to films, TV, getting agents. Have been director and casting director in both NY and LA and know what auditions entail and what they want to see in order to cast you!

About Stephanie

Although splitting my time between NY and Florida, I still promise to my acting students you WILL book work. I will teach you the nuts and bolts of it all and then help you book bigger and better jobs as we work. You will have some homework as you must work hard to join this industry! Making a reel

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Rachael T.
Had so much fun working with Stephanie! Within seconds of first talking with her, I could tell that she’s not only a great actress but also very educated in the industry.
Sunmeet G.
Going in to my first lesson I was nervous, leaving the lesson I felt confident and educated. Stephanie is really knowledgeable and kind, she had me send her some goals for what I wanted to achieve through lessons all of which she addressed right off the bat. She gave me homework and I’m really excited for my next lesson. Highly recommend.
Mary H.
I love Stephanie! Not only does she know her stuff and wants you to succeed, she is kind, considerate, and respectful of what you want and your personal morals, beliefs, etc. We also have so much fun together! I enjoy and learn SO much from every class :D
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Kathryn K.

31 Reviews
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  • Awarded Critics Circle Award from San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2001
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Kathryn K.

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If you want to study method acting ...for real...come in...I coach all levels of actors with the intention of my actors getting work. And they do. I want you to explore what it's like to experience the unbelievable amount of satisfaction you can have by allowing yourself to study acting. I teach from a method base and will work on monologues, scenes, and audition materials, collaborating with you on what it is you need to understand how we go about doing this thing called acting. I can work virtually. One thing you must know about me, I am nice. I won't crush your dreams. I will, however, make sure you attain them. I can come to you or you can meet me where I teach. I am in SF and Los Angeles. I successfully work virtually with actors, too. I look forward to meeting you.
I coach all levels of actors. I want you to explore what it's like to experience the unbelievable amount of satisfaction you can have by allowing yourself to study acting. I teach from a method base and will work ...

About Kathryn

Kathryn K I am happy to offer actors, performers, writers, engineers, tech executives and speakers private sessions to strengthen and ignite your work. I am a Method Acting Coach - We will address technique for film, stage, on camera work, audition technique, monologue, scene study, script anal

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Richard H.
She is awesome and obviously great at what she does!
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Kathryn is awesome! She gave me wonderful tools, insights, and suggestions to help me speak confidently in business presentations. I highly recommend her!
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Vandi E.

65 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Cosmetology & Cosmetology Instructor from Gadsden State Community College
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Vandi E.

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I have studied and performed extensively. I studied method acting in multiple classes during my undergraduate studies and have continued to study and perform using this method since then, completing a full 2 year Meisner training class as well as attending workshops in other methods.

About Vandi

Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: professionally with opera, orchestra, chamber music, musical theater, straight theater, film, sacred works, church music, jazz, and contemporary music. Credentials: Meisner Training-Phoenix Theater with Bill Simmons 2017-2018 Destr

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Rachel &.
Thank you Vandi for your help with the girls' instruction. Their auditions are in and we are excited to hear back from them.
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Blaine
Vandi has a great way of helping you sing much better! By using certain techniques that she suggested to me, I could tell a noticeable difference in my vocal performance! I would highly recommend her as a vocal instructor.
Scarlett
Vandi is great she is very kind, helpful and caring. My daughter and I are very satisfied.
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Sarah L.

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  • Bachelor of Science, Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Sarah L.

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Hi friends! I'm a professional actor, director, and fight choreographer who has been working since I was ten years old. I left NYC two years ago after accepting a full-ride offer to earn my Master's degree in acting. I have one year left, and while I'm here, I am also teaching undergraduate acting. I'm formally trained in Stanislavski, Stella Adler, and Meisner, with training in many other methods as well, and I am able to work with you on whatever you would like, from basics, memorization, and diction all the way up to Meisner technique.

Because I started working when I was young, I love to teach kids as well. I spent three years on an international tour performing a one-woman show in elementary and middle schools, and I have led many high school workshops, so I love spending time with students of all ages.

Most importantly, if you work online with me, you will get to hang out with Belko, my one-year-old chihuahua. She's a better actor than all of us. I look forward to meeting you!

About Sarah

Hey friends! You're looking for acting lessons! That's amazing because being a professional actor means you are self-employed, and you have to be motivated to find your own work. By looking for a teacher, that's exactly what you're doing right now, meaning you already are living the life of an acto

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Jon
Sarah is the perfect combination of knowledgeable, supportive, and patient. As someone starting from scratch, I couldn't have hoped for a more attentive instructor. Highly recommended.
Heidi C.
Very fun, had a lot of useful information and ideas. Gave me a lot of homework to continue to improve my skills
Bob
Sarah is extremely helpful. She always took the time to be helpful but honest in her evaluation of what I was doing. Then she would help me find a way to make it better. I know that my skills have improved since working with her!

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing method acting teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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The average cost of 60-minute method acting lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $109 per hour.
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Took Method Acting lessons from Amy C.
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"When I first began my search for an acting coach I was stressed out because I knew I needed help but I didn't know how to start. Luckily I found the Director, Omar. The Director began by interviewing me to see what my goals and potential were. He then developed a specific lesson plan designed around what he called "The Fundamentals" and I progressed since then. Now after a few months of the Directors support, I know confidently that I am an Actor. I learned things about human behavior and method acting that I couldn't find in any video or online source. The Director somehow made things simple to understand and I'm glad for it. I am not done with the lessons, but since he has supported me and shared his knowledge, the least I can do is share my experience. Thank you Director!"
Craig
Took Method Acting lessons from Omar J.
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"Great instructor and great listener. Jeremy will be a supporting and friendly coach while helping you to achieve your goals as an actor."
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Took Method Acting lessons from Jeremy K.
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"Kathryn is so very easy to work with. Very knowledgable about her work."
Monica
Took Method Acting lessons from Kathryn K.
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"Jennifer is amazing! I went into my first lesson really nervous, but she assured me everything would be fine, and helped me push through the nerves. She truly wants to know what interests you, and incorporates it. Would recomend 100 %!"
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Took Method Acting lessons from Jennifer V.
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"Nicolas is one of the best mentor I have ever came across. He is passionate about teaching and able to help you draw out the inner you. I was someone who had a great deal of struggle connecting with my emotions and being able to express it in a sensible way. Within few weeks he taught me how to tap into my feelings and express it outwards. Needless to say he is an impressive teacher and if you have the chance, visit him. It will be beneficial for your personal life and career."
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Took Method Acting lessons from Nicholas M.
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"Nicolas is one of the best mentor I have ever came across. He is a passionate about teaching and able to help you draw out the inner you. I was someone who had a great deal of struggle connecting with my emotions and being able to express it in a sensible way. Within few weeks he taught me how to tap into my feelings and express it outwards. Need less to say he is an impressive teacher and if you have the chance, visit him. It will be beneficial for your personal life and career."
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"Randy does an amazing job. I am beginning in acting and trying to discover myself in the acting career. Randy does an amazing job and really helped me set my expectations and eased me into the next lesson. If you want to discover the world of acting you should give Randy a shot, you will not be disappointed with the valuable information he has to offer."
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Took Method Acting lessons from Randy S.
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"James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!"
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Took Method Acting lessons from James W.
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"Kathryn was everything I was looking for. Knowledgable, funny, supportive and down to earth. I feel like I’m on the correct path to start getting more and better parts. I’m excited and looking forward to the next lesson!"
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Took Method Acting lessons from Kathryn K.
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Private Method Acting Lessons Near You

Although a group of acting teachers contributed to the development of method acting, actor and director, Lee Strasberg is often credited with creating the technique. The basic principle of method acting draws upon the actor or actress's past sensory and emotional memories to inform a performance.

Other than drawing from one's own memories, method acting focuses on true understanding and complete embodiment of a character. Many professional method actors take this idea to an extreme by embodying their characters on and off the stage, as Jim Carrey did when portraying Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon." 

Why Learn to Act with Method Acting?

Method acting teaches actors and actresses how to stop being themselves, act like a different person, and start embodying the character roles they're assigned. By learning to method act, you'll improve your skills as an actor or actress, learn how to get in touch with your characters, shed your own skin, and deliver authentic performances using your own emotional experiences and sense memories. 

By learning method acting, you'll be able to act like some of the best actors and actresses in the business. Famous names include Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Winslet, and Jane Fonda to name just a few. Method acting might just help you rise to the top.

The Best Way to Learn Method Acting and What You'll Study in Classes

Sure, you can find lots of free method acting lessons and tutorials online, but the best way to learn to act is with a private method acting teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive your teacher's undivided attention and the sort of one-on-one instruction that simply isn't available in a larger class setting or with online videos. With your instructor's immediate feedback, you'll overcome personal challenges and improve quickly, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Plus, every private lesson is different. Teachers completely customize each class, remembering the student's personal goals, interests, previous experience, and preferred learning styles. For example, method acting lessons for children are quite different in terms of content and subject matter from method acting classes for adults. You'll stay motivated and interested, while you study the types of scenes and characters that captivate you the most. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Method Acting

If you've never before tried method acting or are only slightly familiar with the method, then beginner lessons are for you. In these classes, your method acting tutor will introduce you to the basic principles of method acting. You'll begin to learn how to apply this effective technique to your own characters and scenes. Your teacher might choose to cover the following subjects:

  • Introduction to method acting, what it is, and how it's supposed to work
  • Practice accessing and using sense memories
  • Learn and practice strategies for relaxation, essential to method acting
  • Begin creating a resource of emotional memories

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Method Acting

If you've had some experience method acting, but need help applying the method to different emotions, types of characters, or scenes, then intermediate lessons are for you. In these classes, your teacher will introduce you to new techniques and help you put the principles of method acting to the test, while challenging you to take on increasingly complex roles. Your tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Conveying and understanding mixed emotions in characters
  • Practice character embodiment
  • Eliminate your own expressions and idiosyncrasies
  • Work on creating, understanding, and using your character's backstory

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Method Acting

Advanced method acting courses are intended for students and professional actors who're very familiar with the techniques and principles of method acting. In these lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with an expert method actor to improve your skills or work on a specific role. Advanced course content depends greatly on the student's individual goals and interests, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Developing an individual acting style
  • Taking on highly complex characters and expressing layered emotions
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Method Acting Tutor Near You

If you're ready to start delivering sincere, emotionally expressive performances, then studying with a private method acting teacher can help you. Luckily, TakeLessons makes it easy to find a private tutor of any sort. A quick search will direct you to a long list of method acting teachers who offer lessons in person and online to students of all ages and experience levels. Before selecting a teacher, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other aspiring method actors. 

The cost of method acting classes varies, but TakeLessons teachers base their rates on the length and frequency of lessons. So, you can pay for as many or as few lessons as you want to take. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast, as you gain confidence and learn how to perform with sincere emotions and a thorough understanding of your characters.