Aaron Brateman

Aaron B.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:

Private coaching is an excellent way to improve your acting skills or prepare for a big audition. Working together, we can help develop and expand your repertoire, finding you the perfect monologues, songs, and sides. If you need to prepare for a specific audition, we can work so you feel prepared and comfortable to have fun and do your thing in the room. We will work to make you more confident in your natural abilities, to improve your technical skills, and to allow you to kick ass and have fun!

I have specific experience preparing students for their college auditions. My coaching students have received acceptances to NYU Tisch, Syracuse University, Oklahoma City University, Elon University, Marymount Manhattan College, University of Miami (with full scholarship), Emerson College, Rider University, The Hartt School, Point Park University, Montclair State University, University of the Arts, Muhlenberg College, and others, as well as callbacks to Julliard and NYU's Graduate Acting programs.

I always work out of professional studio space in Manhattan. This helps ensure a productive and safe working environment.

As an actor and member of Actors' Equity, I have performed in national tours and in the city both Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. I have also worked behind the scenes on Broadway. I am a working actor, who understands the current audition scene, and can help you prepare accordingly.

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Feb 2013 - Present

-Coached students for college auditions who received acceptances to NYU Tisch, Syracuse University, Oklahoma City University, Elon University, The Hartt School, University of the Arts, Muhlenberg College, and Rider University, among others.

-Coached students for graduate school auditions who received callbacks to Julliard and NYU's Graduate Acting Program

-Recruited students to and taught multiple 10 week sessions of advanced improvisation class focusing on long form improvisation.

-Designed and maintains website for the business.

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Acting Teacher
Sep 2012 - Present
Actors Technique NY

-Responsible for creating and executing curricula for multiple acting and improv classes.

-Collaborated with head of program to direct and produce performance of one-acts rehearsed in class.

-Instructed students ages 8-22 in successfully understanding and applying Practical Aesthetics to scene work.

-Engaged with parents to keep them updated on students' progress.

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Theater Director
Jun 2008 - Present
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts

-Responsible for directing and producing full-scale musical and dramatic productions with children ages 6-18 in as little as 24 hours of rehearsal time.

-Coordinated assistant directors, choreographer, musical director, and technical designers to ensure success and continuity of productions.

-Adapted or wrote several productions to be performed as world premieres.

-Created and executed curricula for a variety of theatrical classes including scene study, improvisation, script analysis, mime, voice, and speech.

-Led revamp of theater class structure and curricula.

-Lived and worked closely with children as camp counselor, ensuring that each child had an exceptional experience at camp.

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Assistant Director
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
PS 87 Afterschool

-Responsible for assisting director on production of Crazy for You and Willy Wonka.

-Worked together with producer, director, choreographer, and music director to cast show.

-Led group exercises to help students discover character and connect to historical context of Crazy for You.

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Oct 2014 - Feb 2015
You Can't Take It With You

-Worked on Tony Nominated Broadway production rehearsing with an understudy.

-Responsible for helping actor to show significant improvement under short deadlines.

-Maintained open communications with Stage Management and Associate Director to keep them updated throughout rehearsal process.

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Assistant Director
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
Play On Studios!

-Helped director and music director on production of Urinetown at The Computer School with middle schoolers.

-Worked closely with principals and ensemble on acting, stage presence, and memorization techniques.

-Assisted director in teaching choreography.

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Acting Teacher
Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
Child's Play NY

-Worked with head of program on creating and executing weekly improvisation classes.

-Directed and choreographed Free to Be...You and Me with second and third graders.

-Created and executed lesson play exploring Greek mythology through theater games.

Acting Teacher
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
Curtain Up Kids

-Responsible for directing The Wizard of Oz with children ages 6-11.

-Collaborated with head of program to plan weekly rehearsals, cast show, and to make artistic decisions.

-Led improvisation and vocal exercises to help immerse students in the world of the play.

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Associate Director
Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Random Farms Kids Theater

-Directed Oliver! at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York with children ages 7-17.

-Responsible for creating blocking and choreography and maintaining its integrity across four separate casts.

-Worked closely with producer, choreographer, musical director, and technical designers to collaborate on artistic choices for the production.

-Assisted director in producing workshop of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown with elementary aged children.

-Worked closely with actors, coaching them to find freedom, confidence, and energy in their choices.

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Literary Committee Member
Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
The Bower Group

-Founding member of theater company-member of ensemble of inaugural production.

-Served on the literary committee of the company that was responsible for reading and selecting works to be produced by the company.

-Helped to organize reading of original play at local coffee shop.

-Participated in marketing and fundraising campaigns for several productions.

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Scene Study
Feb 2014 - Apr 2014
Barrow Group Acting School
BFA in Drama
Aug 2008 - Dec 2011
New York University- Tisch School of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Completion of UCB Classes
May 2014
Upright Citizens Brigade


Actors' Equity Association
May 2011

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Aaron B.

Inherit the Wind- French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, 2014.

Annie- French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, 2015.
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5 Reviews

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Jacob Oct 28, 2015
Acting · In studio

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-Brateman. 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.

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Rachel Oct 27, 2015
Improv Comedy · In studio

Aaron is a fantastic teacher. I worked with him in the improv troupe at French Woods and in group improv classes in NYC. He also directed me in an innovative, gender-bent version of "Inherit the Wind" at French Woods. Aaron pushes his students to be their best. He expects a lot from his students because he truly believes in each and every one of them. Working with Aaron made me a better actress and improviser. Plus, he's a great guy and always makes classes or rehearsals feel fun!

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Nicole Oct 27, 2015
Acting · In studio

Ever since I started working with Aaron, I’ve discovered more and more about myself as an actress and improviser. I’ve taken group improv classes from Aaron for over a year now and more recently I have worked with him on monologues for college auditions. I honestly think he has pushed my boundaries to a point where I have grown to accomplish things far out of my comfort zone. My favorite part about working with Aaron is the constructive criticism he gives. He is incredibly insightful and honest, yet I feel as if he is always on my side. Not only is he able to pull a text apart and analyze the unspoken meanings behind every word, but he is able to get me—the student—to accomplish that as well. He always re-assures me that I am never “wrong” when it comes to my ideas. He encourages me to commit to whatever choices I see fit. I’ve always felt working with Aaron was a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable space. In the past, that was hard for me to truly find with other coaches. Whenever I work with him, the time flies by as if we are just two friends in a studio together. However, he has a phenomenal sense of professionalism. He has been extremely hands-on and dedicated to helping me grow through different exercises and techniques. If my making a break through with a monologue required for Aaron to jump around a room screaming like a crazy person, he would do it. He’s the type of coach to get 100% mentally and physically involved in a student’s progress. Aaron has helped me become so much more confident about myself as an overall performer. I highly recommend working with and spending time with him. He is amazingly down to earth, hilarious, talented, and well trained, and I cannot even imagine where I would be in my college audition process without him.

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Patricia Oct 27, 2015
Acting · In studio

When I was feeling stuck while working on college audition monologues, I knew there was only one person to turn to: Aaron F. Brateman. Aaron has a way of taking dramatic text that is so familiar to you and making it feel completely fresh and new. He pushed me to think harder, he questioned my every intention, and in the process, I discovered magic in my own work. He has a way of challenging you but also making you feel completely safe to try new things and experiment with different character choices. He uses different approaches for each of his students, because he realizes our differences. I truly believe that Aaron's coaching is the reason I was accepted into the colleges that I was. Aaron has my highest recommendation.

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Brennan Oct 27, 2015
Acting · In studio

For any and all acting coachings, Aaron is simply the best. I have worked with Aaron in both private monologue coachings and in group improv acting classes, and he has treated every class with enthusiasm, joy, and exceptional intelligence. As a teacher, Aaron is extremely knowledgable and well-trained when it comes to acting technique, but most importantly, he encourages exploration of a piece, and will be with you every step of the way as things get tough. Aaron is quick to pinpoint trouble spots, but will present you with viable solutions on how to fix them. He is encouraging and inspiring, the kind of teacher who makes you feel special and excited to succeed. And personally, Aaron is a fun, funny, goofy, and charming guy who you will love spending time with. I couldn't recommend him highly enough!

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