Alexandra Wright

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA

About Alexandra W.

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Alexandra teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 2012
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.

Photos and Videos

Comedy short

Experience

Movement Instructor/Voice and Speech Instructor

Jun 2015 - Present
New York Film Academy

In my movement course, students explore their ability to engage the body in a full and courageously unedited manner as a tool for performance and to cultivate tools with which the students can externalize their internal life in an authentic manner on impulse and through movement. Various training methods will be taught, including but not limited to Viewpoints, the Suzuki Method, Dance, Yoga, Laban Analysis, Contact Improvisation, Grotowski, and Chekhov Technique.

In my voice course, students develop a free and healthy voice and an awareness of vocal tendencies and adverse conditioning. Various techniques are taught, including and not limited to, Fitzmaurice Voicework, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Linklater, Lessac, and Skinner. Through exploration of phonetic sounds and optimal vowel formation a deeper, more precise and nuanced experience of sounds will be felt. Students experience a more visceral and more direct connection to their voice unimpeded by habitual tension.

Acting Instructor

Apr 2014 - Present
Theatricum Botanicum

Several types of teaching opportunities: Going into schools and leading Shakespeare workshops, teaching Academy classes on Shakespeare and performance at the theatre, leading workshops in stage combat, dance, text analysis, and Greek theater, as well as working as a group leader for Youth Drama Camp and a workshop instructor for school field trips.
Worked with juniors at an inner-city high school in creating their own performance pieces based off of moments in American history. This 12-week curriculum focused on building an ensemble, improving communication skills, furthering their knowledge of American history, and cultivating an eye and ear for theatrics. Returned and worked with sophomore class on creating various interpretations on Shakespeare's Macbeth; culminated in a class performance.
Duties include maintaining positive lines of communication between directors, teachers, and students, leading students through various ensemble and acting games, creating lesson plans, acting as a liaison between parents and camp directors, and directing plays, workshops, and scenes.

Voice and Speech Instructor

Jun 2012 - Present
American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Voice and speech instructor for first year students at acting conservatory; course work focuses on accent reduction, alignment, posture, breath, resonance, projection, and speech. Other duties include research, making deadlines, communicating between student population and departmental heads, and creating an overall positive and supportive environment conducive to the students’ growth and maturation as artists.

Education

MFA Acting

Jun 2010 - May 2012
Harvard University

BA Theatre Arts; minor in Communication within the Entertainment Industry

Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of Southern California

Languages Spoken

French

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Limited Proficiency

Awards

UCB Scholarship Nominee

May 2015
UCB

Best Actress in a Leading Role

May 2010
TSA

Best Actress

May 2010
University of Southern California

Affiliations

Voice and Speech Trainers Association

Aug 2015
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VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Jun 2015
ATHE

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

May 2012
Sag-aftra

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Actors' Equity Association

May 2012
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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.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

May 2006
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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

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19 Reviews on Alexandra W.

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Blanca G. Sep 7, 2016
Acting · Online
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Amazing!
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Tomilynn H. Aug 27, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
Alexandra is awesome!!! She is easy to understand and makes the class go by so fast... I always look forward to the next class.
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Amanda Aug 19, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online
Verified Student
Very pleasant and extremely helpful! Thank you!!!
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Kylie Aug 14, 2016
Child Acting · Online
Verified Student
This was my daughter's first experience with acting lessons, and Alexandra made it fun and engaging. She was patient, positive, and encouraging during all of the lessons. We'll definitely choose Alexandra for future lessons!
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Jørgen Jun 23, 2016
Writing · Online
Verified Student
Quick and precise hints for better writing. We made a great plan for future lessons. Alexandra doesn't waste words, but uses the available time optimal.
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Jennie B. Apr 21, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Alexandra is fantastic! Super personal, gifted and able to teach her acting skills very well and easy to work with!!! We love her!!
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Robert Melendez Mar 31, 2016
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable!
Cares about the learning of her students!
A++!
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Ian R. Mar 21, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Alexandra is a very bright and personable teacher. She's very patient and works great with students of all ages.
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Jennie Mar 15, 2016
Theater Acting · In studio
Alex is so personable and welcoming! She gave me such an excitement for acting even with just the first lesson! I would definitely recommend her to any one looking for an acting teacher. I am so excited to see how far I'll grow with the coming lessons!
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Page Feb 15, 2016
Acting · In studio
Alex was my Movement and Voice/Speech instructor in my graduate programme. I had done my undergrad in acting overseas and then moved to LA to complete my MFA in Acting. In my undergrad programme, I absolutely detested every Tuesday and Friday when we had Movement and Voice...but all that changed when Alex became my teacher for these subjects. Suddenly these were my favourite subjects. She made me actually look forward to going to class at 9am. I looked forward to what I was going to learn next from her.

She was so attentive to ALL her students, no matter your level. She always found time to work with you in whatever you were struggling with. She really truly cared about us. It was unlike anything I'd experienced with any other teacher I'd have ever. At one point, I was victim to some intimidation from another student in my class. Alex was the first person I confided in and she guided me through what I should do and how I should handle it, she was completely there for me, even allowing me to call her past 10pm to calm me down after one particularly bad encounter with said student.

Her lessons are prepared, structured and completely engaging. Somehow she is able to detect exactly what you personally need to work on and makes sure you are offered the most appropriate advice that best suits your personal needs. I can't even quite express how much I have learnt from her in the short four months that she was my teacher. She has exposed me to so many different techniques and exercises which, through her guidance, afforded me the opportunity to choose what worked for me.

If there is one thing that you cannot deny about Alex, she genuinely cares about her students, sometime to the detriment of her own life. She is an extraordinary teacher and an even more exceptional woman.

As cliche as this is, she inspires me to not only be a better actor, but to just be a better person.