Alexandra Wright

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA

About Alexandra W.

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Alexandra teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2012
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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.

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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

Certifications

Master of Fine Arts
May 2012
Harvard University

American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts
May 2010
University of Southern California

BA in Theatre Arts (Acting) and a minor in Communication within the Entertainment Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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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Catherine Feb 12, 2017
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Mariah Nov 27, 2016
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Brandon C. Nov 6, 2016
Verified Student · Life Coaching · Online
I really enjoyed our talk. She is a great listener and she seems to ask the right questions at the right time.
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Hee Jin Oct 4, 2016
· Speech · Online
Alexandra is very professional and her speech lessons are very helpful.
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Blanca G. Sep 7, 2016
Verified Student · Acting · Online
Amazing!
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Tomilynn H. Aug 27, 2016
Verified Student · Voice Acting · Online
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
Verified Student · Film and TV Acting · Online
Very pleasant and extremely helpful! Thank you!!!
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Kylie Aug 14, 2016
Verified Student · Child Acting · Online
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
Verified Student · Writing · Online
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
Verified Student · Acting · In home
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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