Becca Ballenger

Becca B.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Theater Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Walking into an audition room can be intimidating-- but it doesn't have to be! I have learned to love auditioning for stage and screen by uncovering discoveries in the text, embracing spontaneity in the room, and giving myself permission to breathe (it's a lot of breathing). I can't wait to help you find the same tools and help you gain the confidence to kill it every time. Auditioning is really just another chance to perform, after all!
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About

Becca delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12 to 60

Teaching since:
2014

I grew up in Idaho, but these days I'm thrilled to have an extensive stage career as an actor in primarily Shakespeare and new work, working off-Broadway and in major regional theatres like the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I'm a proud member of Actor's Equity, and a represented client of a top NYC agent-- both achievements I received right out of college after booking a major regional show.

Like many of my students, I grew up in a small town (mine was in Idaho) before the acting bug bit. I learned to love auditioning early, earning acceptance into Interlochen Arts Academy, the top high school performing arts boarding school in the country at age 15. After thriving there, I was accepted into a handful of top college theatre programs, ultimately choosing to study at Fordham University in New York City, where I graduated summa cum laude. Since then, I haven't stopped auditioning!

Now that you know I know a thing or two, here's how you'll know I'm a good fit for you:
-- You're interested in feeling more confident in auditions or onstage.
-- You're willing to take chances with me in a safe, caring environment.
-- You want a partner who will invest in your progress.
-- You're open to learning from me, and allowing me to learn from you.
-- You're trying to figure out where you fit as an actor.
-- You're ready to be surprised by yourself!

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Experience

Actor
Dec 2014 - Present
Off Broadway

I've been thrilled to appear off-Broadway in three (so far!) very different shows, two new plays and one Shakespeare.

Audiobook Narrator
Jan 2013 - Present
Audible

I've narrated over 25 audiobooks, all for sale via Audible.

Actor
Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
Alabama Shakespeare Festival

I was thrilled to be cast in two lead roles at ASF, the nation's sixth-largest Shakespeare Festival and one of the top theatres in the country.

Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Dixie in WHITE LIGHTNING (world premiere)

Education

Theatre
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Fordham University
Theatre
Aug 2005 - Jun 2007
Interlochen Arts Academy

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Apr 2016

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Actors' Equity Association
Jun 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.

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Phi Beta Kappa
Feb 2011

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Photos & Videos

"Changing My Major" from FUN HOME cabaret performance
Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Adrienne de Lafayette in LAFAYETTE off-Broadway

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Dixie in WHITE LIGHTNING at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Audition scene from 4000 MILES by Amy Herzog
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, off-Broadway

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3 Reviews

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Bryce Jan 10, 2018
Shakespearean Acting · In home

Becca is the bomb! I've done a couple of Shakespeare plays, but she taught me a lot about the text and the history of the play that I didn't know. She helped me create a subtext to the whole monologue, so I always had actions to take even without a scene partner there. I want to do a Falstaff monologue soon, and I definitely want her to help me with that, too.

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Jason Jan 10, 2018
Theater Acting · In home

Becca was great! Not only did she help with my pieces, she also spotted and corrected tension I carried in my jaw haha! After working with her, I felt more centered, grounded, and ready for my audition. Will definitely go to her again for the next round!

Camille Jan 10, 2018
Acting · In studio

Becca was AWESOME! From the moment we met, I felt really comfortable with her, which is obviously really important for acting. I had a monologue I was working on, and Becca helped me get out of a rut with it. I felt super confident going to my audition afterwards, and like I had a lot of things I could take with me from the lesson to my next audition.

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