- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
I have extensive knowledge in resume formatting, head shot formatting, demo reel formatting, how to properly audition for both film and theatre, how to properly self-tape from home, tricks for memorization, monologue preparation, character analyzation, etc.
I personally enjoy deriving my technique with a mixture of improvisation and Uta Hagen's theories on acting. I was also trained in Meisner and if a student requests it we can certainly work on some of his exercises as well.
Everything I have learned has been through my masters program, reading and researching for years, self-educating, attending numerous industry events, conferences, and I am a working actress so whenever I'm onset I network and hear from other professionals their opinions on the industry.
I can also help with website formatting. I am on IMDb and have had to spend hours figuring out how to work that darn website, but I have it down and can share that knowledge as well.
My personal philosophy for acting is "Anyone can be an actor, because it's just a human, being, a human." Which is what you've done your entire life! What you'll be learning how to hone is how to put into action your skills of empathy, relatability, and vulnerability.
I love my job, it's going to be fun! Hope to hear from you!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hello! My name is Bernadette! I recently graduated from Regent University with my Master of Fine Arts in Acting with a Concentration in Directing. I received my B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University which I have found has been a very complimentary degree with acting.
In 2012, I taught an acting/filmmaking class at Prude Ranch Summer Camp in Fort Davis, Texas. In 2013, I taught at a very prestigious filmmaking camp at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. I taught the children everything from producing, script writing, acting, camera operating, sound mixing, editing with Final Cut Pro X software, and I was their assistant teacher for their Animation camp as well.
I have interned for three production companies; Mirandum Pictures in Front Royal, Virginia, Michael Copon Studios in Norfolk, Virginia and at Parroco Production Group, Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia. If you are not familiar with Michael Copon Studios, the CEO Michael Copon is best known for his portrayal of the blue power ranger in the early 2000's.
I have extensive amount of training in film acting. Film acting is my sweet spot, however, aside from it I am trained in improv, stand up, theatre, teleprompter work, hosting, commercials, print modeling, sketch comedy, stage combat, etc.
My teaching style is simple, I will treat each student as an individual. No one person is the same, so therefore, I will hone in on what your goals and expectations are. I will help you achieve those goals and we will find an acting method that best suits you. There are so many different ways to approach auditioning, for example. The most important thing, I feel, is to find what works best for you, expound on that and always work towards bringing your authentic self to the table. That is what will ultimately enrichen your acting career the most and your personal life as well. Acting is one of those tools that you can incorporate into just about anything. I love it and I love what I do so, thank you for checking out my page and I hope to hear from you!
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Bernadette made my daughter's first class comfortable, fun and informative. She explained the exercises clearly before jumping in and seemed to enjoy her time with my daughter as much as my daughter enjoyed her. She was the perfect choice as instructor for a young first-time student.+ Read More
Very kind. Does a good job of explaining things. Very patient. Good at teaching concepts and ideas.
Amazing instructor! So encouraging and helpful. I feel comfortable expressing my concerns and she has helped me to see my potential.
Very helpful - geared specifically towards my concerns, dealing with my spontaneity issue. I felt safe expressing my thoughts and opinions.
Bernadette is a fantastic coach. You will learn all the ins and outs of acting and how to kill it in style at auditions.