Christopher Lyons

Christopher L.

Los Angeles, CA
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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8 to 88

Teaching since:
January 2013

Hello future collaborator. I started acting when I was 13 in middle school. Since then I studied at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, received my BA in Theatre from Saint Louis University, and my MFA in Acting: The British Tradition from the Birmingham School of Acting in the United Kingdom. I have performed consistently in schools, community, and professional theatre.

With teaching, I first look for what the actor offers the material, or what they'd like to say, and bring that forward. I emphasize concentration, study, and discipline to promote storytelling, and then bringing the character to life. My approach utilizes methods from Shakespearean acting as well as Boleslavski, Chekhov, Laban, and Stanislavsky. I also do vocal exercises from Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, and Patsy Rodenburg. Also lots, and LOTS of Improv!

I am your guide in bringing your role to life. You come prepared, but I make you ready.

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Experience

Director
Jun 2014 - Aug 2015
Nevada Arts Academy

I helped develop a summer theatre camp where my students performed "The Jungle Book, Kids" in the summer of 2014 and "101 Dalmatians" in the summer of 2015. I had, on average, 8 students, some as young as 4, that had no theatrical background or training. By the time performance came around my students owned the stage, stayed in character, were responsible for their own entrances and exits, and still had fun. It was a lot of fun to work with these students.

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Shakespeare Teacher
Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
Nevada Arts Academy

For two months I was given an acting class for students ages 6 to 10. We began doing vocal and physical exercises and looked at various text, but then I started teaching from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The students, who had never read Shakespeare before (my youngest couldn't read), began easily taking to the text. We ended up performing two scenes in front of parents, one in prose and one in verse. They handled text better than most professionals with strong character choices.

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Teacher
Jan 2013 - Feb 2014
Hollywood Kids Academy

I began as an assistant teacher/director for "The Little Mermaid, Jr." and then was a co-director/teacher for "Annie, Jr." and "Aladdin, Jr." I taught students from ages ranged 7 to 18 in different age grouped productions. I emphasized storytelling, character building, and self-awareness. I'm still in touch with parents and former teachers of this organization.

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Education

Master of Fine Arts
Sep 2011 - Jun 2016
Birmingham City of University
Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Saint Louis University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Fall 2017 - Headshots

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Having fun with the cast of Aladdin, Jr. at Hollywood Kids Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Fall 2017 - Headshots

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Hamlet (First Quarto) - Rossencraft - Fall 2015
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Dracula - Renfield - Summer 2012
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Gethsemane - Frank Pegg - Summer 2016
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Will A. May 9, 2017
Acting · In studio

I've worked personally with Chris for many months on a theater project. He's a competent acting professional with creativity, highly trained chops come, and the ability to communicate skills. Actors of all levels will improve to hiring level quickly with Chris.

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Britni May 8, 2017
Acting · In studio

I worked along side Chris as a teacher at a performing arts after-school program; and he was one of the best & most sincere teachers I have yet to work with. His passion and love of the craft is contagious, and it is evident through his coaching how much he loves to teach. He is a delight to work with & to learn from and has so much knowledge & expertise to share. He has a genuine concern for those he teaches, and the kids really were always eager & willing to learn from him. Chris is definitely a great acting coach and I highly recommend him!

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