Claire Alexander

Claire A.

New York, NY
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About

Claire delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2009

I have been a professional instructor at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute with a concentration in Method Acting. I additionally hold a Bachelors Degree in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, and have 24 years experience as a pianist and cellist.

With regards to Acting, I approach my coachings with students on a structured set of intervals, beginning with getting to know and use your instrument (yourself) before we begin heavy in-depth analysis of text, character inner (and outer) life, as well as beatwork and scene study. Coachings, I view, are fundamentally going to help you grow at a pace that will most be beneficial to you and allow you great ease and flexibility on stage or film.

I approach voice in a similar manner, as the instrument will need to be nurtured, stretched and guided as we move through set scales, phrasings and volume. The voice also develops at a vastly diffetent rate than any other physical instrument, and so, we want to approach said teachings with utmost care, patience and ideology that the more time passes, the more can develop.

With Cello and Piano, workbooks with note and sheet music exercises will be provided. This aims to help with fingering memorization, phrasings, dynamics, and overall structure of a piece. Workbooks can also lend themselves to a deeper knowledge of scales, key signatures and basic music theory that should always be applied to all music.

Like with all my,coachings, I recommend the use of an audio recorder and/or notebook to write down a detailed summary of what was worked on and achieved during our session! :)

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Experience

Resident Actor
Apr 2018 - Aug 2018
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Resident work in Boston included two mounted, seasoned productions of Macbeth and Richard III. Rehearsals were daily, as were text work preparations, an in-depth delve in to Shakespearean subtext, coaching fellow working/observing apprentices (ages 20-35), and a show run of approximately 10-30 shows throughout the summer.

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Education

Method Acting
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Manhattan School of Music

Languages

Italian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching in Method Acting
Sep 2016
Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Longform Improvisation
Jun 2013
MAGNET School

Photos & Videos

HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER: JESSICA OSBER (2018)

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HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER: JESSICA OSBER (2018)

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COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, 2018
STILL FROM 'RICHARD III'
DIRECTED BY STEVE MALER

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Photo by Claire A.

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HUDSON SHAKESPEARE, NY, 2016
STILL FROM 'TITUS ANDRONICUS'
DIRECTED BY NOELLE CICCARELLI

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COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, 2018
STILL FROM 'MACBETH'
DIRECTED BY STEVE MALER

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JULIUS CAESAR READING, NY, 2016
DIRECTED BY VEE MALWIK

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GENESIUS THEATRE COMPANY
STILL FROM 'ANTONY & CLEOPATRA'
DIRECTED BY LAURA CLINTON

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HAMLET ISN'T DEAD, NY, 2017
POSTER IMAGE FROM 'HENRY V'
DIRECTED BY JAMES RIGHTMEYER
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