Claire Larsen

Claire L.

Los Angeles, CA
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Accent Reduction

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I trained for three years in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and can help you learn a system for training your own ear to hear accents, regionalisms, dialects and then feel, in your physical body, how to make shifts in how you speak and thereby how you sound. The work is not just academic, but physical, experiential and straightforward. It is enjoyable and empowering and something you will be able to easily practice on your own and apply in the day to day for quick results. I look forward to working with you!

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Claire teaches



Claire delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2007

I hold an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and have been teaching professionally for over ten years. I teach Acting and Auditiong to young actors (10-18 years) and I also teach Public Speaking, Voice/Speech and Accent Reduction to those looking to find more ease and power when using their voice in front of others. I have taught, directed and coached young actors who have gone on to work professionally in Film, TV and Theater and my students have been accepted to renowned conservatories and universities across the country (NYU Tisch, California Institute of the Arts, AMDA and others). I am a passionate teacher who believes in the individual and in unlocking the creative genius, the impulses, the imagination and the unique forms of expression within each of my students. In my sessions, I encourage my students to “play” and to discover how to both lean in and tap in to what is there and then develop relaxation, ease and focus on the task at hand - a monologue, an audition, a speech or working with a text. In addition to teaching and coaching actors, I have worked extensively in the corporate worlds in areas of Voice, Speech and Presentation as a coach and have taught group classes on Public Speaking and Presentation. I have taught and coached students from China, Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Japan in addition to the U.S. Throughout the ten plus years that I have been teaching, I have helped both actors and non-actors, those in the professional business world, gain tools that lead to freedom and ease of expression when speaking in front of others, be it at an audition, an interview, giving a presentation to a board or speaking in front of thousands at a Ted Talk.

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Acting Teacher, Director of Showcase
Jun 2016 - Present
School of Creative and Performing Arts

Design and implement a two-track acting curriculum at a summer conservatory for pre-professional and professional young actors. Curriculum includes both a Core and an Advanced Acting track. Lead Voice, Speech and Movement progressions for actors that introduce students to the Linklater and Skinner voice and speech techniques. Movement progression includes Hatha Yoga, strength and conditioning, and basic contemporary Dance training emphasizing coordination rhythm, tempo and timing, in addition to group games and composition assignments. Movement progression also emphasizes the utilization of the core principals of the Alexander Technique for ease and alignment in posture and movement. Acting Studio incorporates Theatre Games, Improvisation, Clown, Meisner Technique, Text Analysis, Scene Study, Monologues, and the creation of Original Work. The Acting Studio curriculum emphasizes a technical foundation in speech, voice and text analysis, supplemented with games and exercises that encourage the actor to be active, to play, be present, truthful, receptive and responsive to his/her partners. In addition to Acting Instruction, give a weekly class on Text Analysis for actors focused on the work of current American playwrights with an emphasis on diverse voices in the current American Theatre. Text Analysis classes emphasize the close reading of a text with a focus on language, given circumstances, character, objective and action. Direct and stage a live Showcase each session at The Pasadena Playhouse. Provide a grade and a written evaluation of each student’s work and progress at the end of each session.
Year Level: 8th – 12th

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Writing and Devising Theater for Teens
Jun 2014 - Jul 2015
Great Books Summer Program at Stanford University

Designed and implemented the curriculum for two one-week theater intensives for middle school and high school aged students. Classes were split according to year level and taught separately in two-hour blocks. Introduced basic acting, improvisation and performance techniques and guided students through the process of writing and devising work. Directed and staged the students’ final pieces and facilitated a collaborative, student lead rehearsal process. As acting instructor, lead a sequence of movement based theater and improvisation games designed to build ensemble, increase awareness, receptivity, reactivity and listening skills. Introduced basic scene writing and scene work through improvisation exercises in order to free creative impulses while simultaneously grounding students in the foundational elements of a scene. Final show case culminated in the presentation of original one-act plays inspired by a literary source including, short stories, essays, poetry, mythology, or folktales.
Year Level: 6th-12th Grade

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Stress Managment and Beginning Meditation
Jan 2009 - Apr 2012
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus

Designed and implemented an introductory level meditation and movement course that provided students with hands on tools for managing stress. Introduced the basic foundations of Mindfulness meditation in both theory and practice through texts, discussion and practice. Taught basic to intermediate level yoga postures and alignment principals and lead students in an active yoga asana flow. Introduced meditation techniques that encouraged students to notice their habitual responses to stress and stimuli and to then develop positive skills for coping with stress and anxiety, i.e.: focus, concentration, felt awareness of body and breath. Planned and implemented course curriculum each semester, lead class discussions, introduced source material (texts, articles), met and advised students in small groups and on an individual basis. Organized and lead a master class each semester on Meditation and Stress Management for the faculty and staff of Fordham University.
Year Level: 1st and 2nd Year Undergraduates

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MFA Acting
Sep 2012 - May 2015
California Institute of the Arts
BA Theatre Arts
Sep 2002 - Jun 2005
Santa Clara University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


30 Day Substitute Teaching Permit
Sep 2017
California Department of Education/Los Angeles County Office of Education

I have an Emergency Teaching Credentital that allows me to be a K-12 Subsititute, Assistant and Elective Teacher at all California Public Schools. This required a background check and TB clearance.


Apr 2015

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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Yoga Alliance
Feb 2009

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Our mission is to spread the power of yoga one person at a time.

We believe that the individual experience of yoga is of paramount importance, and are committed to supporting the passage of yoga from trainer to teacher, teacher to student, and student to aspiring yogi. Our role as the national support organization for the yoga community is to ensure that the practice of yoga will keep growing, so that more people will connect with yoga and be transformed. As an organization we keep several core values at heart: service, excellence, transparency, learning and community.

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2 Reviews

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Maxx Jan 24, 2018
Acting · In home

Claire is a professional. She is a natural born teacher who immediately clicked with my son. She gave him the tools he needed for an upcoming audition at a theatre conservatory. Anyone from beginner to dedicated professional would benefit from private lessons with her. We feel very lucky we found her with so many less qualified people out there.

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carson Dec 1, 2017
Speaking Voice · In home

phenomenal intro lesson

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