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Darius J.
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Master the theatre: learn from a working Actor with 20+ years experience
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I am a highly engaging and truly devoted teacher. In every session, we will work on a scene or monologue and you'll be guided through the entire process of acting with a focus on stage performance. Learning script analysis, character development, imagination strengthening, audition technique, a wide range of acting techniques, expressivity, mastery of the mechanisms of the body & voice, and confidence like you've never known!
About Darius J.

I've been acting for 21 years with no end in sight! I am a working Actor and Coach from Detroit based in the Chicago area. I worked and lived in NYC where I studied acting at Marymount Manhattan and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I have also trained privately with top acting/speech coaches like Dennis Hilton-Reid and Thomas Rene. I teach audition technique workshops monthly with The Family Repertory Company where I've worked for the past 6 years as Resident Actor/Director/Instructor. I have performed abroad (Athens, GR), regionally (LA, Detroit, Jersey), and locally (off-off Broadway and off-Broadway). I've worked alongside actors like Norbert Leo Buts & Shaquille O'Neal, and have done (and continue to do) my share of films, plays, commercials, audio series, and music videos. My biggest bragging point (let's be honest, that's what this is. Lol!) Is getting to work with Tony Award winning Broadway Director Kenny Leon at The Public Theaters Joes Pub on HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU. Most recently I worked as a supporting role on the set of the feature film "Mckenzie McCoy" which premiered this past December and will be available to stream soon. I did 3 short films last year, and spent the month of October in NYC performing with The Family Repertory Company and teaching my yearly Working Actor Masterclass (Coming to L.A. in 2023!). I directed a virtual Acting Showcase this January featuring my current students, will be performing the lead role in a Black History Month play entitled 'The Realness" in February 2023, and I continue to audition regularly. Take comfort in knowing that you are being taught by not only a well trained actor and coach, but a WORKING actor! Who's YOUR Acting Coach?

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Theater Acting
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Darius is absolutely fantastic! He is professional, patient, knowledgeable, a good listener, fun and provides a safe supportive learning environment. I have learnt so much from our first lesson and as a result, I booked five more lessons with him. Darius's enthusiasm, passion and his excellent interpersonal skills makes learning easy. You will get invaluable feedback throughout the lesson as well as homework to consolidate learning and enhance your acting skills. Darius is so relatable, I am happy he is my teacher. I would highly recommend him for all your acting classes.

Posted Feb 2, 2023
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Darius is great! He really taught me a lot about character and monologue work, while also making me feel comfortable and giving me great advice during each lesson. I highly recommend him. He’s a fantastic acting coach who can you teach you pretty much about anything having to do with acting.

Posted Jan 4, 2023
Teacher's Studio

I knew nothing about acting and just wanted to learn a new art form (I am a martial artist) and Darius' knowledge, wisdom and instruction reminds me of a great sensei AND a coach who inspires and motivates. I, now, Love this craft and am beginning to understand it more and more. I truly appreciate and highly recommend, Darius.

Posted Dec 29, 2022
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CEO / Acting Coach
Feb 2018 - Present
Private Studio
Resident Actor/ Director/ Instructor
Jul 2016 - Present
The Family Repertory Company - NYC
BFA - Acting
Sep 2017 - May 2019
CalArts
Associates in Occupational Studies - Acting
Sep 2015 - May 2017
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
English
Native Proficiency
Best of Lessons.com 2020
Dec 2020
Lessons.com
California Arts Scholar
Aug 2007
California Institute of the Arts
Acting Coach of the Year
Jul 2022
Prestige Awards
The Actors Society
May 2016
Together we share a common story in our individual pursuit for truth and deeper knowledge of self and the craft. This narrative continues to unfold each year from our past alumni and with each new graduating class, adding to the richness of our connections and impacting our world for the better.

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Instructor details
Theater Acting
Teaches 6 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Broadway
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$30
60 minutes
$45
90 minutes
$65
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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