- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
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My wife, Emmanuelle, and I (David) have a combined teaching experience of more than 40 years. We are both available and will either teach separately or in tandem depending on schedule and need. Emmanuelle is an actor and musical theater performer and was on the recent Broadway tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz. I am a director and playwright having recently won first prize at the New York New Works Festival.
They care a lot about their students and made my entire acting experience very memorable
David and Emmanuelle provided me with 2 unbelievable years of acting and performance coaching but more importantly equipped me with life skills that, 10 years later, have not only gotten me to where I am today, but have also provided me with a strong foundation in public speaking and interpersonal communication.
In leading our class through all aspects needed to put on a quality Shakspearean production the two not only taught us the skills necessary in creating an efficient and positive group dynamic, but also worked meticulously with each of us as individuals to help us build personal confidence and overcome any individual barriers we might have.
Whether you're looking for professional high level coaching to bring your acting career to the next level or have zero background in acting and are looking for a starting point, these are two of the most kind hearted enthusiastic individuals I have ever met. Their experience and knowledge in the industry as well as their ability to work with all skill levels and ages will most certainly provide you a positive experience, leaving you with skills able to be applied to your acting career and so much more.
David Hersh was my first acting coach, and although it has been a few years since I have worked with him, I carry the lessons with me. He is a wonderful teacher because he is as engaging and energetic as he is talented. When I started working with him I was a shy pre-teen who smiled a lot and spoke little. David's love for storytelling, stage combat and all things theatre re-ignited my imagination. Under his guidance my confidence grew, and I would not be the actor I am today, probably even the person who I am today without having been taught by David.
With Emmanuelle I took a few dance/acting workshops. She has a very positive and constructive energy, making a space where students feel comfortable to take those artistic risks, and put everything they have out on the table. In her workshops she taught us by example how to commit to every movement, and how to stay in character while still focusing on the movement.
David and Emmanuelle throw their whole heart into everything that they do; this makes them inspirational teachers and mesmerizing actors. They are generous with their time and extremely encouraging. However, these two are not afraid to challenge you, and it is because of this that under their direction I grew so much as an actor. David and Emmanuelle truly are an inspiring, talented and commited pair of teachers.
David and Emmanuelle were my first theatre teachers when I was 10 and I continued taking lessons with them for years after. They were without a doubt the best theater teachers I've ever had. They have an extremely positive and encouraging teaching style, and that along with their immense talent inspired a life long love of theater, and a really strong foundation to build my acting career on. I actually managed to get my first professional role when I was 12 thanks to their coaching.
David and Emmanuelle are extremely inspiring and joyful people, and I definitely wouldn't be the same person today if not for them.
David and Emmanuelle are absolutely fantastic! I took musical theatre classes with them for several years as a teenager, and they helped me to grow as an actor and as a person. They are both so passionate and knowledgeable about theatre. Taking classes with David and Emmanuelle is an inspiring, educational and incredibly fun experience. I was so lucky to have the chance to learn from them.+ Read More
David was an important early influence in my career in cultural advocacy and communications. I took his acting classes as a young adult. He he was always very thoughtful and passionate about the work - providing a comfortable space in which to explore characters and stories. He guided us as we planned and executed our "season" - providing just enough support for us to make the important decisions. And, most importantly, we had a lot of fun. I went on to study theatre in university and my passion for culture led to my current work. Thanks, David!!+ Read More
As a young person, I had the pleasure of being taught by both Emmanuelle and David in acting, singing, dance, improv, creation and performance, to name a few. This training spanned many years of my youth and was the ideal platform from which to launch my artistic career. I am now the Co-Artistic Director of Bad Hats Theatre, a multi Dora Award winning company based in Toronto producing new, multidisciplinary works for the stage. I also pursue my own freelance work as a writer, composer, director and actor with great success. The skills I gained in my time with these two educators have been invaluable in practicing my craft with integrity, humility and hunger. In my classes I always felt safe, understood, celebrated and cared for. I felt I was consistently reminded that there was no ceiling on what I might achieve as an artist and vehemently encouraged to push beyond my own expectations. Not only are these two instructors highly skilled in multiple disciplines, their ability to help artists find what makes them unique is an immeasurable talent, one I consider vital to the education of any performer, young or old. Above all, Emmanuelle and David are agents for positivity and their fierce passion for promoting self confidence and good humour results in a hard working, happy students. They know exactly what they're doing and they do it with utter grace and care. I owe them so much of what makes my life as an artist a bright one. Frankly, you would be foolish not to hire them.+ Read More
My time as David’s student is eternally etched in my mind. He taught/directed me over five years in my teenage years. He gave me the confidence I needed yet challenged my boundaries, shaping my skills and development as an actor and person. While I did not pursue a professional career in acting, I am now a lawyer. My theatre skills are proving invaluable in the courtroom.
I highly recommend David as an acting instructor. He knows his stuff and has a real heart of gold.
Working with David was one of the best things I had the privilege of experiencing as a child/teen. I learned the fundamentals of theatre (acting and writing) in an atmosphere that was uplifting and supportive. The energy he brought to every class was positive and contagious. I would 100% recommend his classes to anyone who has an interest in theatre or just looking for a positive way to spend their time. An amazing way to encourage confidence and a healthy self-image in young people. If you have the slightest interest in any of this sign up now, you won’t be disappointed!+ Read More
David is a wonderful, patient, and lively instructor that makes it difficult to not come out of your shell! He helped guide my middle school class through The Tempest, no easy feat, and made sure we enjoyed ourselves along the way. Since then I've attended Canterbury, an art school, and was part of the vocal program. Auditions are always nerve-racking because you may be afraid of looking foolish, but David always supported us, and even encouraged a little foolishness!
I would fully recommend David as an instructor for anyone seeking lessons.
I had a lot of fun working with David. In grade 7 he helped us preform Peter Pan and in grade 8, The Three Muscuteers. I always loved having drama class because we would always have so much fun playing games and preparing for the big show. I was always shy and didn’t like to be infront of crowds; but David made it possible for me to come out of my shell and portray my character infront of an audience. He was an amazing teacher and an amazing person who always brought a smile to my face. His caring nature and spontaneous energy kept everyone going. If I were to preform another show, I would hope to be taught by him again. :)+ Read More
When I immigrated from the United Kingdom to Canada in 2010, I immediately found myself extremely lost and helplessly lonely. Within my first few days in Canada, I met David and Emmanuelle at a local theatre school. From the moment I met them, I knew that they were both something extremely special. I was welcomed into the company with open arms and immediately felt as though I had a family, led by both David and Emmanuelle.
I remember feeling completely and utterly inspired by David and Emmanuelle at every single rehearsal I attended. I had never experienced such creativity and raw talent up until that point in my life. Their methods of approaching text, and just the way they went about creating art was so interesting and inspiring to watch.
Not only did I gain a social life and a wonderful fresh start through finding David and Emmanuelle, I learned new skills and techniques within my art. Something that I still draw from and use to this day. I whole-heartedly believe that David and Emmanuelle are a huge reason as to why I followed my dreams to New York City in 2014.
Aside from being two extremely successful artists, David and Emmanuelle are two of the nicest people you will ever encounter in this life. I would absolutely , 100% take classes with them again in the future, if given the opportunity.
David was a wonderful acting coach to me while I was involved in musical theatre. I improved immensely through his teaching and felt that I matured as an artist. I always felt excited to work with him because he is a smart, supportive, funny and warm hearted teacher and person. I would recommend David to anyone as an acting coach and will always look back at my classes with him as a turning point where I grew in confidence as a person and actor!+ Read More
Emmanuelle and David are great teachers. Their wealth of experience in many different areas allows them to get really specific with their work, and their passion and caring is truly a joy to be around. I learned so much from them in my early years which laid a great foundation for the professional performance work I continue to do. Highly recommend!+ Read More
David and EZ were such impactful mentors for me in terms of my development as an actor. They gave me such wonderful opportunities in which I was able to really dig deep and make new discoveries about myself both as an actor and as an individual in the arts. By pushing me and guiding me along as both teachers and directors, the two of them were always so supportive and ensured that the atmosphere was as positive and constructive as it could be. They are some of the most non-judgemental people I've ever worked with and created memories for me that I will never forget.+ Read More
Emmanuelle should be the word for the most vibrant colour you can think of. Her fire and joie de vivre is contagious and compelling. Wonderful to be around, as a teacher Emmanuelle pulls out all the stops. Her energy and wit in the class is of indescribable value, reminding me of the type of artist I aspire to be. She challenges, pushes, invigorates and encourages..and challenges again, until the goal is reached. I credit much of my confidence and gained skill to her kindness and expertise. She has helped bring me great success in dance, singing, acting and living. Without Emmanuelles unique touch I would not be able to call myself an artist today.+ Read More
David Hersh is a man whos creative influence and human insight strengthens the very core of every artist he works with. Training with David over five years, he has had more effect on my success and courage than any other teacher in my life. His profound attention, dynamic spirit and ferocious love for theatre and the arts makes him the most affective instructor I've ever had the honour to learn from. His strong communication skills lead to productive sessions and bold results. He has experience with students, artists, writers, and directors cut from all cloths, making his class the most diverse and exciting anyone could have. His dedication shaped me into becoming the artist and person I am today. I couldn't be more impressed.+ Read More
David was an amazing instuctor for me as a preteen and teenager. His enthusiasm was infectious and he helped instill in me a lifelong love of theatre. He guided us in creating our own mini theatre company complete with three show seasons. He helped hone our acting craft as well as teaching us all aspects of producing and putting on a show. I highly recommend him as an amazing teacher!+ Read More
It isn't hyperbole to say that David and Emmanuelle change lives. I credit them with being the guiding force of my adolescence, stimulating me both creatively and personally. They lead with love first, helping students meet their own goals, and celebrating those successes. The instruction in acting, singing, dancing, writing, and theatre mechanics I received is unparalleled. I carry their influence with me years later, using the theatrical tools I learned from them in my own creative work, as well as the confidence that grew out of their mentorship. I feel so lucky to have been able to learn from them, as I think any of their students can attest to.+ Read More
I had the wonderful experience of working with David for for 2 years to put on school theatre productions. David has an enthusiasm for teaching that creates such a supportive, encouraging environment for his students.
As a teenager, I benefited from David's enthusiasm and guidance. He instilled me with the confidence I use every day as I pursue a career in performing arts. My creativity and curiousity was supported in his class in a sincere and thoughtful way. As a teacher, I look back on my time as David's student, and emulate the great care and personal approach that is so intrinsic to his style of teaching.+ Read More
I worked with David for coaching on children theatre. His enthusiasm is contagious and he encourages students with unparalleled sincerity and understanding. He builds confidence and I always felt truly touched by his light.
I student stage managed a few of David's shows, where is leadership style was engaging, inclusive and optimistic.
David is a wonderful coach and leader, he is one of the most genuinely kind and hilarious people I know!
Fantastic, energetic teacher who directed my grade 7&8 classes through two successful plays! Very knowledgeable and very nice as well.
Several years ago, I had the wonderful privilege of being coached by both David and Emmanuelle for several theatre productions. I can not rave enough about how extremely passionate, dedicated, talented and caring these two are. I have always been a shy person that avoided theatre productions since it has never been a strength of mine. However, David and Emmanuelle truly helped me develop as a person by encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. These two outstanding teachers have and will always have a special place in my heart! Please do yourself the favour and be coached by these two wonderful individuals!+ Read More
David and Emmanuelle are incredible instructors and mentors! Everyone I know who has had the good fortune of growing under their guidance is absolutely smitten with their kind hearts, their playful wisdom, and their clarity of direction and talent. David and Emmanuelle build and nurture artistic and educational communities which have had enduring impacts for myself and many others. Couldn't recommend more!+ Read More
I had the pleasure of working with David and Emmanuelle over the course of about 5 years. Having instructors with that amount of passion and enthusiasm for theatre made them excellent role models and even better teachers. They provide excellent feedback and know exactly how to motivate their students to step out of their comfort zones and truly achieve something magical. They helped me build tremendous confidence in myself and my performing abilities, and I am extremely fortunate to have worked with such incredible teachers.+ Read More
David and Emmanuelle are incredible teachers in every sense of the word.
I was lucky enough to take acting (and dance, and singing!) classes from David and Emmanuelle when I was in middle school; completely without confidence, and very self-conscious of my abilities as an artist. David and Emmanuelle managed to set up a creative environment where I felt supported enough to stop caring about looking stupid or failing; I took chances, I wasn't afraid to tackle challenges, and, most substantially, I felt that I had a right to claim my space, and I had a voice that deserved to be heard. David and Emmanuelle are able to pinpoint what teaching styles work for each student, and they are not afraid to take the time to work with students one on one. I owe so much of my theatrical acumen to them.
They are also excellent role models. At 12 years old, it was very easy to give into the cynicism that middle school seems to be full of. Thanks to David and Emmanuelle, I had a presence in my life who taught me to be open hearted and compassionate to the world around me.
Thank you David + Emmanuelle!
An amazing teacher who makes acting fun!
It was a privilege of mine to be taught by Emmanuelle and David. Their combined expertise in acting, theatre, and voice, along with their incredibly warm and welcoming nature, allowed me to explore my potential and progress as a performer. I came to David and Emmanuelle with voice experience but minimal acting experience. They nurtured a positive and informed environment for me to develop characters for the first time. Through their guidance and understanding of the text, they helped me to grow as an actress while also embracing my existing musical abilities. 7 years later, I continue to perform in musicals and plays regularly. Emmanuelle and David are so kind, genuine, and knowledgable in their craft - anyone would be lucky to be a student of theirs!+ Read More
When I say that Emmanuelle and David changed my life, I mean it totally honestly and without exaggeration. I met them when I was at a very low point in my life, and they helped me discover a passion and talent that helped me grow as a person and helped me find a confidence within myself that has propelled me far. I am a professional actor now, and have become an acting teacher myself (I recently spent four months teaching drama to ESL students in Beijing, China). I hope that I can inspire my students the way that they inspired me so many years ago.+ Read More
It is so rare to have the opportunity to work with people as talented and humble as David and Emmanuelle. Not only do you learn and grow your abilities as they draw from their vast range of knowledge and experience, but you become part of a family. The years I was taught by David and Emmanuelle - and further went on to work with them as an co-stage manager - are some of my fondest. they brought me in to their big beautiful hearts, their loving arms, and gave me the support to thrive, the courage to take risks and the coaching I needed to improve. Anyone would be more than lucky to have David and Emmanuelle as instructors, and rays of sunshine in their life!+ Read More
In grades 7 & 8 my class spent 6 weeks working with David to put on a production. With his help we designed sets, costumes, props and lightning as well as blocked and practiced scenes. David helped push us out of our comfort zones and allowed us to put together amazing performances every year.+ Read More