Emma Plotkin

Emma P.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a theatre actor and singer, I've been in countless musicals, concerts, and operas. Memorable moments include working with 2-time drama desk winner Robert Wilson on Turandot, performing with CocoRosie, who's music has been streamed over 20 million times and training wonderful international singers in England, Ireland, and America.

As a voice teacher, I teach both speaking and singing voice.
As a voice teacher, I have extensive experience teaching various techniques including classical, jazz, opera, musical theatre, indie, and singer-songwriter. My focus is building up a foundational practice that is safe and controlled - connecting your mind and body to allow a relaxed, confident and unique voice. Style, tone and technique are all achievable with the right tools! Whether this is for an audition or a long term practice this training can help you achieve your goals. I also can teach music theory and ear training if this is of interest.

Having performed in many, many musicals I am more than happy to work on a repertoire of new and old work be it a jazzy Coltrane an operatic Rogers and Hammerstein a quick and pithy Sondheim or a more modern piece the like of Sarah Bareille's Waitress. Be it an audition or currently working on a show I am extremely comfortable preparing you for that next great performance.

About Emma P.

Hello,

I am a theatre and voice teacher. I graduated from Bennington College which was ranked #1 in BA drama programs by Princeton Review through my years of study.

As a voice teacher, I focus on singing with control and connecting your voice to your body. I specialize in contemporary, singer-songwriter and musical theatre training.

As a theatre teacher, I work with actors to feel confident and prepared when auditioning, building a character, doing scene work and working on their speaking voice. I also offer classes to directors in directing 101, directing readings and new play development. One thing that is unique is that I will give you pamphlets to remember the most important parts of the lesson.

I've taught K-12 after school theater programs including audition prep and I've also taught extended workshops for professional actors and college students who have gone on to great schools like Yale, Penn University, University of Michigan, Ithaca College, Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College.

I have worked with internationally acclaimed directors like Robert Wilson, Ann Bogart, Liz Lerman, and Kristin Hanggi. I've worked with some incredible theater companies like Beth Morrison Projects, Siti Company, The Watermill Center, The Hangar Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Hangar Theater, The Eugene O’Neill and The National Theater Institute. I've trained in a wide variety of styles including many physical forms of theater, dance, puppetry, masks, Alexander, Meisner, Suzuki, and Viewpoints.

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Experience

Co-Founder and Teaching Artist
Sep 2018 - Present

Pilot Light Studios

-Teaching Choreography For Every_Body, a body inclusive introduction to Choreography -Teaching An Introduction to Choicework and Body Integration, a course that gives agency to the actor so that they can create an emotionally resonant and physically expressive character. The class is rooted in Choice Work, Meisner and Viewpoints -Teaching Tell Your Own Story: A devising course based on participants personal narratives based on Ping Chong and Documentary Theatre

Theatre and Voice Teacher
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Star Camp

Teaching theater, voice and dance classes to young adults ages 4-16.

Theatre Teacher
Feb 2018 - Aug 2018

The Blue Door

Teaching Audition prep, Choice Work, Scene Study and Directing 101

Theatre Teacher
Feb 2018 - Aug 2018

Spotlight Casting Agency

Teaching Movement Metaphor: movement exercises help movers spark new ideas, refine old ideas, disrupt patterned thinking and work in synchronicity with head and body. This is a useful technique while choreographing a dance, blocking out a scene or exploring a character's internal emotional state.

Inaugural Future of Arts and Culture Fellow
Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

The Ford Foundation with the Creative Capital Institute

- Collaborated with 12 fellows to explore the future of the arts in relation to economy, science, and tech - Attended the Creative Capital Conference to meet with over 100 social activist artists and change-makers - Presented on the future of reframing failure with regards to iterative and collaborative processes

Assistant to Teacher
Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

Liz Lerman

- Transcribed notes from her classes and lectures for a digital classroom experience - Researched crowdfunding strategies including Indiegogo, Kickstarter and Patreon - Managed social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia

Theatre Artist
Jul 2015 - Sep 2015

The Watermill Center with Robert Wilson

- Attended lectures and met with Philip Glass, Pussy Riot, Jim Jarmusch, and Tilda Swinton among others - Participated in the Sackler Conference for the intersection of neuroscience, art, and emotion - Researched visual imagery and movement for Robert Wilson’s upcoming shows including Turandot and The EDDA - Drew rough drafts of art pieces, composed music for a marketing video, performed with CocoRosie

Education

Devising
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

Siti Company

BA: Theatre and Social Activism with a minor in movement and vocal studies
Sep 2013 - Jun 2017

Bennington College

Advanced Directing
Aug 2016 - Sep 2016

National Theatre Institute

Advanced Directing
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Hanger Theater

Acting
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

New York Summer School for the Arts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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