- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 70 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2001
Hi there! I am Joanne, born and raised in NYC, where I earned my B.A. in Drama from Hofstra University and my dual master’s degrees in Theater and English Education from New York University. I have years of experience in directing and acting professionally in New York. I have also worked as a teaching artist for seven years, in addition to facilitating workshops, throughout New York City. I recently sold my theatre in North Hollywood called: The Avery Schreiber Playhouse, where I produced over a hundred plays and children shows. I also taught drama at the prestigious Brentwood School.
Let me coach you in the area of the Performing Arts you need help with. I have taught many successful artists who are now performing in hit television shows, singing alongside Placido Domingo at the LA Opera, and writing hit Off Broadway productions. My approach is individualized to cater to the specific needs of the student I work with. I specialize in Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Producing, and Public Speaking. I teach in person in both Los Angeles and NYC. Please contact me if you prefer in person coaching to find out what city I am in! Otherwise, online works perfectly!
I run my own theater company, which produces, writes and performs it's own shows. My shows have gone Off Broadway and have been hit sellers in Los Angeles. You can find my reviews online!
I started The Magic Mirror Theater Company in 2009 because I was motivated to teach young people the Theater Arts in an environment where they were actively participating in the production. My motto was: Why spend money on acting classes when you can learn and be in a professional theater production? My youth theater company specialized in providing young actors (ages 5 to 18) the opportunity to learn theater in a supportive environment where integrity, commitment, trust and creativity lied at the heart of the program. My students went on and booked lead parts in hit television shows, commercials, theater productions, as well as the La Opera! I still coach many of them today.+ Read More
I was hired to take over for the drama teacher at the prestigious Brentwood School who needed to take a maternity leave. My students and I successfully produced two shows during that time, in which were entirely wrote and directed by the students.
I was hired to launch the first Drama and Dance Department at Junior Highs School 194 in Whitestone, Queens. This program is still thriving. I am very proud of the work I did with these students. As a NYC teacher I was held accountable for meeting standards and holding students accountable for their work.+ Read More
My daughter has been taking lessons with Joanne for the past several months. She loves Joanne and enthusiastically looks forward to her lesson each week! Our family has had no prior experience with acting in any capacity, and Joanne has ignited a true passion for the craft in my daughter. Joanne really understands and knows how to connect with children; she is very kind, patient and experienced. My daughter describes her as awesome and super-fun! Each lesson is well-organized and exciting! Immediately after each lesson, she sends comprehensive follow up notes on the week's activities. We recommend Joanne to everyone! Joanne is truly a lovely person and teacher.+ Read More
Joanne got my son started in acting and helped him secure two regular roles on two TV shows
I loved working with Joanne! She directed me in a play(Sex In Manhattan) and I really enjoyed and benefited from her ability to direct. She was motivating and inspiring and gave excellent notes for me as an actor. I just returned from being oversea for many years as I was acting in action movies in Asia and one of the first people I contacted was Joanne to see what she was working on. I would love to work on another play if she puts something up and would recommend any actor to try and audition or take classes from her. Thanks Joanne and if your back in LA let me know if you have anything for me to come and audition, great luck!+ Read More
Joanne is a fantastic instructor and director! I have worked with her for years and her support has been so impactful in my life. She has truly helped me grow as an artist and I have watched her empower countless others, both children and adults. She sees the potential in her clients and really knows how to bring out the best in them. Her knowledge, extensive experience, generous nature and energetic spirit make her an amazing teacher. She will both make you a better artist and make you more marketable. I absolutely adore her, and you will love working with her too!+ Read More
Joanne is a beautiful soul both inside and out and truly wants to help others bring out their best in the Entertainment Industry! I had the pleasure of working with Joanne in her Theater group and I felt so loved and welcomed!! Being around Joanne will only make you feel better!! Cheers to the best success for all!+ Read More
Joanne taught in the classroom next to mine for some years during her tenure at our school in New York. I saw the enthusiasm with which students entered her class, the delight with which they left, and the polished performances they delivered at year's end. I was also fortunate enough to see a stage production which she had written and directed off Broadway. In every case, her dedication, professionalism, and her passion for the craft were evident and obvious. Joanne is a gift to all who have known her in any capacity.+ Read More
Joanne is a master! I've watched her transform children into stars. She's kind, patient but still gets results! One of my best girlfriend's has a daughter who's booking one commercial after the next. Joanne gives children confidence through her special ability to be able to relate to them! I've also seen her work with many adults (including myself) with AMAZING results, giving them the confidence and ability to perform on stage and on camera. This woman knows her stuff and she's a true professional! I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who's looking to break into acting, take their acting to the next level or just have fun with theater. A truly gifted teacher!! I was blessed to have a close friend refer me to her.+ Read More