Joshua Morgan

Joshua M.

Washington, DC

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About

Joshua delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15 to 65 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2005

**Joshua is currently performing in the Broadway company of Les Miserables so is only teaching in person in NY and online via Skype or FaceTime.**

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing.
Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few.
As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. Other sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and countless readings, workshops and concerts as well as the Washington, DC premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s, In Love and Warcraft.
Joshua has worked as a Musical Director for many shows within the NY/NJ/DC tri-state area and coaches a handful of select students. The musical play, Definition of a Housewife, conceived and written by himself and Jeffery Self had a workshop production in the summer of 2006 at Columbia University.
Most recently he appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Signature Theatre’s production of Soon and is currently in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. He is also attached to a new musical (A House of Glass) about Tennessee Williams in which Joshua will be playing the prolific writer.
Joshua was the founding Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company for 6 years and sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY.


*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all singing comes from the same place, technically (Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop, etc.). I work more on building a strong foundation from which everything else comes. That includes breath, placement and the stripping away of bad vocal habits that inhibit us from making healthy productive sounds. A strong foundation does usually mean having a stronger sense of your "legit" voice because it takes more work to involve your palate and breath which makes Musical Theatre/Pop seem like a piece of cake. I like to work with dedicated students who are open to challenging themselves and exploring other schools of thought in order to take themselves to the next level.

I have a strong background in musical theatre but believe that it all comes from the same place. Good technique is good technique which stems from more of a "classical" background. Bel canto, if you will. It's like dancing. Dancers who study ballet are much better dancers than those who don't because they have a strong foundation from which to work.

With my actors, I start from building a foundation of a sense of truth which is inherent in all of us. We talk through/explore a number of "approaches", in order to find the individuals process. From there, we begin work on how to approach text (actions, objectives, targets, meanings, etc.)


*** Studio Equipment ***
A space for lessons with a large library of music/plays. An upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
I only work on a flex schedule with my students, so when booking lessons- rather than selecting a specific day and time for lessons, we schedule each lesson from week to week as we go. I have lots of open hours for teaching, though they are not reflected on my calendar, as my schedule tends to fluctuate.

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Languages

ASL
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2011

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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23 Reviews

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Mia N. Jun 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Love Joshua, very personable, great instructor.

Matthew S. Aug 7, 2015
Film Acting · In studio

Joshua is an incredible instructor with an amazing talent. His ability to get to know you, as an individual and cater his expertise to make his students better is unparalleled. I would recommend Joshua to anyone who would give me the time. Truly, an amazing person and instructor.

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Logan C. Jul 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

He is very detailed in getting to know what makes you what you are and where you come from. There is an established unconditional comfortability and confidence that he brings when talking to about your history and future goals, and unquestionable intrigue of interest that helps him figure out what it is you want out of a lesson, critique, or and experience.
Overall he is very involved in actually helping you developed yourself and your craft towards what ever direction you wish to take it. Highly recommend one of his lessons and experience as a mentor

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Amelia N. Jul 20, 2015
Shakespearean Acting · In studio

Joshua is an awesome teacher. He will go out of his way to help you however he can. I have a masters in acting and wanted to find someone that was both knowledgable and encouraging. He is both! He has helped me think about my goals...and have fun. This guy rocks.

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Bianca M. Jun 4, 2015
Acting · In studio

Joshua Morgan is an extroadinary teacher! He knows what he's talking about; very knowledgeable about the business. He gave me tips and pointers of things that I needed to know. He will also tell you the absolute truth because he wants you to succeed, which I love. He expands your mind and helps you be prepared before heading into the industry because its no piece of cake, but he encourages you every step of the way. He also made me feel comfortable and he's very patient. I'm very glad to have met him. Its not the end, but only the beginning with him.

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Beverly C. May 18, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio

Joshua is great at his craft. I spent a lot of time since I moved to the East Coast looking for an voice coach who understand what my voice needed. Joshua stepped right in and put into words what I have been trying to tell other for a long time. He's truthful and I know I can trust what he say. That was important to me. I want to say you Joshua. I now have something to look forward to.

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Lisa E. Jan 2, 2014
Singing ·

Great

Joshua is great to work with, knowledgable, professional, patient, fun, and has a great teaching style.

Chao X. Oct 31, 2013
Singing ·

Thanks Joshua!

Lessons with Joshua are the highlights of my week. I'm a busy professional who works ~60 hour weeks every week, but lessons with Joshua motivates me to practice on top of that.

Firstly, he is a great singer himself, works in the theater business and performs regularly - which is what you want in a teacher (you don't want do _learn_ from someone who don't _do_ what he/she's teaching). A well-trained singer like him can recognize instantly what you're doing wrong and what needs to be done to fix it. He has well-developed ideas ready for you to utilize to improve your technique. They include analogies, ways to think about your body and your resonators, etc. His teaching also helps you understand what you need to do to sing in a particular style (in which you may not always want to sing "correctly") and what is healthy for your voice vs what is not.

Secondly, his lessons are enormously fun. He achieves a great balance of keeping things light and keeping things professional. We get work done each lesson but it never feels like work. I always leave lessons feeling like it was too short. I would probably book three-hour lessons every time if I could.

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Katie B. Jul 2, 2013
Singing ·

Joshua is wonderful!

I've always wanted to learn how to sing, but was too insecure/too uncertain to know where to start. Joshua has been amazing at teaching an absolute beginning, from how to correctly breathe, to learning how to match pitch, to recently making it through one of my first songs successfully. Joshua is incredibly warm and supportive; I highly recommend him as a teacher!!

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DoyleZ May 16, 2012
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Thank You Josh!

Wow, what can I say. I came to Josh timid, unconfident, with no idea how to sing. I wanted to sing an a capella arrangement for my wife at our wedding and Josh certainly helped me along.What a world of difference from when I started to left. Very patient, understanding vocal coach, will challenge and inspire his students..Thank you Josh! I could not have done it without you.

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AdelaL May 15, 2012
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Bravo!

Joshua is a superb teacher at many levels. He is insightful and intuitive, and at the same time, very technical and talented. Last but not least, he is also patient and kind. He is perhaps the best teacher I've ever had (and, believe me, I went to school for a long time!).

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DeyAndriaB May 9, 2012
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amazing

Today was my first time working with Joshua. I enjoyed my lesson with him and i cant wait into the next one. Joshua really did related to me. He understand what I want and get what am trying to do. Joshua is a lovely person

SheilaW Jan 29, 2012
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Student's (Ella) mother

Ella and I think Joshua is fabulous! He is a technically excellent and enthusiastic teacher with great personality. My only request is that he has Ella sing a song or two during each lesson as doing so will keep her interest up. She knows the basics are important but is a bit frustrated that she hasn't had the chance to sing much. Although she understands the importance of learning the skills, she is only 10 and I think singing a song or two with Joshua giving her tips will actually make her more committed to practicing and focusing on technique.Overall we are thrilled with Joshua and recommending him to friends!

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NicolasB Jan 3, 2012
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Wonderful personalized vocal training!

A really top notch teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a teacher that will expand and push their skills. Joshua is extremely adept at identifying and working on your weaker spots while at the same time perfecting your strengths, but in all in a constructive way. He does a great job at explaining the concepts of singing in an understandable and comprehensible way, so that one can really understand how to advance and correct bad habits. However, FYI he is not a teacher for students who just want someone to praise their every note or just to practice a song or two, he for those who want to become better singers. Like a good trainer he will adjust to your level and push you. I can only imagine where I'll be 6 months to a year from now!

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FredaC Dec 18, 2011
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I agree with everything in all of the other comments about Joshua. I was immediately impressed with how approachable he is, and he is very good at explaining how and why we do certain exercises. I've only had a few lessons so far, but I really trust that he will be able to get me to where I want to go with my singing.

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BethC1 Nov 16, 2011
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I really couldn't ask for a better teacher. I feel like I've made real progress over the 7 months that I've been taking lessons, and Joshua's engaging personality make the lesson a highlight of my week. Learning proper technique is a slow process, but it's well worth it.

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AkiL Nov 9, 2011
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Mr

Joshua is an excellent teacher who really knows what he's talking about when it comes to singing. He does not believe in any "quick fixes" but instead wants you to learn to sing correctly and not develop bad habits that might limit your singing in the future. I've been taking lessons with Joshua for a little under a year now. At times I get frustrated with myself when I have an on-going problem with some aspect of my voice, and I would often like to give up and just move onto something I'm better at. But one of the best things about Joshua is that he does not let his students off easy. Learning to sing isn't an easy process, but if you're serious about learning, Joshua is awesome at helping you challenge yourself.

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PatriceM Nov 6, 2011
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Singer/Actress

Joshua is a very great teacher. He listens to what you have to say and is knowledgeable on many subjects in the field of entertainment. He knows how to reel me in when i get confuse about singing. I know and feel confortable to ask him any questions. He always tell me on each lesson to feel free to call or text him if i need him or need questions answered.His warmth comes through every time i see him. I would and will recommend him anytime some one ask me if i know a voice teacher. Joshua you are the best.

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SimonO May 11, 2011
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Josh was a great instructor who consistently showed enthusiasm and patience, especially during the hard stages. I always looked forward to the classes and felt even better afterwards. He knows what he's talking about so the best thing you can do is trust him. I'm sorry I couldn't stay in DC otherwise I would have definitely maintained our lessons. Thanks Josh.

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AlexandriaF Feb 16, 2011
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Joshua is a good instructor. He is very patient and genuinely wants his students to reach their fullest potential in an organized way. I am a professional dancer who randomly needed help with a song for an audition. Unexpectedly, he has also tried to help me find other avenues of professional work in the arts so help me expand my talents and my career.

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MarcieG Nov 20, 2010
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Joshua M.

Josh is a great instructor! Although we've one lesson only so far, I enjoyed working with him and am eager for the next.

BettyW May 12, 2010
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Thanks Take Lessons for your help. For me as a student's this late in my life I've had this dream that I wanted to sing with a choir and even do a solo part someday and not knowing if I had the ability to do so or not. You placed me with a great instructor who was easy to work with, incredibly patient, completely honest in his assessment of my ability to sing. He displayed such great knowledge base to me when he was instructing me on the variable that is needed to be able to sing. He helped me to gain some confidence where as I can be an intricate part of the choir that I am now singing in at my church and not wonder if I am singing off note. Joshua has just been outstanding in helping me realize my ability to sing. When I can resume the lessons again I truly hope that he is still around to help me to continue my learning! Thanks again take Lessons!Betty Wilson

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CarlyL Feb 19, 2010
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Great teacher

I am a very new actor, and Joshua has allowed me to look at acting in a completely different way. By helping me understand the core principles and underlying concepts of acting, I've learned how to create a strong foundation from which to build. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm confident that with Joshua as an instructor I will continue to grow as an actress. I look forward to my lessons every week, and I'm excited to continue working with him in the future.

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