Kathryn Keats

Kathryn K.

San Rafael, CA
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Method Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If you want to study method acting ...for real...come in...I coach all levels of actors with the intention of my actors getting work. And they do. I want you to explore what it's like to experience the unbelievable amount of satisfaction you can have by allowing yourself to study acting. I teach from a method base and will work on monologues, scenes, and audition materials, collaborating with you on what it is you need to understand how we go about doing this thing called acting. I can work virtually. One thing you must know about me, I am nice. I won't crush your dreams. I will, however, make sure you attain them. I can come to you or you can meet me where I teach. I am in SF and Los Angeles. I successfully work virtually with actors, too. I look forward to meeting you.
I coach all levels of actors. I want you to explore what it's like to experience the unbelievable amount of satisfaction you can have by allowing yourself to study acting. I teach from a method base and will work on monologues and audition materials, collaborating with you on what it is you need to understand how we go about doing this thing called acting. One thing you must know about me, I am really nice. I won't crush your dreams. I will, however, make sure you attain them. I can come to you or you can meet me where I teach. I am in SF and Los Angeles. I successfully work virtually with many people. If you want to act, we can make it happen.
In the dramatic arts, method acting is a technique that actors use to create and develop lifelike performances. Though not all Method actors use the same approach, the "Method" refers to the method of teaching the craft of acting, which was created by Constantin Stanislavski in order to teach concepts of acting to his students. Later, Lee Strasberg adapted Stanislavski’s method of teaching for American actors. Strasberg's method emphasized the practice of connecting to a character by drawing on personal emotions and memories, aided by a set of exercises and practices including sense memory and effective memory. Stanislavski's system of acting was the foundation of Strasberg's technique. Those who use Strasberg's technique are now commonly referred to as "Method Actors", although the "Method" refers to Stanislavski's original system.
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About

Kathryn passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Kathryn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2001

Kathryn K - First, let me say, I am active in passing the torch to millennials and Arts Education. Thank you to Take Lessons for making this possible to so many young people in the United States and across the world who would, otherwise, have little or no access to superb teachers. I am happy to be offering acting, singing performance, audition prep, scene study, script analysis and speaking lessons for all levels of actors, singers and those who need help with presentation work through Take Lessons. I am here to help you delve into your creativity, work and passion in a supportive way. I am a member of the SagAftra and ActorsEquity and have been for many years.
My students range from beginners to those working professionally on an ongoing basis in the Industry. I work with clients who are heads of businesses, lawyers and on air announcers, as well as many other individuals. My students have booked various roles in shows in the Hulu hit Chance, HBO's, Thirteen Reasons Why, Looking, Woody Allen's, Blue Jasmine, Touching Home, Generations, productions including Theatreworks, Pride and Prejudice, Berkeley Repertory's, Hand to God, and there are many more in each of these categories and countless commercials. (Nationals and Regionals) and have landed agents. Many have joined SAGAFTRA and Actors Equity or their way to becoming part of our performers unions. I am also fortunate to work with screenwriters.
My base technique is Method Acting. I am open to other techniques and studied at HB Studio in NYC.
When you study acting / singing performance w/ me you'll also learn about the BUSINESS OF SHOW BUSINESS.
We will work on technique, audition technique, monologues, scene work, as well study all aspects of acting and singing performance in order to prepare you for where you want to be as an artist.
Actors and Singers
Auditions!!
They are definitely the most difficult and nerve wracking part of being an actor or singer, right? Booking work means your audition has to be as good as opening night.
Auditioning is about preparation and preparation takes consistent support. Look, showbiz is not a business about being alone. Artists thrive when working together. We are a collaborative bunch and collaborating to make sure you're ready and organized for your auditions makes sense.
Stop trying to muscle through this necessary step alone. No one who works consistently does that! They ask for help. ASK FOR HELP!!
Solidify your acting choices so you don't have to worry about them the day before your audition. Know your prep so you can internally drop into it when the casting director says, "Whenever you're ready."
Have your music material and performance choices prepared ahead of time.
BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
Work with me when your agent sends you your sides so you show up READY. Know your lines. It's OK if your struggling with memorization.
Let's figure out How YOU memorize.
Let me coach you for online audition submissions.
If we are working virtually I will coach while you are taping yourself to submit your online audition. It works!
Let me collaborate with on script analysis in order for you to you understand your material before you audition.
Take your work seriously so you bring your most intelligent and inspiring work to the audition rooms.
You'll be bringing the agents, casting directors, directors, producers and writers the inspiration they crave regarding their beloved projects. Do that and you're gonna book.
I know you can work and I can't wait to make it happen with you.  
About Kathryn
Kathryn is a member of the Sag-Aftra and Actors Equity and BMI and is a Critics Circle Award Winner.
Kathryn has worked with such legends as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ben Vereen, Word Baker, who directed the first a one-act version of “The Fantastics” and then the historic two-act show, Sandy Duncan, Loretta Lynn, Flip Wilson. She studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and HB Studio in New York City.
For Parents of Minor:
I'm available to help you understand this somewhat confusing industry.
Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching
Music Performance - Technique and Performance- songwriting

About Kathryn and Music

KATHRYN K is a soulful singer and prolific songwriter.
You can find more about Kathryn's music and her life story, which has allowed her to be of service to many, in national and local media, including: The Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, Broadway World, Reader's Digest, NPR, The Gil Gross Show, The Montel Williams Show, and The Mancow Muller Show, NPR and Woman Magazine, UK.
Kathryn has released a video and CD with Multi - Grammy winning producer and drummer, Narada Michael Walden, Tarpan Records in Marin County, Ca. Walden says, "Kat is bringing the message of hope, light, love and faith to people's lives." Walden says. "I am proud of her and her divine mission."
Gil Gross, Host The Gil Gross Show –Radio, ABC "I have loved Kathryn's music from the day I first heard her sing, but even being a fan of her recordings did not prepare me for seeing her perform live. She is a great live performer holding her audience willing captives to each turn of a melody and the drama of every lyric. She more than sings. She inhabits a song and involves each member of the audience in its drama, joy or sorrow. There are performers for whom a performance is a night out. When Kathryn performs it’s a lifetime shared with us in a single evening. If you want to merely hear some tunes, there are many people who will do. If you want a real experience in music, there is Kathryn.
Kathryn's latest show is being created with director David Ford (Marsh Theatre) and Kevin Gerzevitz and her concerts features a who’s who list of world-renowned musicians: Gerzevitz and Grammy-Nominated Bassist, Michael Manring; Album of the Year Winner, Trumpeter, Jeff Oster; Master Percussionist, Joe Venegoni; Guitar Virtuoso, Tom Lattanand; Critically Acclaimed Pianist, Kelly Park; Celebrated Flutist, Barbara Else; and from the Steve Winwood Band, Brazilian-born Drummer, Celso Alberti.
Kathryn has played a variety of venues, including the renowned Yoshi's Oakland Jazz Club, the Bitter End and Symphony Space in New York City, the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, the Plush Room and the Fairmont in San Francisco, as well as Mill Valley's premier showcase, the Throckmorton Theatre, Theatre on the Square, the Beacon Theatre, Great American Music Hall,The Mint, The Fairmont, to name a few. She has Cd's at all outlets.

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Experience

Kathryn K. Acting & Singing Performance Coach
Jan 2001 - Present
K. Publishing

Kathryn K. has been coaching all levels of actors and singers for theatre, film, television and commercials, helping them land agents and book jobs and gain acceptance into universities and conservatories since 2001.
She is a sought after audition coach and coach for those who are currently working on ongoing projects.
Kathryn K. individualizes sessions based on the needs of each student and is an expert in various techniques of acting. She is best known as a Method coach. She has been working in show business since she was a child and is an award-winning singer, actor and performer. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association and is a published songwriter (BMI).

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Education

Acting, Voice, Songwriting, Musical Theatre, Music
Jan 1980 - Present
College - Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati (CCM)HB Studio NYC

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Paralegal
Jun 1986
Merritt College

Paralegal - Person who is able to work with a lawyer and although I never used this working with an attorney I have in fact, found it very useful to have in all aspects of show business.

Awards

Critics Circle Award
Jan 1900
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award

Affiliations

BMI
Jun 2005

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 1987

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Actors' Equity Association
Jan 1980

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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Photos & Videos

Kathryn K

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Incredible Isabella Khoury when you study acting / singing performance w/ me you'll also learn about the BUSINESS OF SHOW BUSINESS.

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Your headshots are very very important. We will be discussing them. This photo of actor Lorenzo Conti was shot by Cynthia Smalley.

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Joy after a very successful audition

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She can sing

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MicKayla Moore got cast in a Show and a Feature Film and all of us wanna say Congratulations! 
Photo by Sara Rogers Photography

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Bradley opening night Maple and Vine

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Playing

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April Tong Photo Cynthia Smalley
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17 Reviews

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Monica Aug 4, 2017
Method Acting · Online

Kathryn is so very easy to work with. Very knowledgable about her work.

Brianna May 4, 2017
Acting · Online

Kathryn is an amazing teacher! I've been working with her for nearly a year now. At first I was hesitant doing classes online, but I don't regret taking the leap. I've definitely improved my acting skills in the months we've been working together; she gives great feedback and really cares about her students, not ONLY in the way of their acting skills. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to get into acting. I started out knowing nothing and I can say 100% that what I know now is largely in part of Kathryn!

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Alex W. May 2, 2017
Acting · Online

I always try and surround myself with people who give me confidence and make me better. Kathryn does both of those. She doesn't view you as a dollar sign but as an artist. She's the coach that sends you "Happy Birthday" and "Get Well Soon" texts because she genuinely cares.

I've been with her for over a year already and have no plans of stopping. Thank you so much, Kathryn. :)

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Hannah K. May 2, 2017
Acting · In studio

I'm so lucky to have found Kathryn. I was looking for acting classes in my area and found this site and as if it was meant to be. She's an amazing person and coach. I am naturally a very shy person and this was scary for me but after my first session with her i knew this was right for me. Acting is harder than a thought but i am learning and it's getting easier and it's so much fun! She's cares very much for her students and wants them to be successful!! Thank you Kathryn!!!

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Caroline S. Dec 12, 2016
Singing · Online

Very knowledgeable, friendly, and goes out of her way to help. Understands music and character and critiques in a way to get you were you want to go! Great instructor!

Danielle Y. Aug 26, 2016
Acting · In home

Kathryn was great!! My daughter was very nervous before the lesson but when she was done she came out smiling and very happy. Thank you.

Dawn N. Aug 17, 2016
Audition Prep · Online

Kathryn was awesome! The lesson was very informative, and we had a lot of fun! I look forward to our next lesson :-)

Kayla Moore Jul 28, 2016
Acting · Online

What an amazing coach and all around person!! Kathryn has helped me build confidence in myself as well as build my technique as an actress. I am beyond grateful for her knowledge, patience and kindness. I highly recommend her expertise.

Jessica U. May 22, 2016
Acting · Online

Profession, super smart and to the point! Highly recommend, she helped my daughter prepare for an audition and book the job! We will be back!

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Acting · Online

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Dylan A. Aug 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

Kathryn was a tremendous teacher! I not only progressed in my singing technique but Kathryn helped be grow my confidence as a performer and a composer! Kathryn also has an amazing personality on top of everything which I believe makes her a great person to learn from.

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Tomi H. Jun 6, 2015
Acting · In studio

Her method for method acting rocks.

Josh F. Jun 6, 2015
Film Acting · Online

Kathryn is the absolute best! She truly wants what is best for her students; she tries very hard to teach you everything you need to know and moves at a pace that is convenient for the student. She makes lessons fun and is just a genuine and kind-hearted person. I am very happy to have her as an instructor.

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Alison S. Feb 16, 2015
Singing · In studio

It really was such a treat to work with her!

My work with Katherine has been nothing but amazing. She surpasses the label as teacher by all accounts and is a true mentor.
Whether I was feeling low that day as an artist or on my game, she inspired my best work and I walked out of her studio every time feeling fulfilled and grateful.
Thanks to Kathryn, my voice and acting chops have excelled and I have gained callbacks knowing full well it was due to the work I prepared with her for the auditions!

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Jamie B. Nov 1, 2014
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Kathryn is the real deal! I have never acted before and thought I'd like to give it a try. She has this ability to help you believe in yourself in such a way that after the first session I knew if I wanted to pursue acting full time Kathryn would help me make that happen. After working with her I also walked away feeling enlivened. Kathryn took me under her wing and taught me a great deal in a short amount of time. She's also grown up in the industry so her knowledge is vast and priceless.

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Wendy H. Oct 21, 2014
Acting · Online

Kathryn is the best teacher I ever had! She is an award winning artist and knows the industry inside out. She really cares about your progress and wants to help you! I highly recommend her!

Michelle B. Jun 17, 2013
Singing ·

Kathryn rocks! A wonderful teacher!

Kathryn is teaching my young daughter to sing and we feel very blessed to have found her. She has a really great teaching style that made both me and my daughter quickly feel at ease. She has an incredible background and her technical skills and knowledge are first rate. But she is also fun, spontaneous, and really knows how to interact with and inspire my child. I could go on and on about the world of music and excitement she has opened for us. But in a nutshell, if you have a chance to study with Kathryn you will be very glad you did! The home studio is lovely & wonderfully equipped - its just made for musicians! 5 Stars!!

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