Kim Lesso

Kim L.

Corning, NY
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About

Kim delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2008

Hi, my name is Kim but over the past 9 years of training performers in my academy (The Corcoran Academy of Fine Arts) I've become known to my "kids" as Mama L. Having been on stage performing for 50 years has given me the upper hand in how to train the next generation of performers! I love what I do and, judging by the success of my students, I'd say I'm very good at it! Please check out my photo gallery of past and present students. My students consistently score major roles in their school productions and I make sure I'm there to cheer them on!

My vocal training covers both classic voice and musical theatre. My acting lessons combine Adler, Meisner and my own observational technique. I have a sure fire method of preparation for auditions that, if followed completely, has never failed me or my students.

Why should you come to me? Because I'll take you right where you are and grow your skills on YOUR terms! Your lessons are different than other student's lessons because they're designed to suit YOU! You can't help but catch my excitement during your lesson because we have so much fun! I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Experience

Director/Teacher
Jan 2008 - Present
The Corcoran Academy of Fine Arts

When parents found out I was training my son and daughter to get the leads they were getting in high school I was bombarded with requests to take on more kids. Thus The Corcoran Academy of Fine Arts was born! (Corcoran is my maiden name!) For almost 10 years I've trained kids for everything from fun in Chorus and local theatre to kids who are now well into college training for careers on the stage and/or screen!

I have loved my life of performance and now I'm raising up the next generation! My students rank among the top of their local school theatre programs and score well in college auditions!

As I begin working through TakeLessons I am also beginning to write my second book! Having published my autism book in 2008, sharing with others what I'd done to help my 2 autistic children break all the barriers of the disease, I now feel a book series covering my methodology of acting will benefit those in the craft. With a working title for the series "The Actor's Arsenal" I'm very excited to dive into book #1! Stay tuned for release dates!

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Professional Singer/Actress
Apr 1967 - Present
Self

For 50 years I've performed in Musical Theatre. TV, Radio, Churches, Guest Artist, Concerts, Resorts, Weddings and Funerals. Having had so many years experience really means I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of performance situations and I train my students to be ready for the unexpected on the stage! My students are trained to react quickly to save the day in any performance situation...a skill everyone needs in life!

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Education

MA Theatre
Jul 2017 - Present
Empire State College
AAS Business Administration - Management
Aug 1986 - May 1988
Corning Community College

Photos & Videos

My favorite students (2 of my 3 children) in Phantom of the Opera 2012.

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Some of my students in Les Miserables. March, 2017

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Tristan prepping a show as President of SUNY Potsdam's Musical Theatre Organization.

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Student Ashley H. knocked it out of the park as the Witch in Into The Woods. Fall 2016

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Tristan Lesso as Scrooge, 2011

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Tristan and Lizzy aka Phantom and Christine.  2012

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South Pacific, Maddie and Tristan as Nellie and Emile, 2013

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Bradley playing Stewpot in South Pacific, 2013

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My students dominated South Pacific in 2013!  Bloody Mary and the Gals.
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2 Reviews

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Blake Jun 3, 2017
Musical Theater · In studio

Kim is an incredible teacher! I learned an incredible amount about acting and the art of the audition from her, and would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for lessons in theatre or voice!

Zoë Jun 2, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Ms.Lesso (or Momma L as we fondly call her) is an amazing instructor! She has so much experience in the performing arts and has a way with teaching that makes technique more understandable. She just really brings out your inner performer. I was already a fair singer before I joined her academy, but after being with her for less than a year, I had improved so much! Now, after +3 years with her, I nearly have a 4 octave range and we are working to get me to the full 4. She is just a great instructor and she makes you feel like part of her family.

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