Mao Gray

Mao G.

North Hollywood, CA

Lesson Details



Mao delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2008

Certified Practitioner of The Lessac Voice and Movement Institute and a candidate for certification.

I own the business license as voice/acting/accent modification coach from City of Los Angeles.

I have experience teaching clients from many cultural backgrounds, including ESL who struggle to melt into the classes and to think in English. I am effective at diagnosing what they need to work on and helping them to achieve their goals. I will bring my energy to the session and encourage clients to share their questions, to express themselves, to respect each other, to work harder and to love language deeply. 
My lessons are designed with diverse groups of clients in mind because Los Angeles is a huge cultural melting pot. I will share with international clients how to feel the American energy as themselves without mimicking people through their daily lives. American clients will reconnect with their roots through the exploration.

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Jan 2017 - Present
Asahi Gakuen

Teaching Japanese to Japanese-American youth aimed at helping them navigate how to live in both cultures.

Guide them to find the bridge between two cultures by using Theatre games

Consulting with parents if I am asked

Character Performer Trainer
Jan 2016 - Present
Universal Studio Hollywood

Training new employees as animated characters in the Entertainment Department.

Coaching on voice and movement approaches to help actors perform characters within the Universal Studio theme park.

Leading discussion on character development and working with ease to avoid injury.

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Teaching Assistant/Teaching Intern
Jan 2016 - Present
Santa Monica College/Lessac Institute

Assistant teaching for multiple sections of Voice Development courses in the Santa Monica College Theatre Dept.
Leading exercising and warm-ups

Working with students of varying levels, ages and of diverse backgrounds

Coaching students privately for auditions

Giving student feedback and assessments of student progress, including written and oral evaluation.

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Character Performer
Sep 2014 - Present
Universal Studio Hollywood

Positivi interactions with guest as a character.

Personal/Business Assistant
Apr 2014 - Aug 2014
Yuka Enterprise LLC

Personal/Business Assistant and bilingual translator between English and Japanese for the business negotiation/meeting.

Taking care of customer service at the reception desk and being responsible for the payment/refund.

Assistant Professor
Aug 2010 - May 2011
University of Central Oklahoma

Interned in Voice and Movement 1, 2, and 3 by using Lessac Work under Daisy Nystul (Lessac Certified Trainer) and assisted in Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Business for Acting(*classes for the theater majors), and Introduction to Theatre for non-majors and gave private tutoring if I was asked by students.

Directed for The Second Stages at University of Central Oklahoma. 
Accent Reduction Tutor, Edmond, Oklahoma 2008-2011 

Taught international students Standard American English by using Lessac Work and gave international students acting coaching to follow up the acting class. 

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Master of Fine Arts in Acting
Sep 2011 - Mar 2013
New York Film Academy Universal Studio Campus


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Practitioner
Jul 2010
Lessac Voice and Movement Training Institute


Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Sep 2017

VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.

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American Guild for Variety Actors
Sep 2014

The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) is an AFL-CIO-affiliated labor union founded in 1939 to represent performing artists and stage managers for live performances in the variety field. The variety area of performance includes singers & dancers in touring shows and in theatrical revues (non-book revues may be under Actors’ Equity jurisdiction), theme park performers, skaters, circus performers, comedians & stand-up comics, cabaret & club artists,lecturers/poets/monologists/spokespersons, and variety performers working at private parties & special events.

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