I graduated with a BFA in Acting/Theatre from the theatre program at Syracuse University (SU). During my time there, I studied at the Globe Theatre in London, in addition to spending a semester taking classes with Broadway and TV/Film Casting agents in New York City. I've done a few musicals in regional theatres in New York. And currently, I am a working actor in and around the city of Chicago. I have experience music directing, directing, choreographing, and teaching acting and voice throughout the year for a elementary/middle/high school students and programs around the Chicagoland area. In addition, I music direct and teach private voice lessons for an adult a cappella group in Chicago called Fear Experiment. I studied voice, music theory, piano, acting, and dance within the SU theatre program and have been teaching for over 10 years. In addition, I taught music and theatre to special needs adults for all four years of college.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am energetic, positive, and specific. In lessons, we will focus on properly using your breath and body to have the best technique possible. Singing is easy and fun and I hope to instill that in all my students. I like to get work done while still smiling and laughing. Between 1 to 6 months, you can expect to have a stronger and fuller voice/sound, feel more confident singing/acting, and perform with more ease. We will stretch your vocal range so you begin to sing even higher and lower than before! I like to start the lesson with warm-ups and vocalizations, work in a little music theory, and then work on repertoire. I have many repertoire books and can help you choose songs that best fit your age, gender, and personality. However, you can also have the option of bringing in pieces you need to work on for auditions, shows, or just for fun! I encourage students to record the lesson so that you can practice between lessons and record notes if you are learning a song. I think music and theatre allows people to express themselves, gain confidence, and use their creativity/imagination. Great technique is a solid foundation for developing skills and individuality in your craft and a long career.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a keyboard.
*** Specialties ***
Voice - Kristen Linklater, Alexander Technique
Dance - Modern, Jazz, Broadway, and contemporary
Acting - Meisner, Stanislavsky, Viewpoints, Physical Theatre
I am a teaching artist for Emerald City Theatre in Chicago. They have after school programs, residencies, and youth ensembles that take class and perform throughout the year. I direct, music direct, choreograph, develop curriculum, communicate with staff and parents, and adapt scripts to fit the appropriate age groups and classes.
I teach private voice lessons to about 10-12 students who see me weekly/bi-monthly. The kids, ages 8-18, work on audition repertoire, acting monologues, classical voice pieces, music theory, choral music, musical theatre, and pop music. I strive to help them achieve their goals, gain confidence, develop their voice, and have fun.
I direct and music direct musicals throughout the year and in the summers, ages 8 to 14. It's wonderful seeing kids come back every year and seeing them grow as they learn and develop singing, dancing and acting skills from the Bravo faculty. I also teach acting and creative drama throughout the year. I create my curriculum and schedules for these classes.
I taught voice classes for the choir, ages 5-29. They sang in English and Spanish. I emphasized breath support, placement, dynamics, phrasing, and harmonies.
· Singing · In studio Mara was great at pinpointing what I needed to do to get better sound and resonance. I would return to her again
· Singing · In studio I had a great first lesson. She listened to my goals and concerns about my voice and then in a short half hour lesson worked me though many exercises that really helped me address my concerns and are helping me reach my goals. She is friendly and easy to work with but good at keeping me on track.
· Singing · In home Olivia loved it; Mara has a great personality and was very engaging...