Nicholas Martin-Smith

Nicholas M.

New York, NY
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Speaking Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
More than 30 years of working in classical theater as an actor and director has given me the experience working on:
1. Your Diction and Dialect
2. Your Vocal Production and Support
3. Understanding the concept of 'Operative Works and how they will really help communicate Your ideas with amazing clarity.
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Nicholas teaches



Nicholas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
September 1995

I have been an actor for more the 40 years having worked Off-Broadway and Regionally.

I've taught acting for 25 years privately as well as at Brooklyn College, St Frances College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

"Nicholas is patient, insightful, friendly, and gets
results. After working with Nicholas, I felt great
about my auditions, got two callbacks, and landed
a touring job.
I would recommend him to any actor."

*Jonathan M.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Millbrook Playhouse

I am the Producing Artistic Director of the Hudson Warehouse and have been since its inception in 2004. Known as "The Other Shakespeare in the Park," we produce free classical theater in Riverside Park during the summer months and we have an indoor season during the winter months as well.

"Mr. M has been my director, coach and
mentor in productions and the classroom. His patience,
insight and his passion excites students, and makes
them feel safe and supported enough to take risks."

*Joseph H.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pearl Theater Company
York Theater Company
Hudson Warehouse

I also work with Doctors, CEOs, Post-Doctorates, and Engineers to help improve their diction, communication skills, and help organize their presentations, to have the greatest impact in the corporate world.

"I met with the communications person yesterday and she told me that my delivery was incredible … and that’s a tribute to you. Your insights and tips on public speaking will remain with me long after Columbia."

*Cynthia K.

*** Teaching Methods ***
I foster a safe, relaxed and engaging environment to explore truthful human behavior on stage.

The objective is 'the truth' to which end there is no one technique. Actors are encouraged to find their own tools and to draw from elements of different practices to discover a technique that works best for them as individuals.

I studied the methods of Constantin Stanislavski for acting with Sergei Pomerov of the Moscow Circus Theater. I am classically trained as well.

I work primarily as a guide to help navigate the way and to interpret ‘the signs.' I teach the lesson in the moment and address the challenges of both the beginner and the experienced actor.

***Classical Work***
My basic approach to classical work focuses primarily on the connection of the breath with the feeling on the word.

This is the foundation on which you can then build. From the ‘words’ to the ‘thoughts’ to entire ‘passages’ of text, as you work and explore, the richness of the playwright’s words comes to life. Your own unique emotional life is allowed to come through the text and you are able to fully embody the role.

*** Teaching Levels and Focuses ***
*Beginning Actors
-Work With Classical Text.
-Vocal Work.
-"Moment to Moment" Work.
-"Sense Memory" Work.

*Experienced Actors
-In depth Classical Text Analysis.
-Connecting to the Text.
-Audition Technique
-Monologue Coaching

***Professionals in the Corporate World***
-A basic understanding of how to present yourself as a speaker.
-Address the root cause of your concerns in communicating.
-Build a technique to craft a presentation to get the best response from a client or colleague.

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Producing Artistic Director
Jun 2004 - Present
Hudson Warehouse

Has served as the Artistic Director of the theater company since founding it in 2004.
Responsibilities include:
* Plan out a 5 show year-round season.
* Teach the Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout.
* Hold workshops for detainees of the NYC Department of Corrections.

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Instructor of Acting, Directing and Playwriting
Sep 1995 - Present
Assorted Colleges and Conservatory Programs.

* Shakespeare Workshop
Manhattan Detention Center
New York City Department of Corrections

* Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout,
Soldiers€™ & Sailors€™ Monument, New York, New York,
June 2013 to present.

* Goddard Riverside Community Center, After School Program,
647 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York,
September 2013 to present.

* American Musical and Dramatic Academy,
2109 Broadway, New York, New York,
October 2000 to June 2006.

* Marymount Manhattan College,
East 71st Street, New York, New York,
September 1998 to May 2001.

* St. Francis College,
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York,
September 1997 to December 1997

* Brooklyn College,
Brooklyn, New York.
September 1995 to June 1996.

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Jun 1977 - Present

It was my Grandfather’s cousin, playwright Edward Martyn, who along with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory of Poole, founded Dublin’s Abby Theatre. Mr. Martin-Smith has worked for years as an actor, most recently appearing Off-Broadway as Frank Deluca in The Rise of Dorothy Hale at St. Luke’s Theatre and as Harrison Brent in Perfect Crime at the Snapple Theatre Center. He has also appeared Off-Broadway in Measure for Measure (Soho Rep.), Julius Caesar (Douglas Fairbanks), as well as Comedy of Errors (Riverside Shakespeare Co.). Also in New York, Hamlet, King Lear , The Apple Cart (Theatre Ten-Ten), Dr. Lvov in Ivanov (The Mint Theatre), Pentheus in Chuck Mee’s adaptation of The Bacchae, and Lt. Charles in Renee Phillippi’s adaptation of The Adding Machine (78th Street Theatre Lab). Regionally: The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Boston’s Publick Theatre), Konstantin The Seagull (A.R.T, Cambridge), Balm in Gilead, Am I Blue, Edmond, (Alley Theatre). Television: “Law & Order”, “Another World”, and “Spencer: For Hire”. Film: “Picture Perfect”, “Carledo’s Way”, “The Cloths Line”, and most recently “Boys Night Out”. He received his B.F.A. from Tulane University and his M.F.A from Brooklyn Collage, where he was a Graduate Fellow. Besides Brooklyn Collage, Mr. Martin-Smith has taught acting at Marymount Manhattan Collage, St Francis Collage, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, as well as his own Studio class. He is the recipient of the Monroe Lippman Founder’s Award for Acting, and a Best of Boston Award for his performance in the title role of David Mamet’s, Edmond. Mr. Martin-Smith is the Producing Artistic Director of the Hudson Warehouse.

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Master of Fine Arts
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996
Brooklyn College
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sep 1981 - Jun 1985
Tulane University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Proclamation From The City of New York
May 2018
New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Good Neighbor Award
May 2013
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Best of Boston Award
Sep 1987
Boston Magazine
Monroe Lippman Founders Award for Acting
Jun 1985
TULANE University

16 Reviews

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Lisa C. May 3, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

Cynthia K. Apr 30, 2019
Speaking Voice · In home

Nicholas has been FABULOUS! In a very short time, he's worked on my voice inflection and tones and presentation style. Most importantly, he's given me a framework to think about WHY I'm speaking and has encouraged me every step of the way!

John R. Apr 11, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

Nicholas M is an excellent instructor. He starts by trying to learn why we speak the way we do, before trying to make changes. Otherwise, underlying issues could sabotage improvement efforts. Only 1 lesson so far, looking forward to more and will update this later. John R

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John R. Apr 8, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

John M. Feb 12, 2019
Speaking Voice · In home

Nicholas has a sure approach, at once putting me at ease, while working on the challenges with voice and delivery I wanted to address, but also bringing a wealth of his experience to bear in a way that enabled me to make rapid progress.

Nicholas is unquestionably a master of the art.

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John M. Jan 30, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

Prashant Dec 26, 2018
Speaking Voice · Online

Thank you so much for an amazing session. You got down to the core issues with my communication so quickly and providing me with tangible feedback on what I should be doing.

I look forward to working with you over the next few weeks.

Monique Nov 20, 2018
Speaking Voice · In home

I always had a problem with public speaking. I don't articulate words well and don't have any volume. I'm shy and uncomfortable in front of people. Nicholas worked on vocal lessons and how to enunciate and project. We also did breathing exercises and where to place the tongue with words. I improved my diction and with that, got more confidence in speaking in front of people, which is important in my job. Highly Recommend.

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Philip Nov 4, 2018
Shakespearean Acting · In studio

I have learned so much with Nicholas. I feel like I'm always walking out of our lessons with my mind blown! We've been working on Shakespearean acting which I am now thoroughly enjoying. I now have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the lines than which I have learned in school. I would highly recommend his coachings to any actor!

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Jaydi R. Jul 5, 2018
Method Acting · Online

Nicholas is a great coach and knows how to push me to get me to where I need to go. Highly recommended as an acting coach!

Raymond G May 30, 2018
Acting · In studio

I’ve been taking lessons with Nicholas for about a month now and learned a lot in so little time I strongly and highly recommend Nicholas he gives you the confidence and skills you need to be an actor and takes his kraft seriously

masrur Dec 24, 2017
Method Acting · In home

Nicolas is one of the best mentor I have ever came across. He is passionate about teaching and able to help you draw out the inner you. I was someone who had a great deal of struggle connecting with my emotions and being able to express it in a sensible way. Within few weeks he taught me how to tap into my feelings and express it outwards. Needless to say he is an impressive teacher and if you have the chance, visit him. It will be beneficial for your personal life and career.

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masrur Dec 15, 2017
Method Acting · In home

Nicolas is one of the best mentor I have ever came across. He is a passionate about teaching and able to help you draw out the inner you. I was someone who had a great deal of struggle connecting with my emotions and being able to express it in a sensible way. Within few weeks he taught me how to tap into my feelings and express it outwards. Need less to say he is an impressive teacher and if you have the chance, visit him. It will be beneficial for your personal life and career.

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Affea Q. Aug 1, 2017
Acting · In studio

Nicholas is a fantastic and patient teacher who is skilled at helping actors with nonverbal communication. He helped me organize my monologues into beats and we worked on transitions and changes of intention. After classes with Nicholas, I confidently made my debut on stage.

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Lance F. Nov 29, 2014
Shakespearean Acting · In studio

I was always afraid I couldn't learn Shakespeare, but Nicholas explained the intent on the word, the intent on the line. Soon, I was so caught up in the meaning of the lines and the story I was telling in that moment that I was able to engage in the role, smoothly, without worrying that I was performing Shakespeare. He broke it down so I could understand it, and then feel confident doing it. Highly recommend!

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Sondra L. Nov 29, 2014
Acting · In home

Nicholas knows Shakespeare and classical work. He really works with the text and helps an actor really understand the emotions in the scene, through the text. I've gotten so much out of his teaching and so have many of my friends. If you have an audition or play coming up, he's the one to get you ready for it! My friend nailed his audition, got the gig, all through his work with Nicholas. I've learned so much as an actor from Nicholas.

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