Samara Kelly

Samara K.

North Hollywood, CA

About Samara K.

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Samara teaches: Ages 13 to 75
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2013
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I'm Samara!

I coach everyone from high-profile professionals to young artists at the beginning of their career. Each session with me is always personally tailored to your progression, your type, taste in material, and preferred learning method in developing your craft.

I've trained formally for many years, holding a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Theatre) from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts (Acting) from The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.

I'm a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and The Actor's Equity Association, having worked professionally in New York, LA, Miami, and Moscow in award winning Theatre, Television, Film, and Voice Over.

Each client I take onto my roster holds a special place in my life as a coach. I serve not only as a teacher of the craft, but as a mentor you can turn to at any time regarding any facet of your journey as a working actor. I support my clients through auditions, workshops, headshot decisions, agent meetings, and major milestones in their blossoming careers.

Many of my clients begin coaching unsure of their skill and place in the industry, but in only a few sessions, mold into artists with authority, staking their claim in prestigious training programs, arts colleges, and roles in professional theatre, TV, commercials, and film.

My overarching ambition is to open the channels that allow you to flow freely in life and art, encourage you to take meaningful, rewarding risks, and unleash the confident performer inside of you waiting to emerge.

Contact me for a free 15 min. consultation!

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Samara Kelly


Aug 2014 - Present
Samara Kelly Coaching

Skype Coaching for Actors.

Associate Acting Chair
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
New York Film Academy (South Beach)

One Year Conservatory and Evening Program:
Scene Study, Acting Technique


Master of Fine Arts
Jun 2012 - May 2014
Harvard American Repertory Theatre
Master of Fine Arts
Feb 2013 - May 2013
Moscow Art Theatre
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sep 2005 - May 2008
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


YTT 200 Hr.
Aug 2014
Back Bay Yoga

Yoga for Every Body, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Ayurvedic Integration, Advanced Asana, Transformational Yoga Teaching, Raja and Vipassana Meditation.

CPR and AED Certified
Jul 2014
American Red Cross


Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
May 2010

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

Writers Guild of America East
Aug 2009

The Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) is a labor union of thousands of professionals who are the primary creators of what is seen or heard on television and film in the U.S., as well as the writers of a growing portion of original digital media content. Our members write everything from big budget movies to independent films, late night comedy/variety shows to daytime serials, broadcast and radio news, web series, documentaries, and animation. The WGAE works on their behalf to promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of this diverse community. On joining the Guild, writers from an extraordinarily vast range of backgrounds and abilities unite to promote, protect, and maintain important artistic and professional principles. The Guild’s assistance is provided regardless of the writers’ degree of success.

Actors' Equity Association
May 2009

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.

13 Reviews on Samara K.

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Gena Sep 11, 2015
· Acting · Online
I love, love, love Samara's ability to scrutinize the text and guide me into creating finer, more compelling work. And the performance warm ups (relaxation/concentration) prepare me to deliver!
Donnacha K. Aug 20, 2015
Verified Student · Public Speaking · Online
Great lesson. Looking forward to continue sessions.
Beth P. Aug 5, 2015
· Film and TV Acting ·
skills and has helped me unlock my potential. She's an amazing person inside and out. If you're considering taking lessons I recommend taking them from Samara!
Beth P. Aug 5, 2015
· ·
Samara is an amazing instructor! She really cares about your future and will go above and beyond to help you achieve your dreams! I was basically a beginner to acting and I feel she has helped me improve my
Zeke Jul 21, 2015
· Audition Prep · In studio
Samara Kelly is not only an amazing teacher but also an amazing person.
She was my first acting coach and I can not imagine what my life would look like without her guidance.
Samara has a strong passion for what she does and shares that passion, along with her experience and wisdom, through her lessons.
She always finds ways to bring things out of me I didn't even know were possible, all while creating a safe and nurturing environment that allows and fosters growth and progress.
Samara Kelly is the main reason I was accepted into not one, but two intensive training programs in New York City. She encouraged and helped me get on my path to becoming the actor I want to be.
I wholeheartedly recommend taking sessions with Samara
Crystal Rose Jun 26, 2015
· Acting · Online
Samara has really helped me break out of my shell. She is honest and thorough and really cares about her students success. I sometimes even refer to her as my therapist and my guru... She is that good!

Thank you Samara!
Savannah S. Apr 5, 2015
· Acting · In studio
I worked with Samara on monologues for college auditions and for my showcase, we worked together for a little under (I think) three months. She's such a great teacher, definitely no complaints. I really loved working with her and she totally helped build my confidence when it came to performing in front of others—I'm (or was) ironically shy/weird about performing monologues and pieces in front of people and have been since I started doing theatre (10 years ago). Nonetheless, I got over that after Samara helped me with my acting and I don't get pre-performance anxiety/nerves anymore. I don't think I would've been able to pull off any of my monologues had it not been for her lessons, she actually helped me choose one of the audition monologues because I couldn't find a second one. In the whole monologue/character-building process, she took notes and asked me questions that really made me think about my character and their motives and actions and whatnot. She's also very encouraging and would commend me on anything I did well or improved on. Point is, Samara is a superb teacher and human!! I'd confidently recommend her classes to anyone who needs help with their acting. Five stars because she definitely was the best instructor ever!!
Brock M. Apr 4, 2015
· Acting · Online
I can't really put into words how great (and funny) Samara is. I wasn't sure if learning how to act online was going to work for me, but I can safely say after 5 Skype sessions with Samara, they have been totally worth it and more! In our lessons, I have learned about how to approach and analyze a script, what to do in cold-readings, handling nerves, how to give a memorable audition, really nifty relaxation and concentration techniques, and so much more. I always value Samara's insights not only into the craft of acting but the business aspect of it as well. Basically, she's a rockstar and I just feel lucky I stumbled upon her lesson page. Without which, I don't know if I'd have the confidence to pursue my dream of becoming a professional actor!! Thanks a billion, Samara!
Doug F. Mar 24, 2015
· Acting · In home
I really did learn so much in every single one of my lessons with Samara! From Acting Technique to character work, to scene study, to how to nail comedy and drama, to classical text, and not to mention the helpful breath work and insanely fun exercises and warm-ups. Samara is the the absolute kindest, most compassionate, informative, hilarious, and most importantly - talented- not only acting coach, but teacher in general that I have ever spent time with. One of her talents is for creating a safe environment to work and grow in, something that I have found to be very rare amongst acting classes in general. I was excited literally everyday for my lessons, especially because I recognized how much hard work and dedication she put into it them herself.

Samara is the absolute best acting teacher I have had, and I’m so happy and thankful to have had the pleasure of being her student!
Candace W. Mar 15, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
She was fabulous and my daughter has been singing the songs she introduced her to all weekend.
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