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Sara passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Sara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
November 2014

Hello, My name is Sara and my mother is Japanese from Kobe, Japan and my father is Caucasian American. I grew up speaking both Japanese and English and I now work as a bilingual, full-time actor in beautiful Northern California. I'm looking forward to working with you on reaching your goals for 2016! Whether you want to study acting or Japanese, I'd like to talk about what you wish to accomplish with our time together. Your goals are important to me and I wish to help support you on your journey towards achieving them.

I've been mentoring actors for the past four years and have have been teaching Japanese and English for 3 years. A friend suggested I start teaching online after I told him about my desire to offer affordable acting lessons to anyone who was passionate about it, but had no resources. So here I am and I'm also offering Japanese lessons since I know it can be hard to find a Japanese teacher/tutor as well.

I have a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Education from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and have a certificate of completion from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco for completing their Classical Acting Intensive course. In addition to my western training I was an apprentice at Theatre of Yugen where I studied the dramatic art of Noh and Kyogen theatre for 3 years.

I've also taught Japanese 101 during college as part of my course work for Teaching Japanese as a Second Language as well as beginner Japanese to 5-7 graders at a local elementary.

And I also was an assistant English teacher for 2 years in Japan teaching Junior High School and working as a primary visiting teacher for over 40 elementary schools. Although my work was to teach English, because of my Japanese ability, I often worked as a substitute teacher and also translated documents for the local City Hall.

I can't wait to meet you and to work with you on pursuing your 2015 aspirations!

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Experience

Freelance Actor
Jul 2014 - Present
MDT Agency, Inc.

Assistant English Teacher
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009
Morioka Board of Education

Worked at two Junior High Schools and over 40 Elementary schools as an assistant and occasional primary English teacher. Also translated English to Japanese and Japanese to English texts for schools as well as for city hall.

Education

Film Acting
Sep 2014 - Present
Studio 24
Commercial, Character, and Narration Voice Over
Jul 2010 - Present
Voice One
Classical Acting
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
American Conservatory Theater
Noh and Kyogen Dramatic Arts
Nov 2010 - Nov 2013
Theatre of Yugen
B.A. Theatre Arts and Minor Education
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Earlham College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Summer Training Congress: Classical Acting
Aug 2014
American Conservatory Theater

Awards

Chesley Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress
Aug 2014
Woodland Opera House

Photos & Videos

Gogobot Voice Over
Cast of award winning film East Side Sushi with Director (center) at CAAMFEST, San Francisco

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Myra in Noël Coward's Hay Fever at The Art Theater of Davis

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Photo by Sara M.

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Mariane in Molière's Tartuffe at Main Street Theatre

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Photo by Sara M.

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17 Reviews

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Ann A. May 9, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Sara keep the lessons interesting and challenging. She is fun to work with and stays positive. I look forward to every lesson and what I'm learning is helping me in other areas of my life.
Lauren

GARY Apr 27, 2017
Shakespearean Acting · Online

Very Clear. She knows what she is talking. Gave me clear homework and good research references. Very Good. Thank you!!!!

kursey Mar 3, 2017
Acting · Online

Very nice and patient. We worked on comedy pieces, and I learned a great deal from her.

Keith Feb 12, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

She relly good at helping me out with what should I do

Shraddha Jan 16, 2017
Acting · Online

Shreyansh T. Jan 15, 2017
Acting · Online

She was very nice and kind. And I loved all of the techniques that she provided for my son. It helped him a lot

Rachel Jan 9, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Lauren A. Dec 4, 2016
Voice Acting · Online

Lauren enjoyed the lesson and felt that she learned a lot. Looking forward to the next one!

Yousef M. Oct 31, 2016
Japanese · Online

She is good techer. Bout hear lessons is not actev 😔. And she tech like 123in japanes then at the same leson she go and tech smoothing als in japanes than she go bake for 123 so she is so confuse. She could be bater than that. Thank you.

Staci Oct 23, 2016
Voice Acting · Online

Becca Bishop Aug 16, 2016
Acting · Online

An amazing teacher, and she helps so much with self confidence!

Claire Apr 28, 2016
Japanese · Online

Sara is a wonderful teacher. She teaches my daughter Japanese for preparing for her upcoming Japan trip. My daughter didn't want to take the lesson at the beginning. But, after one class, she wants to have more lesson with her. We look forward to more future lessons with her.

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David Apr 25, 2016
Acting · Online

She is not only knowledgeable but is polite and has a great feeling of low or no judgement (which is what you need if you are starting out). I am most satisfied with her as my instructor as she recognizes bad form and corrects it with respect and tact.

Noah D. Jan 8, 2016
Japanese · Online

Wonderful teacher! Lessons move at a good pace and she makes the lessons very enjoyable. I look forward to learning with her in the future!

Madison Edwards Nov 30, 2015
Acting · Online

She was a great teacher. She compliment you a lot and she never focused on the negatives.

Robert H. Oct 6, 2015
Voice Acting · Online

Excellent lesson. I got a lot out of it.

Mesayla W. Jul 24, 2015
Japanese · In studio

Ms. Sara is a wonderful instructor. She's very encouraging, friendly and I really appreciate how understanding she is, too. The pacing of my lessons is just quick enough that I'm comfortable learning new things and I never feel forced to learn harder things sooner than I need. I really enjoy having her as my sensei and I hope that I can continue learning under her more in the future.

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