Sara Matsui-Colby
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Sara Matsui-Colby

Sara M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Acting is acting whether it's for stage, film, or voice over. Depending on your skill level and personal goals, we'll work on your foundational skills from getting in touch with emotions, analyzing scripts, and finding your character. Together we'll further develop your skill and I'll help you modify your performance to fit the medium you'll be performing in.

About Sara M.

Hi! I’m Sara, a working actor with over 5+ years of experience in film, commercial, theatre, and voice-over work. I've received my B.A. in Theatre Arts from Earlham College and have been working professionally in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students with big network auditions for tv and voice over, getting ready for a school play, and taking the next step in their professional career.

I love setting goals with my students and no goal is too small or too big. Whether you just want to dip your toes into acting or to go after a big agent in L.A. I'd love to help you reach that and I look forward to working with you! I currently only teach online because I am often on the go - but I will always find time for you!

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Daniel V.
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Posted May 19, 2020
Carrie
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Sara is an excellent instructor. I feel lucky to have found her. She is very patient and makes me comfortable when I need to be vulnerable and set aside my ego.

Posted May 9, 2020
Carrie
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So helpful. -Thank you!

Posted Apr 25, 2020
Julie T.
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Posted Apr 17, 2020
Mateo
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My brother loved his first lesson with Sara she was really nice.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Christine B.
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I really like Sara she is a real sweet person to talk to and she is patient. I am learning a lot.

Posted Dec 27, 2019
Christine B.
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I really enjoy working with Sara, very fun, fresh & informative.

Posted Nov 13, 2019
S'Rey R.
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Sara is very knowledgeable. I learned a lot on our first lesson. I look forward to our next one.

Posted Sep 27, 2019
Jing
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Sara is very friendly and provided me with a lot of resources that I could use to improve my speaking.

Posted Sep 8, 2019
Natasha
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Posted Aug 30, 2019
Lisa J.
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First meeting I felt was very informative, professional but personable at the same time and I can't wait unil our next session although I have a lot of work to do on my own until then.

Posted Jun 30, 2019
Lisa J.
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Posted Jun 29, 2019
Steven A.
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Connects very well with my son and is teaching him how to connect with his emotional side which can help him in many aspects of his life, not just in acting.

Posted Feb 23, 2019
Linda Bustaman
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Very kind and encouraging, which was wonderful since I am new to voice acting. Gave me much information on how to build my career and how the industry works. Taught me how to do in-depth character analysis. Gave me a chance to apply what I learned through practice runs and gave good tips on how to improve. Helped guide me in understanding the character (instead of strictly defining the character for me) so that I can learn how to do it on my own.

Posted Feb 18, 2019
Ellen
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Posted Feb 9, 2019
Dax A.
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Awesome.

Posted Jan 29, 2019
Dax A.
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Very helpful.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Maa
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She is very friendly and kind. She makes sure that you are clear what she wants to do and she will ask if you have questions for her. She is quite funny, and this was my first lesson with her so far

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Maa
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Posted Jan 14, 2019
Fiona
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She is a great teacher and really expresses herself.

Posted Dec 29, 2018
Fiona
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Posted Dec 15, 2018
Alyssa M.
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Posted Nov 30, 2018
Andrea
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My daughter just had a lesson with Sara for practicing her speech prepared for competing in a humorous interpretation event and she found Sara's lesson very useful. We can see the improvement immediately after her lesson.

Posted Nov 2, 2018
YUKI ITO
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Her teaching style was amazing and enough convincing my 12 yrs old daughter.It was for her first time to learn acting but found her curiosity on them.I appreciated Sara to give us such a opportunity.

Posted Oct 10, 2018
YUKI ITO
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Posted Oct 8, 2018
Marlo
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Sara is awesome! Extremely knowledgeable and talented.

Posted Jul 30, 2018
Catrell Russel
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very informative i think i can actually do this

Posted Mar 6, 2018
GARY
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Great Class, Thank you so much !!! It was so helpful. Thank you

Posted Feb 15, 2018
GARY
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Thank you very much !! It was great!!!

Posted Oct 25, 2017
GARY
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Great as always!! Thank you Sara!!!!

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Adam
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She is very talented and is very helpful during the lessons.

Posted Oct 3, 2017
GARY
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Great Class. Thank you so much !!!!

Posted Sep 22, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so much for your patience and your valuable input!!! Thank you , Thank you !!!!

Posted Sep 21, 2017
Adam
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She is very Friendly and Very Knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 11, 2017
Sarah
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Very helpful!

Posted Sep 10, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so much !!! It was great and very helpful!!

Posted Sep 9, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so much! Today's class was very effective and also I appreciate that you are available on Sundays. Thank you Sara.

Posted Sep 3, 2017
Sarah
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Posted Sep 3, 2017
DONNA O.
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Posted Aug 24, 2017
GARY
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Great Class, very effective !!! Thank you so much !!!!

Posted Aug 23, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so much Sara! It was a great class!! thank you so much!

Posted Aug 17, 2017
GARY
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It was great!! Thank you Sara!! Thank you so much !!!!

Posted Aug 13, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so much Sara!!! you helped me to find the real truth ! Thank you!!

Posted Aug 6, 2017
GARY
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As always, Great Class!! Thank you so much !!!

Posted Aug 4, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so much! I learn so much Today . I am extremely happy with your help Sara. It is so valuable. Thank you!

Posted Jul 30, 2017
GARY
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Great class as always. I would take more classes with her. Definitely an excellent teacher!

Posted Jul 19, 2017
GARY
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Thank you so Much! Your input and your constructive feedback allowed me to find more layers for this Scene. Thank you !!!

Posted Jul 14, 2017
GARY
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Great Class. She took the time to read the scene before class and she was so good at telling me the improvement areas and gave me a guide for me to be able to find choices by my self. Great Class!!!

Posted Jul 12, 2017
GARY
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Very good Class!
Look forward for next class

Posted Jun 15, 2017
Esther
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Posted Jun 14, 2017
Ann A.
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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

Posted May 9, 2017
GARY
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Very Clear. She knows what she is talking. Gave me clear homework and good research references. Very Good. Thank you!!!!

Posted Apr 27, 2017
kursey
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Very nice and patient. We worked on comedy pieces, and I learned a great deal from her.

Posted Mar 3, 2017
Keith
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She relly good at helping me out with what should I do

Posted Feb 12, 2017
Shraddha
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Posted Jan 16, 2017
Shreyansh T.
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She was very nice and kind. And I loved all of the techniques that she provided for my son. It helped him a lot

Posted Jan 15, 2017
Rachel
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Posted Jan 9, 2017
Lauren A.
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Lauren enjoyed the lesson and felt that she learned a lot. Looking forward to the next one!

Posted Dec 4, 2016
Yousef A.
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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.

Posted Oct 31, 2016
Staci
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Posted Oct 23, 2016
Becca Bishop
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An amazing teacher, and she helps so much with self confidence!

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Claire
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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.

Posted Apr 28, 2016
David
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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.

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Noah D.
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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!

Posted Jan 8, 2016
Madison Edwards
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She was a great teacher. She compliment you a lot and she never focused on the negatives.

Posted Nov 30, 2015
Robert H.
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Excellent lesson. I got a lot out of it.

Posted Oct 6, 2015
Mesayla W.
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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.

Posted Jul 24, 2015

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Experience

Voice Actor
Aug 2017 - Present

The Atherton Group Talent Agency - TAG Talent

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

Mosaic Acting Technique
Jan 2014 - Present

Charlie Holliday

Commercial, Character, and Narration Voice Over
Jul 2010 - Present

Voice One/The VO DoJo/Ray Nakamoto

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

Affiliations

World-Voices Organization
Sep 2017
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