Stephanie Barton-Farcas

Stephanie B.

Keaau, HI
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Stephanie passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Stephanie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2000

NEWS as of 7/21/17 My new book, 'Disability & Theater: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts' is now sale at Amazon. A book on acting and auditioning is to follow!

Although splitting my time between NY and Hawaii I still promise to my acting students you WILL book work. I will teach you the nuts and bolts of it all and then help you book bigger and better jobs as we work. You will have some homework as you must work hard to join this industry!


NYC teacher now teaching online and internationally, director, producer - Founder of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company. Have taught audition classes, techniques, dialect and accent coaching, acting classes, etc. for 15 years in NYC and 8 in LA.


Have also taught literally ANY dialect and can teach it to you too. Also can work with you remove an accent. Worked with kids and adults on preparing an audition that works for you! Have extensive experience working with disabled and special needs artists.

Policies: a minimum of 12 hours needed for cancelling a lesson, charge of one hour lesson for making an acting reel or a voice over reel.

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Experience

Author
Feb 2016 - Present
Routledge Press

Author of book due out in July 2017, Disability & Theater: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts

Presenter at USITT 2016 Conference
Dec 2015 - Present
United States Institute of Theatrical Technology

Prepared format and lecture about heatrical technology and inclusion in the arts and what can be done to encourage and grow the industry. Culminated in being a presenter at the USITT conference in 2016.

Accent coach
Feb 2000 - Present
Freelance

ACCENT COACH
NY work

Phyllis, A Slave to Poetry Producers Club 2000
Accents: (S.R.) British, Cockney, Irish, French, German, Russian

Displaced Altered Stages 2001
Accents: Ugandan, Rwandan, Bosnian, Afghani, Russian, Mexican

To Kill a Mockingbird American Theater of Actors 2002
Accents: Deep south

Stumps The Pelican Theater 2004
Accents: Southern

kosher harry’s (US Premiere) Spoon Theater 2007
Accents: Standard British, Cockney, British working class

No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs Spoon Theater 2008
Accents: Jewish, Georgia (South)

Tibet Does Not Exist Spoon Theater 2008
Accents: Tibetan

Beautiful Thing Spoon Theater 2009
Accents: West London, British Working Class

Letter from Algeria June Havoc Theater 2009-10
Accents: Boston, New York, British Upper Class

Modotti The Acorn Theater 2010
Accents: Spanish, Cuban, Italian

You Don’t Want to Know Half of It Manhattan Rep. Theatre 2013
Accent: Lebanese

The Lobby (an Irish Farce) by Don Creedon Adam Fitzgerald Director 2014
Accent: Irish
Private Coaching in dialects: Russian, French, German, Bosnian, Italian, Spanish, High British, Standard British, Cockney, British Working Class, North London, Scottish, Irish, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, African, Chinese, Japanese, Texan, Southern, Valley Girl, New York, Boston, Maine (New England), Eskimo and more!

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Education

DBA in Business
Feb 1990 - Feb 1992
Somerset University
BFA- Theater, Minor in world dialects
Jun 1980 - May 1984
California Institute of the Arts

Languages

ASL
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Romanian
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

DBA
Apr 1992
Somerset University- Belgium

BFA
May 1984
California Institute of the Arts

Undergraduate with a minor in Speech/Dialects

Awards

List of awards
Sep 2014
Best of Manhattan
Top 10 off-off Broadway Professionals
Apr 2011
Reviewfix
Best Actress in a lead role
Sep 2008
NY INnovative Theater Awards
Best Director
May 2004
OOBR
Best Production, Direction
May 2004
OOBR

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 2009

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

Actors' Equity Association
Feb 1990

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.

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Photos & Videos

'A Life in Art' interview from May of 2016
Black and White shot!

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Off-Broadway

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As Queen Elizabeth Off-Broadway.
On set - After midnight, before dawn.

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On set as Sheriff Nancy!

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Photo by Stephanie B.

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83 Reviews

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Heather Aug 4, 2017
Acting · Online

Denise M. Aug 1, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Great start. Very professional.

Don Jul 21, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Stephanie is an absolute JOY to work with. She knows the industry, she knows what starting actors need, and she isn't afraid to express herself. Best of all, she knows how to laugh. If you're like me and you absolutely MUST have someone with a good sense of humor in addition to know-how, Stephanie is the agent for you.

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Don Jul 21, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Stephanie absolutely knows the industry. She is a blast to work with, full of excellent information for helping you get started, and she knows how to laugh. If you get the chance to work with her, you WILL NOT be disappointed.

Becky Jul 7, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Stephanie is fun to chat with. Very animated. Far from dry or boring. Thank God. I'm glad I can look forward to the lessons!

Sherry Jul 2, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

I WAS ENTIRELY SATISIFIED!!!!....

Ashley Jun 28, 2017
Acting · Online

I've only had five lessons with Stephanie, but I can already tell I've improved! Stephanie is so kind, but is still willing to tell you when something isn't working, which is very important to me. She is a brilliant teacher and has been so helpful. She is also very adaptable and listens to you and what you want, which has unfortunately become rare in teachers. I would highly suggest taking lessons with Stephanie!

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Laurel B. Jun 14, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

I never could have experienced a better class! She is very natural to talk to and really encouraging.

Gia P. Jun 5, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Mate G. Jun 2, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Stephanie is an excellent teacher and mentor. She is very patient, positive and encouraging. She explains everything in details and makes it easy to change my accent. She has a good ear and within the first 1 or two classes she gives you the top 5 sounds you need to work on. It takes a long time to reduce accent, but even with meeting once a week it was possible to make great progress with Stephanie's help. I highly recommend her to anyone who would like to reduce or change their accents or would like to learn public speaking.

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Ashley May 31, 2017
Acting · Online

Marion P. May 26, 2017
Acting · Online

I am having a great time. Stephanie is a great teacher!

Chris May 24, 2017
Acting · Online

Maxime Apr 17, 2017
Dialect Coaching · Online

I'm making good progress and Stephanie is really helping a lot finding clues on how to pronounce words correctly
This is a great experience.

Phillip S. Apr 17, 2017
Dialect Coaching · Online

Great teacher! Very informative and very encouraging !

Alicia Apr 7, 2017
Audition Prep · Online

Great 1st training!
Stephanie was very interested in who and where I was coming from to find out how she could help me the most. Since day one she has been very easy to contact and has answered all my questions. I know I am going to learn a lot from her. I am so glad I decided to take these lessons from Stephanie!

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Alicia Apr 7, 2017
Acting · Online

Great 1st session!

Greg Apr 3, 2017
Acting · Online

She has such substantial knowledge of the industry and has a terrific way of bringing out the very best potential within you! What's more, she's very sweet and makes Acting/VO a lot of fun! I always look forward to learning and enhancing my skills under her guidance!

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Tatevik Mar 24, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Very helpful and understanding

Jackie Mar 15, 2017
Acting · Online

I reiveiwed Stephanie when I was just beginning lessons with her. Now that we've meeting for almost a year I think I can give more insight. Stephanie continues to impress me with her insight and help as I navigate my way in the entertainment industry. Her real-world experience and active presence in this community (both theater and film) makes her knowledge cutting-edge. Look no further for a fantastic instructor!

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Mayra M. Feb 27, 2017
Acting · Online

She is very professional, instructional and productive. She is also an easy going teacher and she is able to cheer you up on whats the next steps to take, making clear the chances and opportunities to make your goals come true. Thank you!

Cesar Feb 20, 2017
Acting · Online

Started my first lesson today, and I am beyond excited to work with Stephanie!

Alan Feb 2, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Stephanie is just amazing. She is knowledgable, experienced, and very encouraging . She is one of the best teachers I've had.

Andra Jan 24, 2017
Audition Prep · Online

Stephanie is amazing! She made me feel like she really does want me to succeed and imparted so much into a short, 30 minute lesson. I can't wait for more!

Julia Jan 10, 2017
Acting · Online

Stephanie has a lot of knowledge and wisdom about casting, not just acting, I've gained more than just tips on actings, she provides a well-rounded lesson of preparing for casting calls/auditions as well!

Jenny Nov 11, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie is awesome! She explains complicated concepts in simple terms. She is charismatic, encouraging, and her knowledge of acting is very practical and inspiring.

Taylor Nov 3, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online

Wow! I feel so exhilarated! Stephanie has an energy about her that is so passionate and true. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her.

Michael G. Nov 2, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

Stephanie, it's professional and knows how to make you comfortable.
Lessons are clear and go step by step, focalizing the attention on singles speech defects with simple exercises.
I'm satisfied with my five lessons experience, and I bought more.

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Dylan Oct 28, 2016
Theater Acting · Online

Veronica Oct 20, 2016
Acting · Online

I've worked with Stephanie for 5 lessons now and I think she's a great acting teacher! I've learned a lot from her about both acting theory/exercises AND the acting business. She's also really funny :D I was initially worried if online acting lessons would even work, but I can tell you that they do work and I'm so glad Stephanie is my teacher! If anyone is thinking about doing lessons with her, go do it! I really recommend them :)

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Shannon Oct 18, 2016
Film Acting · Online

Stephanie is a great teacher. Very knowledgable!

Michael H. Oct 14, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online

Stephanie is such a great instructor. She knew things about me and we never even met. She's sweet, funny, helpful, and informative. You'll have a great time and she listens and answers questions incredibly. Trust me, if you're looking for a great teacher, Stephanie is the one. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.

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Dacey Oct 10, 2016
Film Acting · Online

Great teacher, very knowledgeable!

Rafael M. Sep 15, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

I really liked the way that Stephanie guide you in this subject.
Excellent!!!!

Rebecca M. Sep 14, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online

She has been working with my daughter for two months now!! My daughter looks forward to her sessions each week. Stephanie has given us very helpful information about this business as well as helping with acting.

Robbyetta L. Aug 22, 2016
Acting · Online

Amazing! She is the best coach. She still works with her and helps her to grow and improve. Recommend you to choose her.

Brooke M. Aug 8, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online

We live in a small town and needed an acting instructor. The closes instructors are about 4 hours away. Was not sure about finding one online but I am so glad we made the decision to try it!! Stephanie has been great. She is very knowledgeable about this business. My daughter is very happy and exited about working with her.

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Arethea B. Jun 16, 2016
Film Acting · In studio

I had a fun time working with Stephanie. She's so helpful when it comes to the business side of the industry but also very good at mixing both acting techniques you should know as well as how to approach the industry. I learned a lot.

Claire Jun 15, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie is genuine, caring, kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable. My typically shy teenage daughter thoroughly enjoys her time with Stephanie and appreciates her guidance and instruction

Omar Jun 15, 2016
Acting · In studio

Stephanie is a great instructor! She's a very nice person, is willing to change lesson plans at your own personal request, very helpful, makes you feel comfortable and shares a lot of great advice.

Brian Bakaj Jun 15, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online

She was very informative throughout all the lessons we had and I'm sure will continue to be.

Kim D. Jun 7, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie is fantastic! By chance, stumbled upon takelessons.com while searching for an acting coach in our area. My son had always done group classes locally since he was in 1st grade. But online; never! Stephanie's resume jumped out at me along with her accolades and credentials. The fact that she had a history with child actors was icing on the cake. She is great with him. Full of excitement and great pointers. This is only his 1st round of lessons. I foresee a long relationship her. Tony's? Oscars? We'll take it! And Stephanie will be right there in the front row with us.

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Olivia May 14, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie is fabulous. She has such depths of experience and is gracious in sharing her guidance and expertise with my daughter.

Jackie Apr 20, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie is focused and knowledgeable while still being kind a relatable. She knows her stuff and has great nuggets of information to pass on. I can't wait for my next lesson!

Michelle P. Apr 16, 2016
Film Acting · In studio

The vest acting lesson I've taken. Got a lot of useful information I wouldn't have known about. Can't wait until the next lesson

Jessica B. Apr 13, 2016
Theater Acting · In studio

Stephanie is very knowledgeable and helpful. I am very excited for the future

Dag Apr 5, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

Stephanie is one of the most amazing people I have ever spoken with, she is funny, caring and brilliant! She want the best for her students and often go out of her way to do so. I have learnt so much from her and I want to keep learning more from this amazing lady. I hope she can help you as much as she have helped me.

So why are you sitting here reading this last paragraph book a lesson and start learning!

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Jon V. Mar 26, 2016
Dialect Coaching · Online

She adapts to each student. And is very supportive.

Edilsy Mar 2, 2016
Accent Reduction · In home

Excelente teacher!
Really good technique and lovely personality.

Shivone John Feb 23, 2016
Film and TV Acting · In home

Stephanie was very personable and down to earth. You can tell that she is extremely knowledgeable in the field of acting. I'm looking forward to more sessions with her.

Natalie D. Feb 22, 2016
Film and TV Acting · In home

I'm awfully shy, but Stephanie made me feel extremely comfortable and at ease. She has an amazing personality and is really funny! I am beyond happy to have chosen her as my instructor. She truly cares for her students and wants nothing more than to guide them down the right path. I can't wait for my next lesson with her!

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Callahan Peters Feb 6, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie really is so great! She gives you all the tools to succeed and make the success in the film industry seem much more of a feasible accomplishment

John Reshetar Feb 5, 2016
Audition Prep · Online

As a professional actor of 10 years, Stephanie provided great refreshing advice as well as new insights to help nail auditions. Highly recommended

Maximo D. Feb 5, 2016
Acting · In home

Stephanie is a remarkable instructor. She is so down-to-earth and encouraging that it makes learning easy and enjoyable. I always look forward to attending her sessions with enthusiasm because I know I'm going to like it and get a lot out of it.

Callahan Peters Feb 5, 2016
Acting · Online

Stephanie really is so great! She gives you all the tools to succeed and make the success in the film industry seem much more of a feasible accomplishment

theresa Feb 5, 2016
Film Acting · Online

I thought I was too old to try to follow my dream and do some acting. Stephanie has gotten me prepared so I have the tools I need and I cant believe I just got a role in a short film. At 57 years old!

Kayla C. Jan 11, 2016
Acting · Online

Amazing instructor! Personable, professional, fun and so informative about the industry. As a working actor herself she knows her stuff. Great with kids. She went out of her way to email exetcises, and important details we needed. Couldn't have asked for a better match!

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Tania C. Jan 9, 2016
Film and TV Acting · In studio

I'm having such a fantastic time learning with Stephanie!! She's a rolodex of information, meaningful lessons and insightful suggestions. I really value her honesty, one of the things that's so important to me. Every class leaves me with wanting to learn more. My energy and excitement hasn't waned since I began. Here's to many more fantastic lessons!! Cheers!

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Brad H. Dec 2, 2015
Theater Acting · In studio

Stephanie is incredibly organized and has an excellent understanding of a student's strengths and weaknesses. This enables Stephanie to efficiently focus the lessons on the areas that need improvement as well as exploit the student's strengths so that she/he can maximize performance. My daughter was well prepared for her LA Guardia HS auditions after only 5 lessons.

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Esperanza Nov 30, 2015
Film and TV Acting · In studio

She has coached me through 2 off-broadway shows and now i just booked my first film! Really funny, kind and knows so much!

Rosalie M. Nov 9, 2015
Accent Reduction · In home

The first lesson was great! Looking forward to the next!

Krystal B. Oct 29, 2015
Acting · Online

I'm a beginner and can be nervous in front of new people but Stephanie was very informative and was able to put me at ease. I would recommend her to EVERYONE whether you are experienced or not.

Tanya M. Oct 28, 2015
Theater Acting · Online

We had known Stephanie since my daughter was 11 years old, and Stephanie had directed her in the show / role that, until today, my daughter considers to be one of her favorite. She loved working with Stephanie then, and so choosing her as daughter's acting coach now when she needed help with Shakespeare material was a no-brainer, especially knowing Stephanie's love for classical theater, and her level of expertise with everything Shakespeare. Last week Stephanie also helped daughter to prepare for a very challenging audition she was very much looking forward to, - with outstanding results. My daughter is planning on having regular lessons with Stephanie leading up to her college auditions next year. She is amazing, and my daughter absolutely loves working with her.

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Larissa S. Oct 27, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

Stephanie is amazing! She always got me so excited about acting and I can't wait to take more classes with her when I have time!

Terry J. Oct 20, 2015
Film and TV Acting · In studio

So Far, everything is great!

Rom F. Sep 30, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

Just took a class with Stephanie and it was incredible! What a joy to work with, she will make you feel completely comfortable and by the end of the lesson I felt a new confidence in my acting ability. Stephanie will give you those "aha" moments we get when we are really learning from the 1st lesson. Highly recommended!

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Emily H. Sep 30, 2015
Theater Acting · In studio

Very organized and knowledgeable about the theatre audition process.

Natalie R. Sep 14, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

Stephanie is very knowledgeable, fun and helpful! I can't wait until my next lesson!

Jeff T. N. Sep 9, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

So much good information. With Stephanie I feel that once I do walk into an audition. I am confident that I will nail it with her teachings.

Chanel B. Aug 1, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

My 9 year old daughter was excited yet nervous about her first lesson with Stephanie. However, that all immediately went away upon meeting her friendly and smiling face! We both agree this is going to be so much fun!!

jackie I. Jun 14, 2015
Accent Reduction · Online

I came to her wiht a heavy Russian accent and she helped me to have it less and also to be more clearer with an american style of speaking which really helped me at work as i interviewed for a better job and got it!

Margie H. Jun 2, 2015
Stage Performance · Online

Stephanie is a great teacher. I don't have a large support system and she not only gives me techniques, tips, tricks, amazing break throughs in my acting, but she also has become a cheering section for me. Because of her and because of the amazing reel she made for me (she does one for all her students) I have booked a commercial campaign! She's awesome!

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sheila C. May 29, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

I was a student of Stephanie's in LA a long time ago but I firmly believe it is because of what she taught me that I booked films and TV job over the years. She is no BS, bt yet is very loving and supportive and sometimes actors need not only a teacher but someone to believe in them. I can't rate her highly enough!

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mark F. May 29, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio

This lady is really awesome- not only did she help me prep for my Juilliard audition but she actually gave me tips on an accent on one of my monologues that made all the difference. I think maybe I had a 50/50 chance to get in before I worked with her, but after- wow I felt great and my audition was great and I got accepted too!

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Margo G. Mar 4, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

I am so in love with Stephanie I would recommend her to everyone! I am just opening the door to acting and she makes me feel so comfortable in my skin, grounded and confident. She is honest and won't bull shit you just because your "paying her". Amazing advice and she answers my emails of questions any day of the week as well as done research multiple times to help me look for schools. 20/10 stars baby!!

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Liz S. Feb 8, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

OMG!!! What can I say??? Not enough that translates into the awesome experience we've had with Stephanie! She's very brilliant, talented and honest about everything she does and her teaching methods. I have nothing but praise and am so thankful we found her. My daughter has learned so much, as have I, from her sessions!! FANTASTIC person…… that's all I have to say about that!

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Courtney B. Dec 17, 2014
Film and TV Acting · Online

I have been having the time of my life with Stephanie as my teacher! She is extremely informative, has an awesome attitude and goes out of her way to help me succeed in any possible way!! I HIGHLY recommend her for ANYONE and EVERYONE!!!!

Alexis R. Oct 8, 2014
Accent Reduction · In studio

She's a great teacher!

eledryth F. Sep 18, 2014
Dialect Coaching · Online

The best I have seen dealing with dialect coaching - we did lessons via Skype and she helped me not only tone down my Indian accent but also to learn a British one!

Courtney K. Jul 2, 2014
Acting · In studio

I cannot say enough about how amazing Stephanie is! She's extremely attentive to each actor's individual needs so you are able to delve more deeply into your work, be it a scene, monologue, or new accent. I am definitely looking forward to working with Stephanie again!

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Nick L. Jul 1, 2014
Acting · In studio

Stephanie is a gifted teacher. I learned a lot about my craft from her. You'd be hard pressed to find a teacher as patient and gifted as her. Not to mention the great price!

Oksana T. Jul 1, 2014
Theater Acting · In studio

Stephanie is an amazing Acting Coach/ Teacher. The best I've every worked with. She creates a very fun and comfortable environment for her actors, but knows when to get serious, and when to raise the stakes. Stephanie is persistent in getting her actors to the point of really understanding the characters and the difference I've seen her bring out is remarkable.

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Tom O. Jul 1, 2014
Dialect Coaching · In studio

I was sent to her by a director working on Broadway. After an hour not only had she taught me an Irish accent, but she had made it fun, real and low-pressure. She can do many accents too so she can illustrate what she means. She easily is the best accent teacher I have ever had!

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