Toya Nash
Dallas, TX
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Toya Nash

Toya N.

Dallas, TX
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've taught singing to children, teens, and adults since 2006. My Masters degree training has afforded me the opportunity to be well versed in effective vocal techniques that will help you succeed. My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools, and better understand your unique voice as an artist. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About Toya N.

*Currently offering ONLINE LESSONS ONLY due to the pandemic.
I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes


*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Pageant Prep
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater

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Jae P.
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She is truly excellent! Guided me through my audition and her input was very valuable. She is also very personable and reliable.

Posted Jun 25, 2020
David
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Our first lesson was productive. I'm looking forward to learning!

Posted Jun 20, 2020
Todd B.
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My background and career have never placed importance on speaking and looking objectively at myself, I wanted to improve that ability. Toya has been very patient and down to earth with me, as raw as I am, in helping me. After a few lessons I already feel confidence growing and enjoy her instruction.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Olivia
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Made a huge difference in my daughter’s voice in just an hour. Tangible lessons taught. Definitely doing more lessons with Toya!

Posted May 31, 2019
Jill
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Personable and affirming!

Posted May 22, 2019
Kathryn
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When I first started working with Ms. Toya, i was very apprehensive towards acting. However, she has inspired me to keep working towards my goals and instilled in me a confidence i had never known.

Posted May 11, 2019
Kuran
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Toya Nash helped me tremendously. The first time i saw her I immediately knew that this is the acting coach that i have been waiting for. She teaches you the necessary fundamentals to become a successful actor or actress and provides you with so much prep that it will be impossible to not do well once you start auditioning. She has made a change in my acting career that allows me to take it to the next level.

Posted May 11, 2019
Laci
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Toya is an amazing acting coach!! She makes you feel very comfortable and teaches you to be confident, trust your instinct and not overthink. She teaches you different ways to approach a scene or monologue and helps you find what tools work for you. I’m able to laugh at myself and not feel as nervous anymore thanks to her!

Posted May 9, 2019
Eyüp

I think she’s a wonderful teacher and I’ve learned bunch of new stuff from her. And I highly recommend.

Posted May 9, 2019
Patricia
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Exceptional! Toya is a working artist herself, so she is beyond knowledgeable about acting and voice. A lot of my daughter’s lessons ran longer than the time I paid, which is a rare, and very generous thing. Toya makes sure you get what you pay for and more. She’s so passionate about helping talent find their way in the arts. She is equally great at helping parents who know nothing about the arts, like me, learn the best way to support our kids in the arts, which is just incredible. She is beyond talented, very professional, and an absolute inspiration to all those she teaches. My daughter started out with no experience, and learned it all from Toya. She is now working as a professional actor thanks to Toya! My family and I will get to see my daughter in a major film in theatres! By far the best acting/vocal instructor on TakeLessons or anywhere else, hands down.

Posted May 9, 2019
Tanya B.
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Toya is very friendly, which is wonderful. However, I was surprised by our experience. In our case, our lessons were cut a few minutes short, and half the lessons started late. (I do have proof showing this.) I would be fine with that, if we saw great results, but unfortunately, our daughter did not feel like she was learning anything new with Toya. Toya had her do exercises, which was great, but didn't make comments on how to improve. – Just told us our daughter was doing great. Maybe Toya was busy or distracted during her lessons, and it may be that normally there are better results, but for the cost of the lessons, we did expect more. We took lessons in a "conference room" setting, in a building Toya had us go to. Our other teachers with Take Lessons are wonderful and cost significantly less. Hopefully this is an anomaly, and your experience is different than ours.

Posted May 9, 2019
Mimi W.
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i enjoyed my first lesson with Toya.

Posted Jan 27, 2019
Daphne
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Just met her and can’t wait to start working with her! She’s so kind and knows what to do to make you reach your goal. Thrilled to have found her!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Hal
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Toya is great! Exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. She identified my areas for improvement, recommended exercises, and outlined a plan. She has excellent teaching skills and a delightful personality. I am very pleased.

Posted Mar 6, 2018
Osungu
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I absolutely love Toya!. She pushed me out of my comfort zone which has greatly helped me as an actor. I’m more confident and relaxed.

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Nicholas
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If you want to work with a professional who knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly how to get you where you wanna go, then Toya Nash is the person for you.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Kate P.
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Toya was great. She really connected with our daughter and motivated her to give it her all. Toya rocks!

Posted Sep 23, 2017
Kelly
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I love Toya she is great, she pushes me to new levels and makes me think wich is great. She is so knowledgeable and is ready to share that knowledge with her clients

Posted Aug 12, 2017
Haley G.
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My daughter has learned so much from Toya since she started getting lessons from her. She is pretty flexible if you have to reschedule she's willing to work with you and your schedule as well as her own. My daughter has nothing but good to say about Toya and the fun she has with her all while learning too. She really enjoys her acting lessons and loves Toya.

Posted May 9, 2017
Maya
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In a just a few weeks of taking lessons with Toya, I saw the biggest improvement in my voice. She's amazing!

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Taylor D.
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Toya is great. She focuses on the goals that you would like your child to accomplish and customizes the lessons to achieve it.

Posted Jun 4, 2016
Yolanda C.
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I really enjoyed my first lesson. Toya is very competent, highly skilled, and professional. She is also very kind and patient. I look forward to continuing to work with her!

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Yolanda C.
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I really enjoyed my first lesson. Toya is very competent, highly skilled, and professional. She is also very kind and patient. I look forward to continuing to work with her!

Posted Jan 12, 2016
Laura D.
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Had a great first session with Toya. Very excited to continue our work together.

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Juliette B.
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Toya, offers a lot of concrete suggestions to help her students achieve their goals. Her acting experience and business skills are invaluable.

Posted Nov 9, 2015
Jeanine M.
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Toya was very helpful and knowledgeable. She answered all my questions and set me up with a plan for success. Thanks toya

Posted Sep 9, 2015
Priyanka S.
Profile-location-online Online

Toya is experienced and extremely motivating to work with.

Posted Sep 6, 2015
Morgan Lee
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Toya is such an awesome and fun acting coach to work with. She is wonderful to work with and truly would recommend her to anyone who is interested in or needing acting lessons!

Posted Sep 6, 2015
Shera D.
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I've been going to Toya for awhile she very nice. She knows exactly what she is doing. She helps me understand everything
I do. I would recommend her for anyone who is serious about acting.

Posted Jun 25, 2014

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Education

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting
Jan 2007 - Apr 2010

Actors Studio Drama School

Acting
Jan 2002 - Dec 2003

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Actors Studio
May 2006
The Actors Studio was formed in 1947 in New York City to provide a place where professional actors could work together between jobs, or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work. In 1967 the Actors Studio opened its only branch in West Hollywood, California. Membership provides a place for theatre artists to advance their craft and talents. For more than sixty years The Actors Studio has lived a very rich artistic existence and will endure as long as talent needs a home.
Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2004
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.
Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 1999
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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