- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Affectionately known as “V” critically acclaimed artist Valeka is a graduate of the prestigious University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program (PATP). While obtaining her MFA in Acting, Valeka began her professional career with roles in many award-winning shorts and independent features including "Attachments," and "So Many Options" among others.
Adept in theater, film, acting, coaching, writing, and producing, Valeka is an artist with some serious promise. She stars as Eileen in the film "The Runaways," working with award winning cinematographer, Mike Wilson. In addition to being a Jet Beauty of the Week, Valeka is the current DC Co-Captain of Ava Duverney’s distribution company ARRAY. Additionally, her documentary film “Non-Critical” premiered at Cannes in the Short Film Documentary Corner, and it received the 2015 Jury Award.
Previous credits include a host of theater roles, notably the role of Nina in acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby." Broadway world stated "Playing the role of Nina is Valeka who is astonishing. I predict a great future is ahead of her. One gets to see her transformation from the hardened criminal to that of a young woman who has just lost her mother, when she strips herself from her make-up, wig, and clothes into a bathrobe, sits on her couch, covers herself in a wrap which was covering the couch and weeps. It's a powerful moment." DC Metro Arts stated "Valeka walks the trickiest line when it comes to winning our sympathy as Nina. But she will reduce you to a puddle in one scene when she comes upon a photo of herself as a toddler with her father, and suddenly all the pain of her childhood is reeled back and her face blossoms with a shy, girlish delight." Maryland Theatre guide states “Valeka is one of the most relaxed and unselfconscious actors I’ve seen on stage - ever... She is sensual and powerful – a performance to remember.”
• Audition Techniques:
-Students learn (through sensory work) how to create the world of the play when they’re in the audition room.
-Selecting the correct material.
• Introduction to Acting: Teaching the basics:
-Etudes, given circumstances, beats, actions, tactics, obstacles, sub text, the arc, themes, the inner monologue, and back story.
• Shakespeare with a Flare:
-How to break down the language and not be intimidated by the structure.
-Freeing Shakespeare through connecting your breath and thought.
-How to turn Shakespeare’s language into your vernacular and understanding the punctuation (punctuation will lead to the discovery of the characters emotional state)
• Sensory Development:
-Using psychophysical history to create characters, history and circumstances.
• Suzuki: Teaching actors how to build an awareness of their bodies, especially their center.
• Viewpoints: Teaching actors how to create ensembles, composition work and organic movement for the stage.
• Fundamentals of Acting:
-An introduction to basic acting skills.
-Exercises in speech, movement and imagination.
• Students learn the fundamentals of deciphering classical language and making it their own.
• Adapting Shakespearean plays for modern audiences.
• Directing students in their adaptation of a Shakespearean play.
• Taught students The American "Method," based on principles of Stanislavsky and The American evolution of his method. Development of basic acting skills through monologue work.
• Taught students the skill set to prepare audition materials and scene work within the context of entire the play.
• Contributed to the development and revision of course content and instructional materials.
• Conducted evaluations of student performances and assigned grades on the basis of such evaluations.
• Provided students with academic and career advisement.
• Textbook and equipment selection.
• Weekly Lectures that orchestrated the focus of the week and provided tangible examples for the students.
• Administered Mid Terms and Final Exams.
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.+ Read More
Valeka is an excellent teacher! Her encouraging words and energetic attitude encouraged me to dig deep, step outside my comfort zone and go big. Her great acting advice helped me tremendously prepare for a role I had in a play. She helped me with confidence and understanding each scene. I received many great reviews after the show and I am thankful to Valeka for this.+ Read More
I don't normally write reviews for services, but a class with Valeka is worth a review! I opted for an online coaching medium because of my schedule, and Valeka was very professional, warm, responsive and very prompt. She takes the time to understand how she can help you be your best! That level of attention to detail was so important to me, since I was new to this medium.
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Finding an Acting Coach in Los Angeles is a daunting and overwhelming process. For me, I set out to find someone who's approach resonated with me as well as pushed and challenged me, helping me deepen my craft and boost my self-confidence. I needed to find a coach with whom I could form a relationship, who could provide an environment where I felt comfortable to receive feedback, to allow myself to be vulnerable and to take risks. I wanted a coach who could facilitate growth and help take my career to the next level. And, of course, I wanted to find someone who is qualified and knows what they are doing. Valeka was recommended through a fellow actor, and it was the best referral ever! Her knowledge is incredible and she is always willing to help. Since working with Valeka, I have been constantly going on auditions and FINALLY getting called back. I can't recommend Valeka enough, and if my word is not enough, reach out to her. You won't be sorry!+ Read More
Book Valeka ASAP! I came to Valeka for coaching to audition for a MFA acting program. I was determined to get my masters and Valeka was determined to push me to my fullest potential. I was accepted into USC and Calarts, two of the top MFA acting programs in the country. Calarts didn't even make me do a call back they accepted me on the spot. Revealing that I was the best hey had seen all weekend. Valeka helped me to choose my pieces, perfect them, and believe in myself. Couldn't have done it without her!+ Read More
Valeka is AMAZING! Not only have I attended her workshop but she has also personally coached me on set. She will assist you in exploring your character (their intentions, backstory, etc.) so you can completely embody who that character is at the core. Valeka is an inspiring, supportive coach that will pull the best performance out of you. If you are looking for an acting coach that will build you up to your full potential as an actor, Valeka is the one for you!+ Read More