Walid Chaya

Walid C.

New York, NY

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Walid delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5 to 75

Teaching since:
May 2008

Hi all! I am a New York based director/acting instructor and Associate Member of the Stage Directors Choreographer Society with over 10 years of experience teaching performing arts education.

I work with NYC casting directors and agents daily so I have a strong understanding for what's expected of actors in the audition room and on-set.

All scripts and materials used in class are customized for each of my students. I have produced over 100 successful performing arts programs since 2008 for all ages with lesson plans tailored around the Department of Education’s standards to popular content and themes.

I have directed several shows Off-Broadway as well as TV and film shoots, for my on-camera credits please visit imdb.me/walidchaya. My teaching experiences and acting programs have been featured in Broadway World and various newspapers, please visit my website for press and more: walidchaya.com.

My B.F.A. in Theatre Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors is from Virginia Commonwealth University, rated #1 School of the Arts by US News & World Report and I am an alumni of the The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony® Awards, SpringBoardNYC directors program. I love what I do and am excited to work with you.

Let's take your acting or filmmaking to the next level!

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Experience

Director & Talent Consultant
Jan 2012 - Present
Actors Connection NY

Produce and instruct educational programs that serve as professional platforms for performers to work on TV, film, theater, and commercials in the New York City market. Programs feature on-camera training and acting technique plus networking components with industry casting directors, talent agents and personal managers.

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Artistic Director
May 2008 - Present
Moonlit Wings Productions

Conceive, develop and implement full production services and creative consulting for stage and screen including year-round season of shows, casting and talent services for all media and top-rated performing arts education. Cultivate lesson plans and oversee all program directors and instructors from training to teaching. Instruct master classes and special events with 50-200 students as well as private one-on-one sessions.

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Production Director / Teaching Artist
Aug 2013 - Aug 2016
Broadway Bound Kids

Create and teach speech, performance and dance classes to inspire and empower kids in a stress-free environment that increases self-esteem, builds relationships, encourages respect and releases creativity. Program teaches teamwork, self-expression, critical thinking and enhances literary skills.

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Acting Instructor
Aug 2010 - May 2011
Drama Kids International

Through dramatic exercises, taught students ages 6-16 to develop clear speech, fluent delivery, social skills and how to work quickly on their feet and strengthen their improvisation and communication skills.

Education

BFA Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Languages

Arabic
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

SpringBoardNYC Scholarship
Jun 2010
The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards
Best Lead Actor in a Play
Jun 2007
International Thespian Honors Society
Best Thespian
Jun 2006
International Thespian Honors Society

Affiliations

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Jun 2014

SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Our mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers and providing effective administration, negotiations and contractual support.

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Marisa Oct 27, 2016
Acting · In studio

Kind and organized, we love going to Walid for coaching and his classes in New York. My daughter booked a commercial after coaching with Walid too.

Dylan Oct 27, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online

I really like the scripts we use during our lessons. All of it it just like what I do when I am called in for a casting, Walid provides real world teaching. I suggest him as a teacher for sure.

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