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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.