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These Acting teachers are highly rated by students in the Brattleboro area, including Whitingham, Chesterfield, Bernardston, Wardsboro and Colrain.

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Acting students will receive instruction customized for their individual needs and skill level, drawing on a variety of techniques, including Linklater (physical and vocal work), Stanislavski, Meisner, and Grotowski, Shurtleff, among others. Students can work privately on audition skills, including monologues and cold reading, as well as scene work, character building and basic principles of acting. The first step to great acting is a free body and voice, allowing full expression of of emotional life of the character!

About Wendy

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw

o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

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As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing.
My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

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My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

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Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

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I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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March 17, 2019
Blake C.
Very helpful and focused on what needed to be worked on. Will definitely be looking forward to working with her again!
January 24, 2019
Reagan G.
Wendy is a professional. Very comfortable to be around and she trains in a classical way. Highly recommend

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About Hallie

Hallie Todd, an actress for over 30 years, is especially well known to audiences for her role as Jo McGuire, Lizzie's mom on the hit series "Lizzie McGuire", and in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie". ("Top Ten TV Moms" - CNN Entertainment)

In addition to acting in films and television series, Hallie writes, produces and teaches. Her studio and acting classes have gained national recognition and have been featured on ABC Primetime, in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Todd, her husband/partner director Glenn Withrow and their daughter Ivy Withrow, wrote and produced the feature film, "The Mooring". For ten of the twelve leading roles, they cast students they discovered in their Los Angeles classes and in workshops around the country. Lionsgate Entertainment released the suspense thriller in February 2013.

In 2016, Hallie joined the American Girl franchise, starring in "American Girl: Lea to the Rescue".

Soon she can be seen opposite Cole Hauser in "The Last Champion", a redemptive family sports drama, which she also co-wrote and produced.
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December 14, 2015
Caro
Hallie Todd is amazing. Hallie first worked with my daughter Lizzy Kay when we lived in Perth in 2013 and she would skype with Lizzy every saturday morning for over a year. We worked that way for well over a year before moving to the US. Hallie helped Lizzy with Film and Television audition prep as well as scene study. Most of Lizzy's auditions were taped so it was critical that Hallie help Lizzy prepare for her performance on camera. Hallie would assess the sides with Lizzy and break down the scenes, the relationships and the central dramatic conflict that needed to be demonstated. In particular Hallie understands that the taped session is the best opportunity to help get callbacks. Hallie in particular assisted Lizzy with her audition prep for management representation. Lizzy was signed up by Luber Roklin Entertainment as a result of her work with Hallie. Now in LA Lizzy is auditioning in the room with Casting Directors and all the hard work that Hallie put in has paid off. To-date Lizzy has had several call backs including Director Sessions. Lizzy also recently won an Award of Excellence for her lead role in a Short Film which recently screened in St Tropez and Cannes Film Festivals.
December 11, 2015
Erin
Hallie has been my teacher and coach for six years now, and there is no one I would rather learn from. She has an incredible gift for working with actors: finding the most interesting take on a scene, teaching and utilizing various techniques to strengthen and widen an actor's toolbox. After all my time studying with Hallie I never feel at a loss when I'm handed a scene, no matter what that may be - comedic, dramatic, action-filled or technical. Her teaching is precise and astute, and I honestly cannot recommend her highly enough. As a student in her class, I was lucky enough to be cast in "The Mooring", a film Hallie produced, starred in and co-wrote which was picked up by Lionsgate - my first professional film job and one of the most remarkable experiences of my career. As a teacher, collaborator, and mentor, Hallie is amazing and inspiring and has made an enormous impact on both my career and my life.

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We will start by learning your goals for acting. Do you want to do it for fun? Are you trying to go to school for it? Do you want to do theater? Film? Going Professional right away? After that, depending on your level, we will explore everything from what acting is to the importance of having a character in your body. We will discuss and explore different techniques and what works for your process and what doesn't. Expect to be challenged in all of the right ways.

About Kyla

Hi!

My name is Kyla and I am currently a working actress and substitute teacher. I am on a webseries that just won a pilot competition, I just wrapped a play and start rehearsals for another one in June, and I have done a number of other live shows, short films, and webseries. I have taught theater, I substitute teach, currently, and I have babysat and tutored. I am also an alumni of the University of Southern California (BA) - one of the top universities in the US with one of the best theater (and film) schools! I love teaching, especially the arts, and I love to help someone understand something better and to feel more confidently about a subject or skill. I am excited to meet you all and get started!

All The Best,

Kyla

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July 5, 2019
Daria M.
The teacher was able to discern my exact needs, and then focus on those, and create in-the-moment scenes to energize my abilities as well as stimulate my own ideas in the directions necessary for my development.
January 5, 2019
Ashlee G.
Although Kyla is very nice and I could see her being a good acting teacher there were a-lot of issues. Late almost every-time and often seemed frazzled or caught off guard for my lesson. She was helpful with her acting technics for the first couple of lessons once we got into it, but then I took a week off for a vacation. She bumped the prices double the cost and did not inform me as a student. When I came back and was ready to purchase my next set, that we had already discussed a date and time, I noticed the price increase and questioned her. It was difficult for me to understand why she did not inform her current students of a price increase (and a big one at that). I was very clear with her in pervious lessons where I stood financially and that this was an investment already. Although she isn't an "expensive" teacher being a college student made this transition difficult. I was able to look past some of the other issues but the miscommunication between students was a NO WAY for me. Unfortunately, although she has potential as a good teacher she did not handle my lessons professionally.
September 4, 2018
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Experienced actor and teacher available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of audition skills. I specialize in audition preparation, cold reading, and speech (intonation, inflection, word stress, etc).

About Cory

I am a professional singer, beatboxer, audio engineer, and music director who specializes in contemporary a cappella music! I graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music. I also am an acting coach; I can help build confidence in your performances as well as help you feel more comfortable speaking in front of people.

I perform often with a variety of musicians at all levels - I've performed with school choirs, community choirs, The Maccabeats, Josh Groban, and more. I have also performed at many well-known venues such as the Nikon at Jones Beach, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The White House, and more. I travel both nationally and internationally to perform and often find myself singing with the communities I travel to. I have also judged singing competitions, given masterclas

ses to a variety of singing groups, and taught classes at music festivals.

As a teacher I want you to succeed! I am always happy to discuss your goals and aspirations and we can work together to find a plan of action that best suits your needs, whether that be sight reading, vocal technique, or anything else!
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July 8, 2019
Karyn
I've had a number of lessons with Cory and it's been an awesome experience! I've learned a lot from him and been able to work on so many skills. He's very patient and personable.
January 2, 2019
Leah
Cory is helpful and encouraging, and incredibly knowledgeable in his line of work.
September 14, 2018
Saera M.
Very knowledgeable and professional, would highly recommend

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I am a voice and acting teacher specializing in musical theater and pop rock and other commercial forms of singing. I have training in all different acting techniques and I focus on audition and competition prep. I help performers fuse their acting and singing but can also focus on one aspect if the student so chooses. I work with many students on college auditions and thespian competitions as well. I teach all ages up to adults since I am also an adjunct faculty and have experience in teaching at the university level.

About Melanie

I am a voice and acting teacher specializing in musical theatre, pop-rock, and other commercial forms of singing. I teach all ages from kids to adults since I am also adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University. I attended University of Pennsylvania for my undergrad and received my Masters in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory. I focus on breathe work, increasing range, and freeing the natural voice with healthy technique and placement whether you are belting or singing classical pieces. I work with many students on college auditions and thespian competitions - I have students at colleges all over the country, working in NYC, and performing all over the world. I love imparting my love of singing and acting to my younger students as well, making lessons fun and flexible to the needs of each student. Having performed in NYC, Bos

ton, Philadelphia, and throughout the South Florida region, I understand the hard work it takes to perfect your craft. Together we will work to achieve your goals as a singer and actor to make yourself the complete package you know you can be!
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November 28, 2018
Sarah
Melanie is an absolutely incredible vocal teacher/coach. I noticed a change in my voice after just the first lesson. Her vast knowledge of the anatomy used to create vocal sounds combined with the techniques she teaches has definitely improved my voice. She taught me how to belt and showed me the difference between my belt and my mix, which was beyond helpful. She also taught me how to sing in my head voice in a healthier and more effective way. And on top of that, she has a mental library full of great song recommendations for my individual voice. Can't wait until our next lesson!

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I am an MFA Actor with 10+ years experience teaching all levels. Included in my time, I am able to select pieces for you, and assist you in crafting monologues that will get you noticed, and will not be overused.

I specialize in pairing up performers with pieces that are right for their voice and level of experience.

About Devon

Hey There!
Acting has been my passion since I was able to move and speak. Helping others find their creative voice, and what makes them unique has been the cornerstone of what I love most about helping others share their talents.

Often my students are looking for assistance finding the right pieces, a new way of looking at their sides, need help with audition prep, and want to know what to expect when they walk into a room.

I take my job very seriously, and have successfully helped coutless students of al ages book gigs, and find confidence auditioning.

My style is fun-loving, and honest. If you need someone to give it to you straight, someone to champion your nervous child, or overall give you the confidence you need to slay your audition- I’m your Coach!

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March 30, 2019
Kate
Devon is an amazing actor and teaching artist. A true professional who can help you take your Audition pieces to the next level.
March 30, 2019
Meredith
Devon is incredibly intuitive at assessing and thus, honing in on each artist’s/actor’s needs. She is kind, patient, and has a wealth of valuable experience, tailoring and teaching to each individual! Devon is truly wonderful!
March 30, 2019
Alex
Devon is very good at finding an individuals artistic look and abilities and helping accend to higher levels. Her straightforward direction and honest opinions will challenge and strength a person, bettering themselves professionally and artistically.

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My classes are focused on preparing you with all the skills needed for acting in the film and television industry. You will master everything from monologues and auditions to memorizing techniques and knowing how to utilize your improv skills. Each session with me will leave you feeling prepared to go out and audition and jump onto a film/television set! If you are looking to launch your career and need the tools to do so, contact me and I will be glad to get you where you want to go!

About Alyson

Hi! I'm Alyson and my passion is for growing other people's passions. I studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and have an associate's degree for acting. I have been studying acting for 10 years and continue to grow my knowledge in order to share everything I can with students who share my same dream and goals in life. I teach anyone who is willing to listen and encourage everyone to continue learning and growing no matter what point of success they have reached. I am an open ear and an open heart who wants to reach as many people as possible.

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Hello! I'm Dominic R. (though I'm commonly known as "that guy" to very close friends) and I'm an artist. I'm an actor, teacher, singer, comedian, writer, graphic designer, and a really, horribly novice ukulele player.

I. LOVE. ACTING. And I love sharing my passion for that with other people, actors and non-actors alike.

In my acting coachings, I utilize many different exercises to make sure that each student has the knowledge and techniques required for them to feel completely, fearlessly themself. Every artist approaches their craft differently, but in acting, honesty is everything. Together, we'll discover what that means for you and how to make you shine your brightest light on stage or on camera.

Topics Include:
On-Camera Acting
On-Stage Acting
Musical Theatre Coachings
Audition Prep
Comedic Writing and Performance
Cold Reading Skills
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About Dominic

Hello! I'm Dominic R. (though I'm commonly known as "that guy" to very close friends) and I'm an artist. I'm an actor, teacher, singer, comedian, writer, graphic designer, and a really, horribly novice ukulele player. People ask how long I have been an actor for and generally don't believe me when I tell them I've been acting almost my whole life! Since my days as an Oscar Meyer Weiner kid, it's just been in my blood.

I. LOVE. ACTING. And I love sharing my passion for that with other people, actors and non-actors alike. I have ten years of professional acting experience in Chicagoland and New York, I'm an instructor at the Actors Training Center in Wilmette, and I am the Founding Artistic Director of Lantern Theatre: A Marist Performing Arts Group. I'm a 2013 graduate of Columbia College Chicago (BA: Acting) and 2011 graduate of The Se

cond City's Comedy Studies Program.

When I teach, each class is structured based off the student's individual wants and goals, but all of my acting coaching relationships start with a chat! What are your goals with acting lessons? What are your career goals? What sort of experience, or lack-thereof, do you have in the field? Do you have any dream roles from movies, TV, musicals, plays, etc.? Who are your favorite actors?

I believe that it's important for an acting coach to get a sense of their student's mannerisms, sense of humor, and general personality. Chatting about the items above give me a sense of who you are as a person, as well!

The beautiful thing about actors is that they HAVE TO come in all shapes, colors, ages, and sizes!! I have coached six year olds, I have coached 80 year olds, I have coached Shakespearean sonnets, and I have coached improvised comedy sketch material. No matter the background of the actor, the techniques stay the same!
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Steve
"Overall, very impressed. She is direct and doesn't tell you something you want to hear. Her evaluation process is well rounded and planned. She puts toget
her a great curriculum to know what to expect in the coming lessons. Very easy going person and makes you feel completely comfortable at the initial lessons."
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Dharti
"I don't know about you (yes you, the one reading this), but I've been secretly wanting to act my whole life and am a full of life personality with hidden
insecurities. Even though I have never really acted professionally, I have been theatrical and playing all sorts of characters, speaking in accents and dancing to everything in front of the mirror, in comfortable social gatherings and have even put on shows for my pets and husband! Last time I acted "professionally" was in a high school play. And even then, I mostly helped make the props!

I tell you this, because, with that kind of a background, nervous and yet SO excited to JUST TRY, I chose Christian as my teacher- my professor of Acting!

I am 3 classes in and Christian is very supportive, non-judgemental and extremely easy to learn with. I am impressed with his skills, his ability to immediately decipher something I'm trying to explain, and then how easy he makes it for me to put his constructive feedback into practice. The practice is not easy... because that stuff always takes hard work, but he explains it all so easily so I can start practicing and exploring the acting world. He is honest about the acting world, the people in it and the various steps it takes to get to wherever you are trying to get! So be honest with yourself and let this be an authentic and fun experience! Plus, it's so nice to talk to someone that actually gets what it's like to be dreaming!

Thanks Christian!"
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Shanel
"Vanessa is an AMAZING acting teacher/coach! She's very personable, motivating, knowledgeable, encouraging and professional. I'm so excited about what I've
learned thus far and ecstatic about the level of acting I'll achieve once my lessons are complete."
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Nicholas
"I worked with Haley multiple times as I was preparing a role and the insight she offered me really helped take my preparation to the next level. She worke
d with me until I felt completely confident and the work we did definitely paid off. I got great reviews and my director and other actors even commented on how advanced my work had become."
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Brandi
"DB is the best!! I came to Donnabella at a slump in my career. I simply wasn't sure what to do next. She was so patient and positive, I couldn't be mor
e grateful. We spent some time seriously considering my strengths and weaknesses. I learned to highlight my strengths, and developed my weaknesses! Most importantly, I had a sense of direction and fell back in love with the process of acting."
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Jasmyn
"I have just recently completed my first lesson with Kim and can honestly say that she is the best instructor I've ever had! She is an incredibly kind pers
on, and her bright and bubbly personality puts you at ease. She is a true mentor and really cares about your profess. I am looking forward to future lessons!"
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Greg
"The first lesson of the ten-pack I bought (to start) went very well. Michael was knowledgeable and provided just the kind of feedback I wanted for my solo
vocal performances (I was looking for instruction on *acting* in solo vocal performance), giving me immediately useful tips for improving my next performance. It's clear that Michael has a lot to offer me. I look forward to more in the coming lessons."
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Natalie
"I thought he was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. He answered a lot of my questions. He had an easy going manner that made me feel comfortable and right a
t home. He gave me a lot of information I didn't even think to ask. Also told me things that he expects from me that would benefit me."
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Kathleen
"Engaged with what I was looking for. Looking forward to grow under the instruction of John."

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