I have been teaching over 20 years as a coach and as a University professor. I am an Equity actor myself as well as a professional playright, drama critic and director. I know this business and am passionate about helping you succeed.
I am a singer-pianist-actor Or a pianist-singer-actor. :-) I have a bachelors degree in voice performance and a minor in piano and theater. I have a masters degree in voice as well as a second masters in piano literature. i have a certificate in comedy improvisation from Second City and am a professional actor. I am the owner and senior talent agent of a large talent agency in the DFW area. My post graduate work is in vocal pedagogy. I have been a professional teacher and performer for over 20 years. I own and manage a professional talent agency in the DFW area. My students come in every model imaginable - and I wouldn't have it any other way. Raw beginner or veteran actor or musician, professional recording artist, College music major or American Idol wannabe.
The arts are such a great language for communicating. I grew up
with two parents who were professional musicians (mom is a concert pianist) and I also raised 3 children who are professional musicians. We made music our native language in our home. We all have the ability to speak music when it is spoken to us. I don’t ever remember not playing the piano. I started winning piano competitions in high school. I minored in piano, and then did additional post graduate work in piano. I “speak” piano. It has served me so well as a teacher, composer, opera coach. It is really a gateway to understanding all other instruments. The same scenario with my singing.
I began my professional career as an opera singer which has taken me around the world. I have premiered works by Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Adler in addition to principal roles and concert work with Pittsburgh Opera, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Opera, the Tuscia Opera Festival and hundreds of professional engagements. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to belt the National Anthem for several major league teams in a television appearance- and has done so on multiple occasions. (Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Reds) I am passionate about vocal jazz and musical theater and am frequently found as a performer in various national and regional venues. Feature concert works include PBS (Gershwin in Concert) as well as featured solo concert works (Pergolesi Stabat Mater) on Italian Public TV.
My approach to music has always been to do what you love. I have never limited myself as a performer to a genre or an instrument. I have explored, applied myself to and enjoyed a very diverse musical career. If you have a passion for an instrument or style of music let's start there first... and then let's discover together all the things you do that uniquely define your musicianship style.
*** Lesson Details *** Your lessons will always be engaging, challenging and fun!
I am very consistent in my approach to technique, my focus on goals and my demand for excellence. I constantly am working to access with you what your goals are and to provide feedback and support to help you achieve them.
I am very flexible in utilizing a wide variety of repertoire, resources etc. Your lessons are personalized to your skill set and your musical interests. I utilize audio and video recordings almost every week for all my students. I routinely promote and encourage my students to participate in a wide variety of competitions, recitals, workshops and master classes.
I have a very low turnover rate for students and a very high rate of students who have progressed to professional full time careers in music. Students like being a part of my studio and really like the confidence they have in their music abilities in a very short period of time.
I do not use the same curriculum for all students, in face, each curriculum is customized for that student. The components are similar: technique, repertoire, theory, listening, composing, recording and performing.
You can expect the following:You will feel very encouraged and supported in your talent. You will have measurable improvement in your skills. You will have a personal advocate to encourage and direct you in finding and creating opportunities to succeed in your music personally, academically and professionally.
I can't wait to get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** Professional studio with 6' Pramberger Grand Piano, recording and video equipment, and a music library including instruments and books w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Digital music library, digital recorder, iPad
*** Specialties *** Classical, musical theater, jazz and pop.
Currently Offering Group Master Classes for Vocal Training.
~2 hour group class for $40.00~
Feel free to reach out regarding dates and give Takelessons a call to book the lessons.
These lessons are for students pursuing a career in commercial/film acting or perhaps interested in what it takes to become an actor. Students will learn the fundamental terminology, a variety of film/commercial acting techniques, and explore different genres of this industry including voice over work. We work on a variety of tv/film monologues, scene work, character development, and developing our craft.
Kelsey’s love for acting and the performing arts is awe-inspiring. Kelsey graduated from Missouri Southern State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She then received her Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Lindenwood University.
Kelsey has always been a performer who acts from natural instincts and with passion. She is completely devoted to her craft and could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Her objective is to inspire creativity among all ages and to expand their imagination. She instructs understanding in the craft of acting and learning how to develop an expressive voice and body. In her lessons she will focus on character development, experiment with a variety of scenes and monologues, study the essential elements of acting, and explore the world of performing arts.
s available for private acting lessons of all kind, including audition prep. The audition prep is perfect for those students who have an interest in continuing their education in theatre, in the community, or for a school show. Kelsey will assist those students by preparing them for their next audition by studying audition etiquette while expanding their material selection.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons can be 30-120 min long which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, evaluating your voice, developing character analysis, objectives, subtext, improv, and so much more! It is advised that each student keep a "Sense Journal" to enhance their senses and help them stay true to their character. Fun and encouraging atmosphere, great with all ages and teach both men and women. Youngest student in 5 years old.
*** Studio Equipment *** •Performance space •A large script and screenplay library
*** Travel Equipment *** A variety of Dramatic and Comedic Scripts and several binders full of audition material and monologues from different genres and subjects.
*** Specialties *** Kelsey specializes in the Meisner Technique, Uta Hagan "Respect for Acting" Technique, and Jerzy Grotowski technique. She will train performers to use their natural instinct and true emotions on stage. Kelsey will teach them how to analyze their character, discover beat changes, and develop their senses.
I've been teaching acting for 5 years and my students have gone on to gain acceptance into Harvard University, Yale University and NYU. I specialize in audition technique, cold reading technique, Shakespeare performance, scene study, voice, speech, physical acting, and character creation. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels! I can't wait to meet you!
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at UCLA, LMU, APU, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
Alexandra was amazing. Answered all my questions and was a wealth of knowledge about product and tips and tricks to make makeup application easier and faster. Would definitely use her again.
August 15, 2019
Alex is amazing! She is funny, knowledgable, and she meets you where you're at! I'm definitely a beginner at make-up and she had excellent advice for products and processes. She was always willing to show me things again or follow my lead with where I wanted to the lessons to go! Highly Recommend.
In my film courses, we will be able to cover aspects such as: Breaking down the script, framing, lighting, editing, preparation, making the camera our friend, depth, and more.
I have years of self-taping experience for myself and others, as well as directing short films. We will be able to create the best product or way for you to self create via camera from our sessions.
*EQUIPMENT NOT SUPPLIED* Camera Tripod (for camera or phone) Lighting for use
*EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED* Audio Mic Google film for recording
What drives me to wake up every day, is to supply actors with a safe space to grow and learn trusted actor tools and resources. I want to foster, the lessons I've been taught and learned, and help the actor change their path and careers. I love meeting new artists, collaborating, and getting results.
I'm a producer/actor/director who combines that with my passion of being a life-coach. I attended the high ranking, UNCSA, Royal Shakespeare Company, UCB, and have private coached for 5+ years. I know the juggling that happens with the life of an actor and have the experience and ability to help you navigate it. During my private coaching, I've had successes such as: Master of None, Hawaii 5-0, Off-Broadway Plays, Julliard, DePaul, and more. My private coaching has helped clients book roles, extend their network, find longevity and purpo
se in the acting pursuit and life.
I have extensive experience and teaching exp. in: Shakespeare, Monologues, EPA's, Self-taping, Improvisation, Auditioning, Winning the room, Meisner, College auditions, Stanislavsky, and more.
Gus Halper: Truth and Lies: Menedez Brothers, The Goat, Ricki and the Flash Sarah Viccellio: Master of None, The Carrie Diaries, Law & Order: SVU Michael Labbadia: The Attic Theater Co. Alex Gagne: Keen Company, Bridge Production Group, MugBug Prod. Reagan Elizabeth: Stephanie Klapper Casting Joshua Morgan Michael Calciano Owen Laheen Ellie Barone Gabe Arant
Stephen enjoys helping actors go from average to engaging, with the experience to prepare an actor for a casting director's office or a TV or movie set.
I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
Teaching came to me through the recommendations of my own acting teachers. When I followed their advice I found that I could really connect and communicate with my students with the same clarity and communication that I had with other actors. I found that I could really assess and convey to them what they needed to really crystallize both their experience and delivery of a given character and/ or scene, and in such a way that they REALLY enjoy the process! Together we take them on a journey of enhanced self-discovery and delivery. My lifetime in the performing arts, close to 20 years of professional acting (on both coasts), years of intensive study with some of the true greats (Gary Austin, Dave Razowsky, Barbara Niven, Terry Schreiber, Wenndy Mackenzie, Jeffrey Sweet, Carol Fox Prescott, and others), and experience directing, casting, and producing in Los Angeles all inform the process we engage. I'm proud to say that many of my students have exclaimed that my class was the best, or ...
*PLEASE NOTE: I am currently away a lot, so most sessions will be online. HOWEVER, when signing up check with me re our locations at the time and perhaps we can schedule an in-person session. ALSO, I LOVE to travel to locations to teach private tutorials or group workshops and would love to do so! So, let me know if that's something you'd like to coordinate.
I've been so blessed to have had game-changing acting teachers who really "got," affirmed, challenged, invigorated, and transformed me. They've helped me in so many ways in my career and life overall. I want you to have that, too! I LOVE THE PROCESS - AND YOU WILL, TOO! There is as much joy and discovery to be had in every acting moment as there is technical prowess to be honed, and in order to make the whole thing synergize both have to be involved and engaged. The truth is that
you, as you are, have a great deal of it already covered, but you just may not know what you know and what you have. Discovering that is joyful and empowering, and the rest is a combination of learning how to perfect and wield what you already know and learning the tools and techinques you don't yet know. Then it's a matter of repeating and honing that with someone who you can trust; a teacher who really gets you, your type(s), your joy, your own unique colors and qualities.
You also need a teacher and coach who knows the particulars and requirements the industry has and will expect of you. I've worked on the east coast, in Los Angeles, and other places around the country, on stage and on the big and small screens. I performed for years on the world renowned Groundlings stage under the direction of The Groundlings' founder Gary Austin, in his Improv Troupes. He literally gestated the original SNL yet openly referred to our group as "the best group of improvisational actors I've ever worked with in my entire career!" I still can't get over that one and probably never will. I also studied with Dave Razowsky, Michael Gellman, Jeffrey Sweet, Carol Fox Prescott, Wenndy Mackenzie, Terry Schreiber, Barbara Niven, John Strawbridge, and others. I found myself on many a stage out there while acting in films, etc., as well. Along the way I've also directed, produced, and cast feature films and shows, and of course taught. SO, let's get you on the track to real learning and growth. Also, as I put together other workshops and conferences with other teacher associates of mine - expert, renown actors and teachers from New York, Hollywood, and elsewhere - I'll keep you posted so you can not just go to but live in the next level. I look forward to it.
**NOTE: I'm now bi-coastal, dividing my time primarily between Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD, but am also often in NYC and DC. So, wherever you are, if we're in geographical proximity to each other when you need a session, we'll meet up in person; and if not, no worries, we'll work together online right here in the online classroom! We'll just play it by ear. (I will also travel to any city where there are enough students interested in taking a class and offer an intensive workshop, and possibly also private coaching if time allows. We'll work out the details and pricing for those on a case-by-case basis, but please don't hesitate to contact me about such an event if you're interested in one. I'm happy to do these kinds of classes!)
Great experience! Really kind, fun, casual, and expressive, and I can't wait for more lessons!
October 4, 2017
As an acting coach/teacher, Rob is warm, intuitive, and very giving - as an actor himself, he is talented, surprising, and inventive; it is such a joy to watch him take these wonderful gifts and translate them back and forth between the two arenas. He has much to share as an instructor - highly recommended!
September 28, 2017
Rob's many years of experience coupled with his open and fun personality make him a perfect mentor and teacher for anyone interested in trying their hand at acting! Treat yourself!
I studied acting with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance at the University of North GA & Brenau University. My professional acting career started my junior year of college with the Actor's Express in Atlanta. I've booked shows at multiple venues including the Alliance, Aurora, Essential and many other theatres across Atlanta.
If theatre isn't what you're particularly looking for, I also have a background in camera work, specifically television. I've booked minor roles in Vampire Diaries, Containment and multiple Investigate Discovery shows, all which are booked here in Atlanta. Classes with me will be incredibly constructive and I also offer self taping services & editing with an excellent audio enhanced, visually stimulating, well lit space.
My teaching is very simple. I do not like to over-complicate things - especially when it comes to acting. We act every day. A lot of people just don't realize it. My job is to help you understand how to take the realism of your day-to-day acting
I have professional theatre and television experience. I studied acting at the University of North GA and Brenau University and was part of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance where I studied for a Bachelors of Art, specifically acting.
Acting students can expect to improve daily on their technique. Every person is capable of acting; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their unlimited potential to put on stage or in front of a camera. I can help any student apply their day-to-day acting they experience with their loved ones and friends on stage or in front of the camera.
I work as a Recruiting Manager in Duluth but still pursue my personal passion of film work. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better actor!
I've been a professional film, TV and stage actor for over 20 years. I have a lot of experience working in Hollywood as well as independent stage. From improv comedy to serious drama, I stress naturalism in everything I do and that is what I coach. When learning, I know how important it is to have positive encouragement and support for creative development, and providing that is always my first priority. My goal in coaching is to help actors become the best they can be, and to succeed wherever they are in their artistic journey.
I'm a passionate, caring acting coach whose number one goal is to help actors find their sincere, authentic truth and express that sincerity within the imaginary circumstances of film, television, and theater. Whether you are interested in a professional career in acting, just curious about the craft, or simply want to be the best actor you can be, I can help you get there. ---------- "NED LIEBL (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), is a versatile actor who has cultivated a multifaceted career that includes film, television, stage, and improv comedy.
Among his multiple film credits, Ned played vigilante priest ‘Saint’ in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's CROSS and the sequel CROSS WARS with Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Robert Carradine, and Jake Busey. Television credits range from the Discovery Channels's GUILTY or INNOCENT? where
Ned played the starring role of undercover narcotics officer 'Grady Gibson' to the dark comedy pilot SMALL BITS OF HAPPINESS where Ned starred with Jodie Sweetin as a suicide prevention therapist. Ned performed with David Spade and Kevin Farley in the improv mockumentary THE SHEBOYGAN IMPROV FESTIVAL. Ned also performed with the late Chris Farley in the improv comedy troupe “Mixed nuts”. Ned is also an established stage actor. Recent stage roles include: Leonard, a troubled genius writer in "Seminar" (Chance Theater), Lou D’Marco in "Light Sensitive" (Moth Theatre), Aviator in "The Little Prince" (Chance Theater), Mark Loomis in "American Wife" (Antaeus Theatre), and Mechanic in "Middletown" (Chance Theater).
Ned’s extensive coast to coast training includes Second City, William Esper Studio, Stella Adler Studio, Actors Movement Studio, Jeff Corey, Susan Batson, Jeff Goldblum, Miles Stroth, John Markland, Eric Morris, and Richard Seyd (Ned teaches Richard Seyd's Trigger Approach)
What you ultimately have in Ned Liebl is a highly experienced, knowledgeable, and passionately-driven actor/coach who cares about actors, the art of acting, and has over 20 years of professional acting experience on stage and 16 years in Hollywood film and television.
Ned also writes, directs, and enjoys spending time with his family."
"Maria has coached me for every audition and part I have gotten for the past 5 years. She was referred to me by another one of her students. She is worth e
very penny. I'm moving to LA as I've just been cast as a series regular on a new ABC comedy but will be coaching with Maria online. I will be forever her student. She's a complete genius."
"DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with
coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business."
"I absolutely love Kim's acting coaching!
I have been in financial business for many years. Recently, I took a project and need to adapt quickly to p
lay a role in a film within very short time period. I am very lucky to find Kim:
(1) She is well prepared for each lesson. She understood clearly about my objectives; (2) She gives me lots of valuable tips to improve my acting skills; (3) She is very quick to grasp the film writer and director's intention for the role; (4) She pays great attention to every detail of the script to help me to maximize my potential in the role; (5) She goes above and beyond: she reviews my recording and gives me great feedback after the lesson; she went through multiple scripts within very short time period on her own time; (6) She is extremely fun to work with;
I just finished my second lesson with Kim. She is not only a great acting coach, but a great actor! She is definitely a go to person in my future film venture!!!"
"I've worked with DB on numerous projects. She definitely knows her stuff, and I'd recommend her for audition prep, career guidance, and even some much ne
"Kelsey is very good. she explains in detail."
Charles and Rebecca
"she was fun and she let try she also gave great advice"
"Great lesson. My 11 year old learned so much!"
"John Henry Soto is a true professional. He is knowledgeable, patient, and fun too! Also, I have always appreciated an instructor who is successful in thei
r own field, and he definitely is."
"Kailee enjoyed the lesson w/ Kelsey immensely! She was very inspired and looking forward to the next lesson."