As a three-time winner of Backstage publication’s Readers’ Choice “Favorite Acting Coach” for young actors, I have coached teen and adult alumni in successfully booking jobs in TV series, sitcoms, films, and on Broadway for over thirty years. I frequently guide actors in their upcoming auditions for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), MFA, or acting conservatory programs. I offer assistance in the selection of their monologue material (I have hundreds of monologues from both contemporary and classical plays) and in their audition presentation and performance. Younger students applying for performing arts high schools in the NYC area or elsewhere also come to me for help. See Monologues.
Overall, I believe in the benefits an actor receives working in a small group class. Preferably these classes should involve working with other actors of a similar level, meet over several months or more, and be taught by a teacher you respect and who knows you well. Attending class should help you develop into a technically strong and emotionally in-tune actor. With time you are capable of finding and making your own choices. I am not a teacher diva, or guru, and I would never over encourage a student’s over dependency on me.
However there are times when an actor needs special help. Perhaps you are working on a set, or preparing an audition where you need an acting coach as an ‘outside eye.’ Private one-on-one acting coaching is the perfect solution. I do this in New York, or via Skype, and upon request on the set. When I coach an actor for an audition I encourage them to audition with the same sense of discovery and play that I encourage in my classroom. Imagine every audition as another chance to do what you love--act! I can reduce your stress by making sure you are properly prepared. I’ve encountered many actors who were blocked in an audition or scene, who could not focus or concentrate clearly and who needed to find a better way to connect with the material. Once we began working together their confidence and creativity returned.
When I work with students on preparing auditions for television, film, or Broadway theater auditions, we break down the audition scenes or ‘sides’ together. I can help you pinpoint the plot or ‘arc’ to the scene and your character’s true objective and progression. My knowledge can be invaluable to an actor not yet familiar with the quantity or style of a writers’ or directors’ body of work.
I have eased the transition for many of my students from young adulthood (and the proliferation of Nickelodeon, Disney and other family or comedic shows) to adulthood and the deepening competition they encounter for more mature and larger roles. I treat each actor as an individual, trying to find the ‘hooks’ which resonate within them, the substitutions and situations which will quickly and effectively trigger the emotional life present in the scene at hand. If it’s comedic film or situation comedy then I will also deal with the character’s physical flexibility, comedic timing, improvisational ability and clarity of language. Many directors like to cast performers with improv experience and will add a sudden improvisational adjustment at their auditions. I’m a coach who does not ‘set’ an audition in stone, but who anticipates the various ways that the director may add input. As an actor you always want to be open and flexible at an audition, so the director feels that there is still much he can add to your performance.
I am available for private coaching in New York City, or via Skype video chat sessions. My Skype coaching sessions have proven very helpful for students when they need help immediately and travel is inconvenient, whether they live in the tri-state area or as far away as the west coast. Actors who must tape their own auditions and email them to casting directors in Los Angeles or elsewhere (self-tapes) find it extremely helpful to hear my voice reading opposite them at their sessions. As a professional actress I can provide the give and take, action/reaction so crucial in the audition process. You can tape your own audition while you Skype with me, recording my voice in the process. I have found this technique excellent for tape success, callbacks, and bookings.
If you are planning to audition for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) theater or acting conservatory I have years of experience assisting actors in gaining acceptance to their ‘dream school.’ I work with middle school actors hoping to attend one of the competitive New York performing arts high schools. The selection of material is one of my specialties, and I have hundreds of choices (See Monologues) from both contemporary and classical plays. Be sure to get in touch well before your scheduled auditions to discuss requirements and the best course of action.
I look forward to working with you! Please Contact me to schedule a private acting coaching appointment.