Tanya Montgomery

Tanya Montgomery

5.0 (6)
3 hires on Lessons.com
18 years in business

About this pro

Hi my name is Tanya Montgomery & I can not only offer training in the areas of auditions, film and theatre acting but also standup comedy and improv. Currently I work professionally as both an actress and stand up comedian. I hold a bachelors degree in Theatre from Cal Poly Pomona & a Masters degree in from Phillips Graduate Institute . I love working with people of all ages beginners and advanced ! Look forward to hearing from you & co-creating a lesson plan that works specifically for you ! Congratulations on pursuing your dreams and taking this step ! 🙌😃

Just like every person is unique so to is every actor or actress that graces the stage ! I love working with students to find and cultivate those unique qualities. In addition I enjoy the process of helping people conquer their fears .  I have numerous relaxation and vocal exercises that I teach students to help them feel more relaxed on stage . Finally because I am also a stand up comedian i love working with students on comedic timing etc. 

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Pomona, CA 91767
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6 Reviews


  • Jacenta Griffin

    She has a different style of teaching her acting classes. My daughter is excited and loving the classes from Tanya.

  • Raylene Estavon

    She’s fun to work with loved that she is also a stand up comedian and great with improv she really helped me with comedic timing .

  • Sebastian J. Dupree

    Tanya is an incredible acting teacher & coach been working her now for 2 years ! She’s really helped me to overcome some fears and happy to say I just landed not only a national commercial but also the role in Independent film ! Thanks Tanya for helping me conquer my fears and really find my voice !

  • Sabrina Medina

    I was in my first play ever Tanya really helped in so many ways character development , voice work , script analysis and just being comfortable in my own skin ! Thx Tanya !

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I will customize the lessons to meet your needs . We will discuss your goals that you want to appcomplish and go from there . 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelors in Theatre , Masters  degree in psychology . 20 plus years of acting and directing experience primarily in theatre but I have done some film . Additional training in voice , Shakespearean acting , and improv. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Typically I charge 60 dollars an hour . However I am willing to negotiate and discuss pricing . I am also open to working with students to find payment method that works best for them weekly , monthly etc. 

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching acting out of college in 1997 and worked with various high school theatre programs. I was the Theatre teacher at Webb Boarding School in Claremont, and worked with Middle School students in Lapuente Unified School District. I have also also worked with college and professional actors. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a large variety of students  of all ages and backgrounds. The youngest being 3 and the oldest 60 ! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite moments in the artistic process are happy mishaps or mistakes . I use improv a lot when working with students and find that if we really allow the exploratory process to happen that’s when the most interesting outcomes surface ! 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask as many questions as you want ! Acting is a very vulnerable art form and you need to feel safe and completely comfortable with the teacher . There are no bad or wrong questions! 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I encourage students to really do some soul searching about what they are trying to achieve. The more clear they are about what they are looking for the greater the likelihood of finding the right coach . 

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons Stage Performance Training Stand Up Comedy Classes Theater Acting Classes Improv Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes