Teresa worked for more than thirty years as a professional actor and instructor, and in 2017 she was seen locally onstage in Carrie, The Musical as Margaret White.
Some of Teresa's acting credits include Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (Multiple Roles), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Avenue X (Barbara), Hello Again (The "Professional"), Man Of LaMancha (The Innkeeper), Inside Out (Molly), City Of Angels (Donna/Oolie), The Owl and the Pussycat (Turkey, and Pussycat), Just So Stories (Narrator), Rhubarb Jam (Multiple Roles), A, My Name Is Still Alice (Multiple Roles), Romance/Romance (Barb), and Annie (Boylan, LeHand), to name a few.
Ms. Springer has taught classes for Childsplay, Centerstage West, Arizona Jewish Theatre, and Theatre Works, and she has earned acting awards (Miss Hannigan in Annie; Mrs. Daigle in The Bad Seed) and an award for best choreography (Rhubarb Jam.) Teresa earned a BA in Theatre Arts from Arizona State University.
Teresa has worked in radio, and in the film industry. She has also produced and Directed Corporate variety shows, and Murder Mysteries both for public audiences, and for private events. Teresa's directing and production credits include South Pacific, Anything Goes, Always, Patsy Cline, Ladies First, Murder At Rutherford House, Snoopy, Murder At Greystone Manor, Murder On Paradise Island, Murder, Impossible, Murder on the 18th Hole, Going Up, and Mollie & The Last Bookworm.
I have always enjoyed working with other actors, both young and "ageless!" I love seeing the progress another actor makes, once we work past whatever it is that is holding them back.
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First I like to know what experience the student has, so that I can meet them where they're at. Additionally, I want to know if they have anything coming up that they are preparing for.
Students should bring in materials that they'd like to focus on. I work not only on the acting, but on the voice. Students can bring audition materials (sides, which is part of the script, if they have them, songs, etc.) I will help the actor strip down the character, and build the actor's confidence as they approach their ongoing opportunities.
I have a BA in Theatre Arts from Arizona State University. I have taught several years of summer acting camps for youth and teens, and I have taught monologue classes for teens and adults. Please see my biography for my acting credtis.
I am adaptable to the student’s needs. Usually, I like to meet for 90 minutes for the first session, then 50-60 minutes for each session.
I got started teaching when a director that I had been working with asked me to come and teach at his academy. I worked with them for six years until they no longer offered classes. By that time I was already teaching for two other companies.
I have worked with students beginning age 8, through adulthood. Most of my students have at least some experience.
If you are a beginner, the best thing you can do is simply get into any show you can. Get used to being on the stage, and in front of an audience! (Make your own shows, if you have to! Invite the neighbors, family, parent's dinner guests, etc.)
You should look for a teacher with whom you feel comfortable. They should be fun, and allow you to enjoy the process. Build a relationship with your teacher by inviting them to your shows, and let them provide you with feedback. Acting and Art do not end; they should be something you continue to work on for as long as you love doing it.
Parents of teens and youth, your child may be the best there ever was (or maybe one day they might be,) so thank you for supporting them! Continue to support them, even when you may not be impressed. Something about being on stage can truly keep one's spirit alive. Let them experience that!
What am I looking to accomplish? (audition better, snag that lead role? Get better so that Mel/Melissa doesn't keep getting all the good parts?)