I studied acting at the University of Missouri, and Missouri State University. I have been an avid student of multiple approaches to acting, and teach a combination of classic "technique" and "method," (just incidentally, Stanislavski himself said that he never intended to create a "method" of acting, but rather a thoughtful approach to preparation and rehearsal.
During my twenty-nine year teaching tenure in Southern California, I was active in the California State Educational Theatre Association.
I taught acting in secondary schools for forty years, in Kansas, Missouri, and California. My students have competed at high levels—including performance at the yearly CETA festival several times as runners-up and once as regional champions—and gone on to work in the entertainment industry. I have directed over 150 plays, as well as playing primarily leading roles in many others in regional, university, and community theatre. In the Inland Empire, I have won multiple Inland Theatre League awards and been nominated for many others. Most recently, I was nominated for my performance as Abe, in the Redlands Footlighters' production of "Beau Jest."
I have also worked in the radio industry, and for ten years as a Universal Studios Tour Guide at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
I take great joy in the growth and achievement of my students. My goal with every student is to help them become the very best actor they can be.
I maintain a Facebook page: Studio 8790 for Actors.
A solid teacher who can communicate the nuance of creating and delivering believeable performances. This class can give you the tools to understand what goes on in the most important part of being an actor, the actual mechanics of acting, not just waiting to say the next line, but to be in the moment, no matter how big or small the role.
I want to make the student at ease above all else. So we just chat a bit. Then I like to have the student do a reading, which I have asked them to prepare. From there we start by breaking down the content of the piece, and the concept that everything flows from the script. I work with them on acting technique and actor processes. I like to have students work with medium to high level material as early as possible. Higher level material helps actors to develop more quickly and more confidently. I do not do "exercises," other than some techniques for relaxing and focus. I also do not work in isolated pre-determined 'steps.' I feel this inhibits actors more than it helps. Actors learn to act and develop more strongly by immersing themselves in the process. When I feel it's necessary to 'break out' a particular element for emphasis, I do that within the overall work. This has always proved effective in helping actors to develop more quickly, and to better retain what they learn.
My undergraduate degree was in speech and theatre at the University of Missouri. I studied on the Master's level at Missouri State University, but moved from Missouri to California after completing 21 semester hours.