Joe Herrera — Acting Instructor
Joe Herrera is a Professional Actor, Acting Instructor, Acting Coach, Director, and Producer. He holds his M.A. in Theatre from Regent University, and is a graduate from the National Michael Chekhov Association; recognized as a Certified Acting Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, through the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA). He is a Member & Recognized Michael Chekhov Instructor of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA).
As an actor he has professional experience in theatre, film/TV, and various media venues. As an acting instructor he is a physical theatre and movement specialist, teaching various psychophysical techniques such as: Michael Chekhov, Laban Movement Analysis, Alba Emoting Method, Rasaboxes, and various body-mind-spirit pedagogies. He also teaches scene study using a fusion of Chekhov with Robert Cohen's G.O.T.E. method, Shakespeare, monologue work, auditioning for the actor for theatre and film, and acting for Film/TV.
Joe also has production experience in directing, producing, casting, stage composition, and production coaching (acting/scene work/characterization).
List of Specialties: Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Psycho-Physical Acting Technique, Improvisation, Private Coaching for Audition: contemporary or classical, teaching children, teens and adults, Acting Workshops, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Coaching for Film/TV Acting, Stage Acting, Public Speaking (to eliminate any dialects) and Directing Children's Theatre Education Programs.
He is available for local coaching and online video coaching, for clients from any part of the world.
I enjoy helping other artists reach their creative individualistic potential! I enjoy seeing great art shine brightly within the creative artist!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
1) First student would need to contact me directly, so we may discuss his/her needs as it pertains to their craft.
2) After learning more about the student, we would discuss the nature of the lessons, how long the classes would be and cost, and location of lessons.
3) Next, first five lessons (one hour each lesson) would be scheduled and fully paid for by student. Student would receive an email from me with a learning packet, which would contain what the student would need to start the lessons.
4) Then, student would be begin their actor training journey with me; continual assessments would be provided for student to monitor progress.
5) After the first 5 lessons, I would discuss with student the possibilities of continuing further study with me.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 30 years of professional experience in the industry, working as a professional actor on stage, film/TV, and voiceovers. I have 10 years of teaching experience; working as a teaching artist, Private Acting instructor/coach, and serving as Adjunct Professor for local colleges in the area.
I have a Master’s degree in theatre from Regent University. I am also a National Michael Chekhov Association Certified Acting Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique & Pedagogy.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Standard pricing for private lessons:
Each lesson is $70/hour plus an additional 30% for taxes, health benefit expenses, travel, etc -- total for each 1 hour lesson is $91. First 5 lessons must be booked as a trial period. Cancellations of any classes must be done 24 hours in advance. Any missed classes would need to be rescheduled at the discretion of the instructor.
Group rates are available for semi-private and larger groups: Please contact me for special discounted rates.
How did you get started teaching?
In 2008 I was invited by a private school to come and direct their winter musical. The musical was a success, and the head principal of the school offered me a sub contract to provide lessons and workshops for their student population. At this point, I saw how much I truly loved teaching theatre and the art of acting, that I began to provide more services to various performing art learning facilities.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with professional actors for both stage and film; college aged student actors; High School theatre students, and younger students.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
The start of 2020, what started as a small role for BET TV Series Carl Weber's "The Family Business" landed me a recurring role as Uncle Willie Monroe for their upcoming season 2 on BET+.
In April 2019, I was honored to work with Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Chace Crawford, and Connie Nielsen on feature film "Inheritance" as supporting role Detective Emilio Sanchez.
The Film was released on May 22, 2020 on Amazon Prime; Apple TV; iTunes and various streaming platforms:
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for a teacher who will be passionate about working with you. Look for a teacher who will be able to assess your work and provide feedback that will help you to grow as an actor and artist. Look for a teacher who will challenge you.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Why do I want to study Acting?
Is there anything else I can see myself doing beside acting? If so, what is it?
Am I wanting to pursue professional actor training in order to break into the business? Or am I wanting to simply try it out as a hobby? Why?