To dream, or make reality – that is the question.
If you've caught on the above is a personalized version of Hamlet's most famous soliloquy, then magnificent! Genuinely!
With Me I Can Help You:
–Prepare for an audition (Monologue or Sides)
–Cultivate or enhance your skills in Voice and Speech
–Develop or sharpen your comedic skills
–Help you to learn or better understand the text and language of Shakespeare
–Learn about the business side of acting: Major Markets, Agents/Managers, Unions, Headshots, Resumes, and much much more
–Learn about Acting from the very roots or sharpen your skills! Text analysis, character development, objectives, obstacles, tactics, stakes, bold choices, behaviour/mannerisms, and so much more of the similiar vernacular that gets tossed around!
Voice and Speech, Acting, the Business of it! Whatever you are interested in I'm excited to help you learn.
There's a method to my madness. (Yes, more Hamlet)
Like any altruistic teacher, I enjoy watching my students thrive! There's nothing better than witnessing my students progess over our time together and seeing just how the results impact their lives. Whether it's booking a role or gaining confidence, it's lovely and rewarding in ways that words cannot describe.
Rachel has been such a magnificent teacher for my daughter! She was 12 when she started lessons and continues with her as her coach to this day now at 14! My daughter has a busy schedule so online lessons have been immensely helpful and timesaving. She wanted to learn about acting from the bottom up and has learned so much more than we had ever expected. This year at school it’s been a requirement to read “Romeo and Juliet”, which according to my daughter was a struggle for her whole class. But not her! In fact, not only has she read it, but with the help of Rachel as her coach she was able to land the role of Juliet in a semi-local production last summer!
I like to get to know a bit about my students and learn specifically what it is they're hoping to achieve (I.e. preparing for an audition, sharpening voice and speech skills, or learning how to act from a beginner level).
Everyone is different, so everyone learns in different ways. What's important for me is to understand how my student will learn best.
I then create a cohesive lesson plan in the style that will resonate most with them, at a pace that will help them be as successful at their endeaver as they want to be.
A lot starts at the beginning of getting to know my student so I know how to best educate them and create or sharpen any skills they wish to achieve. Ultimately, they are the driver of their goals, and I'm the passenger with the map telling them how to get there.
I'm an Actor and Writer based in Chicago who's also worked in the NYC market, and I've been on this ball rolling for 14 years now!
I hold a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Perfomance – Hofstra University
Alum of The American Theatre Wing's "SpringboardNYC" – Best Part: I attended the 2015 Tony Awards!
Former Teaching Assistant (TA), specifically for "Advanced Voice and Speech for the Actor"
I'm represented with an elite and wonderful agency in Chicago as both an Actor and Model! I'm more than happy to share which agency after establishing a professional relationship with my student(s).
I've worked heavily in children's theatre and as a nanny so working with/entertaining kiddos is second nature to me!
Voice and Speech for the Actor, American Standard Stage, Superb Vocal Resonance, Pitch, Inflection, Tone, Diction, and Specific Dialectical Training are where my training, expertise, and passion lies. That and...
Acting! (Of course)! Specifically, Shakespeare and Contemporary for the Theatre. As well as On Camera Acting.
My price is a flat rate of $45 for an hour lesson. Or $25 for a half hour lesson. Regardless of age, skill level, or what it is specifically a student is looking to learn or improve their skills on!
I actually had informally been teaching since I was very young to other kids! When it came time for auditions and others wanted a little guidance before hitting the stage I was often sought after.
While in college during my formal training, I worked as a TA (Teaching Assistant) for the "Advanced Voice and Speech for the Actor" class in our B.F.A. program my senior year. My professor had studied at Ithica and Julliard and I learned so much with her as a mentor.
And I have not stopped teaching since! But I've become much more serious about it and teaching more and more students within the last year.
I've worked with students of all ages! Teenager, young child, senior, mid-50's, mid-40's, young adult! If you have any concerns or inquiries please feel reach out and I will happily answer everything you need or want to know.
This was something I did free of charge as this was for a close friend of mine, but is not unlike something I would do for my students.
My friend has been seeking representation, trying to get an agent, and has had zero luck. I asked her to send over her cover letter she's been submitting along with her headshot and resume. Headshot: perfect. Resume and cover letter... there were a lot of places she went wrong. Ultimately, if you want to work professionally as an actor you have to remember it is a business. There were many areas where she had far too much information that would take up too much time for an agent or manager to look over, nor would it really help paint a picture of who she was as a performer and where her talents lie. I made many edits and gave it back to her and after that she received a response from an agency saying they'd love for her to come in and audition for them!
It's all about specificity! Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. But more importantly, know what it is you feel compelled, and I do mean compelled, to improve upon! Make sure you know exactly what you'd want from ongoing lessons with a teacher, and when reaching out to see who may be a good fit make sure to communicate this to them. And when I say communicate, I mean communicate exactly what it is you want to learn, how much, at what speed, etc. Know what kind of lessons you want to have that will make you look forward to them and make sure the teacher you're reaching out to is on the same page as you. Transparency is essential!
First and foremost, ask yourself: What is it I want to learn and why? There should be an answer to your why. It's possible you may think your answer is silly but it's not! You don't have to share your why, you just have to have one.
Think about how much of a workload you can/want to handle. Homework is often included. If you're a busy person it's okay to take lessons slow and keep it to little to no homework! If you want to challenge yourself and really sink your teeth in then a stringent lesson plan may be right for you!
What do you want in a teacher? Ultimately, I am here for you. Not the other way around. Some people prefer direct, no sugarcoating criticism, and that is what helps them improve. Others need to discover on their own where they may need to improve to actually succeed, but just need someone guiding them along the way. Ask yourself what kind of teacher you want, and can you comfortably communicate that to your teacher? If no, that's okay! We'll get there.