Mandala Studios

Mandala Studios

5.0 (4)
2 hires on
1 employee
18 years in business

About this pro

I have been coaching, directing and teaching for 20 years and I approach each student differently based on their needs. I lead with intention, intuition, and deep knowledge of the craft. I have a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and continue to take classes (and learn from my students, too). 

I specialize in coaching acting and singing clients for specific auditions and callbacks, and also in preparing students for college and arts-focused high school admission auditions. 

Other specialties: Acting for singers, singing for actors, and acting for dancers.

I love being part of someone's process, and experiencing each person's growth as they dig into their authentic expression and cultivate confidence in who they are as a performer.

I love how training in the performing arts does not only impart performance skills, it also gives us (or allows us to hone) skills for living our day-to-day lives. Confidence, leadership, problem solving, team work, self-reflection, making choices in the moment... it all translates to the real-world, it's just so much more fun acuqiring those skills through art :)

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Oakland, CA 94608
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4 Reviews


  • Malia Lee, age 9

    Rana is one of my favorite Directors! She is good at teaching us acting, singing, and dancing. She makes us feel like a family. Rana is super fun. She's super duper fun! And, she's really good at braiding hair. She braided all of our hair very fancy for the Little Mermaid shows.

  • Anonymous Mom

    My daughter is very inspired by Rana! She's more of the shy, quiet type and not the first to jump on the stage. Rana brought out the best in her with just the right balance of fun, artistry, and encouragement. She gained confidence, grew her musical theater skills, and above all, had the time of her life.

  • E. Hyun

    Rana integrates a full range of technical support with her critical approach to performance. Not only have I noticed a drastic improvement in bridging my "head" and "chest" voices, my approach to vocal technique has dramatically changed and my range significantly improved. She focuses on helping her students find their own voice while pushing them to explore new genres and stretch their mental and vocal limits. She is a pleasure to work with...

  • Heidi T.

    My son worked with Rana in preparation for several auditions, and we found her to be a terrific coach. Jesse had a lot of fun and learned a great deal in the process. Rana was enthusiastic, patient, and innovative. She understood my son's needs and was willing to try various approaches until she discovered the ones that worked. Thank you Rana for helping Jesse develop as an actor and as an artist.

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

I offer a free 20-minute consultation, or a full session at a reduced rate to see if it's a good fit. I offer packages to lower the cost of each session. 

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

B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and a whole lot of teaching, coaching, and directing experience!

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Scene Study Classes Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes Voice Acting Classes Musical Theater Classes Singing Lessons